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St Margaret's CofE

Primary School

GRACE, STRENGTH, LOVE

Governors

What do school governors do?

Governors work with senior leaders in the strategic development of the school and in raising standards of achievement. Duties include setting the school’s vision, ethos, aims and objectives, approving the school budget and policies and appointing the Headteacher.

Governors must 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. They do this by attending regular meetings, carrying out school visits and meeting with senior leaders. They also attend training in order to keep up to date with the requirements of their role. Governors work as a team and make collective decisions.

 

Our school governing body consists of:

 

Name 

Role 

Term of Office 

Appointed By 

Original Appointment Date 

Meetings Attended 2018/19 

Kyri Souppouris 

Foundation Governor/ 

Chair of Governors 

17/02/2020

-16/02/2024

Diocese 

17/02/2016 

6/6 

Belle Howard 

Foundation Governor/Vice Chair 

08/10/2019-07/10/2023 

Diocese 

08/10/2015 

5/6 

Rachel Kershaw 

Head Teacher 

While in office 

By virtue of office 

01/09/2018 

6/6 

Father Anthony Moore 

Foundation Governor 

22/02/2017 

By virtue of Office 

26/10/2016 

3/6 

Alison Patrick 

Foundation Governor 

07/08/2018- 

06/08/2022  

Diocese 

07/04/2017 

6/6 

Diana Farrell 

Foundation Governor 

20/11/2017- 19/11/2021 

Diocese 

 19/11/2021 

5/6 

Joanna Vowles 

Foundation Governor 

28/09/2018-27/09/2022 

Diocese 

28/09/2018 

3/4 

Lindsey Dearnley 

Parent Governor 

07/08/2018- 

 06/08/2022 

Elected by Parents 

 07/08/2018 

6/6 

Sodi Toby 

Parent Governor 

22/05/2019- 21/05/2023 

Elected by Parents 

22/05/2019 

1/1 

Vanessa Britton 

Foundation Governor 

24/09/2019 - 23/09/2023 

Diocese 

 

24/09/2019 

N/A

Judith Hewitt 

Foundation Governor 

 21/11/2019-20/11/2023

Diocese

 21/11/2019

 N/A

Tony Foulger 

Local Authority Governor 

 09/01/2020 - 08/01/2024

 Local Authority

 09/01/2020

 N/A

Rachel Goddard

 Staff Governor

 28/09/2018 - 27/09/2022

 Elected by staff

 28/9/2018

 5/5

 

 

Full Governing Body and Committees 

 

The Governing body of St. Margaret’s is responsible for ensuring that the school is run to promote pupil’s achievement and welfare and we are responsible for health and safety of staff and children on school property. We support and encourage all aspects of school life by acting as a “critical friend”. By that we mean we fully support our Headteacher Mrs Kershaw but also ask important and difficult questions. The duties of the school governing body include: 

 

  • Setting the strategic direction of the school ensuring the Christian ethos is at the heart of all we do 

  • Approving the school budget 

  • Reviewing progress against the school’s budget and objectives 

  • Maintaining the upkeep of buildings and grounds 

  • Appointing staff including full responsibility for appointment of new Headteacher. 

 

The Full Governing Body meets as a whole group at least 4 times a year, although additional meetings may be called as required. The governing body is split up into the following committees and the meet either half termly or as required: 

 

Resources & Finance  

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. 

  • Committee Chair: Lindsey Dearnley 

  • Committee Vice Chair: Kyri Souppouris 

 

Achievement & Curriculum 

Responsible for holding executive leaders to account for educational performance of the organisation and its pupils.  This committee is also responsible for ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.  

  • Committee Chair: Belle Howard 

 

Ethos  

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. 

  • Committee Chair: Fr Anthony Moore 

 

Headteacher Appraisal Panel 

Membership - Kyri Souppouris, Belle Howard, Alison Patrick. 

 

Pay Committee 

Membership – Lindsey Dearnley, Kyri Souppouris, Jo Vowles. 

 

Governor Roles and Responsibilities 

All Governors belong to at least one of the committees above. In addition, individual governors also have individual roles as follows: 

 

  • Admissions Governor - Jo Vowles 

  • Maths Governor - Alison Patrick 

  • English Governor - Sodi Toby 

  • RE Governor - Fr Anthony Moore 

  • EYFS Governor Judith Hewitt 

  • SEND Governor - Diana Farrell 

  • Pupil Premium Governor - Lindsey Dearnley 

  • Staff Governor - Rachel Goddard 

  • Safeguarding Governor – Vanessa Brittton 

  • Health & Safety Governor - Tony Foulger

  • Equalities Governor - Sodi Toby 

  • Training Governor- Belle Howard 

  • Data Protection Governor – Vanessa Britton

 

In the past 12 months we have also had the following members on our governing body: 

 

Name 

Role 

Term of Office 

Appointed By 

Original Appointment Date 

Meetings Attended 2018/19 

Lynda Hyde 

Local Authority Governor 

09/07/2011-08/07/2019 

Local Authority 

09/07/2011 

2/4 

Trish Venturi 

Associate Governor 

01/04/2018 – 31/03/2019 

Governing Body 

01/04/2010 

5/5

Will Durant 

Parent Governor 

22/05/2015-21/05/2019 

Elected by Parents 

22/05/2015 

5/5

Anne Smalley 

Foundation Governor 

16/02/2017-26/07/2019 

Diocese 

16/02/2017 

5/6 

 

Governors’ Register of Interests 

 

You can download the Register of Interests here. 

     

 

 

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