The overall responsibility of the Governing Body is to support the school to provide the best possible education for all children.


Our Chair of Governors is Mrs Pauline Parker and she can be contacted via the secure email at

Governors are volunteers who collectively make up the school’s Governing Body. The overall responsibility of the Governing Body is to support the school to provide the best possible education for all children. They provide a much valued role in raising standards to enable our children to achieve their full potential and keep them safe.

Governors attend at least three Full Governing Body meetings a year and sit on at least one Sub-Committee. Governing Bodies have a wide range of skills and experience.

Governors attend training courses provided by the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle and Durham County Council Local Authority and the Bishop Wilkinson Catholic Education Trust.

Governors oversee the financial performance of the school and manage the school’s admission criteria. As a Catholic School, seven of our Governors are Foundation Governors who preserve and develop the Catholic ethos of the school and ensure that the Catholic vision of the school is upheld.

Governors serve for four years although they may be re-appointed for a further period after this time.

How To Become A School Governor

If you require further information on the roles and responsibilities of School Governors or you are interested in becoming one, visit the Durham County Council website School Governor section.

Statutory Guidance for Governing Bodies

Our Lady & St Joseph Brooms Catholic Primary School adhere to the statutory guidance from the Department for Education. This means that governing bodies must have regard to it when carrying out duties relating to the constitution of governing bodies in maintained schools. For further information about our governors, please view or download the documents below:

Full Governing Body Committee

Please find below details of how our Governing Body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.

NameRepresentingStart of Term of OfficeEnd of Term of OfficeCommitteesSpecial InterestRelationship to StaffRegister of Interest
Joanne CruiseExecutive Headteacher20.04.2020On goingAdmissions Children’s, School & Community FinanceCatholic Life of the School Child Protection Safeguarding LAC Safe Recruitment Health & Safety Collective Worship SEND    NoneHeadteacher in another school
Christine WilksChair of Governors01.11.202131.10.2025Admissions Finance – Chair Headteachers – Chair PerformanceData & Assessment SRE RE EnglishNoneNone
Rachael AndersonStaff01.11.202131.10.2025Children’s, School & Community Personnel & CurriculumData & Assessment  NoneNone
Fr John BagnallFoundation Governor10.11.201509.11.2019Appeals Headteachers Performance Personnel & CurriculumOutdoor Learning Early YearsNoneGovernor at another school
Tom ClarkFoundation Governor26.11.202125.11.2025Admissions – Chair Appeals – Chair Personnel & Curriculum- ChairSafeguarding SEND LAC Pupil Premium Safe Recruitment HLTANoneNone
Angela Donaghy   Parent01.11.202131.10.2025  Children’s, School & Community First/Pay Review Personnel  To be decided  NoneChildren in school
Paul McNallyFoundation Governor01.11.202131.10.2025Appeals FinanceHealth & Safety Buildings MathsNoneNone
Pauline ParkerFoundation Governor03.12.202102.12.2025tbctbcNone  None

Register of Governors’ Interest

We have also provided a Register of Governor Interests and an Annual Statement of Issues for your information.

Document Name
Register of Governors’ Interest 2021-2022
Register of Governors’ Interest 2020-2021View
Register of Governors’ Interest 2019-2020View
Register of Governors’ Interest 2017-2018View

Governing Body Meeting Attendance 2020/2021

Schools are now required to display a record of Governors’ attendance at meetings for each school academic year

Pay Review 07.12.2021Local Governing Committee 08.03.2022
Mrs R AndersonY Y   
Fr J BagnallY Y   
Mr T Clark YYN   
Mrs J CruiseYYY   
Ms A DonaghyN Y   
Mr P McNallyY Y   
Mr P NicholN Y   
Mrs P Parker YYY   
Mrs C WilksYYY

Easter Raffle

Donations for our Easter Raffle will be very grateful received. Tickets £1.00 per strip and can purchased from the school office. Thank you

Class 1 Mother’s Day Liturgy

Thank you to everyone who came to Class 1’s Mother’s Day Liturgical Prayer this morning. I’m sure you agree that the children were wonderful and it was lovely to share such a special time together.

Book Sale

As part of our Lenten fundraising we will be holding a Book Sale on Friday 17 March 2023 from 8.30am – 9.30am. We would be grateful for any pre-used books, children or adults, that you no longer require. These can be brought in to school anytime before Friday please Thank you


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