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St Thomas More's Catholic Primary School and Nursery

Ensuring Success. Providing Opportunity. Fostering Stewardship.

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Governors

The governing body is made up of fourteen volunteers who are either elected or appointed to represent the views of the community. Governors meet regularly to help the school fulfil its Mission. We do this by getting to know the school, reviewing policies, regulating admissions, planning building work, reading reports and statistics to make sure the school is meeting the needs of all children and monitoring the finance to ensure we have the best value for money possible.

 

The governors are accountable to parents and we do this by meeting annually with parents at a formal meeting, but are always pleased to listen to parents’ views and concerns throughout the year.

 

Name of Governor Category of Governor Appointed Date Expiry Date Responsibility Office Business or Pecuniary Interest Governor role in another school

MRS CATHERINE DAVIS

Foundation

(Appointed by the Bishop)

01/09/2017

31/08/2021

Curriculum, Admissions & Pastoral Committee

 

Personnel Committee

 

 

Linked Phase: Foundation stage 

Chair of Governors

 

Chair of Curriculum, Admissions & Pastoral Committee

 

Staff / Pupil Appeals Panel

 

SEND governor

 

RE governor

 

None

None

MR PAUL BAKER

Foundation

(Appointed by the Bishop)

06/11/17

05/11/2021

Nursery Committee

 

Personnel Committee

 

Finance & Buildings Committee

 

Linked Phase: Year 3 & 4

Vice Chair

 

Chair of Finance & Buildings Committee

 

Chair of

Nursery Committee

See Governor role in another school

Chair of Governors at Portsdown Primary

MRS NATALIE BENTON

Foundation (Appointed by the Bishop)

29/11/2016

12/02/2020

28/11/2020

11/02/2024

Finance & Buildings Committee

 

Linked Phase:

Year 1 & 2

Pupil Premium

None

None

FATHER GERARD FLYNN

Foundation

(Appointed by the Bishop)

16/02/2016

 

16/02/2020

15/02/2020

 

15/02/2024

Curriculum, Admissions & Pastoral Committee

 

Personnel Committee

Pastoral governor

None

None

MRS REBECCA HILL

Staff governor

24/01/17

23/01/2021

Curriculum, Admissions & Pastoral Committee

Staff governor

None

None

MR EDDIE MCCANN
 

Parent

(Appointed by Parents/FGB)

08/01/2018

07/01/2022

Finance & Buildings Committee

 

Linked Phase:

Year 1 & 2

School Website

Mrs McCann works in the school office

None

MRS STELLA PRATT

Foundation

(Appointed by the Bishop)

28/03/2019

27/03/2022

Curriculum, Admissions & Pastoral Committee

 

Personnel Committee

 

Safeguarding Governor

 

Consultative Forum Governor

 

Pupil Appeals Panel

None

None

MR JEFF SENDALL

Acting Headteacher

02/03/2017

01/03/2021

Curriculum, Admissions & Pastoral Committee

 

Finance & Buildings Committee

 

Personnel Committee

 

Nursery Committee

Head Teacher

None

None

MRS SARAH SHAW

Foundation (Appointed by the Bishop)

06/11/2017

05/11/2021

Curriculum, Admissions & Pastoral Committee

 

Nursery Committee

 

 

Linked Phase: Year 3 & 4

 

Training governor

 

Sport grant funding

 

None

None

MR ELIOT CLUTTEN 

Parent

(Appointed by Parents/FGB)

29/04/2019

28/03/2023

Curriculum, Admissions & Pastoral Committee

 

Nursery Committee

 

Linked Phase: Year 5 & 6

 

GDPR governor

None

None

MR DERYCK (FREDERICK) LEIGH

Foundation (Appointed by the Bishop)

30/09/2019

29/09/2023

Finance & Buildings Committee

 

Linked Phase: Year 5 & 6

 Health & Safety governor

None

None

MRS SARAH CARPENTER

Co-opted

07/10/2019

06/10/2023

Curriculum, Admissions & Pastoral Committee

Deputy

Head Teacher

None

None

MR PAUL CONCANNON

Local Authority governor

11/05/2020

10/05/2024

TBC

Local Authority governor

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Chair of Governors at another School

               

MRS ANDREA WINGFIELD

Clerk to Governors

 n/a

n/a

n/a

Clerk

None

None

 

