What do Governors do?
Veritas Primary Academy school governors are drawn from different parts of the community; they are parents, staff, and members of the local community. This helps to ensure that the governing body has sufficient diversity of views and experience. The school governors we are committed to school welfare and improvement. In consultation with the head teacher and other staff, our main responsibilities are to:
- set aims and agree policies, targets and objectives for the school
- support and challenge decisions
- help determine the ethos of the school
- agree how to spend the school budget
- appoint new Head Teachers and assist in the recruitment of other staff
How does the governing body work?
There are normally six to eight meetings a year which involve the full governing body. We hear reports from the Head Teacher, other members of staff and from the various committees about the work they have been doing. We ask questions, make decisions, comment on proposals, offer advice and act as a sounding board for ideas. Our objective is always to arrive at the best solution for the school.
We monitor specific objectives listed on the School Development Plan so each Governor will be responsible for monitoring an initiative in, for example: English, Maths, Special Educational Needs etc. This allows governors to focus on a particular area and work more closely with the relevant teachers and to then feed back to the full governing body.
Our 2016/2017 School Governing Body is made up of the following members:
Mr D. Bielecki (term ends 27/04/2021)
Miss A. Kerr (Head Teacher)
Miss R. Burgin (term ends 24/11/19)
Mrs J. Powell (term ends 24/11/19)
Mrs J. Gormley (Chair) (term ends 16/11/20)
Captain D. Edkins (term ends 16/3/20)
Currently 2 vacancies for co-opted governor and 4 director appointee vacancies
Deputy Head teacher Mrs D. Raftery also invited to attend all non-confidential meetings
Lead Governor Roles and Responsibilities
Child Protection and Safeguarding
Health and Safety – Mrs J. Powell
Finance – Captain D. Edkins
Pupil Premium and SEND – Mrs J. Gormley
Curriculum – Miss R. Burgin
Meet the Governors
Jan Gormley- Chair of Governors
I am the current chair of Governors at Veritas Primary Academy. I first joined the board because I wanted to support Veritas as a newly formed school. I was very interested to see how the school leaders aspirations for our pupils translated into whole school results, rounded individuals and safe & happy children. I haven’t been disappointed. I really enjoy working within and for the school, bringing my experiences of the education sector to the primary sector and making a positive contribution to the leadership of the school through the governing body. I feel very proud to be associated with Veritas Primary Academy and enjoy my visits, and feel that my presence and enquiry is welcomed by pupils and staff alike.
Captain Darren Edkins- Chair of Finance
I have been working closely with Veritas Primary Academy since its opening and the military move from Germany. I feel it is important to provide a link between school, families and the local military. As you will be aware there are certain unique circumstances that arise being part of a military family and I hope that my input can help smooth any potential issues. Being a Governor is very rewarding and I enjoy visiting and seeing the children learning in such a great facility. I am a committed team member and look forward to continuing my post at Veritas.
Dariusz Bielecki- Parent Governor
My name is Dariusz Bielecki. I am a husband and proud father of 2 lively son’s. I am a qualified PE teacher from Poland. I Moved to the UK in 2007. I work for Stafford Sports and Performance Academy which has given me a lot of experience working with children. I have been working for 3 years as a PE, Dance, Gymnastics and Multisports Coach in many different Schools in Staffordshire including Veritas. As a parent I am passionate to help achieve the best schooling experience for my children to give them the best possible start and foundation for a happy and healthy life ahead. My older son is in Veritas Nursery and he absolutely loves it! I think that the school provides an excellent all round education and so I joined the governing body as I want to help support in maintaining these high standards. I believe that the school has great potential to become an outstanding Academy and I look forward to working as part of the Governors team to ensure that all children achieve their full potential and enjoy their learning experience.
Declaration of Pecuniary and Personal Interests
Governors and trustees have a legal duty to act only in the best interests of their schools. Where a situation arises in which they cannot do this due to a personal interest they have, steps should be taken to identify, prevent and record the conflict. This ensures governors or trustees are acting in the best interests of the school.
Generally, governors should not participate in any discussions in which they or their relatives may directly or indirectly benefit from a pecuniary interest, except where the relevant authority has authorised this i.e. legislation for maintained schools or articles of association for academies. A direct benefit refers to any personal financial benefit and an indirect benefit refers to any financial benefit you may have by virtue of a relationship to someone who stands to gain from a decision of the governing board. Both direct and indirect interests must be declared.
Non-pecuniary interests (Conflicts of loyalty)
There may be a non-pecuniary interest whereby the governor does not stand to gain any benefit but a declaration should still be made. For example, this might be where a governor has a family member working in the school. While the governor might not benefit personally, their judgment could be impaired if something was brought up that would affect the family member.