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Welcome to our governors' section.
We have an active and committed board of Governors who work very hard on behalf of the school. There are a number of Committees which focus on areas of school life, for example: Staffing, Finance, Curriculum, Premises.

Irene Dillon Foundation Governor.

My teaching career began 49 years ago at St Paul of the Cross School in Burtonwood. My next teaching post was in Zambia. Living in that beautiful country and teaching some of its equally beautiful people was a very enriching and humbling experience for which I am eternally grateful. Our children were born in Zambia and completed their primary education there. In 1987 my family returned to England and I began work at St Theresa's. For most of my time I taught Year Six, where I enjoyed guiding the children towards becoming independent learners and responsible individuals who played a very active role in the running of the school. In 2006 I retired from full time teaching, but I continue to do some part time work at St Theresa's.

Earlier this year I was invited to become a Foundation Governor and I am pleased to bring my experience and expertise to that task. As a class teacher I am very aware of the effort involved in making sure that every child is equally important and that all are given the opportunity to succeed. I acknowledge too, the hard work and organization that goes into running a happy and successful school.

I always appreciated the support given to me by our dedicated team of Governors and I am pleased and privileged to be asked to join that team.

I’m Paula Cain,

I was a teacher for 33 years before retiring, twenty two of those years teaching at St Theresa’s Primary School. Whilst teaching there, I was also a member of the Senior Management Team and therefore understand the important and sometimes difficult decisions that need to be taken to ensure the school remains successful and every child given the chance to achieve their full potential. For many years I have also served as a teacher governor and am now honoured to serve the school as a Foundation governor.

Gareth Cross is a Councillor for the Bold Ward of St Helens MBC, which he
is proud to have represented since 2010 and he is also a member of the
Re:new Four Acre Neighbourhood Management Board.  A graduate in Politics,
Philosophy and Economics, Gareth is an active member of the Labour Party
and of the Trade Union Unite.  He works as a company director for a
consultancy business and is also a director and trustee of a registered
charity and social enterprise.  Born in Billinge he was educated and lives
locally, Gareth is married with young children and is also currently Chair
of Governors at The District CE Primary in Earlestown.

My name is Ann Molyneux and I have served as a foundation Governor at St Theresa’s for over 30 years. St Theresa’s is my parish and I have always taken an active role in supporting both the church and the school.

Before retiring, I worked as the school cook at St Anne’s Catholic Primary School for 32 years. I have two grown-up children and four grandchildren, one of which attends the school.

As a governor, I have been involved with most aspects of school life including, school council, SEN, Health and Welll-Being and fund raising. I am a regular visitor to the school, both as a grandparent and in my role as governor. I feel being a governor is not only a very big responsibility, but a privilege. To see children happy and progressing is a just reward.

Philip Swanson Foundation Governor – Chair of Governors Term of Office: 1st September 2014 – 31st August 2018

Originally from Anfield in Liverpool I was ordained a priest in my home church of All Saints in July 1984. During my years of priesthood I served in Widnes and Skelmersdale before being appointed to St Theresa's in 1995. In 2005 I was asked to take on extra responsibilities and became Parish Priest of St. Bartholomew's in Rainhill. I have governed schools for over 30 years and am presently a governor at St. Theresa's, and St. Bartholomew's primary schools and St. Cuthbert’s High School in Parr. Over the years I have taken on a number of roles in the schools I have been involved with. I enjoy being part of the life of the school and taking an active part in helping staff, children and parents. I have a busy life and enjoy everything I do as a priest. I enjoy going on holiday mainly to France, Portugal and Italy. I love the city of Rome with its history culture and shops! Philip Swanson.

