St Joseph's R.C. High School
& Sports College

St Joseph's RC High School

St Joseph's RC High School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children
and young people and, expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment

2015 2016 Governors Attendance Record and Register of Interests

2016 2017 Governor Board Attendance and Register of Interests

2017 2018 Governor Board Attendance and Register of Interest

2018 2019 Governor Board Attendance and Register of Interest

2019 2020 Governor Board Attendance  and Register of Interest

2020 2021 Governor Board Attendance and Register of Interest

2021 to 2022 Governor Board Attendance and Register of Interest

 

GOVERNING BODY ANNUAL STATEMENT 2021-22

Role of the Governing Body
As the Governing Body 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 Body 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 Body 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 are at least as academically distinguished as other schools in the area and the Governing Body are mindful of this requirement in all that we do.

Our Mission
Our mission was reviewed in 2018 by a group combining governors, teaching and non-teaching staff, pupils, parents and clergy. The result was a brand new Mission Statement which we believe truly represents what it means to belong to St. Joseph’s school community.

Jesus Christ is our family role model
Opening our hearts and minds to dream the impossible and achieve beyond our wildest imagination.
Everybody is valued, nurtured and respected.
Young and old will journey together to build God’s Kingdom.
Striving for academic excellence and celebrating success in all we do.

Our vision

‘I will be found by you’ says the Lord ‘when you seek me with all your heart’  Jeremiah 29:12-13 #You will be found

Our ambition is for St Joseph’s to offer an outstanding experience for our young people. It will be a place where, due to a strong sense of belonging young people achieve beyond their own imaginations. Progress outcomes for all students but especially for the most able, disadvantaged and those with SEND will be above national. There will be stability in staffing as staff members enjoy good job satisfaction and gain from the school’s commitment to career development for all. St Joseph’s will be a desirable place to work and learn as Learning and Teaching will be characterized by practitioners who are hungry to grow, learning from each other developing practice to have more profound impact on the lives of young people. The school environment will be increasingly inspiring and with an increase in PAN will be oversubscribed as parents see the life changing opportunities available to every young person through the curriculum, the bucket list and extracurricular activities such as trips and other experiences. St Joseph’s will promote academic excellence and will be an experience that enables the young person to grow into an adult who can have a positive impact on the world. Our mission will be lived not laminated as faith and spiritual experiences change lives. As we emerge from the COVID pandemic our mission is to be focused not on what is lost but what can be found. The whole school will be a mission team. Being part of our community will be a life changing adventure.

At our full Governing Body meeting this term, Mr McCabe was able to demonstrate the progress made towards achieving this vision.

At both the Student Support Committee meetings and meetings of the full Governing Body governors also hold the school to account for the religious education and religious life of the school through the Catholic Schools Inspection Framework Self Evaluation process.

Plans for 2021/22

Responding to the ongoing impact of the pandemic, the emphasis in school this year is to focus not on what has been lost, but on what has been found. Inspired by Jeremiah 29:12-13 “‘I will be found by you’ says the Lord ‘when you seek me with all your heart’” and the song ‘You will be found’ from the musical show ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ we will be making sure that this is a year where no-one is lost and where we all find a new and better way of doing things.

The recurring theme within staff professional development this year is to ‘think me; think ambition’ which encouraging all staff to consider the individual needs of each student in their lessons, ensuring everyone is supported to make the progress of which they are capable.

We were extremely hopeful that the impact of the strengthened culture and systems that have been put in place since Mr McCabe joined us as Head Teacher would be evident in the outcomes for 2020 and 2021, but unfortunately, due to the pandemic, exams did not take place in those two years. Nevertheless, the rigorous process carried out by our teachers, some of whom mark GCSEs, and which was validated by school leaders and external moderation, confirmed that our students have been making improved progress, in line with their peers nationally.

We all know that covid has placed a heavy strain on the mental health of us all, and with this in mind students receive regular support during ‘wellbeing Friday’ sessions. These sessions promote student health and wellbeing by increasing their resilience and developing trusting relationships where they can talk honestly and openly about their feelings.

The environment is very high on our agenda, and we take seriously our responsibilities as guardians of creation.  With renewed focus this year, together with our student Eco team and support from Salford Diocese and Bolton LA we have plans to reduce waste, improve recycling rates, make use of our site to improve biodiversity in the local area, reduce our energy use and source more environmentally responsible sources of energy.

At our full Governing Body & committee meetings for this year we will monitor progress made in all the key areas highlighted in the School Improvement Plan, which can be found on the school website vis the following link https://stjosephsbolton.org.uk/our-school/school-improvement-plan/

Governors have also reviewed our practices and adapted them for the current circumstances. Our meetings have been virtual since the beginning of the pandemic, and we have also reviewed our special governor link roles, to ensure we are focusing on key areas. The link roles we have in place for this year are; Safeguarding, SEND, Wellbeing (of students and staff), the Environment, Careers, Pupil Premium/Catch-Up funding, Early Career Teachers, Health & Safety (including Covid), Data Protection, Governor Training & Development, Bolton LA Partnership, Schools Forum.

Governance Arrangements

Our Governing Body is made up of
2 staff governors (including our Headteacher),
2 elected parent governors,
8 foundation governors,
1 co-opted governor
1 local authority governor

1 associate member (Parish Priest of our nearest parish)

Foundation governors are appointed by the Bishop of our Diocese of Salford and have a particular responsibility to preserve and develop our religious character in accordance with the rites, traditions and practices of the Roman Catholic faith.
Our co-opted governor is appointed by the Governing Body and is someone who we believe has particular skills which contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.

Our Associate Member, who is Parish Priest of our nearest parish, attends the Student Welfare Committee meetings, to offer advice and guidance regarding our mission as a Catholic school.

All governors serve on the Governing Body voluntarily, giving their time free of charge.
The full Governing Body meets at least once each term and Governors also meet as committees to consider various aspects of the school in detail.
Following the NLG review of our Governance procedures, we have amended our committee structure to enable us to carry out our duties in a more focused and effective way.
Our structure consists of the following committees-

Student Support (incorporating mission, wellbeing, personal development, behaviour, community)
Standards (incorporating curriculum, progress, outcomes)
Finance & Resources
Performance Management of the Head Teacher
Admissions (As a voluntary aided school, the governors of St Joseph’s have responsibility for decisions regarding admissions of pupils to our school)
There are also committees that meet, if needed, to consider matters such as pupil discipline, staffing appeals issues and complaints.
Governors have excellent attendance at meetings and we have never cancelled a meeting because it was not “quorate” (the number of governors needed to ensure that legal decisions can be made). You will find a link on the school website, in the section headed ‘Our school’, under ‘Governing Body’ giving full details of the names of all our governors and their attendance at meetings.

In 2020 Governors completed a skills audit, which confirmed that we have a really strong mix of skills on our Governing Body, however we are not complacent and are very keen to ensure that we always stay abreast of the latest developments in education both locally and nationally. To this end, we are members of the National Governance Association and The Key for School Governors which provide us with regular news updates. Governors also undertake training in a wide range of areas, covering many aspects of our work, through our membership of the above 2 organisations as well as both Salford Diocese and Bolton Governance Services.

Scope of Governing Body’s Responsibilities
The Governing Body acknowledges that we have overall responsibility for ensuring that St Joseph’s 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.
A Governing Body delegates the day-to-day responsibility to the Headteacher for ensuring financial controls conform with the requirements of both propriety and good financial management.

 

 

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