St Mary Immaculate Catholic Primary School

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Governor Information

St Mary Immaculate School is a Voluntary Aided Catholic School with a Governing Body made up of 12 governors:

  • 7 are appointed by the Archdiocese of Birmingham (Foundation Governors)
  • 2 are elected by parents (Parent Governors)
  • 1 is appointed by Warwickshire Local Education Authority (Local Council Governor)
  • 1 is elected by school staff (Staff Governor)
  • 1 is the Headteacher
All governors are appointed for a period of 4 years, except for the Headteacher who is automatically a governor.  Each year the Governing Body elects a Chair and Vice-Chair.

 

The Current Governing Body Members and their duties

  • Chair of Governors - Mrs Julia FitzSimons (Foundation Governor)
  • Vice Chair - Mr John Connor (Foundation Governor)
  • Mr Robert Gargan (Headteacher)
  • Fr Patrick Mileham (Foundation Governor and Chaplain)
  • Vacancy (Parent Governor)
  • Mr John Sullivan (Local Council Governor)
  • Mrs Chrissie Beaumont (Foundation Governor)
  • Mrs Jo Grant (Foundation Governor)
  • Miss Athaene Holt (Staff Governor)
  • Mrs Belinda Shuttleworth (Foundation Governor)
  • Vacancy (Parent Governor)
  • Mrs Elizabeth Weston (Foundation Governor)
  • Ms Jacqueline D'Arcy (Associate Member appointed by Governing Board to bring expertise as serving member of Warwick District Council)
  • The Clerk to the Governors is Mrs Elizabeth Mottram

    

Mrs Julia FitzSimons

Former social worker and manager (learning disability), current voluntary worker.

Involved in the Catholic parish, she has interests in safeguarding and community development, and is a Trustee of Fr Hudson's Care.

She has been a Foundation governor of St Mary Immaculate since 2001, initially as a parent, and has chaired the governing body since 2009.

Governor

Type

App't

Date

Term of Office

Responsibilities

Attendance

2018-19

Declaration of Interests

Foundation

31.08.2018

1st appt 2001

4y

Chair of Governors

 


Literacy Governor


RE and Catholic Life Working Group 

10/12

Trustee of Fr Hudson's Care

Mr John Connor

A parishioner since 1983, John retired in 2004 after 35 years in teaching, latterly as headteacher of a Catholic school in Coventry. 

Both of his children attended St Mary Immaculate and went to University after secondary school.

He divides his time between looking after grandchildren, hobbies and voluntary work.

Governor

Type

App't

Date

Term of Office

Responsibilities

Attendance

2018-19

Declaration of Interests

Foundation

22.05.2019

1st appt 2011

4y

Vice-Chair of Governors

 

H&S and Premises Governor

 

Head's Performance Management

 

RE and Catholic Life Working Group

8/9

Nil

Mrs Belinda Shuttleworth

Clerk/Deputy Clerk to the Trustees of two Warwick charities, Belinda is also involved on a voluntary basis with another Warwick charity.  Her life time work experience is of a financial and safeguarding background.  A long term parishioner at St. Mary Immaculate Church, Warwick.

Governor

Type

App't

Date

Term of Office

Responsibilities

Attendance

2018-19

Declaration of Interests

Foundation

28.08.2017

1st appt 2013

4y

Finance Governor

 

Safeguarding Governor

 

Pay

Committee

7/7

Works for King Henry VIII Endowed Trust Warwick,

The Charity of Sir Thomas White, Warwick

Mrs Jo Grant

A retired secondary teacher of science, Jo has been involved in counselling and pastoral care in schools for a large part of her career. Educated in Catholic schools, the lessons and values learnt there have remained with her, meaning that she wants to support her parish school.

Governor

Type

App't

Date

Term of Office

Responsibilities

Attendance

2018-19

Declaration of Interests

Foundation

19.05.2017

1st appt

2013

4y

Early Years Governor

 

Family Life Governor

 

Performance Data Governor

 

Head's Performance Management

9/9

Company Director Beauchamp Gardens

Warwick

(residential)

Fr Patrick Mileham

Parish Priest of St Mary Immaculate, Warwick and of St Charles Borromeo Parish, Hampton on the Hill.  He teaches at St Mary's College, Oscott, and is Chaplain to this School, Trinity and the Myton Hospice.

Governor

Type

App't

Date

Term of Office

Responsibilities

Attendance

2018-19

Declaration of Interests

Foundation

02.08.2017

4y

RE Governor

 

RE and Catholic Life Working Group

 

Head's Performance Management

4/9

Nil

Parent Governor 1 vacancy from June 2019

 

 

Governor

Type

App't

Date

Term of Office

Responsibilities

Attendance

2018-19

Declaration of Interests

Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs Elizabeth Weston

Retired teacher, who worked in a Special School.

“I enjoyed the challenge of tailoring the curriculum to meet individual needs and working closely with families, so delighted to be a Special Needs Governor.”

Former governor at her Special School for many years and Chair of the Finance Committee with lengthy experience.

Her 3 children attended St Mary Immaculate.

She is involved in the life of the parish and enjoys running, reading, and looking after her young grandchildren.