 

Hi – I’m Marie Williams – a ‘tyke’ from Yorkshire, where my aged Dad still lives, whom I visit fortnightly. I went to college in Liverpool and taught in Page Moss, before moving here. I married a ‘Clocker’ long deceased. I have 2 super children, long married and 2 lovely grandsons. When I was made redundant and became a Foundation Governor, I worked in a supermarket, where ex-pupils took bets on wh​ether I’d last. As a governor, I pop into school when I can – committee meetings, assemblies, school walk, fayre, gala and my special areas are Early Years and Maths. I’ve been involved in schools for a long time. I’m involved in parish life – reader, minister, Baptism courses – where many of you know me from, communion meetings, cleaner, author of monthly prayer sheet. 15 years ago, 3 of us started Over 50’s – so I’m ‘cradle to the grave’ lady – where I do finances, set-up, chair-bound exercise, line dancing, organise trips and holidays. I’m also on call for grandsons and daughters cat. When I have a minute, I try to catch up on housework and gardening. I enjoy exploring Great Britain and Europe, and collect postcards, which are true pictures of past.

 

Yes I do wear glasses.

My name is Ged Mullins, I am the Staff Governor and I have been a member of the Governing Body for eight years.

I have worked in various education settings for the past thirty years and I also have considerable experience in business too. My initial career path followed the Special Education route, whereby I was employed in a Special School which catered for children with complex behavioural, emotional and psychiatric disorders. I progressed to become a Senior Manager within the school.

In January 2003, I embarked on my career at St. Theresa’s. Initially my role was that of Learning Mentor, however that role has developed considerably and I am now a Senior Manager with responsibilities for Safeguarding, behaviour and discipline, pupil welfare, inclusion and Extended Services to name but a few.

I love my job and I love St. Theresa’s. I feel very privileged to be part of a Senior Leadership Team who care deeply for the staff and children in our charge. However, working closely with the children and their families affords me a rare and very rewarding experience on a daily basis.

Claire Pickering 

I have been a qualified Safeguarding Social Worker for 14 years, for the last 7 years I have been a Registered Manager, managing a variety of respite and children’s homes for Warrington Borough Council.

I have valuable skills in communication, working with children and safeguarding procedure including risk management.

I have vast experience in multi - agency working, chair meetings, problem solving and managing budgets.

INSTRUMENT OF GOVERNMENT

 

1.       The name of the school is St Theresa’s Catholic Primary School. 

 

2.       The school is a maintained school.

 

3.       The name of the governing body is “The Governing Body of St Theresa’s Catholic Primary School”.

 

4.       The governing body shall consist of:

 

(a)     6 foundation governors;

(b)     2 parent governors;

(c)     1 Headteacher;

(d)     1 staff governor;

(e)     1 local authority governor

 

5.       Total number of governors is 11. 

 

 

6.       The term of office for every governor is 4 years.

 

7.       The Archdiocese in consultation with the governors is entitled to appoint foundation governors.

 

8.       St Theresa’s Catholic Primary School will aim to provide a caring Christian atmosphere where each person is respected as a unique individual with a God given dignity.  We are committed to offering an inclusive curriculum to ensure the best possible progress for all of our pupils, whatever their abilities.  Children are entitled to develop fully, to become socially, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually integrated members of society.

 

9.       This Instrument of Government comes into effect on 30th March 2015.

 

10.    This Instrument of Government was made by order of St Helens Local Authority on 26th March 2015.

Term of Office

Name

Category

Responsibility

Appointed by

Term of Office

 

 

 

 

 

Rev P Swanson

Foundation

Chair

Archdiocese of Liverpool

01/09/14-31/08/18

Ms P Caine

Foundation

 

Archdiocese of Liverpool

22/07/13-21/07/17

Mrs I Dillon

Foundation

 

Archdiocese of Liverpool

09/01/15-08/01/19

Mrs A Molyneux

Foundation

 

Archdiocese of Liverpool

01/09/14-31/08/18

Mrs M Williams

Foundation

Vice-chair

Archdiocese of Liverpool

01/09/14-31/08/18

 

Cllr G Cross

LA

 

Local Authority

14/07/14-15/07/18

Mrs S Johnson

Headteacher

 

Local Authority

25/11/14-26/11/18

Mr G Mullins

Staff

 

Local Authority

29/03/14-30/03/18

            

Mrs C Pickering

Parent

 

Local Authority

07/06/17-06/06/20

Mr I Farrar

Parent

 

Local authority

20/07/15-19/07/18

THE CURRICULUM COMMITTEE

 

April:               2017

 

 

Membership: The committee shall consist of not less than two Governors plus the Headteacher.

