St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

Our Academy Council (Governors)


Welcome to the section of the website where you can find out more about our academy councillors and the work that they do.


The main role of the academy council is one of monitoring and evaluation to support the headteacher and staff of the school.  We help them to set and reach targets and to strive for excellence across the whole spectrum of school life. The council assists our Academy Trust Board with the running of St. Joseph's.


We have a legal responsibility to:

  • Monitor the Catholic life of the school
  • To monitor the Religious Education provided by the school
  • Ensure that the National Curriculum is followed
  • To oversee the school’s budget
  • Monitor the condition of the school buildings and grounds
  • To ensure that Special Educational needs are met


The academy council operates under a circle model whereby the full council meets together once a half term.  There are also other committees that meet twice per term and feedback information to the full academy council; committees cover specific tasks e.g. school improvement, finance and general purpose, headteacher’s performance management etc.


There are several categories of governor, appointed by different bodies that have an interest in the school. These are Foundation governors, Parent governors, Staff governors and LEA governors.  All councillors have equal status, however they were appointed.


St Joseph’s councillors are committed to their goal of achieving an excellent learning environment, within a Catholic setting, for all pupils during their time at our school. They are focused not only on educational achievement but on the school’s other values, which are vitally important.


Academy councillors and the Clerk mostly carry out their duties during evening meetings and may attend training sessions and seminars to help them do their job effectively.


If you are interested in becoming an academy councillor please contact the school office.  Tel: 01535 605880


From 1st September 2017 the Academy Council consists of 5 foundation governors, 1 parent governors, 1 headteacher, 1 staff governor


Mrs S Dematteis

Foundation Governor

SEN, Child Protection and Children Looked After


Finance Committee

School Improvement

Mrs G Burgess

Co-opted governor


 Finance Committee
Mrs Clare Whitehead

Foundation Governor

Pupil Premium



 Finance Committee
Fr Dennis Cassidy

Foundation Governor



 Parish Priest at St Joseph's


Mrs S Wood-Ripley

Foundation governor

Health and Safety

 School Improvement
Mr J Devlin Headteacher Governor  
Mrs A Sampson

Staff Governor


 Year 6 teacher
Mrs J Hallam Clerk to the Governors (can be contacted at the school office)


Click here to see register of interests for our governors and also details of anyone who have served in the last 12 months.