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Introduction to our Governing Body

The Governing Body at our school

At The Good Shepherd Primary Catholic Academy, our governors are volunteers from our parish and school community.

They are each responsible for providing strategic leadership and accountability in our school.

The focus of our Local Governing Body (LGB) is on:

  • The Catholic Life of the school 
  • Standards (attainment, progress, curriculum provision)
  • Pastoral care and welfare of the pupils (Including safeguarding)

We currently have seven governors comprised of:

  • Five foundation governors, appointed by the Diocese of Nottingham
  • Two parent governors, elected by parents of the school to act as a representative for the parents on the governing body

Our Head Teacher is required to attend all LGB Meetings.

Name of Governor Governor Category Role & Link area
1. Mrs Rebecca Burke Foundation

Chair of Governors

Communications, Teaching & Learning - Religious Education, Safeguarding, Looked After Children, Head Teacher Performance Management, Admissions & PTA

2. Doctor Oliver Kuras Foundation

Vice Chair of Governors

Teaching & Learning - Assessment, Quality Assessor for Head Teacher Performance Management

3. Canon Philip Ziomek Foundation 

Parish Priest

Religious Eduction

4. Mr Edward Jones Foundation Head Teacher Performance Management, Health & Safety, Disabilities and Equalities & Pupil Voice 
5. Mrs Louise Barlow Foundation Teaching & Learning - English, Governor Training, GDPR, Church & Community
6. Mrs Michelle Thatcher Parent

Special Educational Needs, Teaching & Learning - Science, Safeguarding, Church & Community,

Anti-Bullying Co-ordinator & Admissions

7. Mr Mark Whittingham Parent Teaching & Learning - Maths, Pupil Premium & Sports Grant

Committee Structure and meetings

We hold six meetings a year. The meetings are chaired by Mrs Rebecca Burke, our Chair of Governors. 

School Visits

As part of their role governors are expected to visit the school at least once per term. This is in addition to supporting key school events. Governors are linked to key areas and visits are carried out to monitor and evaluate educational performance through learning walks and book scrutinies.