Governing Body

The Governing Body of St Paul’s School

 
The Duty of the Governors
 
(1) to ensure that the vision, ethos, and strategic direction of the school are clearly defined;
(2) to ensure that the Head Teacher performs her responsibilities for the educational performance of the school; and
(3) to ensure the sound, proper, and effective use of the school’s financial resources.
 
Each governor works with his or her colleagues:
 
(a) to develop the strategic plan for the school;
(b) to determine the aims, policies and priorities of the school;
(c) to set statutory and non statutory targets;
(d) to monitor and evaluate the work of the school;
(e) to appoint staff and ensure the implementation of appropriate personnel procedures;
(f) to manage the budget;
(g) to secure high levels of attendance and good standards of pupil behaviour;
(h) to ensure all children in the school have access to a broad and balanced curriculum suitable to their age, aptitude and ability, and which prepares them for adult life;
(i) to ensure the health and safety of pupils and staff: and,
(j) to have regard to advice received from the Clerk about the nature of the Governing Body’s functions.
 
The Committees of the Governing Body
 
(1) Disciplinary Committee (Staff)
(2) Appeals against Dismissal Committee (Staff)
(3) Pupil Discipline Committee
(4) Pupil Admissions Committee
(5) Buildings Committee
(6) Curriculum Committee
(7) Finance Committee
(8) Staffing Committee
 
The Governors
 
Percentage figures against Governing Body and Committee Meetings are for attendance for the school year September 2015 - July 2016.  Please see below for Academic Year 2016-17.
 
Mrs Oluwakemi (Kemi) Morohunkeji Ajayi
  • Elected by Parents (1 Sept 2014 - 31 Aug 2017)
  • Solicitor
  • No relevant pecuniary interests
  • Governing Body - 66%
  • Finance Committee - 75%
 
Professor Christopher Bowerman
  • Foundation Governor (1 July 2015 - 30 June 2019)
  • Reader in Computing at Sunderland University
  • No relevant pecuniary interests
  • Governing Body - 66%
  • Appeals Against Dismissal Committee - Not needed to meet
 
George Robert Curry
  • Foundation Governor (since 1981)
  • Minister of Elswick Parish Church, St Stephen and St Paul
  • No relevant pecuniary interests
  • Governor and trustee of Luckley House School, Wokingham
  • Member of the Diocesan Education Board
  • Member (co-optee) of the City of Newcastle Overview and Scrutiny Committee
  • Member of the City of Newcastle Standing Conference on Religious Education
  • Director of West Trust
  • Lead Governor for Safeguarding
  • Governing Body - 100%
  • Disciplinary Committee - Not needed to meet
  • Pupil Admissions Committee - 100%
  • Buildings Committee - 100%
  • Curriculum Committee - 100%
  • Finance Committee - 100%
  • Staffing Committee - 100% 
 
Mr Iain Jack
  • Foundation Governor (1 July 2016 - 30 June 2020)
  • Retired Company Director
  • No relevant pecuniary interests
  • Governing Body - 100%
  • Buildings Committee
 
Miss Gladys Lansley
  • Foundation Governor (1 July 2014 - 30 June 2018)
  • Former Catering Officer
  • No relevant pecuniary interests
  • Governing Body - 66%
  • Appeals Against Dismissal Committee - Not needed to meet
  • Pupil Disciplinary Committee - Not needed to meet
  • Finance Committee - 100%
  • Staffing Committee - 100%
 
Mrs Judith Elizabeth Mortson
  • Elected by Staff (1 Sept 2015 - 31 Aug 2019)
  • Teacher
  • No relevant pecuniary interests
  • Governing Body - 66%
 
Miss Pauline Purves
  • Foundation Governor (1 March 2014 - 28 Feb 2018)
  • Former Administrative Officer at Northumbria University
  • Lead Governor for Special Educational Needs (SEND)
  • No relevant pecuniary interests
  • Governing Body - 100%
  • Disciplinary Committee - Not needed to meet
  • Pupil Disciplinary Committee - Not needed to meet
  • Curriculum Committee - 100%
  • Staffing Committee - 100%
 
Miss Ruth Janette Shuttler
  • Foundation Governor (1 Sept 2015 - 31 Aug 2019)
  • Piano Teacher at Durham High School for Girls
  • No relevant pecuniary interests
  • Governing Body - 100%
  • Disciplinary Committee - Not needed to meet
 
Mrs Judith Sword
  • Head Teacher (since 2006)
  • No relevant pecuniary interests
  • Governor of Emmanuel College, Gateshead
  • Director of West Trust
  • Member of the City of Newcastle Standing Conference on Religious Education
  • Governing Body - 100%
  • Pupil Admissions Committee - 100%
  • Buildings Committee - 100%
  • Curriculum Committee 100%
  • Finance Committee - 100%
  • Staffing Committee - 100%
 
Mr Martin Thompson
  • Foundation Governor (1 July 2016 - 30 June 2020)
  • Student Co-ordinator at Jesmond Parish Church
  • Former Secondary School Teacher
  • No relevant pecuniary interests
  • Governing Body - 100%
  • Curriculum Committee
 
Mrs Ruth Christine Wood
  • Elected by Parents (1 Sept 2015 - 31 Aug 2019)
  • Database Manager at University of Newcastle
  • Wife of Nigel Wood (Nigel Wood Gardening Services)
  • Governing Body - 100%
  • Buildings Committee - 100%
 
