The Governing Body
A Message from the Chair
I am pleased to introduce myself as the Chair of Governors and give a brief introduction to the nature of the work that we do. The role of Governors is very important in the life of a school and being a Governor at St Matthias is no exception. The Governors work hard to support the school in all aspects of its delivery and have the ultimate responsibility for ensuring that the school delivers its statutory functions to the very best of its ability. However we are not the school’s managers and it is not the Governors’ job to be the people who run the day to day organisation of the school’s activities. So, what do we do? The Governors could be best described as the ‘Critical Friend’ to the Head Teacher and all the employees of the school whatever their role. We are also the guardians of the entitlements of all of the students on roll at the school and take an active interest in ensuring that their rights and entitlements are paramount in all aspects of the school’s provision. These are responsibilities that the Governors take very seriously and in order to carry out those functions we have a number of committees that oversee such things as curriculum provision, school resources, the health and well-being of students and staff, quality assurance in respect of teaching and learning, to name just a few. In addition to the committees, the Governors also meet once each half-term as a full Board to discuss a wide range of reports received from both the school and the Local Authority. Those discussions with the leadership and management team of the school help to create the school’s vision for its future and help to determine the ways in which the school responds to the wide variety of expectations placed on it by the demands of legislation, Ofsted, the Local Authority and the community that the school serves.
As a Governing Board we are committed to making ourselves known to all of the school’s stakeholders and want to ensure that through a variety of ways we are both accessible to everyone and keep everyone informed in respect of the activities that we undertake on behalf of the school. Elsewhere on this website you will find details of how the Governors can be contacted.
I look forward to continuing a successful partnership with everyone connected with St Matthias.
Chair of Governors
The Governing Body consists of Co-opted, Parent, Staff, Local Authority and Associate Governors. They are all unpaid volunteers who have the best interests of the school at heart and come with a diverse range of skills and expertise. The Chair and Vice Chair oversee subcommittees each with responsibility for support in different areas.
Agreed that the constitution of the Pay/Personnel Committee be amended to provide that in addition to the existing membership, any other Governor or Governors could be appointed to the Committee at the discretion of the Chair.
Leadership and Management – Arthur Thompson
Achievement and Pupil Premium – Sue Moore
Teaching and Learning and SEND – Zoe Stuart
Behaviour – Sarah Hay
Safety/Safeguarding - Jane Francis
Attendance at Governor Meetings 2021 - 2022
Y - Attended, C - Consent to Absence, A - Absent