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Our Governors

Welcome to our Governors’ section.
Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.
We have also provided a Register of Governor Interests and an Annual Governance Statement for your information.


The Governors have overall responsibility for the school and are representative of the community in which it is based. They have a responsibility to uphold the Catholic ethos of the school, with additional responsibilities for the curriculum, for premises and finance. Our Foundation Governors are appointed by the La Sainte Union Sisters; the Local Education Authority appoint their own representatives, and the remaining Governors are elected by the teaching staff and parents. The Head Teacher is also a Governor. They are an active and dedicated group whose wisdom, guidance and hard work are given voluntarily throughout the year for the benefit of our children.


Governance arrangements


The Governing Body of Holy Cross Catholic Primary School was re-constituted in 2014 and is now made up of 1 Staff Governor (elected by the staff),  the Headteacher (an automatic member), 2 Parent Governors (elected by parents), 1 Local Authority Governor (appointed by the Local Authority) and 7 Foundation Governors. Foundation Governors are appointed by the Trustees who are the La Sainte Union sisters. Governors appointed by the Governing Body are people who, in its opinion, have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school. In accordance with best practice, our Governors are selected on the basis of their skills, knowledge and experience.


The membership of the Governing Body is reviewed at each full Governing Body meeting and a skills audit is conducted regularly to ensure that the Governing Body is made up of highly skilled, committed and effective members


More information about each of our Governors can be found on the website. Many Governors belong to the local Catholic church and/or community including a teacher currently employed as Head of RE at Grays Convent Secondary School. All Governors are committed to ensuring that every pupil at Holy Cross has the best possible education and that standards at the school continue to strengthen each year.


The full Governing Body meets twice each term. At the first Governing Body meeting of the term, Governors consider issues relating to resource management (finance, premises and personnel matters) as well as specific school improvement priorities. At the second Governing Body Meeting each term, Governors consider key strategic and local authority/national issues and receive the termly Headteacher’s Report. This report contains statutory information relating to health and safety, behaviour, safeguarding, monitoring of standards, teacher development, special educational needs, school partnerships, community links and extra-curricular provision. We also have panels that meet if required to consider pupil discipline, complaints and staffing matters. There is also an Admissions Committee which meets annually to agree Reception intake in accordance with our Admissions Policy.




Foundation Governors (appointed by the LSU):


  • Ms. F. Chissim (until Nov 2018) (Chairperson)
  • Mrs. P. Johnson (until Dec 2020)
  •  Vacancy                                              
  • Mr. P. O’Hanlon (until 31-8-20)
  • Vacancy
  • Mrs. J. Iwobi (until March 2020)


Parent Governors (elected):


  • Mrs. T. Ademuwagun (until March 2020)
  • Mrs. S. Harris (until 26-4-20) (Vice Chairperson)


Staff Governors:


  • Mrs M Shepherd (Headteacher)
  • Mrs A Osborne (until 2020  Elected)


LA. Representative (appointed):


  • Mr.S. DeAlyn


Associate Governor

  • Ms M. Wasike




  • Mrs M. Meehan (Deputy Head 0.6)
  • Ms C Johnston (Deputy Head 0.5)
  • Mrs H. Westrop (Assistant Head)


Clerk to Governors:

  • Mr Paul   Swinden 


 To find out more about the Governors, please read their biographies by clicking on 'Meet the Governors'  star above. You will also find the Register of Governors' Interests there.








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