School Governing Body
Northern Saints Church of England VA Primary School is a Voluntary Aided (VA) school.
This means that the school is ‘aided’ and supported by the Local Authority and has it’s budget set and delivered through the Local Authority scheme. However the school is not ‘controlled’ by the Local Authority.
In practice Voluntary Aided status means that:
The Governing Body of the school are the employers
The number of foundation Governors appointed by the Diocese outweigh numbers of other Governors by 2.
The Head Teacher is the senior professional adviser to the Governors and is also a Governor.
Governors are the ‘relevant body’ so they are responsible for hearing all appeals, complaints and for making decisions regarding the school; there is no recourse to the local authority.
Governors are charged with maintaining the strategic governance of the school but they are not responsible for and do not get involved in the day to day management of the school.
Governors have published their 2016-18 Strategic Plan which can be accessed here or you can ask the school office for a paper copy.
Governors attendance at meetings 2015 – 16 – (Produced 10.11.2015)
Governor attendance at meetings 2016 – 2017 (Produced 05.07.2017)
Governor Attendance at Meetings 2017 – 2018 (Produced 25.09.2017)
School Governor Information:
Chair: Ann Hodgson Headteacher : Mr S Williamson
(Re appointed on 17.07.2017 for 4 years)
Vice-chair : Richard Thorndyke
(Re appointed on 17.07.2017 for 4 years)
Governors Association Subscription member: N/A
NOTE: Guide to the Law: Point 78. The quorum for any committee meeting and for any vote must be three governors who are members of the committee (or more) as determined by the committee.
Pupil Premium – Peter Hunter
Standards Portfolio Holder – Eileen Watson
Christian Ethos Portfolio Holder – Rev Steve Elstob
Safeguarding / Child Protection Portfolio – Tina Murphy
SEN – Eileen Watson
Radicalisation Governor – Tina Murphy
Finance and Site Portfolio Holder – Peter Hunter
In the table below, “Pecuniary Interests” includes whether or not the Governor has any financial or business interests or whether they have a governance role at another school.
CONSTITUTION OF GOVERNING BODY
|Name||Category||Appointed Date||Appointed By||Pecuniary Interests (as of March 2017)|
|Mr S Williamson||Headteacher||01.09.2013||Automatic Appointment||Scrutiny Committee Member for the Local Authority|
|Mr A Hodgson||Foundation||17.07.2017||Appointed by the Diocese||Board of Sunderland College|
|Mr R Thorndyke||Foundation||17.07.2017||Appointed by the Diocese||Board of Education – Diocese|
|Mrs J Warner||Foundation||06.11.2017||Appointed by the Diocese|
|Mrs E Watson||Foundation||17.07.2017||Appointed by the Diocese||No|
|Mrs T Murphy||Foundation||05.06.2014||Appointed by the Diocese||Head Teacher CEO and Governor at Holy Trinity Academy, South Tyneside, National Leader of Education.|
|Rev S Elstob||Foundation||09.09.2013||Appointed by the Diocese||No|
|VACANCY||Foundation||Appointed by the Diocese|
|Mr C. Patterson-Walton||Parent||20.07.2017||Appointed by Parent Election||No|
|Mr P Hunter||Parent||17.11.2015||Appointed by Parent Election||No|
|Mr C Rowland||Staff||21.12.2015||Appointed by Staff Election||No|
|Cllr R Bell||LA||13.11.2017||Appointed by the Governing Body||Chair of Red House Nursery School.|
GOVERNORS’ TRAVEL & SUBSISTENCE ALLOWANCE
Governors to agree to adopt travel and subsistence allowances.
HEADTEACHER/DEPUTY HEAD APPOINTMENT PANEL – (Quorum = 2)
Mr R Thorndyke, Mrs E Watson
PERSONNEL COMMITTEE – (Quorum = 3)
Mrs A Hodgson (Chair), Mrs E Watson, Cllr R Bell, Mr S Williamson, Mrs T Murphy
APPEALS COMMITTEE – (Quorum 3)
For a) Pupil Discipline/Welfare/Attendance b) Complaints c) Personnel
Rev S Elstob, Cllr R Bell (if not on Personnel), Mr C. Patterson-Walton, Mr R Thorndyke
NOTE – Appeals Committee must be at least the same number as personnel committee meeting where matter was previously considered.
PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT GOVERNORS
Mrs E Watson, Mr R Thorndyke
Mrs A Hodgson
PUPIL DISCIPLINE/WELFARE AND ATTENDANCE COMMITTEE– (Quorum = 3)
Mrs. T. Murphy (Chair), Mr C Rowland, Mr S Williamson, Mr. C. Patterson-Walton
COMPLAINTS (national curriculum & general) – (Quorum = 3)
Mrs A Hodgson (Chair), (+ two Governors chosen at random)
FINANCE, PREMISES & HEALTH & SAFETY COMMITTEE – (Quorum = 3)
Mr. P. Hunter (Chair), Tina Murphy, Calum Rowland, Mr S Williamson
ADMISSIONS – (Quorum = 3)
Mr S Williamson, Mr C Rowland, Mr R Thorndyke (Chair)
SCHOOL ETHOS COMMITTEE – (Quorum = 3)
Mr S Williamson, Mr R Thorndyke (Chair), Mrs. T. Murphy, Mrs A Hodgson, Rev Elstob
The Governing Body of Northern Saints CoE VA School subscribed to the Training Programme.
The Governor Support Team will act as Clerk to the Governing Body and to all committees. Lisa Hutchinson is the main clerk.