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The purpose of the Governing Board

The governing board is the College’s accountable board. It is responsible for the conduct of the College, for promoting high standards and for the fostering and preservation of its Catholic ethos.

The governing board aims to ensure that children attend an effective school which provides them with a good education and supports their well being.

Please follow the link to access the latest Governance Handbook which contains departmental advice outlining governors’ roles and duties.

To contact the Trustees, please email the Clerk to the Governors on

Current Trustees

Chair of Governors

Ross Selby

Chair of Governors

Melissa Roberts

Co-Opted Governor

Gemma Kay

Co-Opted Governor
Co-Opted Governor

John Wheeler

Co-Opted Governor
Foundation Governor

Victoria Sarwar

Foundation Governor
Foundation Governor

Charlotte Rowley

Foundation Governor
Staff Governor

Dan Wilkinson

Staff Governor
Parent Governor

Liz Plumb

Parent Governor
Parent Governor

Vicky Bowers

Parent Governor

Not pictured: Mrs Donna Arrowsmith (Vice-Chair), Dr Mandisa Greene (Vice-Chair), Mrs Emma Decicco, Miss Kirstie Moore, and Mrs Adele Ovenden. Foundation Governors

Governor Info

The Governing Board:

  • Ensures clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holds executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • Oversees the financial performance of the organisation and makes sure its money is well spent

Effective governance is based on six key features:

  • Strategic Leadership that sets and champions vision, ethos and strategy.
  • Accountability that drives up educational standards and financial performance.
  • People with the right skills, experience, qualities and capacity.
  • Structures that reinforce clearly defined roles and responsibilities.
  • Compliance with statutory and contractual requirements.
  • Evaluation to monitor and improve the quality and impact of governance.

For the Governing board to carry out its role effectively, governors must be:

  • Prepared and equipped to take their responsibilities seriously
  • Acknowledged as the accountable board by the lead professionals and Trustees
  • Supported by appropriate authorities in that task

In law the governing board is a corporate board, which means that no Trustee can act independently without proper authority from the full board. All Trustees carry equal responsibility for decisions made, and although appointed through different routes, the overriding concern of all Trustees has to be the welfare of the school as a whole.

In line with the St Joseph’s College Conflicts of Interest Policy, a register is kept detailing any business interests of the Governing Board which can be located under the Trustee information tab.


Full Governing Board details


Full name Type of Governor Term of Office/Date of appointment Date they finished Who appointed them
Mrs Donna Arrowsmith Foundation 13/03/23 – 12/03/27   Members
Mr Nick Atkins Co-Opted 31/03/20 – 30/03/24 30/03/24 Governing Board
Mrs Victoria Bowers Parent 01/03/23 – 28/02/27   Parent Body
Prof Aggie Chidlow Parent 01/09/21 – 31/08/25 15/04/24 Parent Body
Mrs Emma Decicco Foundation 01/09/21 – 31/08/25   Members
Mr Jim Devine Foundation 23/10/21 – 22/10/25 06/06/23 Members
Mr Steve Flather Co-Opted 22/11/19 – 21/11/23 21/11/23 Governing Board
Dr Madnisa Greene Foundation 14/03/23 – 13/03/27   Members
Ms Gemma Kay Co-Opted 01/03/23 – 28/02/27   Governing Board
Miss Rachel Laver Co-Opted 02/02/21 – 01/02/25 16/06/23 Governing Board
Mrs Catherine Machin Staff 27/11/20 – 26/11/24 23/09/22 Staff Body
Miss Kirstie Moore Foundation 01/09/21 – 31/08/25   Members
Mr Ian Munton Co-Opted 01/09/21 – 31/08/25 07/02/23 Governing Board
Mrs Chioma Okolo Parent 01/09/21 – 31/08/25 04/07/23 Parent Body
Mrs Adele Ovenden Foundation 02/05/23 – 01/05/27   Members
Mrs Amanda Pearson Staff 14/12/18 – 13/12/22 13/12/22 Staff Body
Mrs Liz Plumb Parent 01/09/21 – 31/08/25   Parent Body
Mrs Catherine Pointon Foundation 01/09/21 – 31/08/25 27/03/23 Members
Ms Melissa Roberts Staff (Headteacher) Ex Officio   N/A
Mrs Charlotte Rowley Foundation 25/10/23 – 24/10/27   Members
Mrs Victoria Sarwar Foundation 01/09/21 – 31/08/25   Members
Mrs Sarah Scott Foundation 13/04/20 – 12/04/24 12/04/24 Members
Mr Ross Selby Foundation 01/03/22 – 28/02/26   Members
Dr John Wheeler Co-Opted 26/09/23 – 25/09/27   Governing Board
Mr Daniel Wilkinson Staff 27/11/20 – 26/11/24   Staff Body


Best ever GCSE results!


Of our students achieved  English and mathematics GCSEs at grades 4 or greater (secure pass).


Of our students achieved English and mathematics GCSEs at grades 5 or greater (good pass).


Of all grades achieved at GCSE were grade 7 or higher.


Of our students achieved grade 7 or higher in 5 or more GCSE subjects.


Of our students were entered for the EBACC


St. Joseph’s College is graded ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted.