Do you want do a good deed? Teach the young!
Do you want to perform a holy act? Teach the young!
Do you want to do a holy thing? Teach the young!
Truly, now and in the future, among holy things, this is the holiest.
St John Bosco
Governors are volunteers and our Governing Body includes OLM parents and staff as well as members of our church and local community. Our role is to promote on-going improvements in standards throughout our school. We help our head teacher, Angela McNicholas, and her staff, plan the school’s long-term direction and we evaluate academic and other progress. We help set the school’s aims and values and are responsible for some staff appointments, including the appointment of the head. Many of our responsibilities carry a statutory requirement and this means we are obliged by law to do things such as agree the annual budget for the school.
We always put our children and their outcomes and best interests at the heart of every decision we make and we take time to reflect at the end of every governor meeting on the impact our meeting and the decisions we have taken will have on our children so that we can be sure we have secured the very best outcomes for all children.
Our role is sometimes described as a ‘critical friend’ which means we seek to ask useful and ‘challenging’ questions to gain a greater understanding of our school and to foster an ethos of continuous improvement on our journey to becoming an outstanding school. We give very willingly of our time to support the school and to support you as parents and carers in making your child’s experience at our school one that equips and supports them to the very highest standards academically, emotionally and spiritually for their life journey. Governors all agree that it is a pleasure to serve at such a wonderful school and to play a part on the journey that we and the Head have set out on to make ours a truly outstanding and inclusive school.
Our full governing body (FGB) aims to meets a minium of four times throughout the school year with additional meetings as required. We have a Quality of Education committee and a Resources committee; both of which meet each term. Our Pay and Admissions committees meet when required. In addition to this we also have link governors who feed back to the whole governing body for areas such as Catholic life of the School, Safeguarding, SEND, and Online Safety. One FGB a year takes place during a school day and affords governors the opportunity to be part of the school day visiting classes and talking to children and staff about their experiences at OLM.