Would you like to become a governor for St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School?
We are now looking for new Governors to join our current team. We have vacancies for two Parent Governors and one Foundation Governor, so please get in touch.
We are always looking for people who are interested in becoming a school governor. You do not have to be an educational expert or even have children in the school, but you must have a desire to make things better for the community.
There are several different types of governor that make up the team:
Parents, including carers, of pupils are eligible to stand for election as governors. Parent Governors are elected by other parents at the school. If insufficient parents stand for election, the governing body may appoint parents.
Foundation Governors are volunteers who serve as the Bishop’s representative to assist in managing our Catholic schools. They work alongside other governors including parent governors to form a governing body or board of directors. They are involved in decisions about all aspects of managing the school – such as running buildings and budgets, supporting staff, monitoring standards and the Catholic ethos and help make big decisions about the school’s long-term goals.
Foundation Governors have specific responsibility for admissions to the school, the employment of staff, Religious Education and collective worship. The governors help determine the future for pupils attending our schools.
What qualities do I need to become a foundation governor?
In order to act as the Bishop’s representative you should be a practising Catholic. The most important qualities for being a foundation governor are an allegiance to Catholic education, enthusiasm, and commitment. You do not need teaching experience, but it is useful to bring skills from other areas of your life; such as financial, human resources, buildings, health and safety.
What will I be asked to do as a governor?
You can expect to attend and contribute to meetings of the full governing body (usually between 3 and 6 per year) and at least one of its sub-committees (approximately a further 3 per year). Meetings normally last between one and two hours and are held at a time to suit the membership.
Governors are expected to take an interest in the life of the school, to attend some of the public events during the academic year and to see something of the school at work (often by being associated with a particular subject area).
Governors may occasionally be required to attend interviews associated with staff appointments or serve on special panels associated with admissions, disciplinary or employment matters.
Please click on the link below if you are interested in becoming a Parent Governor.
Parent Governor Application