Our school is run in accordance with policies set by the governing body. There are fourteen Governors. Eight are appointed by is Bishop Patrick McKinney – these are called Foundation governors. Four governors are elected – two by parents, one by teachers and one by support staff. One Governor is appointed by the Local Education Authority. The Headteacher is also a Governor.
The governing body elects a Chair of Governors every two years. This is currently Mrs. Karan O'Connor she may be contacted at the following address:
|40 Village Street, Old Normanton, Derby DE23 8SZ Tel:01332 767038 firstname.lastname@example.org|
To fulfil all of these roles and responsibilities the Governing Body delegates some of the work to groups of Governors. The whole Governing Body meets at half termly intervals (and sometimes more often) to discuss what is happening at school and plan strategically for the future. In order to ensure all the tasks get the time and attention they deserve, the Governing Body has set up a number of committees. These Committees share the work to cover our responsibilities well and help develop a good understanding of the school, support its work and hold it accountable.
At St George’s we have two major committees which meet termly. They are Personnel, Finance & Premises and Pupils, Curriculum & Standards. The committees are also supported by a Health and Safety Governor.
There are also a number of smaller ad-hoc committees and working parties responsible for single issues such as Admissions, Policies, Pupil Discipline, Staff Grievance, Performance Management, Pay Complaints and so on.
In addition to serving on one or more committees, Governors are each linked to a particular subject area within the curriculum and visit school to help ensure this subject is being delivered and developed within the school.
As a Governing Body we recognise the need for good lines of communication between the parents, pupils, staff, parish, Governing Body and other people who are interested in our school.
We would also encourage you to regularly visit the Governing Body area of this website to find out about more about how the Governing Body works. Of course you may also write to the Chair of Governors (via the school address) at any time.
Personal Messages from the the Governors
Mrs Karan O’Connor - Chair of Governors
As a new Chair of Governors I am looking forward to my role, the Governing body over the last year has seen changes in personnel and the role of Governance within an Academy, but what remains the same is the commitment of the whole Governing body is to work collaboratively with all stakeholders to deliver the best education for every individual child. At present the third generation of my extended family are pupils at St George's, my own son attended over 10 years ago so I know first-hand that you truly benefit from the care, love and consideration you receive and continue to receive by being a part of a Catholic Community. This is what I would wish for every child at St George's. During my sons time I served as a parent Governor, so I understand the time and commitment needed to full fill my current roll. My professional career has been in Education with a degree in Marketing & Communications, but I believe in life long learning and I shall access all training opportunities and keep abreast of developments in education and Governance. I believe a child’s first experience of school instills a love of learning and establishes the key skills that they will use through their life; primary education is vital.
As an active parishioner, my Voluntary role is that of Parish Assistant for our three resident priests, I have already met many parents through arranging family Baptisms and First Holy Communion.
I am truly committed in ensuring every child reaches their full potential and gains the passion for life-long learning with faith and a love for their fellow man, which is crucial in the 21st century. It is a privilege to be part of that at St George's Catholic Voluntary Academy and serve you all as Chair of Governors.
Canon Alan Burbidge- Vice-chair of Governors
I am currently the Vice-chair of Governors having served as Chair of Governors at St George's for 24 years. I have watched the school continually develop during this time and I am proud of its achievements, I see being part of our school governing body as an integral part of my ministry as Parish Priest to the community of St. George's & Holy Spirit. My specific role covers the “Spirit Life” and “Ethos” of the school this covers the most important strands of any catholic school. The ethos of our school does not relate solely to the arrangement whereby we admit baptised Catholic children and teach them. That ‘ethos’ may be understood to be the outward signs and experiences of the teachings of Christ and the Catholic Church in the totality of daily life here at St George's.
I enjoy my role as a governor because it offers me the opportunity to get to know the school community on both formal and informal levels.
As your parish priest I have a particular pastoral focus. The worshipping community of our parish seeks to embrace every child and family, as together we strive for personal progress towards our shared goal: striving for the best of possible outcomes as we all fulfil our potential.
I visit the school on a regular basis to meet the staff and visit the children, myself, Fr Peter and Fr Jude regularly celebrate Mass at school during term time, We aim to become familiar faces to your children and families. Our Catholic schools were once a ‘gift’ from the church to the faithful , but now, in the twenty-first century, these same schools have become a gift to the church. They offer legitimate and creative opportunities for the church to work with children, young people and their families. Collectively they bring a richness to our parish communities through there very presence.
“Blessing in the Name of the Lord”
Julie Young - Support Staff Governor
My role at St George’s Catholic Voluntary Academy is Lead Teaching Assistant and involves working closely with non-teaching staff and feeding back to SLT and the Governing Body.
I have been a Teaching Assistant at St George’s for 15 years and a Support Staff Governor for 4 years, I am proud to be a part of the school community and its ethos. I am passionate about my role in school and as a Governor. I enjoy every aspect of the job, working closely with staff and children.
I feel privileged to be a part of the St George’s team!
Ian Uppington – Parent Governor
I am proud to be an elected parent governor at St George’s Catholic Academy. I have worked for Warburtons for the last 18 years in the Driver Operations Department. My role involves dealing with all aspects of legal compliance, people management and planning budgets.
I am married with two children. My wife is a Deputy Headteacher at another Catholic school. My oldest daughter currently attends St George’s and my son will hopefully join the school next September. I am committed to ensuring all children experience the best start in life by being provided with a high quality education within a safe, secure, nurturing and friendly environment. This is my main purpose for volunteering as a school governor.
Natasha Johnson - Staff Governor
I have recently been elected as staff Governor and am delighted to be given this opportunity. As a past pupil of St George's and a practicing catholic, I am very passionate about being part of this school and its community. I have a first hand experience of what St George's stands for and know just how much of an honour it truly is to be a part of such a wonderful school.
I am fully aware of my responsibilities as a staff Governor and as part of the teaching team. I have been teaching at St Georges for nearly 3 years now and I have enjoyed every moment since the day I first arrived. I find it a privilege to work with such an amazing team and such wonderful children. My aim, as a teacher and Governor, is to ensure that the children "Grow in Faith, Have Faith in Growing".
Julie Broad - Parent Governor
I am really proud to be a parent governor at St Georges as I now have the opportunity work with a great leadership team that are committed and very focused on making our school the best it can be for everyone. I am from Littleover and have lived here all my life. I work at Rolls-Royce as the Company Graduate Development Manager and I have had a 20 year long career in Employee Development, Learning and business. Therefore I am passionate about and believe strongly in enabling everyone to reach their full potential. I am keen to help our school ensure that the environment and opportunities for our children to learn and develop are as inclusive and effective as possible, recognising all our children are unique. I am mum to one child who is now in year 4 and wife to Steve. I have many interests including DIY, photography, walking and shopping!