St Mary's Roman Catholic Voluntary Aided Primary School

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Central Avenue
Newton Aycliffe
Co. Durham
DL5 5NP

01325 300339

newtonaycliffestmarys@durhamlearning.net

Guided by faith, nurtured through love, inspired to achieve.
As witnesses to Jesus and enriched by the Holy Spirit, St Mary's Catholic Primary School is a respectful, caring and embracing family. We celebrate and share our Catholic faith together, recognising the uniqueness and potential of all. The values and learning that are nurtured in our school enable achievement in education and beyond.

Governors

The Governing Body

The Governing Body has a range of duties and powers and a general responsibility for the conduct of the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement. Its responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • setting targets for pupil achievement
  • managing the school's finances
  • making sure the curriculum is balanced and broadly based
  • appointing staff
  • reviewing staff performance and pay.

The Remit of the Governing Body

The governing body has considerable discretion as to how to discharge its responsibilities but is required to constitute itself in line with the regulations and to appoint a chair and vice chair. The governing body may delegate certain of its responsibilities to certain governors or committees of governors, although in general, it is not compelled to do so.

The Structure of Our Governing Body

Our governing body meets at least 3 times each year as a full governing body.  Our current Chair of Governors is Father Anthony Cornforth (Foundation Governor).  

It also has two active sub-committees.  

The Education Development Sub-Committee meets at least 3 times each year and supports and monitors the school's improvement agenda.  This includes looking closely at pupil performance data and the performance of all staff.  This committee is currently chaired by Kathleen Hammerton (Foundation Governor).

The Resources and Infrastructure  Sub-Committee focuses its work on health and safety, finance, buildings and personnel/staffing issues.  It also meets at least 3 times each year.  This committee is currently chaired by Mrs Ros Hutchinson (LA Governor).

 

Governors fall into 4 categories:

 Parent: These are voted in by the parents if more parents apply than are vacancies. They are the voice of a parent on the Governing Body.

Staff: A staff member is elected from the staff.

Foundation Governor: Appointed by the Bishop


Governor Vacancies 2020-21

 

At present we have a vacancy for A Foundation Governor

 Please contact Fr Anthony Cornforth if you are interested.

Please click on the link below to learn more about being a Foundation Governor.

 

 http://www.catholiceducation.org.uk/guidance-for-schools/governance/item/1003607-foundation-governor-infographic

Governors

     

Category

Name

Term of Office

Committees

Foundation

 

 

 

 

Fr. Anthony Cornforth

Chair of Governors

10/17 - 10/21

 

Mrs K Hammerton

Vice Chair

 

06/19- 06/23

 

Pupil Outcomes(C)

Miss S Hammerton

11 /20-  11/24

 

Mrs K Flanagan

06/19-   06/23

Staffing, Finance & Premises

Cllr S Quinn

07/ 19-  06/23

 Pupil Outcomes

Vacancy

11/19-   11/23

 

Mrs Marilyn Leech

 12/19 - 12/23

 

LA

Mrs Roslyn Hutchinson

06/17 -  06/21

Staffing, Finance & Premises (C)

Staff

Miss Amanda Miles

09/20 -   09/24

 Pupil Outcomes

Parent

 

Mrs J Darnell

11/19 -   11/23

Pupil Outcomes 

Mr M Bowman

11/19 -   11/23

 Pupil Outcomes

Head Teacher

Mrs Annette Sowden

 

 Pupil Outcomes

Staffing, Finance & Premises

    

 Register of Business/ Pecuniary Interest

 

 Name of Governor Category and Position of Responsibility  Appointed by & Term of Office   Nature of Business Interest / other Educational Establishments  Relationship to Staff Date of Interest registered  Date Interest Ceased Date of Signature  Notes  
 Annette Sowden Head Teacher  01.09.13 

Foundation Gov

St Francis Xavier School Richmond

 

Co-opted Gov

Leyburn  Primary School

Head teacher   01.09.17    01.09.13  
 Amanda Miles Staff 

 Staff

09/20 - 09/24

 Teacher Colleague        
Father Anthony Cornforth  Foundation

Diocese

09/17 - 09/21

St John's Catholic Academy - Governor

St Joseph's RC Primary School Newton Aycliffe - Governor

         
Mrs Rosalyn Hutchinson   LA

06/17- 06/21

 Works at Shotton Hall SCITT    06/17      
Mrs Kathleen Hammerton Foundation

 

Diocese

06/19 - 06/23

       
Mrs Katie Flannagan Foundation

 

Diocese

06/19 - 06/23

 Director Aycliffe Fabrications

 09/19      
Mrs Shirley Quinn Foundation

Diocese

07/19 - 07/23

Local Councillor

09/19
Mrs Marilyn Leech Foundation

Diocese

12/19 - 12/23

Vacancy Foundation

Diocese

 

Miss Sarah 

Hammerton

Foundation

Diocese

11/20 - 11/24

Teacher at St Bede's RC Primary School

Mrs Jill Darnell Parent

Parents

11/19 - 11/23

Mr Mark Bowman Parent

Parent

11/19 - 11/23

09/19

 

Attendance at meetings and Committees during the academic year 2019 - 2020

 

Previous Governors

The school is required by law to state on its website, details of any governors who have served over the past 12 months - even if they have now ceased their appointment.

 

Mr Noel McMenamin - Foundation Governor

Mr  McMenamin steeped down in January 2020 after 18 months as a governor.

 

Mrs Claire Elliott - Foundation Governor

Mrs Elliott stepped down in October 2020 after 12 months as a Governor

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