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Our Governing Board

St Bernadette's School Governance

Welcome to St Bernadette’s Website. Below is some information that you may find useful – together with a sincere Thank You to our staff, parents and community for their ongoing hard work and support particularly over the past few months.

The key role of our Governing Body is to recruit, appoint and support the best teachers and staff to ensure the highest possible level of education and support for children placed in our care; within a framework of effective Governance.

To achieve these aims we work closely with MK Local Authority (MKLA) and as a Catholic School within the Vision, Values and Policies of Northampton Dioceses (NORES) and the Department for Education (DfE)

There are 14 Governors;

  • 8 Foundation Governors are appointed by His Lordship the Bishop of Northampton Catholic Dioceses, The Right Reverend Peter J H Doyle.

§ 1 Governor appointed by Milton Keynes Local Authority

§ 2 Governors elected by parents

§ 2 Governors elected by the staff. The Board took a decision to co-opt an additional

 Staff Governor. We now have a Governor for both support staff and for teaching staff

  • Our Head Teacher - Mrs Jane Zamora

The Governing Body meets monthly with the exception of holiday periods December, February and August

In between Board meetings “Lead Governors” make visits to the school and report to Board on their in-depth findings. Each and every Governor has a “Key Lead” Role to exercise, covering all areas of the school:

  • Head Teacher Performance

ü Mental Health and Wellbeing

ü Pupil Premium

ü Child Protection and Safeguarding

ü Curriculum/ Pupil achievement – with key Leads for specific areas that the Governing Board wants to look at in more detail

ü Finance

ü Admissions and Appeals

ü Health and Safety

ü Statutory and Policy Development and Monitoring

ü Complaints and Suggestions


St Bernadette’s opened in 2005 and we are particularly fortunate that our school community has shown tremendous interest and support since then.

Our recent OFSTED Inspection gave us some valuable feedback on our areas of strength and those we need to focus on in the coming months.

We are confident as we go forward to meet the challenges and changes ahead that by continuing to work closely with the NORES, MKLA and our parents and local community, St Bernadette’s will strive to provide the best education possible in an efficient, effective and transparent manner.

It is with this invaluable support and the hard work of our staff, families and Governors demonstrating total commitment to the safety and education of our pupils that we move forward as a school.


Mary McGowan
Chair of Governors

2018/2019 Governors   



Ms M McGowan - Chair Of Governors
Mr G Callan - Foundation Governor

Sr Y Pilarski - Foundation Governor - co-opted

Mr I Peterson - Foundation Governor

Mr K Turner - Foundation Governor

Ms R Anugwom - Foundation Governor

Mr A Misso - Foundation Governor

Miss A Kerrigan - Co-opted Governor

Mrs A Upton - Parent Appointed Governor

Mrs J Collymore - Parent Appointed Governor
Mr S Penny - Staff Governor

Mrs J Pughe - Staff Governor

Mrs J Zamora - Headteacher

Ms F Vines - Clerk to Governors

Annual Governance Statement