St Christopher's is an educational charity and its governors act in a similar way to non-executive directors, serving the school on a voluntary basis. The composition of the board reflects the wider requirements of the school, with each governor offering skills and expertise in a specific area, reflecting the school’s evolving needs. We are extremely fortunate to have leading educationalists, including the current head of Godolphin and Latymer and the chief executive of the Girls Schools Association, as well as governors with financial, legal, psychological, architectural and marketing backgrounds. A number of the governors are current or past parents, although the number of current parents is capped for governance purposes.
The governors’ main purpose is to act as guardians for standards at the school and to ensure compliance with governance. They seek to ensure that pupils are given the best possible, broad and creative education in surroundings which are safe, conducive to learning and fit for purpose. In addition they must safeguard the financial health and wellbeing of the school and, together with the school’s senior managers, must plan strategically for the future. Governors usually serve for five years and then, if willing and re-elected, can serve one more term before retiring. This ensures balance, continuity and rotation.
St Christopher’s School, Hampstead is supported by Convene who provide us with a digital board portal to allow us to have secure paperless governors’ meetings.