The Role of the Governing Body
The Governors of the School give of their time freely to organise and administer the management of all aspects of school life. They meet regularly, usually four times a year, but more frequently as sub-committees, to consult with the Headteacher who has responsibility for the day to day running of the school and to discuss all concerns that affect the children, staff, curriculum, fabric and finance of the school.
The appointment of Governors occurs every four years. Foundation Governors are appointed by the Bishop and are expected to ensure that the Catholic ethos of the School is safeguarded. The Parent, Teacher and Staff Governors are elected by the parents, teachers and staff respectively.
Holy Family is a voluntary-aided school, which means that the Governors are responsible for 10% of the structural maintenance costs. Parents are asked to pay an annual contribution towards building and maintenance costs and they are encouraged to take advantage of the Government's Gift Aid scheme. The parish pays a levy to the diocese for major building projects within the diocese of Clifton.
The Educational Reform Acts, introduced since 1988 have given the Governors a great deal of extra responsibility, which makes increasing demands on their time and expertise. But, despite this pressure of commitment, they assist the staff through their availability and readiness to deal with any matters arising and by contributing in a positive and supportive way for the good of all those concerned with the school.
The Governing Body can be contacted via the Clerk to the Governing Body, Anne Collins, Holy Family School, Amberley Road, Patchway, Bristol BS34 6BY