Committees

There are 3 main committees:

In addition, the following committees convene as necessary:

Inspection, or copies, of approved Minutes of Full Governing Body and Committee meetings are available upon request by contacting the Clerk to the Governors at sburnett@christs.school.

Christ’s School Finance, Premises and Staffing Committee (including Pay)

Membership: appointed by the full Governing Body.

The key purpose of this committee is to provide vital governance and oversight of the Financial Management of the school.

The committee is required to consider, challenge and ultimately approve the budget proposed by the Headteacher for submission to the Governing Body in the Spring Term of each year. The committee ensures that the budget is consistent with the goals set out in the School Development Plan and with the Staffing priorities stemming from review of the school’s curriculum. Staffing costs represent nearly 80% of the overall expenditure budget, and so require particular focus as to strategy.

The committee monitors the school’s financial performance relative to this budget throughout the financial year, and will recommend any changes considered necessary as a result of this monitoring to the Governing Body. It considers the financial implications of recommendations from other committees and stakeholders.

In respect of the school’s premises, the committee monitors the condition of buildings and other assets, and determines priorities for repair, maintenance and development projects.

In consultation with the Headteacher, the committee reviews various policies in connection with the safe and effective use of school premises. In addition, the committee reviews school policies that pertain to staffing, for example the Pay Policy, Appraisal Policy, Grievance and Discipline Procedures.

In carrying out its mandate, the committee liaises as appropriate with the Local Authority and the Southwark Diocesan Board of Education.

FINANCE, PREMISES AND STAFFING COMMITTEE (INCLUDING PAY)

Membership:

Appointed by the full Governing Body

Quorum:

The quorum for the Finance, Premises and Staffing Committee is three Governors. No vote can be taken unless the Committee is quorate. The Headteacher will not count towards quoracy in any pay matter relating to the Headteacher. Members of the Headteacher’s Appraisal Panel cannot make up the sole quoracy in any discussion regarding the Headteacher’s appraisal recommendations.

Meetings:

At least 3 times per year.Time-sensitive issues may be discussed and voted upon via email. The Headteacher will leave the meeting during any discussions regarding his/her pay.

Chair:

The Chair will be appointed by the Governing Body at the first full Governing Body meeting of the academic year. The Headteacher may not be chair of the Committee.

 

The Clerk to the Governing Body will minute the decisions of the Committee.

General Terms of Reference for all subsections of the Committee

1.

To keep the Terms of Reference under review and recommend any changes to the Governing Body prior to the last full Governing Body meeting of the academic year.

2. To determine any relevant matters referred to the Committee by the Governing Body.
3. To have regard to the Scheme of Delegation including the relevant sections of the Standing Orders within, and all relevant legislation
4. In consultation with the Headteacher and appropriate staff, to monitor and keep under review the policies and procedures under the remit of this Committee as detailed on the School’s policy schedule, and to ensure that where appropriate any amendments are presented to the Governing Body for ratification.
5. To report the Committee’s resolutions and recommendations to the next full meeting of the Governing Body.

Terms of Reference: Finance

1.

To the best of the Committee’s ability to ensure that the school’s finances are managed with integrity and that resources are managed effectively to achieve value for money

2. To act in accordance with the LA’s Scheme for Financing Schools and the Schools Financial Regulations and Standing Orders, and to ensure that any requirements of the LA in relation to the school’s budget are met.
3. To act in accordance with the Scheme of Financial Delegation.
4. To consider the financial implications of the School Development Plan (SDP), in consultation with the Headteacher.
5. To consider the annual budget proposed by the Headteacher prior to its submission to the Governing Body for approval, taking account of the school’s priorities in the SDP.
6. To monitor the expenditure of the school's annual budget and provide a termly report for the Governing Body; to carry out a mid-year review and if necessary revise the budget in response to the first six months’ expenditure.
7. To consider the financial implications of any recommendation from other committees and working parties, as appropriate.
8. To authorise virement between budget headings for amounts over £20000. The Chair of the Committee (or the Chair of Governors) may authorise virements between £10000 and £20000. The Headteacher may authorise virements up to £10000.
9. To authorise expenditure over £20000. The Chair of the Committee (or the Chair of Governors) may authorise expenditure between £10000 and £20000. The Headteacher may authorise expenditure up to £10000.
10. To ensure that three quotes are obtained for items purchased over £5000, unless advice on the purchase is received from the LA.
11. To ensure compliance with and the annual completion and submission of the Schools Financial Value Standard as directed by the DfE.
12. To ensure that the accounts for the Parental Contribution Fund or other such fund (if any) are examined and that appropriate records are kept.
13. To monitor and approve the expenditure of the pupil premium and other additional funding and to liaise with the Teaching and Learning Committee to ensure that an appropriate statement is updated on the school’s website each year.
14. To monitor and keep under review the school’s financial procedures and controls, including audit.
15. To monitor and review procurement activities and contract management.
16. To review the Financial Scheme of Delegation annually.

