Annual Governance Statement


The Governing Body are responsible for ensuring that the school is providing the best education for your child.  There are different types of Governors:

Foundation Governors - elected by the Diosece

Parent Governors - elected by parents to represent them at meetings

Staff Governors - teaching and non-teaching - who represent the staff at the Governor meetings and are elected by the staff

LA Governor - appointed by the local authority

Currently our Governing body is chaired by Mrs Susan Day with  Mrs Wendy Baxter as the vice chair. The Head Teacher  is also on the Governing Body. Our other Governors are Mrs Rachael Povey, Mrs Rachel Greenwood, Mrs Nuala Ferguson, Mrs Katharine Dowson, Mr John Popham, Mr Jon Fisher, Mrs Maria Mulliner and Ms Lavina Vas.

Everyone on the Governing Body specialises in a particular area and as well as attending the main Governing body meetings they attend sub-committee meetings - Pastoral, Community and Environment committee ( PCE); Curriculum, Leadership and Management (CLM) and the Finance Commitee.


The Governors are responsible for ensuring that the children are safe.  This includes holding the Head Teacher to account regarding the school's safeguarding policies and Health and safety policies.

Please note that there are no relationships between any Governor of St Anne's and members of school staff, including their spouses, partners and relatives.


In accordance with the Government’s requirement for all governing bodies, the 3 core strategic functions of the St Anne’s School Governing Board are:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

  2. Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;

  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

Governance arrangements

The Governing Board of St Anne’s was re-constituted in 2019 and continues to comprise of 7 foundation governors, 2 staff governors (one of which is the Headteacher), 2 parent governors, 1 local authority governor and 3 co-opted governors. Co-opted governors are appointed by the Governing Board and are people who, in the opinion of the governing board, have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school: on our Governing Board these are Mrs M Ashbrooke, who as Bursar supports the focus on Finance and Mrs Fiona Johnson as the setting manager for Sunflowers Nursery. It should be noted that co-opted governors have limited voting rights.

The full Governing Board meets at least once each term, and we also have a number of committees (which also meet at least termly) to consider different aspects of the school in detail. At St Anne’s we have three standing subcommittees;

  • Pastoral, Community and Environment (PC&E) Committee, which focuses on the pastoral life of the school, buildings & premises and links to the local communities.

  • Leadership, Management & Curriculum (LM&C) Committee, which looks at the overall management of the school, including staffing plus the curriculum.

  • Finance, which monitors the financial performance of the school and ensures effective audit.

Additionally, there are a number of panels which meet as required;

• Admissions
• Pupil & Staff Discipline and Staff Appeals
• Pay & Performance (including Headteacher)

We have seen the following changes to the Governing board;

  • Mrs M Mulliner elected as a parent governor (Mar-19)

  • Mr J. Popham appointed as a foundation governor (Mar-19)

  • Mrs L Vas appointed as a foundation governor (Mar-19)

  • Mr A Baxter resigned as a foundation governor (Jan-19)

    A full list of governors is given on Page 4.

Attendance record of governors

Governors have a reasonable attendance at meetings.
Please see below for details of individual governors’ attendance at meetings.

The work that we have done on our committees and in the governing body

Current key areas of focus for the governing board and subcommittees;

Pupil Progress.

A significant amount of time and effort has been spent by the Governing Board reviewing the progress and attainment of pupils and ensuring that the changes to statutory guidance on tracking and monitoring of pupil progress are now fully implemented, are supporting pupil achievement. Additionally, the Governing Board continues to monitor progress and the effectiveness of funding targeted at specific groups of pupils, or areas of the curriculum (e.g. Pupil Premium & PE). The expectation of the Governing Board is that pupil attainment will continue to be outstanding and all children are given the support and opportunity to achieve their full potential. The school’s targets reflect this level of ambition.

Safeguarding, Health & Safety

Our Safeguarding Governor is Mrs Day and an audit was completed of the school’s processes in the Autumn term, in which no issues where found. The topic is a standard agenda item at each PC&E and FGB meeting & recommendations are made to the full board as required.

Emotional Health and Wellbeing

Ever increasing pressures of modern society make emotional health and well-being a more and more important area of focus. The Governing board will examine ways in which this aspect of support can be strengthened in the near future.

Policy & Procedures

The Governing Board has continued its wholesale review of school policies and procedures throughout the year. This will continue into next year.

Future plans for the governors

Implementation of recommendations from External Monitoring

A key focus will be to ensure that the recommendations from the teaching and learning review in the spring term are fully implemented over the next 12 months.

Staff & Governor Development

An area of renewed focus will be the continued development of all staff and governors by the provision of high quality CPD. Governor development continues to be monitored by Mrs Ferguson.

Renewal of school strategic plan

We continue to actively review and renew the strategic plan for the school, with particular emphasis on the development and skill set of the governing board.

How you can contact the governing body

We always welcome suggestions, feedback and ideas from parents – please contact the Chair of Governors, via the school office or on You can see the full list of governors in the Appendices.










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St Annes Catholic Primary School

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Main Contact: Mrs M Ashbrooke, School Business Manager

Tel: 01270 685353

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