How Can I Find Out What Governors Have Discussed?
Governors’ minutes are posted on the Governors’ page of the website. You may also ask to see any papers discussed at the meeting. If you want to know more about anything that has been discussed, please contact the Chairman of Governors, care of the school. Please note that there are sometimes confidential matters which are discussed, details of which are not put into public circulation; these are recorded as Part B minutes of meetings. Confidential matters relating to staff salaries are, for obvious reasons, not circulated.
Who Can Be A Governor?
Being a governor involves visiting the school and, therefore, there are important safeguarding restrictions which apply to individual governors in order to ensure the safeguarding of our children. Beyond this limitation, anyone over the age of 18 can put themselves forward to be a governor.
The main qualification is an interest in education and an enthusiasm for improving standards in schools. While people with experience are welcome, it is not an essential qualification – there are many training courses available on the roles and responsibilities of governors.
The role of Foundation Governor requires that individuals who wish to be considered for such must demonstrate their ability to uphold and promote the Catholic life and identity of the school. Foundation Governors require the imprimatur of the Archbishop of Westminster, who is responsible for their appointment.
Where a vacancy on the Governing Body arises this will be advertised on the school website and in the regular Newsletters.
How Can I Contact Governors?
If you have any concerns you wish to bring to the attention of the Governing Body, the easiest way is to speak to one of the parent governors, who are usually around in the playground before or after school. Pope Paul is fortunate in that besides its two parent governors, some of our other governors are also parents who can often be seen in school. There are photographs of all the governors on this website (and in the school) to help you to recognise them.
Alternatively you can write to Tricia Alder, Chairman of Governors, care of the school. The office will make sure any letters are passed on.