St Gregory & St Patrick's Catholic Infant School
Charlotte Gillies- Reception Leader
Sue Savage - Experienced language teacher, teaching at St Benedict’s for the last 20 years. Sue is vice-chair of Governors and is also part of the Staffing & Finance and Curriculum & Standards committees.
Outside interests include reading, travelling and spending time with family.
Judith Starkie - Registered nurse and Health visitor working on the local community. Currently safeguarding governor and part of the Health & Safety and Curriculum & Standards committees.
Judith has two children, one of which attends St Gregory & St Patrick’s and enjoys baking!
Michael Doyle - Retired teacher at Lakes College West Cumbria where I taught Health & Safety, First Aid, Manual handling, Health & social Care and Child Care along with various other outreach subjects.
Currently a Special Minister of the Eucharist and Reader at St. Begh’s Church and generally oversee the Health & Safety committee and Staffing and Finance committee at the school.
David Rogac - worked at Sellafield Ltd for 40 years, first 10 years were spent In Cost Accounting and the last 30 years spent as a Nuclear Materials Accountant working with International Nuclear Materials Inspectors who visit Site. Prior to joining Sellafield he worked for a local Chartered Accountant in Whitehaven.
David has been a Church Minister at St Benedict’s for the last 15 years.
Outside interests are walking his two dogs, documentaries on World War 2, all Sport on TV, Cinema, and following Workington Reds and Carlisle United Football Teams
He has been a Governor since 1999 and is currently on the Staffing and Finance Committee.
Sheila Healy - Worked in the post office for 17 years and 32 years as a local government officer with Copeland Borough Council until retiring in 2006.
Sheila has been a governor for 4 terms of office and is part of the Health & Safety and Curriculum and Standards committees.
Sheila is an active member of the St Begh’s Vincent de Paul society and manages the piety shop at the church, also a member of the Copeland residents committee.
Steph Power - has worked at Sellafield for the past 16yrs in the Magnox Reprocessing plant as Operations Support. Steph has two children who have attend St Gregory's, she enjoys time with her family & walking her dog Maggie.
Jolene Cardwell - Jolene has worked in customer services for the past 14 years and attends St Beghs Church. Jolene has two children, one of which attends St Gregory's & St Patrick's.
Jolene is a member of the Health and Safety Committee.
Sean Clarke - works for the National Nuclear Laboratory having been based on Sellafield site for 13 years and is responsible for a wide range of projects and team members including the management of the NNL technical resource in the development of novel thermal treatment processes. The commissioning, installation and operation of such processes is a key priority. He has previously led key NNL projects for various customers on various sites. Sean maintains an interest in the wider industry through attendance and presentation at relevant conferences with respect to R&D highlights in his team’s area of expertise. Current and previous roles have included significant health, safety and financial interests.
Sean is our Local Authority Governor and is also part of the Staff & Finance and Health and Safety Committees.
Kathryn Ball - also working part time in the school office as an administrative assistant since 2003.
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What do we do?
The main role of the Governing Body is to help raise the standards and performance of the school by supporting the work of the head teacher and staff. We work very closely with the senior leadership team and the rest of the staff to provide support, but we also challenge and ask questions to ensure that the best possible decisions are made for the school and its pupils. We do not become involved in the day to day management of the school because this is the Head Teacher’s responsibility but we do hold her to account for the performance of the school.
How do we do this?
We meet as a full Governing Body at least once a term to consider a wide range of issues including school improvement, policies and finances. We have also established a number of committees which allow us to discuss issues in more depth and report back to the full Governing Body. Our committees are:
Staffing and finance
Premises, Health and Safety and safeguarding
Curriculum and Standards
Committees also meet once a term and all governors sit on at least one committee. We also carry out monitoring visits to help us understand and appreciate the workings of the school. Sometimes these are just walks around the building to develop our own knowledge and on other occasions they are focused on a particular aspect of the school's performance and involve discussions with staff and pupils. We do not make judgements about the quality of teaching or the progress of individual pupils because that is the responsibility of the head teacher. We also attend training to assist us in carrying out our duties effectively
Who are we?
Our governors come from many different backgrounds but we all have one thing in common: we are passionate about St Gregory and St Patrick’s Catholic Infant School and dedicated to ensuring that our pupils have the best education possible. We all bring different skills and experiences but we work well together in the best interests of the school. The normal term of office for governors is four years, although sometimes governors are reappointed for further terms if they wish.
Parent governors are elected by other parents of pupils registered at the school. They should be parents of pupils currently at the school but they may serve out their term of office if their child leaves. Parents who are also members of staff are not eligible to be parent governors.
Local Authority Governors:
Authority governors are appointed by the local authority which maintains the school, in our case this is Cumbria. Sometimes potential authority governors approach Cumbria LA and ask to be allocated to a particular Governing Body but, in practice, such governors are usually recommended by ourselves and then approved by the LA.
Foundation governors are appointed by the diocese to represent Catholic interests. They can be people who live or work in the local community or anyone else who is committed to the success of our school.
The head teacher of a school automatically becomes a governor at the time of appointment unless they inform the Governing Body that they do not want to be a member. Our head teacher is a governor and this ensures a really productive working relationship. Other staff members are elected by and from the whole teaching and non-teaching staff. Staff governors may not continue to be governors if they cease to be employed by us.
In addition staff members can be co-opted on to the governing body.