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Governance

We are part of and were instrumental in forming the Saint John Southworth Catholic Academy Trust (SJSCAT), a multi-academy trust in the Diocese of Westminster.

A Board of Directors governs the Trust and is legally responsible for our school and other schools in the Trust. The Board is the key decision-making body and has three core governance functions: setting the direction of the trust; holding executive leaders to account for educational performance and ensuring money is well spent.

The Board has appointed a Local Governing Body to conduct core governance functions in our school.  Local governors, appointed or elected from different parts of our school community, serve on our local governing body. The Chair of the Local Governing Body is Kate Griffin. To get in touch with the Chair, contact Kate Griffin, Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School Local Governing Body, 89 Addison Road, London W14 8BZ or lgbchair@cvms.co.uk.

The local governing body meets twice a term to conduct business. Some aspects of its work are carried out by sub-committees or by link governors who visit our schools to focus on particular areas.

Powers and Governance Documents

The powers, constitution and proceedings for the local governing body are set out formally in a Scheme of Delegation and Delegation Matrix.  The terms upon which the school is funded are set out in a funding agreement with the Secretary of State for Education. The terms of reference for local governing body sub-committees and link governor roles shows which responsibilities have been delegated by the local governing body and the names of those appointed to key positions.

The Governance documents for the Saint John Southworth Catholic Academy Trust can be accessed from its website

Register of Interests

We must ensure that our decisions are free from personal bias and do not unfairly benefit any individual or company connected with the trust. To that end, directors and local governors must register their personal and business interests at the start of the year and declare potential conflicts of interest if they arise. Click here to see the Register of Business Interests for the Local Governing Body.

Financial Reports

The Trust maintains accounting records and prepares an annual report and accounts in line with the Charity Commission's Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP) and Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) Accounts Direction. Our reports and accounts will be published on the trust’s website by 31 January each year. Reports for previous years are shown in The Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School Academy Trust tab.

Meetings of the Local Governing Body

The Register of local governor attendance at local governing body meetings will be published here at the end of the academic year.

Once agreed, minutes of of local governing body meetings will appear here.

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Serving as a Local Governor

School governors are volunteers who make a significant contribution to education. It is a challenging and rewarding role which offers the opportunity to make a real difference to young people, to give something back and to use and develop skills in a new environment.

Our local governors are appointed or elected from different parts of our school community.

The next election for a parent local governor will be held in September 2022. The next election for a staff local governor will be held in September 2022. The clerk will write to parents and staff with information about the process. 

Foundation local governors are appointed by the Bishop.  If you would like to serve as a foundation local governor, contact clerk@cvms.co.uk or to find out more use this link Diocese of Westminster.

Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School Academy Trust

We joined the Saint John Southworth Catholic Academy Trust on 1st September 2021. Before then, the school was a single academy trust. Please use these links to access information about governance before we joined Saint John Southworth.

Annual Report and Financial Statements 2019-2020

Annual Report and Financial Statements 2018-2019

Directors

Directors’ Attendance at Meetings

Register of Interests

Minutes of Meetings