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Meet the Governors



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.

School Governor further Information (Date of Appointment/ Date of Leaving)

Chair of Governors


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


The role of the Governing Body is to:

  • Help shape the vision and direction of the school
  • Have a good understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the school
  • Support and challenge the senior management team
  • Hold the school to account for the educational standards it achieves and the quality of education it provides
  • Ensure that the school fulfils its statutory duties and the duties determined by the Bishop
  • Monitor, review and develop plans and policies for effective school improvement


How does it work?

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. 



Communication with the Governing Body

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 an experienced Chair of Governors, I relish my role in enabling the whole community to grow in faith and have faith in growing. 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”

Fr Alan.  




Ian Uppington – Foundation Governor


I have been part of the governing body for three years. I have recently changed from being a Parent governor to a Foundation governor.


I have two children who currently attend St George’s. My main purpose for being a governor is to ensure all children experience the best start in life by being provided with a high quality education within a safe, secure, nurturing and friendly environment. To achieve this I am proud to be part of such an experienced and friendly leadership team who not only ensure that all children have access to a wide and varied curriculum but ensure children have the spiritual well-being to grow in faith and have faith in growing.




Sue Lombardo - Parent Governor 

I am very proud to be a parent governor here at St George’s Voluntary Academy. I work at a local Pre School and am currently studying a Foundation Degree in Children and Young People’s Services at Derby University.  I am married to James and I have six children, three of whom currently attend St George’s.  My main reason for wanting to be a governor is to support and assist the dedicated senior leadership team in their journey to ensure optimum learning opportunities are available for all children in a happy and safe environment.

My hobbies are family life and learning and I feel honoured to have the opportunity to build upon my current knowledge in addition to being part of the catholic life in the school.



Brendan Drake - Parent Governor 

I really enjoy my role in school, having two children at St. George's - one in KS1 and one in KS2. I feel that this helps me to have a good overview of school life. I also work in a secondary school in a pastoral role. This has equipped me with the necessary skills to carry out my role as Safeguarding governor. My job role means that I can bring lots of experience and understanding of pupils' needs to strategic decision making in school.