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Our Governing Body

Welcome to our Governors' section. (see link below for Governor profiles)

Our Governing Body

The Governing Body, which meets at least once a term, is made up of 12 individuals representing the whole school community who bring a wide variety of skills to support the School including finance capabilities, management experience, teaching experience and pastoral care. All undertake their duties with dedication and passion in a voluntary and unpaid capacity. As we are a voluntary aided school we are advised by both the Chelmsford Diocese and Essex County Council.

 

Currently, there are:

 

2 Staff Governors (including the Headteacher)

7 Church Governors including the Rector

2 Parent Governors

1 Local Authority Link Governor

 

plus 1 associate governor (staff member)

 

 

The term “critical friend” is often used to describe the responsibilities and role of the Governing Body. In essence, this means the Governing Body ensures it understands the School’s “big picture” by

 

  • supporting the aims of the School
  • working closely with the Headteacher and all staff to gain a strong knowledge of the strengths and weaknesses of the school
  • assisting the Headteacher with strategic planning
  • monitoring and evaluating the progress made towards the School’s targets

 

All the Governors belong to at least 1 of the 4 sub-committees which also meet once a term and are concerned with specific areas of the School.

 

  • Finance, Premises and Personnel – responsible for overseeing all budgetary and human resource matters, and making sure the building is safe and welcoming
  • Admissions – promotes the school and oversees the admissions process
  • Curriculum – agrees the curriculum in accordance with National Curriculum requirements
  • Standards – monitors the actions of the Governing Body to ensure it represents the vision, values and aims of the school.

 

The Governing Body has several statutory duties including appointing the Headteacher as well as agreeing some of the school policies and procedures. It is accountable for its decisions and has to be prepared to give an explanation for the School’s overall performance and explain the decisions and actions taken to those with a legitimate interest such as Ofsted inspectors.

All Governors initially complete basic training before participating in more specific workshops related to the different sub-committees to which they are members. Continuous updates and training are provided by Essex County Council and the Diocese to ensure that Governors get the information they need to perform their duties to the best of their capabilities. 

As it is essential that the Governing Body maintains high standards at all times, it has committed to a Code of Conduct which includes a commitment to ensure confidentiality is observed at all times as the Governors are privy to delicate information relating to the school and its community. Equally, the Governing Body is not involved with the day-to-day running of the school so any comments of this nature will be directed back to the class teachers and the Headteacher in accordance with the School’s policies and procedures.

 

If you would like further information about becoming a school governor, please visit http://www.essex.gov.uk/Business-Partners/Partners/Schools/school-governors/Pages/School-governors.aspx or if you would like to contact our Chair of Governors you can email chairofgovernors@st-maryscofe.essex.sch.uk

Alternatively you could leave your name and telephone number with the School Office and the Chair of Governors will contact you. 

Name of Governor or Associate Member

Category of governor, date of appointment & term of office

Appointing body e.g. Governing Body, Local Authority, Foundation, Diocese

Membership of committees?

Positions of responsibility

Attendance at Full Governing Body & Committee Meetings (2015-16) (%)

Relevant business and/or pecuniary interests that could present a conflict of interest including whether a governor at another school

Personal relationship (if any) with members of school staff e.g. spouse, partner, relative

Petronella Oelman

Foundation PCC

05/06/17

4 year term of office

Diocese     N/A None None

Richard Peet

Foundation DBE

19/03/2015

4 year term of office

Diocese

Admissions; Strategy

(ex member of FP&P)

Chair of Admissions

FGB 100%

FP&P 100%

Admissions 100%

None

None

James Hallinan

Foundation DBE

01/10/2015

4 year term of office

Diocese

Finance, Premises & Personnel

 

FGB 100%

FP&P 75%

Director of Hallinan Consulting Ltd

None

Bronwyn Ferland

Foundation PCC

09/09/15

4 year term of office

Diocese

Finance, Premises & Personnel; Admissions

 

FGB 100%

FP &P 25%

Admissions 100%

Member of management committee of St. Mary’s Pre-School

None

Sandra Marsh

Foundation PCC

01/10/2014

3 year term of office

Diocese

Finance, Premises & Personnel;

Admissions

Chair of Finance, Premises & Personnel

FGB 100%

FP&P 100%

Admissions 66%

None

None

David Tomlinson

Foundation ex-officio

21/09/08

Diocese

Finance, Premises & Personnel;

(ex member of Curriculum)

 

FGB 100%

FP&P 50%

Curr. 100%

Member of management committee of St. Mary’s Pre-School

None

Gwynneth Nicholas

Foundation/Sponsor

Members

30/01/17

4 year term of office

  Diocese TBC     N/A   None   None

Ruth Angrave

Parent

Elected 22/11/2014

4 year term of office

Governing Body

Finance, Premises & Personnel; Curriculum; Strategy

Chair of Governors and joint Chair of Strategy

FGB 100%

Curric. 100%

FP&P 75%

Director of Red Box Interior Solutions

None

Victoria Boraster-Sharpe

Parent

Elected 17/11/2016

4 year term

Governing Body

Finance, Premises & Personnel

 

N/A

None

None

Adrian Williamson

Local Authority

05/12/2016

4 year term

Local Authority

Curriculum; Pay Appeal

 

N/A

Trustee of SWCHS Trust

None

Katie Pieri

Staff

04/11/2015

Governing Body

Curriculum

 

FGB 100%

Curric. 100%

None

None

Karen Cayford

Staff

01/09/2015 ongoing

Governing Body

All committees

Headteacher

FGB 100%

Curr. 100%

FP&P 100%

Admssns 100%

None

None

Jennifer Overton

Associate member

Governing Body

Curriculum (has voting rights)

Assistant Headteacher

FGB 75%

Curric. 66%

None

None

 

Previous Governors (in the last 12 months)

Ed Byrne

Foundation PCC

31/07/2014

3 year term of office

Resigned Jan 2017

 

Diocese Curriculum; Strategy (ex member of FP&P) Chair of Curriculum

FGB 75%

FP&P 100%

Curric. 100%

None  None

Susie Diggons

LA

04/12/2013

3 year term

Left 04/12/2016

Local Authority

Finance, Premises & Personnel; Admissions; Curriculum;

Strategy

Joint Chair of Strategy

FGB 100%

FP&P 100%

Admissns 100%

Curric. 100%

Strategy 100%

None

None

Katherine Mendes-Day

Parent Elected

20/09/2016

Resigned wef

27/10/2016

Governing Body

Curriculum

 

N/A

Director of Day Liddel Ltd

None

Carey Dickinson

Foundation DBE

14/09/15

4 year term of office

Resigned wef 31/08/16

Diocese

Curriculum

 

FGB 100%

Curr. 66%

None

None

Angela Fearnside

Parent

Elected 22/11/2011 3 year term; re-elected 22/11/2014

4 year term 

Resigned wef 31/08/16

Governing Body

Admissions; Curriculum; Strategy

Vice Chair of Governors, Chair of Admissions

FGB 100%

Admissns 100%

Curric. 100%

Strategy 100%

 

None

None

Full Governor Body Minutes

Governor Statement

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