St Francis Catholic Primary School – Structure and Remit of the Governing Body
As governors of a faith school we hold an important public office. It is a responsibility that we take very seriously.
Accordingly, we have adopted a Code of Conduct for School Governors, to ensure that we are at all times acting in accordance with “best practice”.
As governors our role is to ensure that the school adheres to:
Establishing Strategic Direction by:
1) Setting the vision, values and objectives for the school.
2) Agreeing the School Improvement Plan, with strategies and targets
3) Meeting all statutory duties.
Ensuring Accountability by:
1) Appointing the Head teacher and Assistant Headteachers
2) Monitoring progress towards targets;
3) Performance managing the Head teacher;
4) Engaging with Stakeholders
5) Contributing to the school self-evaluation.
Ensuring Financial Probity by:
1) Setting the budget;
2) Monitoring spending against the budget;
3) Ensuring value for money is obtained
4) Ensuring risks to the organisation are managed.
The Governing Body
Valid from September 2016
The Governing Body now comprises of:
• The Co-Head teachers (Mrs Ros Atkinson and Mrs Carol Molloy);
• 8 Foundation Governors (Father Peter Ryman, Father Richard Diala, Mr Alan Carter,
Ms Doreen Turner, Ms Stephanie Gomes, Ms Esther Duku, Ms Agat Njoku and
Mr Michael Igbekele
• 1 Local Authority Governor (Brenda Rodgers);
• 2 Parent Governors (Ms Victoria Ndah and Mr Mannah Kargbo)
• 1 staff governor (Ms Claire Gillespie)
• 1 Co-opted Member (Ms Barbara Bowen)
• Carrie Fentum is our clerk. She is a professional clerk with the Local Authority’s clerking service and she clerks our full governing body meetings.
What we do
The Governors are led by the Chair of Governors but as a body it has many specific responsibilities which are defined in the school’s various Schemes of Delegation, whereby specific powers are delegated to specialist sub-committees.
• As a Governing Body we also have our own Terms of Reference (see below) which sets out the responsibilities of each of our committees.
• Each Governor is a member of at least one committee and also attends full Governing Body meetings.
• The Chair of Governors meets regularly with the Headteachers and all governors are regularly invited to conduct school visits to meet with staff and children, to make sure they are informed about the curriculum and how it is being delivered.
Admissions Committee is chaired by Fr Peter Ryman
To review the admissions policy annually, in line with Diocesan/ Education Commission guidance.
To review the attendance policy, monitor pupil attendance and punctuality and set attendance targets.
To ensure that admissions and attendance registers are kept in accordance with statutory requirements.
To ensure that a home-school agreement is in place.
To ensure that the school complies with the requirement to provide information online.
Curriculum and Standards Committee is chaired by (vacancy)
To agree, amend or reject the curriculum policy drafted by the Headteacher.
To ensure that the curriculum is balanced and broadly based.
To ensure that every learner receives the full statutory curriculum (National Curriculum and EYFS framework).
To consider reports on pupil progress and to set statutory targets for pupil performance.
To establish a sex and relationship education policy (SRE) and make it available to parents.
To ensure that religious education (RE) and collective worship are provided in accordance with statutory requirements.
To agree a special educational needs policy and ensure that appropriate arrangements are made for pupils with special educational needs and that these take account of the SEND Code of Practice.
To ensure provision is in place for raising the attainment of looked after children.
To adopt and review a disability equality scheme and action plan and other policies relating to equalities including the curriculum elements of the accessibility plan.
To keep under review the school’s self-evaluation process and the self-evaluation form (SEF).
To determine any other matters referred to the Committee by the Governing Body.
To ensure that the school fulfils its responsibilities to keep children safe through the provision of a curriculum which addresses issues such as anti-bullying, e-safety and road safety
To ensure that the school promotes SMSC development of all pupils, including through the extent to which pupils engage in extra-curricular activity.
To ensure that a behaviour policy is in place and to monitor records of behaviour incidents.
To make, and from time to time review, a written statement of principles to guide the headteacher in determining the measures that make up the school’s behaviour policy.
Finance Committee is chaired by Alan Carter
To oversee the preparation of the annual budget plan and ensure it links to the school development plan priorities.
