Governance at St. George's
The role of the Governing Board of St George’s CA VA Primary School is a strategic one, and its key functions are to:
- set the aims and objectives for the school;
- set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives;
- set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives;
- monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives;
- be a source of support and challenge to the Senior Leadership Team (a critical friend);
- be ultimately accountable for welfare, well-being, safeguarding and education of all the children at St George’s, and for the health and safety of our whole school community.
Each individual governor is a member of the Governing Board. Individual governors may not act independently of the rest of the Governing Board; decisions are the joint responsibility of the Governing Board.
The Headteacher (Mrs Helen Wemyss) is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of St George’s School and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the Governing Board. She is also a member of the Governing Board.
GOVERNING BODY 2018-19
Chair: Mr Anthony Moore
Vice Chair: Mr Richard Purchase
Clerk: Mrs Sarah Hayes
Staff Governor: Miss Marian Cotton
Foundation Governors: Mr Anthony Moore, Mr Colin Garner, Mrs Gaenor Lobley, Mrs Gail Mercer and Mr Richard Purchase
LA Governor: Mrs Val Winch
Parent Governors: Mr Peter Moring, Mrs Rute Ribeiro da Silva Yates
Ex Officio Governors: Mrs Helen Wemyss (Headteacher) and Reverend James Mercer
COMMITTEE STRUCTURE AND MEMBERSHIP
Strategy, Planning and Policy Group: Mr Anthony Moore (Chair), Mrs Val Winch, Mr Richard Purchase, Mrs Helen Wemyss
Standards & Distinctiveness Group: Mr Anthony Moore, Mrs Val Winch, Mr Richard Purchase, Mrs Gaenor Lobley, Rev James Mercer, Mrs Helen Wemyss
Finance & Environment Group: Mr Richard Purchase (Chair), Mr Anthony Moore, Mr Colin Garner, Mrs Helen Wemyss
Full Governing Body: all governors (see list above)
Declaration of Business & Personal Interests
This is a statutory document for the Governing Body to ensure that governors not only act impartially, but are also seen to act impartially. The Governing Body has a responsibility to avoid any conflict between their business and personal interests/affairs and those of the school. There is a legal duty on all governors to declare an interest likely to lead to questions of bias when considering any item of business at a meeting and for the governor concerned to withdraw, if necessary, whilst the matter is considered.
Governors are required to complete a 'Declaration of Business Interests' on appointment and this declaration is reviewed annually. These are maintained as a Register of Business / Pecuniary Interests. Additionally, as an item on the agenda of every Governing Body and committee meeting, Governors are required to state whether they have any such interests.
The register enables governors to demonstrate that in spending public money they do not benefit personally from decisions which they make.
Below you can access our most recent Governors' Newsletters to parents and our local community