What we do

Governors are responsible for the strategic direction of the school and for maintaining high educational standards. We get involved in setting school policies, the admissions procedure, recruitment, school’s budget and improvement plan, setting targets and monitoring school performance.

St Mary’s is a church school (Voluntary Aided). The land and buildings are owned by the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton and the school is part of the Catholic Church. The Foundation Governors are appointed by the Bishop and have a particular responsibility for maintaining the Catholic ethos of the school. The governing body employs the staff, unlike community schools where the council is the employer. Governors are also responsible for admissions, rather than the council. 10% of the cost of all building improvements must be met from donations. Governors are responsible for collecting donations annually from parents and local parishes also make a contribution. Through the generosity of parents and the parish  we were able to rebuild the Vale Road perimeter wall this year, improving security for the school. We were also able to replace faulty hot water boilers in classrooms.

Would you be interested in joining the Governing Body?

We welcome new volunteers to the Governing Body. Foundation governors are appointed by the Bishop and need to be practising Catholics and have the support of their parish priest. Parent Governors are elected by parents when a vacancy becomes available. The council appoints the local authority governor. We can also co-opt people with particular skills to become associate governors, so governors are not always appointed or elected.

We formally meet twice each half term and there are also other visits and meetings that you will have the opportunity to attend. The local authority and Diocese provide support and training for school governors. We are particularly interested in anyone who has professional skills that they can share with the Governing Body.  Please contact the school office if you are interested in becoming one of the governors at St Mary's.