Annual Governance Statement
Governing Body of St John’s Catholic Primary School - September 2020
The three core strategic functions of St John’s Catholic Primary School Governing Body are:
- To ensure the rich traditions of our Catholic faith underpin our ethos, mission, vision and the future strategic direction of the school;
- To hold the Executive Headteacher, Head of School and Leadership Team to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;
- To oversee the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
The full Governing Body meets once each term, and we have two key sub-committees to consider different aspects of the school in detail: a Resources Committee, (which focuses on finance, premises and some personnel matters) and a Curriculum and Pupil Progress Committee (which focuses on the quality of learning and pupil outcomes).
Governors have excellent attendance at meetings and we ensure all meetings are “quorate” (the number of governors needed to ensure that legal decisions can be made).
The Curriculum and pupil Performance Committee analyse key progress data so that we can be sure that the school remains on track to fulfil our ambitious targets for all our pupils. We also review the progress and provision of “vulnerable groups” of children to ensure we are meeting their needs and that their progress is at least in line with other pupils in the school. Additionally, we regularly evaluate how the Pupil Premium Grant is being spent by the school and what impact this has on the outcomes for the pupils the grant supports.
The Resources Committee focuses on the maintenance and development of the school premises, and makes decisions about how the school should use the budget to ensure best value is attained and additional income streams are fully utilised. A nominated governor meets regularly with the caretaker and Head of School to review the health and safety of our premises.
As part of the governors annual work programme, we review, evaluate, update and agree school policies. This includes our responsibility to have oversight of Safegaurding and our duty to keep children safe.
We always welcome suggestions, feedback and ideas from parents – please contact the Co-Chairs, Nicolay Sorensen and Anjali Kemwal via the School Office.