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 or two Co- Chairs.

 The Current Governing Body Members and their duties

  • Co-Chair of Governors - Mrs Julia FitzSimons (Foundation Governor)
  • Co-Chair of Governors - Mr John Connor (Foundation Governor)
  • Mrs Elizabeth Weston (Foundation Governor)
  • Mrs Chrissie Beaumont (Foundation Governor)
  • Mrs Jo Grant (Foundation Governor)
  • Mr Andrew Staley (Foundation Governor)
  • Vacancy (Foundation Governor)
  • Mr Robert Gargan (Headteacher)
  • Miss Atheane Holt (Staff Governor)
  • Mrs Joannah Whitten (Parent Governor)
  • Mr Vinders Bhogal (Parent Governor)
  • Mr John Sullivan (Local Authority Governor)
  • Ms Jacqueline D'Arcy (Associate Member appointed by Governing Board to bring expertise as serving member of Warwick District Council)
  • The Clerk to the Governors is Mrs Elizabeth Mottram

Mrs Julia FitzSimons, Foundation Governor

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.  

Appointed 2001, current 4-year term started 31.8.2018

Responsibilities 2021-22:

·         Co-Chair of Governors

·         Sits on both Committees, finance meetings

·         Safeguarding Governor

·         RE and Catholic Life Working Group

Attendance at meetings 2020-21: 16/16

Declaration of interests Sept 2021: Trustee of Fr Hudson’s Care

 

Mr John Connor, Foundation Governor

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.

Appointed 2011, current 4-year term started 22.5.2019

Responsibilities 2021-22:

·         Co-Chair of Governors

·         Resources Committee, teachers’ pay, finance meetings

·         Headteacher Performance Management

·         RE and Catholic Life Working Group

·         Health and Safety and Premises

 Attendance at meetings 2020-21: 10/10

Declaration of interests Sept 2021: nil

 

Mr Andrew Staley, Foundation Governor

A parishioner of St Mary Immaculate since moving to Warwick in 2000, Andy is an active member of the SVP and an occasional CAFOD parish volunteer. He is married with two grown up boys now at university/college and is an IT director at BT having worked for the company for many years.

Current 4-year term started 16.8.2021

Responsibilities 2021-22:

·         Resources Committee, teachers’ pay

Attendance at meetings 2020-21: n/a

Declaration of interests Sept 2021: awaited

 

Mrs Jo Grant, Foundation Governor

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.

Appointed 2013, current 4-year term started 19.5.2021

Responsibilities 2021-22:

·         P&S Committee

·         Headteacher Performance Management

·         RE and Catholic Life Working Group

·         Safeguarding Governor

·         Attainment and progress data

Attendance at meetings 2020-21: 16/16

Declaration of interests Sept 2021: Company Director Beauchamp Gardens

           Warwick (residential)

Mrs Elizabeth Weston, Foundation Governor

Retired teacher, who 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 grandchildren.

Appointed 2016, current 4-year term started 7.9.2020

Responsibilities 2021-22:

·         P&S Committee

·         SEN Governor (including more able pupils)

·         Pupil Premium

·         Headteacher Performance Management

Attendance at meetings 2020-21: 8/12

Declaration of interests Sept 2021: nil

 

Mrs Chrissie Beaumont, Foundation Governor

Has been a 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.

Previously a parent governor, current 4-year term started 1.10.2019

Responsibilities 2021-22:

·         P&S Committee

·         Publicity and parent communication, website

·         Early Years

Attendance at meetings 2020-21: 12/12

Declaration of interests Sept 2021: Trustee of Friends of St Mary Immaculate;                 husband is a Governor of Trinity Catholic School

 

Mr John Sullivan, Local Authority Governor

Appointed LA 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.

Appointed 2014, current 4-year term started 1.9.2018

Responsibilities 2021-22:

·         Resources Committee, teachers’ pay

·         Health and Safety and Premises

·         Accessibility

Attendance at meetings 2020-21: 7/10

Declaration of interests Sept 2021: Treasurer of Wooden Spoon Warks Charity

 

Mr Robert Gargan, Head teacher, Ex-Officio Governor

Appointed 2003

Responsibilities 2021-22:

·         attends all meetings

·         RE and Catholic Life Working group

·         Data Protection

Attendance at meetings 2020-21: 16/16

Declaration of interests Sept 2021: Trustee of Friends of St Mary Immaculate

 

Miss Atheane Holt, Elected Staff Governor

Reception Class teacher

Current 4-year term started 2.9.2019

Responsibilities 2021-22:

·         P&S Committees

·         School Council Link

Attendance at meetings 2020-21: 10/12

Declaration of interests Sept 2021: nil

 

Mrs Joannah Whitten, Elected Parent Governor

Mum of 4, 3 of whom attend Saint Mary Immaculate/Little Angel's Pre School. Currently employed as Community Development Manager of Chase meadow Community Centre to suit my young family, but previously taught French and Italian in a secondary school for 10 years. 

Current 4-year term started 23.1.2020

Responsibilities 2021-22:

·         P&S Committee

·         Publicity and parent communication

·         Early Years

Attendance at meetings 2020-21: 9/10

Declaration of interests Sept 2021: Chair, Friends of St Mary Immaculate

Husband is Company Director of Aion Engineering

 

Mr Vinders Bhogal, Elected Parent Governor

A dad of two boys who both currently attend St Mary’s Immaculate, Vinders is a 

Pensions Consultant and assistant coach to his eldest son’s football team at Warwick Juniors FC. 

Current 4-year term started 14.7.2021

Responsibilities 2021-22:

·         Resources Commitee, teachers’ pay

Attendance at meetings 2020-21: n/a

Declaration of interests Sept 2021: nil

 

Ms Jackie D’Arcy, Associate Member

Married to John Sullivan.

Lectures in Sociology and Politics at Warwickshire College.

Assistant Principal for AQA Exam Board.

Town Councillor (Labour) for All Saints and Woodloes Ward.

Current 4-year term started 24.9.2018

Responsibilities 2021-22:

·         Resources Committee

·         Link with local council

Attendance at meetings 2020-21: 9/10

Declaration of interests Sept 2021: awaited

 

 

Mrs Elizabeth Mottram, Clerk to the Governors

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 Foundation Governor at their primary school, has taught in the secondary sector and has been a clerk for the past 19 years.

Appointed Jan 2015

Responsibilities 2021-22:

·         Clerk at FGB and Resources Committee meetings,

·         Training Link

Attendance 2020-21: 10/10

Declaration of interests Sept 2021: Clerk to Governors St Patrick’s Catholic Primary Leamington Spa

 

Governors who have served within the past 12 months

Mrs Belinda Shuttleworth, Foundation Governor

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.

Appointed 2013, resigned 31.12.2020

Responsibilities 2020-21: Resources Committee

Attendance at meetings 2020: 5/5

Declaration of interests Sept 2020: works for King Henry VIII Endowed Trust, 

                                                    And The Charity of Sir Thomas White, Warwick

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 curriculum areas such as:

  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Early Years
  • Computing and eSafety
  • Relationships and Sex Education
  • RE
  • other non-core subjects

 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. They abide by the Governors' Code of Conduct.

Governor Impact Log 2018-19

Governors' Meetings

The full Governing Body meets every term, and major decisions are made here. Committee decisions are reported back and ratified where necessary.

The Performance & Standards Committee is delegated to deal with school improvement, curriculum, parents pupils and community.

The Resources Committee is delegated to deal with finance, health and safety and premises

Sub-committees oversee the Headteacher's performance management, pay and the school's Religious Education.

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 the governors, please leave a message at the school office or email chairgovernorsimm@gmail.com