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St Pancras Catholic Primary

St Pancras
Catholic Primary School


This section is in seven parts:


PART ONE: Instrument of government

PART TWO: Status of the governing body

PART THREE: Governance and executive accountability

PART FOUR: Operational transparency

PART FIVE: Statutory duties and responsibilities

PART SIX: Who the governors are



PART ONE: Instrument of government






The name of the school is St. Pancras Catholic Primary School.


The school was founded by and is a part of the Catholic Church. The School is to be conducted as a Catholic school in accordance with Canon Law and the teachings of the Catholic Church, and in accordance with the Trust Deed of the Diocese of East Anglia and in particular: Religious education is to be in accordance with the teachings, doctrines, discipline and general and particular norms of the Catholic Church. Religious worship is to be in accordance with the rites, practices, discipline and liturgical norms of the Catholic Church. And at all times the school is to serve as a witness to the Catholic faith in Our Lord Jesus   Christ.


The school is a voluntary aided school in the trusteeship of the Diocese of East Anglia and is an exempt charity for advancing the Catholic religion in the Diocese by such means as the Bishop thinks fit and proper.


The name of the governing body is: The Governing Body of St. Pancras Catholic Primary School.


The governing body shall consist of:


  • Seven foundation governors
  • Two parent governors
  • One headteacher
  • One staff governor
  • One Local Authority governor
  • No more than two co-opted governor (Y)


The total number of governors is 12+Y


Foundation governors shall be appointed and may be removed by the Bishop of East Anglia (or any person exercising ordinary jurisdiction in his name, including, where the See is vacant or impeded, the person or persons on whom governance of the See has devolved).


This Instrument of Government comes into effect on 1st September 2015.


This Instrument of Government was approved by the Diocese of East Anglia on the 17th July 2015 and made by order of Suffolk Local Authority on the 22nd July 2015.


A copy of this Instrument of Government must be supplied to every member of the governing body (and any headteacher if not a governor) and the Diocese of East Anglia.


It is recommended by the CES that where a school needs additional governors to augment its skill set, then it should co-opt. The total number of co-opted governors, when counted with the headteacher and staff governors, must not exceed one third of the total governing body membership.


This means that St. Pancras could appoint no more than two co-opted governors.


PART TWO: Status of the governing body


“Governors have a legal responsibility to ensure that the school, in all its aspects, is managed and organised in the light of Christian values and the teachings of the Church.” 


The Governing Body has charitable status. It is also corporate, which means that it has a separate legal identity from that of its members. This effectively protects individual members from personal liability. Individual governors are volunteers. They receive no payment whatsoever and, although they can legitimately claim expenses against school business, no St. Pancras governors do so. As individuals, governors have no power or right to act on behalf of the governing body, except where the whole governing body has delegated a specific function to an individual.


Governors are required to meet in full session at least once per term. Ours meet twice per term; that is, six times per school year. Governing Body sub-committees and working groups meet more often, especially those relating to Personnel, Finance, and Curriculum & Standards. All meetings are properly minuted and recorded. The school maintains a Governing Body minute book available to parents who make a request to see it.


As St Pancras is a voluntary aided school, it is also the employer, unlike county primary schools for whom the local authority is the employerThis means that the Governing Body at St. Pancras has very particular duties and responsibilities in relation to staffing appointments and personnel management. It also has statutory duties and responsibilities in connection with admissions, the school’s finances, the premises, equal opportunities and discrimination legislation, standards, inspection, the curriculum, reporting to parents, discipline, special educational needs, attendance, health, safety, safeguarding, school security and welfare.


“As good employers, the governors of a Catholic school will fulfil all the requirements of employment law. The law allows governors to assure themselves that their employees have a clear understanding of and commitment to the teaching of the Church.” [13] In fact, in terms of religious instruction, the diocesan bishop has responsibility to see that they are outstanding in respect of knowledge of correct doctrine, the witness of Christian life and teaching skill. Moreover, the bishop has the right to remove such teachers if a reason of religion or morals requires it.


PART THREE: Governance and executive accountability


The school – its governors, leaders, managers and other staff – is accountable to the Catholic Church (more specifically, to the Diocese of East Anglia), to national government and to its pupils and their parents and carers. However, an institution founded on the Trinitarian God, understanding its existence wholly in terms of the person of Jesus Christ, cannot define its accountability solely by reference to its human context. Ultimately, St. Pancras Catholic Primary School as a part of the Church is accountable to the divine – to God.


This is both a sobering and an empowering truth. It is likely to become more so as the almost irresistible secular world, with its shifting ethical centre of gravity, perceives the Church as a reactionary and largely irrelevant relic of an unenlightened bygone age. It is sobering because accountability to God asks more of us than any set of human standards. It is empowering because, however remote God’s perfection seems to us, through the sacrifice of Christ and the reconciliation and salvation we are each offered through the Cross and Resurrection, we are held accountable as created human beings set free. In other words, we will act contrary to the will of God and yet Christ’s arms will remain outstretched to receive us. National government – and Ofsted – may not be so minded!


