Holy Family Catholic Primary School Governing Body:
Holy Family Catholic Primary School has a fully committed team of governors who both lead and support the school in a positive and constructive way and have done since the school opened in 2011. Governance has always placed the children above politics and supported the school above all else.
The Role of the Governing Body
- To support the school in meeting the statutory responsibility to provide the best possible education for each individual pupil
- To be fully accountable to those who establish and fund the school and also to parents and the wider community for the way in which it carries out its function as a governing body
- To act at all times in accordance with the requirements laid down in Acts of Parliament and statutory regulations
- To maintain and develop the ethos and reputation of the school
- To act with due regard for the well-being of children in supporting the activities of the school.
- To ensure the schools interests are properly represented at a local and national level wherever and wherever appropriate.
Types of School Governors:
Parents (including carers) of registered pupils at the school are eligible to stand for election for parent governorship at the school. Parent governors are elected by other parents at the school. If insufficient parents stand for election, the governing board can appoint parent governors. A person is disqualified from election or appointment as a parent governor of a school if they are an elected member of the Local Authority, or if they work at the school for more than 500 hours in any consecutive period (at the time of school election). If a serving parent governor subsequently starts to work at the school for more than 500 hours in a consecutive 12 month period, they would serve out their term of office.
Both teaching and support staff paid to work at the school are eligible for staff governorship. Staff governors are elected by the school staff and must be paid to work at the school - volunteers are ineligible. Any election that is contested must be held by ballot.
Local Authority Governors
Local Authority governors are appointed by the Local Authority. Local Authorities can appoint any eligible person as a Local Authority governor. A person is disqualified from appointment as a Local Authority governor if they are eligible to be staff governor of the school. The Local Authority have to publish the criteria that they use to identify candidates for appointment as their representatives on governing boards. The Local Authority must ensure that they fill any vacancies as quickly as possible.
Who can be a LA Governor?
The government states that:
"Governors should be chosen on the basis of the contribution which they can bring to a school in terms of their skills and experience"
Local Authority governors are chosen on merit, irrespective of their political persuasions, on the following basis:
- A willingness to serve as a governor
- A belief that every child matters
- A passion for making education in Salford the best
- An enquiring mind and the confidence to question the way things are done in schools
Members of the Governing Body:
Should you wish to contact the Chair of the Governing body you may do so in writing care of Holy Family Catholic Primary School, 3 Lower Seedley Road, Salford, Manchester M6 5WX.
All the governors of Holy Family Catholic Primary School listed above have signed a Register of personal, pecuniary or business interests. This is a declaration of any personal or business interest they or any relative or person closely connected with them, have with businesses or other organisations that may have dealings with the school; having a relative working in or for school or being a governor of another school. If any interest a governor has could be seen to cause a conflict of interest, they would be asked to withdraw from any decision making concerned. This is to ensure that our governors can always be seen to be putting the best interests of the school first. If there is a potential conflict, it is shown below.
More information about the requirements to complete and sign the Register of personal, pecuniary or business interests can be found on Salford City Council's Governor services here where you will find the links to all other local authority's (LA's) governing bodies personal, pecuniary or business interest registers.
Register of Personal, pecuniary or business interests