Meet the Governors

Who we are:

The Governing Body is made up of 15 governors including parents, staff and members of the community.  All governors serve for a term of four years.


What we do:

The Headteacher is responsible for the day-to-day running of the school, but the governors are responsible for longer-term management and strategic planning. Governors are responsible for appointing staff, ensuring safe and secure premises, promoting equality and managing the school budget. An important role is that of 'critical friend', to make sure that high standards of teaching and learning are achieved and maintained. 


How to contact us:

Governors are available to speak to you in term during Parent-Teacher consultations.  If you’d like to contact us in writing, you can either drop a note into the school office or e-mail us at any time on the following email address:


Name Governor Type Term of Office Meetings   Attended 2018-19 Business Interests
Mrs Jude Bennett


(Appointed by the governing body) 

1st Sept 2013 ongoing 4 of 4 Son has been occasional paid casual staff member.
Fr Darren McFarland

Chair of Governors

Foundation Governor (Appointed by diocese)

29th Nov 2011 - 28th Nov 2019 4 of 4 None
Mr Keith Ponsford

Vice Chair of Governors (Shared)

Chair of TLIS sub committee 

Co-opted governor (Appointed by the governing body)

1st May 2015 – 30th April 2019 4 of 4 None
Mr Chris Morris

Vice Chair of Governors (Shared)

Chair of FPP sub committee 

Parent Governor (Elected by parents)

7th July 2015 – 6th July 2019 3 of 4 None
Prof Jennifer Strawbridge Co-opted governor (Foundation Governor) 13th July 2017 - 12th July 2021 3 of 4 None
Cllr Roz Smith

Whistleblowing Governor

LA Governor (Appointed by OCC)

10th Dec 2015 – 9th Dec 2019 3 of 4 None
Dr Teresa Lambe Parent Governor (Elected by parents) 18th May 2016 – 17th May 2020 4 of 4 None
Ms Jo Holmes Staff Governor (Elected by staff) Nov 2018 - Nov 2022 2 of 4 Teacher at school
Dr Julia Paolitto Co-opted Governor (Appointed by the governing body) 10th Dec 2015 – 9th Dec 2019 2 of 4 None
Mr Ricardo Carnicer Hijazo Parent Governor (Elected by Parents) 11th Nov 2016 - 10th Nov 2020 4 of 4 None
Mr Stephan Hinze Parent governor (Elected by parents) 11th Nov 2016 - 10th Nov 2020 3 of 4 None
Mr Bruce Huggett Foundation Governor (Appointed by diocese) 15th Nov 2016 - 14th Nov 2020 3 of 4 None
Ms Helen Kidd Parent Governor (Elected by parents) 11th Nov 2016 - 10th Nov 2020 4 of 4
  Husband - parent governor at HQFSS
Mrs Gena Leveson Co-opted Governor 12th July 2018 - 11th July 2022 4 of 4 Works as TA in school
Lucy Dickinson Clerk of Governors      




Our subcommittees:  


Teaching, Learning, Inclusion and Safeguarding (TLIS): 

Keith Ponsford, Fr Darren McFarland, Jude Bennett, Julia Paolitto, Teresa Lambe, Jo Holmes, Helen Kidd, Jennifer Strawbridge.


Finance, Premises and Personnel (FPP): 

Keith Ponsford, Cllr Roz Smith, Chris Morris,  Jude Bennett, Fr Darren McFarland, Bruce Huggett, Stephan Hinze, Ricardo Carnicer Hijazo, Gena Leveson (with school business manager attending).


Our working groups:


Head Teacher appraisal panel:  Fr Darren McFarland, Keith Ponsford, Bruce Huggett.

Safeguarding group:  Helen Kidd, Jude Bennett.

Communication group: Chris Morris, Julia Paolitto, Teresa Lambe, Helen Kidd, Jude Bennett.

Ethos group: Fr Darren McFarland, Helen Kidd,  Jude Bennett, (with RE teacher attending).

Our strategic plan:


If you'd like more detail on how we achieve our vision, it's in this document: