St Francis' 
Catholic Primary School 
 
 
Welcome to St Francis' Catholic Primary School 
 

Governors 

Welcome to the Governors' section of our school website. 
 
The Local Governing Board of St Francis’ Catholic Primary School is made up of a group of volunteers who are committed to making a positive contribution to our Parish school: 
 
 
Meet the Governors 
 
 
 
GOVERNOR NAME 
TYPE OF GOVERNOR 
DATE OF APPOINTMENT  
TERM OF OFFICE 
 
POSITION OF RESPONSIBILITY 
LOCAL GOVERNORS COMMITTEE MEETING ATTENDANCE 2021/22 
LOCAL GOVERNORS COMMITTEE MEETING ATTENDANCE 2022/23 
Ms Cath Hanley 
Foundation 
10/05/2016 
01/03/22 - 
28/02/26 
 
Chair of Governors 
 
 
6/6 
2/2 
Mr Robert 
Stewart 
Foundation 
22/01/2021 
01/03/22 - 
28/02/26 
 
 
Safeguarding Governor 
5/6 
2/2 
Mr Jason Yi 
Foundation 
01/09/2013 
01/03/22 - 
28/02/26 
 
 
5/6 
1/2 
Mrs Laura McSweeney 
Foundation 
11/02/2021 
28/04/22- 27/04/26 
 
Vice Chair of Governors 
6/6 
2/2 
Vacancy 
Foundation 
— 
— 
 
 
 
 
Vacancy 
Foundation 
— 
— 
 
 
 
 
Mr Anderson Chaplow 
Parent 
07/12/2021 
07/12/21- 06/12/25 
 
 
2/2 
2/2 
Mr Peter 
Wright 
Parent 
18/05/2022 
18/05/22-17/05/26 
 
Website Compliance  
Officer 
1/1 
1/2 
Mrs Samantha Land 
Executive Principal  
01/09/2022 
ex-officio 
 
 
n/a 
2/2 
Mrs Gillian Andrews 
Staff 
14/10/2022 
14/10/2022-01/08/2023 
 
 
n/a 
1/1 
GOVERNORS LEAVING IN PAST YEAR: 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mrs Francesca Magner 
Foundation 
01/09/2010 
01/03/22-31/08/21 
 
Vice Chair of Governors 
Safeguarding Governor 
Website Compliance Governor 
5/6 
not applicable  
Mrs Lizzie Merry 
Staff 
01/10/2019 
01/10/19-15/09/22 
 
 
5/6 
not applicable 
Mrs Catherine Hunt 
Head Teacher 
01/04/2019 
01/04/19-31/08/22 
 
 
5/6 
not applicable 
Clerk to the Local Governing Committee: 
 
Mrs Marilyn Hambleton 

REGISTER OF GOVERNORS' INTERESTS 

This is an agenda item at each Local Governors Committee Meeting. 
 
Mrs Laura McSweeney - family member is part of the school's staff team 
Mrs Samantha Land - Executive Principal of St Francis' School, Nailsea and St Teresa's School, Bristol 
Mr Robert Sterwart - staff at Ofqual 
 
On behalf of the Catholic community and the community of the school, the Governing Board is responsible for the overall conduct of the school, for promoting high standards of educational achievement and ensuring the Catholic mission of the school. The Governing Body sets the framework to ensure the delivery of the school’s strategic Vision. 
 
The Governing Board is the school’s accountable body and as such it: 
• sets the strategic direction of the school by setting the vision, values, aims and objectives for the school including its Catholic ethos. It works with the school's leadership team and staff in establishing a policy framework for achieving those aims and objectives. The governors appoint and performance-manage the headteacher and agrees the school improvement strategy which includes setting statutory targets with supporting budgets and staffing structures; 
 
• challenges and supports the school by monitoring, reviewing and evaluating the work of the school, monitoring the school’s progress towards targets, and the effectiveness of the school’s improvement strategy; 
 
• appointing and performance-managing the headteacher who will deliver the aims (through the day to day management of the school, implementation of the agreed policy framework and school improvement strategy, and delivery of the curriculum) 
 
• ensures accountability by signing off the self-evaluation process and responding to Ofsted and RE inspection reports as necessary. In addition the governors hold the headteacher to account for the performance of the school and ensures that parents and the wider community are involved, consulted and informed as appropriate. 
 
Ensuring that Catholicity runs through every aspect of school life is another one of our top priorities. 
 
To be an effective governing board, governors will attend meetings and make regular visits to the school in order to get to know the school community. In addition each governor is assigned a particular area of responsibility for an area or subject, linking closely with different members of staff to monitor their areas of responsibility and providing Link Governor reports back to the full governing body. 
 
Meetings of the Local Governors Committee 2022 - 2023 
 
These will be held at 6.00pm at St. Francis Catholic Primary School on the following dates: 
Tuesday 20 September 
Thursday 24 November 
Tuesday 17 January 
Thursday 16 March 
Tuesday 9 May 
Thursday 29 June 
 
Minutes of the Local Governing Board meetings are available and can be viewed in the school office on request. 
 
As Governors, we are elected and appointed to reflect the various sections of the community which have an interest in our school. 
 
The Diocese appoints the school’s Foundation Governors which, as a Catholic School, make up the majority of the Governing Board. Parents, teachers and support staff elect Governors to represent their interests and one Governor is appointed by the local authority. 
 
Foundation Governors 
 
Our Foundation Governors represent the interests of the Diocese and ensure the continuing Catholic ethos and vision of the school. 
 
Parent Governors 
 
Parents of pupils registered at the school are eligible to stand for election as a Parent Governor. They are elected by other parents at the school. 
 
Staff Governors 
 
The Headteacher is automatically eligible to be a full member of the Governing Board by virtue of their office. Both teaching and support staff who are paid to work at the school are eligible to stand as Staff Governors. They are elected by other members of the staff at the school. 
 
Who can be a School Governor? 
Anyone over 18 can be a School Governor – you do not have to be a parent with a child at the school. However, every Governing Board includes Parent Governors, and it can be a rewarding way to be involved in your child’s school. The most important qualities for being a Governor are enthusiasm, commitment and an interest in education. You do not need teaching experience, but it is useful to bring skills from other areas of your life. 
 
How do I become a School Governor? 
If you are interested in becoming a Governor, talk to the current Chair of Governors. When there is a vacancy for a Parent Governor all parents will be informed, and you will have a chance to stand for election. 
 
Any Governor can be contacted through the Clerk to the Governors via the school office should you wish to contact one of us.  
Alternatively, you can email the Chair at: cog@stfrancispri.org 
 
Cath Hanley 
Chair of Governors 
email: cog@stfrancispri.org 
 
 
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