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St Laurence Catholic
Primary School

School Governors

St Laurence Primary is a voluntary aided Catholic school and the majority of its Governors are appointed by the Roman Catholic Diocese of East Anglia. These are `Foundation Governors' who also have a specific responsibility to protect and enhance the continuing Catholic character of the school.  At least 3 Foundation Governors must be parents at the time of their appointment.

The governing body has 3 main functions:

  •  Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  •  Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;
  •  Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

    The Full Governing Body meets 6 times a year. The Headteacher's role is to manage the school on a day to day basis. The Governors work closely with the Headteacher.  We support and oversee her management by setting policy and monitoring its implementation.

Governors are appointed or elected for a 4 year term of office (though some choose to serve more than one term). We are always looking out for new governors. The majority of our governing body are Foundation Governors (Catholics, appointed by the Bishop). We are committed to our governing body being a group which reflects the diversity of our school and parish community. We expect non-Catholic governors to be committed to supporting the school’s Catholic Ethos. 

If you think you might be interested in volunteering to become a governor, please contact our clerk via the e-mail address below.  What we ask from governors is:

  • Time and interest in the school: typically governors spend between 5 and 10 hours per month on governor duties.  Most governors visit the school during the day at least once a year,
  • Attendance at 2 Full Governing Body meetings per term,
  • Joining a committee of governors which meets once or twice a term (either during the school day or immediately after school) to look in more detail at a particular area of the school’s performance (eg children’s learning & progress or premises management)
  • Undergoing training provided by the Cambridgeshire School Governance Team,
  • Commitment to supporting the school to maintain its Catholic Ethos, academic standards and financial viability.  We do this in a number of ways.  Some people bring professional expertise (eg financial, legal, human resources).  Some make planned visits during the school day to see the school in action and report back to the governing body.  We all read reports from the headteacher, Ofsted, parent & pupil surveys and ask questions of the senior leadership team about what is going well, what the school’s challenges are and what the school is doing to improve.

For most issues, we expect that you would wish to talk to your child’s class teacher or the Headteacher.  If you wish to bring anything to the attention of the governors, please write a letter addressed to Chair of Governors, Mary Jane O'Sullivan, and either hand it in at the school office or e-mail it to Clerk@stlaurence.cambs.sch.uk  Letters to the Chair of Governors are usually acknowledged within one week during term time.

Each governor serves one or more committees. Associate Members of our Governing Body have voting rights on committees but not on the Full Governing Body.

For the 2018-19 year, we have three committees:

  • Learning & Achievement (L&A): Chair- Claire Southgate
  • Finance & Personnel (F&P): Chair- Janet Scally
  • Premises, Health, Safety & Welfare  (PHSW): Chair- Harry Roberts

Current Governors (updated June 2019)

Name

Category

Appointed by

Duration of term

Date of appointment

Term of office ends

Committee

Mary Jane O’Sullivan (Chair)

Foundation Governor

Bishop of East Anglia

4 years

01/09/2018 (3rd term)

31/08/2022

F&P

Claire Southgate (Vice Chair)

Foundation Governor

Bishop of East Anglia

4 years

01/09/2015 (1st term)

31/08/2019

L&A

Harry Roberts

Foundation Governor

Bishop of East Anglia

4 years

01/09/2018 (3rd term)

31/08/2022

PHSW

Janet Scally

(SEND & RE)

Foundation Governor

Bishop of East Anglia

4 years

01/01/2016 (3rd term)

31/12/2019

F&P

Dr Charlotte Woodford (Safeguarding)

Foundation Governor

Bishop of East Anglia

4 years

01/04/2017 (3rd term)

31/03/2021

F&P

Chioma Ubajaka

(RE)

Foundation Governor

Bishop of East Anglia

4 years

01/07/2018 (1st term)

30/06/2022

PHSE

2 vacancies

Foundation Governor

Bp of East Anglia

4 years

     

