St Dominic Catholic Primary School

St Dominic Catholic School

St Dominic Catholic Primary School

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Governors

What do Governors do?

School Governors are drawn from all walks of life and as you will see below there are various types of Governors. Governors give their service voluntarily and no formal qualifications are necessary, although there are eligibility criteria.Governors are ordinary people, aged over 18, with a specialcommitment to the education and well being of children.Terms of office will be a minimum of one to a maximum of four years.

 

 St Dominic School Governors

Foundation Governors

Helen Jennings (Chair of Governors; Chair of Admissions Committee, Member of School Improvement Committee)

  • Appointed 01/09/16
  • Term of office expires 31/08/2020
  • Appointed as Foundation Governor by Diocese of Westminster
  • No business or financial interests, no governance role elsewhere and no relationship with other governors or school staff

I have been a Foundation Governor at St Dominic since 2013.  My three children attended St Dominic, and I previously worked at St Dominic as a midday supervisory assistant, and currently work part time at St Georges School in the library and as an exam invigilator. I am a member of Our Lady of Lourdes parish, and was a Baptism Catechist for 9 years. Before having children I worked as a Chartered Surveyor. I have no business or pecuniary interests and no material interests. I hope to put my skills and experiences to good use to maintain the high standard of education our children receive, whilst continuing to embody the special moral and pastoral values of the school. 

Bernadette Lock (Vice Chair; Chair of School Improvement Committee)

  • Appointed 15.11.2014
  • Term of Office Expires 14.11.2018
  • Appointed as Foundation Governor by Diocese of Westminster
  • No business or financial interests, no governance role elsewhere and no relationships with other governors or school staff

I have been a member of Our Lady of Lourdes parish for 17 years and I became a Foundation governor in 2010. At present, I chair the School Improvement Committee and I am the named equality governor. After time in industry I trained to be a teacher and have worked for 20 years in the Further Education sector; I am at present a senior tutor involved in the pastoral care of A level students and for putting in place intervention initiatives to enable all students to make progress. I mentor and work with less experienced teachers to develop their teaching.

Anne Bentley (Safeguarding Governor; member of School Improvement Committee)

  • Appointed 15.05.2017
  • Term of Office Expires 31.08.2020
  • Appointed as Foundation Governor by Diocese of Westminster
  • No business or financial interests, no governance role elsewhere and no relationships with other governors or school staff 

I have lived in Harpenden with my family for 27 years.  I have three grown up children who all attended St Dominic’s.  I am a research scientist by training and currently teach at Roundwood Park School. In my role as Governor I hope to use my skills and experience to support Mrs O’Brien and the staff to help the school maintain its outstanding education for our children and to continue to provide a positive grounding in the Catholic faith in the environment that makes St Dominic such a special school. 

Paul Francis Durden (Chair of Premises Committee and Clerk to the Admissions Committee)

  • Appointed 28/11/13
  • Term of office expires 28/11/2017
  • Appointed as Foundation Governor by Diocese of Westminster
  • No business or financial interests, no governance role elsewhere and no relationship with other governors or school staff

I have lived in Harpenden for over thirty years, and have three adult children, one of whom is a secondary school teacher. All of them attended St Dominic School and have gone on to develop successful careers. I have served on Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Council and continue to help with several administrative tasks. I have been a reader at Mass for many years and belong to a bible study group. After retirement I wanted to contribute more to our Parish community and hopefully use the skills I had acquired as Design Manager for a large national construction company where I was closely involved in the design and construction of several new schools including some with specialised SEN facilities. Through my service on the Parish Council I was aware that the school has been unable to provide places for all applicants for many years and that there is therefore an urgent need to expand the school. I hope that my skills as a Design Manager might be of use should we be successful in obtaining funding for expansion. I have now served as a Foundation Governor for two years. I enjoy hill-walking, sketching painting and model making as well as gardening and DIY.

Father Michael Mannion (Member of School Improvement Committee) 

  • Appointed 19.11.2013
  • Term of Office expires 18.11.2017
  • Appointed as Foundation Governor by the Diocese of Westminster
  • Parish Priest of St Thomas More, Wheathampstead since 2013, and St John Fisher, Redbourn since 2014
  • No pecuniary interests, no material interests and no governance roles elsewhere

 Cannon Anthony Dwyer

  • Appointed 11.11.2016
  • Term of office expires 31.08.2020
  • Appointed as Foundation Governor by the Diocese of Westminster
  • Parish Priest of Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Harpenden since September 2016 
  • No pecuniary interests, no material interests and no governance roles elsewhere

Andrew Mottram (Chair of Finance Committee)

  • Appointed 28.10. 2015
  • Term of Office expires 27.10.19 2019
  • Appointed as Foundation Governor by Diocese of Westminster  

No pecuniary interests, no material interests and no governance roles elsewhere

I have lived in Harpenden for 28 years, having grown up in Brighton. My wife Jenny and I have two grown up sons both of whom attended St Dominic's where we were active in the PTA.  I trained as an accountant  and Finance Director within Whitbread before moving into General Management roles in the property industry, much of that involving working across cultures. I became a Foundation Governor in November 2015 when my international travel reduced to more manageable levels! I have no business or financial interests that might impact on my role, no governance role elsewhere and no relationship with other governors or school staff.

