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The School Governors play a strategic role in making decisions and taking action to improve the standards of teaching and learning for all pupils at the school in a safe and stimulating environment.

Who are School Governors?

The governors are made up of twelve people and are drawn from different parts of the school community, Catholic Foundation Governors and Local Authority which ensures that a sufficient diversity of views and experience is represented:

  • Parent governors are selected by election and are drawn from parents and carers of pupils at the school.
  • Staff governors – selected by election from teaching and support staff paid to work at the school.
  • Catholic Foundation Governors – appointed by the Birmingham Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham.
  • Local Authority governors – appointed by the Local Authority.
Name Type of Governor
Marie Powell Chair of Governors, LA Governor
Gerry Gomez Vice-Chair of Governors, Foundation Governor
Ada Ifoma Nwnu Foundation Governor
Ann Llewellyn Foundation Governor
Sean McCay Foundation Governor
Rev Stan Nwanunobi Foundation Governor
Patricia Onions Foundation Governor
Joanne Bushall Parent Governor
Jessica Holder Parent Governor
Edward Masterson Headteacher
Teresa Adams Staff Governor
Mandy Grubham Co-opted Governor

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What do the School Governors Do?

Governors have a range of duties and powers and a general responsibility for the conduct of the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement. This includes setting targets for pupils achievement, managing the school’s finances, making sure the curriculum is balanced and broadly based, the learning environment is safe, appointing staff and reviewing staff performance and pay and many more.

The Full Governing Body meets once per term in which all members meets together , each committee is reviewed and shared amongst Governors so that are fully aware of the progress made by all committees.

There are three sub-committees of the governing body which facilitate its work:

  • Achievement and Curriculum
  • Staffing and Finance
  • Health and Safety

Governors that are responsible for key areas:

  • Safeguarding Governor: Marie Powell
  • Special Needs Governor: T Adams
  • Pupil Premium Governor: Pat Onions
  • Religious Education Governor: Dr Gomez
  • Transition Governor: Pat Onions
  • Numeracy Governor: Richard Mandziejewicz
  • Literacy Governor: Wendy Leatham
  • Health and Safety Governor: Richard Mandziejewicz
  • Communications Governor: Marie Powell
  • School Emergency Governor: Marie Powell
  • Safer Recruitment Governor: Dr Gomez, Pat Onions, Wendy Leatham
  • Science Governor: Jerome Watson
  • Curriculum Governor: Richard Mandziejewicz

Achievement and Curriculum Committee

All Governors are invited to attend. During Committee meetings they will evaluate the following:

  • Monitoring and reviewing information on School Performance to include Raise Online and Data Dashboard.
  • Monitoring and reviewing school targets.
  • Monitoring and reviewing in year progress for all year groups and all groups of pupils.
  • Comparing school performance against national data.
  • Reporting to parents according to statutory requirements.
  • Monitoring achievement for all groups of pupils (inc. pupil premium).
  • Monitoring pupils work and carry out pupil conversations.
  • Monitoring school target setting systems and how this is reported to parents.
  • Ensuring targeted support and action plans are in place for all teachers who are not at least good.
  • Monitoring and reviewing quality of teaching across the school.
  • Monitoring teaching for groups of pupils (inc. pupil premium).
  • Monitoring intervention groups for all groups of pupils.
  • Monitoring homework arrangements.


  • Ensuring the school is meeting National Curriculum requirements and to review the Curriculum Policy Statement ensuring it meets pupils needs.
  • Monitoring and reviewing the curriculum with a focus on basic skills.
  • Monitoring skills coverage of curriculum in all subjects.
  • Parental engagement.
  • Reviewing and updating SEF (Self Evaluation Form).
  • Monitoring and reviewing School Improvement Plan.
  • Monitoring the effectiveness of the Catholic Ethos of the school.
  • Monitoring the Spiritual and Worship celebrated in our Catholic RE Curriculum.
  • Monitoring the impact of the Catholic Re Curriculum in its understanding of developing standards within the RE Curriculum.
  • Monitoring and ensuring that the RE curriculum reflects Cannon Law.

Staffing and Finance Committee

The Finance Committee comprises:

  • Mrs M Powell
  • Mr E Masterson (non voting for staffing decisions)
  • Dr G Gomez
  • Ms W Leatham
  • Mr J Watson
  • Miss P Onions

The committee provides guidance to the governing body and Headteacher on all matters relating to finance as outlined in the School’s Financial Regulations and Standing Orders. These will include:


  • Producing and approving the annual budget and present it to the full Governing Body for ratification.
  • Reviewing the actual expenditure and monitoring statements at least once a term.
  • Receiving and Reviewing financial projections.
  • Approving expenditure and virements of sums over £3,000, sums below that amount are delegated to the Head Teacher.
  • Conforming to the Schools Financial Value Standards in Schools.
  • Assessing the financial progress towards achieving the objectives in the School Improvement Plan.
  • Reviewing of leases and contracts – including traded services.
  • Ensuring Best Value principles apply.
  • Reviewing the financial implications on the budget of the Pay and Conditions document.
  • Receiving LA Budget and Out turn Statement (Section 122).
  • Receive the annual accounts and certificate of audit of the School Fund Account and other voluntary funds held within school.
  • Assessing the schools insurance cover to ensure that it provides adequate protection against risks.
  • Reviewing and approving the petty cash to be held by the school.
  • Ensuring the School is maintained as according to Birmingham Catholic Archdiocese Trustees guidelines.
  • Obtaining quotations with a view to placing contracts./.orders, once the relevant Committee has drawn up a specification.


