St Mary Immaculate Catholic Primary School

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Governor Information

St Mary Immaculate School is a Voluntary Aided Catholic School with a Governing Body made up of 12 governors:

  • 7 are appointed by the Archdiocese of Birmingham (Foundation Governors)
  • 2 are elected by parents (Parent Governors)
  • 1 is appointed by Warwickshire Local Education Authority (Local Council Governor)
  • 1 is elected by school staff (Staff Governor)
  • 1 is the Headteacher
All governors are appointed for a period of 4 years, except for the Headteacher who is automatically a governor.  Each year the Governing Body elects a Chair and Vice-Chair.

The Current Governing Body Members and their duties

  • Chair of Governors - Mrs Julia FitzSimons (Foundation Governor)
  • Vice Chair - Mr John Connor (Foundation Governor)
  • Mr Robert Gargan (Headteacher)
  • Fr Patrick Mileham (Foundation Governor and Chaplain)
  • Mrs Claire McLarnon (Foundation Governor)
  • Mr John Sullivan (Local Council Governor)
  • Mrs Chrissie Beaumont (Parent Governor)
  • Mrs Jo Grant (Foundation Governor)
  • Vacancy (Staff Governor)
  • Mrs Belinda Shuttleworth (Foundation Governor)
  • Mr Ignacio Gomez (Parent Governor)
  • Mrs Elizabeth Weston (Foundation Governor)
  • The Clerk to the Governors is Mrs Elizabeth Mottram

    

Mrs Julia FitzSimons

Former social worker and manager (learning disability), current voluntary worker.

Involved in the Catholic parish, she has interests in safeguarding and community development, and is a Trustee of Fr Hudson’s Care.

She has been a Foundation governor of St Mary Immaculate since 2001, initially as a parent, and has chaired the governing body since 2009.

 

Governor

Type

App’t

Date

Term of office

Responsibilities

Attendance

2016-17

Declaration of Interests

Foundation

1.9.2014

1st appt 2001

4y

Chair of Governors,

Both Committees

(takes minutes P&S)

Safeguarding governor

Forum Patch governor

RE and Catholic Life working group

 

12/13

Trustee of Fr Hudson’s Care

Mr John Connor

A parishioner since 1983, John retired in 2004 after 35 years in teaching, latterly as headteacher of a Catholic school in Coventry. 

Both of his children attended St Mary Immaculate and went to University after secondary school.

He divides his time between looking after grandchildren, hobbies and voluntary work.

 

Governor

Type

App’t

Date

Term of office

Responsibilities

Attendance

2016-17

Declaration of Interests

Foundation

23.5.2015

4y

Vice-Chair of Governors, Resources Committee

H&S governor

Head’s Performance Management

Forum Patch governor

RE and Catholic Life working group

7/7

Nil

Mrs Belinda Shuttleworth

Clerk /Deputy Clerk to the Trustees of two Warwick charities, Belinda is also involved on a voluntary basis with another Warwick charity.  Her life time work experience is of a financial and safeguarding background.  A long term parishioner at St. Mary Immaculate Church, Warwick.

 

Governor

Type

App’t

Date

Term of office

Responsibilities

Attendance

2016-17

Declaration of Interests

Foundation

28.8.2017

1st appt 2013

4y

Chair of Resources Committee 2015-16

Safeguarding Governor

Pay Committee

6/7

Nil

Mrs Jo Grant

A retired secondary teacher of science, Jo has been involved in counselling and pastoral care in schools for a large part of her career. Educated in Catholic schools, the lessons and values learnt there have remained with her, meaning that she wants to support her parish school.

 

Governor

Type

App’t

Date

Term of office

Responsibilities

Attendance

2016-17

Declaration of Interests

Foundation

19.5.2017

1st appt

2013

4y

P&S Committee

EYFS Governor

SEN governor

Head’s Performance Management

School Council link

10/10

Company Director Beauchamp Gardens (residential)

Fr Patrick Mileham

Parish Priest of St Mary Immaculate, Warwick and of St Charles Borromeo Parish, Hampton on the Hill. He teaches at St Mary's College, Oscott, and is Chaplain to this School, Trinity and the Myton hospice.

Governor

Type

App’t

Date

Term of office

Responsibilities

Attendance

2016-17

Declaration of Interests

Foundation

1.8.2017

4y

RE and Catholic Life Working Group

Head’s Performance Management

 

n/a

Nil

Mrs Claire McLarnon

Secondary school teacher of 23 years, currently overseeing KS3 English, More Able students and reading in a large and successful secondary school.

Her elder child is at secondary school and her younger is currently at St Mary Immaculate.  Her experience of the School as a parent has been hugely positive and she is committed to working with staff, governors and pupils to ensure that it goes from strength to strength.

 

Governor

Type

App’t

Date

Term of office

Responsibilities

Attendance

2016-17

Declaration of Interests

Foundation

12.2.2015

1st appt 2011

4y

Chair of P&S Committee

Marketing working group

9/10

Nil

Mrs Elizabeth Weston

Retired teacher, worked in a Special School.