 

Fr P Swanson

Mrs M Williams

Mrs A Molyneux

Mr G Mullins

Miss P Caine

Mrs S Johnson

 

Quorum:        The quorum shall be two Governors, plus the Headteacher.

 

Meetings:        The committee shall meet at least once a term and otherwise as required.

 

 

Terms of Reference:

 

To advise the Governing Body on standards, the school’s Curriculum Statement, the LA’s Curriculum Statement and its statutory obligations under the National Curriculum.

 

With the assistance of staff, to provide information to the Governing Body about how the curriculum is taught, evaluated and resourced.

 

To establish, adopt and review the policy and provision for Collective Worship and for Religious Education.

 

To establish, adopt and review the policy and provision for Sex Education.

 

To ensure that the requirements of children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) and Looked After Children (LAC) are met.

 

To review the information about the school performance, which the Governing Body is required to publish.

 

To approve the School Profile.

 

To approve the school’s Self Evaluation Form (SEF).

 

To establish, adopt and review the home-school agreement.

 

To make recommendations as to a Governing Body statement on pupil behaviour and discipline, including a policy on behaviour and upon the exclusion of pupils.

 

To review, after consultation with the Head Teacher, staff and parents, the school policies on pastoral care, welfare, health and safety and school uniform.

 

To monitor and secure a balanced treatment, where required, of political issues.

 

To contribute and monitor relevant areas of the School Improvement Plan.

 

To approve and monitor school attainment and improvement targets and provide termly progress reports.

 

To develop a policy on visits to school by Governors and subsequently establish an annual programme of visits.

 

To receive reports from Governors with a designated interest in specific curriculum areas.

 

 

Administrative Responsibilities

 

To ensure there are effective Clerking arrangements in place for the Committee.

 

To submit minutes to the full Governing Body.

 

THE FINANCE AND BUILDINGS COMMITTEE

 

April: 2017

 

 

Membership: The committee shall consist of not less than two Governors plus the Headteacher.

 

Fr P Swanson

Mrs M Williams

Mrs A Molyneux

Cllr G Cross

Mrs S Johnson

 

Quorum: The quorum shall be two Governors, plus the Headteacher.

 

Meetings: The committee shall meet at least once a term and otherwise as required.

 

 

Terms of Reference:

 

 

  1. To comply with the Financial Regulations agreed by the Governing Body.
  2. To consider requests/recommendations for expenditure submitted by other sub-committees, members of the Governing Body, Headteacher and convey the decision to the appropriate body responsible for taking action.
  3. Following the receipt of the school budget, to determine detailed budgetary categories and present the proposed budget to the Governing Body.
  4. To determine and recommend, to the full Governing Body, arrangements for managing, controlling and administering the school bank account, all related financial procedures and records.
  5. To vary specific budget categories by amounts in accordance with the school’s financial procedures, which will be reported at subsequent full Governors’ meeting.

  6. To make arrangements to order works, goods and services that would incur expenditure in accordance with the school’s financial procedures, which will be reported at subsequent full Governors’ meeting.

  7. To consider proposed contracts, which would commit the school to payments beyond the current financial year and make recommendations to the full Governing Body.

  8. To consider the financial implications of any staffing change and report to the full Governing Body.

  9. In the absence of the Headteacher the Deputy Headteacher assumes delegated responsibilities.

HEALTH AND SAFETY COMMITTEE

 

April: 2017

 

 

Membership: The committee shall consist of not less than two Governors plus the Headteacher.

 

Fr P Swanson

Mrs A Molyneux

Mr G Mullins

Mrs S Johnson

 

Quorum: The quorum shall be two Governors, plus the Headteacher.

 

Meetings: The committee shall meet at least once a term and otherwise as required.

