Governors

St. Bede’s Catholic Infant School Governing Body
The Governing Body was reconstituted with effect from 1.4.15

Chair and Vice Chair of the Full Governing Body and Committee Membership and Terms of Reference and Chair and Vice Chair of Committees are reviewed annually in the Autumn Term.

“The purpose of governance is to provide confident, strategic leadership and to create robust accountability, oversight and assurance for educational and financial performance.

All boards, no matter what type of schools or how many schools they govern, have three core functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organization and making sure its money is well spent.”

(DfE GovernanceHandbook January 2017)

These functions are reflected in the School Governance Regulations and in Ofsted criteria to judge the effectiveness of Governance.

As a Voluntary Aided School Governors have responsibility as an Admission Authority and Employer of Staff.

St. Bede’s Catholic Infant School Governing Body           

Current Membership         

 Any updates changes to membership/responsibilities

Full Governing Body Meetings are clerked through an SLA with HBC

Name

Start date

End date

Governor type/
Appointed By

Responsibilities

Attendance
Record
1.9.16-31.8.17

Apologies for absence received and accepted

Relevant business and pecuniary interests

Governance Roles in other Schools 

 Mrs. Margaret  Rowlands

 01.09.2016
 
(Reappointed)

 31.08.2020

 Foundation

Chair of Governing Body

Safer Recruitment Trained

RE

Full Governing Body
(Termly Meetings)

3/3

None Declared/
Recorded

N/A

 Mrs. Helen Lane

 01.09.2016
 (Reappointed)

 31.08.2020

 Foundation

Vice Chair of Governing Body

Relationships and Sex Education

Safer Recruitment Trained

Full Governing Body
(Termly Meetings)

2/3

 None Declared/ Recorded

N/A

 Mrs. Patricia Rudge

 01.09.2016
 
(Reappointed)

 31.08.2020

 Foundation

 Health and Safety Governor

Full Governing Body
(Termly Meetings)

3/3

None Declared/
Recorded

N/A

 Mrs Joanne English

 02.012016

 01.01.2020

 Foundation

 

Full Governing Body
(Termly Meetings)

1/3

None Declared/ Recorded

N/A

 Mrs. Rose Swain

 05.01.2017
 (Reappointed)

 04.01.2021

 Foundation

Literacy

Special Educational Needs

Safer Recruitment Trained

Full Governing Body
(Termly Meetings)

3/3

 

None Declared/ Recorded

N/A

 Ms Sue Howard

 15.05.2014

 14.05.2018

 Foundation

Attendance

Full Governing Body
(Termly Meetings)

2/3

None Declared/ Recorded

N/A

 Mr Martyn Thompson

 17.10.15

 16.10.2019

 Parent
 
(Elected)

Designated Governor for Child Protection and Young People in Public Care, Child Protection and Safeguarding

 

Full Governing Body
(Termly Meetings)

1/3

 

 

None Declared/ Recorded

N/A

 Mr Andrew Woods

 01.04.2015

 31.03.2019

 Parent
 (Elected)

Outdoor Learning

Full Governing Body
(Termly Meetings)

3/3

None Declared/ Recorded

N/A

  Mrs Rachel        Fitzsimon

  01.12.2015

 30.11.2019

 Foundation

Assessment

Full Governing Body
(Termly Meetings)

2/3

None Declared/ Recorded

N/A

 Mrs Andrea Wall

 23.6.15

 22.6.2019

 Local Authority

 

Full Governing Body
(Termly Meetings)

3/3

 None Declared/ Recorded

LA Governor

St. Bede’s Catholic Junior School

 Mrs. Christine Towell

 01.09.2016

 31.08.2020

 Staff
 
(Elected)

Training and Support

Full Governing Body
(Termly Meetings)

3/3

None Declared/
Recorded

N/A

 Miss Jackie  Coughlan

 01.09.1997

 

Governors
Headteacher

Safer Recruitment Trained

Full Governing Body
(Termly Meetings)

3/3

 A. Powell Education Consultant

 

N/A

 

 

 

The number and type of committees is not set in statute but each school’s Governing Body is free to determine how many Committees and Governor Panels it should have and the terms of reference of these Committees/Panels.

The following details St. Bede’s Catholic Infant School Current Governing Body Committees/Panels Structure and Membership and attendance at meetings for the previous academic year.

