Governance - The Local Governing Body

The aim of the Local Governing Body at our school is to work with the staff in helping the children achieve their full potential in a happy, caring environment.

We do this in four main ways:

1. Monitoring the performance and progress of our children.

2. Working with the staff to help them teach and care for our children.

3. Deciding on how the resources of the school are best used.

4. Planning ahead so that the performance of our children and our school continues to improve.

To deliver this effectively the governing body members are representative of the key groups involved in our school - the parents, the staff, the church community. All of these people have the best interests of the school at heart and give a great deal of time in support of St Francis Xavier School.

We meet together as an Academy Committee at least once every term as do our 'Provisions' and 'Outcomes' committees. In addition we each have a specialist area that we take particular interest in (eg. Safeguarding, English, Special Educational Needs).

We are always keen to hear your views and I hope that we can work together to ensure that St Francis Xavier continues to be the outstanding school that it is today.

Governing Body Membership

Name Type of Governor
Miss C Cullen Chair of Governing Body / Foundation Governing Body Representative/ Safeguarding Governor
Rev Fr J Nwafor Foundation Governing Body Representative
Ms L Marshall Ex-officio by Virtue of Office as Principal
Mrs A Kaminski Staff Governing Body Representative
Mrs J Burke Foundation Governor Body Representative
Mrs A Whitmore Clerk to the Governing Body
Mrs D Favata Parent Governor Co Vice Chair
Mrs K OSullivan Parent Governor Co Vice Chair

Declaration of Business Interests and Attendance

It is the policy of St Francis Catholic Primary School that Governors and staff not only act impartially, but are also seen to act impartially.

The local governing body and school staff have a responsibility to avoid any conflict between their business and personal interests and affairs and those of the school. There is a legal duty on all our governors to declare an interest likely to lead to questions of bias when considering any item of business at a meeting, and for the representative concerned to withdraw, if necessary, whilst the matter is considered.

In order to put this duty into practice, our Local Governing Body has established a register of pecuniary interests indicating, for all Governors, Staff and the Principal, any business interests. This includes, if appropriate, the company by whom they are employed, directorships, significant shareholdings or other appointments of influence within a business or other organisation which may have dealings with the school.

They include their own interest and those of any member of their immediate family or other individuals known to them who may exert influence. The register page is signed by the Representative/Staff Member. The register enables the Local Governing Body to demonstrate that in spending public money, they do not benefit personally from decisions that they make.

Name of Governor Status Date of Appointment Term of Office End term date Date Stepped Down (if applicable) Appointed by Pecuniary Interests Details Attendance last academic year
Carolann Cullen Foundation/Chair 13 Apr 2023 4 Years 12 Apr 2027 NA DES and Board of Directors Yes Employee of Lloyds Bank plc and relative working within school  
Michelle Hemmingway Foundation/Vice Chair 7 May 2021 4 Years 6 May 2025 08/10/2023 DES and Board of Directors No NA  
Jennifer Burke Foundation 19 May 2023 4 Years 18 May 2027 NA DES and Board of Directors No NA  
Joseph Nwafor Foundation 26 Sep 2023 4 Years 25 Sep 2027 NA DES and Board of Directors No NA  
Morag Hackett Foundation 14 May 2021 4 Years 13 May 2025 22nd March 2023 DES and Board of Directors Yes Relative works at school  
Rebecca Fletcher Foundation 14 Apr 2015 4 Years 12 Apr 2023 NA DES and Board of Directors No NA  
Laura Marshall Ex-officio by virtue of office as principal 01 Sept 2023     NA DES and Board of Directors      
Theresa Luxton Staff 31 May 2019 4 Years 30 May 2023 NA Elected by school staff No NA  
Jennifer Downes Ex-officio by virtue of office as headteacher/principal 01 Sept 2018 August 22 August 2022 NA DES and Board of Directors No NA  
Gary Linford Interim Principal 01 Sept 2022 Sept 2022 August 2023 NA DES and Board of Directors No NA  
Amelia Kaminski Staff 06 June 2023 4 Years 05 June 2027 NA Staff No NA  
Debbie Favata Parent Governor/Vice Chair 07 Nov 2022 4 Years 6 Nov 2026 NA Parents No NA  
Kimberley OSullivan Parent Governor/Vice Chair 07 Nov 2022 4 Years 6 Nov 2026 NA Parents No NA  

The following information can be found on the Emmaus Catholic Multi Academy Company website by following the link below:

  • Annual Report
  • Annual audited accounts
  • Memorandum of Association
  • Articles of Association
  • Names of charity trustees and members
  • Funding Agreement

Financial Information

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