St Francis Of Assisi Catholic Primary School

"As a community we serve God, pray, love and shine every day"

Our School  »  Governors

In accordance with the Government's requirements for all governing bodies, the three core strategic functions of the St Francis of Assisi Governing Body are:
  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategies direction;
  2. Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

The full Governing Body meets six times a year, in September, November, January, March, May and July. 



Resources Committee
P Murphy, C Cartwright, J McGrath
Chair: P Murphy

Teaching and Learning Committee
J McGrath, N Santos, A Nichols
Chair: A Nichols

Pupil Support Committee
J McGrath, N Santos
Chair: J McGrath

RE and Catholic Life Committee
Fr M Hughes, V Misner, A Nichols
Chair: Fr M Hughes

Pupil Admissions Committee
A Nichols, I Steen
Chair: I Steen

First Hearing Panel
P Murphy, Fr M Hughes, I Steen
Chair: P Murphy

Appeal Panel 
A Nichols, V Misner, C Gregory
Chair: C Gregory

Appraisal Governors and Pay Committee
P Murphy, A Nichols, C Gregory, S Thompson
Chair: P Murphy



Child Protection - Fr M Hughes
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities - C Gregory
Children Looked After - N Santos
Training Governor - C Cartwright
Complaints - V Misner
Governor to accompany SIA - Chair of Governors
Health and Safety - I Steen
RE and Catholic Life - Fr M Hughes
Pupil Premium - V Misner
Equalities - I Steen 



A declaration was made by Mrs McGrath and Mr Steen.
All signed declarations of interests are held within St. Francis of Assisi school office.

A declaration was made by Mrs McGrath.
All signed declarations of interests are held within St. Francis of Assisi school office.



Fr M Hughes is a Foundation governor for St Anthony's Catholic Primary School in Leeds. 


The Trustees of the Diocese of Leeds have appointed the following persons to serve as Governors:
Name & Role Personal Statement 
Fr M Hughes (Acting Chair)
c/o Beeston St Francis of Assisi

I am the parish priest for the parish of St Maximillian Kolbe which includes St. Francis of Assisi and St Anthony’s of Padua.

I am a foundation governor at St Anthony's and an acting chair of St Francis of Assisi governing body. I am instrumental in ensuring we live, love and learn as a family of God."
Mr P. Murphy (Foundation Gov.)
c/o Beeston St Francis of Assisi

As a past pupil at St Francis of Assisi I have a strong motivation to repay the school’s investment in me as a child and feel I am best placed to do this at the head of a strong Governing Body.

I work closely with Mrs McGrath and the governing body to ensure that we achieve the best possible outcome for all of our children across all year groups.

I am a regular visitor to the school and enjoy seeing the children develop as they progress through their journey of education supported by the catholic ethos."

Mr I Steen (Foundation Gov.)
c/o Beeston St Francis of Assisi
"Hi everyone!

My name is Ian Steen and I have been a foundation governor at St. Francis of Assisi for just over a year. I have also worked in Catholic Education for around 10 years.

I care passionately about Catholic education and I am looking forward to working with the school in the long term future."
Miss C Gregory (Foundation Gov.)
c/o Beeston St Francis of Assisi
Mrs V Misner (Foundation Gov.)
c/o Beeston St Francis of Assisi
Mrs S Thompson (LEA Gov.)
c/o Beeston St Francis of Assisi 

My name  is  Sheila Thompson, I am a newly appointed  LEA Governor. I am a practising Catholic and I am a parishioner of St Francis  Of Assisi. 

I will work to fulfill my responsibilities as a Governor and hope to  assist the school  in any way that I can."

Mrs. J McGrath (Headteacher)
c/o St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary School

As Headteacher, I am very pleased to be a part of the Governing Body. School Governors are volunteers, who give up their time to help run the school.

Together, we make decisions about all areas of managing the school, from looking after the building and budgets, to keeping a close eye on how the pupils are being taught, how well they are learning and how they behave.

As a Governing Body, we discuss issues and make decisions about plans for the future of the school. The School Governors support me as Headteacher and also check that I am leading the school in the right direction, by asking questions about all aspects of school life."
Mrs N Santos (Parent Gov.)
c/o Beeston St Francis of Assisi
Mrs. C.M. Cartwright (Staff Gov.)
c/o Beeston St Francis of Assisi

My name is Catherine Cartwright, I have been the Staff Governor for ten years. 

My role at school is that of School Manager, my main responsibility is the management of the School Budget Share working closely with the Headteacher and reporting the financial situation to the Board of Governors. 

I have worked in Catholic Education for thirty years and feel privileged to support teachers in their demanding role of educating young children

GOVERNORS ATTENDANCE at full Governing Body meetings (Sep 2017 - present): 
(number of attended meetings out of all possible)

P Murphy (0 out of 1) = 0%
A Nichols (1 out of 1) = 100%
Fr M Hughes (1 out of 1) = 100%
J McGrath (1 out of 1) = 100%
C Cartwright (0 out of 1) = 0%
V Misner (1 out of 1) = 100%
C Gregory (1 out of 1) = 100%
N Santos (1 out of 1) = 100%
I Steen (1 out of 1) = 100%

GOVERNORS ATTENDANCE at Committee meetings (Sep 2016 - present): 

06.02.17 - Resources Committee (100% attendance)
10.02.17 - Resources Committee (100% attendance)
24.02.17 - Resources Committee (100% attendance)
06.03.17 - Admissions Committee (100% attendance)
02.03.17 - RE and Catholic Life Committee (100% attendance) 
11.04.17 - Appraisal Committee (100% attendance)
11.05.17 - Resources Committee (100% attendance) 

Meetings of GOVERNORS with specific responsibilities (Sep 2016 - present):

02.03.17 - Child Protection 
15.03.17 - Special Educational Needs and Disabilities