The Governing Body of St. Wilfrid’s RC Primary School

Mr Dominic Paisley – LA Governor – Chair of Governors

I am currently the Local Authority Governor at our school, but was originally elected to the Governing Body as a Parent Governor back in 2010.  Since 2013, I have also been lucky enough to serve the school as the Chair of Governors.  In my working life, I have 25 years’ experience as a qualified accountant working in, and managing, various finance teams and functions.  I am now responsible for information security and compliance across the business.  I am married with a daughter, who enjoyed her primary school years at St. Wilfrid’s, loving every minute of her time at the school.

Mrs Jane Conway – Headteacher

Mr Daniel Woolfson – Foundation Governor – Chair of Finance, Staffing and H&S Committee

I have been a Foundation Governor of St. Wilfrids R.C. Primary School since 2011 and I Chair the Finance and Staffing Committee.  Having lived in York all my life and having attended St. Wilfrids as a pupil, I have a good understanding of the school.  I am the Head of Software Development at a software development company in York and I’m also very active in the software development community, providing meet-ups for technology professionals in York.  I have been in a management role for over 15 years, working with professionals from all fields including HR and Finance, so I have learnt how to enable a commercial organisation to thrive and grow.

Mrs Susan Yzquierdo – Staff Governor

I am the Staff Governor on St Wilfrid’s Governing Body and have worked in the school since 2000.  I am an HLTA and work primarily in Years 5 and 6, though I do sometimes undertake cover in other KS2 classes.  My role as a Governor has enabled me to have an insight into the running of a busy Primary school and as a member of the Finance and Staffing Committee, I can understand the sometimes difficult decisions that schools have to make in the current climate of financial constraint.

Mrs Jenny Melbourne – Foundation Governor – Vice Chair of Governors

I have been a Foundation Governor since October 2014, and spent time on the Curriculum Committee for a year before joining the Finance and Staffing Committee. I have recently been appointed as the Vice-Chair of Governors.

I have five children, all of whom either have or will attend St Wilfrid’s school.  My children have enjoyed and benefited from the warm, caring , Catholic ethos of the school and all the many opportunities and experiences they have had during their time here.  I am keen to help ensure that all the children at St Wilfrid’s continue to not only receive an excellent education, but will fulfil their potential and grow up to become caring, compassionate adults guided and shaped by our faith in Christ.

Mr Chris Perry – Foundation Governor – Chair of Curriculum 

I have represented the Parish of St Margaret Clitherow as a foundation governor since 2008.  I have two wonderful children, both now at All Saints School, having spent their primary school years at St. Wilfrid’s. I am a committed member of the parish, a children’s liturgy leader and a Sunday reader along with being the chair of the Parish Finance Committee.  I work in technology for the BBC and I am passionate in supporting the development of the school, the pupils and the staff.  I am also the  Chair of the Curriculum Committee as well as being the Health and Safety governor.

Fr Richard Duffield – Foundation Governor

I am the Parish Priest of St Wilfrid’s and St Joseph’s in York.  I am a member of the Oratorian Community and have worked as a priest in Oxford and Birmingham as well as York for the last twenty-five years.  A native of the city, my parents ran Godfrey’s Bookshop in Stonegate from the 1950s to the 1970s, I am delighted to be back home in York. I also sit on the Finance & Staffing Committee.

Mr Richard Geoghegan – Foundation Governor

I am one of the Foundation Governors and sit on the Curriculum Committee.  I retired from a career in education in 2010:  I was a secondary school teacher and then worked in North Yorkshire’s Education Service as a school adviser and finally as Assistant Director of Education.  In retirement, I have worked for the Diocesan Education Service as Coordinator for inspections of Religious Education.  I am recently widowed, with three happily married children and five young grandchildren who keep me firmly in touch with reality.

Mr Ian Gledhill – Parent Governor

I am originally from Huddersfield, but I’ve lived in York for over 25 years. I have one son, Harry, a former pupil at St Wilfrids.  I am also involved in St Wilfrids PTFA.  I work for the City of York Council, working with young people with disabilities.  I enjoy all sports, especially football and cycling, in which I take part in long distance rides raising funds for local charities.  I am one of the Parent Governors and sit on the Curriculum Committee too.

Mr Andrew Thompson – Parent Governor

I am a busy father of two lively boys, one aged 7 and the other 5 and I spend evenings/weekends enjoying family time, helping them to discover new things and learn about the world and generally acting as a taxi driver, to take them to their various activities.  I work at a University in Leeds where I am responsible for all aspects of the Health and Safety and Fire Safety of approximately 2000 students and 260 staff over two campuses.  The job is extremely busy but varied, which I enjoy and it’s a nice environment to work in.  If I do get any spare time, I enjoy going to the gym and swimming and I am pleased to be one of the Parent Governors at St Wilfrid’s, as I feel we should all play our part to help the staff make the school the very best it can be. I sit on the Finance and Staffing Committee.

Mrs Sarah Kurdziel – Foundation Governor

I joined the Governing Body in 2018 and enjoy the important role we play in the continued development and improvements of the school. In my role as a science technician in secondary school in York and former teacher I believe that I have experience that adds to the diversity of the team. I have a son who has passed through St.Wilfrid’s and chose to send my daughter here as well, confirming my continued faith in the school through the last 10 years. I prepare pupils each year to take their First Holy Communion supporting the Catholic ethos of the school and ensuring the children continue to develop their faith outside of school.

Mrs Jincy Joseph – Foundation Governor

I am one of the foundation governors, who has recently joined the Governing Body. I am originally from India and I have been living in York with my husband and two children, who are currently attending St Wilfrid’s. I am currently working as a deputy theatre sister in acute operating theatres in York hospital. I have been working in York hospital theatres, for nearly fifteen years and thoroughly enjoy working with other professionals. I am passionate about promoting the Catholic life of the school and supporting the children to grow up in faith. I am also keen to support the school in providing a welcoming environment for learning.

Please see link below for further Governor information:

Governor meeting attendance 2017/18 academic year

P – Present

AC – Absent with consent

AN – Absent with no consent

R – Resigned

X – Not a Governor at that point

Full Governing Body  
Name   12.10.17 07.12.17 22.02.18 17.05.18 05.07.18
Mrs J Conway   P AC P P P
Mr D Paisley (Chair)   P P P P P
Mr A Thompson   P P P AC P
Fr R Duffield   AC P P AC AC
Mr D McInerney   P P AC P AC
Mr D Woolfson   P P P P P
Mr C Perry   P P P P P
Mrs J Melbourne (Vice Chair)   P P P P P
Mr R Geoghegan   P P AN P P
Mrs S Yzquirerdo   P AC AC P P
Mr I Gledhill   P P P P AC
Miss H Keith In attendance P P P P P
Mrs A Savage In attendance P P P P P
Ms K Macdonald (Administration & Finance Manager) In attendance P P P P P
Finance, Staffing and H&S Committee  
Name   13.11.17 22.01.18 12.03.18 30.04.18 25.06.18
Mrs J Conway   AC AC AC P P
Mr D Paisley   P P P P AC
Mr A Thompson   P P P P P
Fr R Duffield   AC P P P AC
Mr D Woolfson (Chair)   P P P P P
Mrs J Melbourne   P P P P P
Mrs S Yzquierdo   AC P AC P P
Miss H Keith In attendance P P P X X
Ms K Macdonald (Administration & Finance Manager) In attendance P P P P P
Curriculum Committee  
Name   16.01.18 11.04.18 18.07.18    
Mrs J Conway   AC P P    
Mr D McInerney   P AC AC    
Mr C Perry (Chair)   P P P    
Mr R Geoghegan   P AC AC    
Mr I Gledhill   P P P    
Miss H Keith In attendance P P P    
Mrs A Savage In attendance P P P    
Ms K Macdonald (Administration & Finance Manager) In attendance P P P  

Governing Body Structure:

  • Full Governing Body
  • Finance, Staffing and H&S Committee
  • Curriculum Committee
  • Pay Committee

Terms of Reference:

ST WILFRID’S RC PRIMARY SCHOOL

FINANCE STAFFING and H&S COMMITTEE 

 TERMS OF REFERENCE 

1          COMPOSITION

At least 3 members of the governing body with voting rights.          

The governing body or the committee may appoint Associate Members to serve on the committee.  Such members may have voting rights only as determined by the governing body and within the terms of the School Governance (Procedures) (England) Regulations 2003.

(It is suggested that this committee might informally invite one or two people with an appropriate financial background, to provide specialist support, on a non-voting basis).

A staff governor may be a member of the staffing committee, but will then have to withdraw whenever matters pertaining to individual members of staff are discussed.

2          QUORUM

The quorum for meeting and any vote will be three governors who are members of the committee.

3          TERMS OF REFERENCE OF THE COMMITTEE – FINANCE

i           To prepare and agree a budget plan each year.

ii           to monitor the budget termly and make any in year changes;

iii          to prepare and monitor a Governors’ Scheme of Financial Delegation, empowering the Headteacher and other staff to place orders and authorise expenditure within pre-          determined limits;

iv         to consider and make decisions concerning any proposal involving recurring expenditure and any proposal involving non-recurring expenditure not provided for in the Governors’          Scheme of Financial Delegation;

v          to be responsible for contractual arrangements in respect of items approved by the governing body in accordance with Council Standing Orders and Financial Regulations         including the opening of tenders and decisions concerning acceptance;

vi         to consider and decide on proposals from other committees involving additional    expenditure;

vii         to consider the annual accounts and audit reports in respect of non-LA provided funds;

viii        to consider audit reports on the school from the City Treasurer;

ix         to determine with the Premises Committee (if established) the arrangements and the scale of charges for the letting of school premises;

x          to ensure that a Register of Governors Interests is maintained and regularly updated; and

xi         to consider and make decisions on any matter involving finance  or financial management referred to it by the governing body.

xii         approve finance related policies

4          FINANCE FUNCTIONS DELEGATED TO HEADTEACHER

As per the Governors’ Scheme of Financial Delegation.

5          FINANCE FUNCTIONS RETAINED BY THE GOVERNING BODY

STAFFING

(a)        General matters

i           To be responsible for deciding the establishments for teaching and support staff;

ii           to recommend variations to the agreed establishment;

iii          to authorise the filling of any vacancy which might arise;

iv         to determine in accordance with the schools’ pay policy the level of salary for new appointments to both teaching and support staff;

v          to put forward proposals for consideration by the Finance part of the Committee in connection with the budgetary process;

vi         to consider applications from staff for early retirement;

vii         to consider applications from staff for leave of absence outside of the Scheme adopted by the Governing Body;

viii        to be responsible for appointing all staff at the school (except Headteacher and Deputy Headteachers) except where the governing body has delegated this function to the headteacher;

ix         to plan, monitor and review the teaching and support staff in-service training needs of the school;

x          to be responsible for the oversight of arrangements for the deployment at the school of non-governing body employees; and

xi         to make recommendations for updating the school development plan on a regular basis.

Xii        approve staffing related policies

(b)       Pay matters

i           To work to meet aims of the whole-school pay policy;

ii           to ensure that the parts of the policy relating to teachers’ salaries comply with the current School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document (full details available from CYC Human Resources Department).

