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

  • Co-Chair of Governors - Mrs Julia FitzSimons (Foundation Governor)
  • Co-Chair of Governors - Mr John Connor (Foundation Governor)
  • Mrs Elizabeth Weston (Foundation Governor)
  • Mrs Chrissie Beaumont (Foundation Governor)
  • Mrs Jo Grant (Foundation Governor)
  • Mrs Belinda Shuttleworth (Foundation Governor)
  • Vacancy (Foundation Governor)
  • Mr Robert Gargan (Headteacher)
  • Miss Atheane Holt (Staff Governor)
  • Mrs Joannah Whitten (Parent Governor)
  • Vacancy (Parent Governor)
  • Mr John Sullivan (Local Council 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

2020-21

Attendance

2019-20

Declaration of Interests

September 2020

Foundation

31.8.2018

1st appt 2001

4y

Co-Chair of Governors

Attends all Committee meetings

Literacy governor

RE and Catholic Life Working Group

15/15

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

2020-21

Attendance

2019-20

Declaration of Interests

September 2020

Foundation

22.5.2019

1st app’t

2011

4y

Co-Chair of Governors

Resources Committee

H&S and Premises governor

Head’s Performance Management

Pay Committee

RE and Catholic Life Working Group

11/12

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

2020-21

Attendance

2019-20

Declaration of Interests

September 2020

Foundation

28.8.2017

1st app’t

2013

4y

Resources Committee

 

11/12

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

2020-21

Attendance

2019-20

Declaration of Interests

September 2020

Foundation

19.5.2017

1st app’t

 2013

4y

Performance and Standards -Committee Chair

SRE governor

Performance data governor

Head’s Performance Management

12/13

Company Director Beauchamp Gardens

Warwick

(residential)

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

2020-21

Attendance

2019-20

Declaration of Interests

September 2020

Foundation

7.9.2020

1st app’t 2016

 

4y

Performance and Standards Committee

SEND & Pupil Premium governor

Head’s Performance Management

Pay Committee

11/13

 

Nil

Mr John Sullivan

Appointed LA 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

2020-21

Attendance

2019-20

Declaration of Interests

September 2020

Local

Authority

1.9.2018

1st app’t

2014

4y

Resources Committee – Chair

Pay Committee

H&S and premises governor

Accessibility governor

11/12

Chair Warwick Branch Labour Party

Treasurer University and College Union Reg. Cmttee

Chair/NEC Member UCU Warks College Group

Mrs Chrissie Beaumont

Has been a parent governor since 2011, 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

2020-21

Attendance

2019-20

Declaration of Interests

September 2020

Foundation Governor

1.10.2019

4y

Performance and Standards Committee

Maths governor

eSafety and ICT governor

13/13

Member of Friends of St Mary Immaculate

 

Mr Robert Gargan

 

Governor

Type

App’t

Date

Term of office

Responsibilities

2020-21

Attendance

2019-20

Declaration of Interests

September 2020

Head

2001

Ex officio

Attends all Committee meetings

RE and Catholic Life Working Group

Data Protection

15/15

Daughter employed as Nursery Assistant at Little Angels Pre-School

Miss Atheane Holt

Reception Class teacher

Governor

Type

App’t

Date

Term of office

Responsibilities

2020-21

Attendance

2019-20

Declaration of Interests

September 2020

Staff

2.9.2019

4y

Performance and Standards Committee

School Council Link

12/13

nil

Mrs Joannah Whitten

Mum of 4, 3 of whom attend Saint Mary Immaculate/Little Angel's Pre School. Currently employed as Community Development officer in a local Community Centre to suit my young family, but previously taught French and Italian in a secondary school for 10 years. 

Governor

Type

App’t

Date

Term of office

Responsibilities

2020-21

Attendance

2019-20

Declaration of Interests

September 2020

Parent

23.1.20

4y

Performance and Standards Committee

Early Years Governor

Publicity and parent communication

3/9

Access to online meetings delayed

Chair, Friends of St Mary Immaculate

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

2020-21

Attendance

2019-20

Declaration of Interests

September 2020

Associate

Member

24.9.2018

4y

Resources Committee

British Values

11/12

Warwick Town Councillor for Emscote Ward

 

Mrs Elizabeth Mottram

Private landlord and clerk to the governors of 2 primary schools.

She has two grown up sons and one grandson.

She served for a term as Foundation Governor at their primary school, has taught in the secondary sector and has been a clerk for the past 16 years.

 

Governor

Type

App’t

Date

Term of office

Responsibilities

2020-21

Attendance

2019-20

Declaration of Interests

September 2020

n/a

Clerk to the Governing Body

Jan 2015

n/a

Clerk at FGB meetings and Resources Committee meetings

Training Link

 

12/12

Clerk to Governors

St Patrick’s

Catholic Primary,

Leamington Spa

Governors who have served within the past 12 months

 

Fr Patrick Mileham

Parish Priest of St Mary Immaculate, Warwick.

 

Term of office

App’t date

Term of office

Responsibilities

2019-20

Attendance

2019-20

Declaration of Interests

September 2019

4y

02.08.17

4y

Resigned 2.7.20

RE governor

RE and Catholic Life Working Group Head’s Performance Management

2/9

(no access to online meetings)

nil

Mrs Chrissie Beaumont ceased to be a Parent Governor on 29th September 2019 (end of term) and became a Foundation Governor on 1st October 2019 – see above

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.

Governor Impact Log 2018-19

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