Our Local Governing Body comprises of a committed band of volunteers who monitor and make decisions about St. Augustine's, it's pupils and staff. They also make sure that the Head of School and staff perform their statutory duties. The Local Governing Body works closely with the Directors of our St John the Baptist Catholic Multi-Academy Trust and share many policies with the CMAT. Decisions and policies are made at the appropriate level of need, either for St Augustine's alone or shared between all the schools in the CMAT.
Many have served as Governors for a while, others have became Governors just recently. Some are appointed by the Bishop, others by their colleagues on the school staff and some elected by the parents/ carers to represent the Parents/ Carers.
There are regular Governors meetings to discuss topics such as Budget, Admissions, Buildings, Policies, Staffing, Safeguarding, Curriculum, Attainment and much more.
Committees are set up to oversee certain areas of school life and meet at least termly:
- Standards and Improvements ( including admissions) Committee - to look at what pupils learn in school, how they perform and the results from the National tests.
- Resources - to oversee school budget, spending and costs, making sure that the building is safe and comfortable for everyone to use. Looking to maintain and improve working conditions.
There are other committees which meet only when needed to handle complaints and discipline.
If you wish to contact the Governors you may do so by writing to the Chair of Governors, Joe Zammit, via the school address of 19 West End, Costessey, Norfolk, NR8 5AG and addressing letters as 'Private and Confidential' or by email to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Governors may be contacted via the school at 19 West End, Costessey, Norfolk, NR8 5AG. Letters should be clearly marked for their attention.
For general queries about the Local Governing Body please contact the Clerk: Andrea Eke by email to email@example.com
No Governor has any declared interests business and pecuniary interests ( set at the first yearly full LGB Meeting).
No Governor is a Governor at any other Educational Establishment.
No Governor is a relative of any of the school staff or a Governor at another school or a Director of the SJB CMAT.
Governors attendance for Full Local Governing Meetings has been 100% this academic year.
As an Academy within the St John the Baptist Catholic Multi-Academy Trust the Local Governing Body take on tasks delegated to them through the CMAT Scheme of Delegation (to see the Scheme of Delegation please see the St John the Baptist CMAT webpage at www.stjohnthebaptist-cmat.org.uk). These delegated tasks include some local policies as well as organising admissions.
Governors are dedicated volunteers, who give up their time and expertise for free. Many have had or still have children at the school. Some have contributed time to the Costessey Community or the Church. All are working to make sure that St. Augustine’s is working hard to fulfil its mission statement to provide quality education enshrined in the tradition of the Catholic faith.
Governing Body Meetings
The Governors meet at least once a term to discuss regular and important topics. Last academic year they discussed:
- Cluster and CMAT events, business and finance.
- Teacher’s Pay and Conditions
- SEN policy
- Admissions Arrangements
- School Redevelopment
- FOSA events and contributions to the school ... and much more.
Norfolk Catholic Cluster of Schools
In 2011 Children’s Services at County hall recognised the individual and unique nature of the Catholic schools in the county and set up a ‘Catholic Cluster’ of schools to enable them to work together and pursue their common aims. These schools are all within the St John the Baptist CMAT but receive extra funding from the LA to support additional SEN needs.The schools in the cluster are:
- Notre Dame High School, Norwich.
- St. Augustine’s Catholic Primary School, Costessey.
- St. Mary & St Peter Catholic Primary School & Nursery, Gorleston.
- St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary School, Norwich.
The parent support advisor, Lorna Pearce, is employed by the Cluster to work across all these schools.
Committees and Working Groups
The work of the Governing body is varied and time consuming. So that Governors can work efficiently, and to make good use of the varied talents available, the bulk of the discussions take place in committee meetings. These have recently been redesigned so as to number just the two as shown below, with other Committees e.g. Discipline & Complaints appointed as and when needed:
- Resources– to set and monitor the budget and any other financial matters and procedures, buildings condition, health and safety,
- Standards & Improvement ( including Admissions) – looking at teaching, learning, performance, targets and results as well as Admissions for YR, YN and in year admissions.
These committees report back to both the full Local Governing Body and the CMAT directors.