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Our Governing Board

St Bernadette's School Governance

Welcome to St Bernadette’s Website. Below is some information that you may find useful – together with a since Thank You to our staff, parents and Community for their ongoing hard work and support particularly over the past 18 months. This has been particularly critical at this time given the Challenges of COVID-19.

 

Our key aim is to:

  •  Recruit, appoint and support the best teachers and staff to ensure the highest possible level of education and support for children placed in our care; within a framework of effective Governance.
  • Our Principles, Mission, Vision and Key Strategic Objectives are outlined in detail in our Strategic Plan (embedded below)

 

The key roles of our Governing Board are:

 

  • Setting the school’s Vision, Ethos and Strategic Direction
  • Holding the Head teacher to account for the Educational Performance of the School and it’s pupils
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure available resources are appropriately spent and in line with our key aim.

 

We work closely with MK Local Authority (MKLA) and as a Catholic School within the Vision, Values and Policies of Northampton Dioceses (NORES) and the Department for Education (DfE)

There are 14 Governors;

  • 8 Foundation Governors are appointed by His Lordship the Bishop of Northampton Catholic Dioceses, The Right Reverend David OAKLEY
  • 1 Governor appointed by Milton Keynes Local Authority
  • 2 Governors elected by parents
  • 1 Governor elected by the staff.
  • Our Head Teacher - Mrs Jane Zamora

The Governing Body meets monthly with the exception of holiday periods December, February and August

In between Board meetings “Lead Governors” make visits to the school and report to Board on their in-depth findings. Each and every Governor has a “Key Lead” Role to exercise, covering all areas of the school:

  • Head Teacher Performance
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Pupil Premium
  • Child Protection and Safeguarding
  • Curriculum/ Pupil/achievement – with key Leads for specific areas that the Governing Board wants to look at in more detail
  • Finance
  • Admissions and Appeals
  • Health and Safety
  • Statutory and Policy Development and Monitoring
  • Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
  • GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations)
  • Complaints and Suggestions

 

In response to the COVID-19 challenges we established a Board COVID-19 Sub Committee – a “rapid respond” and planning Committee to preempt and plan and respond to the ever changing situation. This Committee formulated an agreed Strategy outlining our key objectives – placing ongoing Education and Safety of our Pupils, staff and families at the centre of all our plans.  The Chair of Governor's Annual Report of Covid-19 is embedded below.

 

On-going update of our Website and communication from Mrs Zamora has kept our families abreast of developments.

St Bernadette’s opened in 2005 and we are particularly fortunate that our school community has shown tremendous interest and support since then.

The last OFSTED Inspection gave us some valuable feedback on our areas of strength and those we needed to focus on and recent monitoring has shown that those have been tackled successfully. We were hoping for an OFSTED revisit this year – to demonstrate our achievement but this has not been possible due to COVID-19

We are confident as we go forward to meet the challenges and changes ahead that by continuing to work closely with the NORES, MKLA and our parents and local community St Bernadette’s will continue to strive to provide the best education possible in an efficient, effective and transparent manner.

It is with this invaluable support and the hard work of our staff and Governors demonstrating total commitment to the safety and education of our pupils that we move forward as a school.

 

Mary McGowan
Chair of Governors

Governing Board's Strategic Direction and Plan

Chair of Governor's Annual Report on Covid-19

2020/21 Governors   

 

GOVERNORS


Ms M McGowan - Chair Of Governors
Mr G Callan - Foundation Governor

Ms R Anugwom - Foundation Governor

Dr S Lanzon-Miller - Foundation Governor

vacant position - Foundation Governor

Mr C Edordu  - Foundation Governor

Fr Seery - Foundation Governor

Mrs F Lazzari - Foundation Governor

Miss A Kerrigan - Local Authority Governor

Mrs A Upton - Parent Appointed Governor/Vice Chair

vacant position - Parent Appointed Governor
Mrs J Pughe - Staff Governor

Mrs J Zamora - Headteacher

Ms F Vines - Clerk to Governors

St Bernadette's Governing Board Information

 

Name

Committee membership / lead role

 

