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Governors at St Bernadettes

How do I become a governor at St Bernadettes?

The Governing Body is made up of the Headteacher, Foundation Governors, (appointed by the Diocese), elected Parents/Carers, an elected Staff Governor and a Local Authority appointed Governor. The Governing Body can invite Associates with specialist skills or knowledge to sit on the Governing Board. Associates cannot vote on Governor decisions.

Any queries about the Governing Body should be addressed to the ClerK:


St Bernadette's Governing Body 2022-23

Janet Silva, Chair (Foundation) 

Gayle Golland, Co Vice-Chair (Foundation) 

Claire Smith, Headteacher 

Fr John Hull (Foundation)

Rhiannon Rowe (Foundation)

Laurentius Vlaar (Foundation)

Helen Costello (Foundation)

Jan Carballo (Local Authority)

Ellie Ford (Staff)

Liz Hickey (Parent)

Dimitra Petrakaki (Parent)

What do school governors do?

Governors work with senior leaders in the strategic development of the school and in raising standards of achievement.  Duties include setting the school’s vision, aims and objectives, approving the school budget and appointing the headteacher.

Governors must both support and challenge the headteacher, so need to gain an understanding of the school’s overall performance in order to explain its decisions and actions.  They do this by attending regular meetings, carrying out school visits and meeting with senior leaders.  They also attend training in order to keep up to date with requirements of their role.  Governors work as a team and make collective decisions.

The Full Governing Body (FGB) meets as a whole group at least 5 times a year, although additional meetings may be called as required.

2022- 2023 FGB Meeting Dates:

14th September 2022

14 November 2022

09 January 2023

13 March 2023

15 May 2023

The Governing Body is supported by the following Committees:




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