At St. Peter’s, we have a highly effective and committed group of Governors who strive for excellence at our school. Governors meetings are held every few weeks to help determine the strategic direction of the school. Our ‘Instrument of Governance’ explains the purpose of our Governing Body and also the positions that exist within the Governing Body. This can be found at the bottom of this page.
Let’s meet our Governors!
Mr. Michael O’Riley – Chair of Governors
Chair of Governors, Parent Governor and member of the Resources Committee.
Mrs. Janet Arkle – Vice-Chair of Governors
Vice-Chair of Governors, Foundation Governor and member of the Resources Committee.
Jan is a retired IT Project Management Consultant and is one of our Foundation Governors. Her children (Rebecca and William) attended St Peter’s from 1994 to 2002. Jan applied to be a Foundation Governor because she is passionate about education and thinks that St Peter’s school always has been, and always will be, very special. Jan is a member of our Resource Committee and is also involved in the Performance Management of the Headteacher. This year, she will be paying particular interest to the professional development of staff and how this impacts on our children’s learning outcomes. She will also oversee the properties accommodation arrangements on behalf of the Governing Body.
Mr. Garrett O’Connor – Chair of Resource Committee
Chair of Resource Committee and Foundation Governor.
Garrett is a Foundation Governor and the Chair of the Resources Committee. He works for Ernst & Young, is married to Claire and all of their three children have gone to St Peter’s – both of their boys are still at the school. Garrett enjoys being a governor as it gives him a chance to use the skills he’s learned through his professional life as well as being an excellent opportunity to give something back, particularly for a cause as important as children’s education. This year, Garrett will be involved in the Performance Management of the Headteacher as well as properties, accommodation and resources. He is also part of our Pay Committee.
Mrs. Claire Passantino – Foundation Governor
Member of the Resource Committee and Foundation Governor.
Claire is a solicitor at Blythe Liggins, wife to Franco and mother to three amazing children called Max (11), Oli (7) and Chloe (4). Claire was invited to be a Foundation Governor 6 years ago when Max started at the school and has previously chaired both the Governing Body and Resources Committee. Claire currently sits on the Resources Committee and has done for the last 6 years She is also responsible for monitoring Early Years and the Foundation Stage, as well as monitoring Leadership and Management. Claire enjoys tackling the difficult challenges that arise and seeing the positive changes that occur in the school. She also enjoys seeing and being a part of every child achieving and bringing her legal experience and skills to the Governing Body. Claire finds being a governor is a challenging and stimulating role but, ultimately, very rewarding.
Mrs. Mary Grayling – Foundation Governor
Chair of the Mission and Strategy Committee and Foundation Governor.
Mary is a foundation governor and a parishioner of St Peter Apostle. Two of her children, now grown up, attended the school for a time and her grandson was here for his primary school education. Mary is a retired primary school teacher and some of you will know her from Children’s Liturgy. She is also a catechist for preparation for the sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation. Mary enjoys being a governor because she has got something valuable to offer – her experiences as a parent, grandparent, 25+ years as a teacher in the classroom and as a manager. Mary is on the Performance and Standards committee as well as the Mission and Strategy committee. Mary is receiving Safeguarding training to ensure that our recruitment processes keep our school community safe, happy and well.
Mrs. Claire Divers– Co-opted Governor
Member of the Performance and Standards Committee.
Claire Divers was approached in March 2016 to become a co-opted governor. Claire is mum to eight year old Samuel and four year old Emily, both of whom are pupils at St Peter’s. A primary school teacher herself (currently working at The Kingsley Preparatory School in Leamington and previously at Heritage Park Primary School in Peterborough), Claire is keen to utilise her skills as a teacher for the benefit of all of the pupils at St Peter’s. Claire currently sits on the performance and standards committee has also taken on the role, alongside Mary Grayling, of safeguarding lead and will be undertaking training to ensure that our school community members are safe, happy and well.
Mr. Andrew Connell – Parent Governor
Member of the Resource Committee.
Andy was elected Parent Governor in February 2016. He has lived in Leamington for over twenty years and is a parishioner of St Peters Church. Andy has worked for Nissan for many years and has extensive marketing and communications experience. He became a Parent Governor because he is keen to contribute to the future of the school and also to ensure that a parent’s perspective is involved in the decision making of governing body. Outside of work Andy spends his spare time watching his children playing sport and also works with other parents and coaches to develop the Parish’s increasingly successful youth football team.
Miss Tess McNamara – Headteacher
Miss McNamara has been the Headteacher at St. Peter’s Catholic Primary School for just over two years now. It is the best job she could ever imagine because working with the children is a real privilege, but it is also really good fun! St. Peter’s is such a close community and she feels really fortunate to be part of it. Miss Mc’s role on the Governing Body spans across all aspects; she reports to every committee and attends every meeting. The Governors challenge her with tricky questions and requests, but she really enjoys that because it makes sure that we are all doing our very best for our children. When she isn’t being a headteacher or a governor, Miss McNamara makes novelty cakes and in her free time, loves nothing more than hunting for the Gruffalo in the woods with her niece Poppy, who shares her love of singing in the car! Should you wish to contact Miss McNamara, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone school to make an appointment.
Our Instrument of Government
St. Peter’s Catholic Primary School is founded by and is part of the Catholic Church. The school is to be conducted as a catholic School in accordance with Latin Rite Canon Law and the teachings of the Catholic Church, and in accordance with the Trust Deed of the Archdiocese of Birmingham and in particular:
- Religious education is to be in accordance with the teachings, doctrines, discipline, general and particular norms of the Catholic Church.
- Religious worship is to be in accordance with the rites, practices, discipline and liturgical norms of the Catholic Church.
- At all times the school is to serve as a witness to the Catholic Faith in Our Lord Jesus Christ.
The school operates under the provisions of the Trust Deed of the Archdiocese of Birmingham.
Our Governors are a dedicated group of volunteers who ensure the smooth and effective leadership of our school. In September, we changed our constitution so that our Governing Body shall consist of the following:
a. Eight Foundation Governors;
(Mrs. Jan Arkle, Mrs. Mary Grayling, Mr. Garrett O’Connor, Mrs. Jo Smith, Mrs. Claire Passantino and three vacancies).
Foundation Governors are appointed by the Archbishop of Birmingham (or any other person exercising Ordinary jurisdiction on his behalf) through the Director of Educations of the Diocesan Education Service.
b. Two Parent Governors;
(Michael O’Riley and Andy Connell)
Parent Governors are nominated and elected by the parent body of the school.
c. One Local Authority Governor;
A Local Authority Governor is appointed by our Local Authority.
d. One Staff Governor;
The staff of the school nominate and elect a member of staff to represent the staff on the Governing Body
e. One Headteacher;
(Miss Tess McNamara)
f. One Co-opted Governor
A governor who is appointed by the Governing Body on account of their specific skills complementing a need that has been identified on the Governing Body.
In total, we have 14 Governor positions who each serve a 4 year term of office on our Governing Body.