St Wilfrid’s is a Catholic Primary School in the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton. All governors are volunteers who meet at least twice a term to oversee their core functions.
The Local Governing Committee includes foundation governors (appointed by the Bishop), a staff governor, parent governors and a local authority governor. Governors work closely with the Headteacher in the strategic planning of the school.
The core functions of our governing body, as set out in The School Governance (Roles, Procedures and Allowances) (England) Regulations 2013, are:
ensuring that the vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school are clearly defined;
ensuring that the head teacher performs his or her responsibilities for the educational performance of the school; and
ensuring the sound, proper and effective use of the school’s financial resources.
The statutory purpose of the Local Governing Committee is to promote high standards of educational achievement at the school. The day to day management of the school is the responsibility of the Headteacher and staff, whereas the governors are responsible for the general direction of the school and providing a strategic overview.
The Local Governing Committee acts as a critical friend to the school and ensures accountability, whilst considering the interests of children, parents and staff. It sets aims and objectives, agrees targets and monitors them, agrees budgets and reviews all school policies, and it is also responsible for appointing the Headteacher and the Deputy Head. It helps raise standards of achievement and makes sure that the school provides a good quality education for all of the pupils.
The Local Governing Committee meets at least six times a year and working parties may be arranged to develop projects.