St Jude's Governing Body

Mrs Conlon-Swain, Chair of Governors.

The Governing Body warmly welcome you to Our Lady's School.

The Governing Body hold the responsibility, through a range of duties and powers, for the conduct of the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement as well as upholding the Catholic ethos of the school.

The main aims of the Governing Body are:

  • To ensure every child enjoys their school life and can achieve their very best through the delivery of an expansive curriculum.
  • To ensure that all our Staff always deliver the very best teaching to each and every child.
  • To support families and carers in the religious life of their child, including Sacramental Preparation.

We achieve this by:

  • Monitoring the academic progress and performance of all pupils.
  • Ensuring the highest quality continuing professional development of all staff.
  • Using funding and resources effectively to meet the needs of our school.
  • Maintaining the highest quality of Catholic life and ethos in the daily life of our school.
  • Monitoring the health, safety and welfare of all children within our school.
  • Assessing, planning, prioritising, implementing and evaluating while school needs to ensure on-going improvement.

Types of Governors

There are different types of governors; this is to ensure that the governing body of a school reflects a wide range of groups from the community. The different categories of governors are:

  • Parent Governors – are elected to be representative of the parent body. They keep in touch with those who elected them but make up their own minds on how to vote on a specific issue.
  • Staff Governors – include the Headteacher, teaching and non-teaching staff. With the exception of the Headteacher, staff governors are elected by the staff of the school and communicate with those who have elected them.
  • Local Authority Governors – are appointed by the local authority that maintains the school, they keep in touch with the Local Authority who appointed them, but they vote according to the best interests of the school.
  • Foundation Governors – are appointed by the Bishop and Trustees of the Diocese they may be nominated by the Parish Priest. Foundation governors have an important role which is to uphold the Catholic ethos of the school and are always in the majority in a Catholic school.

Our Lady's governing body is made up of a wide range of people from varying backgrounds and professions. Each Governor has different roles and may sit on more than one subcommittee! The Full Governing Body meets at least once a term and relies on the various sub committees to advise their decisions. Our sub committees include: Curriculum Focus, Finance & Buildings, Personnel, Health and Safety, Ethos & Discipline and Admissions & Appeals.

At Our Lady's each year group has an assigned Class-Link Governor. This Governor will be more involved with the class activities and work undertaken by each class, for example, they may attend School Trips or be involved in project work. It is an excellent way for the children to get to know the Governing Body!

At Our Lady's we have the very best interests of each and every child at the heart of everything we do and the decisions we make as a Governing Body. We fully support the school's mission statement that every child deserves the very best and to 'follow their dreams using the guiding light of Jesus'.

Governing Body Members

Name Type of Governor
Mrs Paula Conlon-Swain Chair of Governors, Foundation Governor
Mr Harold Hands Deputy Chair of Governors, Foundation Governor
Mrs Mary Johnson Headteacher, Staff Governor
Brother Andrew Ferris Foundation Governor
Mrs Eileen Moroney Barnett Foundation Governor
Mrs Sylvia Murtagh Foundation Governor
Dr Michael Weeks Foundation Governor
Mrs Louise Edwards Local Authority Governor
Mr Steve Charlton Parent Governor
Ms Vivien McDonald Staff Governor
Mrs Michelle Grantham Associate Member
Mrs Cath Henny Associate Member
Mrs Jackie McCorristan Clerk to Governing Body

Also see:

Governor Profiles

Mrs Paula Conlon-Swain

Chair of Governors

I have had a long history at Our Lady's as a pupil myself back in the 1980's further back to the 1970's for my siblings. I live locally to school, having moved back to the area with my husband to raise our two boys after a short time away to attend University. I am the Foundation Chair of Governors at Our Lady's which is demanding, but rewarding role. I didn't quite realise before undertaking the role, as a parent, how important the Governing Body is to your child's education and how much work is involved both within school and behind the scenes! I also hold the roles of Safeguarding and Early Years Governor which involves lots of training to help us ensure that each and every child at Our Lady's feels safe, protected from harm and can achieve their full potential. When I'm not in and around school I work as a Registered Children's Nurse, I have over 15 years experience with the NHS, an organisation that I feel, as a British Citizen, we should be very proud of the good work it does both today and since 1948. I became a Governor to ensure that the children at Our Lady's get the very best Catholic education and life experiences that I had during my time at the school. I believe that a child's primary school education should be a positive, special time to take with them through life.

Mr Harold Hands

Deputy Chair of Governors

I am a retired Chartered Surveyor with 45 years' experience in the property and buildings industry. I bring this experience to the board of governors as Chair of the Health & Safety and Premises Committee. I served as the elected parent governor at Our Lady of the Wayside Catholic Primary School, Shirley, for a period of 15 years, latterly as a foundation governor. I also served on the School Association's Committee becoming its chairman. I live in Solihull with my wife Eve, we have two adult children. Our son Edward now lives in Norway and our daughter is married and a primary school teacher. In my spare time I help with the care of my grandchildren.

Mrs Jackie McCorristan

Clerk to the Governors

I was delighted to be appointed as Clerk to the Governing Body at Our Lady's School. I have worked as a clerk at various schools for over 18 years now and very much enjoy unique insight the role gives me. The Governing Body is made up of volunteers who are passionate about ensuring the pupils get the very best possible start in their foundation and primary education. The pupils' development and well being are at the heart of everything the Governors do. I firmly believe that a good education at primary level is essential if children are to reach their full potential. I know that all of the staff and governing body at Our Lady's Catholic Primary School are wholly committed to make this happen and feel lucky to be part of that team.

Mrs Sylvia Murtagh

Foundation Governor

I retired from teaching in 2014 after 38 years of happy service. I spent over 20 of those years at Our Lady's School teaching mainly in KS2 and being subject leader in Science and DT. I still work two afternoons a week supporting Year 2 and boosting Year 6. When I retired I became a Foundation Governor, meeting regularly with the Curriculum Committee with a particular interest in Science and the New Curriculum. I have also been assigned to Year 3 as their Class Link Governor. My own 4 children attended Our Lady's School and had a great start to their education as three went on to University and one went on to Catering College. I am confident that our school will continue to go from strength to strength. It is a pleasure to be part of such a committed team of professional people.

Dr Michael Weeks

Foundation Governor

I have been a Foundation Governor for 14 years. My wife before me, was also a governor for many years at Our Lady's School. She was a nurse who had worked at Marston Green Hospital and then in Heartlands in the Special Care Baby Unit. Our three children went to St. Edward's in Coleshill. At that time, they were not permitted to cross the Birmingham boundary to attend Our Lady's School which was our wish. They later moved on to Archbishop Grimshaw School, now John Henry Newman Academy. I was a GP in Shard End, Castle Bromwich and Chelmsley Wood. I retired in May 1999. As a Governor my special interest is in science.

Governor Monitoring Reports


All above reports are in pdf format.