A Guide to the Governing Body
The Governors at Xaverian College have the opportunity to make a significant contribution to the work of the Governing Body and the College's role in the community.
The Governing Body has a total of 19 Governors each of whom brings to the Governing Body their own specific expertise and experience. All Governors give their time voluntarily and have always shown a high level of commitment to their colleagues and to the College...
The Composition of the Governing Body
The composition of the Governing Body is laid down by the College's Instrument & Articles of Government. This is a legal document under the terms of the Further and Higher Education Act 1992 which incorporated the College and establishes the Governing Body as a legal entity and defines what the Governing Body and the College may do. The Governing Body comprises:
11 Foundation Governors, who are appointed by its Trustees - the Diocese of Salford
- 1 Local Authority member nominated by Manchester City Council
- 2 Co-opted members selected because of their special expertise or standing in the community or links to the College
- 1 elected Staff Governor
- 1 elected Parent Governor
- 2 elected Student Governors
- The Principal
The Chair is Mrs June Tracey and the Vice Chair is Mr George Walker.
The Governing Body employs an independent part-time Clerk to facilitate all aspects of its work. The Clerk is Janet Mather.
The Responsibilities of the Governing Body
The full Governing Body meets six times per year. It receives reports from the Principal or the Clerk and its own committees.The key responsibilities of the Governing Body are:
- to determine the educational character and Mission of the College and to ensure the College management is fulfilling the mission
- to ensure the solvency of the College and the safeguarding of its assets
- to approve the annual estimates of income and expenditure
- to oversee the appointment, grading, suspension, dismissal and the determination of the pay and conditions of the Principal, Vice Principal, Finance Director and the Clerk
- to set a framework for the pay and conditions of service for all staff
- to contribute to the leadership of the College in ways which promote the quality of teaching and raise student achievement
The Roles and Responsibilities of Individual Governors
In legal terms, the Governing Body has a corporate identity separate from its members. This means that responsibility for actions and decisions rests with the Governing Body as a whole and not with individual governors. Governors are expected to show the highest loyalty and to act collectively in the best interest of the College.
The Roles of Committees
Most of the detailed work is undertaken by the committees when they meet.
The committees are:
Audit: has legal powers to investigate all aspects of the internal control and financial systems of the College and employs two firms of auditors.
Finance Personnel and Resources: oversees the budget, monitors the duties of the Governing Body as the employer and manages the resources and the estate.
Quality and Standards: monitors and develops all aspects of student achievement, the quality of teaching and support and students' experiences.
Remuneration: reviews salary structures of the Principal, the Vice Principal, the Finance Director and the Clerk.
Search: recruits new Governors with appropriate expertise and experience.
Minutes of Meetings of the Governing Body
Minutes of Meetings of the Audit Committee
Minutes of Meetings of the Finance, Personnel and Resources Committee
Minutes of Meetings of the Quality and Standards Committee
Minutes of Meetings of the Search Committee