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St Cuthbert's Catholic

Primary School


What is a governing body?

The Governing Body is an integral part of any school structure. The Body works with the Headteacher and school staff to ensure it provides high quality education for all its pupils, and constantly strives to improve. However, the Governing Body is not expected to make day-to-day (operational) decisions about how the school is run, this is left to the experts – the Headteacher and senior leadership team.


The Governing Body helps shape the vision and direction of the school and ensures that it fulfills its statutory duties. Governors are expected to have a good understanding of the strengths and any weaknesses of the school so that the Senior Leadership Team can be challenged and supported through decisions that arise. Through this, the school is then able to evaluate its performance and plan strategically to improve all aspects of school life.


St. Cuthbert’s Governors

Our Governors serve on a range of committees and working groups make visits to the school and support the school during school events.

The entire Governing Body meets at least four times a year and, to increase efficiency, much of work is delegated to above mentioned committees and working groups.


St Cuthbert’s Governing Body committees

  • Resources (Deals with personnel, finance & premises etc)
  • Pay
  • Admissions (As a voluntary aided school the Governing Body is the Admissions Authority for the school) (In addition to these, there are a small number of committees and working groups that are appointed as required.


St Cuthbert’s Governing Body working groups

  • Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare
  • Teaching, Learning and Assessment
  • Outcomes
  • Leadership and Management

Meet our Governors

Meet our Governors 1 Jackie Gillin, Headteacher
Meet our Governors 2 Mark Rhodes-Jones, Chair of Governors
Meet our Governors 3 Claire McAdam, Vice Chair
Meet our Governors 4 Father Chris Spain, Foundation Governor
Meet our Governors 5 Anthony Hooey, Foundation Governor
Meet our Governors 6 Claire Rowley, Co-SEN Governor
Meet our Governors 7 Rachel Campbell, Foundation Governor
Meet our Governors 8 Jenny Missen, Co-Safeguarding and Co-SEN Governor
Meet our Governors 9 Jim Eales, Parent Governor
Meet our Governors 10 Mary Packham, Staff Governor
Meet our Governors 11 Alec Wilkinson, Chair of Admissions
Meet our Governors 12 Irene Missen, Co - Safeguarding Governor
Meet our Governors 13 Jackie Dutton, Clerk to Governors
Meet our Governors 14 Renata Fernandes, Foundation Governor
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