Our Governing Body

Our Governors

The governors at St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School are fully committed to supporting the Head Teacher and Senior Leadership Team to continue to provide the very best education and school experience for our children.  The relationship between the governors and the leadership team is positive and based upon trust, openness and transparency.

St. Joseph’s Governing Body (2017 – 2018)

Mr Michael McKay – Chair of Governors/Foundation Governor
Responsibilities – Year 4/English/Exclusions
Term of Office: 01/09/2014 – 31/08/2018

Miss Megan Davies – Vice Chair/Foundation Governor
Responsibilities – Year 1/Mathematics/Admissions
Term of Office: 03/02/16 – 31/08/19

Miss Gemma Parsons – Foundation Governor
Responsibilities – Year 6/Science/Sports Premium
Term of Office: 01/09/2014 – 31/08/2018

Fr. John Cunningham – Foundation Governor
Responsibilities – Nursery/Year 2/Assessment
Term of Office: 01/09/2015 – 31/08/2019

Mrs Raquel Elson – Foundation Governor
Responsibilities – Reception/SEN/Chair Of School Improvement Committee/Safeguarding
Term of Office: 01/10/2015 – 30/09/2019

Mr George Skelton – Local Authority Governor
Responsibilities: Foundation Subjects/ArtsMark/Disadvantaged Pupils/CLA
Term of Office: 11/11/15 – 10/11/19

Mrs Emma Kelly – newly appointed (September 2017)

Mr Patrick Coyne – Associate Member
Responsibilities – RE/Admissions
Term of Office: 28/04/2014 – 27/04/2017

Mrs. Denise Perone – Staff Governor

Mr Tony Gorton – Head Teacher (Staff Governor)
Term of Office: 01/09/2011 – present

Mrs Barbara O’Connor – Deputy Head/Associate Member
Term of Office: 18/07/2015 – 17/07/2019

 Mrs Cathy Irons – Clerk to the Governing Body

Governors With other Interests In Educational Establishments

Fr. John Cunningham is a Foundation Governor at St. Mary’s Catholic School, Bishop’s Stortford.

Mr George Skelton – Wife employed at St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School.

No governor at St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School has any business interests which would be utilised by the school.

Governors Who Have Left The Governing Body During The Last 12 Months



Full Governing Body Meetings are held once a term and Committee Meetings (Resources and School Improvement) also take place once a term.

All Governors attend both Committee Meetings.

Resources Committee

The Chairperson of the Resources Committee is Miss Megan Davies.

The Resources Committee is responsible for:

  • Admissions

  • Premises

  • Finance

  • Personnel

  • Safeguarding

School Improvement Committee

The Chairperson of the School Improvement Committee is Mrs Raquel Elson.

The School Improvement Committee is responsible for:

  • School Development Plan

  • Pupil Progress And Attainment

  • Vulnerable Groups

  • Pupil Premium (Disadvantaged Pupils)

The Full Governing Body Meetings for this year are as follows:

Thursday 28th September 2017

Tuesday 23rd January 2018

Monday 21st May 2018

The Resources/School Improvement Committee Meetings for this year are as follows:

Monday 16th November 2017

Tuesday 20th March 2018

Tuesday 5th July 2018