St. Gabriel's Catholic Primary School

Governing Board

Former Chair of Governors Ann Long and current Chair of Governors Lisa Smith


20th July 2017


Dear Parents and Carers


End of year highlights from the Governing Board


Let me start by commending the staff to you. This has been another challenging year with the addition of 2 demanding inspections, a one day Ofsted Inspection in January 2017 and a two day Section 48 RE Inspection in March 2017. Everyone played their part in the success of these inspections, a huge thank you from the Governing Board.

The Governing Board has been very busy this year and faced its own challenges. The greatest of these was setting a balanced budget. As Mr. Hayes has mentioned in his newsletters, school funding cuts are making it increasingly difficult to meet the needs of the school. Please help us by writing to your re-elected MP, Chris Pincher, and raising your concern or worry, about all schools needing to be adequately funded.

Training is up to date in line with legislative and educational changes; policies have been reviewed and updated as required; Performance Management of the staff and  the Headteacher have successfully taken place and the very positive benefits of collaboration with the Lichfield & Tamworth Catholic School Partnership are being seen.


Update on Link Governors, Funding, Admissions, Audit and Committees


  • Link Governors visited school regularly and monitored key areas of school including Safeguarding, SEN, Maths, English and RE.
  • All Governors have an Enhanced DBS check to provide a safe and secure school for our pupils.
  • Standards and Curriculum committee meetings looked in detail at Pupil Premium, PE and SEN funding and its impact and also met regularly in preparation or the Ofsted Inspection of January 2017 and the section 48 RE Inspection of March 2017.
  • Governors ran the Admissions process and applied the admissions criteria for all the applicants, 55 children that will start in Reception in September 2017.
  • Policies were reviewed, updated and adopted as required including a new Whole School Pay Policy and a new Safeguarding policy.
  • Website audits are regularly carried out to ensure required specifications are met.
  • The Online Safety Committee meets regularly to monitor safe use of the internet in school and looks at how to keep children safe at home by running information sessions for Parents and Carers.


Update from Rob Vernon, Chair of the Finance, Buildings and Staffing Committee

  • Oversaw the setting of another balanced budget for 2017/18 in increasingly difficult financial times, putting our children first.
  • Took the difficult but necessary decision to remove school bus provision from 2017/18
  • Undertook financial benchmarking exercise in the area of staffing costs to confirm our finance levels in relation to local and similar school.
  • Continued good financial governance ensuring that the school can provide for our pupils year after year.


Update from Theresa Miller, Chair of the Health, Safety and Wellbeing committee

  • A full review of site security has taken place in response to recent terror attacks and the committee will be looking at how they can make improvements.
  • New accident logs are now embedded and there has been a very positive response to them.
  • Statutory testing has been completed as required including making improvements to the fire alarm system and door guards added to fire doors.
  • With the appointment of a new caretaker, vast improvements have been made to the school, outside and inside, for example: new markings on the playgrounds, new storage installed in Year 3, 4, 5 and 6.
  • Extensive program of decorating and maintenance in place.
  • The committee continues to monitor the car parking situation and will continue to communicate with parents and local residents on parking safely around our school. New banners attached to the main gates.
  • Completion of a new comprehensive monitoring audit of all statutory testing and maintenance for school buildings on behalf of the Archdiocese of Birmingham.

Communication and relationships


  • Parental Questionnaires - lots of positive feedback received.
  • Governors attended learning walks, parent’s evenings, Masses, open days, and other school events having opportunities to meet pupils, staff, parents and carers.
  • Cemented relationships with other Catholic schools to promote and share good practice. 


We continue to work hard to improve our communications between school and home. If you have any feedback or questions, you can contact the Governing Board using these email addresses:



Please explore the school website, it offers a useful source of information including term dates and details of key events. 


Finally, thank you to all of our children, parents, carers for making our school what it is. Governors and staff are dedicated to ensuring that every single child makes the most of their potential and achieve and to feel happy and safe. We can only do this with a supportive and engaged body of parents and carers. Please enjoy the summer break and I look forward to meeting many more of you over the coming year. 


Yours Faithfully,


Lisa Smith

Chair of Governors 

Members of our Governing Board

There are fourteen Governors in total. Eight are appointed by the Diocese – these are called Foundation Governors. Two Governors are appointed by parents, one by staff. One Governor is appointed by the Local Education Authority. The Co-opted Governor is appointed by the Governing Body. The Headteacher, Mr Hayes, is also a Governor.

