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The Governing Body

St Mary Magdalene School has a governing body consisting of 14 governors, these are the headteacher, a Milton Keynes Council appointed governor, two elected parent governors, a teacher governor and 8 foundation governors appointed by the diocese of Northampton.  

The governing body has recently undertaken a review and as a result of this has reconstituted.The term of office for all governors is 4 years.

 

The full governing body meets once a term across the school year. In between these meetings the governors work via a committee system, utilising the different skills and expertise of governors. Each committee has a clear terms of reference and operates within a framework of delegated decision making. The headteacher sits on each committee.

 

Our school community has always been keen to promote the strong catholic ethos of St Mary Magdalene school, to be involved in new initiatives and in shaping the future of the schools vision and aims.  Governors are very involved in these areas alongside the headteacher and senior leaders.  Improving standards and attainment are key areas for governors as we all work together to enable all of our pupils to fulfil their potential. 

 

The governors are responsible for staff appointment and participate in shortlisting and interviews. They agree and approve the key priorities of The School Improvement Plan, approve and monitor the school budget and ensure out statutory policies are in place.

 

We are fortunate that our governors are regular visitors to the school.  During these visits they talk to pupils, undertake learning walks, meet curriculum co-ordinators and follow up their monitoring visits with written reports.

 

A register of pecuniary interest is maintained and updated every year.  This ensures there is openess and transparency on personal interest.  It also ensures no governor benefits personally from decisions they make. These interests can be found in the table below. 

 

Impact Statement

The impact that governors have on the school is as follows:-

  • governors are aware of schools financial position and can make decisions in an informed and strategic manner.
  • governors have a clear understanding of financial regulations followed in the school and ensure the budget is managed effectively.
  • governors are able to allocate funds appropriately eg:- intervention groups, staffing.
  • governors can appoint suitable staff.
  • governors can support and challenge the headteacher about achievement targets.
  • governors know the children and staff.
  • governors monitor pupil premium spending to ensure effective use.
  • governors can agree SEN spending and effective allocation due to their knowledge of numbers and need.
  • governors are aware of safeguarding procedures, have undertaken training, they ensure policy and practice is in place regarding child protection and appointments.
  • governors undertake termly Health & Safety Inspections.
  • governors ensure 10% of curriculum time is allocated to RE.
  • governors monitor school website to ensure DfE compliance.
  • governors review policies on a programmed basis ensuring guidance is up to date.
  • governors analyse data, raise questions, challenge and hold staff accountable for school standards.

A current issue faced by the governors is the size of the school.  We have an extensive waiting list for every year group.  Each year we have many appeals for children starting school for the  first time.  The diocese is looking into the possibility of expanding the school.

 

There are also a number of individual roles fulfilled by governors in addition to their collective responsibilities. These are:

GOVERNING BODY

ST MARY MAGDALENE CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL 2015-16 

Name Role Business Interests

Mrs Mary Holland

Oct 2013 - 2017

Chair of Governors

Milton Keynes Council Governor

RE Governor

Resource Committee

Child Protection Governor

Daughter employed at the school

Mrs Deirdre McArthur

May 2012 - 2016

Vice Chair

Curriculum Committee

Foundation Governor

Mathematics Governor

None

Children at school

Mr David Newcombe

Feb 2012 - 2016

Foundation Governor

Resource Committee

Literacy and Headteacher Performance Governor

None

Child at school

Mr Don Gallagher

March 2012 - 2016

Foundation Governor

Resource Committee

ICT and Headteacher Performance Governor

None

Child at school

Mr John Mercer

Jan 2013 - 2017

Foundation Governor

Resource Committee

SEN Governor

None

Mrs Donna Croxall

Jan 2013 - 2017

Foundation Governor

Curriculum Committee

P.E. Governor

None

Children at school

Mr Evans McBruce

Oct 2013 - 2017

Foundation Governor

Resource Committee

Literacy Governor

None

Children at school

Mrs Elizabeth Howell

 

Co-opted Member

Curriculum Committee

 

Employed as TA

Mrs Zuzana Burnett

Sept 2014 - 2018

Foundation Governor

Curriculum Committee

Foundation Stage and Headteacher Performance Governor

None

Children at school

Ms Joanne Farragher

March 2015 - 2019

Parent Governor

Curriculum Committee

 

None

Mrs Nikki Taylor

May 2012 - 2016

Parent Governor

Curriculum committee

Mathematics Governor

None

Mr Simon McArdle

Nov 2014 - 2018

Associate Member

Resource Committee

Science Governor

Child Protection Governor

Wife employed as TA at school

Mrs Kathryn Williams

Dec 2014 - 2018

Teacher Governor

Child Protection Governor

Resource & Curriculum Committee

None

Mrs Rosemarie Jones

     

Headteacher

Resource & Curriculum Committee

Son employed at the school

 

Governors Attendance Record


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