What is the Local Governing Body?

Local Governing Body Structure

 

What is the Local Governing Body?

The Local Governing Body (LGB) consists of a group of 10 people drawn from all areas of life, who are responsible for every aspect of All Hallows Catholic College: what is taught in the curriculum and the standards achieved by the pupils; the staff employed to deliver an outstanding Catholic education; and the environment in which the children learn.
 
Governors are appointed for a term of four years, apart from the Principal who is always on the Governing Body (an ex-officio member).
 
Governors do not manage the College or the staff, nor are they responsible for making operational decisions. The Principal leads and manages the College and is responsible for delivering the College’s aims and priorities. He is supported by the Senior Leadership Team: Deputy Principal and Assistant Principal’s.
 
The Local Governing Body exists to support the Principal and his team; to ensure that academic and financial standards are maintained, and that the College is continually striving to reach the next level; and to provide strategic direction. They do this by ensuring they understand the College well (its strengths and areas for development) in order to determine how the College is currently performing and where it needs to get to; and by asking the right questions of the Principal.
 

How is the Local Governing Body made up?

The Local Governing Body consists of:
•   6 x Foundation Governors – appointed by the Bishop of Shrewsbury to ensure the Catholic ethos of the College is at the heart of everything we do.
•   2 x Staff Governors – the Principal plus one other member of staff, elected by staff.
•   1 x Parent Governor – elected by the parents at the College.
•  1 x Community Governor – taken from the general community but normally with links to the College; for example, the parent of a former pupil at the College.
 

Committee structure

We no longer have committees of the Local Governing Body. This is because we are members of a Multi–Academy Trust (MAT), and some work of the Local Governing Body has moved up to the MAT level. Other elements of the former Committees’ work will now be undertaken at the Local Governing Body level. This should make us more efficient and enable some Governors to contribute at the MAT level.
 
The MAT has its own Committee structure which can be found via the link http://allhallows.org.uk/the-holy-family-of-nazareth-catholic-academy-trust/governance_structures/
 

Local Governing Body meetings

The Local Governing Body now meets six times per year, in order to ensure all areas of responsibility can be maintained in the new structure. Minutes of the meetings are available to view in College.
 

Key areas of responsibility for the Local Governing Body are:

•  Education standards – Monitoring what is taught, how it is taught and most importantly, the results achieved by our students, including vulnerable children. It also monitors areas such as behaviour and attendance.
•  Finance – Monitoring how our College funding is spent. It ensures that we are always striving for “best value” and that the money spent is directed towards achieving the College objectives.
•  Strategic Direction – Agreeing the College’s priorities; its values and its ethos.
•  Staffing – Responsible for the performance management of the Principal; monitoring arrangements for staff, including involvement in the recruitment of staff.
 

All Hallows Catholic College

You can find out more about each of our Governors in the Staff and Governors section of the website, under the Meet the Governors tab.
 

Multi–Academy Trust (MAT)

All Hallows Catholic College was proud to form the Holy Family of Nazareth Catholic Academy Trust with fellow primaries joining in 2015. Becoming partners with Saint Mary’s Primary School (Congleton), St Paul’s Catholic Primary School (Poynton) and St Alban’s Catholic Primary School (Macclesfield) in a Multi–Academy trust.
 
This enables us to share resources and best practise, for the benefit of all the children in our care. It is hoped that the trust will expand in the future to welcome other schools from the All Hallows Learning Community cluster.
 
The Principal and the Chair of Governors of All Hallows Catholic College are members of the Board of Directors of the Holy Family of Nazareth Catholic Academy Trust, which meets at least termly to discuss strategy, academic standards and finances across the MAT.
 
You can find out more about the Holy Family of Nazareth Catholic Academy Trust and the MAT Board and Committee Membership via the link http://hfncat.ahcc.org.uk/index.html
 

Finally

Being a Governor requires a significant input of time, effort, skill and enthusiasm but also brings great rewards. It is a varied, challenging and fulfilling role and many Governors go on to serve more than one term of office. Full training is offered by the external partners, such as the Diocese. The Local Authority also provides specialist support for Governors.
 
To find out more about the role of Governor visit:
https://www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/schools/school_governors/school-governors.aspx
 
Updated – September 2018