Terms of Reference: Premises

1.

To ensure that the SDBE is consulted and that Governors and appropriate staff have due regard to the DfE Blue Book (VA schools) when making decisions regarding school buildings and the school site.

2. To monitor the condition of the school premises and report to the relevant authorities any material issues.
3. To determine priorities for repairs, maintenance and improvement of the premises taking into account the Governors’ liabilities and advice from the Diocesan Board consultants, as appropriate.
4. To ensure that adequate insurance is provided for the school premises and the contents, and to liaise with the Diocesan Authority and LA as appropriate.
5. To review the school’s Lettings Policy annually.
6. To keep the Health and Safety Policy, including security arrangements, under review and recommend any amendments to the Governing Body for approval. The Committee should ensure that risk assessments are carried out regularly.
7. Placing reliance on direction from the school’s advisers, to ensure compliance with any statutory direction in relation to health and safety and with the Governing Body's Health and Safety Policy, and to receive regular reports on fire drills, accidents and dangerous occurrences.
8. To make recommendations to the Governing Body with regard to service agreements for such matters as grounds maintenance, school cleaning and catering, and to monitor any such agreements that may be made with the LA or other bodies.
9. To make recommendations concerning building development.
10. To ensure that reasonable efforts are made to achieve maximum energy conservation and ensure that a Display Energy Certificate with its accompanying report is commissioned annually.
11. To ensure the maintenance of the school’s asset register and to monitor asset disposal procedures.

Terms of Reference: Staffing

1.

To approve the staffing complement and staffing structure (both teaching and non-teaching) in consultation with the Headteacher.

2. To recruit and appoint all teaching and non-teaching staff as necessary, delegating all or part of the process to the Headteacher as they feel appropriate, ensuring that at all times their procedures satisfy statutory requirements; the exception being the appointment of the Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher and Assistant Headteacher posts which require the setting up of a selection panel.
3. To determine any matters referred to the Committee regarding personnel matters in accordance with the procedures adopted by the Governing Body.
4. To ensure that the necessary arrangements are in place for the performance management of teaching staff in the school and that an up-to-date job description is available for each member of staff at the start of his/her performance management cycle.
5. To ensure that there is a robust process linking performance management and appraisal to salary progression.
6. To receive regular updates from the Headteacher on the implementation of performance management.
7. To ensure that the financial implications of staffing recommendations are considered before implementing any decision.
8. To consider recommendations with regard to urgent staffing requirements.
9. To have regard to the need for Work-Life Balance for all members of staff including the Headteacher.

Terms of Reference: Pay

1.

To carry out periodic reviews of the principles underlying the school’s pay strategy, structure and policy, and following that process to make any necessary recommendations for change to the full Governing Body.

2. To carry out determinations of pay for all staff in accordance with the school’s pay policy, and to notify the full Governing Body of those determinations.
3. To carry out an annual review of the Pay Policy and make recommendations to the full Governing Body to assist the annual pay determinations.
4. To review and determine each year the levels of pay for all teaching staff including the Headteacher, taking account of financial budget constraints, and in accordance with the current School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD).
5. To review and determine each year the levels of pay for all non-teaching staff, taking account of financial budget constraints, and in accordance with the National Joint Council for Local Government Service or other appropriate bodies.
6. To determine any other pay matters in accordance with current legislation, good practice and advice (where necessary) from the SDBE and the school’s HR provider.

Christ’s School Teaching and Learning Committee

Membership: appointed by the full Governing Body

The key purpose of this committee is to ensure that the curriculum meets the needs of all students at Christ’s.

To do this, the committee receives reports from Subject Leaders on the progress of the school’s Teaching and Learning priorities, as outlined in the School Development Plan. These priorities may refer to areas such as quality of teaching, homework, differentiation, feedback and marking etc.

The committee monitors students’ progress and attainment across all year groups, particularly looking for under performance in specific groups of students such as disadvantaged, able and ambitious, middle prior attainment, ethnic groupings etc. For the previous years 11 and 13, the committee studies the data contained within Ofsted’s Analysing School Performance (ASP) reports,  which shows progress and attainment data for all subjects and all groups of students at GCSE and A Level.  For current students, the committee reviews the in school tracking data for each year group, again broken down by subject and student groupings.

