About the Governors

Welcome to the Governor section of the website. Here you can find out who your school governors are and what they do.  More information on the role of a governor generally is available on our Governor Vacancies Page.

Governors contribute effectively to the process of school improvement because they are well informed and ask challenging questions. (Ofsted 2018)

Our Catholic schools are rightly celebrated for their high standards and outstanding pastoral care, and Our Lady of Lourdes school exemplifies those qualities fully.  There is a real family atmosphere in the school, and we as governors are continually impressed by the caring and thoughtful attitude of the children and all members of staff. As governors we certainly feel part of that family and appreciate the way we are always welcomed into the school for monitoring visits, worship and social occasions.  We value feedback from parents and children and take on board suggestions made in questionnaires or verbally and work closely with the Parents Council and PTA.   As governors we are very aware that we are part of a team, and together with the headteacher, staff, parents and children we relish the opportunity to continue to develop and improve our school.  The Leadership team and governors work together to cultivate first class partnerships with parents and carers, as well as the local community, all of whom play such an important part in the life of our thriving school.

We also work together with the Governing Bodies of other local schools and have formalised this in a Collaboration Agreement.  The Terms of Reference can be accessed by clicking here.

If you would like to contact the governing body then please email the Clerk at [email protected].

The School Governors

Every School Governor is a volunteer who dedicates a considerable amount of time to ensuring that the Governing Board is effective.

Constitution as of 1 February 2014:
14 governors – Headteacher, 1 staff governor, 2 parent governors, 1 co-opted governor, 1 LA governor, 8 foundation governors

NameTypeAppointed byFirst appointed – end of termMeeting attendance 2019-20
FGB and committees
Pier AnscombeStaffElected by Staff16.10.2005-15.10.202119 out of 21
Paul BarberHeadteacherEx officio01.01.2020-16 out of 16
Emma BriggsParentelected by parents05.12.2019-04.12.20236 out of 12
Mel Fane (Co-Chair)FoundationDiocese10.01.2017-09.01.202118 out of 20
Sandra HoganFoundationDiocese01.09.2009-31.08.202111  out of 15
Blanaid McCauleyFoundationDiocese16.01.2020-15.01.20248 out of 9
Giulia de Rosa (Co-Chair)FoundationDiocese18.01.2012-17.01.202415 out of 15
Dee SimsonLAproposed by LA, appointed by GB09.10.2017-08.10.202111 out of 17
Helen SnowFoundationDiocese19.11.2019-18.11.202315 out of 18
Jessica WinterParentelected by parents27.09.2019-26.09.202311  out of 13
VacancyCo-optedGoverning Body
Ian WatsonAssociate Member (Admissions)Governing Body17.09.2020-16.09.2022
Kevin GoldingAssociate Member (Resources Committee)Governing Body19.03.2015-18.03.20213 out of 6
The following governors were also serving on the Governing Body in the last 12 months
Ian WatsonFoundationDiocese12.03.2018-31.08.202012 out of 14
Noreen BuckleyFoundationDiocese04.07.2018-02.03.2020
Adrianne Nnadi (Vice Chair)FoundationDiocese10.10.2016-20.02.2020
Peter TierneyCo-optedGoverning Body01.12.2014-15.02.2020
Anita PhilbrookActing HeadteacherEx officio01.09.2019-31.12.2019
Helen SnowParentelected by parents07.10.2013-19.11.2019

Committee Membership

The Governing Body works with the following committee structure:
Quality and Standards Committee: Pier Anscombe, Paul Barber, Emma Briggs,  Sandra Hogan, Giulia de Rosa (Vice Chair), Helen Snow (Chair) – Terms of Reference
Resources Committee: Pier Anscombe,  Paul Barber, Mel Fane (Chair),  Dee Simson (Vice Chair),  Kevin Golding (associate member) – Terms of Reference
Health and Safety Subcommittee:  Pier Anscombe, Paul Barber, Mel Fane, Kevin Golding
Admissions Committee:  Paul Barber, Emma Briggs, Mel Fane, Helen Snow (Vice Chair),  Ian Watson (Associate Member, Chair), Jessica Winter – Terms of Reference
Strategic Planning Group: Mel Fane,  Giulia de Rosa,  Dee Simson, Helen Snow – Terms of Reference
Pay Committee:  Giulia de Rosa, Dee Simson, Helen Snow – Terms of Reference

Link Governors

Child Protection: Helen Snow
Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) Governor: Sandra Hogan
Looked After Children (LAC) Governor: Sandra Hogan
Governor Training and Development: Mel FaneHealth and Safety: Mel Fane
Headteacher Performance Management Panel: Mel Fane, Sandra Hogan, Blanaid McCauley
Equalities Link Governor:  vacancy
Pupil Premium Governor:  Sandra Hogan
Data Protection:  Ian Watson

Register of Interests

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary SchoolRegister of Interests 2019-2020

NameEmploymentBusinesses/ company directorships/ charity TrusteeshipsMembership of professional bodiesDate interest was registeredNotes
Pier AnscombeClass teacher OLOL15.10.2015
Paul BarberEmployed at the school07.01.2020
Emma BriggsBusiness Partner, Western Sussex Hospital NHS Trust20.12.2019Has two children at the school, sister Mel Fane is also a governor
Noreen BuckleyDirector of Product Management, American Express20.07.2018Has one child at school, resigned 02.03.2020
Mel FaneClinic Manager NHSTrustee of OLOL PTA22.11.2017Governor at Cardinal Newman since 07.10.2019, nephew and niece at school, sister Emma Briggs is also a governor
Sandra HoganSemi-retired teacher (1:1 teacher for virtual school, LEA)15.10.2015Has two grandchildren at the school
Blanaid McCauleyRetired21.01.2020
Giulia de RosaNo interests
Dee SimsonCity Councillor, Market TraderTrustee of Deans Youth Project15.10.2015,
Helen SnowTheatrix Theatre Club operating in school hall15.10.2015 Child at school
Peter TierneyRetired21.09.2017Resigned 15.02.2020
Ian WatsonBinary Stars IT Services LtdTaekwondo operating in school hall13.10.2016, 27.09.2018
Jessica WinterRoyal Alexandra Children’s Hospital A&E03.10.2019Children at school

Record of Review (review to be conducted by the clerk)

Signature:Ruth AliRuth AliRuth AliRuth Ali

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