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The name of the governing body is 'The governing body of St Mary's Catholic Voluntary Aided Primary School, Gosport.'

 

The governing body shall consist of:

Two parent governors

One local authority governor

One staff governor

The Headteacher

 

Seven foundation governors (such number as to outnumber all the other governors by two).

Total number of governors: twelve

 

 

Carmen Tweed – Chair of Governors, Local Authority Governor

I am the local authority governor for St Mary's and currently sit on the Buildings / H & S  and Finance / Personnel committees. I am the building fund manager and also the Development and Training Governor. I am a Chartered Certified Accountant and work as a practice manager in a local firm. My husband and I have two daughters aged eleven and nine who attend St Mary's, and I began to get involved in school life right from the beginning, I have been part of the PTA for seven years and began volunteering in a reception class in 2012. I believe all children should be given the best opportunity to learn and develop and am pleased to be able to use my skills to help the school move forward.

 

Governor Category – Chair (Local Authority)

Term Start – 30.5.2017 Term End – 30.05.2018

Governor Category – Local Authority

Term Start – 19.6.2013 Term End – 30.5.2017

Appointing Body – Local Authority

Committee Membership – Full Governing Body, Buildings and Health & Safety, Finance & Personnel, Data

Responsibility – Building Fund, Development & Training

Register of Business Interests – Parent of a child at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School

Attendance 2016/17 -

Attendance 2015/16 – 15 of 15

 

Dr Anthony Cheung – Foundation Governor

I have been a foundation Governor since September 2014. Presently I have three children at school. I have been in senior management positions in the Manufacturing, Engineering and Marketing fields for over 25 years. Currently, I sit on the Curriculum Committee. I am very excited to have the opportunity to contribute my knowledge to and serve my local Catholic school.

 

Governor Category – Foundation

Term Start – 9.7.2014 Term End – 8.7.2018

Appointing Body – Portsmouth Diocese

Committee Membership – Full Governing Body, Curriculum, Admissions

Responsibility – None

Register of Business Interests – Parent of 3 Children at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School

Attendance 2016/17 -

Attendance 2015/16 – 9 of 11 (apologies sent)

 

Rev Benjamin Idowu - Foundation Governor

Awaiting information.

 

Governor Category – Foundation

Term Start – 1.6.2017 Term End – 31.05.2021

Appointing Body – Portsmouth Diocese

Committee Membership – Full Governing Body,

Responsibility – None

Register of Business Interests – None

Attendance 2016/17 -

 

Sandra Dugan - Foundation Governor

I am married with 3 children aged 21, 18 and 16. I am a practising Catholic in the parish of St Mary’s Church, Gosport. I am active within my church community by regularly reading at mass (and undertaking the completion of the rota) and taking part in Nightfever when possible. My three children all attended St Mary’s Catholic School.

I started my career in childcare when my daughter started pre-school. I have previously worked at Elson Infants School as a Learning Support Assistant, on a 1:1 behavioural basis. I carried out this role whilst also working in a pre-school setting. It was at this time I became a governor at Elson Infants School and served for 1 term.

I completed my NVQ2 in Childcare and Education whilst working at the preschool where my 3 children attended. I then proceeded to complete an NVQ3, Foundation Degree and then BA (Hons) in Education and Training.

Since completing my BA I now am the proud owner of the pre-school where I have worked for 14 years. I have successfully moved premises and have turned the pre-school around into a thriving business. I am extremely proud that I have created an establishment for ensuring all children from the ages of 2 can access a safe and secure learning environment, whilst receiving the best possible care from all team members.

I strongly believe that all children can flourish no matter what their background or cultural beliefs and can become skilled, independent learners whilst learning through play.

I am looking forward to being part of a team of governors, whose aim is to move St Mary’s Catholic Primary School forward, to at least a ‘good’ Ofsted rating.

 

Doug Savege - Foundation Governor

Awaiting information

 

Donal Collins - Foundation Governor

Awaiting information

 

Foundation Governor -  Vacancy

 

Parent Governor - Vacancy

 

Giovanna Roberts - Parent Governor

I am a Parent Governor at St Mary's, and at present, I have one child in year 5. However, my eldest daughter also attended St Mary's hence I have been involved with the school for the past nine years. My main background is in education as I run my own business as a language tutor. I am also currently in the last year at university where I will be gaining a BA (Hons) in Modern Foreign Languages. Because of my interest in education, I sit on the school's curriculum committee and will soon be working with a more experienced Governor to support the SEN department.

 

Governor Category – Parent

Term Start – 2.6.2015 Term End – 1.6.2019

Appointing Body – Parent Election

Committee Membership – Full Governing Body, Curriculum

Responsibility – Shadowing SEN, English

Register of Business Interests – Parent of a Child at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School

Attendance 2016/17 -

Attendance 2015/16 – 7 of 11 (apologies sent)

 

Penny Sherborne - Headteacher

Awaiting information

 

Governor Category – Staff

Term Start – 01.09.2017 Term End – 31.08.2021

Appointing Body – Governing Body

Committee Membership – Full Governing Body, Curriculum, Buildings and Health & Safety, Finance & Personnel, Data, Admissions

Responsibility – None

Register of Business Interests – None

 

Attendance 2016/17 - Not in Office

 

Stephen O'Donnell - Staff Governor

I became a Staff Governor in July 2016. In 2014 I joined the school as a class teacher. Before that, I was a Business Analyst in the NHS and the private sector. I have an MA in Economics from the University of Aberdeen. I completed my teacher training at the Primary Catholic Partnership S.C.I.T.T. and received my P.G.C.E. from St. Mary's University, Twickenham. I am currently in my final year of completing a Masters in Education from Edge Hill University and planning to finish my dissertation on enriching and encouraging curiosity in the classroom, in 2017.

