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What the Governing Body does

What does the governing body (or ‘GB’) do?


The GB is responsible for making sure that the school performs effectively. It does not ‘run’ the school – this is clearly the job of our headteacher – but it is responsible for making sure that it is run as best as it possibly can.


How does it do this?


It does this by working closely with the head-teacher and other key stakeholders such as the local authority (HCC), Ofsted, the parents and the community. It meets regularly and makes decisions collectively as a team. Our GB delegates much of its work to committees, who review areas in much greater detail and then make recommendations to the GB. Throughout, it makes use of relevant guidance, papers, observations and input from stakeholders and, most importantly, on the professional guidance of the headteacher and the school’s senior management team.


Our responsibilities may appear onerous and complicated (they are!), but, by approaching them in a structured and appropriate way, your GB is confident of success. In particular, we like to describe our role as being on three different levels:

  • A ‘strategic level’ role (e.g. understanding the aims and values of the school, agreeing the school’s annual targets and plan)
  • A ‘critical friend’ role (i.e. monitoring and evaluating the progress of the school, building a trustful relationship with the headteacher and staff)
  • An ‘accountability’ role (i.e. being prepared to account for the school’s performance, and explaining decisions / actions to anyone who has a legitimate interest)


What Committees do we have in place at Our Lady?


We have three committees. These are:

  • The Learning and Teaching (L&T) Committee: this has oversight in respect of educational standards, the delivery of the curriculum, discipline and behaviour
  • The Resources and General Purposes (R&GP) Committee: this has oversight in respect of financial management, personnel and premises management
  • The Admissions Committee: this agrees our admissions criteria, and considers / approves applications.


In addition, the GB appoints a panel in order to objectively consider any complaints which may be made to the school (Complaints Panel). A further panel to assesses the performance of the headteacher (Performance Review Panel).


How are governors appointed at Our Lady?


There are a maximum of 14 governors in your GB. At any point in time, the appointments can be as follow:

  • Appointed by the Diocese (‘foundation governor’): the inclusion of foundation governors on the GB of a voluntary-aided school such as Our Lady is one of our distinguishing characteristics – it represents the historic link with the original establishment of the school and our distinctive catholic ethos. At Our Lady we can have 8 foundation governors, 2 of whom can have children attending the school.
  • Appointed by the school’s parent community: In addition to the 2 parent foundation governors mentioned above, 3 governors can be appointed by the Parent community at Our Lady.
  • Appointed by the Local Education Authority (LEA): 1 governor.
  • Appointed by the school: Our Lady can have 2 staff governors, one of whom must be the headteacher.


From time to time, the GB will ‘co-opt’ (or appoint) a governor because it is made aware of a particular expertise or interest which is made available.


Our Current GB


Detailed below is our current GB arrangements:


              FGB Governance Roles
              2018/19 in Other Educational
    Term Start   Term End Committees Link Role(s) Attendance Institutions / Other Material Interests
Foundation Governors                
Jessica Wall (Chair of the GB)   01.09.2016   31.08.2020 R&GP Maths, Modern Foreign Languages 4/5 N/a
Fr. Norbert Fernandes   01.09.2017   31.08.2020 R&GP, L&T R.E., Safeuguarding, Pupil Premium 5/5 Chair of Governors Holy Family School, WGC
                Chair of Stevenage Deanery
Kate Walsh   26.02.2019   25.02.2023 R&GP, Admissions SEN 3/3 N/a
Keelin Keogh   01.05.2019   30.04.2023 L&T, Admissions English / Literacy 2/2 Staff Governor at St. Albans Girls School
Parent Governors                
Edmondo Gallucci   12.01.2018   11.01.2022 L&T Governor Training, Science 5/5 N/a
Natalie Atkins   20.02.2018   19.02.2022 R&GP EYFS, Health and Safety 4/5 N/a
Neil Hubbard   26.02.2019   25.02.2023 R&GP P.E. 3/3 N/a
Local Authority Governor                
Richard Curry         R&GP, L&T, Admissions   5/5 N/a
Staff (Teaching) Governors                
Dan Abrahams   24.09.2019   23.09.2023 R&GP, L&T   N/a N/a
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