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St Thomas ofCanterbury


Mr Shane Collery QC,
Chair of Governors

By law, every school must have a Governing Body. The size and type of school determine the number of Governors on the board. There are a number of duties and powers set by the Education Acts which the Governors adhere to.

These include:

  • Taking general responsibility for the conduct of the school.
  • Promoting high standards of educational achievement.
  • Setting Targets for Key Stages 1 and 2.
  • Setting staffing levels.
  • Budget Management.

St Thomas Financial Report for Parents for 2019/2020

Governing Body School Finances Report for 2019/2020

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How have the Governors made a difference?

As a Governing Body, we have a collective responsibility to work with the school to ensure it delivers a high quality education for our pupils. Working with the head teacher, we commit to the objectives of the School Improvement Plan to make sure the pupils are able to achieve to the best of their ability within a secure and happy environment.

An effective school will always challenge itself to ensure it maintains high standards and continues to drive excellent results. How have we, as governors of St Thomas of Canterbury School, made a difference?

In recent years, the Governing Body has developed its feedback process, giving parents and pupils a voice. We have instigated an annual Parent Questionnaire, Pupil Questionnaire and Year 6 Leavers’ Interview. Findings from this feedback have resulted in:

  • Improvements in communication to all stakeholders via our new school website and newsletter
  • Successfully secured grants to carry out essential building works to maintain a safe environment for pupils and staff
  • Improved links with the Parish and raising the school profile within the local community

Governors Details

NOTE:  COG = Chair of Governors; VCoG = Vice Chair of Governors; PE = Physical Education; RE = Religious Education; AS = Achievement and Standards; TL = Teaching and Learning; LMG = Leadership, Management and Governance; PVI = Pupil Voice and Intervention; SLT = Senior Leadership Team.  Committee A: Teaching and Learning, Behaviour and Admissions; Committee B: Premises, Finance and Personnel

Mrs. Michelle Keating Head Teacher Governing Body Permanent All ex-officio To the Governing Body for Teaching and Learning None None
Mr. Vincent King Foundation (Parent) Diocese 22/04/16 to

31/08/19 (Re-appointment form with Diocese)

A DPO; LMG, PE/Games Link Governor for IT  None None
Mr. Shane Collery LA (Parent) Governing Body  13/11/19 to 18/11/23 All ex-officio Chair of Governors, Chair of Panels for: Admission Appeals, Complaints Appeals, Link Governor for AS, LMG None None
Mrs. Maria Hatley Parent Governor Governing Body 08/10/19 to 07/10/23 A Link Governor for Finance and CPD None None
Mrs. Jenny Hesketh Foundation (Parent) Diocese 01/09/18 to 31/08/22 B Chair of Committee B, Literacy, Link Governor for: Safeguarding, AS, PVI None None
Dr. Mary Lennon Foundation  Diocese 01/09/18 to 01/10/22 A Vice Chair and Chair of Committee A, PE/Games, Mental Health; Link Governor for AS, TL, PVI None None
Dr. Breda Jackson Foundation Diocese 01/09/18 to 31/08/22 All 

Link Governor for: RE, AS, LMG.

None None
Mr. Anthony Walker  Foundation Diocese 01/09/18 to 31/08/22 B Safeguarding, Finance, Link Governor for: RE, LMG, PVI. None None
Mr Jeremiah Walsh Foundation Diocese 01/03/20 to 31/08/23 B Link Governor for CPD None None
Mrs Luzaan Sparks Parent Governing Body 01/09/17 to 31/08/21 A Link Governor for SEN, Science None None
Mr. Andy Booth Staff Elected 20/02/19 to 19/02/23 All SLT None None
Mrs. Wendy Clark SLT Advisor Head  Teacher 20/02/19 to 19/02/23 A RE Co-ordinator, Sports, SLT, PVI None None
Mrs. Jodee White Clerk Herts for Learning Permanent
3 Foundation Vacancies Foundation  


St Thomas of

High St, Puckeridge,
Ware, SG11 1RZ

01920 821450