Laetitia Rocha is our Chair of Governors and also our safeguarding governor.
She can be contacted via the school office.
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:
3 Foundation governors
1 Local Authority
1 Head Teacher
1 staff (elected)
(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).
Full governor meetings are clerked by an appointed Clerk to the Governors.
Governors also choose, or are appointed to oversee different priorities of the School Development Plan.
Safeguarding- Laetitia Rocha
Vulnerable Groups- Lee Westley
Anti-Bullying- Lee Westley
The Governing Body have decided to cover the majority of tasks within the full governors' meeting. However, a Pay and Personnel Committee is in place and this committee makes decisions about Teachers' pay.
Governors Laetitia Rocha (Chair) and Jackie Jacques form this committee.
Other committees can be convened as and when they are needed.
Full Governors' Meetings
St Paul’s governing body meets half-termly for meetings.
These are chaired by the chair of governors and clerked by a trained clerk.
The head teacher is also present at all regular meetings.
The head teacher presents a half-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:
Paper copies of minutes from the governors meetings, are available, upon request, from the school office.
Please find our Instrument Of Government and a table of governor pecuniary or business interests.
The Department for Education describes the purpose of a governing body as follows. The governing body should:
help the school to set high standards by planning for the school's future and setting targets for school improvement
prioritise school improvement
be a critical friend to the school, offering support and advice
help the school respond to the needs of parents and the community
make the school accountable to the public for what it does
work with the school on planning, developing policies and keeping the school under review
exercise its responsibilities and powers in partnership with the head teacher and staff
not intervene in the day-to-day management of the school unless there are weaknesses in the school, when it then has a duty to take action.
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 no governor vacancies.