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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 - 16 Jan 2019

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 - 16 Jan 2019

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

Paul Donlevey

22.10.2014-22.10.2016

Co-opted by Society of the sacred Heart

July 2016

CO-OPTED GOVERNOR

Member of the Premises Committee

Security Manager for McDonalds

Janet Owen

01.03.2012-15.07.2016

Society of the Sacred Heart

July 2016

FOUNDATION GOVERNOR

Member of the Curriculum Committee & SEND Governor

Governor at St James CE Primary School, Muswell Hill

Kay Healy

 

01.03.2012-01.03.2016

Society of the Sacred Heart

1 March 2016

FOUNDATION GOVERNOR

Member of the Ethos Committee

none

 

Attendance at Meetings 2015-16

This table reflects committee membership for 2015-16 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

3 of 3

 

 

 

3 of 3

Lorraine Lawson

3 of 3

3 of 3

 

 

 

David Kinchlea

2 of 3

2 of 3

 

 

 

John Sills

3 of 3

 

2 of 3

3 of 3

 

Sean Hayes

3 of 3

 

1 of 3

 

 

Heather Alston

3 of 3

 

 

2 of 3

 

Jacqui McShannon

2 of 3

 

 

 

2 of 3

Dr Michael Phelan

3 of 3

 

 

 

2 of 3

William Cunningham

1 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

1 of 3

 

 

2 of 3

 

Elaine Hutton

2 of 3

1 of 3

 

 

 

Maggie Lysaght

3 of 3

3 of 3

 

 

 

Derek Gadd

3 of 3

 

1 of 3

 

 

Gavin Leonard

3 of 3

 

 

3 of 3

 

Lida Walsh

3 of 3

 

3 of 3

 

 

Ann Gregory

1 of 3

3 of 3

 

 

3 of 3

Paul Donlevey

2 of 3

 

 

3 of 3

 

Janet Owen

3 of 3

 

3 of 3

 

 

Kay Healy

1 of 2

 

 

 

1 of 2

 

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 committee 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 the aims and objectives for the school
  • setting policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • setting targets by which progress towards those aims and objectives can be measured
  • reviewing and monitoring progress in achieving the aims and objectives.
  • Declaring any potential interest and abstaining and removal from any vote or decision which may occur in relation to that interest

    The Governors and their committees will act as a "critical friend" to the Headteacher - offering support, advice, a second opinion and help, and also challenging, asking questions and offering constructive criticism when necessary.

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 aims and objectives for the school, for adoption, modification or rejection by the Governors
  • formulating policies and targets 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

This committee is known as the FE committee in the Academy Financial Handbook.   This committee will be responsible for duties of the EFA but undertaken by this committee.

  • Plan, and prepare the budget, in line with the School Development Plan, School Improvement Plan or Post Ofsted Action Plan, and present to the Governors for approval
  • Ensure the budget reflects the school’s prioritised educational objectives
  • Monitor the budget and ensure expenditure stays within agreed limits, reporting significant potential variances to the Governors.
  • Consider and contribute to the School Improvement Plan
  • Identify and approve the allocation of surplus funds in line with School Improvement Plan priorities.
  • Recommend whether to delegate the Governors’ responsibility to spend the delegated budget and any grants, including Standards Fund grants to the Headteacher, and if so, to decide the amount to be delegated.
  • To appoint an Audit Committee
  • To appoint auditors
  • Monitor the implementation of the Charging Policy and remissions for school activities and review if necessary.
  • Draft and ensure implementation of the Governors’ Allowances Scheme if the Governors have decided to pay allowances.
  • To appoint an Audit Committee to monitor compliance with approved financial procedure and consider action required as a result of internal/external audit report

In relation to staffing generally, the committee will

  • Draft and recommend the staffing structure of the school, in line with the IDP
  • Undertake the recruitment and selection of the Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher
  • Ensure that all recruitment will be undertaken in accordance with the LEA Personnel Procedures Manual. 
  • Ensure that every member of staff has a job description which is kept under regular periodic review.
  • Implement the Disciplinary and Grievance Policy and Procedures adopted by the Governors
  • Implement the Confidential Reporting Code, if adopted by the Governors.
  • Monitor and review relevant aspects of the School Equality Plan.
  • 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.
  • Monitor and review Teaching school activities
  • Draft and recommend relevant aspects of the School Improvement Plan to the Governors
  • Take primary responsibility for matters concerning staff welfare
  • 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.
Performance Management & Pay (Confidential as the Salaries Committee)

The Committee will be made up of to three to five members from the Staffing, Management and Finance Committee, each of whom can retain confidentiality, make objective and informed decisions and give time both to the implementation and review of the pay policy.   It will not include any member of staff employed at the school. 

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.

On behalf of the Governors, the Salaries Committee will:

  • Review the school pay structure annually in light of changes to nationally recommended pay rates and report to the Governing Body as appropriate.
  • In accordance with the Pay Policy, determine appropriate pay ranges for all staff, including allowances and recruitment and retention payments where appropriate.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ensure that external advice is sought where appropriate, particularly in respect of salary matters relating to the head teacher.
  • Ensure accurate and up to date person specifications and job descriptions are maintained in school to inform pay decisions where necessary
  • Ensure annual pay statements are issued to all staff in accordance with the school pay policy
  • Provide reports to the Governing Body summarizing any issues arising from pay.
  • Observe all statutory and contractual obligations
  • Monitor and review relevant aspects of the School Equality Plan

CURRICULUM COMMITTEE

The Curriculum Committee will:

