St Margaret Clitherow Catholic Primary School

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Welcome to St Margaret Clitherow's Local Governing Body (LGB)


The Department for Education's vision  is to see robust and effective of governance in every school. It recognises that high quality effective and ethical governance is key to success in our school system and for the future of children and young people.


The school governors are volunteers who give their time and expertise to help ensure that the school is well managed, within the set budget and has the children's teaching and well being as it's primary focus. Governors come from diverse backgrounds within our community and are united in their passion for education and the commitment they give to continuous school improvement that enables the best possible outcomes for our children.


The three core functions of governing bodies, as stated by the Department for Education Governors' Handbook are:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction

  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff

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

SMC is part of an academy trust, and as such, the Frasatti board delegate some of its academy level governance functions to the LGB (which is itself a committee of The Board). Amongst other requirements listed in the scheme of delegation (below) the Board asks that the LGB preserve and develop the religious and educational character, mission and ethos of the CMAT and ensure that it is embedded in the school.


Whilst the day to day running of the school is the responsibility of the leadership team, the LGB work closely in partnership with them, all staff, the Diocese and parents and are involved in matters such as curriculum, policies, school buildings, finance, safeguarding and admissions.

The governing body at SMC does not have sub-committees, instead there are strand leads for each area:


Finance - Andy Ferrari

Safeguarding - Imogen Adams

EYFS & Religion - Deacon Aidan Lynch

Performance management & Buildings - David Parkinson

Curriculum - Imogen Adams


The acting chair of SMC Local Governing Body is: Deacon Aiden Lynch and he can be contacted via post at the school office or email (


The Board decree that the Chair and Vice Chair of the LGB must be foundation governors and there will be a minimum of six local governors of whom two will be parent governors, the remainder will be foundation governors appointed by the Bishop of Portsmouth. As well as the Acting Headteacher (Mrs Lis Jones), there will also be one other staff governor elected by the staff (Mr James Newling-Ward)


If you would like to find out more about the role of governors, or wish to contact the governors regarding a particular matter, please feel free to contact the Clerk to the Governing Body, Celeste Moruzzi, via the school office or email ( Celeste will be able to direct you to the appropriate governor.

Vacancy for a Foundation Governor

Register of Business Interests