The Governoring Body is made up of:
Nine foundation governors appointed by the diocese, two parent governors, two co-opted governors, two staff governors, one authority governor and one associate governor.
Who are we?
Foundation Governors (9) - (Appointed by the Diocese to uphold the School's Catholic ethos)
CHAIR - Mrs Portia Ray appointed 27th Mar 2012 for a 4 year appointment re-newed to 26th Mar 2020s
VICE CHAIR - Mrs Jane Billings appointed 1st Sept 2013 for a 4 year appointment re-newed to Sept 2021
Fr. Rick McGrath appointed 14th Oct 2013 this appointment ends 21st Dec 2021
Mr Robert Marr appointed 29th Mar 2012 for a 4 year appointment re-newed to 13th Apr 2020
Mrs Patricia Castanheira appointed 29th Jun 2017 for a 4 year appointment but has now stepped down
Mr Jonny Laws appointed Mar 2016 for a 4 Year appointment ends 1st Mar 2020
Mr Chris Powell appointed Oct 2015 for 4 Years appointment ends Oct 2019
Mrs Desiree Forde-Gaskin appointed Nov 2018 for a 4 Year appointment ends Nov 2022
(also Authority Governor)
Parent Governors (2) - (Appointed by Parent election)
Mrs Josie Hall appointed Nov 2017 for 4 Years appointment ends Sep 2021
Mr Tony Moger appointed Nov 2017 for 4 Years appointment ends Sep 2021
Co-opted Govenors (2)
Mr Dave Bradley appointment ends t.b.a.
Mr Dan Sibley appointment ends Sep 2021
Staff Governors (2) - (Appointed by staff election)
Ex-officio Head - Mrs Angela O'Hara Resigned Aug 2019
Mrs Maria Cowler appointed Sept 2019
Mrs Clare Watts appointed 1st August 2015 Resigned Sept 2018
Mrs Marian Watson appointed 1st Sep 2018 for a 4 year appointment ends 31st Aug 2022
Authority Governor (1) - (Appointed by the local Authority)
Mrs Desiree Forde-Gaskin appointed 9th Dec 2013 for a 4 Year appointment ends 8th Dec 2021
Associate Governor/Treasurer (1)
Mr David Anderson appointment ends t.b.a.
Mrs Patricia Castanheira Pending approval
Clerk to Governors
What do we do?
Each governor sits on one of three committees:
Finance and General Purposes (including Health & Safety)
Curriculum and Special Needs.
Committees meet termly and make recommendations to the full board of Governors which meets once a term.
We are responsible for:
Protecting the School's distinctive Catholic character
Holding the School to account for standards and achievement.
Setting the aims and ethos of the school.
The admission of pupils
Approval, monitoring and accounting for the budget allocated to the school.
The maintenance and repair of the building.
Monitoring and evaluating the school’s performance
How the School is Funded.
We ask each family to contribute £36 a year if they are able to the Governors’ Fund. This helps pay for the essential upkeep and development of the buildings.
We only receive 90% of the money we need from the Government because this is an aided school.
That means it is run with a distinctly Catholic ethos and, in return for that, the Governors must raise 10% of the maintenance costs which has to come largely from parents.
Donation forms are available from the office if you have not received one.
The Governors’ Fund is entirely separate from money raised by The Friends Association which is used for ‘extras’ such as the wildlife area and updated computer equipment for the new Learning Resource Centre.