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GOVERNING BODY ANNUAL STATEMENT 2022-23
What is Governor?
This short video produced by the National Governance Association helps to explain:
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. In accordance with our legal obligations, the Governing Body operates 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 governors our utmost priority is the safeguarding of the young people in our care. We regularly review our Safeguarding & Child Protection policies and procedures to ensure they take account of all the latest local and national advice and legislation.
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 in all that we do.
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.
“They will rebuild the ancient ruins; they will restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities, the desolations of many generations” Isaiah 61:4
#Found for a purpose
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, through the delivery of a curriculum which is ambitious, inclusive, diverse and enriching. 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. We are found for our purpose; to restore, rebuild and renew. The whole school will be a mission team as we look to live out the God ordained purposes in our lives. Being part of our community will be a life changing adventure.
At our full Governing Body meetings we regularly review the progress being 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 2022/23
As we continue to respond to the impacts of the pandemic on members of our community, the emphasis in school this year is to focus on restoring, rebuilding and renewing our community, inspired by the quotation from Isaiah “They will rebuild the ancient ruins; they will restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities, the desolations of many generations” .We will learn from our recent experiences and find new and better ways of doing things.
Continuing and refining a major theme within staff professional development is ‘think me’, 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 are delighted that the impacts of the strengthened culture and systems which have been put in place in recent years have led to significant improvements in both attainment and progress for our leavers this year, compared with those of 2019, which was the last year that year 11s sat national exams. We celebrate the achievements of these young people, not just those who achieved the highest grades but also those who struggled on the journey yet have achieved above and beyond what they ever thought was possible, opening up doors of opportunity as they take the next step in their lives
We know that covid has placed a heavy strain on the mental health of us all, and with this in mind students receive regular support. Sessions promote 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. Together with support from Salford Diocese and Bolton LA we plan 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. Together with our student Eco team, we are currently focusing on educating our school community on correct recycling.
As a Governing Body we are well aware that the current economic environment will have impacts on the school budget and will also place a heavy burden on members of our community. In accordance with our school’s mission, we will look for opportunities to do all we can to support those in need in our community.
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 via 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 are now a blend of face to face and virtual. 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, Attendance, 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.
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
I 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 an NLG review of our Governance procedures, we continue to review our committee structure and practices to enable us to carry out our duties in the most 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.
Governors have recently 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.