The Governing Body
All schools have governing bodies made up of different categories of governors. St Helen's School has:
7 Foundation Governors (appointed by the Bishop)
2 Parent Governors (elected by Parents)
1 Local Authority Governor
1 Staff Governor (elected by the Staff)
The main role of the governing body is to operate at a strategic level, leaving the head teacher and senior school leaders responsible and accountable to the governing body for the operational day-to-day running of the school. As such, the three core functions of the governing body are:
1. Ensuring clarity of the Catholic vision, ethos and strategic direction;
2. Holding the head teacher to account for the educational performance and Catholic character of the school and its pupils; and
3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
Foundation Governors are specifically appointed by the Bishop to ensure the preservation and development of the school’s Catholic character, to ensure that the school is being conducted as a Catholic school, and to represent the Bishop’s education policy to the governing body. However, all categories of governor in a Catholic school are required to preserve and develop the Catholic character of the school in addition to their other legal duties. Foundation governors always outnumber all other governors by two so as to ensure a majority vote where matters of particular Catholic importance arise.
Governors come in all shapes and sizes and there is no magic formula when it comes to putting together a successful governing body. But it is important that each governing body has a good mix of skills, knowledge and experiences. Associate Governors bring their skills and expertise to the board, but do not have voting rights.
The Education Commission manages the process for the appointment of foundation governors, provides support to governing bodies in carrying out their statutory responsibilities and their responsibilities to the Bishop and promotes the development of governors through regular newsletters, briefings and training courses.
The Governors are:
Dave Hartnett (Chair of Governors)
Patricia Dafe (Vice Chair of Governors)
Fr. Eustace Durugba (Foundation Governor)
Dr. Gabriel Otukwu (Foundation Governor)
Manuela Pedace (Foundation Governor)
Beatrice Okoli (Foundation Governor)
Katherine MacLean (Local Authority Governor)
Cara Bailey (Parent Governor)
Alex Charles (Parent Governor)
Helen Brownlow (Staff Governor)
Adrian Le Cuirot (Headteacher)
Alan Taggart is an Associate Governor. He served as a Staff Governor during the last academic year.
There is currently one vacancy for a Foundation Governor who is appointed by the Archbishop.
Curriculum Committee (Chaired by Katherine MacLean)
Resources Committee (Chaired by Patricia Dafe)
Admissions Committee (Chaired to be elected at next meeting)
Health and Safety Advice (Reports to Governing Body)
Cara Bailey and Alan Taggart
The Governing Body keeps a Register of Interests. See below.