Governors

The role of the Governing Board is to act collectively in the best interest of the children, ensuring the good conduct of the school and promoting high standards of educational achievement. In practice this means ensuring the school has a clear vision, ethos and strategic direction, holding the executive leaders to account for educational performance and overseeing the school’s financial performance.

 Our Lady’s Primary School has a board of 12 governors comprising of one Local Authority governor, seven Foundation governors appointed by the Diocese, two parent governors, a staff representative and the Headteacher. Peter Griffin, who is a Foundation governor, chairs the Governing Board. Following the resignation of the LA Governor and the recent resignations of two Foundation Governors we are actively seeking new persons with relevant experience and a willingness to actively participate in the life of our school. We have recently appointed a new Staff Governor - Stephanie Tassell, and would like to record our thanks to Ruth Garner who has completed her term of Office.

 The Governing Board meets seven times per year, with a governance business meeting at the start of the academic year and two meetings each term. The Board has adopted the ‘Circle model ‘of governance and operates without any separate committees. In their meeting the full governing board reviews all the required tasks and commissions assignments or activities arising from the business of the meeting, which will be recorded in the minutes as actions.

 As part of our ‘Circle model’ of governance, the Full Governing Board delegates monitoring activities to ‘monitoring groups’ in line with the Terms of Reference for those groups which are summarised below. In each case where a function has been delegated there is a statutory duty to report any action or decision to the governing body at the next meeting.

 Group members have been chosen because they have a particular interest or some special expertise to contribute. Several Groups are supported by the School Business Manager, Vicky Palmer.

 

 

Peter Griffin -  Chair of Governors, Foundation Governor

Amy Husband - Vice Chair of Governors, Parent Governor

Rachael Batson - Head Teacher

Jeremy Turner -  Foundation Governor

Tracey Hester - Foundation Governor

Aidan O'Hare - Foundation Governor

Chris Bartup - Parent Governor

Stephanie Tassell - Staff Governor

Vacancy - Local Authority Governor

Vacancy - Foundation Governor

Vacancy - Foundation Governor

Vacancy - Foundation Governor

David Maceluch - Clerk

 

 

Group Structure

While some responsibilities remain the preserve of the Full Governing Board such as the appointment of new governors and certain safeguarding requirements, most responsibilities are delegated to the Headteacher. The governing body then monitors the activities and performance of the school against the priorities in the School Plan and this is done by the following Monitoring Groups who regularly visit the school and report back to the Full Governing Board.

In addition, key priorities identified in the School’s Development Plan are allocated to nominated governors who are responsible for visiting the school to monitor progress and report back regularly to the Governing Board.

Strategy and School Improvement Plan (SIP) Priorities

Members: Peter Griffin, Amy Husband & Rachael Batson

Role: To work closely with the senior managers of the school to develop a strategy leading to the improvement of the school nd to monitor progress in addressing SIP priorities.

Class Link Governors

Members: Reception & Nursery - Amy Husband. Yr1/2 - Tracey Hester. Year 3/4 - Jeremy Turner. Yr5/6 - Chris Bartup

Role: To focus on an individual class and ensure that Governors have a visible presence in the school through Governor Visits to each class throughout the year.

Budget and Finance

Members: Jeremy Turner; Peter Griffin; Rachael Batson (assisted by Vicky Palmer).

Role: To oversee the three year budget plan ensuring it shows clear links to the School Development Plan; monitor school finances and that all expenditures offer value for money.

Marketing

Members: All Governors

Role: All Governors have a key role to play in creating and delivering policies and processes to market the school to the local community and to maintain pupil numbers to deliver a balanced financial position.

Safeguarding and Behaviour

Members: Amy Husband

Role: To maintain oversight and scrutiny of safeguarding and behaviour policies, procedures and practice within the school.

Staff Pay and Appraisal

Members: Peter Griffin, Jeremy Turner, Chris Bartup

Role: To approve, or otherwise, the Headteacher’s recommendations for pay, progression or additional responsibility for all staff according to the school’s policy.

Headteacher Appraisal

Members: Peter Griffin; Jeremy Turner, Chris Bartup with the support of an independent external advisor

Role: To jointly, with an independent advisor, determine the Headteacher’s annual objectives and review performance and subsequent recommendation on pay progression.

Staffing

Members: Peter Griffin, Chris Bartup

Role: To monitor the staffing strategy within the school, and to scrutinise the Headteacher’s proposals for significant changes.

Health & Safety, Premises

Members:  Chris Bartup, Aidan O'Hare

Role: To monitor the compliance of the school in meeting both its statutory responsibilities and its own policies, and ensuring the school is maintained to provide a safe environment for all users.

Catholic Life (incl British Values)

Members: Tracey Hester & the Staff Governor (tba).

Role: To ensure the distinctiveness and effectiveness of the school as a Catholic school.

Teaching, Learning, Assessment & Curriculum 

Members: Amy Husband, Tracey Hester

Role: To monitor the systems and tools used within the school which have been designed to assess the students learning and the teaching staff’s delivery of those protocols. Also to monitor the implementation of the school’s curriculum is ensuring progress against the National Curriculum and the School Development Plan

Special Educational Needs (SEND) & Inclusion

Members: Amy Husband

Role: To monitor and review the progress of the school’s SEND policy against the School Development Plan and evaluate its impact.

Pupil Progress and Attainment

Members:  Amy Husband, Staff Governor (tba)

Role: To evaluate the school’s performance data and assess progress against the School Development Plan including Pupil Premium and Sports Premium.

Communications (incl school website)

Members: Jeremy Turner (assisted by Vicky Palmer)

Role: To ensure the Governing Body’s communications are effective and two-way, to represent the Governors when appropriate and to publicise statutory information.

Governor Training & Development

Members: Peter Griffin

Role: To focus on the development needs of Governors and ensure induction arrangements for new Governors.

OFSTED Preparation

Members: All Governors

Role: To focus on preparation for OFSTED inspections and on the Governing Body's role during the inspection process.

GDPR & Staff wellbeing

Members: Aidan O'Hare, Tracey Hester, Staff Governor (tba)

Pupil Premium/Sport Funding Premium

Members: Jeremy Turner (assisted by Vicky Palmer)

Role: To ensure that monies received for these Premiums are used carefully & correctly to deliver the anticipated benefits, within the scheme requirements.

Panels and Hearings

Members: Amy Husband and two available Governors ( not conflicted by the content of the issue under review).

Role: To carry out any reviews resulting from policies and procedures and determine any decisions of fact and communicate the findings and propose any required corrective or preventative actions based on the written and verbal evidence presented to the hearing.

 

Governors' Pen Portraits

 

Peter Griffin

 Peter has been a Foundation Governor since 2015. He has acted as Chair of Resources, ans since the Circle Governance procedure was initiated as Vice Chair of Governors. He is currently acting Chair of Governors.

Peter lives in Princethorpe with his wife Liz and attends Mass at Princethorpe, and is a retired teacher with 37 years of teaching experience at Princethorpe College.

His three children all  attended Our Lady's so he were heavily involved in the school from 1988 – 1997. During much of this period his wife, Liz, was a Foundation Governor.

On retirement, he wished to give something back and support the school and staff. As a resident of Princethorpe, and as an active member of the Catholic parish, his particular interests and motivations are to strive to build closer links between the school, the parish and the village. In addition his links to the college regularly provide opportunities for close collaboration between the two schools

 Rachael Batson

Rachael is the Headteacher at Our Lady's. She joined Our Lady's after working in Coventry for 13 years. Rachael has two children William and George and is part of Christ the King Parish in Coventry. 

 

Jeremy Turner

Jeremy Turner was last re-appointed a Foundation Governor in October 2020, he lives in Offchurch just outside the border of Wappenbury Parish and attends St Anne's Church, Wappenbury and he has two grandsons who live in Princethorpe and attend Our Lady's School. He is originally from Stoke on Trent but has been living in South Warwickshire since 1984. He recently retired after a career as a Chartered Accountant and Business Change Project Manager working mainly for large International Automotive and Aerospace businesses. He has been a member of Kenilworth Catenian Circle since 2002, and initially became a Foundation Governor in response to an appeal in the Parish Newsletter. HIs wife Helen worked as a Teaching Assistant at St Augustine's RC School, Kenilworth for 35 years, and is currently helping out at Our Lady's School a few hours each week. 

 

Aidan O'Hare

Aidan O'Hare was appointed as a Foundation Governor on 4th November 2020.

 

Tracey Hester

Tracey Hester was appointed as a Foundation Governor on 10th December 2020 after joining the FGB as an observer. Tracey has extensive experience in teaching and education. Tracey is currently employed at Princethorpe College. This helps us maintain an excellent relationship with the College which has provided both educational and operational support to Our Lady's over many years..

Chris Bartup

Chris was elected as a Parent Governor in January 2020, and commenced serving on 4th February 2020 he is also a member of the PTA and was Chair (of the PTA) for 2020/21.

Amy Husband

Amy joined the Governing Body in January 2020 as a parent governor. She has two children at the school, and has been involved in the school community since 2015. Amy lives with her husband and two children in Princethorpe, and decided to join the Governing Body of Our Lady’s earlier this year in order to support the development of the school with other Governors and the Leadership Team.

Amy has a degree in Psychology from the University of Warwick, and fourteen years teaching experience herself, beginning her career as a primary school teacher at St. Patrick’s Primary in Leamington Spa in 2007. Since then Amy has been worked in several schools across Coventry and Warwickshire, becoming a Head Teacher in 2016. Amy now works for Inspire Education Trust, and specialises in Special Educational Needs and school leadership.

David Maceluch

 Dave is a parishioner of St Anne's Wappenbury and is a very experienced School Governance Professional, sharing his wide experience with the FGB and giving us a clear vision of current good practice for Governing Bodies.

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