Governors

Governance at Holy Cross Catholic Primary School

The Governing Body of Holy Cross Catholic Primary School is a strong team of dedicated and hard working volunteers and staff members who help with the strategic vision for our School.

Our Governing Body includes:

  • The Headteacher
  • Nine foundation governors
  • One governor nominated by Lewisham
  • One member of staff
  • Two parent governors
  • Two co-opted governors

Foundation governors are appointed by the Archbishop of the Diocese of Southwark and work on his behalf. One governor is nominated by our Local Authority, Lewisham. Our staff governor is elected by the staff and normally serves four years. Parent governors are elected to serve on the governing body by the parents and normally serve four years. Co-opted governors are invited to join by the governing body, to add areas of expertise and to represent our community.

The Governing Body is responsible for many important decisions in the running of our School. These include:

  • Appointing the Headteacher
  • Agreeing the aims of the school curriculum and ensuring the national curriculum is implemented
  • Determining how the school’s budget is to be used each year
  • Deciding how sex and relationships education and religious education should be taught in the School
  • Deciding what charges should be made for activities outside normal school hours
  • Dealing with official complaints and exclusions

The governors keep in regular contact with parents through newsletters and by visiting the School and attending School functions and events.

A full list of governors is available on our website and there is a gallery of their photographs outside the School Office. You can contact the governing body by writing to the Chair of Governors via the School Office. Our parent governors are pleased to hear about views and ideas and can also be contacted via the School Office.

Full governing body meetings are held each term. The agenda for the meetings includes items from the Local Authority, the Diocese, directives and initiatives from the Government and school based concerns. Parents and carers are welcome to attend our Governing Body meetings as observers. Please let us know if you wish to attend so that we know to expect you and can arrange seating.

The governing body has a number of sub committees; Resources and Curriculum meet on a termly basis, the Pay and Admissions committees meet annually.

The dates of full governing body meetings are published in the weekly newsletter. Minutes of the meetings are available for public inspection.

Chair
Mr Paul Monaghan

Vice Chair
Mr Brendan Downton

Foundation Governors (appointed by the Archbishop)
Mrs Gillian Yhip
Mrs Hilary Santhokhy
Mrs Joan Lee
Mr John Coote
Mr Paul Monaghan
Mr Ossie Folkes
Mrs  Gwen Quintyn-Williams
Father Douglas Bull

Headteacher
Miss Mary Collins

Observers
Mrs Denise Duffus (Acting Deputy Headteacher)

Miss Giovanna Finaldi (Acting Deputy Headteacher)

Staff Governor
Miss Maddie Smith

Parent Governors
Mrs Tara Nelson
Mrs Debi Gaskin- Palmer

Co opted Governors
Mrs Catherine Sanderson

Mr John Watmore

Appointed By Lewisham Governor
Mrs Barbara Heathcote

Clerk To Governors
Mr Daniel Hudson

 

Committee and Link Governor Membership

Resources
Miss Mary Collins
Father Douglas Bull
Mr John Coote
Mrs Barbara Heathcote
Mr Paul Monaghan
Mrs Hilary Santhokhy
Mrs Gwen Quintyn-Williams
Mr John Watmore

Mrs Jean Wilson (adviser)

Curriculum
Miss Mary Collins
Mr Brendan Downton
Mrs Barbara Heathcote
Mr John Coote
Mrs Joan Lee
Miss Giovanna Finaldi
Mrs Catherine Sanderson
Mr Ossie Folkes

Miss Giovanna Finaldi (adviser)

Admissions
Mrs Gillian Yhip
Mrs Catherine Sanderson
Mrs Hilary Santhokhy
Miss Mary Collins

Mrs Jean Wilson (adviser)

Pay Review
Mr Paul Monaghan
Mrs Barbara Heathcote
Father Douglas Bull
Miss Mary Collins

Pay Appeals – Staff Discipline/Appeals – Pupil Discipline/ Appeals
Governors to be called when required

Link Governors
Mr Brendan Downton – Maths
Father Douglas Bull – RE
Mrs Gwen Quintyn-Williams – Safeguarding & LAC
Mrs Joan Lee – Safeguarding & LAC
Mrs Barbara Heathcote – SEN
Mr Paul Monaghan – Computing
Mrs Hilary Santhokhy – Geography
Mr Brendan Downton – Science
Mrs Joan Lee – EYFS
Mrs Catherine Sanderson – PSHE
Mr John Coote – English
Mrs Gillian Yhip – Music
Mr Ossie Folkes – History

Governor Information 2016

All Governors annually complete a Register of Interest Form.

All correspondence to the Governors should be addressed to:

Chair of Governors
Holy Cross School
Culverley Road
Catford SE6 2LD

Or

Mr Daniel Hudson
C/0 Holy Cross School