School Governors

On the 21st July 2014 the school achieved 'Governormark' accreditation.

Role of School Governor

What do School Governors do?

Governors work as a team to:
•promote high standards of educational attainment at their school
•set targets for pupil achievement
•take general responsibility for the conduct of the school
•manage the school's budget , including deciding how many staff will work there
•make sure that the National Curriculum is delivered via a broad and balanced provision
•report on pupils' achievement in National Curriculum assessments and examination results
•act as a 'critical friend' to the school
•be prepared to undertake training and develop their role
•participate in the appointment of senior staff (including appointing the Head Teacher) and regulate staff conduct and discipline ; and
•draw up an action plan after an inspection by the Office of Standards in Education (OfSTED)

Why do Schools Need Governors?

Every school has a Governing Body to represent the local community - "the stakeholders" in the running of our schools. School Governors bring external support perspectives from ordinary life and the staff, and the Local Authority to help secure the best possible education for the children in the school. They have important responsibilites like managing the school budget, overseeing the curriculum and appointing staff.

How are Governors elected?

Foundation Governors are appointed through the Archdiocese.  Parent Governors are appointed by Parent Governor Election through the school as and when a vacancy arises.  LEA Governors are appointed through the Local Authority via a Panel and recommendation.  Staff Governors are appointed via staff election at the school.

Our School Governing Body

School Governing Body

Chairperson: Mr B Bielby - Chair of all committees

Vice Chair: Mr T Robinson

Headteacher: Mrs P Wade

Foundation Governors: Mr Kerr
Mrs P Marsh Link Governor Literacy
Deacon K Taylor
Mrs Reid - Link Governor Attendance and RE
Mrs Neal - Link Governor SEND and EYFS

Elected Parent
Governors Mr Michael Burke
Mrs McDonald

LA Governor - Vacancy

Elected Staff Governor Mrs Mowatt

Clerk to the Governors Mrs A Shepherd

Please contact Mrs Shepherd, Clerk for further enquiries regarding contact or vacancies of the Governing Body.

The next Full Governing Body Meeting provisional date is July 2018.

Governors complete a declaration of interest at each sub-committee and Full Governing Body meeting.  There are no business or financial interests noted or governance roles in other schools.

Governors'  Term of Office Academic Year 2016/17:

Governor

Category of Governor

Committee

Term of Office

Register of Business Interest

Attendance to relevant committees 2016/17

Mrs Patsy Wade

Headteacher

All committees

n/a

Nil

Attended all meetings

Mr Brian Bielby

Chair

All committees and Chair all committees

01.09.14 - 31.08.18

Nil

Attended all meetings

Mr Tom Robinson

Vice Chair

Finance/Health and Safety/Staffing and Vice Chair of those committees

01.09.14 - 31.08.18

Nil

Attended all meetings

Mrs Sharon Ewing

Parent 

Curriculum

15.02.13-14.02.17

Nil

Attended 6 out of 9 meetings

Mr Michael Burke

Parent 

Finance/Staffing

15.02.17 - 14.02.21

Nil

Attended all meetings

Mrs Pat Marsh

Foundation 

Finance/Staffing/Curriculum

01.09.14 - 31.08.18

Nil

Attended 6 out of 9 meetings

Mr Ian Kerr

Foundation

Finance/Staffing

01.09.14 - 31.08.18

Nil

Attended all meetings

Mrs Teresa Reid

Foundation 

Finance/Staffing/Curriculum

01.09.14 - 31.08.18

Nil

Attended all meetings

Deacon Taylor

Foundation

Finance/Staffing

01.09.14 - 31.08.18

Nil

Attended all meetings

Mrs Jo Mowatt

Staff

Curriculum/Finance/Staffing

01.09.13-31.08.17

Nil

Attended all meetings

Mrs D Neal

Foundation 

Curriculum

01.09.14-31.08.18

Nil

Attended all meetings

 

Remit of the Governing Body and Committees

 

The Governing Body is the strategic lead of the school and has a vital role to play to ensure

every child has the best possible education.

 

Governors govern rather than manage. They provide direction and focus by performing a vital strategic role.

 

The Governing Body key roles are:

 

To provide strategic direction for the school. For example, through the development and

participation in the School Development Plan.

To act as a critical friend to the Headteacher. For example, responding to the

Headteacher’s Report, providing question and challenge through monitoring of the

School Development Plan.

To ensure accountability. For example, through agreeing and monitoring the budget and

monitoring standards and progress in achievement.

 

Specifically, the Governing Body:

 

  • Is accountable for the performance of the school

  • Helps shape the school’s future direction

  • Monitors and reviews the performance of the school

  • Makes decisions about the school’s budget and staffing

  • Makes sure the school provides for all its pupils, including those with special needs

  • Is at the heart of how a school operates

  • Is responsible for how the school is performing. We have to be prepared to

    support and challenge the Headteacher by gathering views, asking questions and deciding

    what’s best for our pupils.

  • Undertakes our own training needs analysis to ensure we stay up to date with training programmes to provide the very best support we can for the school.

  • Is made up of volunteers, with members representing a range of

    interests and professions. As such we aim to provide a representative group of the local

    community.

     

    Committees

     

    Governing Bodies are formally required to deal with Committees using a whole range of Regulations and Statutory Instruments. The ever growing pressure and complexity of business has made it essential for Governing Bodies to discharge their increased responsibilities.

     

    The effective use of Committees ensure good working practices and the Government wants to enable Governing Bodies to choose ways of working that suit them and the school best so that they can carry out their functions most effectively and help their school improve further.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The Structure of our Committees:-

     

Name of Committee

Committee members

Chair

Curriculum

Mr Bielby, Mrs Wade, Mrs Neal, Mrs Marsh, Mrs Mowatt, Mr Robinson

Mr Bielby

Finance

Mr Bielby, Mrs Reid, Mrs Wade, Mrs Marsh, Mr Burke, Deacon Taylor, Mr Kerr, Mrs Mowatt, Mr Robinson

Mr Bielby

Buildings/Premises/Health and Safety

Mr Bielby, Mr Robinson, Mrs Reid, Mrs Wade, Mr Kerr, Mr Burke

Mr Bielby

Staffing

Mr Bielby, Mrs Reid, Mrs Wade, Mr Burke, Mr Kerr, Mrs Mowatt, Mr Robinson, Mrs Marsh, Deacon Taylor, Mrs McDonald

Mr Bielby

Pupil Welfare, Discipline and Exclusion

Mr Bielby, Mr Robinson, Mrs Reid, Mrs Wade, Mr Kerr, Mrs Marsh, Deacon Taylor

Mr Bielby

Headteacher’s Performance Review

Mr Bielby, Mrs Marsh, Mr Kerr, Deacon Taylor

Mr Bielby

Complaints

Mr Bielby, Mrs Reid, Mr Robinson, Deacon Taylor

Mr Bielby

 

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Contact the School

St Austin's RC Primary School

Heath Street
St Helens
Merseyside
WA9 5NJ

Main Contact: Contact Mrs P Wade, Headteacher

Tel: 01744 678000
Fax: 01744 678005
staustinrc@sthelens.org.uk

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