Our Local Governing Committee (LGC)

Governors work closely with headteachers, school staff and representatives from the local authority (LA). Click the names of each Governor to find out more about their roles and responsibilities:

Local Governing Committee Structure

NameRepresentingTerm
of
Office
CommitteeRegister
of
Interests
Relationship
to
Staff
Deacon Peter LaveryFoundation
(Clergy Representative)
01/03/2021 -
28/03/2025
Admissions (Chair)
Head teacher's performance
Deacon -Parish of St Joseph's, BirtleyDeacon at Parish Church
Mrs Bernadette BartlettFoundation 01/03/2021 -
28/03/2025
Resources
First/Pay Review (Chair)
Head teacher's performance
Human ResourcesPrevious parent of the school
Governor
Miss Patricia JennerFoundation 01/03/2021 -
28/03/2025
First/Pay Review
Curriculum (Chair)
Admissions
Education (retired)Previous teacher of the school
Governor
Mrs Angela Garrity - Vice Chair Foundation 01/03/2021 -
28/03/2025
First/Pay Review
Admissions
Education Previous parent of the school
Miss Sophie LoughlinStaff 01/03/2021 -
28/03/2025
Resources
Curriculum
Acting Deputy Head TeacherStaff member (teacher)
Staff governor
Mrs Claire CanhamStaff - non elected governorResources
Admissions
Curriculum
Deputy head teacherStaff member (deputy head teacher)
Mrs Catherine Young
Head TeacherAll CommitteesHead teacherHead teacher
Mrs Monica Kelsey (Chair)Foundation01/03/2021 -
28/03/2025
Curriculum
Head teacher's performance
Education Parent of the School
Mrs Beverley WildishFoundationParent of the School

Statutory Guidance for Governing Bodies

St Benet’s Catholic Primary School adhere to the statutory guidance from the Department of Education. This means that governing bodies must have regard to it when carrying out duties relating to the constitution of governing bodies in maintained schools.

The Constitution of Governing Bodies of Maintained Schools (2017)

How To Become A School Governor

If you require further information on the roles and responsibilities of School Governors or you are interested in becoming one, visit the Durham County Council website School Governor section.


Governor Attendance

Schools are now required to display a record of Governor attendance at meetings for each school academic year.

KEY
✓   – Attended meeting
A/A   – Apologies sent and accepted by meeting
N   – Did not attend
n/a  – Not a member of the committee

Record of Attendance 2022- 2023

NameFull Governor Meeting 24-11-22Business Meeting
12-01-23
Special Meeting - Admission Policy Consultation 24/25
13-02-23
Admissions Committee
01-03-23
Full Local Governing Committee Meeting
01-03-23
Head teacher Appraisal Committee
24-03-23
Deacon P LaveryA/AA/A
Mrs B Bartlett A/AA/AN/AA/A
Miss P JennerN/A
Mrs Angela Garrity - Vice Chair A/AN/A
Miss S LoughlinN/AN/A
Mrs C YoungA/A - on maternity leave
Mr D Miller - Acting Head teacher until 28 Nov 22------
Mrs C CanhamA/AN/AN/A
Mrs M Kelsey - Chair of GovernorsA/AA/AA/A
Mrs Helen BarkerN/AN/A

Archived Attendance
You can also view previous years attendance on our website.


Committee Terms of Reference

First / Pay Review Committee

CHAIR: Mrs Bernadette Bartlett
Terms of Reference:

  • Annually agree the Teachers’ Pay Policy.
  • Act in accordance with the Teachers’ Pay Policy when carrying out the annual review of teachers’ salaries.
  • Report to the Resources committee on pay review related expenditure.
  • Consider any requests made in accordance with personnel policies e.g. flexible working, leave of absence etc. (unless delegated to the Headteacher).
  • Make any decisions relating to … the personnel procedures adopted by the Governing Body e.g. disciplinary, grievance, ill-health, capability etc.
  • Make any decisions relating to a member of staff (other than the Headteacher) under the personnel procedures adopted by the Governing Body (unless delegated to the Headteacher).
  • Deal with matters relating to staffing reductions.

MEETINGS: at least annually during the Autumn term
QUORUM:
DISQUALIFICATIONS: Headteacher; Chair of Governors (if have prior knowledge); where there may be a conflict of interest; any Governor whose spouse/partner is involved; staff (annual pay review and matters relating to staffing reductions)

 Appeals Committee

CHAIR: Mrs Angela Garrity
Terms of Reference:

  • Consider any appeal against a decision made under the personnel procedures adopted by the Governing Body.
  • Consider any appeal against a decision to dismiss a member of staff made by the First/Pay Review Committee (or Headteacher if delegated).
  • Consider any appeal against a decision made by the First/Pay Review Committee during the annual review of teachers’ salaries.
  • Consider any appeal against selection for redundancy through a staffing reduction process.
  • Consider complaints against the school in accordance with the agreed school Complaints Procedure.

MEETINGS: as and when required.
QUORUM: Must have at least the same number of Governors as were present at the original hearing.
DISQUALIFICATIONS: Headteacher; Chair of Governors (if have prior knowledge); any Governor involved in the original hearing; where there may be a conflict of interest; any Governor whose spouse/partner is involved; staff (appeals in relation to salary or staffing reduction decisions)

Admissions Committee

Chair: Deacon Peter Lavery
Terms of Reference:

  • To determine within statutory guidelines and the School Admission Policy whether any child shall be admitted to the school.
  • To adopt a School Admission policy in line with diocesan guidelines and review admission arrangements annually.
  • To adopt a Nursery Admission Policy and review admission arrangements annually.
  • To set a planned admission number (PAN) considering infant class size legislation.

MEETINGS: at least annually during the Spring term.

Headteacher’s Performance Review Committee

LEAD GOVERNOR: Mrs Monica Kelsey
Terms of Reference:

  • Set, with the support of the School Improvement Partner,  Headteacher’s annual performance objectives.
  • Monitor throughout the year the performance of the Headteacher against agreed performance objectives.
  • Review, with the support of the School Improvement Partner (SIP) achievement of performance objectives.
  • Make recommendations to the First/Pay Review Committee in respect of the Headteacher’s annual pay progression.

MEETINGS: Autumn Term plus monitoring meetings
DISQUALIFICATIONS: Headteacher and staff

 

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