Academy Council and Governance - St Wilfrids Catholic High School and Sixth Form College

Academy Council and Governance

Academy Council & Governance

Contact Information

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

Headteacher

Philip Dore

Foundation Academy Councillors

Gemma Farnsworth
Averil Birch
Carol Sidebottom
Karen Gayles
Sara McCamley

Parent Academy Councillors

Penny Hewitt
+Vacancy

Staff Academy Councillors

Hannah Baker

Academy Council Committees

Roles & Responsibilities
Gemma Farnsworth – PSHCE/CIIAG
Carol Sidebottom – Catholic and Spiritual Life and Inventory Audit
Sara McCamley – Special Needs and Disadvantaged Students
Sara McCamley – Governor Training and Performance Management Review
Karen Gayles – Special Needs and Safeguarding

Rota by Academy Council Health & Safety
Vacancy – Workforce Reform

School Links to faculties
Penny Hewitt – Expressive Arts and Media
Averil Birch – Social Sciences/H&SE, Targets, Standards and Sixth Form
Carol Sidebottom – PE and Technology
Gemma Farnsworth – Maths, Business and IT
Sara McCamley – Religious Education & Pupil Premium
Vacancy – English, MFL, History and Geography
Vacancy – Science and IT

Meeting Dates

Click here to view the Academy Council Meeting Schedule for 2020-2021

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 2020 – 2021

All members of the Academy Council sign the Code of Conduct at the first Full Academy Council meeting of each school year.  Click here to view the Attendance of each Academy Councillor for 2019 – 2020

Terms of Office of the Academy Council

Mr Philip Dore
Date of current term: 1st January 2021 to 31st December 2024
Register of Business Interests: None

Mrs Gemma Farnsworth
Date of current term: 8th March 2017 to 7th March 2021
Register of Business Interests: None

Mrs Averil Birch
Date of current term: 20th September 2018 to 19th September 2022
Register of Business Interests: Foundation governor at St Joseph’s Primary Castleford

Mrs Carol Sidebottom
Date of current term: 1st September 2018 to 31st August 2022
Register of Business Interests: None

Mrs Karen Gayles
Date of current term: 28th January 2021 to 27th January 2025
Register of Business Interests: None

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

Mrs Sara McCamley
Date of current term 8th January 2021 to 7th January 2025
Register of Business Interests: None

Hannah Baker
Date of current term: 25th February 2020 to 24th February 2024
Register of Business Interests: Professional Association Representative

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

Mr Robin Slavin (Chair) left in November 2020 – term of office ended
Mrs Angela Buckingham (Vice-Chair) left in July 2020 – term of office ended
Mrs Elizabeth McGrath (Headteacher) retirement 31st August 2020.

REGISTER OF BUSINESS INTEREST
Mrs Averil Birch – Foundation Governor at St Joseph’s Primary School Castleford

GOVERNANCE ROLES IN OTHER SCHOOLS
Mrs Averil Birch – Foundation Governor at St Joseph’s Primary School Castleford.

REGISTER OF FINANCIAL INTEREST
No members of the Academy Council have financial links with the school.

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 mission 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 mission 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.

The Academy Council Committee

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

Becoming a Foundation Governor

For more information on how to become a foundation governor follow this link:  Opportunities and Vacancies: 

Trust Governance

Please use the links below to take you to the BKCAT website where you will find the following information of governance:

The Trust Board Governance and Members;

The Trust Board Register of Interests and Attendance;

The Trust Board Governance and Committee Structure; 

The Trust Board Annual Reports and Accounts;

The Trust Board Articles of Association;

The Trust Board’s Funding Agreement;