Full Governing Body Meetings Attendance
  School Year 2018/2019 School Year 2019/2020
  8/10/18 7/01/19 29/04/19 15/07/19 Poss Mtgs Actual Mtgs Total % 7/10/19 27/01/20 11/05/20 13/07/20
Mrs Catherine Davis 4 4 100% x  
Mr Paul Baker x 4 3 75% x  
Mrs Stella Pratt x 4 3 75% x  
Fr Gerard Flynn x x 4 2 50% x  
Mrs Sarah Shaw 4 4 100%  
Mr Frederick Leigh N\A N\A N\A N\A N\A N\A N\A N\A  
Mrs Natalie Benton 4 4 100% x  
Mr James Lemmon N\A N\A x 2 1 50% x N\A N\A  
Mr Paul Conconnon N\A N\A N\A N\A 0 0 0% N\A N\A  
Ms Rebecca Hill Maternity 3 3 100%  
Mr Eliot Clutten N\A N\A 2 2 100%  
Mr Eddie McCann 4 4 100%  
Mr Jeff Sendall 4 4 100%  

Mrs Sarah Carpenter

N\A N\A N\A N\A N\A N\A N\A  

 

GOVERNOR SUBCOMMITTEE MEMBERS & LINKS WITH CLASSES

Committee 

Members 

Committee agenda items

All agendas:

IMPACT OF GOVERNING BODY ON STMS

Finance & Buildings

Paul Baker (Chair) 

Natalie Benton 

Eddie McCann 

Deryck Leigh

Jeff Sendall 

Autumn term (Sept – Dec):

  • review / monitoring spending against current budget plan

  • propose budget revisions to before 30th Nov

  • Consider benchmarking data

  • Health & Safety updates – including emergency / disaster recovery plans

  • Agree performance related pay progression for teaching staff, including Performance Management Report

  • HT Pay progression

Spring term (Jan – Easter):

  • Budget planning for next financial year - to meet School Improvement Plan (SIP)

  • Monitoring benchmarking data

  • Review implications of school census for funding

  • Review in any outstanding invoices not yet paid

  • Agree performance related pay progression for support staff

  • Health & Safety updates

Summer term (Easter – July):

  • Review / monitor spending against budget plan

  • Consider budgetary implications of staffing structures for new academic year

  • Review out-turn from previous financial year and ensure any significant variances are understood

  • Health & Safety updates

Curriculum, Admissions & Pastoral 

Catherine Davis (Chair) 

Stella Pratt 

Jeff Sendall 

Sarah Shaw 

Rebecca Hill 

Fr Gerard Flynn 

Eliot Clutten

Sarah Carpenter

Autumn term (Sept – Dec):

  • Curriculum / School Improvement

  • Monitor progress against school improvement targets

  • Review and discuss outcomes of SATs / GCSEs against targets

  • Discuss ‘Analyse School Performance’ (ASP) data and Fischer Family Trust data

  • Receive report on internal assessment and performance data

  • Consider issues arising from Sidney data (primary only)

  • Receive report on summer reading / Yr 7 tests (secondary only)

Spring term (Jan – Easter):

  • Curriculum / School Improvement

  • Discuss and evaluate progress against school improvement priorities

  • Review SEN provision

  • Discuss ‘Analyse School Performance’ (ASP) data and Fischer Family Trust data (if not available during the previous term)

  • Review outcomes for all vulnerable groups

Summer term (Easter – July):

  • Curriculum / School Improvement

  • Review outcomes in reaching school improvement, pupil progress and attainment targets

  • Consider headline SAT’s/end of Key Stage results

  • Analyse and discuss attendance data

  • Analyse and discuss exclusions data

Personnel 

Catherine Davis 

Paul Baker 

Stella Pratt 

Fr Gerard Flynn 

Jeff Sendall 

Autumn term (Sept – Dec):

  • Performance Management

  • Review last year’s objectives with HT (legal requirement for External Advisor to be present) and report outcome to Pay Committee

  • Agree objectives for the current year with HT (legal requirement for External Advisor to be present)

Spring term (Jan – Easter):

  • Personnel / Performance Management

  • Discuss staff structure & management plan for the following year

  • Review staff development plan for current year and evaluate impact

  • Receive staff development plan for new year

  • Review Performance Management progress against HT objectives

Summer term (Easter – July):

  • Personnel / Performance Management

  • Review and approve staffing structure for new academic year

  • Review Performance Management progress against HT objectives

Nursery 

Paul Baker (Chair) 

Sarah Shaw 

Jeff Sendall 

Eliot Clutten

Review / monitoring spending against current budget plan

  • EYFS funding changes / grants

  • Resources – equipment, cabin, etc

  • Staffing

  • Health & Safety

 

