The aim of the Governing Body at St. Joseph's is to work with the staff in helping the children to achieve their full potential in a happy, caring and Christian environment.

The Governors work closely with the Headteacher to ensure that the school is constantly seen to bear witness to the faith in every aspect of its work and to promote high educational standards.

We do this in four main ways:

  • Monitoring the performance and progress of our children.
  • Working with the staff to help them teach and care for our children.
  • Deciding on how the resources of the school are best used.
  • Planning ahead so that the performance of our children and our school continues to improve.
  • To ensure Admission arrangements are conducted following the school policy.

To deliver this effectively the Governors are representative of all the key groups involved in our school - the Parents, the Staff, the Local Authority, the Community and the Church. Some are appointed and some are elected. All serve for a term of three years.

We meet together at least once a term as a whole Governing Body, and in other committees focused on Finance, Staffing, Premises, Admissions and Curriculum. In addition we each have a specialist subject that we take particular interest in (eg. Numeracy, Literacy, Art, ICT).

We are always keen to hear parents views and we hold a Governor Forum each term, which gaves parents an opportunity to speak to a Governor. We are extremely proud of our school community and its achievements.

Mike McGowan
Chair of Governors

Members of our Governing Body

Name Type of Governor
Mr M McGowan Chair of Governors, Foundation Governor
Mr J Liddle Foundation Governor
Mrs N Parker Foundation Governor
Mrs A Whelan Foundation Governor
Mr P Blagburn Parent Governor
Mrs K McVea Headteacher

Governor Profiles

Mr Paul Blagburn

As a parent governor at St. Joseph’s my role is to help support the school continually improve and enhance all aspects of school life.

I currently have one child at the school and one who is due to start next year. My child enjoys school and I want for all children to experience enjoyment in learning and to gain the skills and knowledge in order to leave primary school as independent, confident individuals who are tolerant and respectful of others.

I am on the standards committee which has oversight of education outcomes and school improvement. I currently work in the Higher Education sector.

Mr Jon Liddle

As a senior business manager in a complex engineering support services business, my role is focused on developing and implementing a strategy to delivering annual budgets and position businesses for growth. I bring this range of experience to my role on the governing body as well as a member of the finance and facilities committees.

The success of our school is also testimony to the dedicated team of teachers and staff who we support as a governing body.

The governing body is only one aspect of the support community which surrounds our school. Central to the life of our school is Our lady of Victories Church and the parishioners who, along with parents of pupils, actively support the many fundraising events organised by the Parent Teachers and Friends Association and the Educational Trust. Through these fundraising efforts we have been able to invest in the school to support its growth and development.

As an active member of our broader support community, I am proud to have been a part of the governing body at St. Joseph's for over 8 years, originally as a parent governor and now as a foundation governor. During this time the school has been through a number of changes, the most significant being the formation of the Corpus Christi Academy Trust.

My objective is to ensure that we continue to work together, as a community, to provide an environment in which the children are happy and are able to thrive and fulfil their potential.

Mr Mike McGowan

I have been Chair of Governors for over eleven years and in that time the Governing body has overseen an almost doubling in size of the school population. I have presided over significant changes within the school structure including, most notably, the formation of the Corpus Christi Multi-academy Trust with four other Catholic primary schools within Leicestershire and Leicester city.

My four children all attended St. Joseph's (as well as an incumbent grandchild) and they all thrived in an environment that is committed to our Christian values and supports the sharing of the Catholic faith. The school looks at each child as an individual and supports that individual development appropriately. It is a place where children feel valued, happy and safe.

St. Joseph's is going from strength to strength as highlighted by the academic performance of the children and the vibrant atmosphere within the school. It is led excellently by our headteacher Mrs McVea, who is backed up by fantastic, dynamic staff. I look forward to the challenges ahead and overseeing the continuing excellence within the school.

Mrs Allie Whelan

As a Foundation Governor at St. Josephs (appointed in 2010), I am a practicing Catholic and help in overseeing that the Catholic vision and character of our school is upheld. I also sit on the Board of Directors for the Corpus Christi Multi Academy Trust. I am actively involved in various aspects of the life of Our Lady of Victories Church; co-ordinating our annual parish Bazaar and being a trustee of the Market Harborough Educational Trust, and I previously led Our Lady of Victories Youth Fellowship for 5 years. I have 4 children, all of whom have been, or still are, pupils at St.Joseph's, and I am passionate about offering all of our pupils, and staff, the best possible learning experience, environment and outcomes, and to move on to their next school as confident, happy and well-rounded individuals.

As a regular visitor in school I see my role as a 'critical friend' supporting everyone in trying to make our school as good as it possibly can be. I help Mrs McVea with decision making and some practical elements of day to day life. I sit on the 'Standards' committee where we consider the school data to ensure that the school is progressing and is delivering maximum benefit to all pupils, on the staffing committee where we appoint, and oversee the development of, all staff at St. Josephs. My background in recruitment helps with this. I am also newly appointed to the Premises committee.

St. Josephs has been a large part of my life for many years and I have enjoyed seeing it grow from strength to strength. I look forward to serving this great school community and sharing in it's exciting journey for years to come.