Governors


Contact the school governors on ChairSTM@dbmac.org.uk


The role of the School Governors/Academy Committee

The role of the School Governor (also known as Academy Committee Member) is demanding but very rewarding and is a good way to give back to your local community. School governing bodies are responsible for working with the school to ensure that it delivers a good quality education. Together with the Principal, who is responsible for day-to-day management, they set the school’s aims and policies.  The Academy Committee at St Thomas More feeds into the main Board of Directors of the Dominic Barberi Multi Academy Company which we are part of.

Academy Committee members have three main roles:

  • To provide strategic direction for the school
  • To act as critical friend to the Principal
  • To ensure accountability

They also carry out a number of other important duties, which include:

  • Determining how the school’s budget is spent
  • The appointing and dismissing of staff
  • Hearing appeals and grievances
  • Forming policy on the school’s curriculum and collective worship
  • Setting standards for pupils’ behavior and discipline
  • Making sure the school buildings are welcoming and safe
  • Setting and monitoring the school’s aims and policies

The Academy Committee plays a vital role in supporting the Principal and professional staff to determine the school’s ethos and aiding development so that its pupils learn most effectively and achieve their full potential. It offers leadership, support, constructive advice, a second opinion on proposals and help where needed. It also challenges, asks questions, seeks information, and tries to arrive at the best solution.

The Principal and professional staff are accountable to the Governing Body for the school’s management and performance.

As a voluntary aided (VA) Catholic school, a number of our governors are Foundation Governors, who are appointed by the church. Many of our governors are also parents of children in the school.

The full governing body meet five times each year and business is delegated to two committees: the Ethos, Curriculum and Standards Committee, who meet termly, and the Premises, Finance and Personnel Committee, who also meet termly.

Governors business/Pecuniary Interests:

 

Name Role Business Interests Other educational establishments governed Relationships with school staff
Breda Bowles Principal School   My sister works at St Josephs Carterton
Nicola Rogan Chair

Foundation

Townhouse Executive Travel    
Stephen Finn Foundation Software testing    
Chris Robins Observer Retired County Counsellor    
Sue Pollard

Lucy Coleman

Staff

Staff

 Higher Level Teaching Assistant

Teacher

   
Sophie Upellini Staff Works in School Office    
Sally-Anne Reckless Foundation

Vice-Chair

Works in NHS    
Gabriel Nicolau Associate Recruitment and Strategic sector    
Emma Rhodes Parent Charity Sector    
Eamon Bennett Parent   St Clares School, Oxford  
John Bellasis Foundation      
Julia Hamper Associate Education sector    

 

ACADEMY COMMITTEE OF ST THOMAS MORE RC PRIMARY SCHOOL

 

EXECUTIVE PRINCIPAL

Breda Bowles – Principal Staff Governor

CHAIR OF ACADEMY COMMITTEE

NickieIMG_0061 Rogan – Foundation Governor & Chair of the Curriculum Sub Committee

Email: chairstm@dbmac.org.uk

 

 

 

 

VICE CHAIR OF ACADEMY COMMITTEE

Sally-IMG_0069Anne Reckless – Foundation Governor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sue Pollard – Elected Staff Governor

 

 

 

 

 

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Emma Rhodes – Parent Governor

 

 

 

 

 

 

sophie Sophie Upellini – Staff

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Stephen Finn – Elected Parent Governor

 

 

Chris Robins – Academy Additional Member Governor

Lucy Coleman – Staff Governor and Reception Teacher 

Eamonn Bennet – Parent Governor 

John Bellasis -Foundation Governor 

Julia Hamper

 

CLERK TO THE GOVERNORS

Judy East

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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