Purpose of the Governing Body
The Department for Education describes the purpose of a governing body as follows. The governing body should:
Applying to be a Governor
Anyone over the age of 18 can apply to become a school governor. Terms of office usually last for 4 years. If you are interested in becoming a governor at St. Paul’s CE Primary School you can enquire at the school office or apply online at www.gov.uk.
The National Governors' Association website has more information about the role of school governors and how to apply.
We currently have one governor vacancy.
Structure and Membership of St Paul’s Governing Body
A governing body is made up of Local Authority, parent, staff and co-opted governors from which a Chair and Vice Chair are elected.
2012 regulations require schools to have at least 7 governors including 2 parents, 1 ex-officio head, 1 elected staff, 1 Local Authority, with the remaining places filled with co-opted governors.
St Paul’s governing body re-constituted in 2015. It was decided to form a governing body of 12 members which comprises:
(Co-opted governors can be parents, staff or community governors but the proportion of staff on a governing body, including the Head, cannot exceed one third of the total.)
A Chair of Governors and a Vice Chair are elected from the parent, Local Authority and co-opted governors (staff and the ex-officio head cannot take on these roles). Governors also choose, or are appointed, to serve on various committees.
Committee meetings are clerked by an appointed Clerk to the Governors.
A Chair of Governors and a Vice Chair are elected from the parent, Local Authority and co-opted governors (staff and the ex-officio head cannot take on these roles).
Governors also choose, or are appointed, to serve on various committees and, additionally, to take on the responsibility for overseeing different priorities of the School Development Plan.
Committee meetings are chaired and clerked by appointed members of that committee.
Much of the work of the Governing Body is carried out in committees.
At St Pauls our committees are Finance & General Purposes and Pupils & Personnel. Each committee meets once a term.
Full Governors' Meetings
St Paul’s governing body meets termly for full meetings.
These are chaired by the chair of governors and clerked by a local authority clerk.
The head teacher is also present at all regular meetings.
The head teacher presents a termly report which outlines the progress of teaching and learning in the school based on the results of lesson observations and data from assessments, along with progress on the School Improvement Plan, staffing, concerns, absences, exclusions and budget.
A typical meeting includes:
Nick Dean is our Chair of Governors
He is a co-opted Governor and can be contacted via the school office
Helen Horne and Jane Worthington are also Co-opted Governors
Helen Horne is the Vice Chair of Governors
Iqbal Rassool is a Parent Governor (Child in Year 4)
Deborah Youdell is a Parent Governor (Child in Year 1)
Rod Darby is a Parent Governor (Child in Y1)
The Rev'd Lisa Temperley-Barnes SCP is our Ex-officio Foundation Governor
Hilja Skorupa is also a Foundation Governor
Dr Susan Young is also a Foundation Governor
Cal Hurst is Head Teacher Governor
Sarah Halsall is Staff Governor
As stated our two main Committees are Finance & General Purposes (F&GP) and Pupils & Personnel (P&P)
Members of each committee are currently as follows -
Helen Horne (Chair)
Cal Hurst (Head teacher)
Jane Worthington (Chair)
Cal Hurst (Head teacher)
The next full governing body meeting will take place at school on 19th June 2017.
Minutes from the March meeting will be posted after this date.
Please find minutes of previous meetings attached and our Instrument Of Government.