Welcome to the Governors' section!

St Ann's Governing body 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.  It is made up of staff from the school, parents of children at the school, foundation governors appointed by the Diocese, and representatives from the local council.

 

GOVERNOR’S CODE OF CONDUCT

 

As St. Ann’s Governors, we should:

 

  • Attend committee and full governing body meetings on a regular basis.  If an individual governor cannot attend they should either contact the school or governor services with a reason for their absence.  Three absences without a reason from full governing body meetings will result in an individual governor being relieved of their role.
  • Be fully informed of the documentation provided before committee and full governing body meetings.
  • If governors are absent from any meeting but would like to raise an issue regarding the information provided.  They should contact either the Chair or the school at the earliest possible moment.
  • Governors should raise matters / questions regarding policies and procedures at the committee stage rather than the full governing body meeting.
  • Give support, advice and help to the school.
  • Take a real pride in the school and the achievements of its pupils and staff.
  • Work on and agree general school policies and the School Improvement Plan.
  • Work in partnership with the staff for the benefit of the school.
  • Give advance notice of an intention to visit the school, if only to be certain that the most appropriate members of staff are available.
  • Maintain confidentiality – from time to time items of a confidential nature will be discussed and it is essential that confidentiality is maintained.
  • Never comment to the press, LA Officers or Councillors, gossip in the community, or challenge members of staff even though feelings are strong over a particular issue.  In the first instance we report any concerns of fears direct to the Head and / or the Chair.
  • Refrain from using our privileged position as a governor to discuss or gain an advantage for our own children.  If we wish to discuss your children, then we should approach the school in the same way as any other parent.
  • Study recommendations made by the Head and staff, question the recommendations, and be constructive in any criticism.
  • Accept and act on collective decisions of the Governing Body.
  • Join in with staff dealing with current issues of importance, particularly where a lay opinion would be an advantage.
  • Take every opportunity to promote the school in all aspects.
  • Participate in the appointment of Head Teacher and Deputy Head (and other staff as requested by the Head Teacher).
  • Participate in school activities in particular those which promote the school.
  • Participate in training sessions – listen to what is happening in other schools and nationally to identify any improvements we could suggest to your governors.
  • Be prepared to examine critically the school’s accounts and budget statements and participate in discussions and decision making in all areas of the school’s finances.

 

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

 

The Governing Body of St. Ann’s is committed to fulfilling the following roles.

 

To provide a strategic view:

  • By keeping under review the broad framework of the school as outlined in the Mission Statement.
  • By focusing upon the key issues of raising standards of achievement, high expectations and the provision of effective teaching and learning.
  • To act as a critical friend:
  • By providing support, advice and information.
  • To ensure accountability:
  • By ensuring that the Head Teacher and staff report to the Governing Body on the school’s performance by answering for the actions of governors, head teachers and staff to parents, the local community and the Diocese.

 

The Governing Body will strive to be effective by:

  • Being professional in outlook
  • Working as a team
  • Establishing good relationships with the Head Teacher.
  • Effectively using available time
  • Running effective meetings
  • Knowing the school
  • Involving themselves in training and development

 

The Governing Body needs to take a strategic role, act as a critical friend to the School and be accountable for its decisions. It should set aims and objectives and agree, monitor and review policies, targets and priorities

 

Committee structure for Academic year 2018/2019

 

Governor

Category

Date of appointment

 

Term of office ends

 

 

Other Establishments governed

Register of Business / Financial interest

Interests declared

 

 

Relationships with staff / governors

 

Mrs Sheila Casey (Chair)

 

Foundation

 

22/09/2018

 

21/09/2022

 

 

None

Nothing to Declare

Nothing to Declare

 

None

 

 

Cllr Jane Slater

LA

20/08/2018

19/08/2022

 

None

Local Authority

Elected councillor

 

None

 

 

Mr Philip Fry

Parent

30/09/2016

29/09/2020

 

None

Nothing to Declare

Nothing to Declare

 

None

 

 

Mr Patrick Gallagher

Parent

25/11/2015

24/11/2019

 

None

Nothing to Declare

Nothing to Declare

 

None

 

 

Mr Paul Giblin

Foundation

23/10/2016

22/10/2020

 

None

Nothing to Declare

Nothing to Declare

 

None

 

 

Mrs Josephine Grogan

Staff

17/05/2017

16/05/2021

 

None

Nothing to Declare

Husband works as grounds maintenance

 

None

 

 

Mr Ambrose Henderson

Foundation

01/06/2017

31/05/2021

 

None

Nothing to Declare

Nothing to Declare

 

None

 

Mr Peter Kerr

Foundation

13/05/2015

12/05/2019

 

None

Nothing to Declare

Nothing to Declare

 

None

 

Mrs Fiona McDonald Naughton

Foundation

17/02/2016

16/02/2020

 

 

None

Nothing to Declare

Nothing to Declare

 

None

 

Rev. Fr Gerald Murphy

Foundation

01/09/2017

31/08/2021

 

 

None

Nothing to Declare

Nothing to Declare

 

None

 

Mr John O’Brien

Headteacher

01/04/2001

 

 

None

Nothing to Declare

Nothing to Declare

 

None

 

 

Committees

 

Committee

Membership

Curriculum & Staffing

Paul Giblin (Chair)

John O’Brien

Sheila Casey

Ambrose Henderson

Peter Kerr

Fiona McDonald Naughton

Josephine Grogan

Finances Premises, Health & Safety

Ambrose Henderson (Chair)

John O’Brien

Sheila Casey

Paul Giblin

Jane Slater

Father Ged Murphy

Peter Kerr

Phil Fry

Patrick Gallagher

Appeals Committee

Sheila Casey

Paul Giblin

Ambrose Henderson

Headteacher Performance Management

Sheila Casey

Paul Giblin

Admissions

John O’Brien

Sheila Casey

Father Ged Murphy

 

 

Full Governing Body Meeting Attendance 2018 - 19

Autumn 2018

100%

Spring 2019

91%

Summer 2019

 

Committee Meeting Attendance 2018 - 19

Committee

Date

Attendance

Curriculum and Staffing

29th October 2018

86%

Finance, Premises and Health and Safety

29th October 2018

89%

 Curriculum and Staffing

4th March 2019 

100%

Finance, Premises and Health and Safety

4th March 2019

100%

Curriculum and Staffing

10th June 2019

72%

Finance, Premises and Health and Safety

10th June 2019

89%