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, J Putsman, J McGrath
Chair: P Murphy

Teaching and Learning Committee
J McGrath, N Santos, J Putsman
Chair: J Putsman

RE and Catholic Life Committee
Fr T Whitwell, V Misner, J McGrath, N Santos
Chair: Fr M Hughes

Pupil Admissions Committee
S Thompson, J McGrath, V Misner
Chair: J McGrath

First Hearing Panel
P Murphy, Fr T Whitwell, V Misner
Chair: P Murphy

Appeal Panel 
S Thompson, J Putsman, C Gregory
Chair: C Gregory

Appraisal Governors and Pay Committee
J Putsman, C Gregory, S Thompson
Chair: J Putsman



Child Protection - J Putsman
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities - C Gregory
Children Looked After - N Santos
Training Governor - V Snejberkova-Taylor
Complaints - V Misner
Governor to accompany SIA - J Putsman
Health and Safety - C Gregory
RE and Catholic Life - Fr T Whitwell
Pupil Premium - V Misner
Equalities - P Murphy 



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



Fr T Whitwell 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 
Mrs J Putsman
(Chair of Govs)

My name is Judith Putsman, and I am pleased and privileged to be the chair of Governors at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary School. 

My background is in education, having been a teacher for many years, including 12 years as head-teacher of a Leeds primary school. 

I have a wide range of interests, including 3 grandchildren. I also have a good sense of humour, as demonstrated by being a life-long supporter of Middlesbrough Football Club
Mrs V Misner

Fr T Whitwell
(Foundation Gov.)


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 Foundation governor at St Francis of Assisi governing body. I am instrumental in ensuring we serve God, pray, love and shine every day."
Mr P. Murphy 
(Foundation Gov.)


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."

Miss C Gregory
(Foundation Gov.)

Mrs S Thompson
(LEA Gov.)

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 


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.)

GOVERNORS ATTENDANCE at full Governing Body meetings (Sep 2018 - present): 
(number of attended meetings out of all possible)

J Putsman (2 out of 2) = 100%
P Murphy (2 out of 2) = 100%
Fr T Whitwell (1 out of 2) = 50%
J McGrath (1 out of 2) = 50%
V Misner (2 out of 2) = 100%
C Gregory (1 out of 2) = 50%
N Santos (1 out of 2) = 50%
V S-Taylor (2 ouf of 2) = 100%

GOVERNORS ATTENDANCE at Committee meetings (Sep 2018 - present): 

24.05.18 - Resources Committee (100% attendance)
21.11.18 - Resources Committee (100% attendance)

Meetings of GOVERNORS with specific responsibilities (Sep 2018 - present):