The role of the Governing Body is to set the strategic direction of Christ The King Federation, in conjunction with each schools' Senior Leadership team, to safeguard the public interest in each school and to ensure that those who are directly responsible for day-to-day management (the Executive Headteacher, Heads of School and Senior Leaders) are accountable for decisions and actions taken.
The Governing Body has three core functions:
1. To ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
2. To holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff; and
3. To oversee the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.
|Mrs K. Adams||Foundation||Diocese of Brentwood|
|Father M Baidoo||Foundation||Ex-Officio (Parish Priest - Danbury & South Woodham Ferrers)|
|Mrs T. Bradley-Jones||Foundation||Diocese of Brentwood|
|Mrs C. Ellershaw||Foundation||Diocese of Brentwood|
|Mrs S. Ginzler-Maher||Staff||Ex-Officio (Executive Headteacher)|
|Mr G. Huish||Associate Members||Governing Body|
|Father J. James||Foundation||Ex-Officio (Parish Priest - Burnham on Crouch and Maldon)|
|Mr J Lee||Parent||Parents of St Francis|
|Mrs K. McCloud||Foundation||Diocese of Brentwood|
|Mr D. Mills (Chair)||Foundation||Diocese of Brentwood|
|Mrs K Palmer||Parent||Parents of St Joseph's|
|Mrs C. Peear||Staff||Staff|
|Mrs M. Ponton||Local Authority||Essex County Council|
|Mr J. Sorsby||Associate Members||Governing Body|
|Mrs S Spooner (Vice Chair)||Foundation||Diocese of Brentwood|
|Mrs E. Spring||Associate Members||Governing Body|
|Mrs V. Townsend||Co-opted||Governing Body|
Our Clerk to the Governing Body is Ms L. Smith.
Our Governors can be contacted via our schools.
Our Governing Body was constituted on 19th January 2018.
What is a Foundation Governor?
There are a series of unique specifications that make a Catholic school Catholic. One of those is the right of the local Bishop to appoint Foundation Governors for his schools and for them to always be in a majority.
These Foundation Governors play a crucial role in preserving the Catholic ethos and Character of the school by representing the Bishop on the governing body.
Their responsibilities also include, holding the head teacher to account, setting the school budget, looking after the school’s admissions policy and managing the recruitment of senior members of staff.
Why become a Foundation Governor?
If you have children at a Catholic School, you’ll know that it’s the school’s strong ethos that’s the key to its success.
Maintaining this ethos is the responsibility of the whole school but for foundation Governors it is their primary purpose. Many people become Foundation Governors for different reasons. Some do it to give back to their local community while others find it to be a practical way to live out their faith.
What are the requirements and time commitments?
There are only two requirements to be a Foundation Governor. One I that you’re over the age of 18 and you are a practising Catholic. There’s not a specific ‘person specification’ when it comes to the other skills you need, suffice to say all governing bodies need a wide range of people sitting on them.In terms of time commitments, you are looking at 10-12 hours a month - this includes times spent in meetings. Governors are expected to attend at least one full governance meeting per term and join at least one subcommittee.
Where can I go for more information?
More information on becoming a Foundation Governor can be found on your Diocese’s website and on the Catholic Education Service’s governance web page.
- Catholic Education Service - Governance
- Diocese of Brentwood - Education Department
- Foundation Governor Infographic
As required by law the table below shows the information required for each Governor who has served at any point over the past 12 months.
It is a statutory requirement of all Governors to declare if there is any other interest that may pose conflict between their business and personal interests and those of the school.