Our 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.

 

Who are they?

Our Governing Body is as follows:

Miss N Evans, Chair of Governors

I can be contacted via the school office on 0161 834 9004

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.

Mrs M Arnold, Foundation Governor & Chair of the Executive Core Group

My name is Mary Arnold and I joined the governing body in January 2017.  I am a former pupil of St. Patrick's who became a secondary school teacher.  I now work as a school improvement adviser.  I am delighted to be able to contribute to the education of our pupils and look forward to being the Chair of the Executive Core Group.  I am also the pupil premium link governor.  I can be contacted through school.

Mr H 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.

Mrs Y. Kinsey, Foundation Governor

I was delighted to be asked to be a governor of the school which I attended as a child. I  lived in the parish throughout my childhood and was very happy at the school still retaining many of the friends I made there.  It gave me the best possible educational and fuelled a lifelong passion for education. The parish community remains very important to my family.  It is a privilege to take part in school life and play a role in keeping the children safe as link Safeguarding and SEND governor.

Mr K Cope, Associate Governor

My name is Kristian Cope and I am new to the governor role here at St. Patrick’s. I am a Senior Assistant Headteacher at Our Lady’s R.C. High School and have worked collaboratively with St Patrick’s over the past few years with transition. I am looking forward to the opportunity of working with governors, teachers, parents and students to support curriculum and standards across the school.  I look forward to working collectively to support the school's mission statement to ensure all pupils have the best opportunities, achieve the best possible outcomes and develop into well-rounded individuals. I relish the prospect of being part of a team dedicated to creating a bright future for St. Patrick’s. 

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.

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

Nicola Evans Chair of Governors

Elected by parents 4 years

17/06/14 17/06/18

FGB

ECG

Budget & finance No

FGB 13/9

ECG     12/10, 23/11 

Extraordinary 30/11

Henry DaMassa

Foundation

Diocese

4 years 01/09/15 - 08/02/19

 

 

FGB

Admissions

Performance & Pay

Resources

Budget & finance

No

FGB 4/4/17

 

Mary Arnold Foundation

Diocese

4 years

04/01/17 - 04/04/21

FGB

Performance & Pay

ECG

Standards & Curriculum

Pupil Premium

No FGB 4/4/17
Catherine Fitzpatrick Foundation

Diocese

4 years

04/01/17 - 04/04/21

FGB

Resources

Budget & finance No FBG 4/4/17
Yvonne Kinsey Foundation

Diocese

4 years

04/01/17 - 04/04/21

FGB

Standards

Standards & Curriculum

SEND

Safeguarding

No FGB 4/4/17
Kristian Cope Associate

Diocese

4 years

04/01/17 - 04/04/21

FGB

Standards

Standards & Curriculum No FGB 4/4/17

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