Dear St Martha’s Parents and Carers,
We, as governors, would like to welcome you, introduce ourselves and tell you a little more about the role of our Governing Body at St. Martha’s.
Our main role is to work with Aidan McGovern, who is responsible for the day-to-day running of the school, and the staff to deliver a high quality of education for each and every child at St. Martha’s.
At St. Martha’s you and your child will be treated like family, with care, consideration and respect. We take the well–being of every child very seriously and will strive to ensure that they reach their full potential, spiritually, academically and in their personal development.
As Governors we ensure that:
- The school has a strong and clear vision and ethos.
- Standards are high and that all children at St. Martha’s have access to the best possible education.
- The resources of the school (budgets, staff and building) are managed well and appropriately.
The safety and wellbeing of both children and staff are of the utmost importance and are actively considered by Governors in all the decisions we make.
We meet as a Full Governing Body every half term (six times a year). All Governors belong to one of our two sub committees – Leadership and Management or Teaching, Learning and Achievement.
Governors come into school to visit classes, undertaking learning walks, attending events such as assemblies and masses and helping with projects.
Foundation Governors: Lorraine Driscoll (Chair of Governors ), Ludencio Falculan, Sharon Johnson, Judith Stoutt, Kirsten Kerry.
Foundation Governors are appointed by the Diocese of East Anglia and have a special responsibility to maintain the Catholic ethos of the school.
Parent Governors are elected by the parents providing a parental viewpoint at the Governing Body. Parent Governors are not representative of individual parent’s concerns or issues.
Local Authority Governor:
Local authority Governors act in the best interests of the school and the wider community and promote the interests of the school in the wider community.
Who we are:-
Claire Ampomah (Chair of Governors)
“I was the chair of the PTA for 8 years until I became a governor. I grew up in Kings Lynn. I have 3 children, Rachel, Joshua and Lexie who previously attended St. Martha’s. I have degrees in Mathematics and Psychology. I was a teacher of Mathematics and Science for VSO in Zimbabwe and I worked for Marks & Spencer before I had my children.
I now own, run and manage, with my husband Ben, four local community pharmacies. We have been in business in the local area for 17 years.
I am your Local Authority Governor.”
Lorraine Driscoll (Vice Chair of Governors)
“I have been a parent and Foundation Governor at St Martha’s since 2007. I happily took this post wanting to do something in return for the work our School has been doing in the formation of my children.
I was born and brought up in Kerala – India and moved to England with my family about 12 years ago. Before coming to England I had been teaching for a few years.
Presently I work with in the ‘Hospital Information Systems Department’ at QE Hospital where I configure new systems and maintain the security of them. My wife Gee is a staff nurse at the same hospital.
We have two boys, Jacob and Joseph. As a foundation Governor I work as part of an effective team to help continue and promote the excellent record of all-round performance of our school based on catholic values.”
“My name is Sharon Johnson and I am a Mum to three wonderful children who have all attended St. Martha’s Primary School. I have lived and worked in the local area for many many years and now work at the QEH Hospital.
I am your Foundation and Religious Education Governor.”
“I have been a governor at the school for 10 years. I have also taught at St Martha’s for the past 15 years as both a supply, part time and full time teacher through all classes from reception to year 6. I have 3 children, Harry, Lily and Joseph who previously attended St. Martha’s.
I have been a teacher for 22 years. I was the deputy head at Ingoldisthorpe School before having my children and am now the Deputy Head teacher and special needs co-ordinator, as well as Designated Safeguarding Lead at St. Martha’s, which is a challenging but very enjoyable and rewarding role.
“Hello! My name is Judith Stoutt. I am married with two daughters: Emily and Hannah, both of whom have benefited from seven happy years of learning, friendship, music, sport, trips and spiritual development at St. Martha’s. I’ve been a member of the parish since I moved to King’s Lynn in 1996, and a part of the St. Martha’s community since 2005.
I work as a Conservation Advisor for a local government body, and my interests include music, sport and the environment.
I also help with the Children’s Liturgy at Holy Family church. I have been a Foundation Governor since 2014. Through this role, I aim to support St. Martha’s to continue to be a safe, happy and caring school for all our children, with a strong Catholic ethos, where they can thrive in learning, personal development and spiritual life.
“I have been a parent at the school for nearly 9 years and a member of our parish all my life. Prior to having my children I had a career in the Civil Service for 15 years where I gained experience in Financial management, Accounting, Compliance and all areas of Personnel Management.
I am currently a Director of a Wealth Management Company that I run with my husband Sean. We have 2 boys, James and Alistair.
As a Foundation Governor I look forward to working with my fellow Governors in preserving and developing the Catholic ethos of our school.”
“I have been the Headteacher at St. Martha’s since January 2003. During this time the school has grown in numbers and diversity and we are embarking on a new stage in the life of the school with a £3,000,000 extension, which will be completed in the summer of 2016.
I have seen several changes at St. Martha’s over the years and I am delighted to be part of a wonderful team of Staff and Governors.
I have 4 daughters who have all been educated at St. Martha’s and a dog named Paddy.