St Anne’s RCP Governors.

Introduction:

Whilst the Headteacher of the school is responsible for day-to-day management of the school, the role of the Governing Body is to provide strategic management and to act as a ‘critical friend’, supporting and challenging the school.

Schools generally have a budget to cover salaries, running costs, maintenance and equipment and the Governing Body is responsible for managing this budget. They can decide how many and what types of staff to employ, which equipment to upgrade or replace and what the priorities are for implementing new strategies and initiatives.

Governors also have a role in monitoring the school's progress and in setting annual targets for the school's performance and for the Headteacher.

Governors are volunteers and the overall Governing Body is made up of a number of different types of Governor: Parent Governors, Staff Governors, Foundation Governors (ie. Appointed by the Bishop and likely to be Parishioners or those with a close history with school or Parish) and Local Authority Governors.

Role of Foundation Governors

Although all of the governors have the responsibility to promote and maintain the school’s Catholic character and mission, the foundation governors have special responsibility in this area. The CES document ‘Governing a Catholic School’ (1998) gives this summary of their role.

‘Foundation governors are appointed by the Bishop specifically to ensure:

  • that the religious character of the school is preserved;
  • that the school is conducted in accordance with its trust deed (ie the diocesan trust deed);
  • that the religious education curriculum is in accordance with the bishop’s policy for his diocese, based on the Bishops’ Conference Curriculum Directory.’

Foundation governors in voluntary aided schools with a religious character have additional legal duties. They are:

  • in employing teachers, ‘whenever possible, they should appoint Catholic teachers in order to promote and maintain the Catholic ethos of the school.’ They must appoint practising Catholics to the posts of headteacher, deputy headteacher and coordinator or head of religious education.
  • admitting children ‘first and foremost on religious grounds’, by giving priority for admission to baptised Catholic children;
  • ensuring that the whole curriculum, including religious education, ‘is taught in the light of gospel values and actively promotes the spiritual and moral development of the pupils’.


Role of Staff Governors

Staff governors are elected  in the same way as other governors.

There is a teaching and support staff member on the governing body and they serve a four year term.

 

Role of Parent Governors

Parent governors are not delegates and are not obliged to get voting instructions on matters to be decided, nor to vote in accordance with the parent body's views.

It is important that parent governors can give a fair and accurate representation of parental opinion on matters of importance.

Care must, however, be taken if they are approached by another parent with a complaint about the school, in which case the parent concerned should be referred to the school’s complaints policy.  

They vote, however, according to their own conscience and with the well being of the school foremost in mind.

Local Authority Governors

Their role is to represent the Local Authority but they do not have to vote in agreement with the views of the Authority. As all governors their duty is to put the best interests of the school first.

Governing Body Membership - Updated October 2020

Name

Governor Type

Committee Membership

Dates

Mrs Patty Ganley

Foundation Governor (Chair)

Staffing, Finance and Resources

Curriculum, Standards & Safeguarding

Pay Committee

Admissions Committee

01/09/16

29/09/24

Miss Dorothy Hamilton

Local Authority Governor

Staffing, Finance and Resources

Pay Committee

Disciplinary Committee

Appeals

20/03/18

19/03/22

Mr Tariq Mahmood

Parent Governor

Staffing, Finance and Resources

Curriculum, Standards & Safeguarding

01/10/18

31/08/22

Mrs Krysia Majewska

Foundation Governor

Curriculum, Standards & Safeguarding

Pay Committee

01/09/16

31/08/23

Mrs Rashda Ryan

Parent Governor

Staffing, Finance and Resources

Curriculum, Standards & Safeguarding

01/01/19

31/12/22

Mr Dennis Harrison

Co-opted Governor

Staffing, Finance and Resources

Curriculum, Standards & Safeguarding

03/12/19

02/12/23

Mrs Gemma Shakespeare Regan

Staff Governor

Staffing & Finance, Curriculum & Premises,

SEN, Safeguarding, GDPR, Nursery

01/09/18 31/08/22

Mrs Rachel Jacques

Interim Headteacher

Staffing & Finance, Curriculum & Premises,

Strategic Overview, GDPR and Safeguarding

01/09/2020

31/08/2023

 

Governor Meetings Attendance Register September 2020 – December 2020.

Name

Full Governors

(Cancelled)

Full Governors

(Cancelled)

Staffing, Finance and Resources

Full Governors

Staffing, Finance and Resources

Full Governors

 

22/09/2020

29/09/2020

20/10/2020

20/10/2020

24/11/2020

15/12/2020

 

Patty Ganley

N/A

N/A

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Dennis Harrison

N/A

N/A

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

 

Dorothy Hamilton

N/A

N/A

Apologies

Apologies

Yes

Yes

 

Rachel Jacques

N/A

N/A

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Tariq Mahmood

N/A

N/A

Apologies

Apologies

Yes

Yes

 

Krysia Majewska

N/A

N/A

Apologies

Apologies

Apologies

Apologies

 

Gemma Regan

N/A

N/A

N/A

Yes

N/A

Yes

 

Rashda Ryan

N/A

N/A

Absent

Absent

Absent

Absent

 

Julie Miles

N/A

N/A

N/A

Apologies

N/A

Apologies

 
 

Notes:

The grey N/A boxes indicate the meeting was cancelled or the Governor was not part of the committee
 

 

Governor Meetings Attendance Register April 2019 – August 2020.

Name

Staffing and Finance

Staffing and Finance

Curriculum and Premises

Full Governors

Full Governors

Staffing and Finance

Full Governors

Staffing and Finance

Curriculum and Premises

Full Governors

Staffing and Finance

Full Governors

Staffing and Finance

Full Governors

 

30/04//19

21/05/2020

21/05/2020

16/07/2019

01/10/2019

19/11/2019

10/12/2020

27/02/2020

27/02/2020

10/03/2020

19/05/2020

19/05/2020

14/07/2020

14/07/2020

 

Helen Zamojskyj

 

Apologies

Apologies

Yes

Yes

Yes

Apologies

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Krysia Majewska

 

 

 

 

Yes

 

Apologies

Apologies

 

Yes

 

 

 

 

 
 

Patty Ganley

Yes

Yes

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 
 

Dorothy Hamilton

 

Yes

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Dennis Harrison

N/A

 

 

 

N/A

N/A

 

N/A

Yes

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

Tariq Mahmood

 

 

 Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

Gemma Regan

N/A

 

 

 

N/A

N/A

 

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Yes

 

 

 

Rashda Ryan

 

 

 

 

Yes

 

 

Apologies

 

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

Karen Orrell

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

N/A

N/A

 

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 
 

Julie Miles

 

 

 

 

 Yes

 Yes

Yes

Apologies

Apologies

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

Father Glover

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

 

 

 

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

Ross

 

 

Apologies

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Apologies

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

Clegg

 

Janine Parker

N/A

 

 

 

N/A

N/A

 

Yes

Yes

Apologies

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

 

 

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