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Governors

Position Name Class Link/ Responsibilities/ Committees Pecuniary/ Business Interests
Chair
Foundation Governor
Appointed by Clifton Diocese August 2015
Current term ends
31.08.2019
Mrs Marie Sawyer Reception Class
Child Protection Lead Governor
Finance & Audit
Attendance at Meetings of the Full Governing Body over last Academic Year -  5/5
Jack & Jill Pre-School
Moonraker Woods
Stentor Music
Foundation Governor
Appointed by Clifton Diocese August 2015
Current term ends
31.08.2019
Mrs Teresa Bernadette Quinn Year 6
SEN Lead Governor
Admissions (Chair)
Staffing (Chair)
Premises
Pupil Discipline
Attendance at Meetings of the Full Governing Body over last Academic Year – 5/5
 
Vice Chair
Foundation Governor
Appointed by Clifton Diocese August 2015
Current term ends
31.08.2019
Mrs Isabelle Lucile Michelle Semichon Year 2
Religious Education Lead Governor
Staffing
Curriculum & Prof Development (Chair)
Attendance at Meetings of the Full Governing Body over last Academic Year – 5/5
Jack & Jill Pre-School
Hardenuish School, Chippenham
Foundation Governor
Appointed by Clifton Diocese January 2017
Current term ends
31.12.2021
Mrs Victoria Hood Year 5
Curriculum & Prof Development
Pupil Discipline
Attendance at Meetings of the Full Governing Body over last Academic Year – 0/5 New Governor
 
Foundation Governor
Appointed by Clifton Diocese September 2014
Current term ends
30.09.2018
Mrs Gabrielle Pickford Year 3
Science Lead Governor
ICT Lead Governor
Premises
Curriculum & Prof Development
Attendance at Meetings of the Full Governing Body over last Academic Year – 5/5
 
Foundation Governor
Appointed by Clifton Diocese September 2014
Current term ends
30.09.2022
Mr Martin Gerald Hinnigan

Finance & Audit (Chair)
Curriculum Complaints Premises
Pupil Discipline
Attendance at Meetings of the Full Governing Body over last Academic Year – 4/5

 
Foundation Governor
Appointed by Clifton Diocese October 2018
Current term ends
30.09.2022
Mrs Lily Kumah    

Parent Governor
Elected by Parents

October 2017
Current term ends

October 2021

Mr R Swan Y1
Admissions
Finance & Audit
Premises
Staff Appeals
Curriculum Complaints
Attendance at Meetings of the Full Governing Body over last Academic Year – 5/5
None
Parent Governor
VACANCY
  Year 4
Curriculum & Prof Development
 
Headteacher Mrs Louise Brown    
Non-Teaching Staff Governor
Elected by Staff
October 2015
Current term ends
19.10.2019
Mr Michael Kaye Health & Safety Lead Governor
Premises
Attendance at Meetings of the Full Governing Body over last Academic Year – 3/4
None

Governors/Trustees who have served during the past 12 months but who have now stepped down

Position Name Class Link/ Responsibilities/Committees Pecuniary/ Business Interests
Acting Headteacher Mrs Margaret Owen Attendance at meetings of the Full Governing Body over the last Academic Year - 5/5
 
 

Parent Governor Elected by Parents

Sept 2014 Term Ends Sept 2018

Mrs Lily Kumah

Attendance at meetings of  the Full Governing Body over the last Academic Year - 4/5

 

Foundation Governor

Appointed by Clifton Diocese July 2014 Term Ended July 2018

Mrs Francesca Coath

Attendance at meetings of the Full Governing Body over the last Academic Year - 5/5

 

What is a Governor?

In becoming a school Governor, you are taking on one of the most important and valuable roles in education – the strategic leadership of a school. Governors are one of the biggest groups of volunteers in the country.

What do they do?

The purpose of the Governing Body is to help the school to provide the best possible education for its pupils.  They set the school aims and policies together with the Head.  The Head is responsible for day-to-day management.  Governors have responsibilities in such areas as curriculum, finance, personnel and special educational needs.  No individual Governor has any power unless delegated by the governing body.  The Governing Body as a whole is responsible for any decisions made.

What kind of people are governors?

It’s a common misconception that all Governors are ‘professionals’.  Although Governing Bodies do find it helpful to have governors with skills in particular areas (e.g. finance or management skills) most members are ‘ordinary’ members of the public.  Most Governors are existing or former parents of children at the stchool (although the wider community and the local parish are also respresented).  They have a special interest in the development of the school. 

Governors should act at all times with honesty and integrity and be ready to explain their actions and decisions to staff, pupils, parents and anyone with a legitimate interest in the school.

The Governing Body is structured in the following way:

Foundation Governors who are nominated through the parish and appointed by the Bishop of Clifton to ensure that the Catholic nature of the school is maintained.  They are all practising Catholics.

Parent Governors are elected by parents of children attending Saint Edmund's Catholic Primary School for a term of three years.

Staff Governors are elected by school staff and form an important link between the school and the Governing Body.

The Headteacher is automatically a Governor.

Time Commitment

Governors would be required to attend four Governing Body meetings a year and to be an active member of one of the sub-Committees who also meet four times a year.

OFSTED recognises that Governors who come into School regularly are better placed to fulfil their role.

Training and Support

Training is not compulsory, but all Governors, however experienced, need training to improve their effectiveness in the role and to keep abreast of developments that may affect their school and their role as governor.  The Local Authority provides a portfolio of training.

The Governing Body is supported by a Clerk who has access to further support and advice from the Local Authority and other bodies.

Three key roles

A Governing Body’s responsibilities make best sense in the context of their three key roles:

Provide a strategic view

  • focus on the future
  • decide what they want the school to achieve
  • set the strategic framework for getting there
  • set suitable aims and objectives
  • agree policies, targets and priorities
  • contribute to, monitor and evaluate the school’s strategic and development plans
  • leave the day to day management of the school to the head

A critical (or candid) friend

Offers: Should also:
support challenge
constructive advice ask questions
a sounding board for ideas seek information
a second opinion on proposals improve proposals  
help where needed seek to arrive at best solution for all

Ensure accountability

The Governing Body is responsible for ensuring good quality education in the school

it has the right to discuss, question and refine proposals while always respecting the professional roles of the head and other staff and their responsibilities for the management of the school

·in its turn, it is accountable to parents and the wider community for its actions and the school’s overall performance

Minutes of Governor Meetings

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