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St Francis Xavier's RC Primary School

‘The Spirit of God Shines in Our Hearts'

Our Governors

Our Governing Body

 

What do we do?

 

All schools are overseen by a volunteer Governing Body who, alongside the headteacher, set the vision for the school. Together they ensure that the school works effectively and efficiently to achieve its vision by:

  • Building a thorough knowledge of the school and its community;

  • Supporting and constructively challenging the school;

  • Ensuring accountability - judging the school's performance openly; and,

  • Compliance - ensuring the school meets all its legal obligations, for example safeguarding children and managing finances.

 

The Governing Body works in close partnership with the headteacher, staff and the local authority. In practice, the headteacher is responsible for the day to day running of the school. However, the governors are involved with such things as staffing, curriculum, school buildings and finance. They ensure the school functions well and set the direction and policies for the school, to provide ongoing support and advice and to monitor the outcome.

 

The Governing Body meets five times each year. Much of the work of the Governing Body is done by committees which meet at least every term (three times in the year). At St. Francis Xavier’s RC Primary, we have the following committees:

 

Standards and Outcomes:  It’s main purpose is to discuss and monitor all aspects of the school’s work around pupil attainment and progress, and ensuring that the school’s curriculum is broad and balanced and meets statutory requirements.

 

Pupil Support: The main purpose of the committee is to discuss and monitor all aspects of the school’s pastoral work which includes areas such as attendance, behaviour, safeguarding, health, and spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) provision. An important role of the committee is to ensure all Child Protection policies are fully understood and correctly implemented by all staff, and to monitor how the government PE grant is being spent to improve provision.

 

Finance and Resources: This committee’s main purpose is to ensure that the school spending remains within budget and that all funds are spent wisely to best meet the needs of the pupils.

 

 

Who are we?

St. Francis Xavier’s RC Primary School’s Governing Body consists of:

  • the headteacher

  • one elected staff governor

  • one appointed local authority governor

  • seven foundation governors

  • two parent governors.

 

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 Governing Body of St. Francis Xavier’s RC Primary is currently:

  • Mrs Sylvia Cockroft, Foundation governor, and Chair

  • Mr John Lynch, Parent governor and Vice Chair

  • Father Michael Evans, Foundation governor

  • Mr Wiktor Daron, Foundation governor

  • Mr Binso Francis, Foundation governor

  • Mrs Kathryn Ling, Staff governor

  • Mrs Diana Pearce, Headteacher

  • Mr Ivan Powell, Parent governor

  • Mr Danny West, Foundation governor

 

  • Mrs Emily Lynch, Clerk to the Governors.

 

For further information on the Governing Board at St. Francis Xavier’s please apply to the Clerk to the Governors, through the School Office.

 

 

Name of Governor

 

 

Term of Office

Governor Type

 

Position held on the Governing Body (GB) and Specific Roles

Committee Membership

 

 

Has signed the register

Details of any conflicting interest

  • Business/work
  • Relationships
  • Governor at another school

Mrs Sylvia Cockroft

August

2018

Foundation

Chair of GB

Year 2 and Year 3 Class Governor

Pupil Support; Finance & Resources; Standards & Outcomes

Yes

None

Mr Tony Ford

8/9/17

Resigned 31/08/2017

Local Authority

Vice Chair of GB

Chair of Finance & Resources

SEND Link Governor

Year 2 Class Governor

Finance & Resources;

Standards & Outcomes

Yes

None

Mrs Diana Pearce

02/09/24

Staff

Head Teacher

Pupil Support; Finance & Resources; Standards & Outcomes

Yes

None

Mrs Kathryn Ling

10/01/20

Staff

Business Manager

Finance & Resources;

Standards & Outcomes

Yes

Sibling of Assistant Head in KS1

Mr Wiktor Daron

August 2020

Foundation

Chair of Standards

Curriculum Link Governor

SEND Link Governor

 

Standards & Outcomes

Yes

None

Father Michael Evans

25/12/24

Foundation

RE Link Governor

Pupil Support

Yes

None

Mr Binso Francis

March 2019

Foundation

Year 4 Class Governor

Pupil Support

Yes

None

Mr Thomas Kottuppallil

31/08/17

Resigned 31/08/17

Foundation

 

Pupil Support

Yes

None

Mr John Lynch

December

2019

Parent

Vice Chair of GB

Curriculum Link Governor

Reception  Class Governor

Standards & Outcomes

Yes

 

Mr Ivan Powell

November 2020

Parent

Chair of Pupil Support;

Safeguarding Link Governor

Pupil Support

Finance & Resources 

Yes

None

Mr Aiden West

31/08/18

Foundation

Year 6 Class Governor

Health & Safety Link Governor

Pupil Support

Finance & Resources;

Yes

None

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs Emily Lynch

September 2015

Resigned July 2017

Clerk to Governors

 

All

Not Applicable

 

 

Governors' attendance at committee meetings currently being updated.
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