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St Margaret's CofE

Primary School

A welcoming village school in the of the Rottingdean community

Governors

Our Governors

 

A warm welcome from the St Margaret’s Governing Body!

 

Governors work with senior leaders in setting the strategic direction of the school and in raising standards of achievement.  We have a strong focus on three core strategic functions:

 

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff.
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

 

The Governing Body is made up of the Headteacher, Foundation Governors (who are appointed by the Diocese), elected Parents/Carers, an elected staff Governor, a Local Authority appointed Governor (open) and a Co-opted Governor (open).

 

Governors both support and challenge the Headteacher, so need to gain an understanding of the school’s overall performance in order to explain its decisions and actions.  We do this by attending regular meetings, carrying out school visits and meeting with senior leaders.  We also attend training in order to keep up to date with the requirements of our role.  We work as a team and make collective decisions.

 

The Full Governing Body (FGB) meets as a whole group at least 5 times a year, although additional meetings may be called as required.  

 

2020-21 FGB Meeting Dates:

  • 28th September 2020
  • 30th November 2020
  • 22nd March 2021
  • 24th May 2021
  • 19th July 2021

 

Board Membership

 

The Governing Board is structured as follows:

 

NAME

ROLE

TERM OF OFFICE

APPOINTED BY

ORIGINAL APPOINTMENT DATE

FGB MEETINGS ATTENDED

2019-2020

Belle Howard

Foundation Governor

Co-Chair of Governors

08/10/2019-07/10/2023

Diocese

08/10/2015

7/7

Kyri Souppouris

Foundation Governor

Co-Chair of Governors

17/02/2020-16/02/2024

Diocese

17/02/2016

7/7

Lindsey Dearnley

Parent Governor

Vice Chair of Governors

07/08/2018-06/08/2022

Elected by Parents

07/08/2018

6/7

Rachel Kershaw

Head Teacher

While in office

By virtue of office

01/09/2018

7/7

Father Anthony Moore

Foundation Governor

While in office

By virtue of Office

26/10/2016

6/7

Alison Patrick

Foundation Governor

07/08/2018-06/08/2022

Diocese

07/04/2017

5/7

Diana Farrell

Foundation Governor

20/11/2017-19/11/2021

Diocese

20/11/2017

6/7

Joanna Vowles

Foundation Governor

28/09/2018-27/09/2022

Diocese

28/09/2018

7/7

Judith Hewitt

Foundation Governor

21/11/2019-20/11/2023

Diocese

21/11/2019

5/5

Vanessa Britton

Foundation Governor

24/09/2019-23/09/2023

Diocese

 

24/09/2019

5/6

Sodi Tobi

Parent Governor

22/05/2019-21/05/2023

Elected by Parents

22/05/2019

7/7

Rachel Goddard

Staff Governor

28/09/2018-27/09/2022

Elected by Staff

28/09/2018

5/7

The Board also has two open positions – Co-opted Governor and Local Authority Governor

 

Governors who have stepped down/terms of office expired in the last 12 months:

 

NAME

ROLE

DATE FROM

DATE ENDED

REASON

FGB MEETINGS ATTENDED

2019-2020

Tony Foulger

Local Authority Governor

09/01/2020

19/08/2020

Resigned

0/4

 

Enquiries for the St Margaret’s Governing Body can be directed to the Senior Clerk to Governors, Judith Taylor - JudithTaylor@stmargarets.brighton-hove.sch.uk

 

Copies of FGB Minutes are available on request.  Please contact the Senior Clerk for more information.

