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St Louis Catholic Academy

St Louis
Catholic Academy

Governors

Why schools have Governors

Governing bodies play three key roles – they provide a strategic overview, they act as a critical friend to the school, and they ensure accountability.

By working strategically, the governing body helps to provide the best possible education for the pupils at St Louis Academy. Through working as a corporate body with a clearly defined division of responsibilities between the headteacher and the governors, the governing body:

  • Helps to set standards and targets for performance for the school.
  • Has an overview of the curriculum.
  • Helps to set policies for itself and the school.
  • Delivers effective planning including planning the delivery of financial, personnel and post-inspection duties.

By being a critical friend, the governing body establishes an effective working relationship with the headteacher, through having clear division of duties delivered through effective meetings. This will help the governing body to:

  • Know the school.
  • Have an effective scheme of delegation between the governing body and the headteacher and the governing body and its committees.
  • Monitor and evaluate attainment, achievement and the delivery of policies and plans.

To ensure accountability, the governing body will receive regular reports from the headteacher and will provide information to the LEA and the parents on a regular basis by:

  • Publishing an annual report to parents and holding an annual parents meeting.
  • Publishing a school prospectus.
  • Producing a post-inspection action plan.

Governors’ involvement

Each Governor takes an individual interest in particular areas of the curriculum, with the intention of developing his or her own knowledge and understanding so as to properly support staff, contribute to the development of Curriculum areas, as appropriate, and increase and enhance the effective monitoring of all aspects of school development.

Governors also take particular interest and responsibility in other dimensions of school life, such as Health and Safety, Child Protection, Governor Training, School Admissions, School Brochures, Staff Recruitment and Pay and, of course, the School Budget.

Governors visit the school on a regular basis in supportive and advisory roles. Meetings of the full Governing Body take place once a term. Working Parties and Committees meet as is necessary throughout the term.

The Governing Body of St Louis Catholic Academy has adopted the policy of paying for Governors’ expenses. This is to ensure that nobody is deterred from serving as a Governor for financial reasons.

Officers

The Chairs of our governing body is Bethan Byrne and Co-Vice Chairs are Jenny Balmer and Marc Walker.  They can be contacted via the school.

The Clerk to the Governing Body is Antoinette Jones

The Headteacher, Mrs Sue Blakeley, is a member of the Governing Body.

Governors Terms of Office

 

Remit Appointed By

Date of Appointment

End of Term

Bethan Byrne (Chair)

Health & Safety Parents

28-09-2022

27-11-2023

  Kofi Atuah   Diocese   1-11-2023   31-10-2027

Jennifer Balmer (Deputy Chair)

None Diocese

01-05-2022

30-04-2026

  Sue Blakeley (Headteacher) - -   1-9-2020 -

Charles Dore

None Diocese

1-6-2016

31-5-2024

Fr Leonard Michael

None Diocese

17-9-2021

16-9-2025

Ann Sugrue

None Diocese

1-6-2016

30-4-2024

Karen Varma

Safeguarding/PP Diocese

1-4-2021

31-3-2025

Marc Walker (Deputy Chair)

None Diocese

01-04-2022

31-03-2026

  Kiri Wyatt   Staff   1-11-2023   31-10-2027
  Previous Serving Governors        
  Kathleen Das (Co-Chair)   Diocese   1-4-2018   20-7-2022

 

Governors' Attendance at Board Meetings 2023-2024

 

 

RES Attended

Number of Meetings Held

TLS Meetings Attended

Number of Meetings Held

Charles Dore 

1 1 0 1

Jenny Balmer (Deputy Chair)

1 1 1 1

Sue Blakeley

1 1 1 1

Bethan Byrne (Chair)

1 1 1 1

Fr Leonard Michael

0 1 0 1

Ann Sugrue

0 1 1 1

Karen Varma

0 1 1 1

Marc Walker (Co Chair)

1 1 1 1
Kiri Wyatt 1 1 0 1
Kofi Atuah 1 1 0 1

 

 

 

 Governors' Attendance at Board Meetings 2022-2023

 

 

RES Attended

Number of Meetings Held

TLS Meetings Attended

Number of Meetings Held

Charles Dore 

2

3

2

3

Jenny Balmer (Co Deputy Chair)

3

3

3

3

Sue Blakeley

3

3

3

3

Bethan Byrne (Chair)

3

3

3

3

 Bianca Coetzee

1 3 1 3

Fr Leonard Michael

0

3

0

3

Ann Sugrue

2

3

2

3

Karen Varma

3

3

3

3

Marc Walker (Co Deputy Chair)

2

3

3

3

 

 

Governors' Attendance at Board Meetings 2021-2022

The Board of Trustees met formally seven times in the year 2021-2022,  three RES Meetings and four TLS meetings, and attendance is shown on  the table below.

 

RES Attended

Number of Meetings Held

TLS Meetings Attended

Number of Meetings Held

Kathleen Das (Co-Chair)

3

3

4

4

Charles Dore (Co-Chair)

2

3

4

4

Jenny Balmer

1

3

2

4

Sue Blakeley

3

3

4

4

Bethan Byrne

3

3

4

4

Kathryn Feehan

3

3

4

4

Fr Leonard Michael

1

3

3

4

Ann Sugrue

2

3

3

4

Karen Varma

3

3

4

4

Marc Walker

1

3

2

4