  • Ensure the National Curriculum is taught to all pupils
  • Ensure that Religious Education is delivered in accordance with the Trust deed for the school and Diocesan policy
  • Set targets for the achievement of pupils at the end of KS3 and KS4 in the following school year, and ensuring those targets are published in accordance with requirements and review pupil achievement against the targets set
  • Monitor the implementation of the National Curriculum and test results and report issues for consideration to the Governors
  • Review the school curriculum policies and recommend for Governors’ approval
  • Monitor and review the delivery of the curriculum to ensure inclusive practice
  • Monitor and recommend relevant aspects of the IDP to the Governors
  • Draft the curricular aspects of the Action Plan following an Ofsted Inspection and recommend for Governor approval
  • Monitor and evaluate progress towards targets in the IDP
  • Monitor implementation of the SEN Policy and Code of Practice, and review if necessary.
  • Monitor and review teaching and learning through the school’s departmental review system
  • Monitor the implementation of the Governors’ Policy on visits to the school (if held) and review if necessary
  • Monitor and review those aspects of the School Accessibility Plan that relate to the curriculum.
  • Hear appeals against the Head’s decision to lift or change the National Curriculum for a particular pupil
  • Hear complaints about the curriculum, in accordance with the Academy procedures
  • Ensure that impartial careers education, information and guidance is provided

PREMISES AND HEALTH & SAFETY COMMITTEE

The Premises, Health & Safety Committee will:

  • Draft the Health and Safety Policy and recommend it to the Governors (VA schools only, see below)
  • Ensure that the school complies with standards for health and safety on school premises
  • Receive and consider a report on health and safety, on a termly basis
  • Monitor and review the School Accessibility Plan
  • Monitor and review the School Lettings Policy and Arrangements
  • Ensure that maintenance, decoration, and equipment/furniture renewal is planned and budgeted for.
  • Audit & Review the use of the school premises, the equipment and resources and ensure they match the requirements of SDP or POAP priorities.
  • Oversee site management, cleaning and grounds maintenance
  • Oversee site security arrangements and practice and review them periodically.
  • Consider and determine the need for capital works at the school, in line with the school’s IDP and Asset Management Plan priorities, liaising with the Diocese/Trustees/LEA, as suitable, and making appropriate use of the school’s devolved capital budget.
  • 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.

With specific regard to Health & Safety, the following terms of reference are issued as a direction of the Local Education Authority, as employer.  As such, they are issued to all community and special schools, and their contents must be complied with. For voluntary aided (VA) schools, the model terms of reference are advisory, but represent best practice in dealing with these issues.  It is strongly advised that the school follows the guidance in full.

  • Have a named governor with health and safety responsibilities
  • Review, update the School Health and Safety Policy
  • Review school’s compliance with the recognised Health & Safety standards
  • Develop a governor and staff forum, that includes staff from recognised trade unions, for discussing and resolving health and safety issues
  • Communicate with other stakeholders to promote a culture which recognises that controlling health and safety risks is an essential part of everyone’s daily life
  • Ensure the school management team has considered specific health and safety issues and that legal minimum standards for health and safety are being met:
  • Review and ensure adequate welfare provision for staff
  • Monitor the performance by checking that
    • physical controls are in place and working
    • staff have done what they are supposed to do
    • procedures are working
  • Oversee site security arrangements and practice and review periodically
  • Monitor the asbestos register and ensure that it is always up to date.
  • Monitor and review the Managing Medicines Policy.

ETHOS, PARENTS AND THE COMMUNITY COMMITTEE

The terms of reference of the Ethos committee are to:

  • Monitor and review effectiveness of the school’s Mission Statement;
  • Monitor and review Chaplaincy provision, including Liturgy and Worship
  • Monitor and review links with the Society of the Sacred Heart, including the Sacred Heart network of schools and colleges
  • Ensure that the register of pupils is maintained
  • Review the school Profile and recommend to the Governors
  • Ascertain parents’ views of the school for input to the School’s Self-Evaluation Form
  • Monitor and review the School Self Evaluation form (SEF) and recommend to the Governors
  • Review the Sex Education Policy, Drugs Education Policy and recommend any changes for Governor approval.
  • Monitor and review the delivery of the curriculum to ensure inclusive practice
  • Monitor and review any policies or approaches to the ‘Every Child Matters’ agenda, to ensure best practice
  • Draft and recommend relevant aspects of the IDP to the Governors 
  • Draft relevant aspects of the Action Plan following an Ofsted Inspection and recommend for Governor approval
  • Monitor and evaluate progress towards targets in the School Improvement Plan
  • Monitor the implementation of the Governors’ Policy on visits to the school (if held) and review if necessary
  • Consider ways in which the Academy Trust can be accountable to parents, especially in relation to the withdrawal of the requirement to hold an annual parents’ meeting.
  • Monitor the impact of the Race Equality Policy and review the policy regularly. 
  • Monitor the implementation of the Freedom of information Publication Scheme
  • Hear complaints about matters other than the curriculum, in accordance with the Complaints Procedure adopted by the school and review the Policy if necessary.
  • Monitor the impact of the Pupil Discipline or Behaviour Policy and review regularly.
  • Monitor and Review the Home-School Agreement
  • Draft the School Prospectus (meeting legal requirements) and arrange its publication.
  • Agree the attendance targets and monitor progress towards them
  • Ensure the implementation of the Child Protection Policy and review if necessary
  • Be responsible for other matters of pupil welfare (e. g.  school meals).
  • Oversee home/school links and community links including police and local business.
  • Oversee and authorise the arrangements for school journeys in line with DFE policy
  • Undertake the functions of the Academy Trust in relation to excluded pupils
  • Draft and recommend the Admissions Policy to Academy Trust