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St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

Governing Body

 

What do governors do?

 

School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. Governors appoint the head teacher and deputy headteacher.  It is governors who hold the main responsibility for finance in schools, and it is governors who work with the headteacher to make the tough decisions about balancing resources.  

Each individual governor is a member of a governing board, which is established in law as a corporate body. Individual governors may not act independently of the rest of the governing board; decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing board.  

The role of the governing board is a strategic one, its key functions are to:

  • set the aims and objectives for the school
  • set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  • monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
  • be a source of challenge and support to the headteacher (a critical friend)

 

New Instrument of Government

 

The new instrument of Government was approved by the Diocese of Brentwood on 15th April 2015 and was made by order of Thurrock Local Authority on 29th April 2015 and therefore comes into effect on 1st May 2015.

 

The Constitution is made of:

 

  • 7 Foundation Governors
  • 2 Parent Governors
  • 1 Staff Governor
  • 1 Local Authority Governor (Vacancy)
  • Head Teacher

 

Also on the Governing Body are:

 

  • 1 Associate Member - School Business Manager
  • 1 Associate Member - Teacher

 

Types of Governor

 

Parent Governors: these are elected by parents of the children at the school - or they may be appointed by the governing body if no-one stands for election;

 

LEA Governors: these are appointed by Thurrock (LEA). Members of the public can apply to be considered for this role by contacting the LEA directly.

 

Foundation Governors: are appointed by the Bishop of Brentwood Diocese

 

Staff Governors: these are elected by the staff at the school and may cover both teaching and non-teaching staff.

 

The Headteacher: is a governor at their own school by right.

 

Associate Members: are not governors, and do not have a vote at full governing body meetings. However, they are entitled to attend those meetings and to be sent the papers for them.

Below is a little bit more about each of our Governors and their roles.

Joan Risby - Chair of Governors (Foundation Governor)

Joan has been a governor at St Joseph’s since March 2014. She retired six years ago after teaching in Essex for over 30 years.  Her last post was Assistant Head Teacher at a local secondary school and her main subjects were Science, RE and PSHE.  Joan is passionate about ensuring that we provide the best we can for the children and families that are part of the St Joseph’s community and has pledged to provide challenge and support.

Miss Saul - (Head of School) 

Miss Saul’s commitment to teach started in Wales, where she grew up one of seven children, helping weekly at a group run for disabled teenagers and also with the disabled children to whom her family  gave ‘respite care’.  Through this experience, she saw that each and every child has potential and was determined to try and achieve this with the children in her care.  

Qualifying as a teacher in Liverpool 1997, she initially taught in Cheshire before responding to an national newspaper advertisement to teach in Thurrock which simply read: ‘No Headteacher.  Ugly building.  Longest school nationally in Special Measures. But you’ll love it!’  After two terms, the school came out of measures and Miss Saul stayed at the school, now as Acting Deputy Headteacher, until the following Ofsted inspection which recognised the continuing improvements.  

As a practising and committed Catholic, Miss Saul’s next move was to a Thurrock Catholic school where she complemented her experience in teaching every year group from Nursery to Year 6.  

In September 2009, Miss Saul moved to St Joseph’s to take up the post of Deputy Headteacher.  During this period, she was Acting Headteacher for eleven months and is proud of the school’s progress during this time which was recognised by HMI.  Returning to her role as Deputy Headteacher in April 2014, she continued to strive for school improvement at every level in order for St Joseph’s to achieve its potential and achieve a ‘Good’ grading from Ofsted in 2016.

Now in her post as Head of School from September 2017, she hopes to continue the school’s development journey both spiritually and academically.  

 

 

Sr. Paula Cleary  (Foundation Governor)

Sr. Paula Cleary has been a governor at St. Joseph’s since 2011 and previously had nine year’s experience of governorship at another primary school in the Southwark Diocese. She has just recently retired from her nursing position which involved the management of neurological disability and terminal illness. She has quite a broad educational background and as a Sister of Mercy has been involved in many voluntary activities in addition to paid employment. An area of particular commitment for her is social justice and care of the disadvantaged. Over more than 20 years she has provided voluntary advocacy and support to asylum-seekers and vulnerable individuals in their struggles to deal with Government agencies. She brings to the role of governor a deep concern for the welfare happiness and success of each child and the conviction that a broad well-balanced education is the key to future well-being.

