Hello, and welcome to our Governors' Section.
All UK schools have a Governing Body established in law as a Corporate Body. St Richard's is a Catholic Primary School in the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton and the majority of our governors are appointed by the Bishop. All governors are volunteers who meet at least once a term to oversee the running of the school and help the Headteacher in keeping the school as successful as it can be. The Governing Body set aims and objectives, agree targets and monitor them, agree budgets and review all school policies, and are also responsible for appointing the Headteacher and the Deputy Head. Governors can sometimes bring skills and experience from their workplace, such as building or financial, or can offer an alternative opinion on any area of running the school.
The Governing Body's role is similar to a ‘critical friend’ who will challenge the school's management team on issues of performance and effectiveness but will leave the day-to-day running of the school to our highly qualified and experienced Headteacher and Senior Management Team.
Parents are welcome to contact us if they have any queries.
Mike Beal - Chair of Governors - Foundation
I am Mike Beal and I am proud to be the Chair of the Governors. My connection with the school goes back to the 1980s when my daughter attended St Richard’s. I am now retired but spent all my working career in education both as a secondary teacher specialising in Design and Technology and as Head of Year as well as five years in the advisory service. I am a parishioner of St Richard’s here in Chichester. My secondary education was at Dover Grammar School for Boys, I spent my formative years in Sandwich in Kent. I am passionate about primary education and believe that every child, especially yours, should have the best that it is possible to have. A good primary foundation is, without doubt, vital to a well-rounded individual who can give the best to the world we live in whilst achieving their highest potential. Although I am nominally the leader of the Governors, I am proud to be a member of a group of individuals who share my passion and belief in the importance of education and the Catholic ethos we stand by. I am grateful to each and every one of the team.
Barry Mockett - Vice Chair - Foundation Governor
I was appointed by Bishop Richard Moth as a Foundation Governor at the school in 2018.
With two children at this school I joined the team to try and give back as much to the school as it gives my family.
I was lucky enough to be involved in the process to find the replacement head when Mrs Hunn retired and feel that in Mr Field we have found an excellent head.
St Richard's gives our whole school community an impressive start in their academic life and hope that through some small efforts we as a governor team can help the School Staff and your children to achieve great things.
For fun I am the Cub Leader at 8th Chichester Scout group where I also like to help young people throughout the Chichester district get the most they can out of scouting.
Aaron Morrissey - Staff Governor
I am the staff Governor, representing the teachers, teaching assistants and all other staff on the governing body. I am one of the Assistant Head teachers, with responsibility for Key Stage two, and I teach in years 3 and 4. I have taught here at St Richards since 2012, when my family and I moved from Southampton to the area. It is my privilege to work together with the very dedicated staff here, to continue to ensure all children meet their full potential, thrive and grow.
Handre Joubert - Co-opted Governor
I was very pleased to have been appointed as a Co-opted Governor in July 2018. It has been a joy to see the school grow and I have been very happy to serve the school. I have 3 children at the school, at various stages of their journeys. My specialist field is finance and accountancy and I serve on the finance committee.
Revd Jon Harman - Foundation Governor
Lesley Mackay - Foundation Governor
James Turner - Foundation Governor
I was a pupil at St. Richard's from September 2000 until July 2007. Since leaving the leaving school, I studied at St. Philip Howard, before reading law at university. I am currently a trainee solicitor at a local solicitors' firm, and I will be qualifying in March 2020.
In addition to my role as a governor, I have been a Catechist for the parish's Confirmation Programme since September 2017, and I help run the Altar Servers' Group, which hosts social events and training for the altar servers of the parish.
Lisa Wallis - Foundation Governor
Tracey Woodison - Foundation Governor
Susannah Elvy - Parent Governor
I have been a parent Governor at St Richard's for 4 years. I have one son in Year 5 and one at St Philip Howard.
I became Safeguarding Governor two years ago and work closely with the governing body and Mr Field to ensure all the statutory requirements are met. My 'paid' job is as a Nurse Specialist in the NHS.
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