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Governors

The information provided below explains the structure of governance of Sacred Heart High School including a list of the members of the ACADEMY TRUST and their relationship to the GOVERNING BODY; and the terms of reference of the governing body and its various committees. 

THE ACADEMY TRUST

As an Academy, Sacred Heart High School, Hammersmith is registered as a private limited company: Company Number 7941140

Eileen Gavin was appointed as Company Secretary in March 2012.  She has responsibility for keeping the company’s records and ensuring that it complies with company law.

Members of the Academy Trust

Name of Member

Date of Appointment

Relevant business/pecuniary interests incl. governance roles in other educational establishments

Sr. Christine Ann Edwards

1 March 2012

Trustee of the Society of the Sacred Heart

Sr. Lorraine Pratt

1 March 2012

Trustee of the Society of the Sacred Heart

Sr. Margaret Wilson

1 March 2012

Trustee of the Society of the Sacred Heart  and Governor of Sacred Heart High School in Newcastle

Sr. Jane Maltby

1 March 2012

Provincial of the Society of the Sacred Heart

John Sills

3 November 2016

Director of Regulation , Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority

Eileen Galvin

1 September 2016

Finance Manager, Society of the Sacred Heart

The Academy Trust holds an Annual General Meeting every year and may hold other general meetings. Governors may call general meetings of the Academy Trust.  Notice of all meetings including Annual General Meetings is given to Members, Governors and the auditors and must include the nature of the business to be transacted.

Remit of the 'Members'

'Members' have a different status from Governors. They have oversight of the governance arrangements, and will have the final say over whether any amendments are made to the Articles of Association. The members appoint Foundation Governors and hold the Governors to account.

THE GOVERNING BODY

The Academy is governed by a governing body constituted under the Articles of the Academy Trust.  The title of those on the governing body of an Academy Trust are often referred to in government documents as Directors or Trustees (of the Academy Trust company) but for clarity we refer to them as ‘governors’ to avoid any confusion with trustees of the Society of the Sacred Heart.

A number of governors are appointed directly by the Members of the Academy Trust to represent them and these governors are referred to as Foundation Governors.  We also have governors appointed by parents/carers, one appointed by staff and a local community governor.  The Headteacher of the school is automatically a governor. The number of Foundation Governors on the governing body must always outweigh the number of ‘other’ governors.  At least three governors are required in meetings for decisions to be legitimate.

How to contact the Governors:

Please see names of governors below but all correspondance with governors should be sent through the Clerk to the Governing Body as follows: adijkhuis@sacredh.lbhf.sch.uk

 

Governors in post over the last 12 months

Name

Date of Appt & Term of Office

Appointed by

Date stepped down

Post held

Declared business and other relevant interests

 

John Sills

22 Oct 2014 - 

22 Oct 2018

Society of the Sacred Heart

n/a

FOUNDATION GOVERNOR

CHAIR OF GOVERNORS

Chair of Curriculum Committee & Member of the Premises Committee & Responsible Officer

Director of Regulation at the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority

Lorraine Lawson

15 July 2016 –

15 July 2020

Society of the Sacred Heart

n/a

FOUNDATION GOVERNOR

Deputy Chair of Governors & Chair of Staffing Management & Finance Committee

Employed by London Borough of Camden

David Kinchlea

15 July 2016 –

15 July 2018

Society of the Sacred Heart

n/a

FOUNDATION GOVERNOR

Member of Staffing Management & Finance Cttee

Employed by RM Education.  Director of Essex Schools Ltd & Essex schools Holdings Ltd; Camden Schools Projects, Skanska RM Ltd

Janet Hopper

15 July 2016 –

15 July 2020

Society of the Sacred Heart

n/a

FOUNDATION GOVERNOR

Member of the Ethos Committee

 

None

Sean Hayes

15 July 2016 –

15 July 2020

Society of the Sacred Heart

n/a

FOUNDATION GOVERNOR

Member of the Curriculum Committee

Employed by London Borough of Hounslow. Treasurer of the British Educational Research Association

 

Heather Alston

15 July 2016 –

15 July 2018

Society of the Sacred Heart

n/a

FOUNDATION GOVERNOR

Chair of Premises Committee & Member of the Curriculum Committee & SEND Governor

Partner of Rawspace Ltd (architects)

