The structure of St. Joseph's Governing Body is:
- Two Parent Governors
- The Headteacher
- One Staff Governor
- One Local Authority Governor
- Eight Foundation Governors
- One Co-Opted Governor
We also invite Associate Members with particular skills to partner with us.
School governors have a wide range of responsibilities. They help to raise the standards of pupil achievement and plan the school's future direction. Governors are also accountable for the performance of the school to parents and the wider community. At St. Joseph's, the Governing Body takes an active role and visits the school regularly.
Penny Rickard - Co Chair
I was appointed Foundation Governor in April 2014 for a 4 year term, by the Catholic Diocese of Southwark and reappointed for a further term, from April 2018. I am a governor on the Resources committee. I am retired and enjoy looking after my grandchildren, singing and boating.
Vanessa Vaughan - Co Chair
I was appointed as a Foundation Governor in January 2019 by the Archdiocese of Southwark. Having taught for more than 30 years, in a number of Catholic Primary Schools, I bring experience which I hope, will support St. Joseph’s in being the best school it can be.
Angela Combe - Vice Chair
I was originally appointed Foundation Governor in May 2012 for a 4 year term, by the Catholic Diocese of Southwark. In May 2016 I was reappointed for a further 4 year term. I am a member of the Children, Families and Community Committee. I have first hand experience of dyslexia and delayed speech linked to Down’s Syndrome. Also, I am a trained Bereavement Counsellor.
Sarah Keefe - Headteacher
As Headteacher of St Joseph's Catholic Primary school, I attend all committee and full governing body meetings. I joined the Governing Body as an Ex-Officio in September 2014 when I began my role at the school as Deputy Headteacher. Having previously been a governor at 2 other primary schools, I have had the experience to support with the strategic direction of the school.
Lesley Jones - Staff Governor
I was elected as Staff Governor in May 2015 for a 4 year term. I am proud to have taught at St Josephs for 10 years and I am the Nursery teacher and EYFS leader. I am Chair of the Curriculum and Achievement Committee.
Laura Brazier - Local Authority Governor
I was appointed a Local Authority Governor in March 2017 for a four-year term and was elected Vice-Chair of Governors in July 2018. I sit on the Curriculum and Achievement Committee. I work for a Member of Parliament in the House of Commons and in my spare time am a keen musician. I speak several European languages and am particularly interested in EAL.
Zenaid Richards - Foundation Governor
I was appointed a Foundation Governor in June 2018 and am a parishioner and active choir and community member at St Raphael’s Church. My career has been across the financial and not-for-profit health insurance sectors: ensuring the smooth running of the business operations, staff management and serving on various committees including grant-making and audit. In my spare time, I enjoy studying Italian, attending history and Arts Society lectures and gardening.
Gloria Obayda - Foundation Governor
Recently I was appointed foundation governor by the Catholic diocese of Southwark. I have been a governor in two previous school in the London borough of Sutton and was a link governor for Early Years in the last school. I work part time at a GP practice in Wimbledon village. I enjoy playing with my two grandchildren.
Brenda Prag - Parent Governor
I am a mother of three children who attend St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School. As a school governor, I would like the opportunity to become part of the team that supports the Head teacher, staff and most importantly, the wellbeing and safety of all our children. I have over 30 years as a registered nurse, the last 20 years specialising in Occupational Health care. I would like to contribute to the governance and future development of the school and work as a team to improve the school’s capacity to provide an all-inclusive, top-rated and rounded education, and as a parent I want the best education, for not only my children, but for all the children at St Joseph’s Primary School.