Governing Body

Our Governing body consists of seven foundation Governors who are appointed to act by the Diocese. We have two elected parent governors, one elected teacher governor and one representative from the local political parties. The Term of Office for all Governors is 4 years. Our Governors support our school and bring their own expertise and experience to help inform the school.

All correspondence to the Governing Body should be addressed to:-

Clerk to the Governors,  St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Barleyfields Road, Wetherby, LS22 6PR

Chair of Governors Mrs Joanne Parascandolo
Vice Chair Mr Harry Chapman
Clerk to the Governors Mrs Patricia Goodby

Meet the Governors

Louise Milivojevic – Headteacher

I am delighted to be Head Teacher at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School and we are blessed with an extremely committed and hardworking team of staff and governors. I am dedicated to ensuring we continue to provide the very best opportunities and education for our children and am very proud of our strong catholic ethos.

I have been at St Joseph’s for 9 years and have been a member of the governing body for 5 years. During my time at the school I have taught in upper key stage 2 and lead assessment, standards and RE before taking over as Head Teacher in September 2016.

My specialist areas have included monitoring progress and attainment, managing interventions and personalised learning, inclusion, performance management, safeguarding and whole school development.

In my capacity as Head Teacher I am a member of the resources, pupil support, teaching and learning and catholic life sub-committees.

Joanna Parascandolo – Foundation Governor

As an architect and business owner I have a number of skills that assist the governing body at St Joseph’s. My professional qualifications are particularly useful in the resources committee and the strategic development of the school’s built environment. As a business owner I am able to deal with a number of other aspects such as time management, budgeting and forecasting, personnel and recruitment and marketing.I am a mother of four children who have all attended St Joseph’s and as a parent I am able to relate to parents’ views about their children’s education and wellbeing at school. I am a practising Catholic and I am able to assist in the Catholic Life of the school through the sub-committee and through being actively involved in our links with the Parish.

Harry Chapman – LEA Governor

I have been an LEA Governor at this great school for over 15 years. I am also a Town Councillor and past Mayor of Wetherby, a town that I am very proud of! My family consists of Jean my wife and two daughters who are now both adults with one living in Sydney Australia and the other in Harewood.  I am a keen golfer (although a bad one) having played for over 50 years and go to the gym twice a week as well as doing some cycling and running. Did the Wetherby 10k this year for the first time. In fact, this year was the first time I had ever run at all!! If I can do it anyone can.

Canon John Nunan – Foundation Governor

I became the Parish Priest of St Joseph’s and a Foundation Governor of St Joseph’s school in August 2005.  I am a familiar face around school celebrating Mass and popping into classrooms to support religious learning, as directed by the Headteacher. I regularly hold Mass in school and am heavily involved in the Sacramental preparation programme. I am a member of the Resources Committee and Catholic Life Committee and am very proud to be part of this outstanding school.

Anthony Ruane – Foundation Governor

I am a retired solicitor having been a partner in a major law firm. As an owner of a business and a lawyer I was involved in dealing with all the requirements of a large business and those of individual clients. My experience and qualifications are particularly useful in addressing the HR, financial, and property needs of the school and I currently sit on the School’s Resources Committee which covers those areas. I am a parishioner at St.Joseph’s and both my children attended St. Joseph’s School. I am keen to ensure that the Catholic Life and educational attainment is maintained, and enhanced where possible.

Tim Hodgson – Foundation Governor

I will have been a Foundation Governor for nearly a year now and I have so far really enjoyed my post and hope to be able to contribute more towards helping this great school. My day job is running a commercial and residential property company based in Harrogate and we are currently on site building a small development of houses in Farsley, Leeds.   Outside of work I spend a lot of time in the gym and play football once a week. Health and fitness seems to be a big part of my time and I have just entered the Harewood 10k again at the end of Feb, which is fun but cold and muddy! I am also a season ticket holder at LUFC and have been for over 10 years… which I guess is dedication? I try and play golf regularly but finding the time is very difficult, especially with a young family.

Jayne Ward Staff Governor

I am the Deputy Head Teacher and Year 6 teacher. I love teaching Year 6 as it’s the children’s last year at primary school, so I work hard to ensure that it’s their best year!    I am also the Teacher Governor and bring skills to the Governing Body as a current classroom practitioner and as a senior leader with a wide range of responsibilities including Teaching and Learning, Safeguarding, NQT mentoring, and performance management of teachers.

