The Role of the Governors

 

The Governing Body has eleven members currently, all coming from a diverse background of Education, IT, Social Care and Marketing. We are all volunteers and are appointed to assist in the strategic direction of the school. The members include the Chair, the Vice Chair, parent governors, foundation governors, school staff and the Headteacher.

The Governors do not get involved in the day to day running of the school or in how the school is managed, but are there as support to the Head Teacher and senior leaders in promoting high standards of education, welfare and spiritual wellbeing of all our pupils.   

We work as a team alongside the Head Teacher and senior leaders to promote and support the success of the school. We act as a “Critical Friend” helping to ensure high standards are maintained and that all of our children remain happy and healthy whilst making outstanding educational progress.   

The Governors meet on a regular basis in the form of two committees focussing on the curriculum, school development, admissions, finance, safeguarding, personnel and premises. The full Governing Body meets each term to discuss outstanding issues from the committees and to receive feedback from the Head Teacher and senior leaders regarding the progress of the school.

In addition to this, individual Governors are linked with various aspects of the work of the school and meet periodically with school staff to monitor and promote progress towards targets.  Whenever possible, Governors support staff and pupils by attending the many events that take place during the course of the year. 

At St John’s, there are three types of governing roles as well as the Head

Teacher. These are Staff Governor, Parent Governor and Foundation Governor. All members fall into one of these categories and the roles and responsibilities of each differ slightly and are outlined below.

Staff Governor Role 

 

A Staff Governor is elected by the school staff and is a representative, not a delegate of the staff.

As an employee, the Staff Governor has a unique insight into the activities of the school. Therefore, the Staff Governor brings to the governing body an understanding of the school’s ethos and culture as well as a close, professional knowledge of its strengths and weaknesses. The Staff Governor contributes, in partnership with other Governors, to the strategic development of the school. Their role is to present the views of the staff reasonably and faithfully, to seek colleagues’ views and make them known to the governing body, but be free to act in accordance with their own conscience and in the interests of the pupils as they see them. The first responsibility of the Staff Governor is to the school and the governing body. The Staff Governor serves as a useful link between the staff and the governing body. Staff are key stakeholders in the school and as such must have mechanisms for their views to be included in school evaluation and improvement. 

 

Parent Governor Role 

 

A Parent Governor is a representative and not a delegate of parents.

Parent Governors provide a “parental viewpoint”, though they are representative parents rather than representative of parents. To fulfil the role effectively, Parent Governors should:

  • Make themselves known to the parent body
  • Try to attend in-service (INSET) sessions
  • Listen impartially to concerns raised by parents
  • Guide parents about appropriate lines of action and procedures
  • Present a balanced view of issues, representing different sections of the community

Parent Governors should establish rapport with other parents. However, they should not become personally involved in any individual concerns as this may jeopardise complaint and appeal procedures. Parent Governors should achieve a balance between impartial representation and the emotional issues relating to a child’s education. The Parent Governor’s role is the same as that of any other governor, and that no specific duties are attached to it.

 

Foundation Governor Role

 

At St John’s, a Foundation Governor is appointed by Salford Diocese for the purpose of ensuring that the school’s religious character is preserved and developed.

Foundation Governors have specific functions in addition to the core governor role. 

Statutory guidance for maintained schools from the Department for Education (D.f.E.) says:

A Foundation Governor is someone who, in the opinion of the person entitled to appoint them, has the skills to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school, and who is appointed for the purpose of securing:

  • In all cases, that the school character (including religious character where it has one ) is preserved and developed; and
  • That the school is conducted in accordance with the foundation’s governing documents
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Governor Information: Register of interests and membership - September 2017

Name

Category of governor

Appointing body

Role/responsibility

Committees

Start date

End date

P. Ashcroft

Parent Governor

Elected by Parents

Link governor for SMSC/British Values

Curriculum

06/2014

 

P. Cantillon

Foundation Governor

Appointed by Diocese

Link Governor for Leadership and

Management/ Teaching and Learning

Finance

09/1996

 

C. Coyle

Headteacher

Governors

Headteacher

Curriculum & Finance

09/2012

 

J. Hannaway

Foundation Governor

Appointed by Diocese

Link Governor for SEN/Health & Safety

Curriculum & Finance

09/2006

 

Y. Joyce

Senior Assistant

Headteacher

Elected by Staff

Senior Assistant Headteacher

Curriculum & Finance

09/2012

 

J. Mc Govern

Foundation Governor

Appointed by Diocese

Link Governor Teaching & Learning

Curriculum

09/2010

 

Father Mc Mahon

Foundation Governor

Appointed by Diocese

Link Governor for

Religion/Leadership & Management

Finance

09/1996

 

S. O’ Neill

Foundation Governor

Foundation Governor

Link Governor for Pupil

Outcomes/ More & Most Able Pupils/ Admissions

Curriculum

09/2006

 

A. Potter

Foundation Governor

Appointed by Diocese

Link Governor for Behaviour & Safeguarding

Finance

09/2009

 

S. Quirke

Foundation Governor

Appointed by Diocese

Link Governor for Pupil

Outcomes & Disadvantaged pupils

Curriculum & Finance

06/2010

 

L. Williamson

Parent Governor

Elected by Parents

Link Governor for Attendance & Punctuality

Curriculum

06/2014

 

B. O’ Donoghue

LA Governor

Appointed by the LA

Link Governor for English

Curriculum

09/2016

 

 

Attendance record at governing body and committee meetings 2015/2016

Full Governing Body

Curriculum

Finance

Sept 2015 

Apologies: S. Quirke,

L.Williamson

Oct 2015

Apologies: P.Ashcroft, S.Quirke

Nov 2015

Apologies: Father Mc Mahon

Feb 2016:

Apologies: None

Jan 2016

Apologies: J.Hannaway

Feb 2016

Apologies: S.Quirke

June 2016

Apologies: Father

MCMahon

May 2016

Apologies: None

May 2016

Apologies: S.Quirke

 

Quorum: YES

Chair: Fr P McMahon

Clerk: Mrs. A. Quigley

Date of meeting: 26th September 2017

Venue: St John’s Presbytery

 

Attendance record at governing body and committee meetings 2016/2017

 

Full Governing Body Meeting Date: 26th September 2017

Attendance

Fr P. McMahon

Mr P. Cantillon

Mrs B. O’Donoghue

Mrs S. O’Neill

Mrs A. Potter

Mr J. Hannaway

Mr S. Quirke

Mr J. McGovern

Mrs L. Williamson

Mrs P. Ashcroft

Mrs Y Joyce

Mrs G. Flynn

Mrs A. Quigley

Mr J Sheeehan

Chair

Vice Chair

Head teacher

Foundation Governor

Foundation Governor

Foundation Governor

Foundation Governor  

Foundation Governor

Parent Governor

Parent Governor

Assistant Head teacher

Finance Officer

Clerk

Guest

 

 

Present

Present

Present

Present

Present

Present

Absent

Present

Present

Present

Present

Present

Present

Present

Governors




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