Bishop Ullathorne Catholic School Governors
The role of the Governing Body:
Governing bodies are the key strategic decision-making body in every school. It is their job to set the school’s strategic framework. This includes ensuring the school has a long-term strategic vision. The governing body agree the strategic priorities, aims and objectives for the school and agree the policies, plans and targets for how to achieve them. They check on progress and review regularly their strategic framework for the school in the light of that progress.
Foundation governors, appointed by the Catholic Diocese, have a specific role in preserving and developing the character of the school, including its religious character. They ensure our school is conducted in accordance with the foundations’ governing documents, including the trust deed relating to the school.
This is a demanding role for our volunteer governors who are a group of representatives of parents, staff, the local community, the local authority and the Catholic Church. Their role includes:
understanding their strategic role – building a productive and supportive relationship with the Headteacher while holding him to account for school performance and taking hard strategic decisions in the light of objective data;
ensuring they have the necessary skills and commitment, including challenging the school to bring about improvement and hold leaders to account for performance;
appointing an effective Chair to lead and manage the governing body
evaluating their performance regularly in the light of Ofsted expectations and other good practice; and
making changes as necessary to improve their effectiveness.
The Governors undertake their duties through a series of Committees who meet at least termly and through feedback to the Full Governing Body at their termly meetings. These are:
Resource Management Committee - dealing with financial management, premises, health & safety, human resources and acts as the school's pay committee.
Quality & Standards - dealing with the quality and standards of education throughout the school. Monitoring the performance of the school and reviewing the school curriculum.
Governors are required to complete a Register of Business Interests form each academic year. These were completed by all governors for the 2018-19 school year and all recorded a nil return.
The Governing Body is now made up as follows:
Foundation Governors and Foundation Parents (Total 8)
Mr R Ridley Chair of Governors, Resource Management & Quality & Standards
Mr A Cawley Vice Chair of Governors, Resource Management (Committee Chair) & Quality & Standards
Mrs M Perry Resource Management & Quality & Standards
Mrs S. Gee Foundation Governor
Mrs C Taylor Foundation Governor
Elected Parent Governors (Total 2)
Elected Staff Governor (Total 1)
Mr C. Burns
Co-opted Governor - (Total 1)
LA Governor (Total 1)
Headteacher (Total 1)
Mr C Billings (All Committees)
Governors can be contacted via the Clerk to the Governors, c/o Bishop Ullathorne Catholic School, Leasowes Avenue, Coventry CV3 6BH or by email
About our Governors
Robert Ridley - Chair of Governing Body
Robert knows Bishop Ullathorne Catholic School well having studied here in the late 1980s. Robert has over 15 years experience as a Foundation Governor at St Anne's Catholic School initially, and then here at Bishop Ullathorne Catholic School since 2012. He has held a number of management positions at a FTSE 100 company within the Financial Services industry which has skilled him in areas such as Finance and IT, Organisational Change Management, HR and Business Development. Robert has two children at Bishop Ullathorne in years 7 and 11 and is an active member of St Thomas More parish in Styvechale.
Tony Cawley – Vice Chair
I have been a foundation governor at Bishop Ullathorne since 2012 and am also a Governor at St John Vianney Primary school. I am employed as a Business Manager working in the field of Electrical Automation for an international company. I currently serve as chair of the Recourses and Finance subcommittee. I understand many of the challenges faced by school leaders and am passionate in helping the school achieve the best possible outcomes for all pupils. Both of my children have attended Bishop Ullathorne School and my daughter is currently in Year 12.
Chris Billings has been Headteacher at Bishop Ullathorne since September 2017. He was previously Deputy Headteacher for two years. Chris has worked in Catholic education for 13 years and is also a foundation Governor at St Gregory’s primary school in Stratford Upon Avon..
Maureen Ann Perry
I have worked in schools in Coventry from 1970 to 2006 as a teacher
I was a serving head at St Benedict from 1982 – 2001 and after amalgamating with St Mary’s the Headteacher from 2001 – 2006. St Mary and St Benedict is one of the feeder schools to Ullathorne
I have had three children at the school and three grandchildren, two of which are present pupils, we have also two more coming up when they reach Key Stage 3
Although retired I work as a consultant to schools helping to create a stimulating environment for children to work in by refurbishing areas in the buildings (and gardens) such as libraries, halls, circulation spaces and outdoor areas using art work and curriculum work done by the pupils
As a governor I am Treasurer of the Coventry Governors Association and represent Secondary Local Authority Schools on the Schools Forum
We have recently moved and now attend St Francis Church in Kenilworth
I have recently been appointed as a Foundation Governor at Bishop Ullathorne School but have longstanding links with the school firstly, as a past pupil from 1986 to 1993 and now as a parent of two children who are in Yr8 and Yr11.
I am a parishioner at Saint John Vianney and have over 20 years teaching experience across the primary age range. I currently teach as St Osburg's School where I have been since 2001 and am an accredited Key Stage 1 moderator working with the Local Authority Assessment team.