St Mary Magdalene Catholic Primary School

Governors' Role and Organisation

Role of Governors

Our Full Governing Body currently comprises twelve Governors, of which there are seven Foundation Governors, two Parent-elected Governors, one Staff Governor, plus the Headteacher and one Local Authority Governor. Together we are responsible for financial management, employment of staff and Admissions. We have a monitoring role and hold the school’s Senior Leadership to account, while supporting them in their work. Above all, we are entrusted with upholding the Catholicity and Gospel values at the heart of any Catholic school.


The Full Governing Body meets six times a year, and on other occasions as required. In addition, there are two working committees, with specific functions, each of which also meets at least three times a year. These are:

Admissions Committee Chair – Nigel Feast

This group is responsible for administering the Admissions process, policy and appeals, and making decisions about pupil applications.

Finance and Resources Chair – Nabil Zakher

This Committee is primarily responsible for finance, staffing and premises.

Teaching and Learning Committee Chair -  Nigel Feast

Our meetings schedule and committee composition can be found as a separate link.

Our monitoring programme is updated annually, but each of us undertakes to liaise with relevant staff and report on specific areas of focus.

Minutes of our meetings are available at the school on request.


Governors are available to discuss matters concerning general school issues. Approach should be made to the Chair of Governors via the school office. Governors are also present at a number of school meetings and events during the year. Matters relating to a particular pupil should be referred to the child’s teacher in the first instance, and then to the Headteacher if necessary.

We are all volunteers who are committed to ensuring the best possible education for our pupils at St Mary Magdalene’s. We try to get fully involved in the life of the school, where we feel that our community is built on a dynamic partnership between home, school and parish.