The Governors


At St Dominic’s Primary Catholic School, our Governors are volunteers from our parish, school and local community. They are each responsible for providing strategic leadership and accountability in our school.


 Our Governors comprise of:

  • Four foundation governors, appointed by the Diocese of Clifton
  • Two staff governors, elected by the staff at our school, plus our Head Teacher
  • Two parent governors, elected by parents of the school to act as a representative for the parents on the governing body
  • One co-opted governor, also appointed by the governing body

Roles of Governors

The roles of Governors and other relevant information can be found by viewing the document below:

Governor details

Committee structure and meetings

Our governing body is made up of two committees, the Full Governing Body Committee and the Finance, Premises & Personnel Committee. The structure of the Committees can be viewed in the Governor details above.


The role of the Governing Body

The main role of the governing body is to operate at a strategic level, leaving the head teacher and senior 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:

  • Ensuring clarity of the Catholic vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding the head teacher to account for the educational performance and Catholic character of the school and its pupils
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent


As Governors we are responsible for the general direction of everything that goes on in the school, including the maintenance of buildings, appointing staff, regulating the funding supplied by the Education Funding Agency and ensuring that the curriculum matches the needs of the children.  We help to decide the school's strategy for improvement so that the children learn most effectively and achieve the highest standards.  We monitor and evalute the school's effectiveness.
We are also expected to visit the school at least once per term. This is in addition to supporting key school events. Governors are linked to key areas and visits are carried out to monitor and evaluate educational performance through learning walks and book scrutiny. 


Foundation Governors

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 at least two so as to ensure a majority vote where matters of particular Catholic importance arise.


How we are appointed

We are elected and appointed in such a way as to reflect those sections of the community which have an interest in the school. The Bishop of Clifton appoints Foundation Governors, usually in consultation with the Parish Priest.  As a Catholic school, Foundation Governors make up the majority of the Governing Body.   Parents and Staff elect Governors to represent their respective groups and one Governor is appointed from the local community. The Headteacher may choose to be a Governor, and all other Governors serve a four-year term.

No current members of the governing body have a governance role in other educational institutions. 


Key documents and policies can be found here



If you would like to raise anything with the Governors to be discussed at committee then please contact the school office on 01453 832682 or by emailing