We are very lucky at St. Bernadette’s to have the support of a very committed and dedicated group of people as our Governors.

Governor roles and responsibilities are reviewed annually at our first LMB of the academic year.

Chair of Governors: Mrs M Bilous (Foundation Governor)
Vice Chair: Mr J Shiel (Foundation Governor)
Foundation Governors: Mr P Benfield; Mrs L Brady, Mrs L Cutler, Mr M Wren
Parent Governors: Mr J Willett and Mr S Finn
Staff Governor: Mrs L Stoker


Class Governors

The following Governors have a Class Governors responsibility.  Our Class Governors visit school regularly throughout the year.  As such they visit class and discuss children’s work. They also attend class assemblies and support with events.

Year 1:
Year 2:
Year 3:
Year 4: 
Year 5:
Year 6: 

To confirm class Governors at our first LMB of the academic year.


Governors with monitoring roles linked to School Improvement Plan

Each year Governors are assigned to aspects of the School Improvement Plan. Throughout the year they come to school to support, monitor and challenge how the school is developing against the annual priorities within the plan.

The Governors have areas of responsibility as follows:

Leadership and Management: Mrs M Bilous and Mr J Willett

Personal Development: Mr M Wren
Behaviour and attitudes: Mrs L Brady
Quality of Education: Mr P Benfield, Mr P Mullins and Mr J Shiel
Mr J Shiel
Core subjects: Mr P Benfield
Foundation subjects: TBC
Religious Education and Catholic Life of the School: Mrs L Cutler
Sex & Relationships Education: Mrs L Cutler
Special Educational Needs: Mr S Finn

Pupil Premium and Sports Premium: Mr J Willett
Safeguarding: Mrs L Cutler
Early Years: Mrs L Brady
Website: Mrs L Brady
Safer recruitment: Mrs M Bilous
Corporate Services: Mrs M Bilous, Mr J Willett and Mr S Finn


  • Mrs M Bilous and Mr J Shiel, our Chair and Vice Chair of Governors, liaise with the Trust central team to support Governor Induction; Health & Safety & Risk Management; Appraisal; Appeals and Concerns.


The full Local Management Board meet each term with a focus on Finance and Raising Achievement.

Our meetings this academic year are: Thursday 5th December 2019, 6pm; Thursday 23rd January 2020, 6pm; Thursday 2nd July 2020, 6pm.


Governors are appointed for a term of four years, this term is renewable.  Foundation Governors are appointed by the Diocese, not individual schools.  Parent Governors are elected every 4 years – any school parent can put themselves forward for election.   Staff governors are elected from the staff team every four years.

In the last 3 years, 4 Governors have left or retired from their posts held within the LMB:

  • Mrs Juliette Scott left (Parent Governor 2016-2019)
  • Mrs Mary Cobbold retired (Headteacher at St Bernadette’s 1983-2017)
  • Monsignor Hogan retired (Parish Priest at St Bernadette’s Church 1994-Present; Chair of Governors at St Bernadette’s 1994-2017)
  • Don McCann retired (Foundation Governor 1994-2017)
We are grateful to them for their knowledge, understanding and commitment to the school and wish them all well.
Monsignor Hogan continues to have an active role within school as Parish Priest.  He is a regular visitor in school and classes. He is readily available for children, staff and parents to talk with. His presence around school is another way in which we ensure that our faith is visible and lived out.