Our Governing Board


Foundation Governors

Mr. Michael Pemberton*(Chair)
Finance & Staffing Committee

Mrs. Teresa Kobyra*
Finance & Staffing Committee (Chair)

Mr. Alexander Marsh
Finance & Staffing Committee

Mrs. Winifride Claber
Curriculum & Standards Committee


Local Authority Governor

Cllr. Howard Sykes
Finance & Staffing Committee


Parent Governors

Ms. Zoe Smith** 
Curriculum & Standards Committee


Ms. Jennie Bown** 
Curriculum & Standards Committee


Staff Governors

Miss Maria Bergin
Curriculum & Standards Committee

Mr. Garry Needle* (Head Teacher)


Associate Members

Mrs. Gillian Graham (Pastoral & Spiritual)


Clerk to the Governing Board

Jay Bailey

* Denotes child in school at the time of appointment to the governing body

** Denotes child currently in school

From the Governing Board

School governors are one of the largest volunteer workforces in Western Europe. They fulfil a vital role in the modern school environment and their role in a voluntary aided school like ours with a distinctive religious character is even more crucial, as many are appointed directly by our Bishop. The governing body is charged with the role of helping to ensure that standards are maintained, that the school is effectively run and that the best value is achieved when spending school finances.

The governing board of St Joseph's has an integral role to play in and is fully committed to the visions and values of our school. As a Catholic school, our faith is at the heart of everything we do; Christ is ever-present in our classrooms, our staff room, our meeting rooms, our work and our play.

We are determined to see all of our children achieve their full potential and carefully monitor both attainment data and progress data to ensure that each and every child in the care of our school is given every possible opportunity - both inside and outside the classroom - to put his or her God-given talents to the very best use.

It is both an honour and a privilege to serve as governors for St Joseph's, and we are acutely aware of the challenges we face and the expectations we must meet. To this end, we are committed to continuous development and self-evaluation. We undertake both internal and external training in order to ensure that our skills and knowledge are kept up to date on the constantly changing educational landscape.

The unique and distinctive character of faith schools like ours is constantly challenged in an increasingly secular society. We believe it is our role as governors to stand up for, to seek to maintain and to strengthen the traditional values which good Catholic schools like ours have engendered for many years. It is our duty to make sure that there is a Catholic school here to serve the families of St Joseph’s Shaw for generations to come.

Our governing board currently has one member (Mrs. Winifride Claber) who is a governor at another school (SaintTheresa's, Derker).  



Our governing board can be contacted through post.  Please address letters to Mr. M. Pemberton, Chair of Governors.  




Full Governing Board Meeting Dates 2023-24


4 October 2023

29 November 2023

6 March 2024

3 July 2024


All meetings begin at 4:30pm



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