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Governor Profiles

Mrs Theresa Miller

Foundation Governor & Co-Chair of Governors

Joined in 2010 (Appointed by the Diocese).

I am a mother of two sons both of which attended St. Gabriel’s Catholic Primary School. I manage the pre-school and afterschool club situated on the grounds of St. Gabriel’s

I am committed to catholic education with a strong belief in the choice offered through a catholic school, now and for future generations of children.

I feel privileged to have been a foundation governor for three years, and I am very impressed by the strong catholic ethos that the school embodies, the outstanding care shown to the children and the schools consistently high standards of education. I believe my work place skills support the Headteacher and staff of the school. Being actively involved as a governor has given me a greater understanding of other important roles in school life.

Mr Rob Vernon

LA Governor & Co-Chair of Governors

Joined in 2013 (Appointed by the Local Authority)

The main reason I became a Governor was, after many years being a part of the Friends of St Gabriel's and helping to raise funds for the school, to now put my business and personal skills to use in order to help make a positive impact to the running of the school.

I would like to actively contribute as a school Governor in order to maintain and improve the high standards we have at St Gabriels, helping our children thrive and be the best that they can be.

Fr Michael White

Foundation Governor

Joined in 2014 (Appointed by the Diocese).

Mrs Gee Bernstein

Foundation Governor

Joined in 2002 (Appointed by the Diocese).

Over my time as a Governor I have been a Parent and a Non-Teaching Staff Governor. The main reason I became a Governor was to support the children of the school by using my Human Resources experience.

I am committed to developing a broad and balanced curriculum for the children of St Gabriel's, in order to help maintain the high standards we set, as this helps children achieve their true potential.

Mr Steve Pursglove

Foundation Governor

Joined in 2022 (Appointed by the Diocese)

I was previously an elected Parent Governor and an active member of Friends of St Gabriel’s. My own daughter has now completed her journey through St Gabriel’s and I have seen her flourish. I want others to do the same.

In my role in the police I see the worst society has to offer. This makes the value of the mission statement of the school, its Catholic ethos and its safeguarding work all the more apparent, not only in providing an excellent education but also caring, loving children.

I am determined to do everything I can to support the school and staff to maximise the potential of every child.

Mrs Anne Goodeve

Foundation Governor

Joined in 2022 (Appointed by the Diocese).

Mr Sean Long

Parent Governor

Joined in November 2018 (Appointed by the Parents).

My family has had a long association with St Gabriel’s, starting with my parents and brother before I began my own personal journey as a pupil, parent and now the role of Parent Governor.

With over 15 years of management experience, I believe that my professional and personal skill sets are the ideal fit to compliment this established team of conscientious people, who strive to deliver a safe and inspiring environment for all children to learn/develop.

I will endeavour to support the evolution of our school whilst respecting and maintaining the catholic fundamentals on which it was built

Miss Amy Cunningham

Staff Governor

Joined in December 2019 (Appointed by the Staff).

St. Gabriel’s has a very special place in my heart as it was the primary school I attended along with my siblings. We always felt safe and nurtured here and built friendships that have lasted all our lives.

The inspirational people I encountered as a child highly influenced my decision to become a teacher. I wanted to pass on my knowledge and support others in becoming the best that they can be Just as I was encouraged by my school and parish. I have been teaching for over 10 years now and I am proud and honoured that the last 7 years have been at St. Gabriel’s.

In my role as staff governor, I hope to support my colleagues by bringing the staff viewpoint and perspective to discussion and debate.

Mr John Hayes

Governor in capacity of Headteacher

Joined in 2009

Diane Morton

Clerk to the Governors

Although this page is all about Governors, it is important to also mention the Clerk to Governors, who is in many ways the key person in a Governing Board.

The Clerk is not a Governor, but is employed by the school to support the Governing Board in a variety of ways. The clerk prepares the agenda for main Governing Board meetings, as well as for finance meetings, and staffing meetings.

The clerk will take detailed notes at each of these meetings, which will form the basis of published minutes. These minutes are one way that Ofsted judges the effectiveness of the Governors, so it is of utmost importance that minutes are comprehensive and accurate.

The clerk will also advise the Governors about a range of legal matters before and during meetings. The clerk also maintains the annual calendar of business, helping Governors to cover every aspect that is required throughout the year to meet legal and strategic requirements.

The Clerk has to have a very flexible approach to hours of work, as main governing body meetings are usually held in evenings as are most of the committee meetings.