Meeting Arrangements 2023 - 2024

All meetings take place at 6pm 

Autumn Term 

19th September          Annual General Meeting

28th November           LGB Meeting 

                                       Pay Committee 

 Spring Term 

20th February         LGB Meeting

19th March              LGB Meeting  


Summer Term 

14th May                  LGB Meeting 

25th June                 LGB Meeting 


Current Local Governing Body at Sacred Heart

Chairperson – Bernadette Matterson Chair

Vice-Chair – Michael Maud (Elected Parent)

Head teacher – John Robertshaw


Elected Staff Governor

Lisa Stinchon


Foundation Governors

Father Peter Wilkinson   

Bernadette Matterson 

Andrew Webb 

Brian Coates 

Elected Parent Governors

Michael Maud 

Ms Susana Tedin-Perez 

Associate Governors 

Andrew Thomas (No Voting Right)

Philip Matterson (No Voting Right) 

Anna Smith (No Voting Right) 



Attendance 2022 - 2023

Our Local Governing Body

What is it?

All schools in England have a Governing Body which is responsible for overseeing many of the strategic decisions of the school. A key role is to act as a ‘critical friend’: to support, to challenge, to ask questions, ultimately to represent the school community.

The Governing Body works in close partnership with the headteacher, staff, Diocese  and the Romero Trust. Whilst the headteacher is, of course, responsible for the day to day running of the school, the governors are involved with such things as staffing, curriculum, school buildings and finance. It ensures the school functions well and maintains the proper range of academic and social objectives.


Who are we?

In September 2022 the governing body re-constituted as a Local Governing Body as Part of the Romero Catholic Academy Trust.

The governing body now consists of: 

  • The headteacher (Foundation Governor) 
  • One elected staff governor
  • Two elected parent governors
  • Four additional Foundation Governors appointed by the Diocese

The standard term of office for a governor is four years. The chair and vice-chair are elected annually at the first meeting of the academic year.

The chair of governors is Mrs Bernadette Matterson, who can be contacted via the school office.

Much of the work of the governing body is done by committees. At Sacred Heart, we have the following committees:

  • Resources
  • Curriculum
  • Data Analysis

Message from Bernadette Matterson the Chair of Governors


On behalf of the Board of Governors, I welcome this opportunity to briefly introduce you to the work the Governing Body undertakes to ensure that your child(ren) will receive an excellent primary school education.

The Governing Body has a range of powers and duties laid down by various Education Acts. In the main, these responsibilities relate to:

  • Setting targets and promoting high standards of educational achievement
  • Setting the strategic framework within which the school operates
  • Management of the school’s delegated budget
  • Ensuring that the curriculum for the school is balanced and broadly based

Governors discharge the above responsibilities, together with many others, through a Governing Body meeting each term. These formal meetings are supplemented by a series of informal sub-committee meetings dealing with more specific issues. A number of governors also have responsibilities for specific issues within the school such as literacy, maths and inclusion.

Governors adopt, review and monitor a range of policies that govern the operation of the school including Health and Safety, Behaviour, Curriculum and Performance Management.

Sacred Heart draws a unique strength from its success in fostering a close knit family atmosphere where staff, pupils, parents and governors work together in a community of faith to ensure that all our pupils have the opportunity to develop to their full potential.

The Governing Body is, therefore, rightly proud of the achievements of the school, not only in terms of the improving academic success, but also in the solid foundations it provides in preparing all our pupils for the remainder of their formative education.”