Welcome to our Governors’ section.
Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.
A Welcome From the Chair
I have been a Foundation Governor since March 2014. My three sons have attended or are still at St Joseph’s (and really loved it) so I welcomed the opportunity to support the management and development of a school which provides a holistic and caring environment for all the pupils. My early career was spent within NHS management and then central government; latterly spent auditing recruitment agencies. I am now self-employed and spend a lot of my time auditing education supply agencies for the trade body of the recruitment sector. I have been Chair of Governors since 2015 and I am continually striving to support and challenge the school to deliver an outstanding education; which nurtures each child’s spiritual pilgrimage and their mental and physical well-being. A safe, happy place where children flourish, staff love to work and where parents feel connected with their child’s learning and school life.
Dear Parents and Carers
What do the Governors do?
The governing body is a dedicated group of volunteers, nearly all of whom are current parents, who are responsible for holding the school’s leaders to account for the achievement, behaviour and safety of every single one of our pupils.
How do we do it?
We do this at the full governors meetings, which are held once a term; and through a number of committee meetings, which report back to the full governing body. In addition to these meetings individual governors will visit the school to perform observational “learning walks” with members of the senior teaching staff.
In 2013, the Department for Education published its Governor Handbook, within which, governing bodies were strongly encouraged to “focus on three core strategic functions:
1. setting vision, ethos and strategic direction
2. holding the Head Teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
3. overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent”.
As a Catholic school, we are also accountable to the Archdiocese of Birmingham. The foundation governors ensure that the school maintains and develops the ethos of the Catholic Faith.
If you are interested in any aspect of governance would like to contact the governing body, or are interested in becoming a Governor, please do not hesitate to approach any one of us in the playground at drop off or pick up time; via the school office on 01905 773572 or by contacting the Clerk to Governors; Nicky Lamb on her email firstname.lastname@example.org
On behalf of the governing body of St Joseph’s, thank you for your support.
Chair of Governors