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Governors’ Mission Statement – St Raphael’s Catholic Primary School

We will dedicate ourselves to supporting the school to deliver the aims of the Governing Body within a framework of trust, respect and shared values. We will support and contribute to the school to secure its mission and sustain its ethos as a Catholic School. Our actions will be rooted in the best interests of the school and its pupils, and we will explain our decisions openly and honestly to staff, parents, pupils and anyone in the wider community.

We will provide the necessary resources to enable the pupils within our school to learn about our world and religion and become useful and productive members of the community. This will be achieved through appropriate allocation of school funds, recruitment of dedicated staff who are encouraged to learn and grow within the school, and continuing reviews of pupil progress against the high standards expected of all our pupils.

We are committed to developing each child’s relationship with God by providing a safe, happy and stimulating learning environment in which every child can succeed and come to know God better as they Love, Live and Learn

The Governors are committed to ensuring the very best possible educational provision for the children in an ethos founded on respect. They are fully involved with the School, and are concerned with employing high quality staff who work as a team in the interests of the parents and children of St Raphael’s.

The usual term of office for a Governor is four years. The Chair and Vice-Chair are elected by the Governing Body annually at the first meeting of the academic year.  Our Chair and Joint Vice-Chairs for the Academic year 2016 - 2017 are:


Chair of Governors:

Mrs Mairead Cassidy            

Foundation Governor

Vice-Chair of Governors:

Cllr Bassam Mahfouz      

LA Governor


Governors are supported by the Clerk, who undertakes all the administrative work for the Governing Body and our Committees.


The Clerk to the Governors is:  

Ms Elizabeth Howard 


All correspondence to the Chair or to the Clerk should be directed through or via the school office. 

The Full Governing Body (FGB) meets at least once a term; the dates of the FGB meetings for the year 2018-2019 are:


In addition to the FGB all Governors are members of at least one of two main sub-committees which meet once a term (3 times a year). These committees carry out most of the detailed work of the Governing Body and report to the FGB. The committees are:

FGB                    Wednesday 26 September 2018

Committees       Wednesday 7th November 2018

FGB training       Wednesday 12th December 2018

Committees       Wednesday 20th March 2018

FGB                    Wednesday 3rd April

Committees       Wednesday 1st May 2018

FGB                    Wednesday 3rd May 2018

Committees       Wednesday 10th July 2018


•    Children and Learning
•    Resources
Governors also meet once a year as an Admissions Panel to review nursery and reception admissions; this Panel does not include the Parish Priest.  

The Admissions Clerk is:  

Mrs Vida Amofa.


The work that the committees do:
Children and Learning: this Committee monitors the curriculum provision across the school and focuses on the attainment of all pupils, in particular those groups who have been identified as needing targeted intervention. The school's assessment data is closely analysed and lead teachers provide reports on progress in their subject.  Areas identified as needing improvement are included in the School Improvement Plan and are reviewed on a termly basis.
The Committee monitors provision of resources to children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), and reviews statutory policies relating to the school's curriculum on a cyclical basis.  It also reviews pupil behaviour, pupil safety and racist incidents on a termly basis.
Resources: this Committee has responsibility for ensuring that the school expenditure remains within budget, and that all funds are spent wisely with the purpose of meeting the needs of the school.  The Resources Committee meets every term, with one of the meetings dedicated to planning the budget for the next financial year.  It provides guidance for the Headteacher on matters relating to the school premises, school site, security and Health and Safety; it also monitors the elements of the Accessibility Plan relating to premises.  The Resources Committee approves costs and arrangements for repairs, maintenance and renovation within the budget.  A member of the Committee has a specific role as H&S representative and carries out a termly inspection of the school premises.




Mairead Cassidy   Chair of Governing Body

Appointed Foundation Governor 01 Sep 2014 to 31 Aug 2018

Governor attendance for 2018-2019 school year 
FGB meetings 1/1, Curriculum meetings, Admissions Panel 

Register of Interests: None

Mairead Cassidy is a parishioner at St Raphael’s and became a Governor of the school in 2014. She taught Modern Languages at secondary level for several years before becoming involved in special educational needs, she is currently involved in as an adviser in a neighbouring borough.
Mairead is chair the Children and Learning Committee.  She believes sincerely that Catholic schools provide a positive and inclusive environment in which the values of compassion, care and tolerance are an integral part of the curriculum; as a Governor she can make a contribution to this ideal. Her Lead Areas as Governor are Pupil Premium and also Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)








Fr John Welsh
Appointed Foundation Governor 01 Sep 2012 to 31 Aug 2016

Governor attendance for 2018-2019 school year 
FGB meetings 1/3, Resources  

Fr John is the Parish Priest at St Raphael’s Church and as part of that role he is a Foundation Governor at the School.  Fr John sits on the Resources Committee. He aims to ensure the Catholic life of the school is upheld.  Fr John’s Lead Area as Governor is RE.



