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St Albert The Great Catholic Primary School
August 15 2016




Governors may be contacted via the school office or at


Mrs Alison Spice (CHAIR OF GOVERNORS):  Alison is Chair of Governors, a Foundation Governor and has one child at the school.  She has a background in Marketing, Corporate Events and Promotions.  Alison works in the office of JFK Catholic Secondary School.  She is the link Governor for Pupil Premium, SEND and serves on Curriculum and Resources sub-committees.


Sarah Alves (VICE CHAIR OF GOVERNORS): Sarah is a Parent Governor and has 2 children at the school. She has a background in healthcare, working for the London Ambulance Service as an Emergency Medical Technician and in a GP practice as a phlebotomist. Sarah serves on Curriculum and Safeguarding committees and is the link governor for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).


Fr. Kim Addison: Fr. Kim is our Parish Priest and Foundation Governor. He is an experienced governor, linked to the subject areas of IT and RE and serves on both sub-committees.


Eamonn Browne: Eamonn is a Co-opted Governor with one child at the school. He has been running accounting and book keeping for two businesses for over 25 years. He has joined our governing body to help maintain the very best level of education within our school and to continue to foster the Catholic ethos within these challenging times. Eamonn serves on the Resources Committee and is link governor for Sports Premium.


Remedios Felices Pelayo: Reme is a Parent Governor and has one daughter in the school. She works in the private sector in a finance department and has joined our governing body to support St Albert’s to be the best it can be. Reme serves as Chair of Resources Committee and is link governor for PSHE.


Mrs Valerie Fitzpatrick: Valerie is a Foundation Governor and her interesting in education began when working for the LB of Croydon, Education Department. Now retired, Valerie is currently a volunteer advisor at the Citizens Advice Bureau and has helped with the First Holy Communion programme at St Mary and St Joseph church as catechist and administrator. Valerie serves on the Curriculum and Admissions Committees, and is link governor for EYFS and English.


Mrs Debra Gee: Debra is a former Parent Governor, now Foundation Governor. She works as a school counsellor as part of Hertfordshire County Council’s Safe Space Service. Debra serves on both subcommittees and is the Link Governor for Safeguarding, Human Resources, After-School and Breakfast Clubs.


Mrs Leanne Turp:  Leanne has been a teacher at St Albert the Great School since January 2015 and our Staff Governor since June 2016.  She has been teaching for 12 years across the Early Years and Key Stage 1 and is EYFS Leader as well as being a member of the Senior Leadership Team of the school.  She became a governor because she felt it would be a good way to get to know the school, deepen her understanding of how a school runs and ultimately to help ensure St Albert’s is the best school it can be.  She feels that by working together, we can ensure that all children achieve their full potential and enjoy their learning experiences. Leanne is Chair of Curriculum subcommittee and serves on the Admissions Committee.

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Minutes of the Governing Body meetings are available on request from the school office.



School governors and trustees are people who want to make a positive contribution to children’s education.

Governors are one of the largest volunteer forces in the country and have an important part to play in raising school standards. The role of the governing board is absolutely key to the effectiveness of a school. Time and time again Ofsted (the national inspection body for schools) has noted that the most effective schools demonstrate effective leadership and management – including by the governing board.

Strategic leadership

School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. They appoint the headteacher and deputy headteacher. Governors hold the main responsibility for finance in schools, and it is governors who work with the headteacher to make the tough decisions about balancing resources.

Each individual governor is a member of a governing board, which is established in law as a corporate body. Individual governors may not act independently of the rest of the governing board and decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing board.

The role of the governing board is a strategic one with three key functions:

  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction

School governors have a number of responsibilities:

  • Governors set the aims and objectives for the school or group of schools.
  • They set the policies and targets for achieving those aims and objectives.
  • They monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making and act as a source of challenge and support to the headteacher (a critical friend).

The headteacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the governing board.