A warm welcome to our school website from the governors of St. Aloysius. We hope you will find it useful and informative. Please look at it regularly as it will be updated and will contain a wealth of information.
It is hard to believe that it is coming up to a year since the two schools came together to make one through school in order for us to call ourselves St. Aloysius Catholic Primary School. So much has happened since then. One of the noticeable changes was the introduction of the new school uniform and logo at the start of this academic year. We are grateful to the parents who helped Miss McFlynn and Mrs McCann with the design of the uniform which you must agree looks so smart and stands out. We have welcomed a number of new teachers and support staff in the last few months and everyone is working very hard to give our children the best education during their time at St. Aloysius.
The governing body at our school currently has ten serving governors. All of us are volunteers and give of our time freely in order to help the leadership team being Miss McFlynn, Mrs McCann, Miss Shevlin and Miss Brennan run the school. We do not deal with the day to day running of the school as that is not our job. We are more like the ‘helicopter’ that never lands. Our role is strategic and not operational. All the governors bring their own skills to the role but they act as one body and not as individuals. The three core functions (as set out in law) of the governing body are to
Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
Hold the leadership to account for the educational performance of the school and the children, and the performance management of the staff
To oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure that the money it receives is well spent
Under what is called, The Instrument of Government, our governing body has up to twelve governors. Of the twelve, seven are known as Foundation governors as they are appointed by the Bishop. They need to be practising Catholics in order to be appointed. Fr Jeremy is automatically a member by virtue of his position as Parish Priest. There are two members of staff being Miss McFlynn and Miss Shevlin. We have capacity for two elected parent governors and currently we have only one in post being Ms Therese Tiu. We would welcome another parent putting themselves forward as parent governor in order to bring another parent perspective to the governing body (please see Mrs McCann if you would like more information). Lastly, there is the Local Authority governor, a post which is unfilled at the moment.
We hold six full governing body meetings during the school year. In addition, we have two committees being the Resources Committee which deals with finance, staffing, premises and health and safety. The other committee is the Standards and Curriculum Committee to which all governors belong. This Committee oversees the standard of education in the school, the outcomes for the children, their progress and attainment. In addition, when needed, a panel of three governors may need to be convened if there is a complaint made by a parent, or if there is a discipline issue regarding a member of staff or a permanent exclusion hearing regarding a pupil.
Governors who serve in our school need to undergo training. All our governors have undertaken induction training and safeguarding training at the Camden Learning Centre so that they can serve effectively in their role.
Like you, we want the very best for the children at St. Aloysius. Their education is vitally important in order for them to become responsible adults, rooted in their Catholic faith, who will contribute to society when they complete their education.