St Joseph’s Catholic School is part of the St John Paul II Multi-Academy which includes our primary partners and secondary schools: Holy Cross, St Nicholas, SS Mary and John, SS Peter and Paul, Sacred Heart, The Abbey , St Edmund Campion and Bishop Walsh.

We pray that by working together for our pupils and their families we continue to develop an excellent Catholic Education.

The Governor representatives of St Joseph’s aim to keep all our parents and carers informed of who we are, the various committees we sit on and what we do and give you an insight into the work that goes on in school.

Hopefully, this will give you a better understanding of the role of a ‘School Governing Body ‘ and perhaps some of you might think about volunteering yourself for this stimulating but, unfortunately, unpaid work!

We, as School Representatives, have legal duties, powers and responsibilities delegated from the Board of Directors of the ‘St John Paul II Multi-Academy’ that we must exercise as a body. No Representative can act individually.

If there is anything we can help you with, please don’t hesitate to contact us through the school.

Mr  Terence Forker 
Chair of the Local Governing Body
Below you will find the Governors :
Mr Terence Forker

Chair of Governors

My name is Terence Forker and I have been a Foundation Governor at St Joseph's since 2020. My children have all attended the school and I am privileged to be in a position to give something back in return for the wonderful education the school provides. Outside of school I work as a Director for a Civil Engineering company and enjoy cycling, walking and quality family time.

Dr Alexander Alex

Foundation Governor

Hi, I am Alex, I've been foundation Governor at St Josephs for almost 10 years. My three children have been pupils and my youngest is still there. It has been a privilege to serve this outstanding school for all these years. I am a local G.P. and find the time serving as Governor in my busy schedule very satisfying and therapeutic. I shall continue to work with the school to maintain its high quality education.

Mr John Rudd

Foundation Governor

My name is John and I became a Foundation Governor in 2020. I wanted to be part of a local school community where I could help the children and the School as they strive to provide a fabulous all round education. Outside of this role I am an Accountant and I am also an assistant instructor at Shotokan Karate for 4 years old and upwards.

Rev Deacon Daniel Hurd

Foundation Governor

Deacon Daniel Hurd - Foundation governor and parish deacon working with Fr Michael Ho to provide spiritual and pastoral support to families, children and staff.

Mrs Jessie Cichero

Foundation Governor

Hello my name is Jessie. I recently became a Foundation Governor at St Joseph’s.
My main goal is to support and help maintain the Catholic ethos of our school.

Mrs Elizabeth Williams

Foundation Governor

My name is Elizabeth Williams and I became a Foundation Governor in 2022. As a practising Catholic my role is to support and nurture the Catholic ethos at the school. Outside of this role I am a Lawyer and keen tennis player.

Mrs Rebecca James

Parent Governor

Hi, I’m Rebecca - I recently became a parent governor at St Jo’s. I’m an advocate for music and its many wonderful facets. I am particularly looking forward to supporting the St Joseph’s music coordinator in delivering a musical education accessible to all children.

Mrs Leonnie Bates

Staff Governor

I obtained my teaching degree from Newman University as an early years specialist and I have been teaching at St Joseph’s for 6 years. I love teaching phonics and watching the children grasp their early reading skills. I am also staff governor here at school. Outside of work I enjoy taking my daughter on days out, seeing friends and family as well as spending time at our cottage in Devon.

Please click on the link below for a full list
The Governors meet regularly, as a full body and in committees, to deal with particular aspects of the school’s management. They are committed and involved in all areas of school life and share considerable professional and business expertise.