The Governing Body of The Barlow RC High School has overall responsibility for the conduct of the school and for promoting high standards of educational achievement. The Governors are responsible for setting the strategic direction of the school, overseeing the school budget and appointing staff.

The school can have up to twenty governors, appointed from four groups with particular interests in The Barlow.  Salford Diocese appoints Foundation Governors; Parent Governors are elected in a parent ballot; the school’s staff elect three representatives and Manchester Local Authority nominates two Governors. The Headteacher is also a member of the Governing Body.

The work of The Barlow is rooted in our Mission Statement and in the following Strategic Aims of the school, which have been agreed by the Governors:

  • To maintain and develop the distinctive nature and character of The Barlow as a Catholic School
  • To take full account of the views of parents, carers and others supporting the school with regard to the running and development of the school
  • To aim for the highest possible standards of progress and attainment from all pupils, with each of them achieving their full potential
  • To provide the widest range of opportunities for learning within and beyond the classroom, ensuring that all statutory requirements for the curriculum are met
  • To provide the highest quality of care, guidance and support for all pupils, nurturing them in their growth in faith and personal development
  • To ensure that the leadership at all levels in the school is of excellent quality, with staff appointments made that are appropriate in helping to support the mission of the school

The Governors are responsible for the formulation and review of school policies and for admissions, attendance, and the welfare of vulnerable pupils.

The full Governing Body meets at least once a term and there are also regular finance, curriculum and HR committee meetings. The Governors deal with pupil exclusions and similar matters as and when necessary.  In addition, each Governor has a link to a curriculum area or issue and will meet with the Head of Faculty or appropriate staff member regularly.

The Headteacher is responsible for the management of the school, implementation of all policies and the day-to-day organisation of the school. This often includes liaison with the wider community, the Local Authority and other interested groups.

The Governing Body works closely with the Headteacher who reports to them regularly, acting as a critical friend to her and the Senior Leadership team, monitoring and evaluating progress against school, year group and subject targets.

Governors Minutes

*Minutes of the Governors meetings are available on request.