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St Mary's Catholic High School

Governors

Name Role Start Date Term Expires
Foundation Governors
Mr Bernard Tomkins Chair of Governors 21-03-20 20-03-24
Mr Noel McEvilly Vice Chair 13-12-17 12-12-21
Mr Matthew Birch 08-01-19 07-01-23
Mrs Tammy Lawlor 08-07-19 07-07-23
Vacancy
Vacancy
Vacancy
Local Authority Governor
Mr Michael Bharwani 09-12-20 08-12-24
Staff Governors
Mr Patrick Shields Headteacher n/a n/a
Vacancy
Parent Governors
Mrs Bernadette Foley Davies 23-04-21 22-04-25
Mrs Kimberley Nembhard  23-04-21 22-04-25
Associate Governors (non-voting)
Mrs Pat Barber (NLG)
Mrs Janet Stribbling

Mr Neil Ferrigan

Mr Richard Rudd

Clerk to Governors
Ms Sarah Farncombe     

Resigned

Name Category Start Date Term Expires
Mr Mohan Dhamrait Local Authority 04-10-14 21-09-16
Mrs Paula Whyte Foundation 30-06-16 20-12-16
Mr Francis Conteh Foundation 05-12-15 25-01-17
Mrs Lilian Arinze Foundation 23-07-15 02-02-17
Mrs Gillian McEvoy Foundation 19-07-15 29-03-17
Mr Raj Beepat Staff 12-02-16 31-08-19
Miss Keara Brogan Staff 06-07-20 31-08-21

Committees

Achievement & Curriculum Committee

Membership shall consist of at least five governors, and the Headteacher or the Headteacher’s designated representative.

Mr N McEvilly (Chair)

Mr B Tomkins

Mr M Birch

Mr P Shields

Mrs T Lawlor

Inclusion Community Committee

Membership shall consist of at least five governors, and the Headteacher or the Headteacher’s designated representative.

Mr N McEvilly (Chair)

Mr B Tomkins

Mr M Bharwani

Vacancy

Mr P Shields

Resources Committee

Membership shall consist of at least five governors, and the Headteacher or the Headteacher’s designated representative.

Mr B Tomkins (Chair)

Mr M Bharwani

Vacancy

Vacancy

Mr N McEvilly

Mr P Shields

Strategy Committee

Membership shall consist of at least five governors. This would usually be the Headteacher, Chair of Governors, the vice-chair, the chairs of each committee, and the safeguarding governor.

Mr B Tomkins (Chair)

All Governors

Pupil Outcomes

Governors meet half termly with middle leaders to review pupil data

All available Governors                 

Governors with Specialist Training/Responsibility

Safeguarding     Mr B Tomkins (March 2017)

Safer Recruitment     Mr B Tomkins & Mr M Birch (Jan 2019)

E Safety     tbc

Health and Safety     Mr N McEvilly

Looked After Children     tbc

Panels

Headteacher and Clerk Performance Panel

Two must be Foundation Governors. Staff Governors will not sit on this panel.

Vacancy

Vacancy

Vacancy

External Advisor for Headteacher performance

Appeals

Mr B Tomkins

Vacancy

Vacancy

Hearings Panel 

All Governors

Quorum 3 Governors

Associate Governors

Appeals

Quorum 3 Governors

Assocate Governors

Recruitment Panel

It is recommended that there are at least seven governors on this panel as there may be difficulty in finding a time when everyone is available. Any governor with a potential conflict of interest must not serve on individual panels.

Associate Governors (not pupils) can be part of a recruitment panel, however  the Board will decide whether they have voting rights. The majority of each panel will be governors.

The Headteacher cannot be involved in the process of recruiting a new Headteacher.

Quorum: There must ne a minimum of three governors. It is recommended that there is an odd number to avoid a tied vote. Decision making is by majority vote.

Panel members must attend both the shortlisting and interview stages.

At least on Governor on each panel must have completed Safer Recruitment training.                    

Pay Panel

Membership shall consist of at least three governors, not including staff governors. The Headteacher will attend in an advisory capacity and will withdraw when their salary is under discussion. 

The Foundation Governors with the relevant skills are appointed by the Archbishop of Southwark (or any other person exercising Ordinary jurisdiction on his behalf) through the director or Education of the Archdiocese of Southwark Education Commission.

Parent and Staff Governors are elected by parent and staff vote respectively.

The Local Authority Governor is appointed by the Local Authority.

If you wish to correspond with any of the governors please email governors@st-maryshigh.croydon.sch.uk with the relevant governor’s name in the subject box.

Information on governance according to DfE statutory guidance can be found here.

Information regarding the school's Instrument of Government can be found here:

SMHS - Instrument of Government