Governors' Page

The overriding responsibility of the Governing Body at St. Anselm’s Catholic Primary School is to work in collaboration with the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team helping to promote continuous improvement in the performance of the school.


The Governing Body has three core functions:

  • To ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • To hold executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
  • To oversee the financial performance of the organisation and make sure its money is well spent.


These core functions are achieved through 6 formal Full Governing Body meetings and 3 Finance Monitoring meetings.  Governors challenge, help provide confident strategic leadership, create robust accountability and have oversight and assurance for educational and financial performance of the school. 


The categories of Governors at St Anselm’s are as follows:

  • Foundation Governors
    Foundation Governors are appointed by the school’s Founding Body – in our case, the Diocese of Southwark as we are a Church School. They may hold office in an ex-officio capacity if they are the holder of an office specified in the Instrument of Government, for example the Parish Priest. The Foundation Governors are required to uphold, preserve and develop the religious character of the school.
  • Parent Governors
    Parents, including carers, of registered pupils at the school are eligible to be elected as governors at the school. Parent governors are elected by other parents at the school by a process of nominations and a ballot if necessary. If insufficient parents stand for election, the Governing Body can appoint parent governors.
  • Local Authority Governors
    The Local Authority appoints LA Governors and any eligible person can be appointed to this role. A person cannot be appointed if they are eligible to be a Staff Governor.
  • Staff Governors
    Both teaching and support staff, who are paid to work at the school, are eligible to become Staff Governors. They are elected by school staff.
  • The Headteacher
    The Headteacher is a member of the Governing Body by virtue of his/her office. If the Headteacher decides not to be a governor, he/she must inform the Clerk to the Governing Body in writing. His/her position remains reserved and cannot be taken by anyone else.


All categories of Governor are elected or appointed to serve a four-year term of office: governors may serve more than one term of office.

At St Anselm’s we have individual governors responsible for aspects of Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND), Governor Training and Development, RE, Equality, Pupil Attendance and Safeguarding and Child Protection. Individual governors are linked to year groups and will remain with that year as they progress through the school.




All Governors are volunteers. We are ordinary people interested in education and have a commitment to the school; we work in a team or individually, have patience, energy and some spare time. We are willing to listen and spend time in the school as well as undertaking training to gain a greater understanding of schools, governance and any changes in educational legislation and government policy. Alongside the individual responsibilities allocated to us, we also support a range of school events throughout the year, including the monthly School Mass at St Vincent’s.


Governors work hard supporting the school vision and ethos to ensure that all our children achieve their full potential.