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St Bernadette's School Governance


The key role of the school’s Governing Body is to recruit, appoint and support the best teachers and staff to ensure the highest possible level of education and care for those children placed in our care; within a framework of effective Governance.

To achieve these aims we work closely with MK Local Authority (MKLA) and as a Catholic School within the Vision, Values and Strategies of Northampton Dioceses (NORES) and the Department for Education (DfE)

There are 14 Governors. Foundation Governors are appointed by His Lordship the Bishop of Northampton Catholic Dioceses, The Right Reverend Peter J H Doyle. One Governor is appointed by Milton Keynes Council.

2 Governors are elected by parents and 1 Governor by the staff. The Board took a decision to co-opt an additional staff Governor.

The Governing Body meets once a term and in between these meetings the Committees meet to work on individual devolved duties in line with their agreed terms of reference. The Head Teacher sits on all Committees, and the Chair of each Committee reports formally to the Board.

Each Governor may take on a lead role depending on their key skills.

These roles include Board Chair, a role which was first held by Mr J Brandon through commissioning and opening of the school over 10yrs ago. Mr Brandon held this post, providing effective leadership to the Board through the school’s many stages of early development, handing over to Mr R Gordon in 2011, who provided successful leadership and direction for 4yrs to 2015.

We are fortunate that our school community has shown tremendous interest and support throughout this time and we are confident as we go forward to meet the challenges and changes ahead that by continuing to work closely with the NORES, MKLA and our parents and local community St Bernadette’s will continue to provide the best education possible in an efficient, effective and transparent manner.

It is this support and the hard work of our staff and Governors and by demonstrating total commitment to our Values that the school achieved outstanding status in recent Inspections, by OFSTED Inspection in June 2014 and NORES RE in October 2015.

Together we aim to maintain and build upon that success in the year ahead.


Mary McGowan
Chair of Governors


2016/2017 Governors   

Ms M McGowan- Chair Of Governors
Geoff Callan - Foundation Governor

Ruby Anugwom - Foundation Governor

Mr D Johnson- Foundation Governor
Dr A Moro – Foundation Governor
Mr A Misso - Foundation Governor

Mrs G Munyongani - Foundation Governor

Mrs C Atkinson - Parent Appointed Governor

Mrs J Collymore - Parent Appointed Governor
Mrs E Molloy - Staff Governor
Mr S Penny - Staff Governor

Ms F Vines - Clerk to Governors


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