In addition, the committee reviews school policies that pertain to teaching and learning, for example the Collective Worship Policy and the Able and Ambitious Policy.

TEACHING AND LEARNING COMMITTEE

Membership:

Appointed by the full Governing Body

Quorum:

The quorum for the Teaching and Learning Committee is three Governors. No vote can be taken unless the Committee is quorate.

Meetings:

At least 3 times per year. Time-sensitive issues may be discussed and voted upon via email.

Chair:

The Chair will be appointed by the Governing Body at the first full Governing Body meeting of the academic year. The Headteacher may not chair the Committee.

 

The Clerk to the Governing Body will minute the decisions of the Committee.

Terms of Reference:

1. 

The Headteacher may delegate the responsibility for representation on this Committee to a Deputy Headteacher.

2.

With the Headteacher, agreeing the School’s Key Performance targets for Years 11 and 13 at the first meeting of the academic year, and recommending them for approval to the Governing Body.

3.

To ensure that the curriculum needs are clearly identified in the School Development Plan and to make recommendations for resourcing to the Finance, Premises and Staffing Committee.

4.

To monitor performance and progress of all students in specific curriculum areas in line with the School Development Plan priorities and to report to the Governing Body.

5.

To monitor the provision made for Disadvantaged, Able and Ambitious, SEND and other relevant groups of students according to SDP priorities and to measure the impact on attainment and progress. For Disadvantaged students (and other groups as appropriate) to measure the gap between them and other students in the school and other students nationally. To provide regular updates to the Governing Body. 

6.

In consultation with the Headteacher and appropriate staff, to monitor and keep under review the policies under the remit of this Committee as detailed on the School’s policy schedule. The Committee will monitor, review and approve all other relevant policies (eg those relating to the curriculum and extra-curricular activities).

7.

In consultation with the Headteacher and appropriate staff, to monitor and keep under review the Curriculum Information Statement.

8.

In consultation with the Headteacher, to keep under review the management and structure of the school day.

9.

To address complaints made by parents on curriculum matters where such complaints have been referred to the Governing Body under the Complaints Procedure.

10.

On request by the Headteacher, to determine any appeal made by a parent for a student’s temporary withdrawal from part of the National Curriculum (dis-application).

11.

To determine any other matters referred to the Committee by the Governing Body.

12.

To have regard to Sections 1 and 2 of the Scheme of Delegation.

13.

To keep the Terms of Reference under review and recommend any changes to the Governing Body prior to the last full Governing Body meeting of the academic year.

 


Christ’s School Care, Guidance and Support Committee

Membership: appointed by the full Governing Body

The key purpose of this committee is to ensure that the school’s pastoral structure meets the needs of all students at Christ’s, keeping them safe, and ensuring they can access all aspects of the curriculum.

In particular, the committee focuses on behaviour for learning, attendance, special educational needs (SEN), child protection and collective worship.

In carrying out its role, the committee receives reports from the Deputy Headteacher responsible for pastoral care, the Attendance Officer and the SEN Co-ordinator on matters relating to the impact of the various policies and how successful they are in achieving the priorities set out in the School Development Plan. For example, in relation to behaviour for learning, the committee analyses the number of behaviour incidents across year groups and types of pupils, and trends over time, in order to ascertain the impact of the policy.  It also very closely monitors attendance and persistent absence figures, as low attendance has the biggest single impact on pupil outcomes.

In addition, the committee reviews school policies that pertain to all aspects of personal, social and health education, including nutritional matters such as the school’s food and water policies.

CARE, GUIDANCE & SUPPORT COMMITTEE 

Membership:

Appointed by the full Governing Body

Quorum:

The quorum for the Care, Guidance and Support Committee is three Governors. No vote can be taken unless the Committee is quorate.

Meetings:

At least 3 times per year.Time-sensitive issues may be discussed and voted upon via email. 

Chair:

The Chair will be appointed by the Governing Body at the first full Governing Body meeting of the academic year. The Headteacher may not be chair of the Committee.

 

The Clerk to the Governing Body will minute the decisions of the Committee.

 Terms of Reference 

1.

In conjunction with the Designated Safeguarding Lead, for the Safeguarding Link Governor to (1) carry out an annual audit of the school’s safeguarding procedures, (2) conduct a termly sign-off of the Single Central Record, and (3) bi-annual spot checks.

