Who are School Governors and what role do they play in a school?
School Governors are drawn from different parts of the community and can be parents and staff or from the LA, the community and other groups. This helps ensure the governing body has sufficient diversity of views and experience, but does not mean governors of a particular category represent that group on the governing body.
Governors are one of the largest volunteer forces in the country and have a vital role in raising school standards and driving forward improvements. The role of the Governing Board is absolutely key to the effectiveness of a school. In a catholic school the Governing Board are the employers
The Governing Board appoints a Chair and Vice-Chair annually and allocates its responsibilities across various committees.
At St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, we have the following committees:
Resources (Chair – Mr George Andrew Pennington )
Quality of Education (Chair - Mrs Emma McGrath )
Performance Management and Pay
Staff Attendance/ Disputes/Dismissal
Our Chair of Governors is Mrs Emma McGrath
Our Vice Chair is Mrs Katherine Higham
Each individual Governor is a member of a Governing Board, which is established in law as a corporate body. Individual governors may not act independently of the rest of the Governing Board; decisions are the joint responsibility of the Governing Board
The role of the Governing Board is a strategic one. Its key functions are to:
Please view the latest Governor List to see how our Governing Body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.
We also hold a Register of Governor Interests which is updated annually.
If you wish to contact any of our governors you can write to them care of the school office or email