Our Governors

As a Catholic Voluntary Aided School, St. Patrick’s has a Governing Body which is made up of representatives of the Church, parents, teachers and the local Government. The function of school governors is an important one. As a Catholic school we are required to assist Catholic parents in their duty of educating their children. Governors of our schools, and in particular foundation governors, have a responsibility to ensure that, at all times, the school is conducted in accordance with the Diocesan Trust Deed and serves as a witness to Jesus Christ in every aspect of its work.

Governors, as members of the governing body of a voluntary aided school, are employers of the school staff, teaching and support, with the legal and ethical responsibilities of good employers. In accepting an appointment, a governor takes on a serious responsibility. The Governing Body has three statutory roles which require them to be Strategic, a Critical Friend and Accountable.

Strategic includes 'Vision' - setting the short and long-term aims of the school - and ensuring the standards of teaching and learning are as high as possible. They will also appoint the Head, Deputy Head and other staff to achieve the agreed targets and priorities.

Critical Friend means being prepared to ask challenging questions in a supportive way to secure improvement. It also involves checking that actions are being, or have been, taken and measuring the effect of the actions on the school's performance.

Accountable requires governors to ensure that all statutory obligations are met, report to parents and others on the work of the school and pupils' achievements, and provide information to Ofsted, the LEA and the Diocese.

Governors will meet formally as a Governing Body at least once a term and serve on committees which focus on our various responsibilities. They also carry individual roles as Link Governors (focused on specific areas of the curriculum) and nominated Governors for other areas needing monitoring/development.

Finally, St. Patrick’s is part of a Catholic community. The school was founded by, and is part of, the Catholic Church and the Foundation Governors, appointed in the name of the Archbishop, form the majority of the Governing Body and have an additional legal duty to preserve and develop the Catholic character of the school. The school is to be conducted as a Catholic School in accordance with Canon Law and the teachings of the Catholic Church, and in accordance with the Trust Deed of the Archdiocese of Westminster. 

At all times, the school is to serve as a witness to the Catholic faith in Our Lord Jesus Christ.

ST. PATRICK’S R.C. PRIMARY SCHOOL - ROLES OF GOVERNORS – 2016-17

All governors can be called upon for hearings/appeals. E.g. Staff Discipline & Dismissal/Staff Discipline & Dismissal Appeals/Performance & Pay Appeals/Pupil Discipline/Complaints

Name

Category

Appointed by &

Term of office

Membership

Links within school

Pecuniary Interests

Attendance at meetings

Fr. Ged Murphy

 

 

Foundation

Chair  of FGB

N/A

Admissions

Performance & Pay

HT PM

Resources

Parish Priest, Safeguarding link

Pastoral

SLT, QA

Yes

Governor at 2 other local primary schools

FGB 13/9

ECG    12/10, 23/11

Extraordinary 30/11

Maureen Duffy

Foundation

Vice-chair FGB

 

Diocese

4 years  01/09/15 -31/08/19

Performance & Pay

Standards

HT PM

Admissions

SLT, QA, CPD, Staffing, Standards,

Teaching & Learning,

Attendance & behaviour

No

FGB 13/9

ECG    12/10, 23/11

Extraordinary 30/11

Henry DaMassa

Foundation

Diocese

4 years 01/09/15 - 08/02/19

 

 

Admissions

Performance & Pay

Resources

Budget & finance

No

FGB 

 

Margaret Scott

Foundation

Diocese

4 years 03/04//14

03/04/18

Standards & Curriculum

Pupil Premium

No

FGB 

Extraordinary 30/11

Nicola Evans

Parent

Elected by parents 4 years

17/06/14 17/06/18

Resources

Staffing

Budget & finance

No

FGB 13/9

ECG     12/10, 23/11 

Extraordinary 30/11

Siobhan Rabbitt

Staff

 

Elected by staff

4 years 31/08/15 31/08/19

Standards

Curriculum, Induction

Pupil Premium

School Equality Scheme

Behaviour & Safety, Anti-bullying, Teaching & Learning, Standards

Safeguarding, SEN&D link

No

FGB 13/9, 

Anne Clinton

Headteacher

N/A

Admissions

Resources

Standards

Performance & Pay

N/A

Yes

Sibling on the teaching staff

 

FGB 13/9

ECG    12/10, 23/11

Extraordinary 30/11

 

The Governing Body at St. Patrick’s R.C. Primary School

Whilst the Headteacher of the school is responsible for the 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 by staff in school.

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

 

Role of Parent Governors

Parent governors are elected by parents of the school.

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.

 

Who are they?

Our Governing Body is as follows:

Rev. Father Ged Murphy, Foundation Governor & Chair of Governors

My name is Father Ged Murphy and I have been involved in school governance for over 20 years.  I am on three governing bodies and Chair of two.  I am on the Executive Core Group for St. Patrick’s & St. Edmund’s supporting the two schools working in partnership to drive school improvement. I can be contacted through the school office or on the parish number – 0161 839 1020. I enjoy working in the school community to ensure that the children of St. Patrick’s school grow up with the knowledge and love of God so that they can live their lives to the fullest.

Maureen Duffy, Foundation Governor & Vice Chair of Governors

My name is Maureen Duffy and I have been a governor since 2015.  I am a retired headteacher, previously at St. Edmund's R.C.H.S.  I am also on the Executive Core Group for St. Patrick’s & St. Edmund’s supporting the two schools working in partnership to drive school improvement. I enjoy being involved in strategic leadership to shape the future for our children. I can be contacted via the school office.

Nicola Evans, Parent Governor

My name is Nicola Evans and I was elected parent governor at St. Patrick’s over 2 years ago.  My background is in finance. I too am on the Executive Core Group for St. Patrick's & St. Edmund’s.  I have really enjoyed learning about governance, working more closely with the headteacher and meeting staff and pupils.  I represent the parents’ voice and I can be contacted via the school office.

Henry DaMassa, Foundation Governor

My name is Henry DaMassa and I have been a governor at St. Patrick’s since 2015.  I enjoy working collaboratively with other governors to improve the lives of children in this locality. I am particularly interested in the financial side and my expertise is in this area.  I can be contacted via the school office.

Margaret Scott, Foundation Governor

My name is Margaret Scott and I have been a governor for the last three years.  I have a particular interest in education having previously been a primary school teacher.  I enjoy working with other governors to ensure that the school is allocating funds appropriately to raise academic standards. I am the school's pupil premium and safeguarding governor. If you would like to contact me, please inform the school office.

Siobhan Rabbitt, Staff Governor

My name is Siobhan Rabbitt and I have been a member of the governing body since 2011. I have been elected by the staff at the school and although I am a teacher, I represent all of the staff. I have learned so much since becoming a governor, particularly about the mission of the Catholic Church and how as governors and staff, we have the stewardship, honour and responsibility of putting this mission into practice.

At all times, the school is to serve as a witness to the Catholic faith in Our Lord Jesus Christ.