The work of the Governing Body at St James is to support and provide direction to the school in its efforts to attain the very best education possible for the children in our care. We are passionate about our roles and help maintain the vision and values that make St James such a special place of learning for our children. The Governing Body supports and challenges the school to improve standards and is accountable for the performance of the school by implementing the following:
To Provide a Strategic View - The Governing Body sets the general direction of the school, looking at how it should best develop. This is done by reviewing and agreeing policies, targets and priorities and monitoring and reviewing aims and objectives.
To Act as a Critical Friend - We promote the school and support its work by monitoring and evaluating the school’s effectiveness.
We as the Governing Body work with the Head Teacher to create a clear understanding of the challenges faced in managing a school. The Governing Body is able to question and challenge. This is achieved in a positive manner.
To Ensure Accountability - Governors are the “responsible” body and it is our job to be accountable to our pupils, their parents and carers and all other stakeholders, for the decisions we make as a governing body and for the academic and personal developmental progress our pupils make. It is also our role as governors to hold the school to account on behalf of the stakeholder groups of whom we are representative members.
Most Governing Bodies use a committee structure to undertake their monitoring and evaluation roles. Our Governors achieve this by being members of one or two committees that meet once or twice or term, or more if necessary. The Chair of Governors has an overview on all committees.
Finance & Accommodation Committee - The Finance Committee has the brief to 'maintain an active budget, responding to changes in funding received and expenditure required, so funds are available to meet the school's identified spending plans. The committee will model and forecast expenditure and income as far as is reasonably possible to assist the development of a fundable school plan'.
Learning & Welfare Committee - The Learning & Welfare Committee has the brief to 'monitor and challenge the school, so that teaching and learning flourish, pupils make the best possible academic progress, and standards are achieved and maintained, and staff are supported and developed’. The committee are also responsible for maintaining the high standards of welfare for all our children while at school.
Personnel & Equality Committee - The Personnel Committee, works with the head to meet to review/amend and update all personnel policies and procedure such as staff discipline, grievance, capability, pay and staff absence. The committee are involved in all procedures relating to the recruitment, selection and appointment of staff comply with the law. Plus reviewing staffing structure and budgets on a regular basis to ensure we meet the evolving needs of the school. The committee is responsible for monitoring the implementation of the staff appraisals and development plan.
Chair of Governors - Mrs M Hinds
Vice Chair – Mrs P Romanis
Finance committee - Mr M Toolan (Chair), Mrs P Romanis. Plus the Chair & Head as ex officio members.
Learning & Welfare Committee - Mrs A Gordon (Chair), Mrs C Haynes, Mrs SJ Powick. Plus the Chair, Head as ex-officio members.
Personnel & Equality Committee - Mrs M Dainty (Chair), Mr T Gosling, Mrs P Greame. Plus the Chair & Head as ex-officio members.
We have specialist committees for pay, pay review appeals, pupil appeals, pupil exclusions, staff appeals and staff disciplinary.
We also individually have close links with the school and will be following year groups to fully understand and support the children’s and staff needs going forward. We visit the classrooms and school frequent. We attend Church visits and celebrations, assemblies, PTA events and much more.
Each Governor also follows a year group, for their whole school life, allowing us to understand each cohort in detail.
Reception – Mrs M Hinds
Year 1 – Mrs P Romanis
Year 2 - Mr M Toolan
Year 3 – Mrs A Gordon
Year 4 – Mr T Gosling
Year 5 – Mrs P Greame
Year 6– Mrs C Haynes
SENCO/Child Protection/Pupil Premium – Mrs M Dainty
RE (Specialist governor) – Rev B Prothero
Health & Safety inspections – Mrs C Wade
School Fund Trustees - Mrs A Gordon, Mr M Toolan, Headteacher