St John Bosco Catholic Primary School


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.
NameType of Governor
Gerry GomezChair of Governors, LA Governor
Ann LlewellynVice-Chair of Governors, Foundation Governor
Sean McCayFoundation Governor
Fr Stan NwanunobiFoundation Governor
Ada Ifoma NwnuFoundation Governor
Patricia OnionsFoundation Governor
Joanne BushellParent Governor
Jessica HolderParent Governor
Edward MastersonExecutive Headteacher
Theresa AdamsStaff Governor
Mandy GrubhamHead of School, Co-opted Governor
Jenna HodgettsClerk to the Governors

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 pupil 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 meet together, each committee is reviewed and shared amongst Governors so that they are fully aware of the progress made by all committees.

Governors that are responsible for key areas​:

  • Safeguarding Governor: Dr Gomez
  • Special Needs Governor: T Adams
  • Pupil Premium Governor: Pat Onions
  • Religious Education Governor: Dr Gomez
  • Transition Governor: P Onions
  • Numeracy Governor: S McCay
  • Literacy Governor: J Holder
  • Health and Safety Governor: A Llewellyn
  • Communications Governor: P Onions
  • School Emergency Governor: Dr Gomez
  • Safer Recruitment Governor: Dr Gomez, P Onions
  • Science Governor: P Onions
  • Curriculum Governor: Dr Gomez

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

  • Quality of Education Committee
  • Staffing and Finance Committee
  • Health and Safety Committee

Governor Profiles

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.

Father Timothy Burke

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.

Dr Gerry Gomez

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.

Mrs Wendy Leatham

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.

Mr Richard Mandziejewicz

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.

Father Stan Nwanunob

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.

Miss Pat Onions

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.

Mrs Marie Powell