To approve the final budget or recommend it for approval to the full governing body.
To ensure that the school’s delegated budget is administered in accordance with the LA’s Scheme for Financing Schools.
To ensure that the school meets the current statutory requirements for finance
To complete the School Value Financial Standard and Assurance (SFVS) audit form and submit it to the LA.
To ensure a Scheme of Delegation that clearly defines the responsibilities of the Governing Body, Co-Headteachers and School Staff for the financial, human and asset resource management of the school is established and recommended to the Governing Body for approval.
To monitor the expenditure of the school’s annual budget share.
To consider any audit report and respond to the recommendations of such reports.
To monitor the expenditure of all voluntary funds kept on behalf of the Governing Body.
To ensure that any virements between budget heads are in accordance with the levels set and in accordance with the LA’s Scheme for Financing Schools and the School’s Scheme of Delegation.
To determine any other matters referred to the Committee by the Governing Body
Pay Committee is chaired by Alan Carter
To consider and determine recommendations for performance pay awards.
Personnel Committee is chaired by Doreen Turner
To approve the staffing complement and staffing structure (both teaching and non-teaching) for the school.
The Governing Body delegates to the Co-Headteachers the appointment of staff, except to the posts of Headteacher and Assistant Headteachers. When a vacancy arises for a Headteacher or Assistant Headteacher post a selection panel must be appointed by the full Governing Body in accordance with statutory regulations.
To adopt and review a pay policy
To adopt and review a performance management policy.
To receive the Headteachers’ written reports about the operation of the performance management policy.
To carry out an annual salary review of teaching staff (and if appropriate other staff) working at the school.
To establish and review policies and procedures for staff discipline, capability and grievance.
To ensure that provision is made for the continuing professional development (CPD) of staff.
To determine any other matters referred to the Committee by the Governing Body.
Premises Committee is chaired by Fr Peter Ryman
To approve plans for the improvement and maintenance of the premises and grounds within the budget allocation.
To ensure a health and safety policy is in place.
To ensure compliance with statutory health and safety regulations and carry out regular reviews of risk assessments.
To ensure adequate premises, contents and public liability insurance is in place.
To ensure all reasonable efforts are made to achieve maximum energy conservation.
To exercise with the Co-Headteachers responsibility for the use of school premises both during and outside the school day.
To set (where appropriate) a charging and letting policy for use of the school premises.
To determine, within the budget allocation, the provision of services relating to facilities management and grounds maintenance (including the approval and monitoring of any contracts for such services).
To ensure day-to-day repairs and maintenance are monitored.
To establish and keep under review the premises elements of the accessibility plan.
Every governor is a volunteer who gives their time freely to the School. Each governor has their own expertise but all of our collective skills help us to work as an effective and coherent body.
As a Governing Body we regularly carry out a skills audit so that we can identify areas in which we can develop and strengthen the team.
All governors are encouraged to undertake core governor training (including induction for new governors when appointed, role and responsibilities, school curriculum, SEN, school finance, personnel framework, Preparing for Ofsted) as well as specialist training provided by the Local Authority, school staff, and independent facilitators (including Raise online, SEN and Safeguarding issues) to make sure we have a well-trained Governing Body.
Our training is geared to ensuring that we have a safe and happy school where each child makes progress. We regularly analyse pupil data to consider the progress of all cohorts within the school and also compare St Francis with other schools both locally and nationally to assist us in identifying areas for improvement.
We have appointed a number of link governor roles:
Special Educational Needs and Disability – Brenda Rodgers and Agat Njoku
Safeguarding – Brenda Rodgers and Esther Duku
• The Safeguarding link governors review the safeguarding (child protection) policy, recommend it to the Governing Body and to monitor its implementation and the effectiveness of school practices.
• Safeguarding link governors also review the Single Central Record process annually with Mrs Eldridge
Health and Safety – Brenda Rodgers
1. Writing to the Chair of Governors and giving the letter to the school office who will ensure that the Chair is notified immediately.
2. Please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
3. The School’s Complaint’s Policy which sets out the avenues that parents/ carers can follow if they have a complaint. A copy can be found at the Policy section of the website.