Mr Thomas Knibb Young
  • Appointed by the Local Authority (1 July 2014 - 30 June 2018)
  • No relevant pecuniary interests
  • Director of Sibbald Young Chartered Accountants
  • Governing Body - 100%
  • Appeals Against Dismissal Committee - Not needed to meet
  • Pupil Disciplinary Committee - Not needed to meet
  • Finance Committee (Chairman) - 100%
Governor Attendance for 2016-17

 

Board

Buildings

Curriculum

Finance

Interviews

Staffing

Mrs K Ajayi

       1 of 1          

                  

                   

  1 of 1         

                  

                     

Prof C Bowerman

1 of 1

 

 

 

 

 

Mr G Curry

1 of 1

2 of 2

1 of 1

1 of 1

2 of 2

3 of 3

Mr I Jack

1 of 1

 1 of 1

 

 

 

 

Miss G Lansley

1 of 1

 

 

1 of 1

2 of 2

2 of 3

Mrs J Mortson

1 of 1

 

 

 

 

 

Miss P Purves

1 of 1

 

1 of 1

 

2 of 2

3 of 3

Miss R Shutller

1 of 1

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs J Sword

1 of 1

2 of 2

1 of 1

1 of 1

2 of 2

3 of 3

Mr M Thompson

1 of 1

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs R Wood

1 of 1

2 of 2

 

 

 

 

Mr T Young

1 of 1

 

 

1 of 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Governors’ Skills Audit Matrix (self-evaluation)  2016 (February)

Rating System

 

 

 

1  HIGHLY COMPETENT

2  COMPETENT

3  DEVELOPING

4  NOT YET DEVELOPED

This is an area:

This is an area:

This is an area:

This is an area:

in which you have significant practical experience

 

in which you have some practical experience

 

in which you have little practical experience

 

in which you have no practical experience

 

which you undertake on a regular basis

 

which you work on an infrequent basis

 

which you rarely undertake

 

which you have never undertaken

 

in which you have a personal characteristic or style that you demonstrate all of the time

 

in which you have a personal characteristic or style that you demonstrate most of the time

 

in which you have a personal characteristic or style that you demonstrate some of the time

 

in which you have a personal characteristic or style which you rarely demonstrate

 

in which you maintain technical competence.

in which you maintain technical competence.

in which you are developing technical competence.

in which you there is no programme of activities for you to develop technical competence.

 

1  General

A

B

C

D

E

F

G

H

I

J

K

Commitment to improving education for all pupils

2

3

1

1

1

1

2

1

2

2

1

Ability to work in a team and take collective decisions and responsibility

1

1

1

1

1

1

2

1

2

1

1

Willingness to learn

1

1

1

1

1

1

2

1

3

1

1

Commitment to the school’s vision and ethos

1

1

1

1

1

1

2

1

3

1

1

Basic literacy and numeracy skills

1

1

1

1

1

1

2

1

1

1

1

Able to use e-mail and word-processing files

1

1

1

2

1

1

2

1

1

1

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Understanding / Experience of Governance

A

B

C

D

E

F

G

H

I

J

K

Board member or trustee or governor before / elsewhere

1

3

1

1

4

1

4

1

2

1

3

Chairing a Board or Committee

2

2

1

2

4

2

4

2

3

1

4

Professional leader elsewhere

1

1

1

2

2

2

4

2

2

1

3

 

3  Vision and Strategy

A

B

C

D

E

F

G

H

I

J

K

Experience of strategic planning

2

1

1

1

2

2

4

1

2

2

2

Ability to analyse and review matters objectively

1

1

1

1

3

1

3

1

2

1

1

Able participate in solving problems

2

1

1

1

3

2

3

1

1

1

1

Ability to propose and /or consider new solutions

2

1

1

2

3

2

3

1

2

1

2

Experience of managing change (restructure, merger, career)

1

1

1

1

3

3

4

1

2

1

2

Understanding current education policy

3

1

1

1

1

1

4

1

3

2

1

 

4  Holding the Head Teacher to Account

A

B

C

D

E

F

G

H

I

J

K

Ability to utilise communication skills

1

1

1

2

1

1

3

 

2

1

1

Ability to analyse data

2

1

1

2

2

2

3

 

1

1

1

Ability to challenge and probe

2

2

1

1

1

1

3

 

3

1

1

Experience of managing a project

3

1

1

1

1

3

4

 

2

2

2

Experience of performance managing another

2

1

1

1

1

2

4

 

2

1

1

Experience of being managed / appraised

2

1

1

1

1

1

3

 

1

2

1

 

5  Financial Oversight

A

B

C

D

E

F

G

H

I

J

K

Experience of financial planning /management (e.g. at work, club)

3

1

1

1

1

2

3

1

3

1

3

Experience of purchasing

2

1

1

1

2

3

3

2

4

1

3

Experience of managing a premises

1

3

1

1

4

4

4

2

4

2

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6  School and Community

A

B

C

D

E

F

G

H

I

J

K

Links with the community

1

2

1

3

2

3

4

1

3

3

2

Links with local business

3

2

1

4

4

4

4

3

3

4

3

Knowledge of local area / economy

2

2

1

1

2

2

4

1

2

1

2

Working with young people (e.g  youth work, coaching, sports)

1

3

1

3

4

3

2

1

4

2

1

Understanding of special educational needs

2

3

1

3

2

2

2

1

4

3

1