iii          to ensure that in regard to equal opportunities the requirements of legislation relating to gender, race and disability are met and to consider matters relating to age;

iv         to ensure that the pay policy meets the needs of recruitment, retention and development of staff;

v          to recommend how information on vacant posts, including   discretionary points, temporary and acting posts shall be made known to staff;

vi         to take into account proper pay relativity between jobs within school;

vii         to give recognition within the salary structure to increased responsibility, whether temporary or permanent;

viii        to recommend to the governing body the criteria to be used for any discretionary points;

ix         to ensure that all staff have clear job descriptions so that discretionary points can be awarded in a fair, equitable and consistent manner and that job descriptions are reviewed annually;

x          to ensure that, when discretionary points are awarded, the reasons for the increase are clearly minuted, since these may be required if there is an appeal;

xi         to ensure that detailed records are maintained of all matters relating to salaries, and that staff have access to their own records whenever they wish;

xii         to ensure that staff are aware of the procedures for discussing their salary with the head or other appointed member of the senior management team;

xiii        to ensure that staff know the procedure for making an appeal;

xiv       to seek advice from the Education Department, Diocesan officers, professional organisations and unions as necessary;

xv        to keep in touch with pay policies of other schools and to recommend on parity with them;

xvi       to consider within this committee the annual budget needed for salaries and to ensure that the new appointments and awards are made or revised, and that costs remain within the budget;

xvii       to arrange for an annual review of the pay policy and all staff salaries, including those of the head and deputy, and for staff to be fully consulted;

xviii      to ensure that every member of staff, including the Clerk to the Governors (except where the Clerk is employed by the LA), has a contract of employment; and

xix       to consider applications for an increase in remuneration from all staff having regard to National Conditions of Service, Local   Agreements and Employment Legislation.

6          STAFFING FUNCTIONS DELEGATED TO HEADTEACHER

i           To authorise of leave of absence for staff within the scheme adopted by the governing body (with or without pay);

ii           to appoint temporary supply staff and also staff to cover the absences of permanent staff;

iii          to make all the necessary arrangements for the appointment of staff which have been agreed by the committee or the governing body;

iv         to approve the working of overtime; and

v          to take such other urgent action on staffing issues as is required in consultation with the   Chair of the Committee.

7          STAFFING FUNCTIONS RETAINED BY THE GOVERNING BODY

To be responsible for the arrangements for appointing the Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher(s).

8          HEALTH AND SAFETY

i           To monitor and take responsibility for the operation of the LA’s Health and Safety policy statement as far as it affects the school in order to safeguard the health and safety of employees, pupils and visitors to the school;

ii          to receive reports on completed risk assessments and reassurance that action is being taken on any that are outstanding;

iii         to consider and agree relevant policies prior to implementation by the Leadership Team;

iv         to report to the governing body at each of its appropriate meetings on all significant matters relating to health and safety with regard to budget expenditure;

v          to be responsible for the monitoring the fabric of the school premises through termly inspections and ensuring that an annual H&S assessment is carried out and authorising maintenance work;

vi         to be responsible for monitoring the performance of the cleaning and catering services;

vii        to be responsible for grounds maintenance and caretaking arrangements;

viii       to be responsible for  monitoring the security of the premises;

ix         to consider improvements/alterations to the school premises and to make decisions which if applicable shall be forwarded to the LA  for consideration and approval;

x          to draft/agree specifications for any work to the building to be undertaken by outside contractors which is funded from the delegated budget;

xi         to consider requests to improve/replace furnishings within the school, within budget provision;

xii        to regularly review the need for structural repairs and maintenance;

xii        to make decisions for updating the school development plan as it relates to the management of school premises;

xiii       to be informed of new legislation and City of York Council corporate policies that impact on the building and health and safety.

9    FUNCTIONS DELEGATED TO THE HEADTEACHER

i           To be responsible for the day to day repairs and maintenance of the school building and grounds;

ii          to be responsible for the arrangements for letting the school premises;

iii         to be responsible for the liaison with contactors where such work is funded from the school budget;

iv         to take such other urgent action on premises issues as is required in consultation with the chair of the committee and if appropriate the LA;

v          to responsible for the day to day health and safety arrangements in the school.

10        FUNCTIONS RETAINED BY THE GOVERNING BODY

All functions delegated to the Committee, or alternatively list any functions or decisions which the governing body does not wish to delegate to the committee.

11        APPOINTMENT OF CHAIR AND CLERK

The appointment of the Chair shall be determined by the governing body or by the committee and reviewed annually.  The governing body shall appoint a clerk to the committee.