Foundation Governors

  • Mrs Lisa Smith - Chair of Governors
  • Mrs Theresa Miller - Vice Chair of Governors
  • Fr. Michael White
  • Mrs Geraldine Bernstein
  • Mr Stephen Pursglove
  • Mrs Joanne Hern
  • vacancy
  • vacancy

Elected Parent Governors

  • Ms Mairead Hitchings
  • one vacancy

Nominated LA Governors

  • Mr Rob Vernon

Elected Staff Governors

  • Miss Kelly Gamon

Co-Opted Governor

  • Mrs Julia Hale

Associate Members

  • Mr Will Bright 


  • Mr John Hayes

Clerk to the Governors

  • Mrs Helen Deegan 


How to Contact the Governing Board

Governors may be contacted via the Clerk to the Governors, c/o St Gabriel's Catholic Primary School, Wilnecote Lane, Tamworth, Staffordshire B77 2LF

alternatively via email:

The role of the Governing Board:

  • set the vision and strategic direction of school
  • hold the headteacher to account for its educational performance
  • ensure financial resources are well spent

In addition, Governors do the following;

- Help to shape the vision and direction of the school

- Have a good understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the school.

- Support and challenge the Senior Leadership team.

- Hold the school to account for the educational standards it achieves and thequality of education it provides.

- Ensure that the school fulfill its statutory duties and the duties determined by diocese.

- Monitor, review and develop plans and policies for effective school improvement.

- Look at ways to improve and enhance the skills of the Governor Body by identifying areas to improve and accessing the required training.

How does it work?

To fulfil all of our roles and responsibilities, the Governing Body delegates the work to groups of Governors. The whole Governing Body meets five times a year to discuss what is happening at school and plan strategically for the future. In order to ensure all the tasks get the time and attention they deserve, the Governing Body has set up a number of committees. These committees share the work to cover the responsibilities and help develop a good understanding of the school, support its work and hold it accountable.

At St. Gabriel's we have three main committees which meet termly or half termly. They are Finance and Buildings, Standards and Curriculum and Health, Safety and Well-Being.

There are also a number of smaller committees and working parties responsible for single issues such as Admissions,Discipline, Appeals, Performance Management and Staffing

In addition to serving on one or more committees, Governors are also linked to a particular subject area within the curriculum and visit school to help ensure this subject is being delivered and developed within the school.



The Finance, Buildings and Staffing Committee

This committee is responsible for monitoring, reviewing and advising the schools' full Governing Body on all aspects of finance and buildings.

Some duties include:

  • Preparing a draft budget based on the priorities in the school development plan
  • Monitoring the budget throughout the year
  • Establishing and monitoring appropriate policies and procedures for sound budgetary control, based on the Financial Regulations drawn up by Staffordshire County Council
  • Arranging regular inspections of the premises to identify essential maintenance work
  • Recommending to the Governing Body an ongoing programme of repairs and maintenance

The Standards and Curriculum Committee

This committee is responsible for monitoring, reviewing and advising the schools' full Governing Body on all aspects of teaching and learning, within the scope of the National Curriculum and Religious Education of the school as directed by the Diocesan Education Service.

It helps to ensure that every child attending St. Gabriel's School is;

- Taught to the highest standards

- Has equal access to the National Curriculum

- Has equal access to the religious life of the school

Some of the aims of this committee are:

  • To ensure that the whole school curriculum is: broad and balanced, relevant to the needs of all children, provides continuity and progression, adequately resourced
  • To promote extra-curricular / enrichment activities
  • To ensure that statutory targets for pupil achievements are set and published as required
  • To monitor the spending of Pupil Premium funding and the impact on progress and attainment of those pupils involved
  • To ensure that the National Curriculum is delivered and its assessment procedures are carried out in line with the legal framework and Ofsted requirements
  • To celebrate children's achievements

The Health, Safety and Well-being Committee

This committee is responsible for monitoring, reviewing and advising the school's full Governing Body on all aspects of Health, Safety and Well-being at the school.

It's duties include:

  • Liaising with the Local Authority to ensure compliance with legal and local requirements
  • Reviewing the Health and Safety Policy annually and updating as necessary
  • Setting Health and Safety targets to improve performance
  • Ensuring the audit of Health and Safety takes place and that action plans are drawn up
  • Promoting a positive attitude towards Health and Safety within the school community