BECOMING A GOVERNOR
Do you have a keen interest in education and feel you could make a positive contribution to the work of an Academy Council? If so, we would like to hear from you.
Please contact the Trust Governance Manager at: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
There are more than 2200 Catholic schools/academies in England and Wales, making the Church the largest provider of secondary and second largest provider of primary education in the country.
The Bishop Konstant Catholic Academy Trust comprises 12 primary and 2 secondary Catholic academies. Further information about each academy may be viewed here
The Bishop Konstant Catholic Academy Trust Board governs the Trust. Each academy has an ‘Academy Council’ made up of Governors who are involved in the leadership and management of the academy at a strategic level. The Trust Board delegate many responsibilities to Academy Councils.
Governors hold school leaders to account for educational standards and performance of the academy whilst ensuring that the Catholic faith is at the heart of our academies.
WHAT DO GOVERNORS DO?
Governors are volunteers who are responsible for the strategic leadership and accountability within academies.
The key functions of an Academy Council include:
- Supporting the Trust Board in overseeing delivery of the Trust Strategic Plan at a local level;
- Ensuring clarity of Catholic vision, ethos and strategic direction;
- Holding the appropriate senior leaders to account for the educational performance of the academy and its pupils;
- Overseeing the financial performance of the academy and making sure money is well spent.
Some of the things Governors may be responsible for are:
- Monitoring the performance and progress of the academy;
- Monitoring the academy budget and deciding how money is spent;
- Appointing academy staff;
- Engaging with pupils, parents, staff and the community.
TYPES OF GOVERNOR
All Governors, regardless of their type are elected or appointed with one common purpose – to govern the academy in the best interests of pupils.
Are you looking for a way to live out your faith and serve your local community at the same time? If so, becoming a Foundation Governor could be just the thing for you.
Foundation Governors play an important part in maintaining and developing the Catholic character of academies.
Each Academy Council has five or six Foundation Governors and they always have to outnumber all other categories of Governor by two so as to ensure the preservation and development of the Catholic character of the academy.
Interested persons must complete an application form for consideration by the Bishop who makes these appointments.
To request a Foundation Governor application form, please contact the Trust Governance Manager at: email@example.com
A Parent Governor is a voice from the parent body, not the only voice of the parental body. The Academy Council as a whole will take steps to understand what parents think, while acknowledging that anyone on the Academy Council who is a parent themselves has valuable knowledge and perspectives about the academy to bring to bear in discussions and decisions and helps to guarantee that there is a link between governance and the parent community.
Each Academy Council has one or two Parent Governors. The Academy Council invites nominations from parents of pupils at the academy to apply for positions as vacancies arise.
If there are more nominations than vacancies available, an election is held by secret ballot and the successful candidate is appointed as a Parent Governor. The number of Parent Governors is made up by persons appointed by the Academy Council if the number of parents standing for election is less than the number of vacancies.
Parents of children at the academy with an interest in becoming a Parent Governor should contact the Headteacher or Chair of the Academy Council of the relevant academy who will advise whether there is a vacancy.
The Headteacher serves on the Academy Council as a Staff Governor. There is one other Staff Governor position on each Academy Council.
The Academy Council invites nominations from all staff employed to work at the academy. If there are more nominations than vacancies available, an election is held by secret ballot and the successful candidate is appointed as a Governor.
Staff Governors have the same role and responsibilities of any other Governor. They are elected by staff and bring a helpful perspective to the Academy Council. Staff Governors are not elected to represent all staff, but are elected in order to contribute to the work of the Academy Council.
Employees of the academy with an interest in becoming a Staff Governor should contact the Headteacher or Chair of the Academy Council of the relevant academy who will advise whether there is a vacancy.
The average Governor role will take up about 10-12 hours per month. However, this can vary depending on the academy’s calendar or by events, such as an Ofsted inspection.
This commitment includes the minimum requirement of attending up to six meetings of the Academy Council and any Committees that have been established. The Committees will focus on areas such as finance, curriculum, pupil progress and site management. Meetings are usually held in the evening/late afternoon and last up to 2 hours.
Governors are encouraged to visit the academy during the school day to gain a deeper understanding of the academy. In addition, it is expected that Governors will attend at least one training event each academic year.
Governors serve for a four-year term of office.
SUPPORT FOR GOVERNORS – TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT
The world of education changes very quickly, from new curriculum planning, new Ofsted frameworks to funding and safeguarding responsibilities. Governors in our academies must ensure they understand the mission of Catholic education, the inspection of Catholic schools and above all how to ensure the ethos of a Catholic school pervades all the school does and makes it distinctive from other forms of education in working with the families and parishes in its area.
All Governors have access to ongoing support, advice and guidance to help them in their roles. Governor training and development opportunities are offered by the Trust, Diocese, Local Authorities, National Governance Association and other training providers. In addition, Governors may request bespoke support and training tailored to suit their needs.
GENERAL ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
To be eligible for appointment as a Governor applicants must be over the age of 18 and under the age of 70. Foundation Governors must be a practising Catholic.
Further detail of the eligibility and disqualification criteria can be found on the application form.