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.
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.
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
Mrs Karan O’Connor
Foundation Governor. Term expires 22 September 2023
Board Role. Chair of Governors
Karan has been has been a Foundation school governor for over 5 years and previously served as a parent governor at St Georges from 2000-2004 As an experienced voluntary Parish Assistant to our parish priest Fr Alan Burbidge for 18 years Karan was approached by the Diocese of Nottingham to help with the formation of a new Governing Body following the end term of office of four Foundation Governors and the transition of St Georges school in becoming part of a Multi-Academy. Karan is a worshiping member of our parish and lives locally..
Mrs Karan O’Connor Statement.
I became a Governor to assist in the management of the schools by utilising my expertise and experience to ensure the school is run effectively and that all pupils receive the best educational outcomes possible. I am truly committed in ensuring every child reaches their full potential and gains the passion for life-long learning with Christ at the centre. I enjoy being part of the school community and working with the excellent leadership team and staff who continue to develop and provide engaging educational and enrichment opportunities to enable pupils to develop their creativity and tenacity for life long learning. I recognise the contribution a Catholic Education has to make in both valuing and enhancing the rich diversity found within our communities. My experience as a Governor has given me a deep commitment to contribute and support our School, our Muti AcademyTrust and our local community, I believe that the incredible synthesis we have within our School and the Trust creates such an atmosphere of warmth and security and is intimately bound thus ensuring our identity as a Catholic School with Christ at it centre.
Vice - Chair Governors
Canon Alan Burbidge
Foundation Governor. Term Expires 31.08.2023
Board Role. Vice-Chair Governors
Fr Alan has been a Foundation Governor at St Georges for 27 years. Fr Alan’s current role is that of of Vice Chair having served 22 years as Chair. Fr Alan is a regular visitor to the school, spending time with staff, parents and pupils. Fr Alan role includes Patrol care and supporting the Catholic life of the School. Parish life keeps Fr Alan very busy, the parish has a large outreach programme looking after the Travelling Community and the large diverse Catholic Community in Derby.
Canon Alan Burbidge Statement
As Parish Priest of the Parishes of St. Georges & Holy Spirit my main role and responsibility as a foundation governor is to strengthen the links between parish and school. I also act as chaplain to the school community which involves a pastoral concern as well as participation in the sacramental life of Saint George’s Catholic academy’s ,staff and the families of our pupils. Our Catholic faith schools were once a ‘gift’ from the church to the faithful , the school were built by the parishes in which they serve 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 their very presence. . “Blessing in the Name of the Lord”
Foundation Governor. Term expires
Godwin Kudawoo is a retired Health Safety and Environmental Consultant who has worked in industry. He has had experience as a Parent Governor during the primary school years of his children who are now in their late thirties / early forties. He has eleven grandchildren, the youngest who turned one year old in August.
During his years in industry he was mentor in the local primary school while working in the South West.
Godwin was commissioned as a Key Catechist while working in St Joseph the Worker in Luton. He assisted in preparing Confirmation group of Students for many years in Luton. He was a Reader in St Joseph’s, St Martin de Porres and Holy Ghost Parishes in Luton. Having retired to Derby, he has been commissioned as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion for St Joseph's and St George's Parishes, Derby.
Godwin Kudawoo Personal Statement
I have been blessed with watching my grandchildren grow. I have seen at first hand, the dedication of their teachers. I feel honoured to have been asked to become a Foundation Governor. I worship at St Joseph's and St George's where I am an altar server, a Eucharistic Minister and a Reader. Having seen the dedication of the team at St George's Academy, I would like to make a contribution from my life experiences into the lives of the students. I believe that education ultimately points to God. My Roman Catholic faith gives me the desire to make an input that will help lead the children closer to the Lord Jesus.
Parent Governor. Term expires 31.08.2021
I chose to be a Governor at St George’s to give something back to the school and the community that supported my boys through the start of their education. I felt I was able to support the school through the experiences I have gained as my role of ChildProtection Officer and Family Support Worker at a Grammar school in Ashbourne. My role as Safeguarding Governor covers working with the senior leadership team and the child protection officer at St George’s to support the school to be a safe, happy and thriving environment for the students to be part of.
Mrs Sue Lombardo
Parent Governor. Term expires 31.08.2021
Sue has been a parent Governor for nearly two years and is in the process of transferring to a foundation governor. Sue has six children, three of whom have attended St George’s Voluntary Academy and works as a Deputy Manager at a local Preschool, therefore is familiar with the implementation of policies associated with legislation, partnership working, safeguarding and commitment to ensuring every child has good quality experiences that contribute to their learning.
My reasons for becoming a Governor were twofold. With St Georges being a feeder school for my own setting, establishing a relationship beyond the parental partnership already formed meant that I could utilise my knowledge to support the management of the school in their aim to provide optimal learning opportunities to every child. I also wanted to contribute something back to the school my children attend/ed. I enjoy being part of the school community and engaging with the Head and the senior leadership team in their determination to ensure the educational experiences and resources they provide develop and enhance each child’s education and cultural capital. Catholic life is reflected throughout provision and practice where the value of our multifaceted and multicultural community is embraced thus ensuring every child feels special.