Welcome to the St Columba’s Local Governing Body
St Columba’s Catholic Primary School is part of the Lumen Christi Catholic Multi Academy which comprises of six local Catholic schools in South West Birmingham. :
St Columba’s Catholic Primary School
St Brigid’s Catholic Primary School
St Paul’s Catholic Primary School
St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School
St James’ Catholic Primary School
St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School
The Lumen Christi Multi Academy is governed by a Board of Directors, who delegate certain responsibilities to each school through their local Governing Bodies. The local Governing Body’s primary role is to oversee the strategic management of the school on behalf of the Board of Directors. They check that the aims and objectives of the school are being delivered, discuss and approve policies, check that the budgets and spending plans are all correct, highlight any areas of concern and act as a “critical friend” to the Principal.
A Local Governing Body is made up of 12 members.
7 Foundation governors who are practicing Catholics appointed by the Diocese.
2 Parent governors who are nominated and elected by the parents of the school.
2 Staff governors who are nominated and elected by the staff of the school.
Our current local Governing Body is:
Mr. William Kearns (Foundation member) CHAIR
Fr. David Evans (Foundation member) VICE CHAIR
Mr. David Holmes (Foundation member)
Mrs. Sarah Sloan (Parent member)
Miss Sharmae Glasford (Parent member)
Mrs. Joanna McAleenan (Staff member)
Miss Teresa McHendry (Staff member)
Mrs. Rebecca Nash (Executive Principal)
Mrs. Janet Raymond (Clerk to the Governing Body)
Contact details for the local Governing Body
Chair of the Governing Body,
St Columba’s Catholic Primary School,
e-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org (Clerk to the Governing Body)
The Local Governing Body
The Local Governing Body meets as a full team three times per year - once each term - plus any additional ‘extraordinary' meetings and training days as and when they are required, for example, to approve a new policy due to new legislation or to discuss an Ofsted inspection report.
In addition to the full Governing Body there are 2 sub-committees who also meet three times per year. Governors are required to sit on at least one of these sub-committees.
Finance and Premises
This committee meets to discuss and approve the annual budget plan and to check as the year progresses that funds are being spent correctly and within budget. They help to prioritise projects that have been identified by the school in the School Development plan, such as replacing ICT equipment, refurbishment of classrooms etc. A review of the impact of Pupil Premium and Sports Premium funding is also a key activity of this committee.
Curriculum and Standards
This committee looks at the curriculum element of the School and how it is progressing against its targets. They ensure that the timetable offers equal opportunities for all pupils, including those with Special Educational Needs and monitors targets and performance levels. The committee also looks at staffing numbers and the procedures for filling vacancies when they arise, induction of newly qualified teachers and any requests for leave, secondment and retirement. They may also deal with any staff disciplinary issues and educational visits for pupils.
Following the sub-committee meetings, if necessary, recommendations are escalated to the Local Governing Body or the Lumen Christi Board of Directors for approval. Terms of Reference for each of the Sub Committees are reviewed and approved each academic year.
Meetings are often attended by members of the school’s Senior Leadership Team to help inform the Committees of progress against key priorities. Although they attend the meetings, they are not eligible to vote in any decisions.
The Governors are invited to get as involved in school life as often as they can. Individual representatives are linked to a particular House or Subject which involves them coming into school and meeting with the teachers, getting to know the pupils through attending assemblies, Masses and other events thus supporting the school in any way they can. Through meeting 2 or 3 times a year with the Subject Leader they can get a really good idea of how it all works and offer advice and suggestions if required.
Being a School Governor is an enormously challenging but very rewarding experience. It provides an opportunity to develop new skills and strengthen existing ones. We each have the chance to increase our understanding of areas such as finance, personnel, and strategic planning, gaining a greater awareness of the education system as a whole and, most importantly, get a huge sense of satisfaction knowing the children benefit from our efforts.