Jacqui McShannon

22 Oct 2014 –

22 Oct 2018

Society of the Sacred Heart

n/a

FOUNDATION GOVERNOR

Chair of Ethos Committee

Director of Children’s Safeguarding and Specialist Services at London Borough of Hounslow

Dr Michael Phelan

15 July 2016 –

15 July 2020

Society of the Sacred Heart

n/a

FOUNDATION GOVERNOR

Member of the Ethos Committee

Consultant psychiatrist (Priory Group)

William Cunningham

15 July 2016 –

15 July 2020

Society of the Sacred Heart

n/a

FOUNDATION GOVERNOR

Member of Staffing Management & Finance Cttee

None

Marian Doyle

n/a

Society of the Sacred Heart

n/a

Member of all committees

Governor of St Benedict’s School, Ealing

 

Cllr Mike Cartwright

5 Feb 2015 –

5 Feb 2019

Local Authority

n/a

LOCAL COMMUNITY GOVERNOR

Member of the Premises Committee

Employed by London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham

Chairman Mortlake Crematorium

Elaine Hutton

16 Jan 2015 - March 2017

Parents/carers of pupils

n/a

PARENT GOVERNOR

Member of Staffing Management & Finance Cttee

Employed as Solicitor at Bare Essentials Ltd

Governor at Ark Putney Academy

Maggie Lysaght

16 Jan 2015 - 16 Jan 2019

Parents/carers of pupils

n/a

PARENT GOVERNOR

Member of Staffing Management & Finance Cttee

Self-Employed Production Accountant

Derek Gadd

16 Jan 2015 - May 2017

Parents/carers of pupils

n/a

PARENT GOVERNOR

Member of the Curriculum Committee

Employed by London Councils and Trustee of the Greenside Children’s Trust. Spouse works for St Mary’s University which pupils from the school go on to attend

Gavin Leonard

16 Jan 2015 - 16 Jan 2019

Parents/carers of pupils

n/a

PARENT GOVERNOR

Member of the Premises Committee

Employed by the London Borough of Ealing

Lida Walsh

16 Jan 2015 - 16 Jan 2019

Parents/carers of pupils

n/a

PARENT GOVERNOR

Member of the Curriculum Committee

Employed by Harris interactive & Director of 70 Compayne Gardens Ltd. 

Ann Gregory

20 Nov 2014 – 20 Nov 2018

School Staff

n/a

STAFF GOVERNOR

Member of the Curriculum Committee & Member of the Ethos Committee

Teacher at Sacred Heart

Sister Lorraine

1 Mar. 2016 –

3 Nov 2016

Society of the Sacred Heart

3 Nov 2016

FOUNDATION GOVERNOR

Chair of Governors

Member of the provincial Council, Trustee of the Society of the Sacred Heart, member of the Academy Trust

Janet Hopper  Nov 2016 -  Society of the sacred Heart   FOUNDATION GOVERNOR  

 

Attendance at Meetings 2016-17 

This table reflects committee membership for 2016-17 which may vary slightly from the current membership as shown above

Name

Full Governors Meetings

Staffing, Management Finance Committee

Curriculum Committee

Premises Committee

Ethos Committee

Sister Lorraine

1 of 1

 

 

 

 

Janet Hopper  1 of 2       2 of 2

Lorraine Lawson

3 of 3

3 of 3

 

 

 

David Kinchlea

3 of 3

3 of 3

 

 

 

John Sills

3 of 3

 

3 of 3

1 of 1

 

Sean Hayes

3 of 3

 

3 of 3

 

 

Heather Alston

3 of 3

 

3 of 3

3 of 3

 

Jacqui McShannon

3 of 3

 

 

 

1 of 3

Dr Michael Phelan

2 of 3

 

 

 

1 of 3

William Cunningham

0 of 3

2 of 3

 

 

 

Marian Doyle

3 of 3

3 of 3

3 of 3

3 of 3

3 of 3

Cllr Mike Cartwright

0 of 3

 

 

0 of 3

 

Elaine Hutton

1 of 2

0 of 2

 

 

 

Maggie Lysaght

3 of 3

2 of 3

 

 

 

Derek Gadd

2 of 2

 

1 of 2

 

 