I also thoroughly enjoy working as a Specialist Leader of Education in Leadership and Management for St Anthony’s Teaching School Alliance. I have supported Year 6 teachers and senior leaders as part of school to school support in the areas of assessment, teaching and learning, writing including for greater depth, guided reading and maths.   I love making a difference to teaching and learning for all the children in my class, throughout school and across schools through school to school support. I feel enormous pride when I connect with a child to motivate them to achieve their very best. I feel the same pride when I can offer support by sharing good practice with other professionals who may need help too.

Leonora Tate – Foundation Governor

I was appointed as a Foundation Governor in October 2015, and have attended all of the Full Governing Body and Catholic Life meetings since.  I am an active member of St Joseph’s Parish in Wetherby, and am involved with Children’s Liturgy, First Communion Preparation and the Repository.  I am a parent of three children at St Joseph’s School (Ralph Y4, Lena Y2, Rufus FS1) and as such I am familiar to the teachers and parents. I help to run the school’s Mini Vinnies, the young people’s arm of the St Vincent de Paul Society, which was introduced to our school very successfully last year and continues to grow.
I am also a co-director of a local Leeds car repair business, where I work part time alongside my husband.

Joanne Dent – Foundation Governor

I am a mum of twin boys who are currently in year 3 at St Joseph’s and I work as a Business Consultant in the transport industry sector and with local Small & Medium Enterprise businesses (SME’s). As well as being a member of the full governing body team I also form part of the Finance Committee. My subject area is English and my specific responsibilities have included Looked After Children. I am new to the role look forward to learning more about our fantastic school whilst fulfilling the Governor role, which I see as a bridging role between: – listening to parents; – supporting the Head and all the team who work at the school;  – ensuring the school remains closely aligned with our diocese, our catholic life and the curriculum; – and, most importantly, being part of the whole school management/ governing team that ensures our children are given the best all round education in their primary years and feel confident and well prepared for their life in secondary school.   I run my own business which is an independent organisation delivering a range of services across the private and public sector. I work on transport projects, on local private SME businesses and in the voluntary sector (non-fee paying work). I have an MSc in Human Resource management and have spent the last 27 years working with and managing people in both transport operations and in major scheme project management. I look forward to seeing you around the school.

Chris Harman – Parent Governor

I have been a Parent Governor for over 4 years and really enjoy the role. I have 3 children, one who still attends the school and 2 who have now moved on to St John Fishers. It has been fantastic to watch the school grow, develop and improve over the last 10 years and now as a Governor I feel proud to be able to support the school and to help it continue to be an Outstanding place learn and teach.

I work freelance as an Artist in schools and spend a lot of my time running den building days in schools. I have worked in over 500 primary schools, as well as many other educational settings, and feel this knowledge and insight is a valuable asset in my role as a Governor.

My own art practice has allowed me to work and exhibit in some amazing places including The Yorkshire Sculpture Park, The Hepworth and Leeds Art Gallery. When I’m not busy with my Art Practice I also run an Antique/Salvage business. We have a shop in Boston Spa and a Warehouse just outside of Wetherby.

When not at work I love spending time with my family, following Leeds United and I also coach two football teams.

Kirsty Atkinson – Parent Governor

As a Catholic parent and teacher I am very proud of the school our children go to. I am passionate about education and want the very best for our children. My ten years primary teaching experience has helped me to bring many important skills to the role of parent governor, particularly on the teaching and learning committee. I have worked with children in a large variety of schools and have been privileged to have taught every year group from nursery to year 6. I currently work part-time as a teacher in North Yorkshire.

The majority of my teaching experience has been in nursery, reception and Year 1. This assists me significantly in my role as EYFS governor. I have three children, Sophie (6), Lucy (4) and Owen (1). As a mother I understand how essential the partnership between school and parents is to enable a successful primary education.

My creativity and design degree has helped me to develop fun, exciting and challenging school curriculums. It also aids me in thinking of innovative and original solutions. In my spare time I enjoy using my teaching skills to deliver children’s liturgy at St Joseph’s Church.

Annual Governance Statement 2017-18 Part 1

Annual Governance Statement 2017-18 Part2


Record of Governors Meetings and attendance:-

Governors Attendance Record 2017 2018

Governors Attendance Record 2016 2017    

Archive – Governors Attendance Sept 2012 to July 2016

Governors Newsletters

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