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All schools in England have a Governing Body which is responsible for overseeing the strategic direction of the school, holding the headteacher to account, and delivering effective financial performance.

The Governing Body aims to help the school provide the best possible education for its pupils and sets out the school’s vision 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.

The Governing Body is structured in the following way:

  • 8 x Foundation Governors (nominated through the parish and appointed by the Bishop of Clifton to ensure that the Catholic nature of the school is maintained).
  • 2 x Parent Governors (elected by parents of children attending Saint Edmund's Catholic Primary School for a term of four years).
  • 2 x Staff Governors are elected by school staff and form an important link between the school and the Governing Body.
  • The Headteacher by virtue of position in the school is automatically a Governor.

Governors currently meet monthly to discuss school business and make key decisions at the full governing body. They also have sub-committees that meet throughout the year to discuss topics such as finance, audit, and admissions.

The governing body is supported by a clerk, who records statutory information, organises the agenda setting, and documents the minutes for each full governing body that can be found on this webpage.

Saint Edmund's Governing Body is proud of the school, its staff and pupils.  We are an active and enthusiastic team, acting as a critical friend and offering support and challenge to the Senior Leadership of the school. We regularly appraise the skillset of the governing body and attend training where appropriate.

If you would like to register your interest in joining the governing body, please contact our Chair of Governors at rswan@st-edmunds-pri.wilts.sch.uk who will arrange for a confidential discussion with you.

2019 - 2020 Governing Body Members:

Mr. Ross Swan (Chair & Parent Governor).

Elected by parents in October 2017. Current term ends in October 2021.

I am responsible for leading our team of dedicated governors, ensuring that we are challenging ourselves robustly to deliver the best performance for our school and the best outcomes for our children. I am a member of the Finance and Audit Committee and am the link governor responsible for pupil premium and sports premium.

Professionally, I am the Operations Director for a financial services business. I am also the father of three boys (2 of which are at Saint Edmunds).

I have no pecuniary / business interests and have attended 5/5 full governing body meetings this school year.

 

Mrs. Kathryn Moore (Headteacher Governor).

Appointed September 2019. Term ends in July 2020.

I am the seconded headteacher of the school, providing input into the strategic direction and priorities of the school, ensuring that we achieve the best possible outcomes for our children.

I have no pecuniary / business interests and have attended 5/5 full governing body meetings this school year.

 

Mrs. Victoria Hood (Vice Chair & Foundation Governor).

Appointed by Clifton Diocese in January 2017. Current term ends in January 2021.

I chair the Admissions Committee and am the link governor responsible for both Literacy and Numeracy.

Professionally, I am a Legal Executive for a solicitor’s firm. I am also the mother of two children who are both at the school.

I have no pecuniary / business interests and have attended 5/5 full governing body meetings this school year.

 

Mrs. Gabrielle Pickford (Foundation Governor).

Appointed by Clifton Diocese in September 2014. Current term ends in October 2022.

I attend the Admissions Committee and am the link governor responsible for Special Educational Needs (SEN) and Inclusion.

I am a member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists. I am also the mother of six children, two boys who are at Saint Edmunds and four children in secondary school.

I have no pecuniary / business interests and have attended 5/5 full governing body meetings this school year.

 

Mr. Andrew Tarrant (Foundation Governor).

Appointed by Clifton Diocese in November 2018. Current term ends in November 2022.

I am the link governor responsible for Early Years (EYFS), Religious Education (RE) and Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) in the school.

Professionally, I am the headteacher of another primary school in the Clifton Diocese.

I have declared a pecuniary interest as the Headteacher of Saint Mary's Catholic Primary School, Bath and have attended 3/5 full governing body meetings this school year.

 

Dr. Ian Rodgers (Foundation Governor).

Appointed by Clifton Diocese in November 2019. Current term ends in November 2023.

I am the link governor responsible for Science in the school.

My background is as a scientist, initially doing research in physics at University. I am now retired and welcome the opportunity to devote more time to other things, including his new role as a Foundation Governor of the school. My wife and I have been parishioners at St Edmund’s church for the last 26 years.

I have no pecuniary / business interests and have attended 3/3 full governing body meetings this school year.

 

Cpt. Callum McMillan (Parent Governor).

Elected by parents in February 2019. Current term ends in February 2023.

I chair the Finance & Audit Committee, and am the link governor responsible for both Child Protection and Safeguarding, and Health & Safety.

Professionally, I am an army officer specialising in leadership coaching and development. I am also the father to two children (one of which is at Saint Edmunds).

I have no pecuniary / business interests and have attended 4/5 full governing body meetings this year.

 

Mrs. Hannah Bridges (Staff Governor).

Elected by parents in February 2019. Current term ends in February 2021.

I am a teacher at Saint Edmunds (9 years) and am a member of the senior leadership team. I am the year 6 teacher, the assistant head teacher, the key stage 2 lead, and also focus on assessment and pupil premium.

I have no pecuniary / business interests and have attended 5/5 full governing body meetings this year.

 

Current Vacancies

4 x Foundation Governors

1 x staff governor

1 x clerk

If you would like to register your interest in joining the governing body, please contact our Chair of Governors at rswan@st-edmunds-pri.wilts.sch.uk who will arrange for a confidential discussion with you.

