Introduction to our Governing Body

The Governing Body at our school

At St Dominic’s Primary Catholic School, our governors are volunteers from our parish, school and local community. They are each responsible for providing strategic leadership and accountability in our school. 

 

We currently have 9 governors comprised of:

  •  Four foundation governors, appointed by the Diocese of Clifton.
  • Two staff governors, one elected by the staff at our school, plus our Head Teacher. A new staff governor will be elected in September 2017.
  • Two parent governors, elected by parents of the school to act as a representative for the parents on the governing body. In September 2017 elections will be held for a new parent governor.
  • One co-opted governor, also appointed by the governing body. 

 

Name

Category

Role

Link Area

Mr Charles O’Neill

Foundation

Chair of Governors.

Resources

Mathematics 

 Mr Ufuoma Bakpa

Foundation 

 

 

 Ms Alison Figueiredo

Parent

 

 

Mrs Jacqui Sollars

Head Teacher

 Head Teacher

 

Mrs Simone Thurbon

Foundation

Chair of Performance, Standards & Admissions committee.

Safeguarding 

Mrs Marilyn Greenhalgh

Co-opted

Performance, Standards & Admissions 

Literacy, EYFS

Mr Scott Hawkins

Parent

 

 

Mr Philip Rush

Foundation

 

Maths

Miss Georgina Mansell

Staff

 

 

Mrs Dawn Hinder

Staff

Performance, Standards & Admissions

PTA.

 

Mrs Christine Killey

Clerk to the Governors

Governor training

Committee Structure and Meetings

At our school we currently have two separate committees, which meet each term. These are:

  • The Resources Committee- chaired by Mr Charles O'Neill
  • The Performance and Standards Committee- chaired by Mrs Simone Thurbon

In addition, Full Governing Body meetings are also held on a termly basis and chaired by Mr Charles O'Neill.  

 

School Visits

As part of their role governors are expected to visit the school at least once per term. This is in addition to supporting key school events. Governors are linked to key areas and visits are carried out to monitor and evaluate educational performance through learning walks and book scrutinises.

 

Responsibilities

The Governors we are responsible for the general direction of everything that goes on in the school, including the maintenance of buildings, appointing staff, regulating the funding supplied by the Education Funding Agency and ensuring that the curriculum matches the needs of the children.  We help to decide the school's strategy for improvement so that the children learn most effectively and achieve the highest standards.  We monitor and evalute the school's effectiveness.

How we are Appointed

We are elected and appointed in such a way as to reflect those sections of the community which have an interest in the school. The Bishop of Clifton appoints Foundation Governors, usually in consultation with the Parish Priest.  As a Catholic school, Foundation Governors make up the majority of the Governing Body.   Parents and Staff elect Governors to represent their respective groups and one Governor is appointed from the local community. The Headteacher may choose to be a Governor, and all other Governors serve a four-year term.

No current members of the governing body have a governance role in other educational institutions.

Governors may be contacted by either phoning the school office on 01453 832682 or emailing clerk@st-dominics.gloucs.sch.uk.