This is the difference between accountability to one who loves us and those who see us merely as service providers.


PART FOUR: Operational transparency



Governors are accountable to:

The pupils and parents / carers

The Diocese of East Anglia

The Local Authority

Accountability is set out in:

The Instrument of Government

The full Governing Body Terms of Reference

Committee Terms of Reference

The Ofsted Inspection Schedule

The Diocesan Inspection Schedule

Governance structures

Democratic accountability is promoted by:

Election of parent governors

Election of staff governor

Election of Chairman and Vice-Chair

Operational efficiencies are achieved by:

Committees (e.g. Steering / Finance / Personnel / Curriculum & Standards / Headteacher’s Performance Management

Standby committees (e.g. Pupil Discipline / Hearings / Appeals

Agenda and minuting protocols

Minutes of full governing body meetings

Full governing body minutes are signed as accurate at every subsequent meeting. These are filed for public access on request .

Attendance at meetings

There is an expectation that governors will attend all governor meeting, including committees, as appropriate. Absence at a full governing body meeting is given consent or not, as the case may be. Non attendance for three consecutive governor meetings automatically terminates a governor’s term of office

Engagement with parents / carers

Governors interact directly with parents / carers through:

Availability of full governing body meeting minutes

Governor items in the weekly newsletter

Formal annual consultation

The website

Recruitment of staff

Interview panels always feature at least one governor who has had ‘safer recruitment’ training.


Governors can communicate directly with parents / carers through the ‘Governance’ page on the website. This page lists the governors by name and responsibility.


PART FIVE: Statutory duties and responsibilities


There is no definitive list of statutory duties. However, these are certainly statutory duties:

The curriculum

To ensure that every learner receives the full statutory EYFS, KS1 and KS2 curriculum

To ensure that the school provides teaching of Religious Education and has told parents / carers of their right to withdraw pupils from this

To ensure that the school provides a daily act of collective worship and has told parents / carers of their right to withdraw pupils from this

To ensure that the school has a policy on sex and relationships education and has told parents / carers of their right to withdraw pupils from this

To ensure that the school meets fully the learning and development requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage

Equality and diversity

To ensure that there are policies and practices to ensure that the school does not discriminate unlawfully against learners, job applicants or staff on the grounds of gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion and belief, marital/civil partnership status or age

To ensure compliance with general duties under the equality Act 2010

To ensure that the school publishes equality information and objectives and that progress towards these is reported annually

To ensure that the school promotes the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils

Learners with special educational needs / disabilities

To ensure that the school meets the requirements of legislation relating to pupils with SEN(D) and publishes its Local Offer to parents / carers and pupils

To ensure that the school meets the requirements of Part 4 of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA) and any subsequent requirements and has regard to the (DRC) code of practice for schools, 2002

To ensure that the school publishes an accessibility plan and disability equality scheme and reports on progress annually

To ensure that the school has appointed a SEN coordinator and has ensured that the postholder has received training

Learners’ care and wellbeing

To ensure that the school has procedures in place to meet all health and safety legislation

To ensure that the school has  safeguarding policy and procedures that accord with Local Authority and national guidelines and complies with requirements relating to safeguarding children and safer recruitment, including the maintenance of an up to date Single Central Record

To ensure that the school’s prepared lunches comply with current food standards

To ensure that the school complies with the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage

Informing parents / carers

To ensure that all statutory tests and assessments are conducted and the results forwarded to parents / carers

To ensure that an annual pupil progress report is forwarded to the parents / carers of every registered pupil

To ensure that the school provides parents / carers – and others – with statutory information on its website in accordance with the School Information Regulations 2012

Leadership and management

To ensure that the school meets the Schools Financial Value Standard (SFVS) and that compliance is reviewed annually

To ensure that the respective financial responsibilities of the governing body, its committees, the headteacher and staff are clearly defined, along with the limits of delegated authority.

To ensure that the school has a performance management (appraisal) policy and that the performance of all teachers, including the headteacher, is reviewed annually

To ensure that provisions in the School Teachers Pay & Conditions Document are implemented for all teachers, including the headteacher

To ensure that the school has relevant complaints and appeals procedures and that these are published on its website

To ensure that the school promotes community cohesion


PART SIX: Who the governors are








Katherine Parsons


Chair and




 Sept 18  Aug  22

Appointed by

the Bishop     

       Parent of two pupils at the school              

Gary Page





 Sept 19    Aug 23


Appointed by

the Bishop

        Nil to declare



Head of School





         Nil to Declare



Mike Mayston



  N/A       N/A



         Retired -

         Two grandchildren in school    



Ross Dean




 Nov 19 

 Nov 23

Appointed by

the Parents

        Two children in Yrs 1 & 4

Staff Governor





















Roisin Anderson-Hurst

Vice Chair/




 Dec 18

 Nov 22

Appointed by

the Bishop


          Parent of three children at the 




 Clerk to the Governing Body:   Mrs. Karen Cork.