Rev. Stephen Scott, Chair of Governors (Stephen works as a Supply Chain Development Manager within the commercial function in the Nuclear Industry. He is a Permanent Deacon in the Roman Catholic Parish of St. Begh's and a Chaplaincy Volunteer at the West Cumberland Hospital. Stephen builds, develops and leads the work of the Governing Body, including having a positive working relationship with the Headteacher.)
Mrs. Patricia McCarron, Vice Chair & Foundation Governor (Patricia is a PA to 4 senior managers in the Nuclear Industry. She previously worked for the NatWest Bank for 30 years, as a Lending & Finance Officer and Counter Manager.) Patricia is the (joint) nominated Governor for Safeguarding. She is Chair of the Curriculum & Standards Committee and sits on the Staffing, Finance & Assets Committee and the Safeguarding Committee.
Mrs. Mary McCormick (Mary works for LLW Repository in Procurement following over 18 years at Sellafield and then 14 years working as a SAP consultant. She has a wide range of interests outside of work, including finance and has been a governor for several years.) Mary is Chair of the Staffing, Finance & Assets Committee and sits on the Curriculum & Standards Committee.
Mr. John Veneziani (John worked as an engineering training instructor for 11 years, gaining FE teachers certificate and assessment awards. He currently works in engineering support as an equipment engineer.) John sits on the Staffing, Finance & Assets Committee and the Curriculum & Standards Committee.
Mrs. Jo Frears (Jo is a catechist at St. Begh's Church and a carer for her autistic son. She is a former pupil of St. Begh's as were her children and now grandchildren. For many years she ran parent and toddler groups on the Howgill Playbus, play schemes and after school clubs.) Jo sits on the Health & Safety Committee.
Mrs. Marie Shawcross (Marie works for Fellview Healthcare Limited, the largest GP practice in Copeland as Practice Manager (Human Resources). She is responsible for all matters relating to staff - recruitment, staff development and training and employment law.) She sits on the Safeguarding Committee.
Mr. Peter McLean (Peter is a qualified Commercial Diving Supervisor and has previously worked in many roles including construction and demolition. He has over 30 years of experience at the Sellafield Site.) Peter is the nominated Governor for Health & Safety and for the PE & Sports Premium. He is Chair of the Health & Safety Committee.
Miss Lois Anderson (Lois is a Project Management apprentice in the nuclear industry. She also studies Project Management at the University of Cumbria.) She is the Chair of the Safeguarding Committee and sits on the Staffing, Finance & Assets Committee.
Mr. John Savage (John is a Science teacher who has worked in local secondary schools for the past 19 years. His first position was at St. Benedict's Catholic High School. He is now Science Curriculum Leader at Workington Academy. John is a Eucharistic Minister and reader at St. Joseph's Church in Frizington.) John sits on the Curriculum & Standards Committee.
Local Authority Governor:
Miss Flo Hanlon. (Flo is a Project Management Apprentice in the Nuclear Industry. She is also in her final year of study at University of Cumbria completing her degree in Project Management.) Flo sits on the Health and Safety Committee and Staffing, Finance and Assets Committee.
Mrs. Catherine Mallard (Catherine has worked at St. Begh's since 1998 as
Miss Paula Skelly (Paula joined St. Begh's as a Year 6 classteacher in September 2018. She has extensive experience as a teacher and leader in local schools.) Paula sits on the Health & Safety Committee.
Mrs. Louise Jenkins (Louise has worked at St. Begh's since 2007 as a classteacher. She is a member of the Senior Leadership Team leading the Catholic Life of the School and RE.) Louise sits on the Curriculum & Standards Committee.
Clerk to the Governors:
Miss Sophie McLean (Sophie also works as an adminstrator in the School Office.)
Meeting dates this term:
Full Governors: 30th April & 9th July; Curriculum & Standards: 23rd April & 11th June; Health & Safety: 7th May & 2nd July; Staffing Finance & Assets: 21st May & 25th June; Safeguarding: 14th May.
Curriculum & Standards This committee examines the way the School plans and delivers its curriculum and scrutinises data on the pupils' progress and attainment. Members ensure that school leaders are taking all necessary steps to continually develop provision and maintain the highest standards possible.
Staffing, Finance & Assets This committee oversees the school budget and ensures that resources are being used to meet the priorities outlined in the School Improvement Plan and Building, Maintenance and Servicing Plan. They are also responsible for recruitment and staffing matters.
Members: Mrs Mary McCormick (Chair), Rev. Stephen Scott,
Health & Safety This committee is responsible for the ensuring that all procedures pertinent to the health and safety of pupils, staff and visitors are in place and managed effectively.
Safeguarding This committee is responsible for ensuring that all the School's statutory duties in relation to safeguarding are fulfilled.
Members: Rev. Stephen Scott (Chair),
Pastoral & Spirituality This committee is responsible for maintaining and nourishing the essential link between the School and Parish.
Members: Mrs. Louise Jenkins (Chair), Fr. Richard Simons, Fr. Cenydd Marrison, Rev. Stephen Scott,
All committees report to the Full Governing Body at least termly.
The Role of the Governing Body is to:
- help the school to set high standards by planning for the school's future and setting targets for school improvement;
- keep the pressure up on school improvement;
- be a critical friend to the school, offering support and advice;
- help the school respond to the needs of parents and the community;
- make the school accountable to the public for what it does;
- work with the school on planning, developing policies and keeping the school under review;
- exercise its responsibilities and powers in partnership with the headteacher and staff;
- not intervene in the day-to-day management of the school unless there are weaknesses in the
school,when it then has a duty to take action.
How to Become a Governor:
Voluntary Aided schools have:
· Parent governors
· Staff governors
· Local Authority governors
· Foundation governors
Parent governors are elected or appointed from all parents and carers of registered pupils at the school. Parent governors are elected by other parents and carers at the school,
Staff governors are elected by staff at the school. All paid staff at the school are eligible to become staff governors. The head teacher is a staff
Local Authority Governors
Authority governors are appointed by the local authority. Cumbria County Council can appoint any individual it thinks suitable for school governorship, many local councillors are school governors. Like all governors, authority governors must act in the best interests of the school and the wider community and cannot be mandated to take a particular stance on issues.
Foundation governors are appointed by the school’s founding body, the Diocese of Lancaster. Foundation governors are appointed to support and develop the Catholic ethos of the school. They have to ensure compliance with the Trust Deeds of the school.
Minutes of Full Governor Meetings available on request from the School Office.