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

TYPE OF GOVERNOR

DATE TERM OF OFFICE EXPIRES

Patrick McMahon

Foundation Governor (Chair)

 

 

Patrick Cantillon 

Foundation Governor (Vice Chair)

June 2020

John Hannaway

Foundation Governor

June 2020

Lisa Williamson

Foundation Governor

September 2022

Kevin Garvey

Foundation Governor

November 2022

Claire Facchini

Parent Governor

November 2022

Martin Gibbons

Parent Governor

November 2022

Charlotte Martin

Foundation Governor

November 2022

Saul Quirke

Foundation Governor

June 2021

John McGovern

Foundation Governor

June 2021

Bronwen O’Donoghue

Headteacher

Statutory Right

Yvonne Joyce

Staff Governor 

June 2020

Shelly Leigh

Clerk to the Governors

 

Vacancy

LA Governor

 

 

 

 

 

FINANCE, SAFEGUARDING & PREMISES

CURRCULUM & STANDARDS

ADMISSIONS COMMITTTEE

HEAD’S PERFORMANCE REVIEW

Pat Cantillon

Saul Quirke

Lisa Williamson

Kevin Garvey

Saul Quirke (Chair)

John McGovern

Charlotte Martin

Martin Gibbons

Yvonne Joyce

John Hannaway

Kevin Garvey

Patrick Cantillon

Lisa Williamson

John McGovern

 

 

LINK GOVERNOR ROLES 2019-2020

 

QUALITY OF EDUCATION

Claire

Saul

 

BEHAVIOUR AND ATTITUDES

Lisa

Martin

 

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

Charlotte 

John

 

LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT

John McGovern

Patrick Cantillon

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