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
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
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.
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:
- Grounds 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)