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Our Governors

Governor Key Documents:

Mr Paul Hooper – Chair of Governors
I have been a governor at St Joseph’s Catholic school since 2001, I arrived knowing very little about the school, education or how a school ran, indeed my only introduction had been from my wife, an ex pupil herself and what I had heard from the then Head during an open evening after we had selected the school for my daughter.

I was asked to take the Chair after my first year and I have been asked to stand every year since, a post that has provided huge pleasure, enormous pride and extreme levels of frustration at times. I have led the school from Challenging Measures through to a top five place in the GCSE league tables, through the appointment of three Head teachers and the successful bid/build of some fantastic new facilities. Fingers crossed the sports hall isn’t that far away.

I am a father of three, each has excelled at St Josephs, both my daughters went on to University and are heading for careers in education, my son has recently received his GCSE results which enabled him to get his first choice place at his chosen college to study A levels.

Whilst I remain a governor and in the Chair, I will ensure that the governing body pushes the school to new heights, challenges both staff and governors to excel and most importantly, provides the best education it can for the most important people in the school, the pupils.

Mr C John Hawkins – Vice Chair of Governors
St. Joseph’s has made tremendous progress in recent years and is working hard to become outstanding. It is a school which cares passionately about all of its pupils and is determined to bring out the best in each one of them.

I have been a governor since 1994 and have always been proud to be associated with the school and with its ethos. It strives to provide a high quality learning experience for each pupil and its success is borne out by the results which are achieved. As the governor with specific responsibility for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, I have always been greatly impressed with the care and support which teachers and assistants alike give to those who benefit from additional help. The recent ‘closing the gap’ for pupil premium pupils has been outstanding by any standard, and exemplifies the skill, determination and sheer hard work of all involved.

All those who work at St. Joseph’s do so as members of a great team, pulling together to produce well-qualified young people able to make a positive contribution to society in their future lives.

Mr Simon Boase
Hello, my name is Simon Boase and I have been a member of the Governing Body since May 2012 as the parent Governor. My family and I moved to Salisbury in 2008, finally putting down roots after travelling around the world with the Armed Forces. I am a member of the Staffing, Academic and Admissions Committees and the link Governor for Maths and PE. My ambition is to ensure the school has a sports hall; I am working tirelessly to realise this with other Governors within the school.

I have really enjoyed being a Governor at the school because of the commitment of the Head teacher and Senior Leadership Team. When visiting the school I have been impressed with the behaviour of the pupils which goes hand in hand with results which continue on the upward trend. I am always proud to mention to others that I am a Governor at St Joseph’s Catholic School.

Mrs Rebecca Clayton
I joined the governing body this year (2014) as a staff governor. I have worked at St Josephs since 2001. In my role as network manager I have seen many changes within our school, however the one thing that has remained consistent is the dedication of all the staff and governors. It continues to be a pleasure to be part of the ‘St Joseph’s Family’.

Mr Mike Covill
I’m a born-and-bred Salisbury boy, who still lives in the city, but also owns and runs a Fire and Security company based in Southampton. I’ll always be sports mad, either playing or watching; and I still (just) manage to continue to captain a local cricket team. A practicing Catholic, who is married with three beautiful daughters; with the two eldest currently attending the school. As a former pupil of St Joseph’s myself, I’ve always wanted to give something back to the school which gave me so much as a young man growing up.

I’ve been a Governor at the School for two years now, and it is a real delight to work with my fellow Governors, members of staff and pupils at the school. It is a wonderful, warm and caring community where everyone is made to feel special and valued. The dedication of the Head Teacher and Senior Leadership Team has impressed and inspired us so much; it drives us on to help play our own part in helping the school reach even higher excellence that its strengths and potential deserve.

Canon Michael Fitzpatrick
I was ordained on 8th July 1969.
Over the years I have worked in Parishes in Bristol, Gloucester and now Salisbury.
I have been a Foundation Governor in Primary and Secondary Schools since 1982 and been Chair of Governors in St Pius X Hartcliffe, Our Lady of Lourdes Kingswood, St Thomas More, Bristol and St Peters, Gloucester.
During my time in Gloucester I served as the Diocesan Representative on the Gloucestershire Education Committee.

Since coming to Salisbury I have been a Foundation Governor at St Joseph’s. I see the provision of Catholic Education as an important part of the mission of the church. Catholic Education gives children and young people a firm foundation to face the challenges of adult life and the spiritual development that is an important part of our development as a person.

All the Governors and Staff at St Joseph’s are working hard to fulfill its mission statement, which is to provide quality education enshrined in the tradition of the catholic faith

Reverend Deacon Steve Godwin
As a  Governor of St Joseph’s for over five years, I am proud to be associated with a school which not only produces incredible academic results, but maintains a  loving and caring environment where every pupil matters. Although an expanding school, we are still of a size where teachers know our young people by name, thus fostering a really strong environment of support and care where every young person is treated as special and unique.  I live and work in Salisbury and as a married permanent deacon, I am part of the Catholic ministry team and a member of the Alabare Christian Community. My three adult children have all attended our school as children, and over the years, I have proudly watched the school grow in a way where under the current leadership of Mrs Ridley, we have built a strong and effective senior leadership team, working through a targeted and strategic vision to maintain St Joseph’s as the number one choice for an all rounded education.

Mrs Ann Huntley – SEN
I have been a Foundation Governor at St Joseph’s Catholic School since September 2002.
My background is in Education, as a Science and Mathematics teacher, and latterly I worked with special needs children. I am a member of the governors’ Academic and Pastoral & Ethos committees, as well as being the Admissions Governor.

Since joining the St Joseph’s community, I have seen the School go from strength to strength. It has always provided a calm and pastorally secure environment for our pupils. Now, with pupil numbers having steadily increased, particularly over the last few years, we are delivering educational excellence, as evidenced by our results, while still maintaining outstanding pastoral care. It is a real pleasure to be working with such positive and caring staff and pupils: under Mrs Ridley, the dedicated new Head Teacher, the future for St Joseph’s looks very bright.

Mrs Geraldine Martin
I have been a governor at St Joseph’s since 2013 and am a member of the finance & premises committee. My main priority as a governor is to ensure a balanced budget is approved and monitored. I also aim to provide first class facilities and buildings for our growing school with particular interest in the new sports hall project.

Mrs Ann Pope
I have been a governor at St Joseph’s for 16 years (I think) working with five head teachers. St Joseph’s means a great deal to me as I have had the privilege of working at the school as well as being a governor. Over the past 20 years I have watched and been part of the enormous changes that have taken place within the school. I am proud of having played a part in our transformation and I look forward to the future material improvements in the school and the continued academic success of our pupils.

Mrs Ginny Wood
I joined St Joseph’s as a parent governor in March 2017 having never undertaken a role like this before. The main reason for joining is that, through the experiences of my son, I have observed a high standard of attention, care and support for all pupils, which with my background in marketing I hope to help the school continue to promote.

Academic achievement clearly remains a priority and, combined with other aspects of the pupils development, delivered by a team of dedicated and enthusiastic teaching staff mark out St Joseph’s as a great example.

Governors know the school well and are very committed to its success
Ofsted 2018

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