Our Governors                                                                                      

 

Governing Body – What do our 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, aims & objectives, approving the school budget and appointing the Head teacher.

Governors must both support and challenge the Head teacher, 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.

Your School Needs You:

We currently have vacancies for school governors: 2 Foundation governors. If you are interested in becoming a school governor, please contact the Clerk to Governors for more information and an informal discussion of what is involved: admin@st-josephs.brighton-hove.sch.uk

If you are a member of the school or local community and are interested in supporting St Joseph’s, please get in touch!

If you wish to contact the governors for any reason, please contact either the Clerk at the email address above, or the Chair of Governors Lyndsey Gravenor, via the school.

Structure of the Governing Body:

The Governing Body for St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School members are listed below. The Full Governing Body (FGB) meets six times a year and consists of all members. At these meetings, the governing body carries out its three core functions, as identified by the Department for Education in the Governors' Handbook:

  • ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • holding the Head teacher 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 money is well spent.

The current Chair of Governors is Lyndsey Gravenor and the Vice Chair is Tad Matus.  Chair of Resources Committee: Tad Matus. Chair of QSE Committee: Canon Kieron O’Brien.

There are two Committees of the Governing Body (GB) which meet regularly and report to the FGB. These are the Resources Committee (RES) which meets each half term, and the Quality, Standards and Ethos Committee (QSE) which meets once a term. There are two panels: Admissions, and the Head Teacher Review Panel who meet as needed and report back to the Governing Body with recommendations. The GB adheres to the Brighton and Hove Code of Conduct for Governing Bodies. Associate members do not have voting rights on committees but are welcome to attend meetings if they would like to. They can offer advice to the GB if requested.

Staff attendance at meetings: the Resources Committee is attended when needed by the school Business Manager. There is a staff representative on the Governing Body, as well as the Head teacher. Other guests or staff may be invited to attend a meeting as and when advice or information is required.

Full Governing Body and Committee Minutes are available from the Clerk, or the school Business Manager, James Muschamp on request: jamesmuschamp@st-josephs.brighton-hove.sch.uk

Governing Body Membership:

Current list of Governors as at July 2017 including names, initials used in minutes, type of Governor and term of office.

 

Name of Governor

Type of Governor

Date Appointed & by whom

Term of office end date

1. Lyndsey Gravenor          LG

(Chair) Foundation

10.11.2014

Diocese of Arundel & Brighton

09.11.2018

2. Tad Matus (Vice-Chair)    TM

Foundation

11.10.2016

Diocese of Arundel & Brighton

10.10.2020

3. Fran Morrison                   FM

Staff - Head teacher

01.09.2013

Ex-Officio (a member by virtue of their position at the school)

N/A due to role on GB

4. Gillian Foan                      GF

Staff

01.12.2013

Elected by staff

30.11.2017

5. Emmanuel Nimo               EN

Local Authority

dates tbc

Selected by Local Authority and approved by GB

 

6. John Parfitt                        JP

Parent

17.04.2015

Elected by parents

16.04.2019

7. Canon Kieron O’Brien      KO

Foundation

18.12.2012

Diocese of Arundel & Brighton

renewal in progress

8. Alison Childs                    AC

Foundation

14.12.2015

Diocese of Arundel & Brighton

13.12.2019

9. George Vaz                     GV

Foundation

 21.03.2017

Diocese of Arundel & Brighton

 20.03.2021

10. Cyril D ike                       CD

Foundation

dates tbc

Diocese of Arundel & Brighton 

 

11. Vacancy

Foundation

 

 

12. Vacancy

Foundation

 

 

13. Edgar Tshuma                ET

Parent

Governing Body (no election needed) 

17.11.2016

16.11.2020 

Jon Gravenor                        JG

Associate Member

 14.03.2013

requested by GB

 13.03.2017

 

 

In the past 12 months we have also had the following members on the Governing Body:

Julian Taylor Local Authority Governor 09/11/2014 - RESIGNED 28/11/2016

 

Attendance record as at July 2017  (updated six monthly)

Governor

FGB meetings (6 total)

RES meetings (5 total)

QSE meetings (3 total)

LG

5

 4

 N/A

TM

5

 4

 1

FM

6

 5

 3

GF

6

 5

 3

ET

1

 N/A

N/A 

JP

5

 4

 N/A

AC

5

 5

 3

KO

5

 N/A

 3

 GV

 2 (1 as a visitor)

 N/A

 N/A

 CD

 1 as a visitor

 N/A

 N/A

  No Associate members attended any of the meetings held during this period.

Register of Governor Business and Pecuniary Interests 2016 - 2017

The Register is updated annually after September meetings.

Name

Declaration signed

Interest Declared

Nature of conflict

Lyndsey Gravenor

24/02/2017

 None

N/A

Tad Matus

15/09/16

None

N/A

Fran Morrison

15/09/16

None

N/A

Gillian Foan

15/09/16

None

N/A

Julian Taylor

RESIGNED

 N/A

N/A

John Parfitt

15/09/16

None

N/A

Alison Childs

15/09/16

None

N/A

Kieron O’Brien

03/11/2016

 None

N/A

 Edgar Tshuma

 28/11/2016

 None

 N/A

 George Vaz

28/05/2017

 None

 

 

 N/A