Gavin Leonard

2 of 3

 

 

2 of 3

 

Lida Walsh

3 of 3

 

1 of 3

 

 

Ann Gregory

2 of 3

 

2 of 3

 

2 of 3

 

Remit of the Governing Body

A meeting of the full Governing Body is held once a term.  The Governing Body shall have regard to (but is not bound by) any Secretary of State Guidance relating to the governance of academies.  The Academy is conducted in accordance with:

  • the Articles of Association of the Academy Trust
  • all statutory rights/obligations on Academies
  • the terms of the funding agreement

In addition to attending meetings of the full governing body once a term, the governors are also members of one or more governor committees which report to the full governing body meeting.  These committees also meet once a term. 

The Governors and their Committees are required to act strategically by:

  • setting strategic direction, objectives, targets and policies for the school;
  • reviewing progress against the budget, plans and targets;
  • approving the school budget;
  • acting as a critial friend to the Headteacher by providing support and challenge; and
  • appointing the headteacher after consultation with the Society of the sacred Heart and a representative from the Diocese.

Governors are required to declare any potential business or other interest and abstain from any vote or decision which may occure in relation to that interest.

Governors work in partnership with the Headteacher and other school staff to promote high standards of educational achievement at the school.

Role of the Headteacher

  • The Headteacher, as the principal manager for the school, is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school; for advising the other governors; and for implementing the strategic framework.

    Incorporated in the role of advising the Governors are:

  • formulating targets for the school, for adoption, modification or rejection by the Governors
  • formulating policies for the Governors to consider adopting
  • reporting to the Governors on progress, at least once per year.

GOVERNOR COMMITTEES

A list of the governor committees and their terms of reference are set out below. 

All committees have responsibility:

  • To act strategically,
  • To provide regular written minutes of meetings to the full governing body, identifying decisions taken or action required, and to keep a signed copy of all minutes at the school, available for inspection on request.
  • To establish a list of policies coming within the area of responsibility of the committee and monitor, evaluate and review them regularly
  • To review the effectiveness of the committee and recommend variations to the terms of reference.

STAFFING MANAGEMENT & FINANCE COMMITTEE TERMS OF REFERENCE

To be accountable to all stakeholders and external agencies.  To act strategically in relation to the following:

School Improvement Plan (common to all committees) Work with the school in drafting the vision and setting strategic priorities for the School Improvement Plan.  Review and approve School Improvement Plan targets and performance indicators. Monitor and evaluate progress in meeting these priorities.
Policies & Statutory Information To monitor, evaluate and review the Staffing, Management and Finance Committee Policies listed below.
Budget Review and approve the budget, ensuring it supports the School Improvement Plan’s priorities/targets. Present to the Governors for approval.  Monitor the budget and ensure expenditure stays within agreed limits, reporting significant potential variances to the Governors.
Recommend Headteacher Spending Delegations Recommend whether to pass the Governors’ responsibility to spend the budget (and any grants) to the Headteacher, and if so, to decide on any spending delegations as listed below. 
Audit To appoint auditors and to appoint an Audit Committee to monitor compliance with approved financial procedure and consider action required as a result of internal/external audit report.
Staffing Structure and School Pay Structure Review and approve the staffing structure of the school, in line with the School Improvement Plan. Review the school pay structure annually in light of changes to nationally recommended pay rates and report to the Governing Body as appropriate. Review the school staffing structure in respect of pay relativities of posts. Maintain an up to date staffing structure as an appendix to the Pay Policy.
Compliance  Observe all statutory and contractual obligations 
Equality Monitor and review relevant aspects of the School Equality Plan including the objectives and the annual Statement for Publication. 
Ensure Fair and Safe recruitment Ensure that all recruitment will be undertaken in accordance with safer recruitment practices, SHHS Policies, and where appropriate with advice from the local authority.
Job Descriptions and Person Specifications

Ensure that every member of staff has a job description which is kept under regular periodic review and a contract. Use the Responsible Officer to monitor this. Ensure appropriate person specifications are used in recruitment.