Chris Shaw  (Foundation Governor)

Chris has been a governor at St Joseph’s since March 2014. He retired 4 years ago having worked 13 years as a senior accountant at Queen Mary, University of London.  Prior to Queen Mary, Chris worked for 30 years for BT mainly as an accountant in various offices in London. Chris’ children attended St Joseph’s from 1979 to 1997 and his grandchild has attended since 2009. Chris feels honoured to be a governor and has a passion to do his best in supporting the school and the children who attend.

Helen Creed  (Parent Governor)

As a parent of a child in Year 2, I have some knowledge of the school and it's caring ethos. I feel that my previous experience as a teacher and a Head of Biology, gives me an insight into the workings of a school. I would like to use my knowledge and experience to help the school and the Governing body of St Joseph's. For this reason I put myself forward as a candidate for the Governing Body.

  Sharon Jackson Business Manager/Associate Governor         Sharon's association with the school began in 1992, as a parent helper, both her children were pupils here.  In May 2000 she was appointed Finance Officer and is now the School Business Manager, her duties are mainly Finance, Human Resources and Premises.  Sharon believes every child should enjoy their school years, being given the opportunity to achieve their full potential in a safe and caring environment and supports all the Governors and Staff in this task.

Daniel Smith (Staff Governor)

Daniel is a former pupil of St Joseph's and has had a long association with the school both in a voluntary capacity and since 2013 as a teaching assistant. He has a lot of experience working with SEND children and running Intervention groups and is committed to ensuring the children feel safe and happy during their time here at St Joseph's. 

 

Kyran McDonald ( LEA Governor)

Kyran is a former pupil of St Joseph's. He spent 32 years in the fire service, retiring in 2011 and now occupies himself as a fire safety consultant to the private sector. Both of his children received an excellent education whilst attending St Joseph's, benefiting from the high education standard and strong ethos and feels that he wants to contribute in any way possible.

He is  delighted to be a governor and hopes to be a proactive member of the board.

 

Gemma Norris ( Foundation Governor)

As my children received an excellent education at the various catholic primary and secondary schools, involvement in these schools/colleges is my way of contributing to the system.

I have been a governor of St Joseph's catholic primary school for about 12 years. Also a governor of St Anselm's catholic secondary school for a number of years. Then when I moved to Suffolk, I have been a governor there for about 4 years, the last 2 years as Chair of governors.

My connection with St Josephs's school spans 35 years in various capacities. (parent, Catechist, PTA, governor and auditor)

In my opinion, the challenge of being a governor is to support the school and to link all the relevant parties, e.g. staff, parents, children etc., to provide the children with an healthy environment in which they feel safe, in which they can enjoy and achieve, make a positive contribution and ultimately achieve economic and spiritual well-being.  

Skills:  Accountancy, organising and administration       

Lloyd Evans ( Foundation Governor)

Lloyd is a former pupil of St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School and his two children were also educated here.  He works as an engineer for a local automotive manufacturer where he trained as an electrical engineer. Lloyd is keen to apply his skills to support the school as well as developing new ones.  He is looking forward to contributing to the school’s  success by giving pupils the educational opportunities that he and his children enjoyed.

Chris Meads – (Foundation Governor)

Both my sons were educated at St Joseph's RC Primary School, and at the time they attended I was a very active member of the PTA and chaired the PTA as well as being a Foundation Governor for around three years.

I have always remained involved in the local community in some way and over the past ten years or so I have been a very active member of two local Rotary Clubs in particular creating PR and developing and hosting fundraising events and I am now also a volunteer and Director/Trustee at the local Hardie Park project adjacent to St Joseph's school.

Since retiring from my 'Sales & Marketing Director' role in business around five years ago, I am now able to seek more involvement in the locality and St Joseph's RC school has always been so important to myself and my family. I feel the interpersonal skills I have in people management, sales, administration, marketing and PR will bring a wide and varied skill set that will be of benefit St Joseph's School..."

