St Francis' 
Catholic Primary School 
 
 
A very warm welcome to St Francis' Catholic Primary School  
 

Governors 

Welcome to the Governors' section of our school website. 
 
The Governing Body of St Francis’ Catholic Primary School is made up of a group of volunteers who are committed to making a positive contribution to our Parish school: 
 
 
Meet the Governors 
 
 
 
GOVERNOR NAME 
TYPE OF GOVERNOR 
TERM OF OFFICE 
COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP 
POSITION OF RESPONSIBILITY 
ATTENDANCE (FULL GOVERNING BODY) 2017/18 
ATTENDANCE (FULL GOVERNING BODY) 2016/17 
ATTENDANCE 
(COMMITTEES) 
2016/17 
Mrs Ann Tarr 
Foundation 
31/10/21 
Finance, Curriculum, Appeals, Performance Management, Pay 
Chair 
1/1 
5/6 
FINANCE: 3/3 
CURRIC: 0/3 
PERF MGT: 1/1 
PAY: 1/2 
Mrs Pauline Tillett 
North Somerset  
Local Authority 
12/12/21 
Finance, Premises and Health & Safety, Disciplinary, Admissions & Personnel, Governor Forum Representative 
Vice Chair 
1/1 
6/6 
FINANCE: 3/3 
PREM, H&S: 2/2 
ADMISS&PERS: 4/4 
Mrs Helen Long 
Foundation 
31/08/21 
Curriculum, Disciplinary, Performance Management, Pay 
 
1/1 
6/6 
CURRIC: 2/3 
PERF MGT: 1/1 
PAY: 2/2 
Mrs Francesca Magner 
Foundation 
31/08/18 
Appeals, Admissions & Personnel, Performance Management, Pay, Transport 
 
1/1 
6/6 
ADMISS&PERS: 2/4 
PERF MGT: 0/1 
PAY: 2/2 
Mr Seamus Ryan 
Foundation 
05/12/20 
Curriculum, Admissions & Personnel 
 
1/1 
6/6 
CURRIC: 0/1 
ADMISS&PERS: 1/3 
 
Ms Karen Winward 
Foundation 
30/04/20 
Finance 
 
1/1 
5/6 
3/3 
Mr Jason Yi 
Foundation 
31/08/21 
Premises and Health & Safety 
 
1/1 
5/6 
PREM, H&S: 2/2 
Ms Catherine Hanley 
Foundation 
09/05/20 
Admissions & Personnel 
 
1/1 
4/6 
1/4 
Mr Christopher Evans 
Parent 
22/01/20 
Premises and Health & Safety, Transport 
 
1/1 
6/6 
PREM, H&S: 2.2 
TRANSPORT: 1/1 
Mr Anderson Chaplow 
Parent 
10/02/21 
Premises and Health & Safety 
 
1/1 
4/4 
0/1 
Ms Caroline Hostein 
Headteacher 
not applicable 
Finance, Curriculum, Premises and Health & Safety, Admissions & Personnel, Performance Management 
 
0/1 
6/6 
FINANCE: 3/3 
CURRIC: 3/3 
PREM, H&S: 2/2 
ADMISS&PERS: 3/4 
PERF MGT: 1/1 (ADVISORY
PAY: 2/2 (ADVISORY) 
Mr Simon Groves 
Teacher 
08/11/21 
Curriculum 
 
1/1 
6/6 
CURRIC: 3/3 
Mrs Catherine Hunt 
Deputy Headteacher (Associate Member) 
not applicable 
 
no voting powers 
1/1 
6/6 
CURRIC: 3/3 
ADMISS&PERS: 1/3 
Mrs Marilyn Hambleton 
Clerk to the Governing Body 
not applicable 
 
 
 
 
 
 

REGISTER OF GOVERNORS' INTERESTS 

This is an agenda item at each Full Governors Meeting. 
 