Governor

Type

App't

Date

Term of Office

Responsibilities

Attendance

2018-19

Declaration of Interests

Foundation

07.09.2016

4y

SEND & Pupil Premium Governor

 

Pay

Committee

 

Head's Performance Management

4/7

Nil

Mr John Sullivan

Appointed LEA Governor when he was Town Councillor for Warwick West.
Has been a qualified teacher for 24 years and taught at a college for the Visually Impaired. Currently teaches Engineering at Warwickshire College.

Governor Type

App't

Date

Term of Office

Responsibilities

Attendance

2018-19

Declaration of Interests

Local

Authority

01.09.2018

1st appt 2014

4y

Pay

Committee

 

H&S and Premises Governor

 

Accessibility Governor

5/7

Nil

Parent Governor 2 vacancy from October 2019

 

 

Governor Type

App't

Date

Term of Office

Responsibilities

Attendance

2018-19

Declaration of Interests

 Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs Chrissie Beaumont

Was a parent governor from 2011 and then appointed foundation governor in 2019, with children attending St Mary Immaculate School. She set up and runs the baby and toddler group which meets weekly in the school.

Governor

Type

App't

Date

Term of Office

Responsibilities

Attendance

2018-19

Declaration of Interests

Foundation

01.10.2019

1st appt 2011

4y

Maths

Governor

 

eSafety and

ICT Governor 

9/9

Voluntary Leader of the Toddler Group at St Mary Immaculate

Mr Robert Gargan

 

Governor

Type

App't

Date

Term of Office

Responsibilities

Attendance

2018-19

Declaration of Interests

Head

 2001

Ex officio

RE and
Catholic Life Working Group

 

Data

Protection

12/12

Daughter employed as Nursery Assistant at Little Angels Pre-School

Ms Jackie D’Arcy

Married to John Sullivan.

Lectures in Sociology and Politics at Warwickshire College.

Assistant Principal for AQA Exam Board.

Town Councillor (Labour) for Emscote Ward.

Governor Type

App't Date

Term of Office

Responsibilities

Attendance 2018-19

Declaration of Interests

Associate Member

24.09.2018

4y

Publicity

 

School Community

 

Parent Communication

7/9

Warwick Town Councillor for Emscote Ward

Mrs Elizabeth Mottram

Private landlord and clerk to the governors of two primary schools.

She has two grown up sons and one grandson.

She served for a term as governor at their primary school, helped with science and music there, has taught in the secondary sector and has been a clerk for the past 14 years.

Governor

Type

App't

Date

Term of Office

Responsibilities

Attendance

2018-19

Declaration of Interests

n/a

Clerk to the Governing Body

Jan 2015

n/a

Clerk at Full Governing Body  Meetings

 

Training Link

 

7/7

Clerk to Governors at St Patrick's

Catholic Primary School,

Leamington Spa

Miss Athaene Holt

 

Governor

Type

App't

Date

Term of Office

Responsibilities

Attendance

2018-19

Declaration of Interests

 Staff

 02.09.2019

 4y

 School Council Link

 

 

 

n/a 

Nil 

Governors who have served within the past 12 months

 

Mrs Claire McLarnon

Governor

Type

App't

Date

Term of Office

Responsibilities

Attendance

2018-19

Declaration of Interests

Foundation

Resigned 11.2.2019

 

1st appt 2011

4y

P&S Committee

Chair

Leave of absence granted

Nil

 

 Mr Ignacio Gomez

Governor Type

App't Date

Term of Office

Responsibilities

Attendance 2018-19

Declaration of Interests

Parent

Resigned 28.6.2019

 

Appointed 22.7.2017

Resources Committee

 

Pay

Committee

3/5

Nil

What Do Governors Do?

The governors' role is to provide a strategic overview for the school, with the school's Learning Improvement Plan at its core.  Governors work with the Headteacher and staff to drive up standards, deliver the best possible opportunity for every child to achieve their potential and to ensure the wellbeing and safety of pupils and staff.

Governors help make key decisions about the school and constructively challenge and support how the school and its resources are managed. They monitor the progress and impact of decisions and agree targets, policies, priorities and budgets with the Headteacher.

All governors must be committed to developing their knowledge and skills and be willing to attend regular training courses in all aspects of governance.

Governors' Meetings

The full Governing Body meets every term, and major decisions are made here. 

The Governing Board is trialling a committee-less structure during 2019-20, including resources and performance and standards within the full Governing Body Meeting agendas.

Sub-committees oversee the Headteacher's performance management, pay and the school's Religious Education.

Governors' Links With The School

Governors aim to keep close contact with the school and make regular visits to monitor progress and assess the impact of planned improvements.  They try to attend parents' evenings and school events to identify pupils' views and ideas through personal conversations as well as regular questionnaires.

Some governors have additional responsibilities for topics such as:

  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Training
  • Safeguarding
  • Special Needs
  • Early Years
  • Performance Management

Contacting The Governors

The governors are always keen to hear parents' views, so please get in touch via the school office or Headteacher if you have any ideas, suggestions or questions.

If you wish to contact the chair of the governors, please leave a message at the school office or email chairgovernorsimm@gmail.com