The school's governors are delighted to welcome you to this page on the school website where you can find out more about the school’s governors and the work that we do.
Our Governing Body is committed to ensuring that the school has a Catholic ethos, a clear vision and strategic direction, that there are high expectations and standards throughout the school and above all that Corpus Christi Catholic Primary is a safe and happy environment in which all of our pupils can achieve ‘Excellence and Enjoyment with Christ at our Centre’.
As governors we regularly attend training sessions delivered by the Diocese of Leeds, the Local Authority (LA) and outside providers to help keep up to date with changes in education and to help us carry out our role effectively.
Please read on to find out who we are and what we do.
Our main role is to support the Head Teacher and the staff – the phrase often used to describe this role is ‘a critical friend’.
The three core functions of a governing body are:
- Setting vision, ethos and strategic direction, engaging stakeholders, and ensuring statutory duties are met;
- Holding heads to account for teaching, achievement, behaviour and safety; challenging and strengthening leadership; contributing to school self-evaluation; and
- Ensuring financial solvency and probity with effective management of financial resources, including the Pupil Premium, to raise standards.
We are also responsible for specific actions such as approving the school budget, appointing the headteacher and ensuring that there is a procedure in place for handling complaints.
CONSTITUTION OF THE GOVERNING BODY OF CORPUS CHRISTI CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL
There are several categories of governor, appointed by different groups, that have an interest in our school. All governors have equal status however they are appointed.
The constitution of our governing board is:
- 7 foundation governors, appointed by the Bishop of Leeds Diocese (usually for church schools or trusts)
- 2 parent governors, formally elected through a ballot of parents unless the election is uncontested
- 1 Local Authority (LA) governor recommended by the LA and approved by the governing board
- 1 staff governor formally elected by staff employed at school.
- Headteacher due to role in the school.
Associate members are appointed by the governing body to serve on one or more governing body committee. They may also attend full governing body meetings. They are not governors and therefore do not have a vote in governing body decisions but may be given a vote on decisions made by committees to which they are appointed. Associate members should be appointed because of the specific expertise and experience they can contribute to the effective governance and success of the school. Subject to the disqualifications set out in the 2012 Constitution Regulations, the governing body may appoint a pupil, school staff member, or any other person as an associate member so that they can contribute their specific expertise. This can help to address specific gaps identified in the skills of governing body members, and/or help the governing body respond to particular challenges that they may be facing.
Governors of Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School 2019-20
The governing board operates with the following committees-
As a result, there are two types of governor meetings at Corpus Christi Catholic Primary
- Full governing body meetings
- Committee meetings (Pupil Affairs, Resources) and a Focus Group
Our full governing body and committee meetings are held in the evening. However Focus Group meetings are held during the school day so that we can see the school in action as well as meet with the pupils and staff to find out how the school is progressing towards its targets. We have one full Governing Body meeting at the start of each academic year. Then once a term we have a meeting of each committee. These are then followed by a full governing body meeting at which we discuss the Head Teacher’s report, the work of the various committees, ratify policies, and delegate specific projects to committees.
Specific Governor responsibilities
INFORMATION REGARDING SERVING GOVERNORS
INFORMATION REGARDING SERVING GOVERNORS
All correspondence to the Governing Body should be addressed to:
Chair of Governors, c/o Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School, Halton Moor Avenue, Leeds, LS9 OHA
While we welcome letters and value your comments, initial complaints and issues relating to the day to day running of the school should, in the first instance, be referred to the relevant teacher or to the Head Teacher.