A Board of Directors governs the Trust and is legally responsible for our school and other schools in the Trust. The Board is the key decision-making body and has three core governance functions: ensuring clarity of Catholic vision, ethos and strategic direction; holding executive leaders to account for educational performance and ensuring money is well spent.
The Board has appointed a Local Governing Body to conduct core governance functions in our school. Local governors, appointed or elected from different parts of our school community, serve on our local governing body. The Chair of the Local Governing Body is Mark Cramphorn. To get in touch with the Chair, email email@example.com or write to the Chair at the school address.
The local governing body meets twice a term to conduct business. Some aspects of its work are carried out by sub-committees or by link governors who visit our schools to focus on particular areas.
Remit and Exercise of Functions
The powers, constitution and proceedings of the local governing body are set out formally in a Scheme of Delegation and Delegation Matrix. The terms of reference for local governing body sub-committees and link governor roles show which responsibilities have been delegated by the local governing body and the names of those appointed to key positions.
Our local governing body has the following sub-committees and link governor roles: Admissions, Hearings, Headteacher Performance Review, Safeguarding. The terms of reference are available here.
Each committee meets at least once a term. Other committees or working parties are convened as appropriate
Roberto is a Foundation Governor. He has three children attending St Joseph’s. Roberto works for a global asset manager and has 20 years’ experience in banking. He has a BS degree in Economics from LUISS Guido Carli University in Rome and a MSc in Finance at LBS in London. He has served as a visitor lecturer in Finance at Bocconi and Luiss University in Italy.
Mark is an associate member of our local governing body. He is a father of four with two children currently attending St Joseph’s. Mark has spent a career in advertising, marketing and communications. During his time in business he has held senior positions in both global and local companies in roles ranging from Managing director to COO. Mark currently runs his own agency in central London. Having spent time in India, Mark finds himself interested how a country or organisation can improve a situation from the bottom up, as well as top down.
Dr. Ninette Fernandes-Viana
Dr. Ninette Fernandes-Viana
Dr Fernandes-Viana is Headteacher at St. Joseph's Primary School and a staff governor on the local governing body. A former pupil, parent and teacher at the school, Dr Fernandes-Viana has a long and successful history associated with the school's achievements, having progressed from an LSA to a class teacher in Years 2, 4, 5 and 6, Head of English, Deputy Head, SENCO, Acting Head Teacher and now Head Teacher. Passionately devoted to learning, with English as her specialism, Dr Fernandes-Viana also has a PhD in English Literature and has taught Victorian Literature in King's College London and at Hull University.
Gillian was elected as Local Authority Governor in January 2019.
Dionne is a Foundation Governor elected to her post in 2019 and has two children of different ages both attending St Joseph’s School. Dionne has spent her career working in the luxury goods sector. Since 2009, Dionne has ran her own consultancy firm specialising in Sales and Marketing for premium skin care, cosmetics and fashion brands.
Maria is an elected Parent Governor and has had a child attending St. Joseph's since nursery. Maria works in Financial Services and is experienced in Risk, Governance, Finance and Operations. She holds a university degree in Management and is a qualified Management Accountant
Patricia is an elected Staff Governor. She holds a primary honours degree in Social Science, a master’s degree in European Social Policy and a Catholic Certificate in Education. Patricia has 20 years’ experience as a classroom teacher and core subject leader and looks forward to bringing her experience to bear in her new role.
Caroline Moulinet is a Parent Governor since 2023. Her family joined the school in 2015: her four children attend or have attended St Joseph’s from nursery to year 6. She has a Master’s degree in chemistry and biochemistry and worked ten years in the cosmetics industry. She is now working in AI and machine learning patents technology for pharma, medtech and beauty care products industries. She is also a journalist for the Catholic online newspaper Aleteia and a writer.
The Governance documents for the Saint John Southworth Catholic Academy Trust can be accessed from its website.
The terms upon which our school is funded are set out in a funding agreement with the Secretary of State for Education.
Register of Interests and Meeting Attendance
- Register of Interests for the local governing body.
- Record of Meeting Attendance 2022 - 2023 for local governors
The Trust maintains accounting records and prepares an annual report and accounts in line with the Charity Commission's Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP) and Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) Accounts Direction. Our reports and accounts will be published on the trust’s website by 31 January each year.
The Governors’ Fund
As a Catholic academy the governors are responsible for the maintenance of the school buildings and must match-fund at least 10% of expenditure on any building work that is undertaken. This includes any expenditure in ICT infrastructure. To enable the local governing body to achieve this it relies on voluntary contributions from parents and friends of the school.
In recent years, classroom renovations have taken place, playgrounds renewed and technology updated using said contributions.
If you would like to donate to our Governors’ Fund please click here and thank you, we are very grateful for the support that we are fortunate to receive from friends to the school.