St Bernadette Catholic Primary School is a voluntary aided school and its Governing Body consists of both appointed and elected governors. Governors generally hold their office for a period of four years at a time. During this time they have the opportunity to attend training courses and workshops on a comprehensive range of topics provided by the Local Authority and the Diocese of Westminster, and receive updates on salient issues from a variety of sources.
The Governing Body has strategic responsibility for the conduct of the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement. Governors provide guidance and support. The role of a governor is that of a 'critical friend', who is there to give direction and focus to the school leadership. The management of the school is the responsibility of the Head Teacher.
Meetings of the full Governing Body are usually held twice a term throughout the school year. Topics covered in meetings may include planning the school's long term vision through the School Improvement Plan, target setting and monitoring, and the school budget.
The Governing Body is answerable to parents and the wider community. Correspondence for the Governors may be addressed to the Clerk to the Governing Body at the school.
Foundation governors at the school represent the interests of the Diocese of Westminster who are trustees of the school. The role of the foundation governor is to ensure that the school is clearly recognizable as Christian in its ethos and that its role is seen in the provision for Catholic children of the Diocese.
Parents of pupils registered at the school are eligible to stand for election as a parent governor. They are elected by other parents at the school. The school has two elected parent governors.
The Head Teacher is automatically eligible to be a full member of the Governing Body by virtue of the office. Head Teachers have the choice of being a governor. Both teaching and support staff who are paid to work at the school are eligible to stand as staff governors. They are elected by other members of the staff at the school. The school has one staff governor.
Local Authority Governors
Local Authority governors are appointed by the Local Authority of Hillingdon.
Full details of the Governors and the composition of the Governing Body are attached below:
Chair of Governors
Mrs F McCarthy - Parent Governor
Vice – Chair of Governors
Mrs M Duckett - Foundation Governor
Mrs B O'Driscoll
Mrs C Fitzgerald
Mr J Price
Mrs Christine Graham
Mr R I Velasquez
Mrs C Acres - Headteacher
Mrs R Weatherby - Staff Governor
Miss J Simpson – Associate Governor (Assistant Head teacher)
Mrs A Sanhedrin – Health & Safety and Premises