Our Governors

Our Governors

What do school governors do?

Governors work with senior leaders in the strategic development of the school and in raising standards of achievement. Duties include setting the school’s vision, aims & objectives, approving the school budget and appointing the headteacher.

Governors must both support and challenge the headteacher, so need to gain an understanding of the school’s overall performance in order to explain its decisions and actions. They do this by attending regular meetings, carrying out school visits and meeting with senior leaders. They also attend training in order to keep up to date with the requirements of their role. Governors work as a team and make collective decisions.

If you are interested in becoming a school governor, please contact the Clerk to Governors for more information: tomway@st-bartholomews.brighton-hove.sch.uk.

 

St Bartholomew’s CE Primary School Governing Body

Name

Role 

Term of office 

Appointed by

Original appt date

Katie Blood

Headteacher governor

04.04.17 -

Member by virtue of their office

04.04.17

Tony Firmin

Foundation governor

06.07.22 -  05.07.26

Church Diocese

06.07.18

Nikki Harper

Parent governor

17.11.23 - 16.11.27

Governing body

17.10.19

Fr Ben Eadon

Foundation governor (ex-officio)

26.05.20 -

Member by virtue of their office

26.05.20

Catherine Wilson

Foundation governor

16.12.20 -15.12.24

Church Diocese

16.12.20

Mary Nixon

Foundation governor

25.02.22 -
24.02.26
Church Diocese 25.02.22

Roger Fine

Local Authority Governor

25.05.22 -
24.05.26
Governing body/ Local Authority 25.05.22

Fr Thomas Cotterill

Foundation governor  
03.01.23 -
02.01.27
Church Diocese 03.01.23
James Roe
Parent governor
22.03.23 -
21.03.27
Governing body 22.03.23
Wafa Paton
Staff governor 17.11.23 - 16.11.27 Governing body 17.11.23

Helen Barnett

Foundation governor 22.04.24 - 21.04.28 Church Diocese 22.04.24
(Vacancies) Foundation governor      

 

In the past 12 months we have also had the following members on our governing body:

 

Name

Role

Term of office

Appointed by  

Resigned   

Original appt date

Daniel MacIntyre
Parent governor
08.05.19 -  07.05.23 Governing body 12.12.22 08.05.19
Ben Scott
Foundation governor
16.11.21 - 15.11.25 Church Diocese 10.07.23 16.11.21
Ian Beggs
Staff governor
17.10.19 – 16.10.23 Elected by staff 16.10.23 01.09.15

 

 

Register of interests

Register of Interests for governors who have served in the last 12 months:

Name

Date declared

Business / pecuniary interests

Governance roles in other educational establishments

Personal interests

Ian Beggs

19.10.22

Teacher at St Bartholomew’s / NEU member and rep

None

None

Katie Blood

14.11.23

Headteacher at St Bartholomew's CE Primary School

None

None

Tony Firmin

29.09.23

 None  None  None

Daniel MacIntyre

11.09.22

Employed by West Sussex County Council as Consultant in Public Health

 None  None

Nikki Harper

11.10.21

 None  None  None

Fr Ben Eadon

13.11.23

Trustee of Grimmett Trust & the Community Trust of the Blessed Virgin Mary (both trusts have made grants to the school for several years)

Serving as an ex officio governor of St Paul's CE Primary School, Brighton  None

Catherine Wilson

13.11.23

Employed as a Class Teacher at St John the Baptist Catholic Primary school  None  None

Ben Scott

12.09.22

 None  None  None

Mary Nixon

03.09.23

 None  None  None

Roger Fine

22.01.24

 None  None  None

Fr Thomas Cotterill

01.09.23

 None  None  None

James Roe

13.11.23

 None  None  None

Wafa Paton

TBC

     

Helen Barnett

30.04.24

None  None Grandson attending the school in Year 5

 

Governor meetings

From the school year 2021-22, our Governors have merged the Resources and Teaching & Learning Committees into FGB meetings.

The timetable for all FGB meetings for the school year 2023-24 are:

Date

Meeting

20/09/23

Full Governing Body

18/10/23

Full Governing Body

11/12/23

Full Governing Body

08/02/24

Full Governing Body

21/03/24

Full Governing Body

08/05/24

Full Governing Body

11/07/24

Full Governing Body

 

At our meetings, the governing body carries out its three core functions, as identified by the Department for Education in the Governance Handbook:

  • ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure money is well spent.

Minutes are published below, once they have been agreed at the following meeting. Associated papers are also available on request, although some will be confidential. Please contact the clerk to governors for further information: tomway@st-bartholomews.brighton-hove.sch.uk.  Minutes and associated papers from meetings more than two years ago are also available from the clerk or school office.

 

The Chair of Governors is Father Ben Eadon and the Vice Chair of Governors is Tony Firmin.

 Full Governing Body (FGB) meetings 

Meeting attendance for 2022-24

The Constitution of Governing Bodies in Maintained Schools (August 2015) requires governing bodies to publish individual governors' attendance at meetings in the last year. In the table below, governors' initials are listed along the top (see full names on the Governor Information page) and meetings are listed on the left hand side.

KEY:
Y = Yes (in attendance), N = No (not in attendance), n/a = not a member of that committee / no longer a governor / not yet appointed

 

Meeting

KB

IB

TF

DM

NH

BE

CW

BS

MN

RF

TC

JR

WP

HB

FGB 12.09.22 Y N N N N Y N N Y Y n/a n/a n/a n/a
FGB 19.10.22 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y N n/a n/a n/a n/a
FGB 12.12.22 Y Y Y Y N Y Y N Y Y n/a n/a n/a n/a
FGB 09.02.23 Y Y Y n/a Y Y Y Y Y N Y n/a n/a n/a
FGB 22.03.23 Y N N n/a N Y Y Y N Y Y Y n/a n/a
Additional meeting 04.05.23 Y Y N n/a Y Y N Y Y N Y N n/a n/a
FGB 24.05.23 Y Y Y n/a N Y Y Y Y N Y Y n/a n/a
FGB 10.07.23 Y Y Y n/a Y Y Y Y N N Y N n/a n/a
FGB 20.09.23 Y Y Y n/a Y Y Y n/a N N N Y n/a n/a
FGB 18.10.23 Y n/a N n/a Y Y N n/a Y N Y N n/a n/a
FGB 11.12.23 Y n/a N n/a Y Y Y n/a Y Y Y Y N n/a
FGB 08.02.24 Y n/a Y n/a Y Y Y n/a Y Y N Y Y n/a
FGB 21.03.24 Y n/a Y n/a Y Y Y n/a Y Y Y Y Y n/a
FGB 08.05.24 Y n/a Y n/a N Y Y n/a Y Y Y N Y Y