Annual Governance Statement
ST. EDWARD’S CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL
Purpose of this Governance Statement
This governance statement has been prepared and published by the Governing Board of St. Edward’s Catholic Primary School (hereafter referred to as the Governing Board) in compliance with our duty to report on the ways in which we have fulfilled our obligations and responsibilities relating to (i) our overarching duty to conduct the school in accordance with its Catholic character and (ii) our core functions (which are explained below) during the 2018/2019 academic year.
A list of serving governors is set out at Appendix 1.
Role of the Governing Board
As the Governing Board of a Catholic School, our overarching responsibility lies in ensuring that the School is conducted in accordance with its Catholic character at all times, and this overriding duty (which is also a legal duty) permeates everything that we do. Further, in accordance with our legal obligations, the Governing Board endeavours to operate at a strategic level leaving the Headteacher and senior school leaders responsible and accountable to us for the operational day-to-day running of the School. It is by achieving these aims that we can be sure that our School has effective governance.
The three core functions of the Governing Board are:
Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the School and its pupils, and for the internal organisation, management and control of the School, including performance management of staff; and
Overseeing the financial performance of the School and making sure its money is well spent.
As an integral part of the vision for the holistic formation of children and young people Canon law (Church law) also requires that Catholic schools (which includes academies) are “…at least as academically distinguished as that in the other schools of the area” (806§2) and the Governing Board are mindful of this requirement in all that we do.
Scope of Governing Board’s Responsibilities
The Governing Board acknowledges that we have overall responsibility for ensuring that St. Edward’s Catholic Primary School has an effective and appropriate system of control, financial and otherwise. However, such a system is designed to manage rather than eliminate the risk of failure to achieve our objectives, and can provide only a reasonable (as opposed to absolute) assurance against material misstatement or loss.
The Governing Board has delegated the day-to-day responsibility to the Headteacher for ensuring financial controls conform with the requirements of both propriety and good financial management.
Composition of the Governing Board
The Governing Board is made up of 9 Foundation Governorsɫ, 2 Staff Governors (including the Headteacher), 2 Parent Governors, 1 Local Authority Governor and 2 Co-opted Governors*.
ɫ Foundation Governors are appointed by the Bishop of the Diocese in which the School is situated. The Bishop not only appoints his Foundation Governors because of their particular skills, but, more importantly, for the strict purpose of ensuring, on his behalf, the Catholic character of the School. Foundation Governors are also under important legal duties to preserve and develop the School’s Catholic character. In order to ensure that the School’s Catholic character is protected and that it is being conducted in accordance with the tenets of its Catholic designation, Governing Bodies of Catholic schools and academies must always have a majority of Foundation Governors.
The Diocesan Bishop is Canonically responsible for his schools and academies. He ensures that the Catholic ethos of the school is maintained, particularly through the appointment of Foundation Governors, but also through overseeing the appointment of members of staff and through Diocesan inspection, in order to ensure that the school is fulfilling the objects cited in its Instrument of Government/Articles of Association and the trust deed under which the school was established.
Co-opted Governors are appointed by the Governing Board and are people who, in the opinion of the Governing Board, have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.
Governing Board's work this year and Governors attendance at full Governing Board meetings
Reviewed the way the Governors work concerning Committees and the Full Governing Board in November 2016 – Governors agreed that all Governors Committees would be incorporated into the Full Governing Board meetings held twice a term. Governors reviewed the change in July 2017 and July 2018 and this format will continue. Full Governing Meetings which are held twice a term cover: a) at one meeting – Finance, Curriculum and Standards, Special Needs, b) and at the other – Staffing and Personnel, Premises, Health and Safety, and Finance. Safeguarding, Catholic Life of the School, Ethos and Mission, on every FGB Agenda.
Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy and ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ updated to ensure that we have correct information to keep all of our pupils safe. Safeguarding Governors visited school to check on safeguarding procedures in school and reported back to FGB.
Governors approved the School Budget, in accordance with the School Development Plan, in March 2019 for the year 2019/2020.
Governors receive reports from the School on how the Pupil Premium and Sports Premium are spent to benefit the children.
Governors looked at changes in the Curriculum, attainment and progress of the children, results of statutory tests. Reports received from Senco re: special needs children.
Curriculum Reports prepared for Governors
Premises reports reviewed.
School Development Plan and the School’s Priorities for the year.