Disciplinary & Grievance Procedures Undertake any procedure that comes under the remit of the Governors in relation to staff grievance, discipline or dismissal, in accordance with the policies adopted by the Governors. 
Continuing Professional Development Oversee and advise on the continuing professional development of the school management and staff, in line with the educational priorities of the school and the recommendations made by the performance reviewers. 
Teaching School Monitor and review Teaching School activities
Staff Welfare Take primary responsibility for matters concerning staff welfare.
Risk Register To regularly review the risk register; to act carefully to mitigate risks; and to propose changes where appropriate to the full governors meeting 
Governor Visits In the summer term, make a plan for required governor visits for the following academic year to ensure appropriate oversight.
Training Review training requirements of committee members and liaise with the Training Governor to secure this. 
Review effectiveness To review the effectiveness of the committee and recommend variations to the terms of reference as appropriate

 

Staffing, Management & Finance Committee Policies

Final approval of these particular policies rests with the full governing body:

• Data Protection Policy, Statutory

• Pay Policy, Non Statutory

• Whistleblowing Policy 

• Performance Management Policy, Non-statutory

• Equality Objectives and Statement for Publication, Statutory 

• Freedom of Information Publication Scheme for Academies, Statutory 

• Financial Regulations

• Investment Policy, mandatory for academies

• Tendering Policy, mandatory for academies

The full governing body has delegated approval of the following policies to the Staffing, Management & Finance Committee

• Charging and Remissions, Statutory and monitor implementation

• Complaints Procedure, Statutory

• Safer Recruitment 

• School Information to be published on school website, Statutory

• Staff Disciplinary Policy & Procedures (with Template Letters), Statutory

• Staff Grievance Resolution Policy & Procedures (with Template Letters), Statutory

• Staff Capability Policy & Procedures, Statutory

• Sickness Absence Policy & Procedures, Statutory

• CPD Policy, Non-statutory

• Hospitality and Gift Policy, Non-statutory

 Salaries Subcommittee

The terms of reference for this committee are set out below

Determine Pay Ranges for Individual staff In accordance with the Pay Policy, determine appropriate pay ranges for all individual staff, including allowances and recruitment and retention payments where appropriate.
Pay Decisions

Ensure that pay decisions are fair and equitable, link with the school Performance Management policy, are based on verifiable evidence and take account of the recommendations of the head teacher and, where appropriate, other members of the Senior Team.

Ensure accurate and up to date person specifications and job descriptions are maintained in school to inform pay decisions where necessary
External Advice Ensure that external advice is sought where appropriate, particularly in respect of salary matters relating to the head teacher. 
Issuing of Pay Statements Ensure annual pay statements are issued to all staff in accordance with the school pay policy 
Reporting Provide reports to the Governing Body summarising any issues arising from pay.

The head must withdraw from that part of the meeting where the subject of consideration is his or her own pay.  A relevant person must withdraw where there is a conflict of interest or any doubt about his/her ability to act impartially. The quorum for this committee will be two governors.

 

CURRICULUM COMMITTEE TERMS OF REFERENCE

To be accountable to all stakeholders and external agencies.  To act strategically in relation to the following:

School Improvement Plan  (common to all committees) Work with the school in drafting the vision and setting strategic priorities for the School Improvement Plan.  Review and approve School Improvement Plan targets and performance indicators. Monitor and evaluate progress in meeting these priorities.
Policies & Statutory Information To monitor, evaluate and review the Curriculum Committee Policies listed below.
National Curriculum Ensure a broad and balanced curriculum that promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils is taught at all key stages and prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. Monitor and agree any proposed changes to the delivery of the curriculum including alternative pathways for pupils.
Religious Education Ensure that Religious Education is delivered in accordance with the Trust deed for the school and having regard to any advice issued by the Diocesan Bishop and in accordance with the characteristics of Sacred Heart education. 

