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About our Governing Body

All schools in England have a Governing Body which is responsible for overseeing many of the strategic decisions of the school. A key role is to act as a ‘critical friend’: to support, to challenge, to ask questions, ultimately to represent the school community.

The Governing Body works in close partnership with the Headteacher, staff, Archdiocese and the Local Authority. Whilst the Headteacher is, of course, responsible for the day to day running of the school, the Governors are involved with such things as staffing, curriculum, school buildings and finance. It ensures the school functions well and maintains the full range of academic and social objectives.

Who are we?

St John Fisher Catholic Primary School Governing Body Constitution is as follows:-

The Governing Body consists of:-

  • Seven Foundation Governors
  • One Elected Staff Governor
  • One appointed Local Authority Governor
  • Two Elected Parent Governors
  • Headteacher

The standard term of office for a governor is four years. The chair and vice-chair are elected at the first meeting of the academic year and serve a two year term of office. Governors are very much in support of succession planning hence the election of chair and vice-chair ever two years; after two years the chair hands over to the vice-chair who supports the new vice-chair in ‘getting ready’ to ‘drive’ the governing body and school in raising standards.

Testimonial from previous Parent Governor- Mrs Stanners

“Even though my time as Parent Governor has been short I have thoroughly enjoyed it and found the role most rewarding. St John Fisher is a school I am proud to say I have had involvement with and my daughter has thrived beyond expectations. Thank you very much for allowing me to be part of an amazing team which I am sure will go from strength to strength”.

The Governing Body of St John Fisher Catholic Primacy School is currently:-

Mr Daryl Oprey

Chair of Governing Body

Foundation Governor: August 2020 – August 2024

Member of Standards and Quality Committee, Finance, Personnel and Environment Committee (Chair), Admissions Committee

Attendance: FGB meetings and relevant committees

“ I have been a Foundation Governor since September 2016 after over 30 years in the Fire and Rescue Service. I have extensive knowledge and experience of ensuring Corporate and Strategic plans are understood and how to make them work. As a National lead for Equality and Inclusion I also have a lot of experience in ensuring that policies are applied in a fair and ethical way. In my short time as governor of our great school family I know I can help and really look forward to making our school as enjoyable and successful as it can be.”

Mrs Catherine Gilhooley – Vice Chair of Governing Body

Elected Parent Governor

Parent Elected Governor: July 2019 – July  2023
Member of: Standards and Quality Committee
Attendance: FGB meetings and relevant committees

“As a parent of two children at St John Fisher, one in Year 1 and one Nursery, I  value the opportunity to help strengthen the school’s commitment to deliver good quality of education.

As Governor Support Officer for the Local Authority I feel I have the skills and knowledge to strengthen the board, providing support to the school and challenge when needed. I am also a Local Authority governor in another primary school, so I have experience of being on a  school governing board. I was previously a family support manager in a social care team for 9 years and I feel my strengths are in safeguarding, ensuring that policies and procedures are in place and adhered to.

I am looking forward to working with the other governors, senior leaders, staff, children and parents in the school continuing to see St John Fisher achieve its full potential and shine!”

Mr Graham Ennis

Foundation Governor

Foundation Governor: January 2020 – January 2024
Member of the Standards and Quality Committee
Attendance: FGB meetings and relevant Committees 

“ I am a Senior Local Authority HR Officer and as my children attended St John Fisher I feel a strong sense of involvement in all aspects of the school. I use my skills to support the school in strategic decision process and look for the better outcomes for all concerned.”

Pamela Langan

Foundation Governor

Foundation Governor: November 2018 – November 2022
Member of: Finance, Personnel and Environment Committee
Attendance: All FGB meetings and relevant committees

“I joined the governing body when my child joined reception in 2018. As a parent, resident and parishioner of Knowsley Village, I wanted to support St John Fisher Catholic Primary School in achieving their Mission and Vision. With a background in business analysis, training and career coaching I bring a variety of skills to the board. I am committed to working closely with the board and the school to ensure every child gets the best possible education at St John Fisher Catholic Primary.”

Mrs Sue Orme

Local Authority Governor

LA Governor until: April 2018 – 2022
Member of:  Standards and Quality Committee
Attendance: FGB meetings and relevant Committees 

I have been employed in Education for almost 30 years from class teacher through to Headteacher. At present I am self-employed and within this role I provide bespoke support to school staff within various capacities – teachers, TAs and senior staff. Additionally, I am an NPQML/SL/H accredited Assessor and online Facilitator.”

Mrs Val Fillingham

Staff Governor 

Staff Governor July 2019 – July 2023
Member of:  Inclusion and Safeguarding Committee, one of two Safeguarding Governors
Attendance: FGB meetings and relevant committees

I am Learning Mentor in school and a member of the Inclusion and Safeguarding Committee. I am committed to ensuring that all our children in school, whatever their ability are kept safe and are able to reach their full potential. I have been a Foundation Governor at a large Knowsley Junior school for ten years where I hold the position of Link Governor for SEND and Chair of the Curriculum and Policies Committee.”

Mrs Christine Smith 

Foundation Governor

Foundation Governor: July 2020 – July 2024

A member of: Standards and Quality, RE Governor

Attendance: FGB meetings and relevant committees

“I am delighted to join the Governing Body of St John Fisher Catholic Primary School.  I began my teaching career here over 25 years ago and thoroughly enjoyed serving the school community as a teacher, member of the SLT and teacher governor here until 2009.  I have since worked at a junior school in Halton and am now a Senior Lecturer in Primary Education at Liverpool John Moores University.  I am keen to use my years of experience in education and my passion for Catholic education in Knowsley, where I have lived for my entire life, to contribute to the continued high performance of this wonderful school as a member of its outstanding governing body.” 

Mrs Victoria Williams

Elected Parent Governor

Parent Elected Governor: 29th March 2021 to 28th March 2025
Member of: TBC
Attendance: FGB meetings and relevant committees

As a Parent Governor at St John Fishers Primary School, I am interested in playing an active role in supporting the school in making the important decisions that need to be made. I have two daughters who currently attend the school, and I welcome the opportunity to ensure that the educational performance of the school is maintaining high standards for all pupils.

I wholeheartedly embrace the school ethos and the “At St John Fisher we shine” motto really encapsulates a clear vison of encouragement to work hard to both the pupils and parents.

I have experience in the Education Sector, as a Secondary School Science Teacher, as well as over 10 years’ experience in Management in Banking. These occupations have developed my management skills, people skills as well as my organisational skills which will assist me in my role as a Parent Governor at St John Fisher.”

Vacancy – Foundation Governor

Foundation Governor:
A member of :
Attendance: FGB Meetings and relevant Committee

Vacancy – Foundation Governor

Foundation Governor:

Member of:
Attendance: All FGB meetings and relevant committees

Vacancy – Foundation Governor

Foundation Governor: 

A member of:
Attendance: FGB Meetings and relevant committees

Former Governors

Mrs Claire Shenton

Elected Parent Governor

Parent Elected Governor until – December 2020
Member of: Finance, Personnel and Environment Committee, Digital Lead Governor
Attendance: FGB meetings and relevant committees

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