12        MINUTES

A written record of the meetings of the committee will be submitted to the next full governing body meeting, through the Clerk to the governing body.

13        CONVENING MEETINGS

A meeting shall be convened by the clerk under the direction of the governing body and the chair of the committee. The clerk will give every member of the committee and the headteacher (if not a member of the committee) written notice of a meeting, a copy of the agenda and any papers to be considered at the meeting at least seven days’ clear notice before the date of the committee meeting.  If the chair of the committee consider that there are mattes that demand urgent consideration s/he may determine a shorted period of notice.

Reviewed date:    January 2019

ST WILFRID’S RC PRIMARY SCHOOL

CURRICULUM COMMITTEE

TERMS OF REFERENCE

The governing body must review the delegation of functions and the establishment, terms of reference and membership of committees annually. 

1          COMPOSITION

At least three members of the governing body with voting rights.

The governing body or the committee may appoint associate members to serve on this committee.  Such members may have voting rights only as determined by the governing body and within the terms of the School Governance Roles, Procedures and Allowances Regulations 2013.

2          QUORUM

The quorum for a meeting and any vote will be three governors who are members of the committee, or more, as determined by the committee.

  • TERMS OF REFERENCE OF THE COMMITTEE
  1. To plan, monitor and review the academic and pastoral arrangements of the school in order to ensure that the school maintains and delivers a broad, balanced and challenging curriculum, in keeping with the aims of the school and the needs of the learners and the requirements of the National Curriculum and other relevant legislation.
  2. To advise the governing body on curricular matters including the implementation of the National Curriculum and other relevant legislation.
  3. To make recommendations for updating the school development plan on a regular basis.
  4. With the assistance of the staff, to provide information about how the curriculum is taught, evaluated and resourced.
  5. To monitor the effectiveness of all of the school’s curriculum policies and recommend changes to the governing body where appropriate, including the school’s policy on religious education and collective worship and the school’s policy on sex education.
  6. To be informed of the appointment of subject co-ordinators and any changes in curriculum responsibilities.
  7. To consider inspection reports, prepare action plans and monitor progress.
  8. To receive regular reports on the progress being made towards achieving school improvement and pupil progress targets.
  9. To make recommendations on strategic developments and ensure that targets are set to improve pupil achievement and school effectiveness.
  10. To provide an annual programme of curriculum topics for governors’ subsequent reports.
  11. To establish a procedure of reporting governors’ visits linked to curriculum areas. Reports are to be reviewed by the curriculum committee as part of monitoring of standards in all curriculum areas.
  12. To decide what sex education is provided and, where provided, ensure there is due regard to moral considerations and the value of family life.
  13. To agree any general principles on pupil discipline.
  14. To take action to forbid political indoctrination in schools, and to secure balanced treatment of political issues.
  15. To invite external input to meetings when appropriate.

4             FUNCTIONS RETAINED BY THE GOVERNING BODY

All functions delegated to the Committee, or alternatively list any functions or decisions which the governing body does not wish to delegate to the committee.

5          APPOINTMENT OF CHAIR AND CLERK

The appointment of the chair shall be determined by the governing body or by the committee and reviewed annually.  The governing body shall appoint a clerk to the committee.

6          MINUTES

A written record of the meetings of the committee will be submitted to the next full governing body meeting, through the clerk to the governing body.

7          FREQUENCY OF MEETINGS

Meetings will be held at least once each term.

8          CONVENING MEETINGS

A meeting shall be convened by the clerk under the direction of the governing body and the chair of the committee.  The clerk will give every member of the committee and the headteacher (if not a member of the committee) written notice of a meeting, a copy of the agenda and any papers to be considered at the meeting at least seven day’ clear notice before the date of the committee meeting.  If the chair of the committee considers that there are matters that demand urgent consideration they may determine a shorter period of notice. Governors indicated that they were happy for certain papers to be tabled at the meeting, such that they were not available seven days in advance.

We have no declarations of interests for any of our governing body members

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