Governors

The role of Governing Body

What we do:

The Governing Body is responsible for working with the school to ensure that it delivers a good quality education. Together with the headteacher, who is responsible for day-to-day management of the school, the Governing Body sets the school’s aims and policies.

Key roles of Governors:

  • To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • To hold the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • To oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent

The Governors also carry out a number of other important duties, which include:

  • Determining how the school’s budget is spent
  • The appointing and dismissing of staff
  • Hearing appeals and grievances
  • Forming policy on the school’s curriculum and collective worship
  • Setting standards for pupils’ behaviour and discipline
  • Making sure school buildings are welcoming and safe
  • Setting and monitoring the school’s aims and policies

How we work in practice:

There is a meeting of all Governors at least once each term. However, much of our work takes place in committees and some Governors also have specific roles, such as the SEN Governor.

At the Full Board Meeting Governors receive and discuss reports from the committees as well as from the headteacher.

The make up of our subgroups is as follows:

  • Finance, Staffing & Premises – This committee covers all matters relating to HR, finance and premises
  • Curriculum & Standards – This committee covers the curriculum and data related to pupils’ academic progress and attainment

Are you interested in being a school Governor?

The role of a school Governor is a demanding one but very rewarding and is a good way to give something back to your local community.

You don’t have to have children at the school to be a Governor but you do have to be over 18.  No specific qualifications are required but there are certain expectations. What’s really important is that you have energy, enthusiasm, time and a real desire to help provide children with the best possible education.

Advice, support and training for the role of a Governor is given by Governor Services at the Council. Some Governors are elected by parents, some are appointed by the governing body itself or the local authority.  This ensures governing bodies reflect the communities they serve.

Most of our meetings are held in the evening but Governors do visit during the school day to see the school at work.

The term of office for a school Governor is normally four years.

Vacancies do arise on the Governing Body from time to time so if you are interested in becoming a Governor please contact the school office.

Foundation Governors 

Ms Angela Glanville                                (Chair)

Fr Aidan Prescott                                    (Vice Chair)

Mrs Meg Buckley                                    (Safeguarding)

Mrs Rita Byrne                                        (SEND)

LA Governor

Ms Nathalie Nicholas

Staff Governors

Miss Andrea Connearn                    (Headteacher)

Mrs Angela Pagan

Parent Governors

Vacancy

Associate Members

Mrs Julie Marshall

Mrs Liz Parsons

Mrs Margaret Sutton

Click on the link below to read The Governing Body Code of Conduct

GB Code of Conduct

Governor

Name

Governor

Category

Date of

Appointment

Appointed

Body

Term of

Office

end date

Business and/or

Financial Interest Declared

Right to

vote

Governor role in other educational institutions

Committees

Special Responsibility

Attendance

2015-16

 

Attendance at other meetings in school.

Interviews, staff meetings, Parent meetings, school events, trips

Angela Glanville Foundation 01/09/15 Archdiocese 31/08/2019 None Yes Finance, Staffing

& Premises

Curriculum & Standards

Advisory Board

Chair of Governors 6/9
Fr Aidan Prescott Foundation 01/09/15 Archdiocese 31/08/2019 None Yes Chair of Governors

St Clare’s Catholic Primary School

Finance, Staffing

& Premises

Curriculum & Standards

Vice Chair 8/9
 

Margaret Buckley

 

Foundation 01/09/15 Archdiocese 31/08/2019 None Yes Foundation Governor Cardinal Heenan High School & St Michaels Primary School Finance, Staffing

& Premises

Chair of Finance, Staffing & Premises

Safeguarding

5/9
Rita Byrne Foundation 01/09/15 Archdiocese 31/08/2019 None Yes Curriculum & Standards Chair of Curriculum & Standards

SEND

5/9
 

Natalie Nicholas

 

LEA 01/09/15 Governing Body 31/08/2019 None Yes Advisory Board 6/9
Andrea Connearn Headteacher NA Staff Indefinite None Finance, Staffing

& Premises

Curriculum & Standards

Advisory Board

9/9
Angela Pagan Staff

(Elected)

01/09/15 Staff 31/08/2019 None Yes Curriculum & Standards 6/9
 

Vacancy

 

Parent
Andrea Flood Associate N/A Governing Body N/A No Finance, Staffing & Premises

Curriculum & Standards

9/9
Julie Marshall Associate N/A Governing Body N/A None No Finance, Staffing & Premises.

Curriculum & Standards

6/9
Liz Parsons Associate N/A Governing Body N/A None No Advisory Board 6/9
Margaret Sutton Associate 01/01/2016 Governing Body 31/12/2020 None No Finance, Staffing & Premises

Curriculum & Standards

6/9