ST MARY’S CHURCH OF ENGLAND GOVERNING BODY
It is important that governors act and are seen to act impartially. In May 1996 the Nolan Committee published a report on standards in public life as applicable to local public spending bodies. The report identified seven principles which should be applied in public life. These are selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.
The means by which a self-governing school demonstrates this is by applying these principles by maintaining detailed information including a register of business, pecuniary and material interests.
Information on the Membership of the Governing Body of St Mary's CE Primary School
Reconstituted 18 June 2015
The members of our Governing Body are elected for a period of 4 years and are made up of the following:
2 Foundation Governors
2 Parent Governors
1 Local Authority Governor
2 Staff Governors (this includes the Head Teacher)
3 Co-opted Governors (formerly Community Governors and Parent Governors)
Total Number of Governors is 10
In addition we have 2 Associate Members who provide valuable support to the Governors at various times.
Who Appoints the Governor Categories?
The Head Teacher is an automatic appointment. Associate Members/Invitees are allowed to attend as they provide valuable support to key elements of Governance.
What Governors Do?
How Do They Do It?
Our Governing Body is highly active and motivated both in celebrating the school's successes and in concentrating on improvement. All members would be expected to familiarise themselves with the school's strengths, weaknesses and targets for improvements.
The entire Governing Body meet once or sometimes twice a term usually at 4.00pm. In addition Governors are encouraged to involve themselves in the school directly, perhaps attending a school assembly or event, accompanying children and staff on a school trip or simply talking to pupils and staff. Governors also take part in a variety of learning walks across the school. This ensures that Governors see the practice across the curriculum and learn more about the school. Also they monitor or audit practice across the school, providing a 'snapshot' view at the time of the learning walk. If you have any concerns or issues which you would like to bring to the Governing Body's attention, they contact the school office who will pass on any correspondence.
There are a number of committees:
Pay, Personnel and Premises
This committee monitors and evaluates the use of all physical, financial and human resources of the school. They also look at best value for money, ensure financial probity and that the school is sufficiently resourced.
Current Members: Mrs J Pattison (Chair), Mr R Wydenbach, Mr M Wilkinson, Mr J Tolson, Mr S Dover, Mrs C Ross and Mr J Moynihan.
Curriculum and Vulnerable Groups and Safeguarding Committee
This committee monitors and evaluates the standards of learning and teaching and the impact on children's achievement and attainment. They also monitor how the school ensures that national, local and internal set targets are achieved.
Current Members: Mrs L Merrick (Chair), Mr J Moynihan, Mrs L Johnston, Mrs K Jones, and Mrs S Houchen.
This committee monitors and evaluates the school's contribution to pupil wellbeing, parental and community engagement including the attendance, behaviour and safety of pupils, promotion of healthy lifestyles and contribution to the school and wider community.
Current Members: Mr M Wilkinson (Chair), Mr R Wydenbach, Mrs G Melly, Mrs L Merrick and Mr J Moynihan.
Parent Governors bring the view of the parents to the Governing Body, but they speak and act as individuals. They should not be thought as delegates of the parents, they do not vote for all parents in general. They have equal status and voting rights in the work of the Governing Body.
How do I Become a Parent Governor?
You, as a parent, elect Parent Governors for a period of four years. Details of election procedures will be sent to all parents when vacancies on the Board arise. All parents therefore have an opportunity to stand for election.