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:
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:
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
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.
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.
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.