“I enjoyed the challenge of tailoring the curriculum to meet individual needs and working closely with families, so delighted to be a Special Needs Governor.”

Former governor at her Special School for many years and Chair of the Finance Committee with lengthy experience.

Her 3 children attended St Mary Immaculate.

She is involved in the life of the parish and enjoys running, reading, and looking after her young granddaughter.

 

Governor

Type

App’t

Date

Term of office

Responsibilities

Attendance

2016-17

Declaration of Interests

Foundation

7.9.2016

4y

Resources Committee

Pay Committee

SEN governor

6/7

awaited

Mr John Sullivan

Appointed LEA Governor when he was Town Councillor for Warwick West.
Has been a qualified teacher for 24 years and taught at a college for the Visually Impaired. Currently teaches Engineering at Warwickshire College.

 

Governor Type

App’t

Date

Term of office

Responsibilities

Attendance

2016-17

Declaration of Interests

Local

Authority

1.9.2014

4y

Resources Committee

Pay Committee

H&S governor

7/7

Nil

Mr Ignacio Gomez

Elected Parent Governor this year, works in IT

Governor Type

App’t

Date

Term of office

Responsibilities

Attendance

2016-17

Declaration of Interests

Parent

22.7.2017

4y

Resources Committee

n/a

Nil

Mrs Chrissie Beaumont

Has been a parent governor since 2011, with children attending St Mary Immaculate School. She set up and runs the baby and toddler group which meets weekly in the school.

 

Governor

Type

App’t

Date

Term of office

Responsibilities

Attendance

2016-17

Declaration of Interests

Parent

30.9.2015

1st appt 2011

4y

P&S Committee

 

10/10

Nil

Mr Robert Gargan

 

Governor

Type

App’t

Date

Term of office

Responsibilities

Attendance

2016-17

Declaration of Interests

Head

 

Ex officio

Both Committees

13/13

Daughter employed at Little Angels Pre-School as qualified Nursery Assistant

Mrs Elizabeth Mottram

Private landlord and clerk to the governors of 2 primary schools.

She has two grown up sons and one grandson.

She served for a term as governor at their primary school, helped with science and music there, has taught in the secondary sector and has been a clerk for the past 14 years.

 

Governor

Type

App’t

Date

Term of office

Responsibilities

Attendance

2016-17

Declaration of Interests

n/a

Clerk to the Governing Body

Jan 2015

n/a

Clerk at FGB and Resources meetings

Training Link

 

7/7

Clerk to Governors

St Patrick’s

Catholic Primary,

Leamington Spa

Governors who have served within the past 12 months

 

Mrs Catherine Dawson (term ended)

 

Governor

Type

App’t

Date

Term of office

Responsibilities

Attendance

2015-16

Declaration of Interests

Staff

15.11.2012

Ended

Nov 2016

P&S Committee

5/10

Nil

Fr Stefan Laszczyk (moved from the Parish)

 

Governor

Type

App’t

Date

Term of Office

Responsibilites

Attendance

2016-17

Declaration of Interests

Foundation

23.9.2016

1st appt 2012

Moved parish Feb 2017

Resource Committee

Head’s PM

Pay Committee

3/8

Nil

Mr Clement Jacquemin (term ended)

Governor

Type

App’t

Date

Term of office

Responsibilities

Attendance

2016-17

Declaration of Interests

Parent

22.7.2013

21.7.17

Resources Committee

Pay Committee

3/3

Nil

  

    

                                                                                   

 

What Do Governors Do?

The governors' role is to provide a strategic overview for the school, with the school’s Learning Improvement Plan at its core.  Governors work with the Headteacher and staff to drive up standards, deliver the best possible opportunity for every child to achieve their potential and to ensure the wellbeing and safety of pupils and staff.

Governors help make key decisions about the school and constructively challenge and support how the school and its resources are managed. They monitor the progress and impact of decisions and agree targets, policies, priorities and budgets with the Headteacher.

All governors must be committed to developing their knowledge and skills and be willing to attend regular training courses in all aspects of governance.

Governors’ Meetings

The full Governing Body meets every term, and major decisions are made here. There are also two Governors' Committees, who report to the full Governing Body. The Headteacher and Chair attend both committees. 

The two Governors’ Committees are:

Performance and Standards Committee

Resources Committee

Other sub-committees oversee the Head's Performance management, Pay, the school’s Religious Education and support the Pre-school.

Governors’ Links With The School

Governors aim to keep close contact with the school and make regular visits to monitor progress and assess the impact of planned improvements.  They try to attend parents’ evenings and school events to identify pupils’ views and ideas through personal conversations as well as regular questionnaires.

Some governors have additional responsibilities for topics such as:

Literacy

Numeracy

Training

Safeguarding

Special Needs

Early Years

Performance Management

Contacting The Governors

The governors are always keen to hear parents’ views, so please get in touch via the school office or Headteacher if you have any ideas, suggestions or questions.

If you wish to contact the chair of governors, please leave a message at the school office or email chairgovernorsimm@gmail.com