St. Gabriel's Catholic Primary School

Governing Board

Former Chair of Governors Ann Long and current Chair of Governors Lisa Smith

Members of our Governing Board

There are fourteen Governors in total. Eight are appointed by the Diocese – these are called Foundation Governors. Two Governors are appointed by parents, one by staff. One Governor is appointed by the Local Education Authority. The Co-opted Governor is appointed by the Governing Body. The Headteacher, Mr Hayes, is also a Governor.

Foundation Governors

  • Mrs Lisa Smith - Chair of Governors
  • Mrs Theresa Miller - Vice Chair of Governors
  • Fr. Michael White
  • Mrs Geraldine Bernstein
  • Mr Stephen Pursglove
  • Mrs Joanne Hern
  • Mrs Mairead Hitchings
  • Vacancy

Elected Parent Governors

  • Mrs Natalie Bracher
  • Mr Sean Long

Nominated LA Governors

  • Mr Rob Vernon

Elected Staff Governors

  • Miss Amy Cunningham

Associate Members

  • Mr Will Bright 


  • Mr John Hayes

Clerk to the Governors

  • Tess Vigus


How to Contact the Governing Board

Governors may be contacted via the Clerk to the Governors, c/o St Gabriel's Catholic Primary School, Wilnecote Lane, Tamworth, Staffordshire B77 2LF

alternatively via email:

The role of the Governing Board:

  • set the vision and strategic direction of school
  • hold the headteacher to account for its educational performance
  • ensure financial resources are well spent

In addition, Governors do the following;

- Help to shape the vision and direction of the school

- Have a good understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the school.

- Support and challenge the Senior Leadership team.

- Hold the school to account for the educational standards it achieves and thequality of education it provides.

- Ensure that the school fulfill its statutory duties and the duties determined by diocese.

- Monitor, review and develop plans and policies for effective school improvement.

- Look at ways to improve and enhance the skills of the Governor Body by identifying areas to improve and accessing the required training.

How does it work?

To fulfil all of our roles and responsibilities, the Governing Body delegates the work to groups of Governors. The whole Governing Body meets five times a year to discuss what is happening at school and plan strategically for the future. In order to ensure all the tasks get the time and attention they deserve, the Governing Body has set up a number of committees. These committees share the work to cover the responsibilities and help develop a good understanding of the school, support its work and hold it accountable.

At St. Gabriel's we have three main committees which meet termly or half termly. They are Finance and Buildings, Standards and Curriculum and Health, Safety and Well-Being.

There are also a number of smaller committees and working parties responsible for single issues such as Admissions,Discipline, Appeals, Performance Management and Staffing

In addition to serving on one or more committees, Governors are also linked to a particular subject area within the curriculum and visit school to help ensure this subject is being delivered and developed within the school.



The Finance, Buildings and Staffing Committee

This committee is responsible for monitoring, reviewing and advising the schools' full Governing Body on all aspects of finance and buildings.

Some duties include:

  • Preparing a draft budget based on the priorities in the school development plan
  • Monitoring the budget throughout the year
  • Establishing and monitoring appropriate policies and procedures for sound budgetary control, based on the Financial Regulations drawn up by Staffordshire County Council
  • Arranging regular inspections of the premises to identify essential maintenance work
  • Recommending to the Governing Body an ongoing programme of repairs and maintenance

The Standards and Curriculum Committee

This committee is responsible for monitoring, reviewing and advising the schools' full Governing Body on all aspects of teaching and learning, within the scope of the National Curriculum and Religious Education of the school as directed by the Diocesan Education Service.

It helps to ensure that every child attending St. Gabriel's School is;

- Taught to the highest standards

- Has equal access to the National Curriculum

- Has equal access to the religious life of the school

Some of the aims of this committee are:

  • To ensure that the whole school curriculum is: broad and balanced, relevant to the needs of all children, provides continuity and progression, adequately resourced
  • To promote extra-curricular / enrichment activities
  • To ensure that statutory targets for pupil achievements are set and published as required
  • To monitor the spending of Pupil Premium funding and the impact on progress and attainment of those pupils involved
  • To ensure that the National Curriculum is delivered and its assessment procedures are carried out in line with the legal framework and Ofsted requirements
  • To celebrate children's achievements

The Health, Safety and Well-being Committee

This committee is responsible for monitoring, reviewing and advising the school's full Governing Body on all aspects of Health, Safety and Well-being at the school.

It's duties include:

  • Liaising with the Local Authority to ensure compliance with legal and local requirements
  • Reviewing the Health and Safety Policy annually and updating as necessary
  • Setting Health and Safety targets to improve performance
  • Ensuring the audit of Health and Safety takes place and that action plans are drawn up
  • Promoting a positive attitude towards Health and Safety within the school community