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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 governors, please email the Clerk to the Governors on

Current Governors


Sarah Scott

Vice Chair

Nick Atkins

Vice Chair
Vice Chair

Ross Selby

Vice Chair

Melissa Roberts

Foundation Governor

Victoria Sarwar

Foundation Governor
Co-Opted Governor

Steve Flather

Co-Opted Governor
Parent Governor

Aggie Chidlow

Parent Governor
Parent Governor

Liz Plumb

Parent Governor
Parent Governor

Vicky Bowers

Parent Governor
Staff Governor

Dan Wilkinson

Staff Governor

Not pictured: Ms Gemma Kay, Co-Opted Governor.

Mrs Donna Arrowsmith, Mrs Emma Decicco, Dr Mandisa Greene, 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 governor can act independently without proper authority from the full governing board. All governors carry equal responsibility for decisions made, and although appointed through different routes, the overriding concern of all governors 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 Governor information tab.

We are proud of our students!


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 A2 students pass their courses, with 62% achieving A* to B grades, and 32% achieving A* or A grades.


St. Joseph’s College is delighted to have maintained its ‘Outstanding’ status at its most recent Ofsted inspection in 2014.