Achievement and Standards KS3-5

Focus on the outcomes and progress of all pupils, ensuring the school makes effective use of all baseline data and sets targets for the achievement of pupils at the end of KS3, KS4 and KS5 for the following year.  Review exam analysis and pupil achievement data against the targets set including identifying any groups of pupils who may be under performing and ensuring that strategies are put in place to address this.  This includes specific consideration of disadvantaged groups including but not limited to Pupil Premium and SEN pupils, and ‘More Able, Gifted and Talented’ Pupils
Inclusive Delivery of Curriculum Monitor and review the delivery of the curriculum to ensure inclusive practice accessible for all including SEN pupils.
Teaching and Learning Monitor and review the school’s teaching and learning through the school’s departmental review system and in relation to the school’s Teaching & Leaning Policy 
Careers Education Ensure that impartial careers education, information and guidance is provided to pupils and strengthen the school’s links with the business community. 
Risk Register To regularly review the risk register; to ensure that the school acts carefully to mitigate risks; and to propose changes where appropriate to the full governors meeting 
Governor Visits In the summer term, make a plan for required governor visits for the following academic year to ensure appropriate oversight.
Training Review training requirements of committee members and liaise with the Training Governor to secure this.  
Review effectiveness To review the effectiveness of the committee and recommend variations to the terms of reference as appropriate


Curriculum Committee Policies

Final approval of these particular policies rests with the full governing body:

• Special Educational Needs and Disability Policy, Statutory 

• Pupil Premium Policy, Non-statutory

The full governing body has delegated approval of the following policies to the Curriculum Committee

• Teaching & Learning, Non-statutory

• More Able, Gifted and Talented Policy, Non-statutory

• Careers Education Policy (proposed)

• Assessment Policy, Non-statutory

• BTec. Policies, Non-statutory

• Curriculum Policy, Non-statutory

• Homework Policy, Non-statutory

• ICT Across the Curriculum, Non-statutory

• Literacy and Numeracy Policies, Non statutory

• Marking Policy, Non-statutory

• Teaching & Learning Observatory, Non-statutory

PREMISES AND HEALTH & SAFETY COMMITTEE TERMS OF REFERENCE

To be accountable to all stakeholders and external agencies.  To act strategically in relation to the following: 

School Improvement Plan

(common to all committees)
Work with the school in drafting the vision and setting strategic priorities for the School Improvement Plan.  Review and approve School Improvement Plan targets and performance indicators. Monitor and evaluate progress in meeting these priorities.
Policies & Statutory Information To monitor, evaluate and review the Premises, Health & Safety Committee Policies listed below.
Compliance

To ensure that the school complies with standards for health and safety on school premises. Review school’s compliance with recognised Health & Safety standards.   

Oversight of premises management compliance documents (e.g. monitoring that the school has an up to date fire risk assessment, legionella’s testing, PAT testing)
Health & Safety Monitoring Ensure the senior leadership team has considered specific health and safety issues and ensure that legal minimum standards for health and safety are being met. On a termly basis, receive and consider a report on health and safety including notification of any accidents. 
Asbestos Register Monitor the asbestos register and ensure that it is always up to date.
Health & Safety Culture Promote a culture which recognises that controlling health and safety risks is an essential part of everyone’s daily life.
Access for Health & Safety Reporting Have a named governor with health and safety responsibilities and ensure staff are aware that they can raise health and safety concerns with this or any governor at any time. The H&S governor to receive training in order to provide appropriate oversight.
School Trips  Oversee and authorise the arrangements for overnight school trips with input from the Trips Governor and in line with DfE policy. Final approval of trip risk assessments from the Chair of Governors.
Planning and Budgeting Ensure that maintenance, decoration, and equipment/furniture renewal is planned and budgeted for. 
Use of Premises, Equipment & Resources Audit & Review the use of the school premises, the equipment and resources and ensure they match the requirements of School Improvement Plan.
Spaces as Spiritual Support Monitor and review internal and external space as a source of spiritual support and development.  To ensure internal and external spaces are maintained and developed to promote aesthetic and spiritual needs.
Site Management Review site management, cleaning and grounds maintenance practices where appropriate.
Security Review site security arrangements and practice at least annually, or sooner following any security breach.
Property Strategy  Consider, determine the need for capital works at the school, in line with the School Improvement Plan and Asset Management Plan priorities, liaising with the Diocese/Trustees as suitable, and plan for these, making appropriate use of the school’s devolved capital budget. 
Award Contracts On behalf of the Governors and using principals of Best Value the Premises Committee has the authority to award contracts for premises and site work whereby funds are already in place and professional advice has been sought where necessary.
Risk Register To regularly review the risk register; to act carefully to mitigate risks; and to propose changes where appropriate to the full governors meeting 
Governor Visits In the summer term, make a plan for required governor visits for the following academic year to ensure appropriate oversight.
Training Review training requirements of committee members and liaise with the Training Governor to secure this.  
Review effectiveness To review the effectiveness of the committee and recommend variations to the terms of reference as appropriate

