Academy Council & Governance

Academy Council & Governance

Contact Information

Amy queries to the academy council should come through the Clerk to the Academy Council, Mrs Jenny Doherty at St Wilfrid’s: jdo@st-wilfrids.bkcat.co.uk

Headteacher

Helen Gilroy

Foundation Academy Councillors

Robin Slavin (Chair)
Mark Wakefield
Angela Buckingham
Gemma Farnsworth
Vacancy
Vacancy

Parent Academy Councillors

Karen Gayles
Penny Hewitt

Staff Academy Councillors

Michelle Selway
Marie James

Associate Members

Sara McCamley
Terry Mulready

Clerk to Academy Council

Jenny Doherty

 

ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES

Gemma Farnsworth Catholic Life/PSCHE/CIAG
Sarah McCamley Special Needs and Disadvantaged Students
Rota by Academy Coucil Health & Safety
Sara McCamley Governor Training
Angela Buckingham Inventory Audit
Mark Wakefield Target Setting
Robin Slavin Workforce Reform
Karen Gayles Child Protection
Karen Gayles Children in Public Care
Sara McCamley Performance Management Review
Karen Gayles Online Safety

 

SCHOOL LINKS

Angela Buckingham Humanities
Penny Hewitt Expressive Arts
Robin Slavin Science, D&T, Health & Social Care
Mark Wakefield Standards & Sixth Form
Angela Buckingham English, Media & MFL
Gemma Farnsworth Maths, Business & IT
Sara McCamley Religious Education & Pupil Premium
Karen Gayles Sport

Meeting Dates

Click here to view the Academy Council Meeting Schedule for 2017-2018

Committees

Click here to view the Academy Council Sub-Committees for 2017-2018

How Academy Councillors are appointed

Foundation councillors are appointed by the Diocese of Leeds, following recommendation from the parish priest.

  • Staff councillors are appointed through a process of election by the whole staff of the academy.
  • Parent councillors are appointed through a process of election by the parents of students at the academy.
  • The Foundation Priest maintains their post for a fixed term.
  • The Headteacher maintains their post for as long as they are in role. 

Code of Conduct for the Academy Council

All members of the Academy Council sign the Code of Conduct at the first Full Academy Council meeting of each school year.

Code of Conduct for the Academy Council 2017 – 2018

Attendance at Academy Council Meetings and Committees – 2016 – 2017

Click here to view the Attendance of each Academy Councillor for 2016 – 2017

Terms of Office of the Academy Council

Mr Robin Slavin
Date of current term: 16th November 2016 to 15th November 2020
Register of Business Interests: None

Mr Mark Wakefield
Date of current term: 16th November 2016 to 15th November 2020
Register of Business Interests:

Mrs Angela Buckingham
Date of current term: 16th November 2016 to 15th November 2020
Register of Business Interests:

Mrs Gemma Farnsworth
Date of current term:8th March 2017 to 7th March 2021
Register of Business Interests:Foundation governor at St John the Baptist, Normanton

Mrs Karen Gayles
Date of current term: 26th May 2017 to 25th May 2021
Register of Business Interests:

Mrs Penny Hewitt
Date of current term: 26th May 2017 to 25th May 2021
Register of Business Interests:None

Mrs Helen Gilroy
Date of Current Term20th February 2017 –
Register of Business Interests:Sister-in-law is a teacher at the school and a member of the academy council

Mrs Michelle Selway
Date of current term: 3rd December 2015 to 2nd December 2019
Register of Business Interests: Sister-in-law is the Headteacher of the school and a member of the academy council

Mrs Marie James
Date of current term: 3rd December 2015 to 2nd December 2019
Register of Business Interests:None

Mrs Sara McCamley
Associate Member 26th May 2017
Register of Business Interests:None

Mr Terry Mulready
Associate Member
Register of Business Interests:

 

Former members of the Academy Council who have served within the last 12 months

No member of the Academy Council has left within the last 12 months.

For information regarding governors financial interest and governance roles in other schools please contact the school directly and information will be sent out accordingly.

Governance

The Governing Body

The governing body of a Catholic school occupies and conducts the school on behalf of their trustees and under the supervision of the diocesan bishop as the occupier of the premises, proprietor of the undertaking, and employer of the staff. It occupies the school subject to the parameters laid down by their trustees, and ultimately any decisions relating to the land and buildings rest with the trustees, except in so far as these have been delegated to the governing body by the trustees.

All governors of Catholic maintained schools have legal rights and responsibilities which ensure that they safeguard and promote their school’s denominational character. These rights and responsibilities have been recognised by Government as central to the continuing success of Catholic education. The following are key aspects of the governing body’s legal duties in voluntary aided schools relating to their religious character.

Relationship between St Wilfrid’s Academy Council and the Bishop Konstant Catholic Academy Trust

Within the Bishop Konstant Catholic Academy Trust, our academies are communities where our children and young people are given a clear vision for life, a vision which is rooted in the person and teachings of Jesus Christ and which is faithful to the misson of the Catholic Church.

The Trust seeks to serve all our families (Catholic and non-Catholic alike) and to work with other partners in education for the benefit of our children and young people; we are committed to working together as academies and with the wider community for the common good.  In our academies, we uphold the dignity and unique human value of every person as we strive for excellence in education; gifts and talents are shared between our academies as we aim to provide the highest standards for all our children and young people, aged 3 to 19 years throughout the Trust.

Within the Bishop Konstant Catholic Academy Trust, our academies are communities where our children and young people are given a clear vision for life, a vision which is rooted in the person and teachings of Jesus Christ and which is faithful to the misson of the Catholic Church.

The Trustees are drawn from our schools and the wider Catholic community and include foundation, parent and staff councillors and colleagues from the Diocese of Leeds. Each school has its own Academy Council with councillors appointed by the Diocese of Leeds, parents and staff.

Our Mission

St. Wilfrid’s Catholic High School and Sixth Form College, with its distinctive Catholic identity, seeks to ensure the development of all students’ spiritual, moral and academic potential, based on its commitment to Christ and His teachings.

As a community, the school is committed to the common good, which is achieved through the fostering of a co-operative and caring ethos, both with St Wilfrid’s, parishes, family and the wider community.

Such an approach is based on the Christian principle of personal dignity and worth where each person’s rights and responsibilities are recognised and respected, and their individual talents nurtured.

These talents include the search for academic excellence within a secure learning environment, where the needs and potential of all pupils are addressed and where achievement, both individual and collective, is celebrated.