  • Considering applications from staff for variation to contract (secondments, early retirements, leave of absence, reduced working hours, etc).
  • Ensuring all personnel records are held securely.
  • Ensure that all staff appointed are appointed according to the Catholic Education Service Statutory Arrangements.
  • Reviewing annually the staffing structure of the school ensuring that it meets the requirements of the curriculum and is in line with the School Improvement Plan.
  • Reviewing staff work/life balance, working conditions and well-being, including the monitoring of absence.
  • Implementing the Appraisal Policy and monitor teacher appraisal process.
  • Equal Opportunities.
  • Establishing and maintaining a rolling programme for Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Checks.
  • Staff training and CPD.
  • Staff Grievance and Discipline (in line with school policies).
  • Staff dismissal, redundancy and redeployment.

The Health and Safety Committee

1The Health and Safety Committee comprises:

  • Mrs T Adams
  • Mr E Masterson
  • Mrs J Perry
  • Mrs M Powell
  • Mr R Mandziejewicz – Minimum 3 members required for quorum

The committee will look at the effectiveness of Safeguarding , Health and Safety procedures of the school and how the school ensure that all children and staff are safeguarded at all times:

Premises Health and Safety

  • Ensure that the school meets the statutory safeguarding requirements as specified, CES, Local Authority, LADDO.
  • Review the schools Health and Safety Policy on an annual basis.
  • Receive a regular report on accident statistics, near misses and incidents of violence or aggression.
  • Comply with current fire safety legislation and regulations: ‘level one’ fire risk assessment should be carried out by the school on an annual basis; ‘level 2’ or technical fire risk assessment is reviewed bi-annually.
  • Ensure Risk Assessments are carried out and reviewed on a regular basis.
  • Inspect the school site and buildings to enable maintenance and improvement, including security. (Site visit)
  • Review and Authorise upcoming offsite activities, ensuring that health and safety planning and risk assessments that have been undertaken for them.
  • Receive reports and audits from Health and Safety representatives (to include Caretaking and Cleaning).
  • Ensure staff and Governors undertake appropriate Health and Safety Training.
  • Monitor all safeguarding procedures.
  • Ensure that Health and Safety documents and records are up to date: Fire log book; Asbestos on site; Premise log book (PAT Testing, Glazing Inspections, An annual check of PE Equipment/Playground Equipment)
  • Establish and review an Accessibility Plan.
  • Emergency Evacuation Procedures.
  • Emergency Lockdown Procedures.
  • Review e-safety policy and procedures.

Behaviour and Attendance

  • Review Behaviour Policy and monitor school behaviour.
  • Review and Monitor attendance data against school and national targets.

Governor Profiles

Father Timothy Burke

I joined the governing body in 2008 and was appointed as Chair of Governors. As a Parish Priest of Holy Cross Parish in West Bromwich, many of my parishioner’s children attend the school. I am proud of the close links between the Parish and the school. I work closely with the school to ensure that the school maintains its Catholic Ethos.

Dr Gerry Gomez

I am pleased to be a Foundation Governor of this excellent school. I am a parishioner of Holy Cross Church. My professional life was spent in teaching and in teacher training. I have five grandchildren, four of whom are of primary school age so I am very interested in developments in primary education. I am also on several of the Governors'Committees. I hope to play my part is improving yet further the quality of education for your children.

Mrs Wendy Leatham

I am a Foundation Governor, Roman Catholic and a retired teacher. I have been a Governor at the school since 2012. For the last five years of my career I was part time at St John Bosco school working throughout the school year groups. I firmly believe that one is never too young to learn something new and never old enough to stop learning something new. I wish to use my experience to benefit the St John Bosco school community.

Mr Richard Mandziejewicz

I am a Foundation Governor responsible for Maths and Health and Safety. I am also a Member of Ethos and Curriculum Committee. I completed forty-one years of teaching in the summer of 2015 of which the last fifteen years were spent at St. John Bosco Catholic Primary School. During this period I worked as a Key Stage 2 teacher and a Maths intervention Specialist. I also taught Spanish in both key stages and provided EAL support to Polish pupils. My previous experience included working as a PE Teacher in Secondary School Education, a Higher Education Lecturer for the Open University and as a Gymnastic Tutor for Walsall Education Authority. I have previously served the school as a Teacher Governor but now look forward to providing a positive contribution to the work of the governing body as a Foundation Governor.

Father Stan Nwanunob

I joined the governing body in 2013 and was appointed as Foundation Governor. As a Parish Priest of St Michael's and the Ark Angel Parish in West Bromwich, many of my parishioner’s children attend the school. I am proud of the close links between the Parish, Church and the School. I work closely with the school to ensure that the school maintains its Catholic Ethos.

Miss Pat Onions

I was delighted to become a foundation Governor in November 2014 having benefitted from a Catholic Education and attending St John Bosco Primary School as a pupil. My career has been focussed on education having worked as a teacher, a Curriculum Adviser for Design and Technology, a Primary School Improvement Adviser and latterly supporting the induction of newly qualified teachers. I hope to use these experiences to contribute to the work of the governing body in providing leadership and accountability. It is interesting to work with such a committed, skilful and hardworking team of Governors.

Mrs Marie Powell

I joined the governing body in 2006 as a parent governor as both of my girls attended SJB and one is now at UCB and my youngest is at Stuart Bathurst, so I have been part of the school since 2000. I currently hold the position of Chair and I attend all other committees. I have worked within the Financial Sector for the last 29+ years, which is why I also Chair the Staffing and Finance Committee. I work closely with the Mr Masterson Head teacher and the Senior Leadership Team to make sure our school ensures every child receives the best education possible and helps them achieve their hopes, dreams and ambitions in life, and maintain a safe and secure environment for our children to learn in.