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St Thomas More Catholic Primary School

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Governors

Our Governors

 

A successful school is one where teachers, Governors and parents work together in partnership for the benefit of all the pupils. The Governing Board must include two parents nominated by the parents and elected by them to the Governing Board. It must also include one Staff Governor elected by the teaching and non-teaching staff at the school.

 

There are also Foundation Governors appointed for a four year period by the Diocese of Clifton, as well as a Governor appointed by Gloucestershire Local Authority.

 

The full Governing Board meets six times a year to deal with specific areas such as finance, premises, curriculum, staffing, admissions and appeals. Minutes of meetings are available for review in school. Governors are involved in producing the School Development Plan and the school budget, interviewing and appointing staff, Health & Safety, monitoring the general running of the school, supporting school discipline and good behaviour and maintaining the Catholic ethos of the school.

 

What do we do?

 

The Head Teacher and Senior Leadership Team manage the day to day running of the school and the Governors work with them to determine the aims, objectives and policies in accordance with all the relevant legislation.  This involves looking at all the information and making decisions on, for example, the future direction of the school and how the budget should be spent. This is all done with the intention of giving the pupils at St Thomas More Catholic Primary School the best education possible: as Governors are volunteers, they need to be passionate about this as they often have to fit meetings in around busy work and/or home lives.

 

The Governing Board is made up of parents, staff, Local Education Authority representatives, and people who represent the local community and partnership angles. Associate members are also appointed to give advice on specific aspects where appropriate. Governors  work as a team, both as a full Governing Board and in sub-committees, where a lot of the in-depth work is done.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Who are our School Governors?
Our Governing Board is made up of staff from the school, parents of children at the school and representatives of the local council and community.

 

What Does the Governing Board Do?
The school’s Governing Board oversees the school’s management and aims to ensure that all children at the school get the best possible education and are able to make the most of all the opportunities that come their way.

 

What Types of Governors Are There?
Types of Governors include Parent, Associate, Partnership, Co-opted, LEA and Staff.

 

What Are Governors Responsible For?
There are different sub-committees to which the Governors are assigned.  

 

If, having read this, you are interested in hearing more about becoming a Governor, please leave a message at the school or contact us on clerk@st-thomasmore.gloucs.sch.uk. In the meantime we hope you find this page useful and informative.

 

 

Academic Year 2019/2020

 

The Governing Board

 
 
Mrs Cathy Hipkiss Chair of Governors (Foundation Governor)
Father David Mills Vice Chair (Foundation Governor)
   
Mrs Nicola Tippen Head Teacher
Mrs Sheila Pollard Staff Governor
Mrs Melanie Green LA Governor
   

Mrs Audrey Beeson

Parent Governor

Vacancy Parent Governor
   
Mr David Mulcahy Foundation Governor
Mrs Patricia Hemming Foundation Governor
Mrs Rosemary Dick

Foundation Governor

Mrs Marie Thomson Foundation Governor
Mrs Sarah Griffiths Foundation Governor
   

 

Mrs Joanna Nelmes  

 

Clerk to Governors

   
   
   
   
   
   
   

 

 

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