Monica McDonald

Parent Governor

Elected by parents

4 years

06/05/2016

(1st term)

05/05/2020

 L&A & PHSW

Adam Rokitnicki

Parent Governor

Elected by parents

4 years

17/10/2018 (1st term)

16/10/2022

F&P

Phyllis Maynard

Staff Governor

Elected by staff

4 years

29/06/2016

(2nd term)

28/06/2020

L&A

Sonali Kumarakulasinghe

(Pupil Premium)

LA Governor

Cambridgeshire County Council

4 years

17/03/2016 (2nd term)

16/03/2020

L&A

Shauna DeWolf

Co-opted Governor

Governing Body

4 years

01/09/2015 (1st term)

31/08/2019

L&A

Clare Clark (Head)

Headteacher; a Governor by virtue of being HT for the duration of time in post as HT

01/01/2015

N/A

All

Emori Cordero

Associate Member

Governing Body

1 year

01/09/2018

(1st term)

31/08/2019

LA&

Lizzy Bennett

Associate Member

Governing Body

1 year

01/09/2018

(4th term)

31/08/2019

 L&A  &

 F&P

Veronica Harvey

Associate Member

Governing Body

1 year

01/09/2018

(4th term)

31/08/2019

L&A

Dr Vicki Worsnop

Associate

Member

Governing Body

 

09/05/2019

31/08/2019

L&A

A pecuniary interest is where a Governor or member of staff has a financial interest in a third party business that the school uses or may use in the future which could conflict with the policies, procedures or ethos of the school.

Pecuniary interests are declared annually in the Autumn Term, and at any point during the year if changes occur.  Pecuniary interests of current governors and previous governors who have served in the last 12 months are listed below along with meeting attendance for the 2017-18 academic year:

 

Name

Current parent?

Related to staff?

Governor at another school/ college?

Relevant business /pecuniary interests?

Attendance at FGB meetings 2017-18

Attendance at committee meetings

2017-18

Details

Mary Jane O’Sullivan (Chair)

N

N

N

N

6/6

6/6

(Parent Governor 2008-2010)

Claire Southgate

(Vice Chair)

Y

N

N

N

5/6

6/6

(Associate Member of St Laurence GB January to August 2015)

Clare Clark (Head)

N

N

N

N

6/6

14/15

 

Shauna DeWolf

N

N

N

N

5/6

6/6

(Associate Member of St. Laurence GB 2014-15, Foundation Governor 2002 - 2014)

Sonali Kumarakulasinghe

N

N

N

N

5/6

6/6

(Parent Governor 2008-2011)

Phyllis Maynard

N

N

N

N

5/6

4/6

 

Monica McDonald

Y

N

N

N

6/6

8/9

 

Harry Roberts

N

N

N

N

4/6

3/3

 

Janet Scally

N

N

N

N

4/6

6/6

 

Terry Taylor Crush

Y

N

N

N

5/6

6/9

Resigned 18.2.19

Chioma Ubajaka

Y

N

N

N

1/1

1/1

Appointed 01.07.2018

Dr Charlotte Woodford

Y

N

Y

N

5/6

6/6

Also Trustee, Selwyn College, Univ of Cambridge

Fr Patrick Cleary

N

N

N

N

4/6

4/6

Resigned 31.08.19

Adam Rokitnicki

Y

N

N

N

N/A

N/A

Elected 17.10.2019

Rebecca Imhagwe

Y

N

N

N

2/5

3/6

(Term of office expired 03.06.2018. Associate Member 12.07.2018 to 31.10.2018)

Lizzy Bennett

N

N

N

N

4/6

6/12

(Associate Member)

Veronica Harvey

N

N

N

N

2/6

5/6

(Associate Member)

Emori Cordero

Y

N

N

N

N/A

N/A

(Associate Member)

Dr Vicki Worsnop

N

N

N

N

N/A

N/A

(Associate Member)