All primary schools are managed by a group of four or eight people who have a particular interest in the provision of primary schooling in their local area. This team is made up of parents’ nominees, teachers, nominees of the patron and community nominees who have a particular interest or expertise.
The Board of Management
Ms. Fiona Smyth, Chairperson Patron’s Nominee
Mr. Gerry Phelan, Patron’s Nominee
Ms. Maria Farrell, Principal
Ms. Sinéad Fitzgerald, Teacher’s Nominee
Ms. Jeanette White, Parent’s Nominee
Mr. Matthew Burge, Parent’s Nominee
Ms. Samantha Reilly, Wider Community Nominee
Ms. Patsey Bodkin, Wider Community Nominee
Responsibilities of the Board of Management
The duties of the Board of Management are clearly defined in law and the parents’ role in this is fully acknowledged. The responsibilities of the board should include:
- Ensuring the quality of pupil learning
- Recruitment of staff
- Ensuring the high quality of teaching
- Developing and reviewing the school plan
- Developing school policies
The Board of Management provides leadership and ensures effective management of the school, within an agreed school budget and a framework of accountability. In this the board is supported by the principal, the deputy-principal (for larger schools) and holders of other posts of responsibility, each with well-defined duties.
Since parents are the primary educators of their children their representatives have a critical role to play in the management of schools and in supporting the education of their children at school. This is why it is so important that parents hold positions on the Board of Management in our schools.
Board of Management Agreed Reports
The Board of Management communicate their work with the school community each term with a report.