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Our Governors

St Mary’s Catholic Primary School 
School Governors – 2020- 2021
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 Carmen Tweed - Chair, Local Authority Governor and Building Fund Manager 

Donal Collins  – Vice Chair, Foundation Governor

Patrick O'Gorman – Foundation Governor

Fr Pio - Foundation Governor

Mr Roger Lillie - Foundation Governor

Mrs Anne Berger - Foundation Governor

Foundation Governor - Vacancy

Foundation Governor - Vacancy

Vacancy - Parent Governor

Mrs Rachel Edgar - Parent Governor
Mrs Lauren O'Connor– Headteacher

Mrs Debra Scarsbrook – Staff Governor



In attendance at meetings:
Mr Andy Grand – Local Authority Clerk

Mrs Alison Ternan- Deputy Headteacher


Resource Committee
Mrs Carmen Tweed
Mrs Lauren O'Connor

Dr Donal Collins

Mr Roger Lillie

Mr Patrick O'Gorman

Curriculum Committee
Mrs Carmen Tweed

Mrs Debra Scarsbrook

Fr Pio
Mrs Rachel Edgar

Mrs Anne Berger
Mrs Lauren O'Connor

Pay Committee

Mrs Anne Berger

Dr Donal Collins

Mr Roger Lillie
Mrs Lauren O'Connor

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

Mrs Clare Fox (Staff and Parishioner)

Mrs Alison Ternan (RE Manager/Deputy Headteacher)

Fr Pio

Mrs Anne Berger

Mrs Louisa Edmunds

Headteacher’s Performance Review Panel

Mrs Anne Berger

Dr Donal Collins

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.