2. To receive regular reports on Looked After Children, Safeguarding, and the Disadvantaged.
3. To receive regular reports from the pastoral Deputy Headteacher in order to: monitor the provision made for students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND); review and approve the information on the School website relating to SEND.
4. To monitor pastoral aspects of the School Development Plan (SDP).
5. To receive regular reports from the Deputy Headteacher in relation to the school’s pastoral key performance indicators, including Attendance, Persistent Absence, Internal and External Exclusions, Bullying and Equalities.
6. To receive reports from the school’s Chaplain
7. To receive reports from the appropriate Named Governors on the Governor Checklist.
8. To keep school communications under review via the Communications Link Governor, including aspects relating to the school website, social media feeds, school surveys, governor-parent communications, school newsletters, and the annual FGB letter.
9. In consultation with the Headteacher and appropriate staff, to monitor and keep under review all policies under the remit of this Committee as detailed on the School’s policy schedule and any related documents created from time to time for which the Committee is responsible, and to ensure that where appropriate any amendments are presented to the Governing Body for ratification.
10. To determine any other relevant matters referred to the Committee by the Governing Body.
11. To have regard to the Scheme of Delegation including relevant sections of the Standing Orders within.
12. To keep the Terms of Reference under review and recommend any changes to the Governing Body prior to the last full Governing Body meeting of the academic year.

CHAIRS OF COMMITTEE

Membership: Chair of the Governing Body, Headteacher, Chairs of FP&S, T&L, CG&S.

Terms of Reference

For chairs of the above committees to discuss feedback from their respective committees in relation to school priorities and the functioning of the Governing Body with each other, the Chair of the Governing Body and the Headteacher in a small, focused group.

For the Chair of the Governing Body to take recommendations from the committee as appropriate to the next Full Governing Body meeting for discussion.

CHAIRS OF COMMITTEES

Membership:

Chair of the Governing Body, Headteacher, Chairs of FP&S, T&L and CG&S Committees.

Quorum:

The quorum for the Chairs of Committees is three, including the Chair of the Governing Body and the Headteacher.

Meetings:

Once a year in the Autumn Term, and on an ‘as required’ basis at other times. 

Chair:

The Chair will be the Chair of the Governing Body.

 

The Clerk to the Governing Body will minute the decisions of the Committee.

 Terms of Reference 

1.

For chairs of the above Committees to discuss feedback from their respective Committees in relation to school priorities and the functioning of the Governing Body, the Chair of the Governing Body and the Headteacher in a small, focused group.

2. For the Chair of the Governing Body to take recommendations from the Committee as appropriate to the next Full Governing Body meeting for discussion.

 

ADMISSIONS COMMITTEE

Membership: the Headteacher and at least 3 Governors. At least one Governor will be a Foundation Governor. A Governor should withdraw if the applicant is well known to him/her.

The key purpose of this committee is to determine applications for admission in accordance with Christ's published School Admissions Policy. The committee also overseas any consultation process on the school's admission arrangements, and parental appeal arrangements.

ADMISSIONS COMMITTEE

Membership:

The Headteacher and at least three Governors. At least one Governor will be a Foundation Governor. A Governor should withdraw if the applicant is well known to him/her. The Committee may make recommendations to the Governing Body for co-option of non-governor members and advise whether or not such members should be given a vote.

Quorum:

The quorum for the Admissions Committee is three Governors, including the Headteacher (if the Headteacher has an interest in the admission of a child, eg a relative, a Deputy Headteacher may serve on the Committee in place of the Headteacher). No vote can be taken unless the Committee is quorate. 

Meetings:

The Committee shall meet on an ‘as required’ basis. Time-sensitive issues may be discussed and voted upon via email.

Chair:

The Chair will be appointed by the Governing Body at the first Full Governing Body meeting of the academic year. The Headteacher may not chair the Committee.

 

The Clerk to the Governing Body will minute the decisions of the Committee.

Terms of Reference

1.

To keep the admissions arrangements under review and make recommendations to the Full Governing Body for change to the Admissions Policy, relevant documentation (including the Supplementary Information Form and Ministerial Reference Form), and admissions process.

