St Austin’s Governing Body – New Constitution with effect from September 2015
St Austin’s Governing Body is made up of twelve representatives from our staff, parents/carers, Clergy and School Community. In addition to this, we also have three Associate members and one Clerk to the Governing Body. The number of governors in each category is set out in the Instrument of Government.
The new constitution came into effect on 1st September 2015 and consists of the following:-
7 Foundation Governors
2 Staff Governors
2 Parent Governors
1 Local Authority Governor
3 Associate Members
1 Clerk to the Governing Body
What do our Governors do?
Our school Governors are the strategic leaders of our school and have a vital role to play in making sure every child gets the best possible education. In law, it states that the purpose of maintained school Governing bodies is to ‘conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement at the school.’ Our Governing body has a strong focus on three core strategic functions:-
As St Austin’s is a voluntary aided school, our Governing body is also responsible for the employment of staff, and also acts as an Admission authority.
Our school values every person who volunteers to help support our school by being a Governor. How well a Governing body does its job has a real impact on the success of the school. Therefore, although it is made up of volunteers, it must be held to account for its effectiveness.
From 1 September 2014, changes to the 2012 Constitution Regulations will require that any newly appointed governor has in the opinion of the person making the appointment ‘the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school’.
As well as the Full Governing Body, there are four main committees each with their own group of Governors, and a Chair of each committee. They are:-
All committees meet once termly. The Chair of each committee will report back to the Full Governing Body meeting at their once termly meeting. Committee’s will meet more frequently if required to do so.
Associate members are invited to attend all committee meetings. They do not have voting rights at the Full Governing Body, however our Full Governing Body have approved Associate members to have voting rights at committee meetings.
Foundation governors at the school represent the interests of the Archdiocese of Liverpool who are trustees of the school. The role of the foundation governor is to ensure that the school is clearly recognisable as Christian in its ethos and that its role is seen in the provision for Catholic children of the Archdiocese.
Parents/Carers of pupils registered at our school are eligible to stand for election as a parent governor. They are elected by all other parents/carers of pupils registered at the school. Our school currently has two elected parent governors.
The Headteacher is automatically eligible to be a full member of the Governing Body by virtue of the office. Both teaching and support staff who are paid to work at the school are eligible to stand as staff governor. They are elected by all other members of staff currently at our school. Our school currently has two staff governors.
Local Authority Governors
The local authority governor is a person nominated by the local authority and appointed by the governing body. The local authority will normally enquire what skills are needed before making a nomination and will often consider nominating a person suggested by the governing body. Local authority nominations are no longer linked to political affiliation and there is no requirement on a local authority governor to attend any other meetings of the authority.
The governing body may, if it sees fit, appoint ‘Associate Members’. Associate Members are not governors, are not named as a category in the Instrument of Government. They do not have voting rights in full governing body meetings, however; they are allowed to vote as a member of any committee to which they are appointed, following approval by the full governing body.