St Peter’s Voluntary Academy Trust
Role of Trustees/Governors
In an academy “trustees” fulfil the roles traditionally fulfilled by governors. At St Peter’s trustees are usually still referred to as Governors (Trustees).
Academies have the legal status of companies and are also charitable trusts. This means trustees have the responsibilities of both company directors and charity trustees.
They must have the best interests of the academy uppermost in their minds at all times and have a duty of compliance, ensuring all relevant laws and regulations are followed. As holders of a public office, trustees should also be aware of the Nolan principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.
Like all company directors and charity trustees, academy trustees must be autonomous in their decision-making and avoid conflicts of interest. For example, if they are connected to another organisation in the local community, such as a business, their decisions as a trustee must be made independently.
Governors have a strategic role to play within the school organisation, leaving the day-to-day operational matters to the Headteacher and staff.
Remit of Governors
The Governors of a Catholic school work as a team, in close co-operation with the headteacher and all the staff. Foundation Governors share the responsibilities of all governors:
- ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
- holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
- overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
In addition Foundation Governors are appointed specifically to ensure:
- that the religious character of the school is preserved
- that the school is conducted in accordance with its trust deed
- that the religious education curriculum is in accordance with the Bishop’s policy for the Diocese
Governors need to be clear about the aims and values of the school and prepared to work with the school as a “critical friend “recognising and celebrating achievements, supporting and encouraging strategies to bring about improvements, but also asking challenging questions to ensure objectives are met.
The Governing Body is one of the key players in the school development/improvement planning process and Governors are involved in the review of the school development plan and the drawing up of the priorities for the coming year.
Governors receive information and discuss issues at the termly Full Governing Body meetings, although much of the work is delegated to the three committees which also meet at last once each term:
Finance, Resources and Premises (FRP)
Student Welfare and Catholicity (SWC)*
Teaching Learning and Achievement (TLA)
Governors are responsible for the appointment of the Headteacher, and are frequently involved in the interviews of other staff, particularly at senior level despite rarely being experts in educational matters.
*SWC deals with Admissions matters and meets more frequently than the other two committees – both to approve changes to the Admissions Policy (before ratification by the Governing Body) and to consider bulk applications for entry into Years R and 7 in Accordance with the Admissions Policy.
All Governors sign the Code of Conduct agreement.
CHAIR OF GOVERNORS
I became a Governor in 2010, and Chair of Governors in 2013. I also chair the Teaching, Learning and Achievement Committee. Both my daughters have been students at the school. I work locally in the insurance industry where I specialise in Risk Management and Compliance and I am also a Justice of the Peace for Hampshire.
VICE CHAIR OF GOVERNORS
I have been a Foundation De La Salle Governor since 2003. I am Vice Chair of the Governing Board, Chair of the Finance, Resources and Premises Committee and a member of the Pay Committee.
I was elected as a Parent Governor in January 2015 with three children who all attend St Peter’s. I am a teacher myself and sit on the Teaching, Learning and Achievement Committee with specific responsibility for Pupil Premium students.
I am a former pupil of St Peter’s School and all five of my children along with my two step children have attended St Peter’s School.
I joined the teaching staff of St Peter’s in 1980 as a Senior Teacher responsible for Pastoral Care and in 1989 was appointed Deputy Head of the School. In 1993 I was appointed Headteacher of Kingsleigh School in North Bournemouth.
I am now semi-retired and was appointed a Foundation Governor and Chair the Student Welfare and Catholicity Committee.
I have acted as a Co-opted Governor since 2009 and I sit on the Finance, Resources and Premises Committee where I report on site matters.
I am a former pupil and parent at St Peter’s. I was ordained as a permanent deacon in the diocese in 2008 and have significant pastoral and catechetical experience of walking alongside people. I am committed to highlighting the interconnectedness of education and faith, as both should be a journey of self-discovery and continual inner growth. I have significant professional experience both as an auditor with a large public body and most recently in Project Management within the diocese. I am a good listener and provide fact based opinions with a broad understanding of the future challenges and opportunities for our Catholic family of schools. I strongly believe that supporting good communication and professionalism are the bedrock of a healthy school community. I look forward to working with and walking alongside our teachers, support staff and students as a herald of hope and messenger of the Good News. I was appointed as a Foundation Governor and sit on the Finance Resources and Premises Committee.
I am employed as Site Manager at St Peter’s School and elected as a Staff Governor in November 2014 where I sit on the Finance Resources and Premises Committee.
I am a Foundation De La Salle Governor with four children at St Peter’s. I am a Chartered Accountant and sit on the Finance, Resources and Premises Committee.
I was appointed as a Foundation Governor by the De La Salle in September 2018 and I sit on the Student Welfare and Catholicity Committee. My professional background is in marketing but following a change of direction, I am currently employed as a secondary school teaching assistant in a local school. I have three children one of whom is a current student at St Peter’s – a school I believe has a strong sense of community and one which provides a safe and supportive learning environment. I look forward to working with the school team in order to build on the current success.
I am a Foundation Governor appointed by the Diocese in May 2018 and I currently sit on the Finance Resources and Premises Committee. I am employed as a Finance Director and have two children who both attend St Peter’s School.
I am a Science teacher at St Peter’s School and was elected as a Staff Governor in November 2014 where I sit on the Teaching Learning and Achievement Committee.
I was appointed to the Board in January 2018 as a Co-opted Governor where I am a member of the Student Welfare and Catholicity Committee.
I also have one child at St Peter’s in the primary phase of the school.
I became a Co-opted Governor in January 2018 as I wanted to support and play an active role in St Peter’s remaining a strong school as it continues its exciting journey to becoming an all-through school; one that is committed to maintaining a focus on everyone at the school being the best they can be. I sit on the Teaching, Learning and Achievement Committee. I’m also mum to a child at St Peter’s school.
Headteacher and Staff Governor since September 2012.
I was appointed as a Foundation Governor by the Diocese and I sit on the Student Welfare and Catholicity Committee. I have two children who attend St Peter’s, Ella is in Year 9 and George is in Year 7. I am also a former pupil. I am a qualified primary teacher, early years trainer and consultant and a director of a day nursery in Bournemouth.