The Governing Body
We have a dedicated group here at Holy Cross who, with Mrs Minford and all the staff endeavour to ensure that each child who spends time at our school learns and grows and is valued as a unique creation.
Our dedicated group of volunteers, The Governing Body, is made of members of our local community, parents, and school staff. There are a few different types of Governors:
Foundation Governors, appointed by the Bishop from members of the parish, to ensure that the school is clearly recognisable as Christian in its ethos and following the gospel values.
Parent Governors, elected by parents.
Staff Governor, elected by the qualified teaching staff.
Support Staff Governor elected by the support staff.
Government legislation and Ofsted requirements mean that Governors are becoming increasingly accountable for what they do and don’t do. We act as a “critical friend” and challenge Mrs Minford to ensure that the school is doing to its best to guarantee that progress is made for all of our pupils. We support and challenge Mrs Minford by gathering views, asking questions and negotiating the best direction for the school.
One of the strategic decisions we made was in 2013 to appoint Mrs Minford as our Head Teacher to look after the day to day running of the school focusing on the quality of teaching within the school. If you imagine Holy Cross as a football team, then the Governing Body would be the Board of Directors, expecting results from our team and wanting to be at the top of the league. Mrs Minford would be the team manager, recruiting and developing the players, choosing which formation to play in and making other tactical decisions. Along with Mrs Minford we make strategic decisions and we are accountable for the performance of the school. You will see from the website that our schools data for each year will be available; we use this data to inform the strategic direction of the school. We also have a financial commitment to ensure that the school’s budget is used efficiently and that the building and outdoor areas are properly and safely maintained.
We meet at least once a term as a Full Governing Body but also have various smaller committees and undertake, regular, formal school visits throughout the school year.
There is a robust complaints procedure within school whereby initial concerns should be raised with the class teacher and / or Mrs Minford. You are welcome to contact the Chair of Governors should you feel dissatisfied with how any complaint is being managed.
It is important that everyone who comes into contact with our school has an awareness of who is on the Governing Body and what their role is. We hope this has given you some insight into who we are and what we do, if you would like to speak further with any Governor then please approach us at parents evening or contact us via the new Governor email.
The Holy Cross Governing Body
Please find below some information you might find useful about each of us:
Simon Grandidge – Foundation Governor
I am a pleased to be a fairly recent addition as Foundation Parent Governor, looking forward to being on board until 2017. Originally from Chesterfield, I settled in the area with Laura my wife in 1999, we have two boys at Holy Cross.
My job sees me encourage more companies to export, and I am Vice-Chair of the East Midlands International Trade Association. Outside work and school, sport fills a good proportion of my time with both boys playing for Coalville Town.
The staff, governors and parents of Holy Cross all have the best interests of our pupils at heart – as we all should, and I am proud to hold this position, and to serve on a number of the various committees. I am happy to be approached at any time.
Laura Kilday: Foundation Governor/Parent Foundation Governor Since 2010.
Parent Governor since 2009.Being a Governor at Holy Cross School is one of the most fulfilling and rewarding things I have ever done. That is quite a statement but genuinely true!
First and foremost I am a mum. When my eldest child started at the School I wanted to be able to understand how the school worked, how decisions were made, and generally wanted to improve my knowledge of the education system, which has changed so much since I was at school. I was present at the school's Ofsted inspection in 2011. I remember looking at the criteria and the evidence needed to achieve "good and outstanding status", and silently thinking to myself "we do all of that". To share in the staff's joy when the inspector said we were a good school with outstanding qualities was a real privilege. However the Governing Body know we cannot sit back and ride the wave, but we continue to work with Mrs Minford to ensure both staff and pupils fulfil their capabilities, by working hard and enjoying their time at Holy Cross School.
I believe in accountability, integrity and honesty, and am happy to ask strategic questions and challenge. Professionally I work within an early Years environment and this is where my particular passion in education lies.
Deborah Spiers – Foundation Governor - Vice Chairperson
I live in Whitwick with my husband Wayne, and three children, George, William and Grace. I am a Foundation
Governor here at our school and am responsible for the Religious
Education part of the curriculum. I also sit on the Personnel,
safeguarding, and Performance Management committees within our Governing Body. I have been a Governor for many years and find every aspect very rewarding. Being able to support our staff and pupils in this way is a genuine thank you for all that has been given to my children over the years.
Gillian Weaver – Foundation Governor - Chairperson of the Governors
I have recently joined the Holy Cross governing body as a Foundation Governor. Both of our children attended Holy Cross, and the invitation to join the Board of Governors provided an opportunity to give something back to the school.
I hope that my experiences of working in further education, and with awarding bodies , contributing to assessment processes and decisions relating to qualifications at all levels will come in useful in helping me to support Holy Cross in all it does to equip children for the next stage in their education. The area of curriculum I have been asked to support is Science, so I'm looking forward to seeing some interesting scientific work throughout the school.
Nichola Ward – Elected Support Staff Governor responsible for LAC
Siobhan Minford – HeadTeacher
Michelle Breeze - Elected Teacher Governor
To read the Code of Conduct that applies to all Governors please click here to download.
To read the Terms of Reference for Governors Committees click the appropriate highlighted area:
click here to download terms of reference for the Curriculum Committee.