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Our Governors

Our Governors

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School governors are volunteers who want to make a positive contribution to children’s education. School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools.

It is governors who hold the main responsibility for finance in schools, and it is governors who work with the headteacher to make the tough decisions about balancing resources.  Each individual governor is a member of a governing board, individual governors may not act independently of the rest of the governing board and decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing board.  The role of the governing board is a strategic one with three key functions:

  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils .

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction and;

  • that Catholic life and RE are evident and central to all that happens at St Alban's.



A message from St. Alban's Chair of Governors, Mr Grant


"It is a real honour and privilege to have been appointed Chair of Governors at St Alban’s School and it is a role that I hold with pride. As a parent and Headteacher of a Catholic Secondary School, I understand the importance that a good education plays in the development of our young people academically, spiritually and socially. During my term and together with the highly skilled members of the governing body, we hope to be able to support Mrs McKinney and her staff in securing the best possible Catholic education for all of our children and very much look forward to the fresh new challenges ahead."


Governing Body 2019-2020


Governor details

Category of Governor

Term of office expiry date


Miss Sue Allen


Father Simon Baker


Mrs. Jodie Clinton


Ms Susan Darbinson


Mr. Alan Grant (FGB Chair)


Miss Anne Grego


Miss Colette Hickey


Miss Rosita Lloyd


Mrs. Rebecca McKinney


Mrs. Karen Tehan


Miss Debbie Whitehead (Vice Chair)



Foundation Governor


Foundation Governor


Elected Parent Governor


Elected Staff Governor


Foundation Governor


Foundation Governor


Foundation Governor


Foundation Governor


Staff Governor (Headteacher)


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Parent Governors - Mrs Clinton and Mrs Tullett


Role of Parent Governor


As a parent governor you hold the unique position of having a parental viewpoint. Through the children you will have first-hand experience of the curriculum and how the school is perceived from the consumers’ point of view. You will be able to bring this perspective to the strategic management of the school. As a parent governor you do not have to vote in a particular way because you have been pressed to do so by parents. Objectivity, however, is essential. You are not there to promote the interests of your own children but all children. Parent governors are elected by other parents and it is important to establish a rapport with the parental body that elected you, whilst continuing to maintain a strategic approach to school governance.


Parent governors are not there to provide an alternative route to addressing individual parental concerns, although if a parent governor does become aware of more widespread disquiet about the school’s policy and practice then they should alert the Head Teacher and chair.

Sometimes a parent governor may be approached with a complaint.


If a parent has a concern or complaint which is very specific to their child, they should, if approached, advise the parent to follow the school procedure; and not get involved. It is not their role to hear the complaint details. The parent should try to resolve their concerns by speaking to the appropriate teacher. If the parent remains dissatisfied with the outcome, the parent governor will suggest that they make an appointment to speak to the Head Teacher. 

Link Governors:

  • R.E. and Catholic Life – Father Simon
  • Behaviour and Safeguarding – Miss Debbie Whitehead 
  • Teaching and Learning, Curriculum, Assessment, Data and Outcomes – Mr Alan Grant
  • Curriculum (including Educational Visits, Humanities, Music, Art) - Mrs Jodie Clinton
  • Health and Safety – Mrs Sue Allen
  • Special Needs –  Mrs Sue Allen
  • Pupil Premium and Sports Premium -Mrs Karen Tehan
  • English - Miss Rosita Lloyd
  • Mathematics - Miss Colette Hickey
  • Science - Ms Anne Grego
  • School Meal - Mrs Karen Tehan
  • Finance - Miss Collete Hickey


Pecuniary Interest: Nil Return 

Miss Colette Hickey - Sibling to Family Support Worker at St. Alban's Primary School

All other Governors are nil return.