The Catholic Parish of
Saint John Henry Newman

 Covering most of East Leeds

Foundation Governors

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Have you ever wondered what school governors do?
We currently have vacancies for Foundation Governors in our parish and are looking to recruit new members for September. Across the Diocese there are hundreds of parishioners helping to support school leadership teams by volunteering their time and expertise as school governors - but what is it about the role which encourages so many committed volunteers to apply?

Making a difference.
All schools have a Board of Governors, that provides strategic leadership. It is responsible for driving up standards, ensuring money is well spent and the strategic vision. Being a school governor is a fantastic opportunity to have an impact on Catholic education and positively influence children's lives.

Catholic (Foundation) governors.

There are many different types of governors and in Catholic education the majority are Foundation Governors - practising Catholics, appointed by the Bishop, to preserve and develop the Catholic character of the school. Foundation governors serve as the Bishop's representative to assist in managing our Catholic schools. They work alongside the other governors to form the Governing Board.

Parish - School partnership.

The Parish of Blessed John Henry Newman has three schools and becoming a governor is a great way to be involved in the Catholic education of our young people in our community.

Use and develop your skills.

As well as becoming more involved with our community, school governors develop a range of both new and existing skills. You do not need to be a parent or have worked in education to be a governor as a wide range of skills are needed on a Board. These include finance, HR , buildings, health and safety, legal, complaints, data analysis, project management etc. Or it could be softer skills like working as a team to come to a vital decision. Being a governor is an opportunity to develop your skills. A wide range of training is also available from both the Diocese and the Local Authority.

Improve your knowledge about the education sector.
As a new school governor, you are not expected to come with a working knowledge of the education sector. This role will allow you to gain a fascinating insight into how schools work and how the education sector is changing and continues to change. You are guaranteed to gain a further appreciation of the work of teachers and school leaders as well as the type of challenges schools face.

It's a challenge.
There's no denying that being a school governor is a challenge, but that's a good thing - because it's important. It may be that you are putting your professional skills to use in a new context or getting to grips with a whole new sector, but most governors find this very rewarding.

The fact that the role is so enjoyable is probably one of the main reasons why there are so many governors giving up their time to help.

What is the time commitment?
The average is 10-15 hours per term; this includes attending meetings, background reading and school visits. Governors are expected to take an interest in the life of the school, to attend some of its events during the academic year and to see something of the school at work.

Being a governor is a public duty and governors have a right to reasonable time off work, although this may be without pay. You should look at your company's policy to see what entitlement you have.

How to find out more
If you would like further information on how to become a governor there will be a stall that the Big Get Together on 9 July, where you can speak to some of our current governors from St. Theresa's and Corpus Primary about the role. You can also contact Fr. Pat or the Chair of Governors (via the school).

Fiona Science
Chair of Governors,
St. Theresa's Primary School

Published Thu 20th Jul 2017 12:23:27
Last Modified on Thu 20th Jul 2017 12:23:27

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