Our Governing Body consists of seven foundation Governors who are nominated by our parish priest, Canon Nunan and appointed to act by the Diocese. We have two elected parent governors who are voted for by our parents, one elected teacher governor voted for by school staff 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
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.
Tim Hodgson – Foundation Governor
Chair of Governors
As a Foundation Governor I have so far really enjoyed my post and hope to be able to continue to contribute 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.
Joanne Dent – Foundation Governor
Vice Chair of Governors
Chair of the Resources Committee
I am a mum of twin boys who attend 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 Resource 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.
Canon John Nunan – Foundation Governor
Chair of the Catholic Life Committee
I became the Parish Priest of St Joseph’s and a Foundation Governor of St Joseph’s Catholic Primary 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 I am heavily involved in the Sacramental preparation programme. I am a member of the Resources Committee and the Catholic Life Committee and I am very proud to be part of this outstanding school.
Kathleen Alderson – Parent Governor
Chair of Teaching & Learning Committee
As a new member of the Governing body I am really looking forward to supporting the great work that the school does. I am a mother of two children, one who attends St Joseph’s. I have a background in primary education and have classroom experience as well as knowledge of recruitment, safeguarding, teaching and learning, assessment and Ofsted expectations. I am a practising Catholic and have studied the CCRS to explore how faith can enhance the school curriculum. As a parent, I hope that I can work effectively between the school staff and the parents.
Eleanor Foster – Parent Governor
Chair of Pupil Support Committee
I am new to the role as parent governor having been elected in early 2019. However, I’ve been connected to the school for over 7 years since my daughter started in Foundation Stage 2, with both my children since flourishing within the environment the school provides. With this experience, I can empathise with other parents as to their hopes, expectations and concerns for their children as they progress through the school. I hope to use this experience and the skills developed from my day job as a solicitor to contribute positively to the school’s future and maximise the educational opportunities for all our children. I’m looking forward to the challenge.
Conall Kelly – Foundation Governor
Jayne Ward – Teacher Governor
I am the Deputy Head Teacher and Year 6 teacher here at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School. 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.
Rob Norton – Foundation Governor
I have lived in Wetherby for 10 years and have two daughters, both of whom have flourished through the course of their time and as a result of the teaching and community at St Josephs. As a new Foundation Governor, appointed in late Summer 2019, I look forward to making a contribution to the School and to offering something in return (as cliched as that may sound). I am a practising Catholic and believe in the benefits the Catholic ethos may have for the well-being and education of children. I am a Solicitor with over 20 years’ experience, including managing projects and teams and developing individuals, as such I hope that some of the skills that I have picked up along the way will be of use to the School in my role as a Foundation Governor.
Sarah Welborn – Parent Governor
As a new parent governor to the Governing body, I am really looking forward to engaging with the whole school community. As a practising teacher and with my experiences as a senior leader in a secondary school, I am very aware of the constraints and issues of working within the education sector. As a parent with children at both primary and secondary schools I also understand the impact this has on them. I am hoping with these experiences I can bring greater insight into the issues raised and help the school and our community to continue to thrive.
There are no currently no conflicts of interest in our Governing Body for the academic year 2020-21.
Annual Governance Statements
Record of Governors Meetings and Attendance: