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Welcome to our Governors’ section. 

Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.

What types of Governors are there?

Depending on the category of the school, the governing body will be made up of different numbers and categories of governors. These are the types of Governor at Dunstone at present:

  • Foundation governors - appointed by the Archdiocese of Birmingham.
  • Parent governors - selected by election (or appointment if insufficient people stand for election) and drawn from parents and carers of children at the school.
  • Staff governors - selected by election from the support staff and paid to work at the school.
  • Teacher governors - selected by election from teaching staff and paid to work at the school.
  • LA governors - appointed by the Local Education Authority

What are School Governors?

School Governors are people from the school’s community who wish to make a positive contribution to children’s education. They must be aged 18 or over at the date of their election or appointment, and there is no upper age limit. 
Governors are the largest volunteer force in the county and have an important part to play in raising school standards through their three key roles of setting strategic direction, ensuring accountability and monitoring and evaluating school performance.

What Do Governors Do?

Governors work as a team. They are responsible for making sure the school provides a good quality education, as raising educational standards in school is now a key priority. This has the best chance of happening when there are high expectations of what pupils can achieve.

Governors also promote effective ways of teaching and learning when setting the school aims and policies. They do this together with the head, who is responsible for the day to day management of the school. Heads are chosen by governors - and most heads choose to be governors themselves. 
They may also include representatives from the church, charitable trust or business interests.

Numbers vary depending on the school's type or size, and appointments are for four years.

The Governing Body:

  • is accountable for the performance of the school to parents and the wider community
  • plans the school's future direction
  • selects the Headteacher
  • makes decisions on the school's budget and staffing
  • makes sure the national curriculum is taught
  • decides how the school can encourage pupil's spiritual, moral and social development
  • makes sure the school provides for all its pupils, including those with special needs.

Governors are at the heart of how a school operates. It is important they get things right. How they do their job affects the interests of pupils, staff morale and how the school is seen by parents and others in the community.

Declaration of interest

John Teahan- Chair Of Governors

Dates of office 1/9/19- 31/8/23

Governor at St Patrick's School

Chair of the Board of Directors of the Holy Cross MAC








Tony Cawley- Vice Chair of Governors

Dates of office 1/9/19-31/8/23

Governor at Bishop Ullathorne

Director of the Holy Cross MAC






Marie Ann Jackson - Foundation Governor

Term of office 1/9/2019-31/8/23

Catholic Life Governor








Nikki Symons- Foundation Governor

First appointed 2013
Term of office 1/9/2019-31/8/23

SEND Governor





Alan Farmer

Term of office 1/9/19- 31/8/23

Co-opted Governor

First appointed Sept 2005






Veronica Gosling- Headteacher

First appointed Sept2011








Gemma Grealy - staff Governor

First appointed March 2012

Term of office March 18-March 22







 James Coughlan - Foundation Governor

First appointed

Term of office 1/9/19-31/8/23

Headteacher of Bishop Challoner









Andrew Green - Parent Governor

First appointed Jan 2015

Term of office 2019-2023









Siobhan Cummings - Parent Governor

First appointed 22/2/20

Term of office 22/2/20-22/2/24







Terry Twomey - Foundation Governor

First appointed

Term of office

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