Shelagh Orritt (Foundation Governor)

I have been associated with St.Joseph's Catholic Primary school since the 1980's when both my daughters attended the school. They both thoroughly enjoyed their time at the school and received an excellent education. Indeed, they have both gone on to pursue careers in education. I retired six years ago, having held the post of Head of R.E in a local secondary school for many years, and would like to use my experience to support the further development of St. Joseph's as our parish community Catholic school.

 

 

Parent Governor Vacancy

Publication of Governor Information

Code Of Conduct For Governors

Governor Link Areas

 

Working Parties

Governor Monitoring Areas

 

Link Governor Teams

2017-8

Admissions

Admissions to school using set criteria

R Saul

J.Risby

D. Smith

Adviser S.Sweet

Complaints

· Complaints procedures

· Complaints against the HT

Appeals

R. Saul

J.Risby

Curriculum

· EYFS

· Curriculum

· Data

 

Curriculum committee

R.Saul, H.Creed, D.Smith , C.Meads,

K.Marshall, J.Risby, new Parent Governor

 

Safeguarding Link Governor – J.Risby

 

Equality

· Equality

· Diversity

British Values

Curriculum committee

R.Saul, H.Creed, D.Smith , C.Meads,

K.Marshall, J.Risby, new Parent Governor

 

Finance

· Finance

 

Resources committee

R.Saul, G.Norris, C.Shaw, L.Evans, K.McDonald, P.Cleary, J.Risby, S.Jackson

 

Governor Support & Development

· New Governor Buddy

· Gov Training

· Gov Yearly skills audit

 

Resources committee

R.Saul, G.Norris, C.Shaw, L.Evans, K.McDonald, P.Cleary, J.Risby

 

Health & Safety

· Premises

· Health & Safety

· Security

· Health & welfare

Trips & Visits

Resources committee

R.Saul, G.Norris, C.Shaw, L.Evans, K.McDonald, P.Cleary, J.Risby, S Jackson

 

(H&S Link Governor L.Evans)

Fire Safety Link Governor K.McDonald)

 

HT Performance Review

· HT Performance Review

· Targets & Review

 

Resources committee

R.Saul, G.Norris, C.Shaw, L.Evans, K.McDonald, P.Cleary, J.Risby[JR1]

 

Appeals – J.Risby

IT

· Website

E Safety

Curriculum committee

R.Saul, H.Creed, D.Smith , C.Meads,

K.Marshall, J.Risby, new Parent Governor

 

 

Parent Voice

· Home- School Agreement

Behaviour For Learning

Curriculum committee

R.Saul, H.Creed, D.Smith , C.Meads,

K.Marshall, J.Risby, new Parent Governor

 

 

Pay Related Performance

· Pay Related Performance

 

Resources committee

R.Saul, G.Norris, C.Shaw, L.Evans, K.McDonald, P.Cleary, J.Risby,

S Jackson

 

Pay Related Working Party – R.Saul, G.Norris, C.Shaw, J.Risby

 

Pay related Panel: GN, CS, CM

Appeals: JR LE KMC Sr PC

Safeguarding

· Keeping Children Safe in Education

· Looked After Children

· Attendance

· Whistleblowing

· Anti bullying

· Child protection

Aggressive Abusive behaviour

Curriculum committee

R.Saul, H.Creed, D.Smith , C.Meads,

K.Marshall, J.Risby, new Parent Governor

 

Safeguarding Link Governor – J.Risby

 

SEND

· SEND

· Pupil Premium

· Community cohesion

Accessibility

Curriculum committee

R.Saul, H.Creed, D.Smith , C.Meads,

K.Marshall, J.Risby, new Parent Governor

Named SEND Governor – J.Risby

Stakeholder Surveys

· Parent Voice

· Pupil Voice

· Staff Voice

 

Curriculum committee

R.Saul, H.Creed, D.Smith , C.Meads,

K.Marshall, J.Risby, new Parent Governor

 

 


 

 

 

Suggestions and Comments

 

If you would like to put forward any suggestions or comments to the Governing Body, please click on the link below and complete the online contact form.  Please note that any complaints should be submitted using the school's published complaints procedure.

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