The Governing Body at St Joseph's

Our Governors are drawn from the local community and freely give their time and expertise in order to support the work of the school.

Governor Duties

Some of the main duties carried out in conjunction with the school leadership team are:

  • Setting targets for pupil achievement
  • Managing the school’s finances
  • Making sure the curriculum is balanced and broadly based
  • Appointing staff

Governor Committees

At St Joseph’s the governors are organised into five committees to manage this:

  • Resources
  • Strategy
  • Ethos, Discipline and Relationships
  • Admissions
  • Curriculum

Governor Types

There are several different categories of Governor:

  • Foundation Governors are appointed by the Diocese;
  • Parent Governors are appointed by self-nomination and parent vote where necessary;
  • Staff Governors are appointed by self-nomination and staff vote where necessary;
  • Local Authority and Co-opted Governors are appointed by the Governing Board.

We are blessed to have a committed and multi-talented Governing Board with a wide variety of experience and expertise.

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Our Governance Statement - A Summary

During 2021/22 we plan to:

  • To continue to monitor COVID catch-up and the effectiveness of of subject area teaching.
  • To check the effectiveness of the PSHE curriculum in meeting children's needs and
    general wellbeing post-COVID and to focus on staff wellbeing.
  • To ensure that the new early years curriculum and early career teacher processes are
    effectively implemented
  • To ensure that the funds allocated to school are spent in a way that maximises the benefit to children's learning.
  • To assist in the appointment of a school chaplain to support the Catholic ethos of the school.

During 2022/23 our priorities are:

  • To ensure that safeguarding is front and centre of all that we do and to ensure effective implementation of the changes to Keeping Children Safe in Education.
  • To ensure effective leadership and management of the school; governors to impact on the strategic direction of the school and to hold leaders to account through the implementation of the School Development Plan.
  • To ensure the quality of teaching and learning in the school; governors to ensure that the school responds to the OFSTED recommendation regarding the effectiveness of individual subject area teaching.
  • To check the effectiveness of the PSHE curriculum in meeting children’s needs & general wellbeing, and to focus on staff wellbeing.
  • To ensure that the new early years curriculum is effectively implemented.
  • To ensure that the funds allocated to the school are spent in a way that maximises the benefit to children’s learning and to navigate through the challenges of the expected high fuel costs in the winter of 2022/23.
  • To embed the new processes and systems for ECTs and ECTs+1.
  • To support the school with the implementation of a new office structure to support the school now it is at full capacity.
  • New inspection framework for RE.
  • New RE curriculum
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Meet our Governing Body

Barbara Barrett

Barbara Barrett

Chair of Governors

Elaine Jones

Elaine Jones

Clerk to the Governing Body

Tamsyn Lawlor

Tamsyn Lawlor

Headteacher

Gerry O'Dwyer

Gerry O'Dwyer

Foundation Governor

Anthonia Funge

Anthonia Funge

Co-Opted Governor

Nicky Park

Nicky Park

Nominated by LA
appointed by GB

Kevin Pullar

Kevin Pullar

Staff Governor

coming soon

Natalie Carroll

Foundation Governor

coming soon

Eveline Fredericks

Foundation Governor

coming soon

Joanne Løvbakke

Foundation Governor

coming soon
coming soon
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Name Type
Barbara Barrett (Chair)Foundation
Tamsyn LawlorHeadteacher
Nicky ParkLA
Gerry O'DwyerFoundation
Eveline FredericksFoundation
Natalie CarrollFoundation
Anthonia FungeCo-opted
Kevin PullarStaff
Elaine JonesClerk