Governor Links with Classes 

Governors to make contact with the Phase Leaders .  Visits to be logged on Governor Visit Form 

Foundation Stage – Catherine Davis & Paul Baker 

Year 1/2 - Eddie McCann & Natalie Benton  

Year 3/4 - Sarah Shaw & Paul Baker           

Year 5/6 – Deryck Leigh & Eliot Clutten 

 

Full Governing Body – committee responsibilities / agenda items

Declaration of interests must be an agenda item for ALL FGB and committee meetings

Review policies in accordance with GB’s agreed policy review cycle which meets the requirements of the DfE Guidance

Monitor and evaluate progress against school improvement plan

Review feedback from governor visits

Discuss impact of governor training attended

Forward plan to fill vacancies and officer posts with people that have the right skills and experience

 

Autumn term (Sept – Dec)

  • Election of chair, vice-chair
  • Update register of interests
  • Ensure governor details (including attendance) updated on website
  • Agree structure, membership & terms of reference for all committees and panels
  • Agree delegated powers
  • Confirm meeting dates & times for the year
  • Appoint key governor roles (e.g. DTG, Forum Rep, Governor to act if there is allegation against the HT, Safeguarding, SEND...)
  • Review individual governor responsibilities / allocate governor links with class / subject / key issues from school improvement plan
  • Agree GB Code of Conduct
  • Adopt HCC Governors Good Practice Guide
  • Approve/Review School Improvement Plan
  • Arrange external advisor for HT performance review
  • Review admissions policy (Foundation and VA schools)
  • Discuss Published Admissions Number (PAN) arrangements
  • Receive and approve plan for off-site visits
  • Confirm adoption of Manual of Personnel Practice
  • Confirm adoption of Manual of Finance Practice and Procedure
  • Approve revised budget by 30 November
  • Agree topic for WGB training
  • Agree GB development plan
  • Identify GB monitoring opportunities and governor visit plan (linked to School Improvement Plan)
  • Review Pay Policy and Performance Management Policy
  • Complete safeguarding audit by 30 September
  • Agree SEN information report

 

Spring term (Jan – Easter)

  • Discuss and agree priorities for next financial year based on school improvement priorities
  • Receive report on issues arising from strategic financial planning
  • Agree budget for staff training & development
  • Discuss predicted pupil numbers & budget implications
  • Evaluate resource and budget control of SEN provision
  • Agree decision regarding subscription to Governor Services
  • Agree decision about LA clerking service & agree contracted hours
  • Consider ‘Analyse School Performance’ (ASP) data / FFT data (if not carried out last term)
  • Review Inspection Dashboard & School Comparison Tool
  • Ensure Whole Governing Body training is booked by 31 January
  • Discuss LLP annual report (due between October and April)
  • Agree updated equalities information and progress against equality objectives for publishing (and every 4 years agree new objectives)
  • Consider pupil premium, PE sport premium, Year 7 catch up premium spending and SEN funding and the impact of this additional funding
  • Complete & approve Schools Financial Value Statement (SFVS) return for LA by 31 March
  • Review progress against GB development plan

 

Summer term (Easter - July)

  • Approve budget plan by 31 May (and return to LA)
  • Approve 3 year strategic plan by 31 May
  • Plan and approve capital spend
  • Review attendance data (pupils, staff and governor)
  • Monitor and evaluate behaviour
  • Review racist incidents data
  • Review home-school agreement (if applicable)
  • Review governor training and receive report from DTG on value for money
  • Agree governor training & development plan
  • Agree and book Whole Governing Body Training Session
  • Review arrangements for induction of new governors
  • Ensure training is booked for new members of HT performance management panel
  • Review transition arrangements
  • Agree election arrangements for GB officers
  • Discuss officers for the following academic year
  • Consult on schedule for GB meetings next year
  • Review child protection / safeguarding arrangements (audit to be completed by 30 September)
  • Receive report from designated teacher for Children in Care
  • Consider pupil premium, PE sport premium, Year 7 catch up premium spending and SEN funding and the impact of this additional funding
  • Note and agree Professional Day Closure dates for the new academic year
  • Review progress against GB development plan

 

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Contact the Chair of Governors

If you would like to contact the Chair of Governors, please use the form below which will be delivered directly to their e-mail account. Alternatively, you can address a letter to The Chair of Governors and deliver it to the school and it will be passed on.

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