Letters from the Governors
At St Anthony’s Catholic Primary and Nursery School we have a very active governing body that is made up of foundation governors, the headteacher, the assistant headteacher, the assistant priest of Holy Rood Church, parent governors and a Local Authority governor.
As governors we attend termly full governing body meetings and further meetings specific to the committees that we are on for example: resources, admissions and school development. We also have governors that work specifically on safeguarding and health and safety in school.
Our role also involves acting as a critical friend to the headteacher and challenging the senior leadership team during meetings but also offering support and acknowledging areas of success within school. The Headteacher invites the governing body into school in their role as link governors for specific subject areas. We carry out monitoring visits and feedback to the governing body.
A very important part of our visits is to attend masses, liturgies and retreat days in order to be a key part of the Catholic Life of the School. We also attend sports events, drama productions, and we always look forward to the annual Christmas dinner in the hall shared with Year 6 classes.
We are actively encouraged to attend additional training courses that are led by the Westminster diocese and also Herts for Learning and we complete relevant online training.
As a volunteering role it is challenging and requires governors to commit a lot of time, however we all do so in order to support our school and children in being the best it can be. We feel very proud to be part of the St Anthony’s School community as we all Grow and Learn with Jesus together.
Imogen became a Foundation Governor in May 2019 and has been Chair since October 2022. She is Head of Maths and Acting Assistant Head Academic in a local independent secondary school. Imogen is married with three sons and a daughter and she worships at Holy Rood Church.
Ellena became a Foundation Governor in August 2015 and has been Vice Chair since October 2022. Ellena is married with three children, all of her children have been educated at St Anthony’s School. Ellena is our link governor for EYFS and SEND.
David has been a Foundation and Local Authority Governor at St Anthony’s for the past 37 years. He is a member of the Resources, Admissions and Performance Management committees. Before retiring, he was a Technical Director in a global defence company. David is a Chartered Electrical Engineer and a Fellow of the IET. David is married with four children and two grandchildren.
Nick is a Higher Rights Advocate and has worked in the Criminal Justice System for over 17 years. He is also a Senior Member of the Valuation Tribunal Service. In his spare time, he likes to play golf and travel. Nick joined as Parent Governor in February 2020.
Juliette became a Foundation Governor in September 2022. Having been in education all her working life, providing children with the best possible education is very important to her. Music has a big place in her life and she plays the viola at Holy Rood Church and in local orchestras.
Siobhan believes that life is a journey, where learning & education are integral. Fascinated by nature, curious about science her career has been in health (NHS, academia, & drug development). To her knowledge & qualifications (Fellowship, MSc & PhD gained while a parent) are weightless and have helped open doors. The values she holds most dearly are joy, kindness, equality, friendship & love. Siobhan is the link Governor for Science and healthy schools.
|Date of Appointment
Sept 2022- July 2023
|Imogen Barrett Walsh
|1st May 2019
|Chair of Governors
Performance Management Governor
Children looked after
Child Protection Governor
Herts Association of School Governors
|1st August 2015
|Vice Chair of Governors
Performance Management Governor
|11th October 2022
|Performance Management Governor
|1st January 2002
|10th May 2021
|Assistant Headteacher DSL
Inclusion and SEN
|Nick De Freitas
|4th February 2020
|Pupil Premium Governor
Governors' Development Co-ordinator
|7th May 2021
|Health Schools Governor
|1st September 2022
Imogen Barrett Walsh is Head of Maths at Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls, Elstree.