St. Bede’s Catholic Infant School Governing Body

Committee Structure and Membership

 Any updates/changes to membership/Chair/Vice chair

Attendance
1.9.16-31.8.17

Apologies for absence received and accepted

Relevant business and pecuniary interests

Admissions committee      

 

 

 Mrs Margaret Rowlands

 Foundation

 

 Chair

1/1

None Declared/
Recorded

 Mrs Joanne English

 Foundation

 

 Vice Chair

1/1

None Declared/
Recorded

 Miss Jackie Coughlan 

 Governors

 Headteacher

 

1/1

None Declared/
Recorded

 Mrs. Julie O’Neill

 

 Clerk to Committee 

 

 

 

Finance/resources Committee

 

 

 Mrs  Patricia Rudge

 Foundation

 

 Chair

2/3

None Declared/
Recorded

 Ms Sue Howard

 Foundation

 

 Vice Chair

2/3

None Declared/
Recorded

 Mr Andrew Woods

 Parent
 
(Elected)

 

 

1/3

None Declared/
Recorded

 Mrs Andrea Wall

 Local Authority

 

 

1/3

None Declared/
Recorded

 Miss Jackie Coughlan

 Governors

 Headteacher

 

3/3

A. Powell
Education Consultant

 Mrs Christine Towell

 Staff
 (Elected)

 

 

3/3

None Declared/
Recorded

 Mrs Julie O’Neill

 

 Clerk to Committee 

 

 

 

Staffing Committee  

 

 

 Mrs Margaret Rowlands 

 Foundation

 

 Chair

2/3

None Declared/
Recorded

 Mrs Helen Lane

 Foundation

 

 Vice Chair

3/3

None Declared/
Recorded

 Mrs. Patricia Rudge

 Foundation

 

 

2/3

None Declared/
Recorded

 Mrs Rose Swain

 Foundation

 

 

3/3

None Declared/
Recorded

 Miss Jackie Coughlan

 Governors

 Headteacher

 

3/3

None Declared/
Recorded

 Mrs Julie O'Neill  

Clerk to Committee 

     

Curriculum & Standards Committee

 

 

 Mrs Margaret. Rowlands

 Foundation

 

 Chair

2/3

None Declared/
Recorded

 Mrs Rose Swain

 Foundation

 

  Vice Chair

3/3

None Declared/
Recorded

 Mrs Helen Lane

 Foundation

 

 

2/3

None Declared/
Recorded

 Miss Jackie Coughlan

 Governors

 Headteacher

 

3/3

A. Powell
Education Consultant

 Mrs. Julie O’Neill

 

 Clerk to Committee 

 

 

 

Premises Committee

 

 

 Mrs. Patricia Rudge

 Foundation

 

 Chair

2/3

None Declared/
Recorded

 Ms Sue Howard

 Foundation

 

 Vice Chair

2/3

None Declared/
Recorded

 Mrs. Helen Lane

 Foundation

 

 

2/3

None Declared/
Recorded

 Mr Andrew Woods

 Parent
 (Elected)

 

 

1/3

None Declared
/Recorded

 Mrs Christine Towell

 

 Staff
 (Elected)

    3/3

None Declared/
Recorded

 Miss Jackie Coughlan

 Governors

 Headteacher

 

3/3

None Declared/
Recorded

 Mrs. Julie O’Neill

 

 Clerk to Committee 

 

 

 

 Headteacher’s Performance Review Panel

 

 Mrs Margaret Rowlands

 Foundation

 

 Chair

1/2

None Declared/
Recorded

 Mrs. Patricia Rudge

 Foundation

 

 Vice chair

2/2

None Declared/
Recorded

 Mrs Rose Swain

 Foundation

 

 

2/2

None Declared/
Recorded

 Mrs Helen Lane

 Foundation

 

 

2/2

None Declared/
Recorded

Mrs. Julie O’Neill

 

 Clerk to Committee 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Committees/Panels Terms of Reference

Admissions Committee

Decide requests for Admission in accordance with the criteria in the School’s Admission Policy

Finance/Resources Committee

Plan and prepare draft budget taking into account the priorities of the School Improvement Plan and ensure that the budget plan is agreed by the Governing Body and submitted to the Local Authority no later than 30th June each year;

To establish and maintain a 3 year financial plan, taking into account priorities of the School Improvement Plan, roll projection and signals from central government and (if applicable) the LA regarding future years’ budgets, within the constraints of available information;

To monitor the income & expenditure throughout the year of all delegated and devolved funds against the annual budget plan;

To review, adopt and monitor a Scheme of Delegation for spending and budgetary adjustments (virements) for the committee, HT and other nominated staff;

Take financial decisions in accordance with the scheme of delegation agreed at the meeting of the full Governing Body;

To review, adopt and monitor financial policies, including Charging & Remissions Policy;

Ensure that the requirement for non-public funds to be audited is carried out at least annually and a copy of the audited accounts is approved by the full governing body;

To make decisions in respect of Service Level Agreements;

To ensure that the school operates within the Financial Regulations of the LA;

To receive at least termly budget monitoring reports from the LA/HT;

To report back to each meeting of the full governing body and to alert them of any potential problems or significant anomalies at an early date;

To determine and monitor the use and impact of the Pupil Premium and PE and Sport Funding and report to the full governing body;

Meet with other committees and provide them with the information they need to perform their duties;

Subject to the local scheme of delegation, to approve any budgetary adjustments that will from time to time be necessary in response to the evolving requirements of the school.;

To monitor expenditure of all voluntary funds kept on behalf of the governing body;

Review, complete and submit the School Financial Value Standard. (SFVS) and to undertake any remedial action identified as part of the SFVS.;

Receive and act upon any issues identified by a LA audit.          

