St. Helen’s School Governors

St. Helen’s Governors are a voluntary body, each Governor gives their time and support to our school and their term of office is 4 years. Their main responsibility is to determine the aims and conduct of our school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement. Individual governors bring their own experience and expertise to the group.

The Governors are the Employers of our school staff and they are also our Admissions Authority.

The governing body holds the school to account for the quality, standard and effectiveness of the teaching and learning. Through the governing body, the school is accountable to the Diocese, Local Authority, the Parents/Carers of the pupils and to the wider community. In practice, the governing body works with the Headteacher to determine how the school should develop to ensure continued improvement, and with the head and staff agrees plans, policies, targets and procedures that work towards that development.

The governing body is also responsible for ensuring that the school fulfils its legal obligations, for the provision of the curriculum, managing the school budget, the social care and development of the pupils, and other statutory requirements such as developing school policies, setting targets, managing performance and so on. It is also responsible for evaluating the progress of the school, making sure that effective monitoring is taking place and making strategic decisions on the basis of this evaluation.

Governors are most useful to the school by being a critical friend, supportive yet questioning and challenging. If the governing body gets the balance right it can both support the school and promote its improvement effectively.

St. Helen’s Governing Body consists of 12 Governors, 7 Foundation, 2 Parents, 1 Staff, 1 LA and the Headteacher.

Foundation Governors

Appointed by Bishop of Brentwood

Mrs K Bradford-Hughes - Vice Chair

Mrs P Blight

Mrs J Green

Mr J Upsher - Chair

Fr. J Whisstock Parish Priest

2 Vacancies

Clerk to the Governing Body

Mrs A Sowerbutts

Parent Governors:

Elected by Parents/Carers

Mrs N Nevin


Staff Governors

Elected by Staff

Mr C Gibson

Local Authority Governor

Appointed by LA

Mrs C Buckley


Mrs E Mouchel

Full Governing Body will meet three times during the Autumn Term and twice in the Spring and Summer Terms. Sub-Committees have been set up to meet as and when required, these are: Finance and Pay & Staff Matters.

Working parties will be set up as and when required.

If you are interested in becoming a Governor in the future please see “Why Become a School Governor”, speak to Mrs Mouchel or one of the other Governors for further information.

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