Governors may be contacted by emailing the Chair of Governors via Mrs S Wallace-Abbott, the Clerk to Governors, using firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet our Governors (also known as 'Trustees')
NICOLE SHARP - CHAIR OF GOVERNORS
I was elected to serve as the Chair of Governors from January 2020 after becoming a Foundation Governor in September 2019. I first became a Co-opted Governor in January 2018 as I wanted to support and play an active role in St Peter’s remaining a strong school as it continues its exciting journey to becoming an all-through school; one that is committed to maintaining a focus on everyone at the school being the best they can be. I sit on the Teaching, Learning and Achievement Committee. I’m also mum to a child at St Peter’s school
BOB BELCHER - VICE CHAIR OF GOVERNORS
I have been a Foundation De La Salle Governor since 2003. I am Vice Chair of the Governing Board, Chair of the Finance, Resources and Premises Committee and a member of the Pay Committee.
I was elected as a Parent Governor in January 2015 with three children who all attend St Peter’s. I am a teacher myself and the Chair of the Teaching, Learning and Achievement Committee with specific responsibility for Pupil Premium students.
I am a former pupil of St Peter’s School and all five of my children along with my two step children have attended St Peter’s School. I joined the teaching staff of St Peter’s in 1980 as a Senior Teacher responsible for Pastoral Care and in 1989 was appointed Deputy Head of the School. In 1993 I was appointed Headteacher of Kingsleigh School in North Bournemouth.
I am now semi-retired and was appointed a Foundation Governor and Chair the Student Welfare and Catholicity Committee.
I was elected as a Parent Governor in January 2019. I have been a primary school teacher for 18 years and am currently the special educational needs and disabilities coordinator (SENDCO) at another local school. I have 2 children, one of whom is in the Primary phase of St Peter's. I sit on the Student Welfare and Catholicity Committee.
I have acted as a Co-opted Governor since 2009 and I sit on the Finance, Resources and Premises Committee where I report on site matters.
I am employed as Estates Manager at St Peter’s School and was elected as a Staff Governor in November 2014 where I sit on the Finance Resources and Premises Committee.
I sit on each committee by virtue of my role as Headteacher.
I am a former Headteacher and Ofsted Inspector and was appointed as a Foundation Governor in January 2020. I sit on the Teaching Learning and Achievement Committee
I am a Foundation Governor appointed by the Diocese in May 2018 and I currently sit on the Finance Resources and Premises Committee. I am employed as a Finance Director and have two children who both attend St Peter’s School.
I am a Science teacher at St Peter’s School and was elected as a Staff Governor in November 2014 where I sit on the Teaching Learning and Achievement Committee.
I was appointed to the Board in January 2018 as a Co-opted Governor where I am a member of the Student Welfare and Catholicity Committee. I also have one child at St Peter's in the primary phase of the school.
REV GEORGE NGWA
I am a Foundation Governor for the DLS and am a member of both the Finance, Resources and Premises (FRP) and Teaching, Learning and Achievement (TLA) Committees.
Based in Christchurch, I am an Area Manager/Funeral Director for a sizeable local independent funeral company. I have a specialist interest in occupational health and safety and have a Master of Science degree (Merit) in Occupational Health and Safety Management.I’m currently Vice Chair of Age Concern Christchurch.
I have previously served as a governor at St Peter’s School and also within the grammar school setting.
Structure of the Governing Body
In an academy “trustees” fulfil the roles traditionally fulfilled by governors. At St Peter’s trustees are usually still referred to as governors. Academies have the legal status of companies and are also charitable trusts meaning that trustees have the responsibilities of both company directors and charity trustees. They must have the best interests of the academy uppermost in their minds at all times and have a duty of compliance, ensuring all relevant laws and regulations are followed.
As holders of a public office, trustees should also be aware of the Nolan principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership. Like all company directors and charity trustees, academy trustees must be autonomous in their decision-making and avoid conflicts of interest. For example, if they are connected to another organisation in the local community, such as a business, their decisions as a trustee must be made independently. Governors have a strategic role to play within the school organisation, leaving the day-to-day operational matters to the Headteacher and staff.
The Governors of a Catholic school work as a team, in close co-operation with the Headteacher and all the staff. Foundation Governors share the responsibilities of all Governors:
- ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
- holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff;
- overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
In addition, Foundation Governors are appointed specifically to ensure that the religious 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 the Diocese. Governors need to be clear about the aims and values of the school and be prepared to work with the school as a “critical friend’, recognising and celebrating achievements, supporting and encouraging strategies to bring about improvements but also asking challenging questions to ensure objectives are met.
The Governing Body is one of the key players in the school development/improvement planning process and Governors are involved in the review of the school improvement plan and the drawing up of the priorities for the coming year.
Governors receive information and discuss issues at the termly Full Governing Body meetings, although much of the work is delegated to the three committees which also meet at last once each term: Finance, Resources and Premises (FRP); Student Welfare and Catholicity (SWC)* and Teaching, Learning and Achievement (TLA). Governors are responsible for the appointment of the Headteacher and are frequently involved in the interviews of other staff, particularly at senior level despite rarely being experts in educational matters.
*SWC committee deals with Admissions matters and meets more frequently than the other two committees – both to approve changes to the Admissions Policy (before ratification by the Governing Body) and to consider bulk applications for entry into Years R and 7 in Accordance with the Admissions Policy.
The Members of the Trust are in effect the shareholders of the Academy Trust (the Company). They are appointed by the Diocese and the De La Salle Order in equal number along with the Chair of Governors.
As charitable companies limited by guarantee every trust has members who have a similar role to the shareholders of a company limited by shares. They:
- Are the subscribers to the trust’s memorandum of association (where they are founding members)
- May amend the articles of association (the articles include a definition of the trust’s charitable objects and governance structure) subject to any restrictions in the articles or in the trust’s funding agreement or charity law
- Have powers to appoint and remove trustees in certain circumstances
- Appoint the trust’s auditors and receive the trust’s audited annual accounts (subject to the Companies Act).
- Provide a guarantee if the Trust were to be wound up and the assets were insufficient to settle the liabilities (although their individual liability is limited to £10).
- May in certain circumstances, appoint new members or remove existing members
- Have power to change the name of the company and, ultimately, wind up the academy trust.