Kent Catholic Schools' Partnership is a charitable trust and a company limited by guarantee. The Trust was established in August 2012 by the Archbishop of Southwark.
The Trust Board of Directors ('Trustees') are responsible for overseeing the management and administration of the Trust and they fulfil this role by delegating functions to committees.
The Trust understands the importance of the role of governance committees and the Trust has set out guidance and support in its Governance Handbook and Scheme of Delegation.
The Governance Committee is a ‘critical friend’ of the school. It provides Strategic Leadership in school improvement. It does this by being appropriately involved in the school improvement cycle as follows:
- Developing and sharing the values and vision.
- Setting out the aims and objectives of the school.
- Setting out the policies and procedures by which the aims and objectives will be achieved.
- Establishing the criteria by which the aims and achievements will be seen to be achieved.
- Taking the views of stakeholders into account.
- Evaluating evidence on how well the school is doing.
- Finding out how well the school is doing in comparison with similar schools.
- Agreeing targets for improvement.
- Planning to achieve improvement.
- Ensuring that deployment of staffing and resources match the school’s priorities.
The governance committee will consider and keep under review: the progress and attainment of all groups of pupils, evidence of narrowing gaps between under achieving groups and other pupils, improvements in the quality of teaching, the school’s improvement since the last inspection, and the school’s self-evaluation of how well it is doing currently. Governance committee members are not expected to be involved in the day to day running of the school.
Who can be a governance committee member?
- Almost everyone over 18 can become a member. Governance committee members are volunteers from all walks of life – everyone has experience and skills to offer.
- An effective governance committee has people from different backgrounds and with a mix of skills. No formal qualifications are needed to be a member.
- Governance committee members are not education experts – they are there to offer a fresh perspective.
What makes a good governance committee member?
- The ability to work in a team.
- An interest in education and a commitment to the school.
- Patience, energy and enthusiasm.
- A willingness to listen, learn and to spend time in school.
- A willingness to undertake training.
Our Chair of the Local Governance Committee, Rob Sharpley, can be contacted by email :-
The Clerk to the Committee, Phil Barham, can be contacted by email :-
Copies of the Governing Body minutes are available from the School Office.
Governance handbook - Governance Handbook 23/24
Scheme of delegation - Scheme of Delegation 23/24