Welcome to the Governors' section


Welcome to the Governors’ Section of the St John’s Juniors website.
The governors of St John’s bring their knowledge and experience of different areas of life and  use these to aim for excellence in caring for and educating all the children in our school.

The governors are entrusted with ensuring that the school is run well so as to promote pupil achievement. Their key duties include:-
 -setting the strategic direction the school is to take
-checking  the policies
-selecting the objectives
-approving the school’s annual budget
-reviewing the progress made
-acting as a ‘critical friend’ in both supporting and challenging the Head teacher.


Additionally, the Foundation Governors have a legal duty to:-
-preserve the Catholic character of the school
-develop this Catholic character

 The governors consider themselves lucky to be blessed with such a strong and positively committed staff as well as a very supportive community which constantly encourages our children to always aim for excellence.

The governors hope that you find this website both useful and informative. If you wish to contact us you are welcome to do so. You may use our e-mail address or leave a message at the school’s office.








Remit of committees


Finance Committee


The Head teacher, to draft the first formal budget plan of the financial year

To establish and maintain an up to date 3 year financial plan


 To consider a budget position statement including virement decisions at least termly and       to report significant anomalies from the anticipated position to the Governing Body


    To ensure that the school operates within the Financial Regulations of the City Council


     To monitor expenditure of all school funds kept on behalf of the Governing Body


     To annually review charges and remissions policies and expenses policies.


 To make decisions in respect of service level agreements


   To make decisions on expenditure following recommendations from other   committees


To exercise virement between budget headings as necessary and up to an agreed maximum


To review financial policy statements, including consideration of long term planning and resourcing


To agree the level of delegation to the Head teacher for the day to day financial management of the school


To authorise staff to have responsibility for signing orders, invoices and petty cash claims


To authorise the Head teacher to enter into contracts up to an agreed limit


To liaise with those responsible for the school funds to ensure an overall policy on expenditure is agreed to the best advantage of the school


To respond to any audit reports on the management of the budget and financial procedures




Personnel Committee

To determine whether sufficient funds are available for pay increments as recommended by the Head teacher


In the light of the Headt eacher Performance Management Group’s recommendations, to determine whether sufficient funds are available for increments


To draft and keep under review the staffing structure in consultation with the Head teacher


To establish a Pay Policy for all categories of staff and to be responsible for its administration and review


To review a Performance Management policy for all staff


To oversee the process leading to staff reductions


To keep under review staff work/life balance, working conditions and well-being, including the monitoring of absence


To formulate and review staffing and personnel policies


To draft and keep under review Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures for approval by the Governing Body and to ensure that staff are kept well informed


To agree recruitment and selection procedures and the level of involvement by    governors in the appointment of staff


To review Head teacher’s, Deputy Head teachers’ and teachers’ salaries as required by the Pay and Conditions documents.







Curriculum Committee


To consider and advise the governing body on standards and other matters relating to the curriculum, including statutory requirements and the Curriculum Statement


To monitor and challenge the relevant parts curriculum development applicable to this committee, as set out in the School Development Plan


To monitor the implementation of the governing body’s curriculum plans and report back to the full governing body


To consider curricular issues which have implications for Finance and Personnel decisions and to make recommendations to the relevant committees of the Governing Body


To receive reports from link governors (e.g. Pupil Premium, SEND)



Health and Safety:  Buildings


To approve a Health and Safety Policy. To monitor on a regular basis all issues relating to health and safety and to work closely with the Site Manager within the school


To ensure, as far as is practical, that Health and Safety issues are appropriately prioritized


To advise the Governing Body on priorities, including Health and Safety, for the maintenance and development of the school’s premises


In consultation with the Head teacher to oversee premises-related funding bids

To establish and keep under review an Asset Management Plan (4 year review)


To monitor termly, and report regularly to the Governing Body on:

-       Energy

-       Cleaning

-       Grounds Maintenance

-       Security

-       Maintenance


To make recommendations for minor works related to improvements or repairs to the buildings or grounds


To approve the costs and contracts for maintenance, repairs and decoration within the budget allocation and oversee arrangements for repairs and maintenance


To establish and keep under review an Accessibility plan (3 year review)