Premises Committee Policies

Final approval of these particular policies rests with the full governing body:

• Critical Incident Plan (including Fire Safety), Non-Statutory

• Health & Safety (Main Policy), Statutory (and also specific H&S policies for Science, Art, Design & Technology, and PE departments)

• (School) Trip Policy & Procedures 

• Lettings Policy and arrangements

The full governing body has delegated approval of the following policies to the Premises Committee

• Premises Management Documents, Statutory

• Trip Risk Assessments but with additional scrutiny/approval of the Chair of Governors.

ETHOS, PARENTS AND THE COMMUNITY COMMITTEE TERMS OF REFERENCE

To act strategically in relation to the following:

School Improvement Plan

(common to all committees)
Work with the school in drafting the vision and setting strategic priorities for the School Improvement Plan.  Review and approve School Improvement Plan targets and performance indicators. Monitor and evaluate progress in meeting these priorities.
Policies & Statutory Information To monitor, evaluate and review the Ethos Committee Policies listed below.
Mission Statement Monitor and review effectiveness and agree an annual focus.
Safeguarding & Pupil Welfare To be responsible for all matters relating to safeguarding and pupil welfare, including the monitoring of exclusions.

Health & Wellbeing

To monitor both staff and pupil welfare and morale and to make suggestions where appropriate of key issues that could be addressed to improve wellbeing of both groups.

Catholic Life of the School

Monitor and review chaplaincy provision, including Liturgy and Worship. Monitor and review links with the Society including the Sacred Heart network of schools and colleges.
Links with the Community Monitor and review links with the local community including the police and local businesses.
Attendance Agree the attendance targets and monitor progress towards them. 
School’s Self-Evaluation Ascertain parents’ views of the school for input to the evaluation. Monitor and review relevant components of the evaluation and recommend to full Governors.
Risk Register To regularly review the risk register; to act carefully to mitigate risks; and to propose changes where appropriate to the full governors meeting.
Governor Visits In the summer term, make a plan for required governor visits for the following academic year to ensure appropriate oversight.
Governor Training Review training requirements of committee members and liaise with the Training Governor to secure this.  
Review effectiveness To review the effectiveness of the committee and recommend variations to the terms of reference as appropriate.

Ethos Committee Policies

Final approval of these particular policies rests with the full governing body:

• Acceptable Use & PC Guidelines Agreement Staff & Pupils (Statutory) separate documents for pupils and staff

• Accessibility Plan (Statutory) 

• Behaviour for Learning and Living in a Sacred Heart Community (Non-statutory)

• Safeguarding & Child Protection Policy and Procedures, Statutory

• Supporting Children with Medical Conditions Policy, Statutory 

The full governing body has delegated approval of the following policies to the Ethos Committee

• Sex & Relationships Education Policy (Statutory) 

• Anti-Bullying Policy (non-statutory)

• Anti-Cyber Bullying Policy (non-statutory)

• Attendance & Punctuality Policy (non-statutory)

• Awareness and Roles in Relation to Self-Harm (non-statutory)

• Bereavement Policy (non-statutory)

• Chaplaincy Policy (non-statutory)

• Children Missing Education (non-statutory)

• Community Cohesion Statement and Strategy (non-statutory)

• Drugs, Alcohol & Tobacco Policy (non-statutory)

• E-Safety Policy (non-statutory)

• Home School Agreement, Statutory (non-statutory)

• [proposed] Mental Health & Wellbeing of Pupils and Staff (non-statutory)

• Prevent Duty Policy (non-statutory)

• Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural Development Policy (non-statutory) 

• Use of Images of Children (non-statutory)

• Use of Force to Control and Restrain Pupils (non-statutory)

• Volunteers Policy (non-statutory)

• Visitor Procedures (non-statutory)

The full governing body has further delegated approval of the following statutory data set to the Chair of the Ethos Committee:

• Central Record of Recruitment and Vetting Checks (statutory) 

The full governing body has further delegated approval of the following statutory data set to the Headteacher:

