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Local Governance Committee

Welcome to our Committee member's section


St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School (Northfleet) has a Local Governance Committee which is made up of volunteers who work together to support our school across all aspects of daily school life, including strategic, financial and the curriculum.


All of our committee members work in different ways and have their individualised roles however, their main aim as a whole is to help us to provide the best possible education for our pupils by:  


  • Setting the school's vision and strategic aims, agreeing plans and policies and making creative use of resources.
  • Monitoring and evaluating performance, supporting and challenging the Head Teacher in the management of the school.
  • Ensuring that the school is accountable to the children and parents it serves, to its local community, to those who fund and maintain it, as well as the staff it employs.


As St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School (Northfleet) is a member of the Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership, a Multi-Academy Trust, its governance arrangements are regulated by the KCSP Governance Handbook (which includes the Scheme of Delegation and Terms of Reference). 

KCSP Governance Model


Kent Catholic Schools' Partnership is a charitable trust and a company limited by guarantee. The Trust was established in August 2012 by the Archbishop of Southwark.


The Trust Board of Directors ('Trustees') are responsible for overseeing the management and administration of the Trust and they fulfil this role by delegating functions to committees. 


The Trust understands the importance of the role of governance committees and the Trust has set out guidance and support in its Governance Handbook and Scheme of Delegation.


Governance at St Joseph’s:


The school has a Local Governance Committee, we are ALL here to serve the school and, above all, the children. We have our mission – Learning in the Light of Christ – very much at the heart of all that we do.  


The Governance Committee is a ‘critical friend’ of the school. It provides Strategic Leadership in school improvement. It does this by being appropriately involved in the school improvement cycle as follows:


  1. Developing and sharing the values and vision
  2. Setting out the aims and objectives of the school
  3. Setting out the policies and procedures by which the aims and objectives will be achieved
  4. Establishing the criteria by which the aims and achievements will be seen to be achieved
  5. Taking the views of stakeholders into account
  6. Evaluating evidence on how well the school is doing
  7. Finding out how well the school is doing in comparison with similar schools
  8. Agreeing targets for improvement
  9. Planning to achieve improvement
  10. Ensuring that deployment of staffing and resources match the school’s priorities.

Key Issues


The governance committee will consider and keep under review: the progress and attainment of all groups of pupils, evidence of narrowing gaps between under achieving groups and other pupils, improvements in the quality of teaching, the school’s improvement since the last inspection, and the school’s self-evaluation of how well it is doing currently. Governance committee members are not expected to be involved in the day to day running of the school.


 Who can be a governance committee member?


  • Almost everyone over 18 can become a member. Governance committee members are volunteers from all walks of life – everyone has experience and skills to offer
  • An effective governance committee has people from different backgrounds and with a mix of skills. No formal qualifications are needed to be a member
  • Governance committee members are not education experts – they are there to offer a fresh perspective


What makes a good governance committee member?


  • The ability to work in a team
  • An interest in education and a commitment to the school
  • Patience, energy and enthusiasm
  • A willingness to listen, learn and to spend time in school
  • A willingness to undertake training



St Joseph’s Local Governance Committee

Governor Name


Date of Appointment

Appointing Body and Term of Office

Details of Responsibility

Register of Business Interests

Andrew Brett

Foundation Member

01 September 1997

Archdiocese of Southwark 



Health and Safety, Safeguarding

No interests to declare confirmed

on 04.10.23

Lucy Owen


Staff Member


Elected by staff

10/05/21 – 09/05/25

 No interests to declare confirmed on 29.09.23
Noel KeadyFoundation Member06 February 2020

Archdiocese of Southwark 

06.02.20 - 05.02.24

  No interests to declare confirmed on 04.10.23
Abbie Omole Foundation Member 06 July 2023

Archdiocese of Southwark 

06/07/23 - 05/07/27

Finance No interests to declare confirmed on 28.09.23

Rebecca Davy

Co-Opted Member

13 February 2020


13/02/20 – 12/02/24


No interests to declare confirmed on 16.10.23

Ijeoma Okolie

Foundation Member

16 November 2022

Archdiocese of Southwark

16/11/22 – 15/11/26


Child Attends school:  declared  Nov 2022 - present

Abenaa Opong

Parent Member

14 March 2022


14/03/22 – 13/03/26


Northfleet Nursery SchoolEmployee 1st September 2019 - present
Aletheia Academies TrustEmployee 

1st April 2021 - present


Our Chair of Governors, Andrew Brett, can be contacted by email:


The Clerk to the committee Anita Venezia Yau, can be contacted by email:


Copies of Governing Body minutes are available from the School Office.

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Trust Information

St Joseph's Catholic Primary School is an academy, and part of the Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership. The Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership is an exempt charity and a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales under company registration number 08176019 at registered address: Barham Court, Teston, Maidstone, Kent, ME18 5BZ. St Simon Stock Catholic School is a business name of Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership.