St Mary Magdalen's

St Mary Magdalen's Catholic Primary School

Meet the Governors

The Role of the Governing Body

The St Mary Magdalen’s Governing Body provides strategic leadership and accountability for the school.

Its main functions are to;

  • To provide a strategic overview that ensures the pupils learn most effectively and achieve the highest standards
  • Act as a “critical friend” of the school by providing the Headteacher and staff with support, advice and information and monitor and evaluate to school’s effectiveness and promote the interests of the school and pupils.
  • To ensure accountability. We are accountable to parents, pupils, the community, the Local Authority and Ofsted

It is also responsible for many important decisions in the running of the school. These include:

  • Appointing the Executive Headteacher and Head of School. Governors are also involved in the appointment of teaching staff as appropriate.
  • Agreeing the aims of the school curriculum and ensuring the national curriculum is implemented
  • Determining how the school’s budget is to be used each year
  • Dealing with official complaints and exclusions

Our Governors

Our governing body includes:

  • 1 governor nominated by the local authority;
  • Executive Headteacher;
  • 1 elected staff governor;
  • 9 Foundation
  • 2 elected parent governors; and
  • 2 co-opted governors

 

Chair of the Governors (Foundation Appointed) - Mrs Pat Barber

Executive Headteacher - Mrs Joanna Seymour

Head of School - Miss Lisa De Souza

Vice Chair of the Governors (Foundation Appointed) - Mrs Katuchia Palumbo 

Foundation Appointed - Fr Michael Ezenwammadu

Foundation Appointed - Mrs Launa Cairns

Foundation Appointed - Mr Anthony Akania

Foundation Appointed - Mrs Cynthia Lamptey

Foundation Appointed - Vacant

Foundation Appointed - Vacant

Foundation Appointed - Vacant

Foundation Appointed - Vacant

Parent Governor - Mr Stephen Owen

Parent Governor -Mrs Josephine Olukoya

Local Authority  - Vacant 

Co-opted - Vacant

Co-opted - Vacant

 

The staff governor is elected by the staff and normally serves for 4 years.

The parent governors are elected to serve the Governing Body by parents of the school and normally serve for 4 years.

Parent governors are pleased to hear about views and ideas and can be contacted in writing via the school office.

The Foundation governors are appointed by the Diocese to serve the Governing Body of the school and normally serve for 4 years. 

The co-opted governors are invited onto the Governing Body, by the Governing Body, to add areas of expertise and to represent the local community. We use a robust set of skills audits to ascertain the requirements and expertise required by the governing body.

A full list of the governors as well as information about their appointment, committee membership, attendance, and the Register of Business interests is available below.

 

Governors’ Details (for each governor who has served at any point over the past 12 months – 2019/2020

FULL NAME

CATEGORY

APPOINTED BY

DATE OF APPOINTMENT

TERM OF OFFICE (NUMBER OF YEARS AND END DATE)

DATE RESIGNED

Mrs J. Seymour

Executive Headteacher

N/A

01.09.19

N/A

N/A

Vacant

Staff

Staff

N/A

N/A

N/A

Vacant

Local Authority

Governors

N/A

N/A

N/A

Vacant

Co-opted

Governors

N/A

N/A

N/A

Vacant

Co-opted

Governors

N/A

N/A

N/A

S Owen

Parent

Parents

24.02.20

4 – 23.02.24

N/A

J Olukoya

Parent

Parents

24.02.20

4 – 23.02.24

N/A

L. Cairns

Foundation

Diocese

21.02.20

4 – 20.02.24

N/A

K. Palumbo

Foundation

Diocese

07.08.17

4 – 06.08.21

N/A

Fr. M. Ezenwammadu

Foundation

Diocese

10.01.18

4 – 09.10.22

N/A

A. Akanya

Foundation

Diocese

01.09.18

4 – 01.09.22

N/A

P. Barber

Foundation

Diocese

17.06.19

4 – 16.06.23

N/A

C. Lamptey

Foundation

Diocese

30.08.17

4 – 29.08.21

N/A

Vacant

Foundation

Diocese

N/A

N/A

N/A

Vacant

Foundation

Diocese

N/A

N/A

N/A

Vacant

Foundation

Diocese

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

Governors’ attendance at meetings 2019/2020 – Governing Board

 

NAME

18/09/19

10/12/20

03/06/20

14/07/20

J. Seymour

 

Y

Y

Y

Y

C. Lamptey

 

Y

Y

X

Y

S Owen

 

N/A

Y

Y

Y

J Olukoya

 

N/A

Y

X

Y

L. Cairns

 

Y

Y

Y

Y

K. Palumbo

 

Y

Y

Y

X

A. Akanya

 

Y

X

Y

Y

Fr. M. Ezenwammadu

 

Y

Y

X

Y

P. Barber

 

Y

Y

Y

Y

Associate Member

 

 

L De Souza

 

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y Epale

 

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Register of interest – 2020/21

 

FULL NAME

CATEGORY

APPOINTED BY

TERM OF OFFICE (NUMBER OF YEARS AND END DATE)

COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP

POSITIONS ON GOVERNING BODY

BUSINESS INTEREST/ RELATIONSHIPS/ SEAT ON OTHER GOVERNING BODIES

J. Seymour

Executive Headteacher

01/09/19

N/A

All

None

Executive Headteacher

Vacant

Staff

Staff

N/A

None

None

None

Vacant

Local Authority

Governors

N/A

None

None

None

Vacant

Co-opted

Governors

N/A

None

None

None

Vacant

Co-opted

Governors

N/A

None

None

None

S Owen

Parent

Parents

4 – 23.02.24

None

None

None

J Olukoya

Parent

Parents

4 – 23.02.24

None

None

None

L. Cairns

Foundation

Diocese

4 – 20.02.24

Resources

Chair of Resources

Instinctif Partners - Bookkeeper

K. Palumbo

Foundation

Diocese

4 – 07.08.21

Resources

Vice Chair

None

A. Akanya

Foundation

Diocese

4 – 01.09.22

Resources

None

 

None

Vacant

Foundation

Diocese

N/A

None

None

None

Vacant

Foundation

Diocese

N/A

None

None

None

Vacant

Foundation

Diocese

N/A

None

None

None

Fr. M. Ezenwammadu

Foundation

Diocese

4 – 10.01.22

None

None

Parish Priest

Vacant

Foundation

Diocese

N/A

None

None

None

C. Lamptey

Foundation

Diocese

4 – 29.08.21

Resources

None

The Larder - Owner

P. Barber

Foundation

Diocese

4 – 16.06.23

Resources

None

Self-employed supporting schools in all aspects of governance.

Governor at Bonus Pastor Catholic College, St Mary Magdalen’s, and St Matthew Academy

Clerk to Governors at All Saints CE School, St Margaret’s School, St John Baptist CE School, Downderry School, Consultant to Education Commission, & Croydon LA Governance Trainer.