• Register of pupils’ attendance

FULL GOVERNING BODY MEETINGS

To be accountable to all stakeholders and external agencies. To act strategically in relation to the following:

School Improvement Plan  (common to all committees) Setting strategic direction, priorities and targets for the school. Ensuring that progress can be measured and monitoring the school’s performance in meeting the plan.
Policies and Statutory Information To ensure that the school maintains a suite of appropriate school policies and statutory information and data sets, to comply with legislation and reinforce its vision, mission statement and priorities.  To consider and approve where appropriate the policies listed below.
Government Policy  To keep abreast of changes in education related government policy as it strategically affects the school such as a White Paper or Governor responsibilities.
Governor Committees Review and approve the work of governor committees.  In particular, review and where appropriate approve the budget as proposed by the Staffing, Management and Finance Committee and regularly monitor progress in this regard.
Approve significant expenditure Consider and approve any expenditure of £130,000 or more.
Responsible Officer To appoint a Responsible Officer to carry out regular checks on the financial systems and internal control process in the school; To receive and consider regular reports from the Responsible Officer.
Auditor To hold annually a separate meeting for all governors to consider the Report from the auditor.  To monitor compliance with approved financial procedure and consider action required as a result of internal/external audit report.
Headteacher's Report Review and challenge where appropriate a termly report from the Headteacher.
Governor Training Nominate a governor to plan, oversee and record training for governors.
Admissions

From time to time as required an admissions committee will be formulated to review the admissions policies and supporting documents/forms; and to consider applications made to the school and decide on offers to be made

Notwithstanding the above, the Full Governors meeting will consider and approve, the Admissions Policy.  
Risk Register To maintain and regularly review a risk register for the school. (Committees will review elements of this but final approval for the entire register will be made by the full governing body).
Pupil Premium To ensure the Pupil Premium grant and catch up funding is deployed effectively (using evidence based approaches) and to monitor the progress of disadvantaged pupils.
Safeguarding Retain careful oversight of safeguarding issues.

Complaints

From time to time a complaints committee will be set up to consider any formal complaint referred to it under the Complaints Policy.

Exclusions

Undertake the functions of the governing body and the Academy Trust as specified in government guidance, in relation to excluded pupils.

Governor Visits

In the summer term, to agree an annual plan of governor visits to ensure appropriate oversight. Elements of this may be recommended from committees but to be supplemented with any additional visits required to monitor full governor responsibilities.
Minutes & Papers from full GB meetings and committees

To be approved by the full governing body or committee as appropriate.

Recruitment of Headteacher  Recruitment and appointment of the Headteacher after consultation with the Society of the Sacred Heart, a representative of the Diocese and if appropriate, the local authority.
Review effectiveness To review the effectiveness of the committee and recommend variations to the terms of reference as appropriate.

Full Governor Meeting Policies

From Staffing, Management & Finance Committee

• Data Protection Policy, Statutory

• Pay Policy, Non Statutory

• Whistleblowing Policy

• Performance Management Policy, Non-statutory

• Equality Objectives and Statement for Publication, Statutory 

• Freedom of Information Publication Scheme for Academies, Statutory 

• Financial Regulations

• Investment Policy, mandatory for academies

• Tendering Policy, mandatory for academies

From Curriculum Committee

• Special Educational Needs and Disability Policy, Statutory 

• Pupil Premium Policy, Non-statutory

From Premises committee

• Critical Incident Plan (including fire safety), ? non statutory

• Health & Safety (Main Policy), Statutory (and also specific H&S policies for Science, Art, Design & Technology, and PE departments)

• Lettings Policy and arrangements

• (School) Trip Policy & Procedures 

From Ethos Committee

• Acceptable Use & PC Guidelines Agreement Staff & Pupils (Statutory)

• Accessibility Plan (Statutory) 

• Safeguarding & Child Protection Policy and Procedures, Statutory

• Supporting Children with Medical Conditions Policy, Statutory 

• Behaviour for Learning and Living in a Sacred Heart Community (Non-statutory)

Admissions

• Main School and Sixth Form Admissions policies, Supplementary Application Forms and Supporting Forms

Data Sets

While both the admissions policy and attendance data is monitored by governors, the full governing body has delegated approval of the following statutory data sets to the headteacher:

• The Register of Pupils’ Admission (statutory)