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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

Gemma Kay

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
Foundation Governor

Charlotte Rowley

Foundation Governor
Co-Opted Governor

John Wheeler

Co-Opted Governor

Not pictured: 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.


Full Governing Board details

Full nameType of GovernorTerm of Office/Date of appointmentDate they finishedWho appointed them
Mrs Donna ArrowsmithFoundation13/03/23 - 12/03/27Members
Mr Nick AtkinsCo-Opted31/03/20 - 30/03/24Governing Board
Mrs Victoria BowersParent01/03/23 - 28/02/27Parent Body
Prof Aggie ChidlowParent01/09/21 - 31/08/25Parent Body
Mrs Emma DeciccoFoundation01/09/21 - 31/08/25Members
Mr Jim DevineFoundation23/10/21 - 22/10/2506/06/23Members
Mr Steve FlatherCo-Opted22/11/19 - 21/11/2321/11/23Governing Board
Dr Madnisa GreeneFoundation14/03/23 - 13/03/27Members
Ms Gemma KayCo-Opted01/03/23 - 28/02/27Governing Board
Miss Rachel LaverCo-Opted02/02/21 - 01/02/2516/06/23Governing Board
Mrs Catherine MachinStaff27/11/20 - 26/11/2423/09/22Staff Body
Miss Kirstie Moore
Foundation01/09/21 - 31/08/25Members
Mr Ian Munton
Co-Opted01/09/21 - 31/08/2507/02/23Governing Board
Mrs Chioma Okolo
Parent01/09/21 - 31/08/2504/07/23Parent Body
Mrs Adele OvendenFoundation02/05/23 - 01/05/27Members
Mrs Amanda PearsonStaff14/12/18 - 13/12/2213/12/22Staff Body
Mrs Liz PlumbParent01/09/21 - 31/08/25Parent Body
Mrs Catherine PointonFoundation01/09/21 - 31/08/2527/03/23Members
Ms Melissa RobertsStaff (Headteacher)Ex OfficioN/A
Mrs Charlotte RowleyFoundation25/10/23 - 24/10/27Members
Mrs Victoria SarwarFoundation01/09/21 - 31/08/25Members
Mrs Sarah ScottFoundation13/04/20 - 12/04/24Members
Mr Ross Selby
Foundation01/03/22 - 28/02/26Members
Dr John WheelerCo-Opted26/09/23 - 25/09/27Governing Board
Mr Daniel WilkinsonStaff27/11/20 - 26/11/24Staff 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.