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Background/Foreground

Annual Governance Statement

St. Vincent’s Catholic Primary School

Annual Governance Statement

Autumn 2022 for Academic Year 2022/23

The Board of Governors

Current Governors

Type of Governor

First Appointed

Current term of office expires

Mrs Anita Harrop

Headteacher

01/09/2015

Statutory

Mrs Deborah Mc Duff

Staff Governor

06/04/2022

05/04/2026

Mrs Alice Kilburn

Parent Governor

01/09/2019

31/08/2023

Mr Carl Thorgaard

Foundation Governor

05/09/2018

(as Parent Governor)

31/08/2024

Canon Jonathan Brandon

Foundation Governor

01/09/2019

31/08/2023

Mr Raymond Machell KC

Foundation Governor

01/09/2010

31/08/2024

Mrs Sarah Butler

Foundation Governor (Vice Chair)

10/2015

(as Parent Governor)

31/08/2026

Mr Adrian Godding

Foundation Governor

11/2016

(as Associate Member)

31/08/2026

Mrs Joanne Donnachie

Foundation Governor (Chair)

01/09/2010

31/08/2026

Ms Louise Dickinson

 

Foundation Governor

01/09/2010

31/08/2026

 

Mrs Sinead Donnelly

Parent Governor

11/02/2021

11/02/2025

Mr Matthew Lee

LA Governor

28/02/2023

28/02/2027

 

Previous Governors

 

Type of Governor

First Appointed

Term of Office finished

Mrs Patricia Young

LA Governor

01/09/2010

Resigned 21/06/2022

Mr Stuart Nichols

Staff Governor

06/10/2016

Resigned 01/04/2022

Mrs Cathy Belford

Associate Member

11/2016

Resigned 10/11/2020

Mr George Tsiantar

Foundation Governor

01/09/2010

Deceased 07/2020

Canon John Rafferty

Foundation Governor

01/09/2010

Resigned 01/09/2019

Mrs Sorcha McNamara

Parent Governor

05/09/2018

Resigned 01/09/2019

Mrs Dinah Davis

Foundation Governor

01/09/2010

Resigned 31/08/2018

Mrs Christina Burns

Foundation Governor

01/09/2010

Resigned 31/08/2018

Mr Oliver Gilmartin

Parent Governor

01/10/2011

Resigned 31/08/2018

 

1      CLERK TO GOVERNORS

Julie Lawson, Trust GS, Green wood Street, Altrincham, Cheshire 0161 3487188 or contact Carla Castro, School Business Manager at the School.

 

2      COMMITTEES

Remits for the Committees are available on request from the School or on Governor Hub

Finance Committee

Curriculum Committee

Pay review Committee

Louise Dickinson (Chair/Clerk)

Sarah Butler (Chair/clerk)

Jo Donnachie (Chair/Clerk)

Jo Donnachie (Vice Chair)

Alice Kilburn (Vice Chair)

Anita Harrop (in attendance)

Anita Harrop

Anita Harrop

Louise Dickinson

Sarah Butler

Debbie McDuff

Adrian Godding (school only)

Karen Wong (in attendance)

Ivana Beckett (in attendance)

Sinead Donnelly (Nursery & TSC)

Ivana Beckett (in attendance)

Naomi Farrell (in attendance)

 

 

Ciara Sutton (in attendance)

 

 

Buildings and Health & Safety Committee

Admissions Committee

 Human Resources Committee

Carl Thorgaard (Chair/Clerk)

Raymond Machell (Chair/Clerk)

Adrian Godding (Chair /Clerk)

Anita Harrop

Sarah Butler

Anita Harrop

Jo Donnachie

Anita Harrop

Canon Jonathan Brandon

Matthew Lee

Jo Donnachie

Jo Donnachie

Lawrence Brindley (in attendance)

Karen Wong (in attendance)

 

Karen Wong (in attendance)

 

 

 

Nursery/SSC Human Resources Committee

 

Headteacher’s Performance Review

 

 

Sinead Donnelly (Chair/Clerk)

Jo Donnachie (Chair)

 

Jo Donnachie

Adrian Godding

 

Anita Harrop

Adviser-Craig Richardson

 

Ivana Beckett (in attendance)

 

 

Appeals Committee (any governors available from the following)

Jo Donnachie

Adrian Godding

Alice Kilburn

Canon Jonathan Brandon

Louise Dickinson

Carl Thorgaard

Sarah Butler

Raymond Machell QC

Sinead Donnelly

 

 

 

 

3      LINKED GOVERNORS

Remits for Linked Governors are available on request from the School or on Governor Hub

Governor

Area of Responsibility

School Link

Visit Frequency

Reporting 

Committee

Canon Jonathan Brandon

Religious Education

Developments for new inspection framework compliance

A McCann/ D Mc Duff

Once/term

Curriculum

Adrian Godding

Speech and Language

 M Lawrence/ E Leather

Once/year

Curriculum

Sarah Butler

Debbie McDuff

3Is for the National Curriculum, Combined ARE across all years, Statutory Assessment Points

C Sutton/ N Farrell

Once/ term

Curriculum

Anita Harrop

Nursery/ Sunshine After School and Holiday Club

Ivana Beckett

N/A

Board

Raymond Machell KC

Contracts

Karen Wong

N/A

Board

Jo Donnachie

Child Protection & Safeguarding (including focus on child on child and domestic abuse)

Anita Harrop

Once /term

HR & Board

Alice Kilburn

Exceptional Offer and achievement of Pupil Premium/ SEND/ Looked After Children/ Inclusion

C Sutton/ N Farrell

Once/ term

Curriculum & Board

Alice Kilburn

Reading scheme, needs of target 20% throughout the school spelling and e-library

A Burke/ N Sheldon

Once/year

Curriculum

Alice Kilburn

Enrichments and Pupil Groups

C O’Keefe/N Farrell

Once/year

Curriculum

Carl Thorgaard

Health & Safety

Karen Wong

Once/ year

H&S / Board

Carl Thorgaard

Security & Parking

Karen Wong

Once/ year

Buildings/ H&S

Raymond Machell KC

Humanities (Geography, History)

H Bullock, L Campbell

Once/ year

Curriculum

Sarah Butler

Computing Curriculum and Online Safety

Online Safety Team

Once/year

Curriculum/Board

Sinead Donnelly

Diversity and Equality

INA NASSEA

C Luckham,E Leather

Once/year

Board

Carl Thorgaard

Maths/ Science

D Hobday/J Kerigan

Once/year

Curriculum

Sarah Butler

Music & Art

H Carr/ C Robinson/F Jamieson

Once/year

Curriculum

Jo Donnachie

EYFS curriculum indoor and outdoor

N Farrell

Once/year

Board

Jo Donnachie

British Values

C Gerrard

Once/year

Curriculum

Jo Donnachie

SMSC

LDreniw/ELeather

Once/Year

Curriculum

Louise Dickinson

Digital Plan

A Harrop/ K Wong

Once/year

Finance/Board

Adrian Godding

Sports Premium

C Sutton

Once/year

Board

Adrian Godding

Physical and Mental Health

Workload

N Sheldon

Once/year

 

Termly

Board/

HR

Louise Dickinson

GDPR & Cyber Security

K Wong

Once/year

Finance

Sarah Butler

RSE & PHSE

E Slater

Once/ year

Curriculum

 

4      ATTENDANCE

Academic Year 2018/2019

87% attendance at Board of Governors’ meetings

93% attendance at committee meetings

Academic Year 2019/2020

96% attendance at Board of Governors’ meetings

98% attendance at committee meetings

Academic Year 2020/2021

92% attendance at Board of Governors’ meetings

97% attendance at committee meetings

Academic Year 2021/2022

Governor

Attendance at Committee Meetings

Attendance at Board Meetings

(including Community Facilities’ AGM)

Anita Harrop

100% (40/40)

5/5

Jo Donnachie

100% (38/38)

5/5

Alice Kilburn

100% (5/5)

3/5

Canon Jonathan Brandon

80% (4/5)

1/5

Carl Thorgaard

100% (6/6)

4/5

Stuart Nicholls

100% (3/3)

3/3

Sarah Butler

100% (21/21)

4/5

Raymond Machell

N/A

5/5

Louise Dickinson

90% (19/21)

4/5

Patricia Young

100% (6/6)

4/5

Sinead Donnelly

71% (5/7)

5/5

Adrian Godding

100% (6/6)

2/5

Debbie McDuff

100% (2/2)

2/2

 

5      CHAIR’S  STATEMENT / STATEMENT FROM THE BOARD

Please see annual letter from the Chair of Governors on the school website. Governors Letter 2022

 

6      CALENDAR OF TRAINING    2020/21 and 2021/22

Board of Governors’ Training and Workshops 2020/21

 

Safeguarding and Child Protection training

Online training on the Key all governors

Prevent Training

Online training on the Key all governors

PASS survey

10th November 2020 all governors

Recovery from Covid

2nd March 2021 all governors

Covid recovery, Impact of actions

15th June 2021 all governors

Annual update for Nursery and Sunshine Club

18th May 2021 all governors

Diocesan Briefings

Autumn 2020, Spring 2021, Summer 2021(JD)

Diocesan Admissions Training

Summer 2021(RM)

Recovery, school development plan and wellbeing training on staff inset day

2nd September 2020 (AK, JD, SB)

Trust GS Chairs’ networking meetings

 15th October 2020, 14th July 2021 (JD)

Governors’ role on appeal panel

5th February 2021 (JD)

Diocesan New Governor Induction Training

27th November 2019 (AK)

Holding School Leaders to Account

 29th June 2021(AK), 17th June 2021 (AH)

Safer Recruitment and Safeguarding Training

10th November 2020 (JD,AK), 25th June 2021(AG)

Blended Governance

18th September 2020 (AH)

Taking the Chair

10th February 2021 (SB), 11th December 2020 (AG)

Roles and Responsibilities (Governor Induction)

10th May 2021 (SD)

Safer Recruitment in Education

28th February 2021(SD)