 Jane Kennedy (Associate Governor)

  • Appointed 31.11. 2016
  • Term of Office expires 29.11. 2020

I have lived in Harpenden and been a member of Our Lady of Lourdes parish for 20 years. I have two grown up children who attended St Dominic's. During this time I was an active member of the PTA, holding the office of treasurer for several years. Before having children I worked in London for HM Revenue and Customs and then moved to a firm of accountants where I spent my time as a tax specialist. After moving to Harpenden, I worked part time for sixteen years as an accounts and payroll manager for a local IT company. I hope to use my skills in tax, budgeting and finance to ensure the principle of best value is being achieved in order to meet the educational needs of all of the children at St Dominic's. I have no business, material or pecuniary interests and no governance roles elsewhere. I am committed to supporting and developing the education of every child at St Dominic's and feel privileged to be a part of this Catholic community.

Local Authority Governor                             

Jane Cooper (Member of the School Improvement Committee)

  • Appointed 30.11. 2016
  • Term of office expires 29.11. 2020
  • Appointed as LEA Governor
  • No pecuniary interests, no material interests and no governance roles elsewhere

I have lived in Harpenden for 26 years and have 3 grown up daughters who attended St Dominic School. During which time I was an active member of the PTA. I am an Early Years trained teacher with many years experience in Nursery education and Special Needs. My most recent position was teacher at the Harpenden Opportunity Class, where I worked closely with pre school children with Special Needs and their parents. I retired 7 years ago. I am very excited to be on the governing body and hope to be able to use my skills to support the St Dominic community.

 Jonathan Carr (Resigned 29.09.2016) 

  • Appointed 03.07.2015
  • Term of office expires 02.07.2019
  • Appointed as LEA Governor
  • Attendance Record - 100%
  • No pecuniary interests, no material interests and no governance roles elsewhere

I have lived in Harpenden for 27 years. I am a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish and treasurer of its Developing World Group. Now retired, I will work hard to support the head and the staff in ensuring that the school continues to provide an excellent education for all of its pupils.

Headteacher Governor

Mrs Elizabeth O'Brien ex officio (January 2006 to present)

Parent Governors

Donia Knott

  • Appointed 01.11. 2016
  • Term of office expires 31.10. 2020
  • Appointed as Parent Governor

I have lived in Harpenden for the past 12 years and have been part of the Our Lady of Lourdes parish since then. My 3 children have attended St Dominic, my daughter now attends Sir John Lawes school and my two boys are in Year's 5 and 3. Before having my family my career was in Merchandise Planning working for Disney Stores and Tesco. After a career break I opted for a change in direction and have been in School Business Management for the past 3 years. I have gained accreditation by studying for a Level 5 Diploma in School Business Management and my current role is Business Manager Consultant working for Herts for Learning.

Jemma Thomas (Member of the School Improvement Committee and Premises Committee)

  • Appointed 01.12 2015
  • Term of office expires 30.11.2019
  • Appointed as Parent Governor through a parent election

I was elected onto the board in November 2015 and am delighted to be part of the team. I have three children all of whom are currently attending St Dominic. I enjoy being involved in school life and am on the PTA and help one morning a week in the school nursery. We live in Harpenden and belong to the parish of Our Lady of Lourdes. I enjoy being part of the children's liturgy team there. I am a family solicitor and work part time in London. I am looking forward to working hard to support the school in continuing to provide an excellent education and supportive environment for all the children.

 Teacher Governor

Mrs Margaret Stocks Assistant Headteacher and Inclusion Co-ordinator (member of School Improvement Committee and Finance Committee)

  • Appointed 01.09.2013
  • Term of office expires 31.08.2017
  • Appointed as Teacher Governor

Admin

Jane Murray (LA Clerk)

I am a local mother of 3 grown up children and have been Clerk to the Governors since March 2009.  I am active in the local community and particularly heavily involved with local scouting.  I am an ex-Governor and Chair of Governors and worked for the local authority Governance unit for 5 years.  I still train Governors on their behalf and am Clerk to 7 other Governing Bodies in the local area. 

