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CE Primary School

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Governors

Welcome to our Governors’ section

 

What is the Purpose of the Governing Body?

The purpose of our governing body is to:

  • help the school to set high standards by planning for the school’s future and setting targets for school improvement
  • keep up the pressure for school improvement
  • be a critical friend to the school, offering support and advice
  • help the school respond to the needs of parents and the community
  • make the school accountable to the public for what it does
  • work with the school on planning, developing policies and keeping the school under review
  • oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent
  • exercise its responsibilities and powers in partnership with the Headteacher and staff
  • not intervene in the day-to-day management of the school unless there are weaknesses in the school, when it then has a duty to take action.

Some of these purposes are set in law.

A school’s governing body is a corporate body. This means it has a legal existence separate from that of its individual members. As long as governors have acted honestly, without ulterior motive, and reasonably, within the law and regulations, the governing body cannot be held to account as individuals for any liabilities incurred by the governing body.

 

How do Governors fulfil these purposes?

We exercise our duties in a number of ways:

  • We usually have six full governing body meetings each year, roughly two per term, and in between these meetings we have committee meetings that deal with detail that underpins the reports the full governing body receives.
  • In addition governors are encouraged to attend school activities and events when we then have an opportunity, like parents, to take encouragement from the achievements of the pupils and the staff that teach and inspire them.
  • Our function at meetings is to review, question and challenge the Head teacher and staff so that we can, as far as possible, keep up the pressure to improve, ensuring that the children are being taught in a safe as well as a stimulating environment with the best resources, both human and material, that are available and affordable. We must also review the school’s policies to ensure that they focus on delivering the highest standards.
  • Many of us take a particular interest in a specific area of the curriculum, e.g. Maths, English or the provision for children with Special Educational Needs or Disability. Others focus on wider issues such as Health and Safety or Finance. Governors also have responsibility for monitoring the school’s progress against the School Improvement Plan and use of the Pupil Premium and Sports Premium funding.
  • We seek and welcome the help and support of the Local Authority and receive reports and advice from them often resulting from officers’ visits or through their distribution of essential information from the Department for Education or Ofsted.
  • We do not deal with individual worries about the day to day running of the school as that is the job of the school’s leadership team. If they cannot successfully resolve concerns then these may later come before the governors through the application of appropriate policies, for example the complaints procedure.
  • If you would like to contact the Chair of Governors, please email Chair@stmarys565.herts.sch.uk or speak to the office.

 

 

 

St Mary's Church of England Primary School

Governing Body Membership 2022-23

 

Name

Governor Type

Term From

Term To

 

Mrs Jenisa Altink

Vice Chair

Foundation PCC Appointed

 

 

01 Aug 2021

31 Jul 2025

Vice Chair

Chair of Standards and Curriculum Committee

Rev Ruth Barr

Foundation Ex-Officio

 

23 Sep 2019

 

Link Governor for RE and Collective Worship

Debbie Bartlett

Staff governor

21 Sep 2021

20 Sep 2025

 

Mrs Penny Beale

Parent governor

20 Mar 2019

19 Mar 2023

Link Governor for 

Mr Ciaran Diver

Foundation DBE Appointed

13 Sep 2021

12 Sep 2025

 

Mrs Sheila Hoile

Foundation PCC Appointed

03 Oct 2021

2 Oct 2025

 

Mrs Helen Lee

Foundation PCC Appointed

 

 

 

Vacancy

Foundation PCC Appointed

 

 

 

Vacancy

Foundation DBE Appointed

 

 

 

Vacancy

Parent governor

 

 

 

Mr Adrian Petty

Headteacher

 

1 April 2022

 

 

Ms Jill Byrne

School Business Manager

 

 

 

 

 Cliff Wing  Clerk

 

 

  

Governing Body Declarations of Interest 2021-22

 

Member

Confirmed

Entity

Nature

Notes

From

To

Mrs Jenisa Altink

Confirmed 29 Jun 2021

The Wroxham School

Parent Governor

 

16 Dec 19

 

Rev Ruth Barr

 

Nothing to declare: Confirmed 21 Sep 2021

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs Debbie Bartlett

 

Confirmed 16 Nov 2021

North Mymms St Mary's

Employee

Deputy Headteacher at school

03 Sep 17

 

Mrs Penny Beale

 

Nothing to declare: Confirmed 26 Sep 2021

 

 

 

 

 

Mr Ciaran Diver

 

 

Confirmed 17 Sep 2021

School

Friend

Personal friend of School Headteacher

 

 

Dr Stephane Farenga

 

Nothing to declare: Confirmed 16 Nov 2021

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs Sheila Hoile

 

Nothing to declare: Confirmed 22 Oct 2021

 

 

 

 

 

Mr Cliff  Wing

Nothing to declare: Confirmed 4 Oct 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Governing Body Attendance 2020-21

 

Y = Attended, N = Apologies Accepted, NA = Apologies not Accepted,

NS = No Apologies sent, ? = Attendance Not Marked, Blank = Not Required

 

Full governing board

Full governing board

Full governing board

Full governing board

Full governing board

Full governing board

 

 

 

 

 

Governor

 

 

 

 

 

Governor Type

22 Sep 2020

17 Nov 2020

26 Jan 2021

23 Mar 2021

18 May 2021

13 Jul 2021

Mrs Jenisa Altink

Foundation DBE or PCC Appointed

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

Rev Ruth Barr

Foundation Ex-Officio

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

Mrs Penny Beale

Parent governor

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

Y

Mrs Deborah Collins

Clerk

Y

Y

Y

 

Y

Y

Mr Kieron Extence

Staff Governor

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Dr Stephane Farenga

Local Authority Governor

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Mrs Sheila Hoile

Foundation DBE or PCC Appointed

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Mrs Helen Melidoro

Headteacher

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Mrs Joyce Purkiss

Foundation DBE or PCC Appointed

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

All meetings in 2020-21 were held remotely vis Microsoft Teams

 

 

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