Governors agreed to the school closing early on a Friday to save money for the pupil’s benefit.
All Policies updated
Admissions Criteria for 2020/2021 agreed by the Governors. Governors agree, as per the Admission Criteria for September 2019, the list of prospective Reception children who have chosen St. Edward’s as one of their three choices, and return it to the Birmingham City Council for them to offer the school places.
The full Governing Board has met seven times during the year.
We have not cancelled a Governing Board meeting because it was not "quorate" (the number of Governors needed to ensure that legal decisions can be made).
Overall Governors have good attendance at Governing Board meetings.
At St. Edward’s Catholic Primary School from September 2017 we hold Full Governing Board Meetings only. All Governors attend all meetings.
There are Ad Hoc Committees that are held when required.
Governors’ Plans for the School
New Safeguarding and ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ Policies to be approved.
Review Catholic Life of the School, Mission and Ethos.
Set and review the Governors’ Vision for the School.
School Finances - ongoing monitoring. Approve the budget in March 2020, according to the School Development Plan, for Financial Year 2020/2021.
Review Whole School Priorities
Monitoring pupils’ attainment and progress, curriculum changes, pupil premium, sports premium.
Staff performance management.
Review Statutory and School Policies
Approve Admission Criteria 2021/2022
Premises and Health & Safety Reports
Diocesan Plans for Acadamisation
Implement new Ofsted Framework
Recommendations from Section 48 June 2019
Minutes of Governing Board
Minutes of Governing Board meetings are public documents you can ask Mrs. J. Kennett, Headteacher, or Clerk if you would like to see a copy of the minutes.
Review of Value for Money
The Governing Board has used its resources to provide good value for money during the academic year and has assessed where value for money can be improved including the use of benchmarking data where available. The Governing Board has delivered value for money during the year by
Best Value Statement/Value for Money Strategy
Quotes required for costs of £10,000 or more
Using Pupil Premium and Sports Premium to enhance the Teaching and Learning for the children
School Development Plan
The Risk and Control Framework
The School’s system of internal financial control is based on a framework of regular management information and administrative procedures including the segregation of duties and a system of delegation and accountability, where appropriate. In particular it includes: –
Comprehensive budgeting and monitoring systems with an annual budget and periodic financial reports which are reviewed and agreed by the Governing Body;
Regular reviews by the Governors of reports which indicate financial performance against the forecast and of major purchase plans, capital works and expenditure programmes;
Setting targets to measure financial and other performance;
Clearly defined purchasing (asset purchase or capital investment) guidelines;
Delegation of authority and segregation of duties;
Identification and management of risks – annual report.
Capacity to handle risk
The Governing Board will review the key risks to which the School is exposed together with the operating, financial and compliance controls that have been implemented to mitigate those risks.
Review of effectiveness
The Governing Board has responsibility for reviewing the effectiveness of the systems in place in the School to identify and manage risk and plan to address any weaknesses (if relevant) and ensure continuous improvement of the system is in place.
How to contact the Governing Board
We always welcome suggestions, feedback and ideas from Parents, Carer’s, Guardians and the wider school community – please contact the Chair of Governors, Mr. Kevin Connolly C/o St. Edward’s Catholic Primary School on 0121 464 1730.
This governance statement is approved by order of the members of the Governing Board on 25th. September 2019 and signed on its behalf by:
Mr. Kevin Connolly Mrs. Joanne Kennett
Chair of Governors Headteacher
Governing Board of St. Edward’s Catholic Primary School
List of Serving Governors – September 2019
|Governor details||Category of Governor||Term of office expiry date|
Miss. Diane Barton
Mrs. Kathryn Clarke
|Mr. Kevin Connolly – Chair||Foundation Governor||31/07/2021|
|Mrs. Natalie Carry||Co-opted Governor||21/10/2023|
|Miss. Katherine Costello||Staff Governor||20/10/2022|
|Mrs. Mary Cronin||Co-opted Governor||03/11/2022|
|Mrs. Mary Daniels||Foundation Governor||05/09/2022|
|Mrs. Nicole Greenhalgh||Elected Parent Governor||09/10/2021|
|Mrs. Joanne Kennett||Head Teacher|
|Mr. Gerard Masterson||Foundation Governor||23/11/2022|
|Fr. Denis McGillycuddy - Vice Chair||Foundation Governor||04/09/2022|
|Mrs. Catherine Shaw||Foundation Governor||11/11/2023|