Role of the Local Governing Body

Broadly, the role of the Governing Body (LGB) is to provide focused governance for the school at a local level. 

It has three core functions:

  • ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;
  • overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

The LGB acts as a critical friend to the Headteacher, providing challenge where appropriate. 

It carries out its functions in relation to the school on behalf of and in accordance with policies determined by the Trustees (of the Cathedral Schools Trust). 

The Board meets one evening every term and makes regular planned visits during the school day as well as ad hoc task groups and related activity over the school year. Governors are expected to undertake regular training to ensure they are equipped with the necessary skills to carry out their roles effectively.

Composition of the Local Governing Body

The LGB is made up of a maximum of twelve members (Local Governors), including:

  • the Headteacher of the school;
  • at least one elected parent or guardian of a pupil at the school (Parent Local Governors);
  • up to two employees of the school comprising one teacher member and one support staff member elected by employees of the school ((Staff Local Governors); 
  • such other members as the Trustees decide (Co-opted Local Governors).

Governors are either elected or appointed to the Governing Body, depending on the type of governor they are, for a period of four years.

Please click here for Cathedral Schools Trust's governance information, including scheme of governance and terms of Delegation.

Details of current governors can be found in the link below ‘St Katherine’s School Governors’.

Parents may contact us through the school on 01275 373737.