Who are the Governors
Governors are members of a school’s Governing Body, which is a ‘corporate body’
A corporate body has a legal identity that is separate from its members and as a result, individual Governors are generally protected from personal liability as a result of the Governing Body’s decisions and actions taken by them, providing they act honestly, reasonably and in good faith.
Individual Governors have no power or right to act on behalf of the Governing Body except where the whole Governing Body has delegated a specific function to that individual or where regulations specify that a function is to be exercised in a particular way.
The Governing Body has a range of duties and powers and a general responsibility for the conduct of the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievements. This may include setting targets for pupil attainment, managing the school’s finances, making sure the curriculum is balanced and broadly based, appointing staff, reviewing staff performance and pay and most importantly helping to drive school improvement.
The Governing Body has considerable discretion as to how to discharge its responsibilities but is required to constitute itself in line with specific regulations and to appoint a chair and vice chair.
School Governors are drawn from different parts of the community, this helps to ensure that the Governing Body has sufficient diversity of views, expertise and experience. Under its ‘Instrument of Governance’ the Governing Body at St Philip Howard Catholic School consists of:
- Foundation Governors  who are nominated/elected by the Diocese following advice
- Parent Governor  elected by the parents, [they do not act as a representative of the parents at the school and do not report back to them]
- Teacher/Staff Governors  elected by the Staff,
- Local Authority Governor  nominated by the Local Authority and
- Associate Governor  elected by the Governors
Associate Governors who are invited to join the Governing Body because of a particular expertise they may have. The Associate Governors do not have voting rights but participate fully in all other ways.
The Governing Body meets at least once a term. However Governors are involved in two other working committees depending on their expertise and responsibilities. They are the Resource Management Committee [RMC] which meets on a monthly basis and the Teaching and Learning Committee [TLC] which meets each half term. Both these committees have delegated powers from the Full Governing Body.