2. To determine applications for admission in accordance with the Governing Body’s published Admissions Policy.
3. To ensure that any consultation process on the School’s admission arrangements is effected within the specified timetable, and within that process that the Full Governing Body approves the admissions arrangements.
4. To submit minutes which record decisions made, actions to be taken and/or recommendations for consideration, and to report any decisions taken on behalf of the Governing Body to the next meeting of the Full Governing Body.
5. To authorise the Headteacher/Senior Deputy Headteacher to admit applicants outside the normal admission round, in accordance with the Governing Body’s published Admissions Policy.
6. Where a waiting list is being held by the Local Authority for any given year group, the Headteacher will have the power to admit pupils in accordance with that list subject to any new applicants received since the waiting list was established. The Committee will decide the highest priority criterion the applicant satisfies.
7. To ensure that the admissions process, including the criteria and related documentation, are clear and transparent and are available to the parents and carers of prospective students in printed form and in electronic form on the school website.
8. To ensure that appropriate arrangements are in place for parents/carers to appeal the Committee’s decision not to offer a place, and that those arrangements are effectively communicated to parents/carers.
9. To carry out its duties in accordance with the DfE Codes of Practice on Admission and Admission Appeals.
10. To carry out any other reasonable and appropriate duties at the request of the Governing Body.
11. To have regard to the Scheme of Delegation including the relevant sections of the Standing Orders within.
12. To keep the Terms of Reference under review and recommend any changes to the Governing Body prior to the last Full Governing Body meeting of the academic year.

STAFF GRIEVANCE, DISCIPLINARY AND DISMISSAL COMMITTEE

Membership: three Governors

This committee hears grievance, disciplinary and dismissal cases of any member of the school staff.

STAFF GRIEVANCE< DISCIPLINARY AND DISMISSAL COMMITTEE 

Membership:

Three Governors (not to include the Headteacher).

Quorum:

The quorum for the Staffing Committee is three Governors. 

Meetings:

As required

Chair:

The Chair will be appointed from amongst its members before the hearing commences.

 

The Clerk to the Governing Body will minute the decisions of the Committee.

 Terms of Reference 

1.

To hear grievance, disciplinary and dismissal cases of any member of staff employed by the school.


STAFF APPEALS COMMITTEE

Membership: three Governors who have not been involved in the first hearing of the Staff Grievance, Disciplinary and Dismissal Committee

This committee hears any subsequent appeals against a decision of the Staff Grievance, Disciplinary and Dismissal Committee.

STAFF APPEALS COMMITTEE 

Membership:

Three Governors (not to include the Headteacher) who have not bee involved in the hearing by the Staff Discipline Committee.

Quorum:

The quorum for the Staffing Appeals  Committee is three Governors. 

Meetings:

As required

Chair:

The Chair will be appointed from amongst its members before the hearing commences.

 

The Clerk to the Governing Body will minute the decisions of the Committee.

 Terms of Reference 

1.

To hear any appeals from the decision of the Staff Discipline Committee


PUPIL DISCIPLINE

Membership: three Governors, not to include the Headteacher

This committee meets to consider pupil exclusions.

PUPIL DISCIPLINE COMMITTEE 

Membership:

Three Governors (not to include the Headteacher) 

Quorum:

The quorum for the Student Discipline Committee is three Governors. 

Meetings:

As required

Chair:

The Chair will be appointed from amongst its members before the hearing commences.

 

The Clerk to the Governing Body will minute the decisions of the Committee.

 Terms of Reference 

1.

Following notification by the Headteacher, the Committee will meet to consider exclusions in the following circumstances:

  1. exclusions of more than five school days and less than 15 school days in any one term where a parent wishes to make representations;
  2. exclusions of more than 15 school days in any one term;
  3. permanent exclusions;

exclusions of any length, which would result in the pupil losing an opportunity to take a public examination.

2. If (d) above, if it is not practical for a quorate meeting of the Committee to be held before the student is due to take the examination, the Chair of the Governing Body may act on behalf of the Committee in order to deal with the matter quickly.
3.

In considering the above, the Committee must:

  1. consider the circumstances in which the student was excluded;
  2. consider any representations by a parent of a student under 18, or a student who is 18+, or by the LA;
  3. allow those wishing to make representations to attend a meeting to present their views;
  4. consider whether to reinstate the student, and if so, give the appropriate direction to the Headteacher, including the date on which the student should be reinstated;
  5. take account of relevant guidance.
4. Where the Committee is notified of an exclusion of five school days or less, the Committee shall consider any statement from the parent (or student, if 18+).
5. To report the Committee’s resolutions and recommendations to the next full meeting of the full Governing Body via the Care, Guidance & Support Committee.
6. To determine any other matters referred to the Committee by the Governing Body.

COMPLAINTS COMMITTEE

Membership: three Governors, not to include the Headteacher

This committee hears parental complaints.

COMPLAINTS COMMITTEE 

Membership:

Appointed by the full Governing Body

Quorum:

The quorum for the Complaints Committee is three Governors. 

Meetings:

As required

Chair:

The Chair will be appointed from amongst its members before the hearing commences.

 

The Clerk to the Governing Body will minute the decisions of the Committee.

 Terms of Reference 

1.

The Governing Body has adopted the Southwark Diocesan Board of Education’s Complaints Procedure, with minor amendments.

 

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