Staffing Committee

Ensure that the school is staffed sufficiently for the fulfilment of the school’s development plan and the effective operation of the school

Establish the annual and longer-term salary budgets and other costs relating to personnel, e.g.:-Training;

Consider and recommend for adoption to the full governing body the school’s Pay and Appraisal Policies, including the criteria for Pay Progression (including the operation of the school’s appraisal procedures for the Headteacher);

Agree the extent to which specific functions relating the pay determination and appeals processes will be delegated to others eg HeadTeacher;

Ensure that appropriate arrangements for linking appraisal to pay are in place, and can be applied consistently and that pay decisions can be objectively justified;

Make recommendations to the Finance Committee on what provision should be made in the school’s budget for pay progression and discretionary pay awards;

Monitor the outcome of pay decisions, including the extent to which different groups of teachers may progress at different rates and check process operates fairly;

Ensure that staffing procedures (including recruitment procedures) follow current equalities legislation;

Annually review procedures for dealing with staff discipline, capability and grievances and make recommendations to the Governing Body for approval;

Monitor approved procedures for staff discipline, capability and grievance and ensure that staff are kept informed of these;

Recommend to the Governing Body Staff selection procedures, ensuring that they conform with safer recruitment practice, and to review these procedures as necessary;

In consultation with staff oversee any processes leading to staff reductions.

 Curriculum/Standards Committee

Review, Monitor and Evaluate Curriculum Offer;

Recommend to the full Governing Body:-

  • Self Evaluation Statement
  • School Improvement Plan
  • Targets for School Improvement Plan;

Monitor and Evaluate the Rates of Progress and Standards of Achievement of all pupils;

Monitor and Evaluate the impact of the quality of teaching on rates of pupil progress and standards of achievement;

Monitor and Evaluate provision for all groups of vulnerable children and ensure all their needs have been identified and addressed and to evaluate their progress and achievement;

Ensure that the requirements of children with special needs are met, as laid out in the Code of Practice, and receive:term reports from the Headteacher/SENCO and an annual report from the SEN Governor;

Monitor and evaluate the impact of CPD on improving staff performance;

Set priorities for improvement and monitor and evaluate the impact of improvement plans;

To develop and review policies identified within the school’s policy review programme and in accordance with its delegated powers;

Monitor and Evaluate the effectiveness of Leadership and Management;

Consider recommendations from external reviews of the school, (e.g. Ofsted or local school improvement advisers), agree actions as a result of reviews and evaluate regularly the implementation of the plan;

Ensure all children have equal opportunities;

Advise Finance/Resources Committee on the relative funding priorities necessary to deliver the curriculum;

Monitor the school’s publicity, public presentation and relationships with the wider community;

Identify and celebrate pupil achievements;

Overseeing arrangements for educational visits, including the appointment of a named co-ordinator.

Premises Committee

Provide support and guidance for the GB and the Headteacher on all matters relating to maintenance and development of  premises and grounds, incl. Health and Safety;

Ensure that an annual inspection of the premises and grounds takes place and a report is received identifying any issues;

To inform the GB of the report and set out a proposed order of priorities for maintenance and development, for the approval of the GB;

To arrange professional surveys & emergency work as necessary.

  • The HT is authorised to commit expenditure without the prior approval of the committee in any emergency where delay would result in further damage or present a risk to the health and safety of pupils or staff.  In this event the headteacher would normally be expected to consult the committee chair at the earliest opportunity.

To create a project committee where necessary to oversee any major developments;

To establish and keep under review an Accessibility Plan and to establish and keep under review a Building Development Plan;

To review, adopt and monitor a Health & Safety Policy

Headteacher's Performance Review Panel

To agree performance objectives for the headteacher with the support of an external adviser;

To decide with the support of the external adviser whether the targets have been met and to set new targets annually;

Monitor and evaluate the performance of the headteacher against the agreed objectives with the mandatory annual cycle;

Review the salary of the headteacher annually, in accordance with the most recent Teacher’s Pay

and Conditions Document;

Make recommendations to the Finance Committee in respect of award for the successful meeting of targets set.

 

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St. Bede's Catholic Infant School

Leigh Avenue, Widnes

Cheshire WA8 6EL

Tel: 0151 424 3112