Cllr Bassam Mahfouz - Vice Chair of the Governing Body
Appointed Local Authority Governor 07 Nov 2014 to 06 Nov 2018

Governor attendance for 2018-2019 school year
FGB meetings 1/3, Resources meetings, Admissions Panel  

Register of Interests: None

Bassam Mahfouz is proud of being a former pupil at St Raphael's School and have served on the Governing Body for over 16 years.  He chairs the school's Resources Committee.  Bassam has also served this part of Northolt as a local Councillor for over 10 years.   On the Council he is responsible for the environment, transport and leisure.


Marcin Lewandowski
Appointed Parent Governor 01 Dec 2015 to 30 Nov 2019 

Governor attendance for 2018-2019 school year
FGB meetings 1/3, Curriculum meetings, Admissions Panel 

Register of Interests: None

Marcin Lewandowski has been a Parent Governor since 2015 and his daughter currently attends the school.  
He is a qualified and practising teacher, educational consultant and manager with fourteen years of experience. He is passionate about improving children’s educational prospects and helping them reach their potential. Marcin has developed and delivered a variety of projects that address this goal indirectly or directly. For example, he has worked with migrant parents helping them improve their language skills which, in turn, allowed them to better engage with schools and to become more involved in their children’s education.  He sits on the Children and Learning Committee.  His Lead Area as Governor is English.

Marcin hopes to use his skills and experience to ensure an ongoing improvement and development of the school so it becomes the best place for learning and growth of the students now and in the future.



Juliet Ogunyomi
Appointed Parent Governor 01 Dec 2015 to 30 Nov 2019 

Governor attendance 2018-2019 school year
FGB meetings 2/2, Resources meetings 1/2, Admissions Panel 1/1

Register of Interests: None

Juliet Ogunyomi joined the Governing Body in Dec 2015 when she was elected as a Parent Governor. 

As a parent with a child in the school, Juliet is very keen to offer support and give something back.  Juliet’s professional career is in Financial Services; however, she has a genuine passion for education.  Juliet sits on the Resources Committee.  Her Lead Area as Governor is Health & Safety and Premises. 


Pauline Power 
Appointed Foundation Governor Septemeber 2018 to September 2022

Governor attendance for 2018-2019 school year 
FGB meetings 1/1, Curriculum meetings ,  Resources meetings , 
Admissions panel 
Register of Interests: None
Pauline Power has worked as a member of the support staff with responsibility for welfare issues for about 28 years.  Pauline’s four children all attended St Raphael's School.  Pauline is an active member of the P.S.A.  She is also involved with the Beaver scouts meetings held at St Raphael's Parish Centre.  

Pauline became Staff Governor last year and is enjoying being more involved with the Governing Body and all the changes that our school is going through at this time.  As Staff Governor her Lead Area is Policies.





Ms Evelyn Ward

Appointed Head teacher in April 2016 

Committees: Children & Learning, Resources

Evelyn Ward feels proud to be head of St Raphael's school. Working with a dedicated and experienced leadership team as well as committed governors, she is enjoying the journey to enhance the reputation of St. Raphael's school as being a beacon of excellence where every child can thrive academically, spiritually, physically and socially.

Evelyn has had two previous headships and has led both previous schools to outstanding. She is committed to driving up standards and enriching the curriculum. She believes passionately that intelligence is not fixed and that every child can achieve beyond their wildest dreams if provided with the correct tools, excellent teaching and learning opportunities to allow this to happen. 

Other Governors who have served on St Raphael’s Governing Body in the last twelve months are: 
Ann Staunton (as Headteacher).  Appointed 01 Sep 2006.  Resigned due to retirement on 15 Dec 2015.

Mary McCallion (as Acting Headteacher).  Appointed 15 Dec 2015 to 10 Apr 2016.  Resigned when this role ended.

Moses Omuvwie (Foundation Governor).  Appointed 01 May 2012 to 30 Apr 2016.  Resigned at end of his term of office.

Join in
All Governors to a school’s Governing Body must be elected or appointed. If you would like to join St Raphael’s Governing Body please contact the Chair, Sally Ann Osmond at or the Headteacher at