School Governors


Our Governing Body - What does it do?

All schools in England have a Governing Body which is responsible for overseeing many of the strategic decisions of the school. A key role is to act as a ‘critical friend’: to support, to challenge, to ask questions, ultimately to represent the school community.

The Governors of St. Bartholomew’s are very active and interested in the life of the school. Through attendance at meetings, scrutinising documents and being involved in school events, they gather knowledge about the school to be able to challenge and support school staff to keep standards high in all areas.

The Governing Body works in close partnership with the Headteacher, staff and the local authority. Whilst the Headteacher is, of course, responsible for the day to day running of the school, the governors are involved with such things as staffing, curriculum, school buildings and finance. It ensures the school functions well and maintains the proper range of academic and social objectives.

Who are we?

In November 2014 the governing body elected to reconstitute under the 2012 School Governance Regulation. This allowed us to change the numbers and types of governors we have and to appoint more people on the basis of the skills they could bring to the governing body

The governing body now consists of:

  • The Headteacher – Mrs P Gavin
  • One elected staff governor – Mrs L McCaffrey
  • One appointed local authority governor – Ms S Banks
  • Two Foundation governors – Father M Wood and Mrs E Handley
  • Two elected parent governors – Mrs R Oseme and Mrs L Forbes
  • Five co-opted governors – Miss C Lawson, Mrs K Morris, Mr W Ralley, Mr L Reddington and one vacancy
  • Two Associate Governors – Mr J Cunningham and Mrs K Brown

The standard term of office for a governor is four years. The Chair and Vice-chair are elected annually at the first meeting of the academic year.

The Chair of governors is Ms Sheila Banks, who can be contacted by e-mailing or writing to the school or via the school office. Much of the work of the governing body is done by committees and at St Bartholomew’s, we have the following committees:

  • Personnel
  • Standards, Achievement and Curriculum
  • Resources and Finance
  • Buildings

Organisation of the Governing Body

Personnel Committee

Standards, Achievement and Curriculum Committee

Resources and Finance Committee

Buildings Committee

The main purposes of the committee are to ensure that the performance management process for staff is being correctly implemented and any pay decisions made are in line with our policy.

The main purposes of the committee are to discuss and monitor all aspects of the school’s work around pupil attainment and progress, including the development and implementation of the new curriculum from September in line with Government regulations. The committee also discusses and monitors all aspects of pastoral work which includes areas such as attendance, behaviour, safeguarding, SMSC (spiritual, moral, social and cultural provision) and health.

The main purposes of the committee are to ensure that the school spending remains within budget and that all funds are spent wisely to best meet the needs of the pupils; for staff organisation, development and performance.

The main purpose of this committee is to ensure that the structure and fabric of the school buildings and grounds provide a quality environment for learning and teaching and that these are all in a good state of repair and upkeep.

Membership:-

Ms S Banks (Chair)

Mrs P Gavin

Mrs R Oseme

Mrs L McCaffrey

Mrs K Brown

Mrs L Forbes

Mr W Ralley

Mr L Reddington

 

Membership:-

Fr M Wood (Chair)

Ms S Banks

Mrs P Gavin

Mrs K Brown

Mrs L McCaffrey

Mrs E Handley

Mrs L Forbes

Mr W Ralley

Mr L Reddington

 

Membership:-

Ms S Banks (Chair)

Mrs P Gavin

Mrs E Handley

Mrs R Oseme

Mrs L McCaffrey

Mrs K Brown

 

Membership:-

Mrs L Forbes (Chair)

Ms S Banks

Mrs P Gavin

Mr J Cunningham

Mrs L McCaffrey

Mr L Reddington

Mrs K Morris

 

 

All committees meet at least every term or more frequently if required.