OUR CHARITABLE TRUST STATUS

St Thomas Garnet’s Catholic Independent School is registered with the Charities commission (279608) and has been operating as a charity since March 1980.

 

  • What does St Thomas Garnet charity do?

 

St Thomas Garnet’s primary role is to educate children from the ages of three to eleven years. Predominantly focused on instilling Catholic values into its community, the School is non-selective in terms of religious denomination and academic aptitude, focusing on the holistic development of its children. Our mission statement: ‘we seek happiness, we nurture integrity, we develop wisdom’ forms the foundation upon which our schooling is based. This ensures children, by the time they leave the school, are well rounded and fully prepared for the next important steps in their education.

 

  • How does the charity work?

 

As a requirement of the Charity Commission, St Thomas Garnet’s is a non-profit organisation. Although some funds are retained every year for future investment into the business and for contingency planning, the majority of the School’s income is reinvested into the staff, estate and facilities. The Board of Trustees is responsible for making financial decisions and for the long-term strategic direction of the School.

 

In order to retain its charitable status, St Thomas Garnets is required to demonstrate it works for the benefit of the public and its children. One of the ways in which it does this is to offer bursaries for those in need.

 

St Thomas Garnet’s has a successful and growing pre-school. The majority of children attending pre-school have the opportunity to continue their schooling on site by entering reception where they will form a community with new members of St. Thomas Garnet’s. As children progress through the school, their learning becomes more intensive and, in year 5, children have the opportunity to attend additional preparatory sessions for the 11+ Grammar entrance exam.

  • Who runs the charity?

 

The Head Teacher manages the daily running of the School and, along with the teachers and support staff, are accountable to the Trustees. The Trustees are unpaid Directors of the business and their appointment is a condition of retaining the charitable status of the School. Each aspect of the School’s business is accountable to a named committee, the responsibility of which is retained by a selected group of Trustees. Each committee reports proposals to the Board of Trustees for ratification once per term.

 

Committees include: -

 

  • Buildings, health and safety

  • Education

  • Early Years

  • Finance

  • Marketing

 

Trustees are professionals in their own right and all have a close association with the School, either through educating their own children or via religious affiliation.

 

The current Trustees in post and the areas for which they retain responsibility are:

 

  • Patricia Kilkenny-Browne – Chair of the Board of Trustees

    • Buildings, health and safety

    • Education

    • Marketing

    • Finance

  • Mike Fenton

    • Marketing

    • Finance

  • Gavin Knight

    • Education

    • Marketing

  • Aidan Foy

    • Marketing

  • Patrick McGeehan

    • Education

  • Jo Henwood

    • Early Years

  • Lesley Morritt

    • Buildings, health and safety

  • Jon Porter

    • Marketing

    • Finance

  • Claire Telfer-Knight

    • Buildings, health and safety

  • Sister Margaret Scott

    • Education

    • Early Years

    • Marketing

  • Theresa Slater

    • Early Years

In addition, Susan Field, School Finance Officer attends all meetings in her capacity as Clerk to the Trustees. The Head Teacher attends both the curriculum meeting and the full Trustees’ meeting once per term.

Trustees welcome enquiries regarding any aspects of the management of the School.

 

Enquiries regarding the management of the School can be forwarded to Trustees via: clerk@stthomasgarnets.co.uk

School Office:  enquiries@stthomasgarnets.co.uk

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