Anderson Chaplow: wife is a Friends of St Francis' committee member 
Date interest registered: 12 Oct 2017 
On behalf of the Catholic community and the community of the school, the Governing Body is responsible for the overall conduct of the school, for promoting high standards of educational achievement and ensuring the Catholic mission of the school. The Governing Body sets the framework to ensure the delivery of the school’s strategic Vision. 
 
The Governing Body is the school’s accountable body and as such it: 
• sets the strategic direction of the school by setting the vision, values, aims and objectives for the school including its Catholic ethos. It works with the school's leadership team and staff in establishing a policy framework for achieving those aims and objectives. The governors appoint and performance-manage the headteacher and agrees the school improvement strategy which includes setting statutory targets with supporting budgets and staffing structures; 
 
• challenges and supports the school by monitoring, reviewing and evaluating the work of the school, monitoring the school’s progress towards targets, and the effectiveness of the school’s improvement strategy; 
 
• appointing and performance-managing the headteacher who will deliver the aims (through the day to day management of the school, implementation of the agreed policy framework and school improvement strategy, and delivery of the curriculum) 
 
• ensures accountability by signing off the self-evaluation process and responding to Ofsted and RE inspection reports as necessary. In addition the governors hold the headteacher to account for the performance of the school and ensures that parents and the wider community are involved, consulted and informed as appropriate. 
 
Ensuring that Catholicity runs through every aspect of school life is another one of our top priorities. 
 
To be an effective governing body, governors will attend meetings and make regular visits to the school in order to get to know the school community. In addition each governor is assigned a particular area of responsibility for an area or subject, linking closely with different members of staff to monitor their areas of responsibility and providing Link Governor reports back to the full governing body. 
 
Meetings of Full Governors 2017-18 
 
These will be held at 6.00pm at St. Francis Catholic Primary School on the following dates: 
 
Thurs 10 October 
Thurs 16 November  
Tues 30 January 
Tues 13 March 
Tues 1 May 
Thurs 21 June 
 
 
As well as holding full Governing Body meetings which all Governors attend. the Governing Body also have several committees where small groups of Governors will concentrate on specific areas of school life: 
 
Curriculum Committee 
Finance Committee 
Premises/Health & Safety Committee 
Admissions & Personnel Committee 
Performance Management Committee 
Pay Committee 
Transport Committee 
Strategy Committee 
 
Minutes of Full Governing Body meetings are available and can be viewed in the school office on request. 
 
As Governors, we are elected and appointed to reflect the various sections of the community which have an interest in our school. 
 
The Diocese appoints the school’s Foundation Governors which, as a Catholic School, make up the majority of the Governing Body. Parents, teachers and support staff elect Governors to represent their interests and one Governor is appointed by the local authority. 
 
Foundation Governors 
 
Our Foundation Governors represent the interests of the Diocese and ensure the continuing Catholic ethos and vision of the school. 
 
Parent Governors 
 
Parents of pupils registered at the school are eligible to stand for election as a Parent Governor. They are elected by other parents at the school. 
 
Staff Governors 
 
The Headteacher is automatically eligible to be a full member of the Governing Body by virtue of their office. Both teaching and support staff who are paid to work at the school are eligible to stand as Staff Governors. They are elected by other members of the staff at the school. 
 
Local Authority Governor 
 
The Local Authority Governor is appointed by North Somerset Local Authority and is appointed from the local community. 
 
Who can be a School Governor? 
Anyone over 18 can be a School Governor – you do not have to be a parent with a child at the school. However, every Governing Body includes Parent Governors, and it can be a rewarding way to be involved in your child’s school. The most important qualities for being a Governor are enthusiasm, commitment and an interest in education. You do not need teaching experience, but it is useful to bring skills from other areas of your life. 
 
How do I become a School Governor? 
If you are interested in becoming a Governor, talk to the current Chair of Governors. When there is a vacancy for a Parent Governor all parents will be informed, and you will have a chance to stand for election. 
 
Any Governor can be contacted through the Clerk to the Governors via the school office should you wish to contact one of us. Alternatively, you can email the Chair at: cog@stfrancispri.org 
 
Ann Tarr 
Chair of Governors 

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