Our Governors

SCHOOL GOVERNORS - WHO ARE WE AND WHAT DO WE DO?
 
School governors are the largest unpaid volunteer group in the country and are drawn from all walks of life. What we as governors share is a passionate belief that all the children at St. Chad’s must have the best education in a school that is safe, happy and well run. Being a school governor of St. Chad’s is a privilege and one which we enjoy.
 
 WHAT DO WE DO?
Working closely with the headteacher, our main responsibility is to determine the aims and overall conduct of the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement. Our specific duties include setting staffing levels, appointing headteachers, helping appoint other members of staff, setting and agreeing the school budget, ensuring that a broad and balanced curriculum is delivered, ensuring the wellbeing of staff and pupils as well as monitoring health and safety and the management of the premises.
 
There are a number of different types of school governors, here is a brief outline of how they are appointed and who they are at St. Chad’s.
 
PARENT GOVERNORS
Parents (including carers) of registered pupils at the school are eligible to stand for election for parent governorship at the school. Parent Governors are elected by other parents at the school. If insufficient parents stand for election, the governing board can appoint parent governors. Our current Parent Governor is Tolani Omolawon and she will be joined soon by another Parent Governor.
 
FOUNDATION GOVERNORS
Foundation governors are appointed by the Parish and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Salford.  A  foundation governor is someone who has the skills to contribute to the effective governance and  success of the school, and will make sure the religious character of the school is preserved and  developed and that the school is conducted in accordance with the Roman Catholic Diocese of  Salford’s governing documents. Currently we have seven Foundation Governors: Fr. Matus, Alison Bartholomew, Joanne Meredith, Teresa Jankowska, Kevin White, Eric Cittanova and Paul Leigh-Baker.
 
STAFF GOVERNORS
Both teaching and support staff paid to work at the school are eligible for staff governorship. Staff governors are elected by the school staff and must be paid to work at the school – volunteers are ineligible. Our current Staff Governor is Mark Ratchford who teaches Year three.
 
Mrs. Foster our Headteacher is automatically a Governor and attends all meetings.
 
LOCAL AUTHORITY GOVERNORS
Our Local Authority governor is appointed by Manchester. Local Authorities can appoint any eligible person as a Local Authority governor and like all the other Governors they are unpaid volunteers. Our Local Authority Governor is Robyn Ellis who joined the Governing Body in March last year.
 
GOVERNOR ATTENDANCE
We regularly review the attendance at meetings of all our Governors.  The Governing Board have to agree to any apologies for absence that are received at each meeting.  Governors whose attendance is less than expected (unless there are extenuating circumstances) may be asked to step down from their role, but we accept that Governors, like everyone associated with St. Chad’s lead busy lives and due to work or family commitments won’t be able to attend all the numerous meetings each year.
 
INSTRUMENT OF GOVERNMENT
The school was founded by and is part of the Catholic Church. The school is to be conducted as a Catholic School in accordance with Cannon Law and the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, and in accordance with the Trust Deed of the Diocese of Salford.
 

NAME

DATE OF APPOINTMENT AND RE-APPOINTMENT

POSITION HELD

AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY

 

 

 

 

Miss Alison Bartholomew (Vice chair)

01/03/14 & 28/02/18

Foundation Governor

Curriculum

Mr Eric Cittanova

01/03/14 & 28/02/18

Foundation Governor

Assessment

Ms Robyn Ellis

05/03/17 & 04/03/21

LA Governor

SEND

Ms Margaret Foster 

 

Headteacher

 

Ms Teresa Jankowska

 

Foundation Governor

awaiting confirmation

Dr Paul Leigh-Baker (Chair)

01/09/13 & 31/08/17

 

Foundation Governor

Safeguarding & Behaviour /GDPR

Fr Ray Matus

15/04/13 & 14/04/17

Foundation Governor

Health & Safety/ Buildings

Ms Joanne Meredith

30/01/17 & 29/01/21

Foundation Governor

Staffing

Ms Tolani Omolawon

01/09/14 & 31/08/18

Parent Governor

Assessment & Pupil Voice

Mr Mark Ratchford

03/10/16 & 02/10/20

Staff Governor

Parents & Admissions

Mr Kevin White

01/03/15 & 28/02/19

Foundation Governor

Finance

Parent Governor

 

awaiting election

 

Ms Kathy Crotty Clerk to governors 

 

 

 

MAJOR COMMITTEES

RESOURCES

OUTCOMES

Mr. Kevin White (Chair)

Miss Alison Bartholomew (Chair)

Ms Robyn Ellis

Mr Eric Cittanova

Ms Teresa Jankowska

Ms Joanne Meredith

Dr Paul Leigh-Baker

Ms Tolani Omolawon

Fr Ray Matus

Mr Mark Ratchford

 

 

 

OTHER COMMITTEES

STAFF PAY COMMITTEE

HEADTEACHER’S PAY COMMITTEE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr Kevin White

 

 

Staff Pay Committee

Ms Teresa Jankowska

 

 

Staff Pay Committee

Dr Paul Leigh-Baker

 

 

Staff Pay Committee

 

 

 

 

Mr Kevin White

 

 

Headteacher’s Pay Committee

Ms Teresa Jankowska

 

 

Headteacher’s Pay Committee

Dr Paul Leigh-Baker

 

 

Headteacher’s Pay Committee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Material Interests

  • Ms Robyn Ellis works for Ambitions School Leadership which works with schools in the Manchester area training school leaders.
  • Ms Tolani Omolowan has two children in the school

 

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