 

Attendance Record for Governing Body Meetings 16-17
Canon Anthony Dwyer
Helen Jennings
(Chair)
Paul Durden
Bernadette Lock
(Vice Chair)
Anne Bentley
Jemma Thomas
Fr.Michael Mannion
Andrew Mottram
Donia Knott
Jane Cooper
Jane
Kennedy
(Associate)
Margaret Stocks
Elizabeth O’Brien
Attendance
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Resources
14.9.16
N/A
N/A
Present
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Present
 
 
 
N/A
Present
School Improvement
12.9.16
N/A
Present
N/A
Present
Absent
Present
Present
N/A
 
 
 
Present
Present
FGB
28.9.16
Present
Present
Present
Absent
Present
Present
Absent
Absent
 
 
 
Present
Present
School Improvement
14.11.16
N/A
Absent
N/A
Present
Present
Present
Absent
N/A
 
 
 
Present
Present
Finance
16.11.16
N/A
Present
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Present
 
 
 
Present
Present
FGB
30.11.16
Present
Present
Present
Present
Present
Present
Absent
Present
Present
Present
Present
Present
Present
Premises
 11.01.17
 N/A
 N/A
 Present
 N/A
 N/A
 Present
 N/A
 N/A
 N/A
 N/A
 N/A
 N/A
 Present
School Improvement
 16..01.17
 N/A
 Present
 N/A
 Present
 Present
 Present
 Absent
N/A
 N/A
 Present
 N/A
 Present
 Present
 FGB
08.02.17
 Present
 Present
 Present
 Present
 Present
 Present
 Absent
 Present
 Present
 Present
 Present
 Present
 Present

Premises

26.04.17

 N/A
 N/A
 Present
 N/A
 N/A
 Absent
 N/A
 N/A
 N/A
 N/A
 N/A
 N/A
 Present

Finance

03.05.17

N/A
Present
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Present
N/A
N/A
Present
Present
 Present

SchoolImprovement

08.05.17

N/A  Present N/A  Present  Present  Present  Absent N/A N/A  Absent N/A  Present  Present

FGB

18.05.17

Present Present Present Absent Present Present Absent Present Present Present Present Present Present

St Dominic School Governing Body

The Governing Body of St Dominic works with the Headteacher, Leadership Team and teachers to maintain the high standards of achievement at the school whilst also ensuring the welfare of all pupils. The Governing Body’s role is to act as a “critical friend.”

Most governors have children who attended or are currently attending the school, are involved in the parish, or have some knowledge and experience of working in a school environment.

As St Dominic is a Voluntary Aided school, the Governing Body is responsible to the Local Authority, Roman Catholic Diocese of Westminster and the school community. There are additional responsibilities for the Governing Body of a Voluntary Aided school in comparison to that of a community school which are outlined below.

Roles of the Governing Body

  • Agrees a strategic plan for the school for the future
  • Approves the School Development Plan produced by the school’s Leadership Team - this sets out how standards in education can be maintained or improved
  • Agrees how to spend the school budget
  • Oversees the general management of the school
  • Oversees school policies, for example child protection, safeguarding, equalities policies

As the Governing Body of a Voluntary Aided school

  • As employers of the staff, are involved in the interview and appointment of new staff
  • Oversees maintenance of the buildings and premises, and ensures Health and Safety procedures are followed
  • Agrees the Religious Education policy and ensures the religious character of the school is preserved
  • Determines the school’s admission policy and manages the admission process in conjunction with the local authority

Committees and meetings

To effectively carry out the above roles the full Governing Body meets 5 or 6 times a year. In addition, governors are appointed to committees which have been delegated certain responsibilities, and who meet twice a term, then report back to the full Governing Body. The committee responsibilities are outlined briefly below.

  • School improvement committee
    Agrees priorities for improvement and monitors progress of the pupils. Approves policies such as curriculum, special educational needs, equality.
  • Resources committee
    Agrees and monitors financial matters across the school, agrees repair and maintenance of the premises, oversees staffing.
  • Admissions committee
    Agrees the admission policy each year, monitors admissions and represents the school at appeals.

Types of Governor

The majority of governors at a Catholic Voluntary Aided school are Foundation Governors who have been appointed by the Diocese and must be a Catholic. In addition there are 2 Parent Governors (appointed by the parents of the school), a Staff Governor (appointed by the staff), an LEA governor (appointed by the local authority), and the Headteacher. Each governor is usually appointed for an initial term of 4 years.

Governors are also assigned a Link Governor role in a particular area of the curriculum or school life, such as music, science, art. The role is to gain a more detailed knowledge of that area and work in partnership with the Headteacher and Subject Leader to maintain or improve standards in accordance with the School Improvement Plan. This involves attending appropriate lessons and activities from time to time. Governors usually choose subjects in which they have a particular interest or expertise. Any comments and observations are reported back to the full Governing Body.

In the spring term the school holds a Governor Day in which governors are invited by the Headteacher to attend a school day, including having school lunch with the children, as well as observing lessons. This is a good opportunity for the governors to get the views of staff and children and an insight into the daily life of the school.

Contacting the Governing Body

Parents are welcome to contact the Chair of Governors by letter c/o the school office, or by email via the Clerk to the Governors:  janebmurray@gmail.com

However, governors cannot get involved in individual pupil matters or problems in the day-to-day running of the school. The class teacher should be contacted in the first instance. Governors will only become involved if necessary as a last resort through the school’s complaints procedure.

A Governors’ surgery is held once or twice a term (subject to demand) at which several governors are available to hear individual comments, suggestions, or queries in a confidential setting. If necessary any points raised will be discussed at the appropriate committee or with the Headteacher.

Please do not contact an individual governor at their personal home or email address.