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Governance

 

KCSP Governance Model

 

 

 Kent Catholic Schools' Partnership is a charitable trust and a company limited by guarantee. The Trust was established in August 2012 by the Archbishop of Southwark.

 

The Trust Board of Directors ('Trustees') are responsible for overseeing the management and administration of the Trust and they fulfil this role by delegating functions to committees. 

 

The Trust understands the importance of the role of governance committees and the Trust has set out guidance and support in its Governance Handbook and Scheme of Delegation.

 

 

Governance at  Our Lady of Hartley:

 

The school has a Local Governance Committee

 

The committee is here to serve the school and, above all, the children. We have our mission – Learning in the Light of Christ – very much at the heart of all that we do.  

 

The Governance Committee is a ‘critical friend’ of the school. It provides Strategic Leadership in school improvement. It does this by being appropriately involved in the school improvement cycle as follows:

 

  1. Developing and sharing the values and vision
  2. Setting out the aims and objectives of the school
  3. Setting out the policies and procedures by which the aims and objectives will be achieved
  4. Establishing the criteria by which the aims and achievements will be seen to be achieved
  5. Taking the views of stakeholders into account
  6. Evaluating evidence on how well the school is doing
  7. Finding out how well the school is doing in comparison with similar schools
  8. Agreeing targets for improvement
  9. Planning to achieve improvement
  10. Ensuring that deployment of staffing and resources match the school’s priorities.


Key Issues

 

The governance committee will consider and keep under review: the progress and attainment of all groups of pupils, evidence of narrowing gaps between under achieving groups and other pupils, improvements in the quality of teaching, the school’s improvement since the last inspection, and the school’s self-evaluation of how well it is doing currently. Governance committee members are not expected to be involved in the day to day running of the school.

 

 Who can be a governance committee member?

 

  • Almost everyone over 18 can become a member. Governance committee members are volunteers from all walks of life – everyone has experience and skills to offer
  • An effective governance committee has people from different backgrounds and with a mix of skills. No formal qualifications are needed to be a member
  • Governance committee members are not education experts – they are there to offer a fresh perspective

 

What makes a good governance committee member?

 

  • The ability to work in a team
  • An interest in education and a commitment to the school
  • Patience, energy and enthusiasm
  • A willingness to listen, learn and to spend time in school
  • A willingness to undertake training

 

The LGC determines the strategic direction of the school, and it also has direct responsibility for certain key areas, such as finance. The committee supports and challenges the leadership of Our Lady of Hartley Catholic Primary School covering the areas set out below.

LOCAL GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE

Teaching and learning

Student well-being

Special Educational Needs

Pupil Premium

Child Protection

RE and Catholic ethos

Assists with performance reviews of the Head Teacher 

Finance 
Health and Safety
Safeguarding
Admissions
Approves and implement School specific policies
Assists with performance review of the Head Teacher

 

This means, for example, that if you have concerns or questions about the financial management of Our Lady of Hartley, they should go to the Finance Lead Committee Member on the Local Governance Committee. You can always contact them through the school office.

 

Our Lady of Hartley Local Governance Committee

Governor Name

Category

 Date of Appointment                                      

Appointing Body and Term of Office

Details of Responsibility

Register of Business Interests

 

Barry Mullan

Foundation Member

08 April 2019

Archdiocese of Southwark 

08/04/23 – 07/04/27

Chair

Catholic Character and Ethos Lead

Declaration of Interest confirmed 12.10.23

 

Rachel Glennon

Staff Member

08 November 2022

Elected by staff

08/11/22 – 07/11/26

CPD Lead

Declaration of Interest confirmed 12.10.23

 

Leonard Williams

Parent Member

17 December 2020

Elected by parents

17/12/20 – 16/12/24

Vice Chair 

PP & SEND Lead

Curriculum Lead  Safeguarding Lead

Declaration of Interest confirmed 12/10/23

 

Jim Baker

Head Teacher

 

N/A

Head Teacher 

Declaration of Interest confirmed 12/10/23

 
Robert LittlefieldFoundation Member25 July 2019

Archdiocese of Southwark 

25/07/23 - 24/07/27

Finance Lead Declaration of Interest confirmed 12/10/23 
Steve Watkins Co-Opt Member 09 November 2020

KCSP 

(09/11/20 - 08/11/24)

Health and Safety Lead Declaration of Interest confirmed 12/10/23 
Andrew TapfumaneyiFoundation Member08 January 2024

Archdiocese of Southwark

08/01/24 - 07/01/28

 

   
Anita Venezia YauClerk     

 

 

Our Chair of Governors, Barry Mullan, can be contacted by email:

Barry.mullan@our-lady-hartley.kcsp.org.uk

 

The Clerk to the committee Anita Venezia Yau, can be contacted by email:

aveneziayau@kcsp.org.uk

 

Copies of Governing Body minutes are available from the School Office.

 

Governance handbook - Governance Handbook 23/24

 

Scheme of delegation - Scheme of Delegation 23/24

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