St Norbert's
Catholic Primary School

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Governors

The Governing Board's aim is to work closely with the Headteacher, the Assistant Headteacher, and the staff, in order to help the children at the school achieve their full potential, in a happy, caring environment.

The key elements in achieving this aim are listed below:

  • Monitoring the performance and progress of all the children at the school.
  • Supporting the staff to teach and care for the children.
  • In discussion with the Headteacher, ensuring that the resources of the school are best utilised.
  • Forward planning with the Headteacher and Assistant Headteacher to ensure that the overall performance of staff, children, and hence the school, continues to improve.

To enable the Governors to achieve these objectives, the Board is made up of key groups within the school, parents, staff, the Local Authority, the Church and the community. Some of the Governors are appointed by the Diocese, whilst others are elected.

The Board generally meets once a term; a number of sub-committees focus on finance, staffing, buildings, health and safety and the curriculum. Individual members of the Governing Body focus on particular subjects, ie. Maths, English, ICT, etc.

If you would like to contact the Governing Board please write to Mrs R Nicolaou, Clerk to the Governors, Saint Norbert’s School, Tollgate, Spalding PE11 1NJ

Governors Declaration of Interests- It is a requirement that Governors register any interests. Saint Norbert's Governing Board have had 2 Governors register their business interests. Mrs Janet Havemann Bowser- Art Therapist and Mrs Phil Callow- ARK ICT. Mr Phil Callow is also a Governor at another school. 

Governors Code of Conduct                                                         

 Governors Roles and Responsibilities

 

Janet Havemann Bowser – Chair of Governors
Being a parent and working with children, as an Art Psychotherapist, has fuelled my interest in education.  I have recently become a foundation governor and have enjoyed furthering my knowledge of the educational system and child development.  I believe that all the decisions made by the governing body should strive to allow every child the opportunity to fulfil their potential.  As a parent, I feel privileged to be involved in the strategic direction of the school and actively participate in the strong Catholic ethos of St Norbert’s.

Christine McManamon – Vice Parent Foundation Governor
I became a Foundation Governor five years ago and in that time I have seen our School go from strength to strength recently culminating in an outstanding grade from Ofsted. I enjoy being actively involved in the school and appreciate the hard work and dedication the staff contribute to the school's on-going development.  I am also involved with the Friends of St Norbert's and enjoy getting the children and parents involved in the fundraising process. During Governor monitoring visits I have been impressed with the fantastic atmosphere and the impeccable behaviour of the children. I hope to continue as a Governor and contribute further to the School.

Simon Pick – Chair General Foundation Governor
I am a parishioner of St Norbert’s church and have carried out the role of Foundation Governor at the school since October 2012. My daughter was a pupil at St Norbert’s school from September 2005 to July 2012.  I serve on the finance sub-committee and have a particar responsibility for pupil premium and sport funding ensuring we spend monies allocated wisely to benefit all pupils.In my professional life I am a Watch Manager in Norfolk Fire and Rescue service and have completed twenty years’ service. Being a member of a team is an essential part of my work life and it has been a privilege to be part of the St Norbert’s governing body for the past 3 years. The hard work and dedication of the governors and staff ensures that all the children receive the best start possible and are prepared for their future, irrespective of social or ethnic background. 
Father James Burke – Parish Priest and General Foundation Governor
Born in Peterborough, raised up in Deeping St. James, I was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Nottingham in Deeping St. James in 1994 – it was the first ordination to the priesthood in the village since the Reformation! As a priest I have served in St. Barnabas Cathedral, Nottingham (1994-95), St. Mary’s, Derby (1995-99). I was appointed Parish Priest of St. Mary’s, New Mills (1999-2002), St. Patrick’s, Mansfield (2002-08) and here in Spalding since 2008. I have been a Foundation Governor of five schools within the Diocese. I see my position on the governing body first and foremost to provide pastoral support throughout the school community and work with the Senior Management Team to promote the Catholic ethos throughout the school. As 
Malgorzata Derewonko – Parent Foundation Governor
Three of my four children currently attend St Norbert’s School.  I was appointed as a foundation governor four years ago as a committed Catholic parent. Being a Polish national I have a keen interest in understanding the British educational system and supporting other parents and children for whom English is an additional language.  I am part of the Curriculum sub-committee and the link governor for EAL (English as an Additional Language) children.
Based on the school’s achievements, friendly environment and the dedication of the staff, I would recommend Saint Norbert’s Catholic Primary School to anyone.  
Phil Callow – Elected Parent Governor
Parent Governor since 2007, having the goal of being actively involved with the life of the school throughout my children’s journey through St Norbert’s. Having been involved with IT throughout my career and run my own IT company since 2005, I have many operational skills that I hope have been brought to the role of Governor. Having served as a governor for many years already, I have been very involved with the school building project, ICT, Safeguarding and, of course, the confirmation of the governors belief of St Norbert’s as an Outstanding school by Ofsted. I hope to complete 11 years as a governor, by which time I will have helped the school to a superb footing for the future.
 

Anthony E Grunwell- Foundation Governor
I am a Yorkshire man that found himself passing through Spalding in 1990 just for a couple of years. I loved it, so I stayed. Originally, I trained as a professional  musician and violinist but have turned my hand to many things including teaching, working as a Senior Manager on a large Secondary School, Trustee of The Citizens Advice, Commanding Officer of an Air Training Corp, Professional Conductor and Theatre Director and now I run the Spalding Water Taxi Company.

I am a parishioner at The Immaculate Conception and St. Norbert and am delighted to be appointed as a Governor of the local Catholic School where I hope to be very proactive in helping within the school for the benefit of the children and staff. 

 

 

Sam Morton- Staff Governor 

 

 

 

 

Mary Hurst- Foundation Governor
I came to Spalding in 1989 to be Headteacher of Sir John Gleed Girls' High School, until I retired, having taught in a number of large mixed secondary schools in Yorkshire. I have been chair of governors for many years at Spalding Primary School and Surfleet Primary School. Outside education I served as a Director of an NHS Trust Board for  nine years, was a member of the Lincolnshire Police Authority for eight years, am a Parish Councillor for Surfleet and a member of South Holland Singers. As a parishioner of St.Norbert's I am Safeguarding Representative and currently Mission Co-ordinator. As a Foundation Governor I am able to use my skills and experiences to help the school through current changes so that the education provided for the children remains outstanding, delivered by well-qualified and respected staff.

 

  

Name  Governor Category  Date Appointed   Expiry of Office Functional Committee Position Held

Register of Interest including Governance Roles in other Educational Institutions 

Attendance - Full Governors Meetings (2016/2017)   Attendance - Committee Meetings    (2016/2017)
Janet Havemann Bowser  Parent Foundation   Nov-14 Oct-18 All Chair of Governors  Art Psychotherapy Services 6/6 P&P 3/3          Finance &   Premises 5/5 Curriculum 3/3
Phil Callow Elected Parent  Sep-15 Sep 19 P&P (Chair)   Ark ICT; Close friend to member of Staff; Governor at a local Secondary School  5/6 P&P 3/3
Simon Pick Foundation  Oct-16 Sep 20 Finance & Premises Vice Chair of Governors  None 4/6 Finance &   Premises 3/5
Fr James Burke Foundation  Aug-16 Jul-20 P&P/Curriculum   None 2/6 P&P 2/3           Curriculum 2/3
Christine McManamon Parent Foundation   Mar-16 Feb 20 Curriculum (Chair)   None  5/6 Curriculum 2/2
Malgorzata Derewonko Parent Foundation   Mar-16 Feb 20 Curriculum   None  5/6 Curriculum 3/3
Helen Maltby Elected Parent  Dec-16 Dec 20 Finance & Premises (Chair)   None 5/6 Finance &   Premises 5/5
Mary Hurst Foundation  Sept 17 August 21 Pupil & Personnel   None     

Jenna Withers
Headteacher

 

Foundation  June 17    All      None 2/2 

P&P 1/1
Curriculum 1/1
Finance & Premises 1/1

 

 

 

Anthony Grunwell  Foundation  Jan 18   Jan 22          
Resignations:                
Joseph Burns (resigned) Headteacher  Sept 16 May 17     None 2/5 P&P 1/2

Sylvester Okuwadi

(resigned)

LA Sept 15 June 17 All Headteacher None N/A N/A

Jeanette Jameson (resigned)

Staff Governor Sept 13 June 17 Curriculum   None 3/4 Curriculum 2/2

Helen Maltby 

Elected Parent Governor Dec 16 Feb 18 Finance    None 5/5

Finance

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