Our Governors

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All schools in England have a Governing Body which is responsible for overseeing many of the strategic decisions of the school. A key role is to act as a ‘critical friend’: to support, to challenge, to ask questions, ultimately to represent the school community.

 

The Governing Body works in close partnership with the headteacher, staff and the local authority. Whilst the headteacher is, of course, responsible for the day to day running of the school, the governors are involved with such things as staffing, curriculum, school buildings and finance. It ensures the school functions well and maintains the proper range of academic and social objectives.

 

In September 2014 the governing body elected to reconstitute, in keeping with statutory guidance from the Department for Education. We took this decision as it allowed us to change the numbers and types of governors we have and to appoint more people on the basis of the skills they could bring.

 

The governing body now consists of:

  • The head teacher
  • One elected staff governor
  • One appointed local authority governor
  • Two elected parent governors
  • One co-opted governors
  • Eight elected foundation governors

The standard term of office for a governor is four years. The chair and vice-chair are elected annually at the first meeting of the academic year.

The chair of governors is Mr Graham Andrews, who can be contacted via the school office or

office@st-thomas.bolton.sch.uk .

Much of the work of the governing body is done by committees. At St Thomas CE Primary School, we have the following committees:

  • Personnel (Chair – Mr Andrews)
    This committee deals with all policies and procedures related to staff within the school.
  • Finance and Premises (Chair – Mr Andrews)
    Included in the remit of this committee is Health and Safety.  This committee scrutinises the way the school gives the best value for

money.

  • Pupil Welfare, Inclusion and Progress (Chair – Mrs Crane)
    This committee holds the school to account over the way it provides the relevant education for all the children in the school.
  • Admissions (Chaire – Mr G Andrews)
    This committee meets once a year to review the admissions policy and apply the admissions criteria to Reception Class places.

The chairs of the committees are elected at the first committee meeting of each academic year.

Below is the make up of the Governing Body.

NAMETYPE OF GOVERNORSTART DATEAPPOINTED BY:END OF OFFICE
MR C BOOTHFOUNDATION GOVERNOR10/07/2019PCC10/07/2023
Mrs A JarvisCo-opted Governor05/06/2019Governing Body05/03/2023
Mr S WrigleyParent Governor14/06/2017 Parents14/06/2021
Miss Z Kirk-RobinsonLocal Authority Governor05/06/2019Governing Body05/06/2023
Miss R WoodcraftStaff Governor04/10/2019School Staff04/10/2023
REV A WYNNEFOUNDATION GOVERNOR08/10/2016BISHOP (DIOCESE)08/10/2020
MRS C SMITHFOUNDATION GOVERNOR07/01/2018DIOCESE06/01/2022
MRS P MOLYNEUXFOUNDATION GOVERNOR17/10/2017PCC17/10/2021
MRS MRS V WILSONFOUNDATION GOVERNOR03/07/2017PCC03/07/2021
CLLR D CHADWICKFOUNDATION GOVERNOR01/09/2017PCC31/08/2021
MR G ANDREWSFOUNDATION GOVERNOR01/09/2017PCC31/08/2021
MRS D CRANEFOUNDATION GOVERNOR30/01/2016PCC29/01/2020
MISS H JACKSONCO-OPTED GOVERNOR01/03/2015GOVERNING BODY28/02/2019
MR S WRIGLEYPARENT GOVERNOR14/06/2017PARENTS14/06/2021
MRS L ORRELLPARENT GOVERNOR 22/06/2016PARENTS21/06/2023
VACANCYLOCAL AUTHORITY GOVERNOR GOVERNING BODY 
MISS J HIRSTSTAFF GOVERNOR26/01/2015SCHOOL STAFF25/01/2019
MR R DEANHEADTEACHER01/09/2008SCHOOL STAFF

Currently, there are no Governors with relevant business interests and 1 Governor with a pecuniary interest. Mr Andrews’ wife works at the school.

Last Updated On October 08, 2019