 

Declaration of Interests

 

 

NAME

DATE OF DECLARATION

INTEREST DISCLOSED

Belle Howard

15/09/2020

Senior Clerk to Governors at Hove Junior School

Works for the Governance & Clerking Service at East Sussex County Council

Kyri Souppouris

14/09/2020

Nil Return

Lindsey Dearnley

16/11/2020

Nil Return

Rachel Kershaw

10/09/2020

Nil Return

Father Anthony Moore

16/09/2020

Nil Return

Alison Patrick

11/09/2020

Nil Return

Diana Farrell

29/11/2020

Nil Return

Joanna Vowles

17/11/2020

Nil Return

Judith Hewitt

04/11/2020

Nil Return

Vanessa Britton

18/11/2020

Nil Return

Sodi Tobi

15/11/2020

Nil Return

Rachel Goddard

20/11/2020

Nil Return

 

 

Committees

 

The Governing Body is also supported by the following Committees:

 

Resources Committee

 

Responsible for overseeing the financial performance of the school and ensuring its money is spent well.  This committee also has responsibility for ensuring the effective and efficient performance management of staff.  The Resources Committee meets 5 times per year.

 

Committee Chair

Lindsey Dearnley

Committee Vice Chair

Kyri Souppouris

Other Committee Members

Rachel Kershaw, Jo Vowles, Judith Hewitt, Vanessa Britton, LA Governor (Open)

2020-21 Meeting Dates

  • 23rd September 2020
  • 18th November 2020
  • 27th January 2021
  • 5th May 2021
  • 7th July 2021

 

Achievement & Curriculum Committee

 

Responsible for holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils.  This committee is also responsible for ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.  The Achievement & Curriculum Committee meets 4 times per year.

 

Committee Chair

Belle Howard

Other Committee Members

Rachel Kershaw, Diana Farrell, Rachel Goddard, Alison Patrick,

Judith Hewitt, Sodi Toby

2020-21 Meeting Dates

  • 14th October 2020
  • 20th January 2021
  • 28th April 2021
  • 14th July 2021

 

Ethos Committee

 

Responsible for preserving and developing the Christian character and distinctiveness of the school, ensuring that Christian principles underpin and are manifested in every aspect of school life.  The committee is also responsible for ensuring that school leaders, staff, volunteers and governors all contribute to sustaining, developing and promoting the school’s distinctive Christian ethos and vision.  The Ethos Committee meets 3 times per year.

 

Committee Chair

Father Anthony Moore

Other Committee Members

Headteacher – Rachel Kershaw

All Foundation Governors – Belle Howard, Kyri Souppouris, Diana Farrell, Jo Vowles, Judith Hewitt, Vanessa Britton

2020-21 Meeting Dates

  • 4th November 2020
  • 8th March 2021
  • 21st June 2021

 

Headteacher Appraisal Panel

 

Responsible for reviewing the Headteacher’s performance.  The panel meets 3 times per year.

 

Panel Chair

Kyri Souppouris

Other Panel Members

Belle Howard, Diana Farrell

2020-21 Meeting Dates

  • 3rd November 2020
  • 29th January 2021
  • 1st July 2021

Review Officer

Father Anthony Moore

 

Pay Committee

 

Responsible for taking decisions regarding the pay of the Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher and all staff.  The panel meets twice per year.

 

Committee Chair

Kyri Souppouris

Other Committee Members

Lindsey Dearnley, Jo Vowles

2020-21 Meeting Dates

  • 1st October 2020
  • 9th November 2020

 

Committee Meeting Attendance – 2019-2020

 

NAME

RESOURCES

ACHIEVEMENT & CURRICULUM

ETHOS

PAY

Belle Howard

-

3/3

1/1

-

Kyri Souppouris

4/4

-

1/1

2/2

Lindsey Dearnley

4/4

3/3

-

2/2

Rachel Kershaw

4/4

3/3

1/1

-

Father Anthony Moore

3/4

-

1/1

-

Alison Patrick

-

2/3

0/1

-

Diana Farrell

-

3/3

0/1

-

Joanna Vowles

2/4

-

1/1

2/2

Judith Hewitt

-

2/2

0/1

-

Vanessa Britton

-

-

1/1

-

Sodi Tobi

2/2

2/2

-

-

Rachel Goddard

-

3/3

-

-

Tony Foulger

0/2

-

-

-

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