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Springhill Catholic Primary School

Governance

Newman Catholic Academy Trust

Members:      

Rt Rev Philip Egan - Appointed 27.11.2016
Rev Canon Michael Dennehy - Appointed 27.11.2016
Rev Paul James Smith - Appointed 10.01.2020
Mary Breen - Appointed 31.07.2020
Heather Hauschild - Appointed 01.07.2020

 

Local Governing Body

 Chair of Governors: Mr R Congreve - chairofgovernors@springhillcatholic.net

Role and Responsibilities

The school governing body has a strategic role in ensuring that the school is providing education of a high standard, and based on the teachings of the Catholic Church and Canon Law. The governing body is essentially a monitoring body which works in partnership with the school leadership team. The school headteacher and the leadership team are responsible for the internal organisation of the school. The governing body critically appraises the whole school performance and is responsible for approving staff appointments and overseeing how the school budget is spent. Only decisions ratified by the whole governing body are binding and have a legal value. However, the board can delegate to committees or single governors, such as the Chair, some specific responsibilities. Otherwise, a single governor as such has no specific authority.

Composition of the Governing Body

The Governing Body is made up of:

  • 10 Foundation Governors, appointed directly by the Bishop. They have a special duty to ensure that the school Catholic Ethos is preserved and developed, and that Catholic Education in School is in line with the Bishop's directions

  • 2 Staff Governors (including the headteacher)

  • 2 Parent Governors, elected by the parents

  • 1 Co-opted Governor

A clerk supports them with circulation of documents, information and minute taking.

Committees and Working Groups

Springhill governing board meets twice per term, and delegates specific duties to four committees that report to the whole board:

Admissions and Staffing:- oversees the annual pupil admission round and monitors staffing issues.

Curriculum:- reviews the school curricula against national standards.

Finance and Building:- monitors how the school budget is spent to support education and the specific school improvement plan.

Communications: - focuses on communications with parents and other key stakeholders.

 

Governors use different sources of information, such as: the regular Headteacher Report; anonymised statistics about pupils; reports from OFSTED, the Diocese of Portsmouth and other external auditors; visits to school and 'learning walks' to focus on a particular area.

NAME

CATEGORY

APPOINTED/

ELECTED BY

OFFICE

HELD

TERM OF

OFFICE

COMMITTEE

Dr Gerard Riley

Foundation Director

Diocese of Portsmouth

 

01.09.18-31.08.22

Admissions & Staffing
Finance & Buildings

Mr James Bartholomew Gallagher

Foundation Director

Diocese of Portsmouth

Vice-Chair

01.09.18-31.08.22

Finance & Buildings

(Chair)

Mr Tamas Frajka

Foundation Governor

Diocese of Portsmouth

05.01.18-04.01.22

Finance & Buildings

Mrs Becky Magee

Foundation Governor

Diocese of Portsmouth

20.04.19-29.04.23

Admissions & Staffing
Curriculum

Mrs Eugenie Taylor

Foundation Governor

Diocese of Portsmouth

21.07.2021-20.07.2025

Admissions & Staffing
Curriculum

Dr Peter Kollig

Foundation Director

Diocese of Portsmouth

07.06.18-06.06.22

Finance & Buildings

Mrs Sarah Pearson

Foundation Director

Diocese of Portsmouth

09.12.18– 08.12.22

Curriculum (Chair)

Communications

Mr Graham Joslin

Parent Governor

Parent election

04.12.18-03.12.22

Finance & Buildings
Communications (Chair)

Mr Richard Galfrid Gregory Congreve

Co-opted

Chair of Governors

16.10.18-15.10.22

Admissions & Staffing

Curriculum

Dr Fiammetta Fedele

Foundation Governor

Diocese of Portsmouth

30.04.19-29.04.23

Curriculum
Finance & Buildings

Denise Cardenas-Lopez

Parent Governor

Parent election

04.12.18-03.12.22

Anthony Rouse

Foundation Governor

Diocese of Portsmouth

26.07.2021-25.07.2025

Miss Ciara Duddy

Headteacher

Director

Automatic Appointment

01.01.21

All

Mr Iain Rylands

Staff Director
(Teacher and Religious Education

Co-ordinator)

Staff election

12.10.2021-11.10.2025

Curriculum

Chika Ikejiuba

Foundation Governor

Diocese of Portsmouth

14.09.21-13.09.25

Mrs Natalie Compton

Clerk

Board of Governors

Health and Safety 

There is a further working group, Health and Safety, which monitors school compliance with current Health and Safety legislation.

 Meet the Governors

Who are the Governors

Governors at Springhill

Governors Vision

Annual Governance Statement

Governors Register of Interests