OFSTED HMI-EIF and expectations of governors

2nd March 2021 (AG)

Admissions Training by Browne Jacobson

July 2021 (RM)

Board of Governors’ Training and Workshops 2021/22

 

Safeguarding and Child Protection Training

Online training on The Key for all governors

Prevent Duty Training

Online training on The Key for all governors

Child on Child abuse training

Online training on The Key for all governors

Phonics and Language Development

9th November 2021 for all governors

Early Years

1st March 2022 for all governors

Diversity, Equality and Inclusion

21st June 2022 for all governors

Vision and Strategy Day

5th July 2022 for all governors and SLT

Curriculum Deep Dive in Maths

14th December 2021 (JD, AHH, AK, SB, SN)

Diocesan Annual Governors’ Conference

6th November 2021 (JD, SB and AG)

Understanding Academies and Academy Governance

17th May 2022 (AH)

Ofsted HMI- EIF training

3rd November 2021 (AK, JD)

Diocese of Shrewsbury Induction for new governors

20th September 2022 (DM)

Roles and Responsibilities (Governor Induction)

5th May 2022 (DM)

Chairs Networking Meeting

24th February 2022 (JD)

Safeguarding for Governors Ofsted report on Review of Sexual Abuse in Schools

10th March 2022 (JD)

Diocesan Briefing

Autumn, Spring and Summer (JD)

Advanced Safeguarding for Safeguarding Leads

28th January 2022 (JD)

Governors’ role on appeal panels

2nd February 2022 (AG)

Safer Recruitment for Educational Settings 2022/23

2nd October 2022 (JD)

 

7  CALENDAR OF TRAINING    2022/23

Safeguarding and Child Protection Training for Governors

Online on National College

Prevent Duty Training for Governors

Online on National College

 Understanding Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence for School Governors

Online on National College

Vision and Strategy from July event

Preparing for Ofsted

8th November 2022

Speech and Language Development

28th February 2023

Religious Education New Inspection Framework,

School RE developments

20th June 2023

Diocesan Briefings

October 2022, February 2023, May 2023

Diocesan Annual Governors’ Conference

12th  November 2022

CES Governor Training

Online

Trust GS training

See Governor Hub

National College Training

Online

 

8  CALENDAR OF MEETINGS

Term

Board Meeting

Link Governor Report

Autumn

8th November 2022

Exceptional Offer for SEND, LAC & PP

Physical & Mental Health and Workload

Spring

28th February 2023

Safeguarding, Reading scheme, target 20% &  library

Summer

20st June 2023

Supporting International New Arrivals (INA)

Sports Premium,  Pupil Premium

Contracts

Community Facilities’ AGM

16th May 2023

Nursery &Sunshine Club

 

9  CODE OF CONDUCT

Please click here for the Code of Conduct

 

10   GOVERNING BOARD EVALUATION

Governor Hub Governing Board Health Check completed Autumn 2021

Internal Review of Governance carried out by the Board in June 2022.

Governor Skills Audit completed in June 2022.

360-degree feedback of the Chair is scheduled for Autumn 2022.

External Review of Governance is scheduled for Spring 2023.

11 Declaration of Business Interests

Governor Name                     

Responsibility

Business Interest

Other establishment governed

Relationships with Staff/Governors                            

Date

Mrs Jo Donnachie

Chairperson
Foundation Governor

None

None

None

11/2022

Mrs Sarah Butler

Vice-Chairperson, Foundation Governor

None

None

None

11/2022

Ms Louise Dickinson

Foundation Governor

None

None

None

11/2022

Mr Adrian Godding

Foundation Governor

None

None

None

11/2022

Mrs Anita Harrop

Headteacher

(Statutory Right)

None

None

None

11/2022

Mr Raymond Machell K.C.

Foundation Governor

None

None

None

11/2022

Mrs Alice Kilburn

Parent Representative

St Vincent's Church - 

Parish Secretary

None

None

11/2022

Mrs Deborah McDuff

Staff Representative

None

None

None

11/2022

Canon Jonathan Brandon

Foundation Governor

St Vincent's Church - Parish Priest

Governor at St Ambrose

None

None

11/2022

Mr Carl Thorgaard

Parent Representative

Graham, Holland Associates (Architecture)

None

None

11/2022

Mrs Sinead Donnelly 

Parent Representative 

None

None

None

11/2022

Contact the School

St Vincent's Catholic Primary School

Orchard Road,
Altrincham,
Cheshire,
WA15 8EY

Main Contact: Headteacher Mrs Harrop

SEND Contact: Mrs Farrell and Mrs Sutton

Tel: 0161 911 8040

admin@stvincents.trafford.sch.uk

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We couldn't be happier with St Vincent's, our children are really happy there. - Parent Survey
It is a wonderful environment, our children are flourishing - Parent Survey
The school ethos gives the children excellent opportunities to develop their spirituality and knowledge of their faith. - Parent Survey
It is a really friendly school, I have been made to feel very welcome. - Parent Survey
We love St Vincent's, keep doing what you are doing! - Parent Survey
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