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School Governance

The College has eighteen governors. Although from many different backgrounds, we are all women and men from the local community who have volunteered to offer our knowledge, professional skills, and experience because we share the common desire to ensure the best education for the boys who attend the College.

What We Do

We appoint a Head Master and Deputies with the skills, ability, insight and vision to successfully manage and run the school and we work with him to ensure that the College has clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.

We hold the Head Master to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff. We also oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure money is well spent.

We also have a responsibility to ensure; the best possible outcomes for our pupils, the highest possible quality of teaching, learning and assessment, and to successfully promote the personal development of the boys taught in the College and to ensure that they are safeguarded. 

Our Meetings

We meet together as a "Board of Governors" once at the beginning of each school year to elect a Chair and Vice-Chair, set up committees, appoint designated governors for the year and, most importantly of all, review the schools examination results and plans for the coming session.

 

We meet again as a "Board" at the end of each term. We consider detailed reports from each of our three standing committees, the Head Master and designated governors. We also discuss and decide on a range of other policies on how the College should be improved and we discuss and approve the School Development Plan in order to address areas where a detailed self-evaluation the College by the Head Master and governors has shown that improvements might be made.

How We Became Governors

We have become governors of the college in different ways. Four governors are elected by parents, one is elected by staff, another is nominated by the Local Authority, the Head Master become a governor when appointed and eleven are appointed by the Trustees of the Society of Jesus, the Jesuits, who founded the College in 1892. As a Board, we can co-opt two additional governors when a particular need arises.

How To Become A Governor

If you are interested in serving our local community and ensuring that our children can begin life safe and secure, with the best possible education and that they can become valued ‘men for others’ in our community and in society as a whole, please contact the Clerk to the Governing Body (contact details available on the contact section of this website) for more details.

More Information About Us

We hope that you find the information on the following pages useful about who we are, how the Board of Governors is organised and our individual responsibilities.

Best Wishes,

Michael Murphy
Chairman of the Governing Body

October 2018