 

Governor Category – Staff

Term Start – 21.7.2016 Term End – 20.7.2020

Appointing Body – Staff

Committee Membership – Full Governing Body, Curriculum

Responsibility – None

Register of Business Interests – None

Attendance 2016/17 -

Attendance 2015/16 – Not in Office 

 

 

Former Governors 2015-2017

 

Jean Watson – Chair of Governors, Foundation Governor

I am a Foundation Governor and joined the governing body three years ago. I am a retired Primary School Teacher and have worked for many years with children in the Catholic Church in Sacramental Programmes.  I have an MA in Theology and am passionate about education and providing equal opportunities for all children. With two grandchildren of primary school age, I am keen to keep abreast of current education ideas and thinking. I currently sit on the Curriculum, Finance and Pay Committees and attend the Forum Meetings to meet Governors from the surrounding area and develop further understanding of how we can become an even more effective Catholic educational establishment.

 

Governor Category – Chair of Governors (Foundation)

Term Start – 30.05.2017 Term End – 20.10.2017

Governor Category – Vice Chair (Foundation)

Term Start – 23.10.2014 Term End – 30.05.2017

Appointing Body – Portsmouth Diocese

Committee Membership – Full Governing Body, Finance & Personnel, Curriculum, Pay, RE Self Review, Headteacher’s Performance Management, Data Working and Admissions

Responsibility – Safeguarding, SEN, Forum Representative, Maths and RE

Register of Business Interests – None

Attendance 2016/17 -

Attendance 2015/16 – 16 of 16

Jayne Pavitt - Headteacher

Awaiting information.

 

Governor Category – Headteacher

Term Start – 1.1.2017 Term End –

Appointing Body – Governing Body

Committee Membership – Full Governing Body, Curriculum, Buildings and Health & Safety, Finance & Personnel, Data, Admissions

Responsibility – None

Register of Business Interests – None

Attendance 2016/17 -

Attendance 2015/16 – Not in office

 

Kelly Munro - Parent Governor

I am a parent governor at St. Mary’s and a married mother of 3 children, 2 of whom attend the school. I have been one of the Parent Governors since February 2016. I previously ran a very successful childcare business before devoting my time to raising my family. I volunteer as a reading support assistant two days a week within the school, and I have recently enrolled on the Learning Support Teaching Assistant course at St. Vincent College.

 

Governor Category – Parent

Term Start – 11.2.2016 Term End – 10.2.2020

Appointing Body – Parent Election

Committee Membership – Full Governing Body

Responsibility – None as yet

Register of Business Interests – Parent of 2 children at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School

Attendance 2016/17 -

Attendance 2015/16 – 2 of 3 (apologies sent)

 

Joseph O’Gorman 

Governor Category – Chair of Governors (Foundation)

Term Start – 6.2.2016 Term End – 5.2.2020

Appointing Body – Diocese of Portsmouth

Committee Membership – Full Governing Body, Finance & Personnel, Curriculum, Buildings, Health & Safety, Headteacher’s Performance Management, RE Self Review and Data Working

Responsibility – Health & Safety and Science

Register of Business Interests – None

Attendance 2016/17 -

Attendance 2015/16 – 15 of 15

 

Helen Cook

Governor Category – Associate Member

Term Start – 20.3.2015 Term End – 19.3.2019

Appointing Body – Governing Body

Committee Membership – Full Governing Body, Buildings and Health & Safety, Finance & Personnel

Responsibility – None

Register of Business Interests – None

Attendance 2016/17 -

Attendance 2015/16 – 15 of 16 (apologies sent)

 

Byju Mani

Governor Category – Foundation

Term End – 10.8.2016 (Resigned)

Appointing Body – Portsmouth Diocese

Committee Membership – Full Governing Body

Responsibility – None

Register of Business Interests – Parent of 2 children at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School

Attendance 2015/16 – 5 of 6

 

Ursula D'Arcy

Governor Category – Foundation

Term End – 10.11.2016

Appointing Body – Diocese of Portsmouth

Committee Membership – Full Governing Body, Finance & Personnel, Pay, Admissions and Data

Responsibility – Safeguarding and RE

Register of Business Interests – None

Attendance 2015/16 – 11 of 11

 

Being a governor - what's involved?
Being a governor can be hard work and means attending meetings and reading the paperwork. It is, however, a valuable way of serving the local community and gives an opportunity for people to influence the future of education in their area.
 
Governing bodies have to meet at least once each term, but much of the work of governing bodies is delegated to committees. All governors are expected to participate in the work of at least one or two committees. Most statutory termly meetings are held during the evening, but committees may meet either in the evening or daytime.
 
It is important to get to know the school by visiting it and supporting events. It is equally important to support training sessions, which may be arranged for either individual governors or whole governing bodies.
 
Most governors serve for four years, and many continue for a second or even third term by being re-appointed or re-elected.
If you wish to know more or are interested in becoming a governor, please contact our the School Office on 023 92583979.

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