Governors work closely with headteachers, school staff and representatives from the Trust. Our governance structure was been amended to reflect our school joining The Bishop Wilkinson Catholic Education Trust (MAT) in November 2020, when we became a Local Governing committee.
Governor Membership and Interests
|Mr Michael Fingleton (Chair)||Foundation||26.11.2020 - 25.12.2024||Chair of Governing Committee||none||None|
|Mrs Samantha Clarke||Head Teacher - Ex Officio||07.09.2021 -||None||None|
|Ms Katherine Barton||Foundation||20.11.2020 - 19.11.2024||none||None|
|Miss Emma Waldock||Foundation||20.11.2020 - 19.11.2024||Member of Sacriston Parish Council||None|
|Mrs Ruth Maitland||Staff - elected by staff||13.11.2020 - 12.11.2024||None||None|
|Mrs Sabine Zeze||Foundation||20.11.2020 - 19.11.2024||None||None|
|Ms Samantha Lish||Additional||11.12.2020 - 10.12.2024||None||None|
|Mr Thomas Gillingham||Foundation||20.11.2020 - 19.11.2024||Vice Chair of Governors||None||None|
|Mr John Quinn||Foundation||08.10.2021 - 07.10.2025||None||None|
|Mrs Medi Volpe-Ayres ||Foundation||15.12.2020 -14.12.2024||none||None|
|Mrs A Jones||Co-optee||resigned from office November 2020|
|Mr Nick Wiecek||Parent||end of term of office - November 2020|
|Mr Liam Burn||Parent||resigned from office 11.10.2021|
|Mrs Teresa White||Foundation||Resigned from term of Office 08.07.2021|
Governors play an important part in raising standards for children. Their role is key to the effectiveness of the school and Ofsted judge this when inspecting the school. It is the job of the governors to appoint the head teacher and deputy head teacher. They provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. The Governors also hold the main responsibility for school finance.
The Local Governing Committee is made up of individual members but is established in law as a corporate body. Decisions are the joint responsibility of the local governing committee; individual governors may not act independently.
The local governing committee has a strategic role 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 for achievement of its aims and objectives
- Be a source of challenge and support to the head teacher (a critical friend)
The internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the governors is the responsibility of the head teacher.
Although all governors have the same roles and responsibilities, there are different categories of governor:
- Foundation – these people are appointed by the Diocese of Hexham & Newcastle
- Head Teacher – by virtue of appointment to post of Head Teacher
- Staff – by virtue of appointment the head teacher is a staff governor. Other staff governors are elected by the academic and support staff
- Parent – these people must have a child in school at the time of appointment and are elected by the parents of children in school
- Additional Governor – appointed by the Trust Board
At St Bede’s we have a deeply committed local governing committee which meets regularly. Should you have any questions or queries for the governing body, please mark correspondence for the attention of the Chair of Governors, or alternatively email our Chair of Governors, Mr M Fingleton at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Schools are required to display a record of Governor attendance at meetings for each school academic year.
✓ – 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 2021 -2022
|Meetings of Governing Committee||Mr Michael Fingleton||Mrs Samantha Clarke||Ms Katherine Barton||Mrs Sabine Zeze||Mrs Ruth Maitland||Ms Samantha Lish||Mr Thomas Gillingham||Mr John Quinn||Mrs Medi Volpe-Ayres|
|16.11.2021 - Pay review||✓||✓||✓||✓|
You can also view previous years attendance on our website.
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