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St Francis Xavier's RC Primary School

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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 Curriculum:  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.

 

Pastoral 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:

  • Mr Paul Williams, Foundation governor and Chair

  • Mrs Sylvia Cockroft, Foundation governor and Vice Chair

  • Mrs Elizabeth Christopherson, Staff governor

  • Mr James Fishlock, Foundation Governor

  • Mr Anthony Giampalma, Foundation governor

  • Ms Deborah Hillyer, Parent governor

  • Mrs Marie Layton, Foundation governor

  • Mrs Kathryn Ling, Associate member

  • Mrs Diana Pearce, Headteacher

  • Mr Ivan Powell, Local Authority governor

  • Mrs Rebecca Seamarks, Foundation governor

  • Mr Gift Sibanda, Parent governor

  • Father Brendan Thomas, Associate member

 

 

  • 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

 

 

 

Date Appointed to End of term of Office

Governor Type/

Appointed by

 

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

Committee Membership

Has signed the Declaration of pecuniary and personal interests register

2023-2024

Details of any conflicting interest

Business/work

Relationships

Governor at another school

2023-2024

Attendance at meetings – FGB and Committees

2022-2023

Mr Paul Williams

 

22/02/2019 to

31/08/2025

Foundation

Archdiocese of Cardiff

Chair of GB

RE Link Governor

Pastoral Support;

Finance & Resources;

Pay

YesNone5/7

Mrs Sylvia Cockroft

31/03/2014 to 31/08/2025

Foundation

Archdiocese of Cardiff

Vice Chair of GB

Chair of Standards & Curriculum

SEND Link Governor

Pupil Premium Link Governor

 

Pastoral Support;

Finance & Resources;

Standards & Curriculum;

Pay

Yes

None

12/12

Mr Wiktor Daron

 

 

 

01/09/2016 to

30/06/2023

(resigned)

 

 

 

Foundation

Archdiocese of Cardiff

Vice Chair of GB

Chair of Standards & Curriculum

SEND Link Governor

Standards & Curriculum

Yes

Daron Educational Consultancy

7/7

Mrs Diana Pearce

01/09/2012 to 31//08/2024

Staff

Head Teacher

Pastoral Support;

Finance & Resources;

Standards & Curriculum;

Pay

Yes

None

11/12

Mrs Elizabeth Christopherson14/02/2020 to 13/02/2024Staff  

Yes

None3/3

Mrs Kathryn Ling

27/01/2020 to

26/01/2024

 

Associate Member

Business Manager

Finance & Resources

 

Yes

 

5/5

Mr Anthony Giampalma

07/02/2018 to 30/11/2020

 

1/12/2020 to 31/08/2025

 

Parent

Change of Governor type

Foundation Archdiocese of Cardiff

 

 

Standards & Curriculum

 

Yes

Assistant Headteacher at another school

5/7

Mrs Marie Layton

30/11/2018 to

31/08/2025

Foundation

Archdiocese of Cardiff

 Chair of Finance & Resources

Finance & Resources

Pay

 

Yes

None

8/8

Mr Ivan Powell

01/12/2016 to

30/11/2020 term ended

23/11/2020 to 22/11/2024

Parent

Change of Governor type

Local Authority

Chair of Pastoral Support;

Safeguarding Link Governor

Pastoral Support

 

Yes

Cabinet Member Children and Young People

4/10

 

Fr Brendan Thomas

01/12/2022 

to 

30/11/2026

Associate Member

 

Pastoral Support

 

Yes

None

 

Ms Deborah Hillyer11/12/2020 to 10/12/2024Parent Pastoral Support       YesTeacher at a primary school.  Sibling employed by Hoople Education Services 
Mr James Fishlock

22/08/2022

to

31/08/2025

Foundation

Archdiocese of Cardiff

Health & Safety Link governor

Finance & Resources;

Pay

YesNone 
Mr Gift Sibanda

17/03/2023

to 16/02/2027

Parent Standards & CurriculumYesNone 
Mrs Rebecca Seamarks

16/06/2023

to

31/08/2025

Foundation

Archdiocese of Cardiff

 Standards & CurriculumYesTeacher at another school 

Mrs Emily Lynch

01/09/2015 - Present

Clerk to Governors

 

All

Not Applicable

 

 

 

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