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Governors

Welcome to our Governors’ section. 


Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.

WHAT IS THE ROLE OF A GOVERNING BODY?

The DfES states that the key purpose of a Governing Body is to help schools provide the best possible education for pupils. Governing Bodies do this by:

  • Working with the Head Teacher and staff to set strategic aims for the school, based on its mission and strategies

  • Monitoring and evaluating performance, acting as a critical friend to the Head Teacher and Senior Management Team to support and challenge them in running the school

  • Ensuring that the school is accountable to the children and parents it serves, to its local community, to those who fund and maintain it, as well as to the staff it employs

 

OUR MISSION STATEMENT AT ST JAMES’S

"St James's is a Catholic School in which each individual grows in the knowledge and love of Christ. In partnership with parents and the whole community, our purpose is to provide a high standard of education, giving the maximum opportunity to realise each person's potential"

Our focus as a Governing Body is to strive to ensure that the school is able to deliver that mission. We therefore focus our attention on making sure that:

  • Every individual is able to grow in the knowledge and love of Christ

  • Children and staff have the maximum opportunity to realise their individual potential

  • The school provides a high standard and a broad based education

  • We work in partnership with parents, staff, the local community and other stakeholders in the interests of the children and the community we serve

 

WHO MAKES UP THE GOVERNING BODY?

The Governing Body is made up of a combination of the following:

Parent Governors (4) are elected by, and act as representatives of the parent body. They serve a term of four years with the next elections in January 2018.

Foundation Governors (10) are appointed by the RC Diocese of Westminster and serve for four years. Under Diocesan guidelines, only two foundation governors can be parents who have children currently attending the school.

Staff Governors (2) The Head teacher is a member of the governing body by virtue of her position. School staff elects one other staff governor.

Local Authority Governor (1) is nominated by the Local Authority (LA) and appointed by the governing body. Appointments are made on the basis of the individual’s interests and experience at work, home or elsewhere which may be relevant to being a governor.

Co-opted Governor (1) is appointed by the Governing Body. Appointments are made taking into account the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school

 

HOW DOES THE GOVERNING BODY WORK?

The Board of Governors administers business through five sub-committees.

  • The Admissions committee is chaired by Maggie Bradley. The committee’s role is to set and annually review the school’s admissions policy to ensure compliance with legislation and the guidelines of the Diocese of Westminster. The committee checks all applications for entry to the school and prepares a ranked list of Reception applicants for the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames (LBRuT) who administer school place offers. The committee also processes Nursery applications, in-year admissions and prepares a response to any appeals.
  • The Finance committee is chaired by Julie Key. This committee is responsible for the efficient management of the school budget in line with the requirements set by the LA and/or Department of Education. It regularly monitors expenditure and considers and approves budget priorities in order to ensure value for money. The finance committee also manages the Governors' fund.
  • The Pay & Personnel committee is chaired by Ann Edes. The purpose of this committee is to ensure that all procedures relating to the recruitment, selection, appointment of staff and their related salaries comply with legislation and current LA guidelines. This includes review of the appropriate school policies, participation in interviews for new staff and in meetings relating to any disciplinary matters, as well as reviewing staffing structures with the Headteacher. 
  • In addition the committee is responsible with the Chair of Governors for undertaking the performance management of the Headteacher and ensuring that the school’s performance management policy is operating effectively.
  • The Safeguarding committee is chaired by Sylvia Dixon. Its purpose is to ensure the school is a safe and nurturing environment for all stakeholders. This includes child protection, school security and inclusivity.
  • The Teaching, Learning and Assessment committee is chaired by Catherine Hughes. It forms the link between the governing body and teaching and learning in the school. The committee reviews and seeks to maintain and/or enhance standards within St James’s by assessing relevant subject and curriculum areas, including statutory assessment requirements. It reviews relevant data to monitor progress, set targets and review subsequent actions, giving regular feedback on school actions and their intended outcomes, and reflecting systematically on the effectiveness of teaching approaches. It aims to inform and involve governors on the progress of teaching and learning as outlined in the School Development Plan and individual subject plans.
  • In addition to the sub-committees, this year, some of the governors are involved in a working party organised by the Diocese of Westminster to consider implications of current educational strategic thinking around Multi-Academy Trusts.

