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St Mary’s Catholic Primary School 
 
School Governors – 2017 - 2018
Welcome to the section of the website where you can find out more about the school’s governors, and the work that we do. Our main role is to support the Headteacher and the staff – the phrase often used to describe this role is ‘a critical friend’. We help them to set and reach targets and to strive for excellence across the whole spectrum of school life.
 
The two key documents used for this are the School Improvement Plan (SIP) and the Self Evaluation Form (SEF). The SIP sets out a three-year strategic plan for the school, with targets that everyone works towards and the SEF sets out how well the school is doing and where we aim to make improvements.
 
Our legal duties include:-
· setting strategic direction, policies and objectives
· approving the school budget
· reviewing progress against the school's budget and objectives
· appointing, challenging and supporting the Headteacher
 
The Full Governing Body meets twice every term. We have sub- committees to look at specific areas (such as pay, performance management, buildings development and curriculum). A small group, that includes the head teacher and the school business manager, meets twice a term to keep an eye on school finances between our full governor meetings. All governors are informed about what happens at these finance meetings.
 
There are several categories of a governor, appointed by different groups that have an interest in the school. These are the Local Authority (“LA”), Parents, Foundation and Staff. All governors have equal status, however, they are appointed.
 
We are committed to providing an excellent environment for all pupils to enjoy during their time at our school.

 
Officers to the Governing Body
 
Mrs Jean Watson – Chair, Foundation Governor and Safeguarding, Child Protection & Maths
Mrs Carmen Tweed - Vice Chair, Local Authority Governor and Building Fund Manager 
Dr Anthony Cheung – Foundation Governor

Fr Pio - Foundation Governor
Vacancy  – Foundation Governor
Vacancy – Foundation Governor

Vacancy – Foundation Governor

Mrs Giovanna Roberts  – Parent Governor

Vacancy – Parent Governor
Miss Penny Sherborne – Staff Governor Headteacher

Mr Stephen O'Donnell – Staff Governor

 

 

In attendance at meetings:
Mrs Cathy Glendinning – Local Authority Clerk

Mrs Jackie Marriott – Seconded Assistant Head

Mrs Julia Quehan - Seconded Assistant Head

 

Finance Committee
Mrs Jean Watson
Mrs Carmen Tweed
Miss Penny Sherborne

 

Buildings & Health & Safety Committee

Mrs Jean Watson
Mrs Carmen Tweed

Miss Penny Sherborne

Dr Anthony Cheung


Curriculum Committee
Mrs Jean Watson
Mr Stephen O'Donnell 

Dr Anthony Cheung
Mrs Giovanna Roberts 
Miss Penny Sherborne
 

Pay Committee
Mrs Jean Watson

Mrs Carmen Tweed
Miss Penny Sherborne


RE Self- Review Group (not solely for Foundation Governors)

Mrs Emma Bailey & Mr Stephen O'Donnell (RE Managers)
Mrs Jean Watson
Mrs Clare Fox (Staff and Parishioner)


Headteacher’s Performance Review Panel
Mrs Jean Watson

Mrs Carmen Tweed

Our Governing Body meetings are usually held in the evening. We attend training sessions and seminars to help us keep up to date with changes in schools and education and to help us do our job effectively. We also go to the school to monitor and meet with the Pupils, Teachers and Headteacher, to help us find out how the school is progressing towards its targets.

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