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Governance

Governance information and documents relating to our school.

Governors are volunteers who collectively make up the school’s Local Governing Committee. The Local Governing Committee is comprised of individuals drawn from the school’s community, both as elected and appointed members.

The Diocese appoints Foundation Governors specifically to ensure:

  • That the Catholic character of the school is preserved;
  • That the school is conducted in accordance with its trust deed; and
  • That the religious education curriculum is in accordance with the Bishop’s policy for his Diocese, based on the Bishops’ Conference Curriculum Directory.

The Headteacher is a Governor and each school also has elected Parent and Staff Governors and may also co-opt a Governor for a specific purpose.

The role of a Governor within the Trust is an important one. The governance structure ensures that, as far as possible, the responsibility to govern is vested in those closest to the impact of decision making. Governors play a crucial role in the leadership of our school. They share in the strategic responsibility of promoting high educational standards on and ensuring that the school is conducted as a Catholic school. The overall role of the Local Governing Committee is to support and challenge the school leaders to provide the best possible education for all children.

Governors attend at least three full Local Governing Committee meetings a year, will have a monitoring role which helps them develop a deeper understanding of the school and may also sit on a sub committee, where specific issues are considered, such as admissions, staffing, finance or standards.

Governors are expected to attend training, which is provided free of charge through the Trust, and are required to undertake annual safeguarding training.

Governors are accountable to the Directors and the Bishop and must ensure that, at all times, they act in good faith and in the best interests of the school and the Trust, exercising care and skill using their knowledge and experience.

Academic Year 2023/2024

Local Governing Committee Membership & Register of Pecuniary and Other Interests (attendance covering the 2022/23 academic year)

The Chair of Governors is Dr K Bramley. The Vice Chair is Mr B Robson.  They are elected annually from amongst the Foundation Governors. Information correct as of 29 February 2024

The Chair can be contacted via the school office or via governance@bwcet.com

Full Name  Category of Governor & Appointed byDate of Appointment  End of Term of Office  Date stepped down (if applicable) Attendance at LGC meetings  Relevant Business & Pecuniary Interests Roles/links to sub committees/ monitoring links
Claire GarbuttHeadteacher/Ex Officio01.09.23N/A 0/0None 
Kate AllisonFoundation Governor Appointed by the Diocese09.03.2308.03.27 2/2NoneMusic GDPR
Katharine BradleyFoundation Governor Appointed by the Diocese01.09.1605.11.24 3/3Husband is a Vice Chair at St Rober of Newminster Children in St Robert’s and OLQPChair Science PE
Stephen ClappertonFoundation Governor Appointed by the Diocese19.07.2118.07.25 3/3Foundation Governor at St Philip Neri Catholic Primary SchoolEYFS Computing Website
John HindmarchFoundation Governor Appointed by the Diocese01.09.1605.11.24 2/3NoneSCR Safeguarding RE
Brendan RobsonFoundation Governor Appointed by the Diocese01.12.1928.02.28 3/3Headteacher at Cardinal Hume Catholic SchoolVice Chair English MFL Health & Safety
Emma ThompsonFoundation Governor Appointed by the Diocese14.01.2213.01.26 3/3NoneWellbeing PSE
Philip O’DonnellParent Governor Elected by parents10.08.2309.08.27 0/0None 
Lucinda ForbisterStaff Governor Elected by staff    17.11.2216.11.26 2/2NoneArt
DT
Anne LawsonCo-opted Governor Appointed by the Board  11.12.2010.12.24 3/3NoneHistory Geography SEND LAC
Governos who have left in the last 12 months (2022/23) 
Jennifer GillExecutive Headteacher/ Ex Officio  05.06.23   
Marianne MaddockParent Governor Elected by parents    15.05.23   

How To Become A School Governor

If you require further information on the roles of a Governor or you are interested in becoming one, contact the school or the Trust at governance@bwcet.com

To nominate yourself to become a Foundation Governor, please complete the application form on the Diocesan website. The Diocese encourage all applicants to read the additional guidance documents.

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Updated | 21st May, 2024 |

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