Resignations in the last 12 months

Mrs. Lily Kumah (Foundation Governor) – Resigned 09/09/2019

Mrs. Louise Brown (Headteacher Governor) – Resigned 31/08/2019

Mr. Mike Kay (Staff Governor) – Resigned 19/10/2019

 

Key Documents

Full Governing Body Minutes 16/09/2019

Full Governing Body Minutes 10/10/2019

Full Governing Body Minutes 02/12/2019

Full Governing Body Minutes 27/01/2020

Code of Conduct

Code of Confidentiality

 

 

 

The following code sets out the principles of confidentiality adopted by the Governing Body in relation to Governing Body Meetings.

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Governing Body Code of Confidentiality (Governor Meetings)

As well as acting as a corporate organisation, Governing Bodies must act with integrity, objectivity and honesty, and in the best interests of the school. They must be open about, and prepared to explain, their decisions and actions.

The following are the principles of confidentiality adopted by the governing body in relation to governing body meetings.

  • Governing body meetings are not open to the public by right.
  • Governors should also not disclose what particular people said or how they voted at a meeting as this could restrict a person’s readiness to speak freely and, as such, work against the future effectiveness of the governing body.
  • The governing body can decide whether anyone who is not a governor, other than the Headteacher or clerk, may attend a meeting and these (often called observers) may be asked to leave if confidential items are discussed and MUST leave when certain matters are discussed e.g. disciplinary matters. Associate members may be excluded from any part of a meeting when the item of business concerns an individual pupil or member of staff. If a deputy head is in attendance and is not a governor these rules would apply.
  • It is appropriate for items likely to be deemed as confidential to be placed at the end of the agenda to allow for observers and associate members to leave, however if an item occurs during the meeting that could be deemed as confidential observers and associate members should be asked to retire from the meeting for the duration of the item and the item recorded separately.
  • By law it is necessary for signed copies of the minutes and agendas of all meetings of governing bodies to be made available in school for inspection this includes being accessible to staff, parents and pupils.  Because of this it is necessary for minutes of confidential items, determined as such by the governing body, to be recorded separately. These minutes should be filed separately and should not be part of the record available for inspection in school.
  • The governing body also determines the circulation of confidential minutes for full governing body meetings and committee meetings, taking into account the Data Protection Legislation. 
  • The following is recommended:
    • the Headteacher and Chair receive the confidential minutes after the meeting and the clerk reads them out to all governors at the next meeting.  Any governor who was not present at the previous meeting will leave the room for this item; or
    • Copies of confidential minutes will be distributed at the meeting for approval and returned to the clerk immediately who will arrange to have them destroyed.  The Clerk will retain a copy in a secure file not open to public inspection.

      Only governors who were present during the confidential session and have received the minutes can vote on their acceptance. 

      It is strongly recommended that the minutes of confidential items be printed on coloured paper for ease of identification.

  • Increasingly as their powers have been extended many governing bodies find themselves dealing with more and more confidential issues and there should be an agreed protocol for dealing with such matters.  These would include (see also above relating to associate members):
  • staff appointments and resignations
  • staff pay and conditions of service (e.g. the annual review of staff salaries in accordance with the school’s pay  policy)
  • staff discipline, capability and grievances
  • pupil discipline
  • pupils with social or special educational needs
  • some financial procedures (e.g. tenders/contracts)
  • parental and other complaints
  • With regard to confidentiality generally, governors may find the following notes helpful:
  1. The governing body decides if an item of discussion is confidential.
  2. Any item included on the reserved part of the agenda should not be discussed outside the meeting.  This is particularly important when dealing with staffing appointments and other formal personnel procedures where the whole of the proceedings are confidential.
  3. Normally only the governors and the Clerk should be present when confidential matters are discussed.  Observers should withdraw unless governors decide otherwise.
  4. The Headteacher’s Report, other than items deemed reserved, is not a confidential document, headteachers should be mindful of this when preparing reports.
  5. The agenda and minutes of meetings are not confidential unless the minutes are recorded as reserved or confidential.  Copies of minutes (not reserved) should be made available in school as soon as possible.
  6. The governing body as a whole is responsible for decisions.  A governor, may, however, have his/her dissent formally recorded in the minutes.
  7. Governors are not delegates for their nominating bodies e.g. parents or staff.  The nominating bodies have no automatic right to receive a report from individual governors.  Most governing bodies, however, seek to maintain good relationships with such bodies and agreement should be reached as to what information can be reported.
  8. Any statement to the press regarding any aspects of work of a governing body should be issued on the governors’ behalf by the Chair.  The Chair may wish to seek advice from the Clerk who will have access to the Council’s Media Relations Team.
  9. The Press and the public are not excluded by law from attending governing body meetings.  They may attend by invitation.  This course of action is not recommended by the LA.
  10. Individuals named in confidential minutes normally have a right to see the information, governing bodies should be mindful to ensure any information relating to other individuals is not included.

     

    A confidential matter is not to be discussed by any governor outside the meeting, including with fellow governors.

    Individual governors will be asked to account for any breaches in confidentiality. Repeated breaches in confidentiality could lead, in appropriate cases, to consideration of the suspension of the ‘offending’ governor/s.

    Agreed by the governing body of Saint Edmunds Catholic Primary School

    On December 3, 2018

    Date for review December 3, 2019

 

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