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Governance

Governors are volunteers who collectively make up the schools Local Governing Committee. The Local Governing Committee comprises of individuals drawn from the school’s community, both as elected and appointed members.

The Diocese appoints Foundation Governors specifically to ensure:

  • That the Catholic character of the school is preserved;
  • That the school is conducted in accordance with its trust deed; and
  • That the religious education curriculum is in accordance with the Bishop’s policy for his Diocese, based on the Bishops’ Conference Curriculum Directory.

The Headteacher is a Governor and each school also has elected Parent and Staff Governors and may also co-opt a Governor for a specific purpose.

The role of a Governor within the Trust is an important one. The governance structure ensures that as far as possible the responsibility to govern is vested in those closest to the impact of decision making. Governors play a crucial role in the leadership of our school. They share in the strategic responsibility of promoting high educational standards on and ensuring that the school is conducted as a Catholic school. The overall role of the Local Governing Committee is to support and challenge the school leaders to provide the best possible education for all children.

Governors attend at least three full Local Governing Committee meetings a year, will have a monitoring role which helps them develop a deeper understanding of the school and may also sit on a sub committee where specific issues are considered such as admissions, staffing, finance or standards.

Governors are expected to attend training which is provided free of charge through the Trust and are required to undertake annual safeguarding training. Governors are accountable to the Directors and the Bishop and must ensure that, at all times, they act in good faith and in the best interests of the school and the Trust, exercising care and skill using their knowledge and experience.

Our School Governors:

  • Anne Marie Conroy – Chair of Governor
  • Sarah Willis – Vice-Chair of Governors
  • Lilian Clay – Foundation Governor
  • Sandra Gibson – Foundation Governor
  • Maureen Harris – Foundation Governor
  • Nick Turton – Foundation Governor
  • Maria Robinson – Headteacher
  • Nicola Dellow – Staff Governor
  • Susan Mulholland – Parent Governor
  • Stewart Dine – Foundation Governor

How To Become A School Governor

If you require further information on the roles of a Governor or you are interested in becoming one, contact the school or the Trust at governance@bwcet.com

To nominate yourself to become a Foundation Governor, please complete the application form on the Diocesan website Governance – Diocese of Hexham & Newcastle (diocesehn.org.uk)

The Diocese encourage all applicants to read the additional guidance documents here – 5-Guidance-for-Prospective-Foundation-Governors-and-Directors.pdf (diocesehn.org.uk)

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Updated | 21st February, 2024 |

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