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St Peter-in-Chains RC Infant School

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St Peter-in-Chains RC Infant School

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Meet the Governors

St Peter's Governing Body


Our governors are representatives of the local community, parents, staff and the church. They bring a range of interests, knowledge and skills. They are responsible for overseeing the organisation, curriculum and budget of the school and offering support. The governing body supports the school in achieving educational excellence whilst still maintaining a strong Catholic ethos.


The day-to-day running of the school, however, is entrusted to the head teacher and staff.


The governing body plays a crucial part in improving and developing the school and in helping every child to achieve their potential. The three key roles for governors are:


  • to provide the strategic overview
  • to act as a critical friend
  • to be accountable


The full governing body meets every term and is open to all parents and staff. To carry out its many duties, the governing body is divided into smaller working parties or committees. These meet as necessary and include:


  • Teaching and Learning Committee
  • Finance, Premises and Personnel Committee

They then report back and make recommendations to the full governing body. Committees and working parties play a key role in the strategic management of the school and joining at least one of them is an essential part of being a school governor. The school encourages governors to visit to familiarise themselves with the work of the school in order to keep the full governing body up to date.

Our current Governing Body


Barbel Seiberl - Chair of Governors


Eileen McNamara - Vice chair


Fr. Sean Carroll: Foundation Governor


Terese McGonagle: Foundation Governor


Peter Cleak: Foundation Governor


Emer Hughes: Foundation Governor                                    


Vacancy: Foundation Governor


Anna Alger: Parent Governor


Claire O'Connor: Parent Governor


Frank Murray: Link Governor


Jennifer Ude: Clerk to the Governors 


Picture 1 Therese McGonagle: Foundation Governor
Picture 2 Ellen Robertson: Teacher Governor
Picture 3 Margaret Falvey: Head teacher Governor
Picture 4 Peter Cleak: Foundation Governor

Parent Governor Elections

Following recent parent -governor elections Anna Alger and Claire O'Connor have been appointed to the governing body. Please read their resumes below.


Anna Alger

I am a mum of three. One child is in St. Gildas', one is in St. Peters and one is due to start Reception in 2019. 

I was a planning and compulsory purchase solicitor for 13 years but made the decision after my youngest was born to take a break from work for a while.  I worked in private practice for a city law firm for 10 years, acting for large multinational property developers as well as public sector clients on projects such as the London 2012 Olympics and Arsenal's Emirates Stadium. More recently I was an in-house solicitor at Transport for London, advising both TfL and the Mayor upon planning and project matters. My husband, Paul, is also a lawyer. He works at a US firm in the City.

We enjoy getting out and about on adventures as a family - going to the theatre, swimming and the zoo seem to be particular hits at the moment! When I get time to myself, I enjoy keeping fit, usually running and Pilates.
I am very excited about my role as a parent governor. St Peter's is a fantastic school and I am looking forward to working with all of the talented and dedicated individuals who make it such a nurturing and happy place for our children to learn.


Claire O'Connor

My name is Claire O’Connor, I am a mother of two boys and my youngest is currently in Year 2.

I used to work at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine as their Estates Manager. I was responsible for the operation and development of the School’s estate, comprising 6 buildings, 23,000 sq metres. My role was to support the School’s long-term strategies, most importantly research, learning, teaching, finance and sustainability, through providing appropriate accommodation and estate related services.

Currently I support my husband’s business, managing finance and administrative duties and more importantly, look after my children. I hope my experience in an estate and project management environment will be of benefit to the School Governing Body.