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St Cuthbert's Catholic

Primary School


What is a governing body?

The Governing Body is an integral part of any school structure. The Body works with the Headteacher and school staff to ensure it provides high quality education for all its pupils, and constantly strives to improve. However, the Governing Body is not expected to make day-to-day (operational) decisions about how the school is run, this is left to the experts – the Headteacher and senior leadership team.


The Governing Body helps shape the vision and direction of the school and ensures that it fulfills its statutory duties. Governors are expected to have a good understanding of the strengths and any weaknesses of the school so that the Senior Leadership Team can be challenged and supported through decisions that arise. Through this, the school is then able to evaluate its performance and plan strategically to improve all aspects of school life.


There are 4 core functions of a governing body:

  • ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • hold executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure that its money is well spent, including the pupil premium
  • ensuring the voices of stakeholders are heard


St. Cuthbert’s Governors

Our Governors serve on a range of committees and working groups.  They make visits to the school to carry out the functions listed above.


The entire Governing Body meets at least six times a year and, to increase efficiency, much of work is delegated to  committees and working groups.


St Cuthbert’s Governing Body Committees

  • Resources -  chaired by Cathy Campbell - Deals with personnel, finance & premises etc
  • Pay 
  • Admissions - chaired by Irene Missen - As a voluntary aided school the Governing Body is the Admissions Authority for the school

In addition to these, there are a small number of committees and working groups that are appointed as required.


St Cuthbert’s Governing Body Working Groups

  • Personal Development, Behaviour and Attitudes
  • Quality of Education
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