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Catherine Wayte

Primary School


Meet the Governors

About School Governance


As part of an Academy Trust, we work closely with senior staff within the Trust. Our Local Governing Body is is made up of governors who are volunteers and who work closely with the Head teacher and the school’s senior leadership team to ensure that the school provides the best possible education for all children. Governors are generally parents, professionals and members of the community from all walks of life, who bring varied skills and experience to support the leadership of the school.


The Governing Body focuses on three core functions:

  1. To ensure the school has a clear vision, ethos and strategic direction.
  2. To hold the Head teacher to account for the school’s educational performance, and the performance management of staff.
  3. To oversee the financial performance of the school and ensure its money is well spent.


Working within our Trust's scheme of delegation, we make decisions as a corporate group so no single Governor is ever solely responsible, and as a body some of our specific responsibilities include:

  • Setting the strategic vision for the school.

  • Appointing and performance managing the Head teacher.

  • Ensuring the quality of teaching and learning and therefore pupil achievement in the school is meeting or exceeding agreed targets.

  • Ensuring that an appropriate curriculum is taught.

  • Celebrating the school’s successes.

  • Ensuring all the school’s results are published each year.

  • Inputting to and ratifying school policies.

  • Monitoring the school budget to ensure financial security.

  • Helping to decide priorities for the school such as new building work or staffing structures.


We currently meet termly as an establishing governing body, to focus on all key areas such including finance, safeguarding, learning and teaching, standards and leadership. 


We receive the Head teacher’s report termly covering the crucial areas of the school’s work that we are required to monitor against the School Development Plan: teaching and learning, curriculum, assessment results, Special Educational Needs (SEN), Pupil Premium activity (how we spend additional funds from Government specifically to support our children in receipt of Free School Meals), how school challenges high achieving pupils, Foundation stage, PE/sport, staffing, budget, premises and more. In addition, we actively monitor progress towards our own Local Governing Body development plan.


Governors also play an active part in school life (attend performances, fundraisers, sports days etc.) and carry out regular monitoring visits and meetings in school on specific areas of focus (e.g. SEND, Mathematics, English, Safeguarding etc.).

Our Chair of Governors is Mr Mike Sullivan. He can be contacted by calling the school on 01793 727405 who will arrange for Mr Sullivan to return your call or by emailing using . Alternatively, you may contact him by addressing post to:

Mr M Sullivan

Chair of Governors

Catherine Wayte Primary School

Elstree Way

Abbey Meads



SN25 4TA