 

 

Terms of Reference:

 

To provide support and guidance for the Head Teacher on all matters relating to the school premises and grounds, school security and health and safety requirements.

 

To annually inspect the premises and grounds and prepare a statement of priorities for maintenance and development (linked to the school’s Asset Management Plan) for approval by the Governing Body. This will include periodic inspections of buildings, plant and equipment.

 

To assist the Governing Body and the Head Teacher to discharge their responsibilities under the Health and Safety at Work Act and the Environmental Protection Act.

 

To consider the Local Authority’s policies on Health and Safety and recommend a policy for the school to be adopted by the Governing Body.

 

To ensure that the necessary school management organisation is in place to implement the policy and monitor the effectiveness of the school’s Health and Safety Policy.

 

To ensure that the school complies with Health and Safety Regulations.

 

To approve the costs and arrangements for maintenance, repairs and redecoration of the premises within the appropriate budget allocation.

 

To establish and keep under review a building development plan and an accessibility plan.

 

To ensure that the school undertakes any necessary liaison/consultation with the Local Authority’s Property Services Section where appropriate.

 

To consider and report back upon such matters as may be delegated or devolved to the Committee by the Governing Body.

 

 

Administrative Responsibilities

 

To ensure there are effective Clerking arrangements in place for the Committee.

 

To submit minutes to the full Governing Body.

THE PERSONNEL AND APPOINTMENTS COMMITTEE

 

April: 2017

 

 

Membership: The committee shall consist of not less than two Governors plus the Headteacher.

 

Fr P Swanson

Mrs A Molyneux

Mr G Mullins

Mrs S Johnson

Cllr G Cross

 

 

Quorum: The quorum shall be two Governors, plus the Headteacher.

 

Meetings: The committee shall meet at least once a term and otherwise as required.

 

 

Terms of Reference:

 

To undertake the selection, recruitment and appointment of staff below Deputy Head Teacher level.

 

To determine the staffing structure of the school at least annually in relation to the school’s Development Plans.

 

To draw up for approval by the Governing Body all policy documents relating to Personnel issues and to keep them under regular review.

 

To monitor staff absences in line with any sickness/attendance procedures adopted by the Governing Body.

 

To consider and make decisions relating to staff leave of absence with or without pay.

 

To review and monitor the implementation of the school’s Performance Management Policy.

 

To monitor Continuous Professional Development (CPD).

 

To consider and make decisions that could result in a disciplinary sanction/action against an employee.

 

To consider and make decisions relating to the compulsory redundancy of any employees in line with the school’s redundancy policy as necessary taking into account any statutory and LA guidance.

 

To consider and make decisions that could result in the termination of employment of any employee on the grounds of performance capability.

 

To consider and make decisions that could result in the termination of employment of an employee on the grounds of ill health or incapacity.

 

To receive reports from Committees which deal with staff related matters.

 

To undertake the responsibilities of the Governing Body in respect of newly qualified teachers/probationary teachers.

 

 

Administrative Responsibilities

 

To ensure there are effective Clerking arrangements in place for the Committee.

 

To submit minutes to the full Governing Body.

THE HEADTEACHER’S PERFORMANCE REVIEW COMMITTEE

 

April: 2017

 

 

Membership: The committee shall consist of not less than two Governors plus the Headteacher.

 

Fr P Swanson

Mrs M Williams

Mrs A Molyneux

 

 

Meetings: The committee shall meet at least once a term and otherwise as required.

 

 

Terms of Reference:

 

To carry out the Head Teacher’s annual performance review as laid down in current legislation and the school’s Performance Management Policy.

 

To arrange to meet with the School Improvement Partner (SIP) to discuss the Head Teacher’s performance targets.

 

To decide, with the support of the SIP, whether the targets have been met and to set new targets annually.

 

To monitor through the year the performance of the Head Teacher against the targets.

 

To make recommendations to the appropriate Committee responsible for making decisions on pay in respect of any incremental advance on the pay scale.

 

To consider and report back upon such matters as may be delegated or devolved to the Committee by the Governing Body.