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St John Fisher Catholic Primary

St John Fisher Catholic Primary

Governors

The Governors of St John Fisher School are proud to welcome you to our school website. We work with the Head and the wider community to raise standards and also to ensure the well-being of every pupil/person in our school. We are a committed, friendly group of people; some of us are parents of present and past pupils of St John Fisher School, all are very keen to achieve the highest standards within the school.

School Governors have a wide range of responsibilities. We help to raise the standards of pupil achievement by setting annual targets, and plan the school’s future direction. Governors have responsibility for monitoring the school’s budget. Governors are also accountable for the performance of the school to parents and the wider community.

As a Catholic school, the Governors also have a duty to preserve and develop the catholic nature of the school. 

The full governing body meets five times a year. Certain key tasks provide the focus for our discussions and as a minimum each meeting focuses on a core topic as follows:

       Analysis of results

       Setting targets for the year

       Approving the School Development Plan

       Approving the Annual Budget

       Reviewing the school policies

 

The main governing body is supported by committees which meet once or twice a term as indicated by the Governing Body Schedule of Business:

1.   Resources committee – concerned with finance and premises.

2.   Teaching and Learning committee – concerned with the school curriculum and with standards of performance.

3.   Pay and Personnel committee - concerned with HR and staffing. 

Some committees meet less frequently or only as a need arises. These include Admissions, pupil Discipline, Staff Grievance and Appeals committees. 

All the Governors try to attend school functions and also make formal and informal visits during the school day. Each year, we hold an information evening for parents and conduct questionnaires to help us with our planning.

We can be contacted via the school office or at governors@sjfisher.herts.sch.uk

Name

Governor Type

Term From

Term To

Business Interests

Committees and Links

Attendance 2022/2023

Dr Chris Baker

Foundation Governor 

27 Sept 2017

26 Sept 2025

Parent

Chair

Admissions

SEND

Safeguarding

Maths, Computer Science, Music, Science

4/4 meetings

Mr John Conlon

Clerk

 

 

Employed by Herts for Learning

n/a

4/4 FGB meetings

Mr Thomas Coyne

Foundation Governor

01 Oct 2022

30 Sept 2026

Parent

Vice Chair

Pay & Personnel

Pupil Premium

Wellbeing

Governors; Fund

Sports and Sports Premium

4/4 FGB meetings

Mrs Mary Dunn

Staff Governor

01 Sept 2019 

31 Aug 2027

Teacher

 SEND

4/4 FGB meetings

Mr Chris Helson

Parent Governor

29 Nov 2022

28 Nov 2026

Parent

Humanities

English/Literacy

 3/3 FGB meetings

Mrs Rosemary Miles

Staff (support) Governor

03 Dec 2019

02 Dec 2027

School Business Manager, works at St Bernadette's CPS, London Colney

Admissions 

 

3/4 FGB meetings

Fr Michael O'Boy

Foundation Governor

03 Dec 2019

02 Dec 2027

Parish Priest, Governor at St Edmunds College, Ware

RE, SRE

 

3/4 FGB meetings

 

Ms Patricia O'Donnell

 Headteacher

 13 Jul 2019

13 Jul 2027

Headteacher

Admissions

Pay & Personnel

4/4 FGB meetings

Mr Harjeet Singh

Parent Governor

29 Nov 2022

29 Nov 2026

Parent

 Modern Foreign Languages (Italian)

H&S Annual Inspection

 3/3 FGB meetings

Mrs Karen Vontzalidis

Associate Member

13 Jul 2019

13 Jul 2027

Deputy Headteacher

 

4/4 FGB meetings

 

 

 

 

Name Governor Type Term From Term To
Retired      
Mr Mark Woodyatt Local Authority 27 Sept 2017 26 Sept 2022
 

Our school has a Local Governing Body (LGB) with Governors appointed by the Diocese or

elected by parents and staff. The LGB oversee the quality of education and deployment of

resources with our school to ensure they both support and deliver the world class Catholic

education the Trust aspire to provide within all the Trust Schools.