Date appointed

Term of office

Date stepped down

How appointed

Number of meetings attended in the last full academic year (2020/2021)

Interests

Relevant business and pecuniary

Other governing body membership(s)

Personal

Ms Ruby Anugwom

Co-ordinator of Statutory Group – HR and Workload Lead

Child Protection and Safeguarding Governor

12 July 2021 until 11 July 2025

4 Years

 

Co-opted Governor

Appointed by the Governing Board

8/9

None to publish

None

Child at school

Mr Geoff Callan

Statutory Group – HR and Workload Lead

Admissions and Appeals Committee

Finance Group

Headteacher Performance Management

Health and Safety Governor

1 July 2018 until 30 June 2022

4 years

 

Foundation Governor

Appointed by the Diocese

9/9

None to publish

None

None

Dr Chibuzor Edordu

 

Finance Group

GDPR Governor

Admissions and appeals Committee

STEM, Design Technology and Local Community Governor and the Wider Curriculum Governor

Pupil Communication and Local Communication Governor

 

1 June 2019 until 31 May 2023

4 Years

 

Foundation Governor

Appointed by the Diocese

9/9

None to publish

None

Children at the school

Miss Alex Kerrigan

Curriculum

Co-ordinator – Quality of Education including Overall Pupil Performance

Data, English and Maths Governor

EYFS Governor

 

21 January 2019 until 20 January 2023

4 Years

 

LA Appointed Governor

Appointed by the Local Authority

8/9

Deputy Headteacher at Great Linford Primary School

Governor at Great Linford Primary School

None

Mrs Frankie Lazzari

Chair of Admissions and Appeals Committee

SEND and Inclusion Governor

EAL Governor

1 September 2020 until 31 August 2024

4 Years

 

Foundation Governor

Appointed by the Diocese

8/9

None to publish

None

None

Dr Sandro Lanzon Miller

Statutory Group – HR and Workload Lead

Mental Health and Wellbeing Governor

Personal Development including Relationships and Sex Education, Behaviour and Attitudes (Pupils)

Workload Governor 9Staff)

Headteacher Performance Management

1 June 2019 until 31 May 2023

4 Years

 

 

Foundation Governor

Appointed by the Diocese

8/9

None to publish

None

My daughter is a teacher at the school

Miss Mary McGowan

Chair of Governors

Board Development Governor

1 February 2020 until 31 January 2024

4 Years

 

Foundation Governor

Appointed by the Diocese

10/10

None to publish

None

None

 

Mr Andrew Misso

Chair of Admissions and Appeal Committee

19 June 2019 until 18 June 2023

4 Years

12.05.2021

Co-opted Governor

Appointed by the Governing Board

5/7

None to publish

None

None

Mr Brian Plunkett

Finance Group

Admissions and Appeal Committee

1 June 2019 until 31 May 2023

4 Years

07.10.2021

Foundation Governor

Appointed by the Diocese

7/9

None to publish

None

None

 

Mrs Joanne Pughe

RE Lead

27 November 2017 until 26 November 2021

4 Years

 

Staff Governor

Elected by Staff

8/9

None to publish

None

None

Fr Brendan Seery

Statutory Group – HR and Workload Lead

Admissions and Appeals Committee

RE Governor

1 May 2019 until 30 April 2023

4 Years

 

Foundation Governor

Appointed by the Diocese

2/9

None to publish

None

None

Mrs Alison Upton

Co-ordinator of the Finance Group

Pupil Premium Governor

Looked After Children Governor

 

27 November 2017 until 26 November 2021

4 Years

 

Parent Governor

Elected  by Parents

8/9

None to publish

None

Children at the school

Ms Anne Wilshin

Wider Curriculum Governor

21 June 2019 until  20 June 2023

4 Years

05.09.2021

Parent Governor

Elected by Parents

8/9

None to publish

None

Chid at school

Mrs Jane Zamora

 

17 April 2021 until 16 April 2025

4 Years

 

Headteacher

9/9

None to publish

None

None

Annual Governance Statement, Including Board Membership and Attendance and Board Meetings

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