Local Governing Body

Welcome to St Francis Local Governing Body

Good governance is vital to any successful school and the Department for Education Governors’ Handbook identifies three core functions for governing bodies:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff.
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

 St Francis Local Governing Body

The School Governors are volunteers who give their time and expertise free of charge to ensure that the school is run well, within budget and putting the needs and well-being of pupils and staff at the forefront. They come from varied backgrounds and represent different groups within the community. Their brief is to assist the school’s Leadership Team with the management of the school and to ensure that the distinctive Catholic nature of the school is maintained. The governing body works in close partnership with the leadership team, staff, and the Diocese. Whilst the leadership team is, of course, responsible for the day-to-day running of the school, the governors are involved with such things as staffing, curriculum, school buildings, finance and admissions. In addition to attending local governing body meetings, governors are also expected to join at least one committee. There are four main committees at St Francis:

  • Steering
  • Admission.
  • Resources – including three sub committees – Pay, Personnel & Performance Management.
  • Standards.

The Chair of St. Francis Local Governing Body is:  Mr. John Ware and he can be contacted at St. Francis Catholic Primary School, Coronation Road, Ascot, SL5 9HG.

 St Francis governing body is made up of 12 governors:

  • Executive Headteacher (Ex-Officio)
  • Head of School (Ex-Officio)
  • School Business Manager (Ex-Officio)
  • MAT Governor (one of the six Foundation Governors)
  • One staff governor – a member of staff, elected by the school staff.
  • Two parent governors – a parent / carer of a child at the school, elected by parents / carers.
  • Six foundation governors – appointed by the diocese, they have an additional specific role in preserving and developing the religious ethos of the school. The Chair of Governors is a Foundation Governor. 
  • Ex-officio (member of LGB who is part of it by virtue of holding another office i.e. Executive Headteacher, Head of School, School Business Manager)

If you would like to find out more about the role of the Governors or if you wish to contact the governors regarding a particular matter, please feel free to contact the Clerk to the Governing Body, Dian Poll via the school office. She will be able to direct you to the appropriate governor or committee.

Local Governing Body Information:

Local Governing Body Structure
Governor Attendance 2017/18
Governors’ Training 2017/18
Chairs Report
List of Governors 2018/19
Governor’s Meetings 2018/19
Terms of Reference for LGB
Governor Code of Conduct
Steering Committee Terms of Reference (TOR)
Standards Committee Terms of Reference
Admissions Committee Terms of Reference
Resources Committee Terms of References

If you would like to find out more about any of the vacancies on the LGB, please contact the Head of School, Mrs. R. Miccoli or the Clerk to the Local Governing Body, Mrs Diana Poll via the school office/email office@stfrancisprimary.org


Foundation Governor
There are presently no vacancies on the LGB
Nomination Form
You can nominate someone to become Governor Body by filling from.
Guidance for Potential Foundation Governors
This guidance has been produced by the Department for Schools to assist those interested in becoming a Foundation Governor of a Catholic school.
Fact Sheet for those interested in Foundation Governors
The main role of the governing body is to operate at a strategic level, leaving the head teacher and senior school leaders responsible and accountable to the governing body for the operational day-to-day running of the school.