 

MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS

Kath Ezzeldin – Chair, Foundation Governor                                

Kath was voted in as Chair of the Board of Governors in September 2015. She has three children who were all educated at St James's. One son has just graduated with a degree in Natural Sciences and the other is studying at Leeds University. Kath's daughter attends St Mark’s RC Secondary School sixth form. Kath’s career has been in education. She taught in schools for thirteen years and is now the Programme Director for BAITE in Primary Education at St Mary's University, Twickenham. Kath has been a foundation governor at St James’s since 2006

Committees: Teaching, Learning & Assessment, Safeguarding, MAT Working Party

GB Posts Held: Chair

 

Stanislas Beckmann – Parent Governor

Stanislas is on his second four-year mandate as a parent governor. He currently has two daughters in the school, and his son at St Richard Reynolds. Stanislas served as Chair of Governors for two years from 2013 – 2015 and has sat on most of the current sub-committees and participated in several training events about governance to give him a detailed knowledge about St James’s school and the role of governor. Stanislas works as an IT Director in the city and enjoys playing tennis.

Committees: Finance, MAT working party

 

Maggie Bradley – Parent Governor

Maggie has been a parent at St James's for ten years. Her daughter currently attends St James's and she has two sons at secondary school. During Maggie’s time at the school, she has been class rep, assistant treasurer for the Parent & Friends Association (PFA) and a member of the fund-raising team for the Pilgrim Hall. Maggie was elected a parent governor in January 2014.

Committees: Admissions (Chair), Teaching, Learning & Assessment

 

Sylvia Dixon – Foundation Governor

Sylvia’s particular interest as a governor is in children with special needs. She has many years experience in teaching children with special needs and apprentices who require help with functional skills. Sylvia is interested in seeing how St James’s includes those children with difficulties and in particular those at the George Tancred Centre.

Committees: Safeguarding (Chair), Pay & Personnel

GB Posts Held: Inclusion Link Governor, Governor with responsibility for Safeguarding and Looked After children.

 

Ann Edes – Foundation Governor

Ann joined the governing body in January 2014.  She has two grown-up daughters. Her professional career has been with a global management consultancy firm, with experience in the spheres of both finance and human resources. She now works in a voluntary capacity for the Citizens Advice Bureau and Home-Start, Richmond. Ann is a parishioner of St Margaret of Scotland.

Committees: Pay & Personnel (Chair), Admissions

GB Posts Held: Vice Chair

 

Liz Green – Foundation Governor

Liz has served as a foundation governor at St James's since 2008. Having worked in social policy research at universities, she now works in education policy at the Department for Education.  She lives in Kew and has a young child. .

Committees: Teaching, Learning & Assessment, MAT Working Party, EYFS Link Governor

 

Catherine Hughes – Staff Governor, 4H class teacher, Assistant Headteacher Middle School

Committees: Teaching, Learning & Assessment (Chair)

 

Julie Key – Foundation Governor

Julie has been a parent at St James’s School for ten years with a daughter in the school and a son at a local secondary school.  Before giving up work to focus on family life, she was a forensic accounting partner in a large London accountancy firm. She serves the school as a foundation governor, joining the board in September 2015, and shares the rest of her time between her family, sitting on the board of St Giles Trust, a national charity, and being a magistrate.

Committees: Finance, Pay & Personnel

 

Anna McMullen – Associate Governor, Deputy Headteacher

Committees: As needed

 

Colin Messenger – Associate Governor

Colin’s two children were at St James’s during which time he was Chair of the PFA.  His daughter is now a local primary school teacher. Colin’s work involves researching technology in schools across 70 countries.  He was a member of the UK Government’s DfES’ Classroom of the Future Project and is a STEM Ambassador, where he visits schools enthusing on careers in Science and Technology.

Colin has a passion for cricket and is vice president of Twickenham Cricket Club, where he has been a coach for many years. Colin joined the governing board in March 2016.

Committees: Teaching, Learning & Assessment,

GB Posts Held: IT Vision Link Governor

 

Holly Moore – Local Authority Governor

Holly is a qualified solicitor working in the City, specialising in financial disputes within the insurance sector. She lives in Richmond and enjoys running, playing tennis and taking advantage of the beautiful walks on offer at Kew Gardens.  Holly joined the governing board in January 2015.

Committees: Admissions, Teaching, Learning & Assessment

 

Jane Palmer - Foundation Governor

Jane joined the Governing Body in September 2016.    She is a qualified solicitor and following many years in private practice in both the City and Paris now works as legal counsel for a company supporting its European business.    She lives in Teddington and enjoys travelling, theatre and spending time with family and friends. 

Committees:    Safeguarding, MAT Working Party

 

Nicola Richards - Foundation Governor

Nicola joined the Governing Body in September 2016.  Originating from Cape Town, South Africa, she has lived in the UK for over 13 years and has recently married, moving to the St Margarets area.  Nicola currently works as a Solicitor in the City of London and her passions include playing tennis, watching rugby, fashion and technology.  Nicola's legal career has spanned employment, HR, litigation and corporate immigration law and she plans to utilise these skills as a Foundation Governor. 

Committees: Finance, Pay & Personnel

 

Gareth Roberts – Associate Governor

Gareth is father to two daughters currently attending St James’s. He is married to Petra who is active within the PFA as a class rep. A keen cyclist, Gareth is a familiar sight particularly at school drop-off when he brings his children in on his Dutch Bakfiets, or Box Bike. Gareth is interested in exploring ways in which more children could be encouraged to walk, scoot or cycle to school. Gareth represents Hampton Ward on Richmond Council and acts as Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group on Richmond Council.

Committees: Finance

 

Federica Shakespeare – Parent Governor

Federica is the mother of two children at St. James’s. She was elected parent governor in January 2014. Federica teaches Maths in a local secondary school and prior to that she worked in marketing for Procter & Gamble for thirteen years.

Committees: Pay & Personnel, Safeguarding

 

Aileen Sharp – Clerk

 

Fiona Shepherd  – Associate Governor

Fiona joined as an associate governor in September 2015. She has a son at St James's and is a class rep.   She works part-time at the National Theatre as Technical Administration Manager.

Committees: Admissions

GB Posts Held: PFA Link Governor

 

Andrew Shute – Foundation Governor

Andrew currently has three daughters attending St James's and a son at St Richard Reynolds. His professional career has covered sales, marketing and general management. He currently holds the position of Vice President (Europe) for a medical device company. Andrew has previously served as Vice-Chairman (CRM) of the industry body the Association of British Healthcare Industries (ABHI). On the weekend he enjoys cycling and running. Andrew became a governor in September 2015.

Committees: Finance, Teaching, Learning & Assessment, Pupil Premium Link Governor

 

Claire Simms - Parent Governor

Claire was voted as a Parent Governor and began her Governorship in September 2016. Claire has been a parent at St James's for eight years and has five children. One child is now in secondary school and the other four are pupils at St James's. Before becoming a parent, Claire was a primary school teacher and Head of Science for 10 years.

Committees: Admissions, Teaching, Learning & Assessment

 

Carole Tupper – Foundation Governor

Carole joined the Governing body in April 2016. She qualified as a solicitor and worked in commercial property before having children.  She now works as a Practice Manager for a firm of architects.  Her two daughters attended Gumley House and the youngest is currently at the London Oratory.

Committees: Safeguarding

GB Posts Held: RE Link Governor

 

Louise Yarnell – Staff Governor (Headteacher)

Committees: All committees

 

Governors who have stood down in last 12 months:

Sarah Boyle, Co-opted governor – resigned Sept 2016

Anita Cashmore, Foundation governor – resigned July 2016

Clare Webber, Headteacher, Staff governor – resigned July 2016

Nic Wiseman, Parent governor – resigned July 2016

Michael Dalton, Foundation Governor - resigned January 2017

 

Updated:  May 2017

 

 

 

Further details on Governors meeting attendance, terms of office and declaration of interest can be found here.

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