English Martyrs' Catholic Primary School

Nurturing a relationship with Jesus Christ


English Martyrs Catholic Primary School

Governors and the role of the Governing Body

There are 14 governors at English Martyrs School. As we are a Voluntary Aided Catholic School we have 8 foundation governors appointed by the Bishop of Portsmouth, who have a specific responsibility to maintain the Catholic ethos of the School. We also have 2 parent governors elected by parents at the school and one local authority governor appointed by Reading Borough Council. The Headteacher and 2 other members of staff are also members of the governing body.
The governing body has a range of duties and powers and a general responsibility for the running of the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement.

Our responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  1. Ensuring that the school provides a Catholic, Christian setting in which children
    can grow in knowledge, skills, attitudes and values.
  2. Setting targets for pupil achievement
  3.  Managing the School’s finances
  4. Making sure the curriculum is balanced and appropriate to the needs of the
  5. Taking general responsibility for the conduct of the school, including discipline
    and attendance
  6. Appointing staff and reviewing staff performance
  7. Admissions to the school


The Governors are not involved in the day to day management of the school. This is the responsibility of the Headteacher and senior leadership team.
Each Governor is expected to contribute fully to the work of the Governing Body and attend Board Meetings which are held once a term. They are also expected to be an active member of one or more of the Committees which oversee the detail of our work.


The following Committees are currently in place:

Strategy and Catholic Ethos Committee
This committee is responsible for ensuring that religious education is provided in accordance with the teachings, doctrines and particular norms of the Catholic Church. It is responsible for the strategic direction of the school and ensures accountability of all staff through monitoring and evaluation. In addition, this committee is responsible for the admissions procedure and for maintaining good communications between staff, parents, prospective parents, children and the community. It is also responsible for the school prospectus, website and public relations.


Resources Committee
This committee works closely with the School Business Manager and Headteacher to manage the school budget. It is also responsible for matters concerning the staff, the school site and buildings, including development and health and safety issues.
This committee is responsible for the implementation of the Pay Policy, having regard to  national policy, current legislation, local authority and Diocesan guidelines. It also develops, reviews and overseas the implementation of the Governing Body's personnel policies and keeps up to date with new legislation, advising the Governing Body of relevant developments.

Pupil Achievement Committee
This committee is responsible for working with the Headteacher to develop and monitor the curriculum and academic standards throughout the school. It keeps up to date with new strategies employed by the school and advises the governing body of the impact of these. This committee is responsible for monitoring and interpreting the data regarding pupils’ progress and attainment.

Recruiting New Governors
If you would like to be involved with the work that we do please contact the Chair of Governors, Chris Tracey via the School office.