School Governors

Mrs Marcia Wolstencroft

Chair of Governors/Foundation Governor

holy.cross.rc.primary.school@plymouth.gov.uk

Phone 01752 225420

I joined Holy Cross Governing Body as a Foundation Governor in 2003, after I retired from the role of an Education Adviser with Plymouth LA. ,

I have been Chair of Governors for several years and was involved in the formation of The Mary of The Cross Federation with The Cathedral School in 2012.

This has enabled me to use my experience and expertise of working in education to support, challenge and advise the schools and their communities.

It has been a great privilege and pleasure to work with the whole community of both schools. They have a very strong catholic ethos and offer quality education and learning experiences to the children in their care.

As Chair of Governors, I regularly visit both schools to work with Senior Management. I’m involved in meetings, planning, interviews, attending school events, parents’ meetings and, most positively, meeting with the children and observing their learning!

Mrs Pauline Hands

Vice Chair of Governors/Foundation Governor

As well as my role of Governor, I have been part of the Mary of the Cross Federation family (and particularly Holy Cross) since 2003 with my first daughter going through the school and now my second daughter in Year 6. Although recently re-joining the Governing body, I also held a position of Foundation Governor/Vice Chair of Governors for 8 years (with a 2 year break due to work commitments). I also work within the education sector at City College Plymouth as Director of Marketing, Corporate Relations & Enterprise.

As a Governor my role is to act in a supportive capacity for the senior management and staff, to bring my experience to the team, as well as acting as a “critical friend”. Furthermore, as a parent I can readily understand that sometimes it is easier to speak to another parent and I can represent their views and signpost to the relevant school representative.

Being a Governor and part of the Governing body is vital to the running of both schools and I am pleased that I can be part of this to assist in acting as a sounding board, enabling decisions to be made and ensuring that we work together with all staff, parents/guardians and pupils, so that we can continue in providing excellent teaching and learning for our pupils.

Mrs Marguerite Sperring

Foundation Governor

Safeguarding Governor

My name is Marguerite Sperring and I am a Foundation Governor. I bring my skills as a trained and qualified HR specialist to support the School and Governing Body. I also bring my deep faith and desire for a safe environment for staff and pupils to support the School and Governing Body. I sit on the relevant committees where my skills can be best utilised (RE, Safeguarding and HR). I also visit the schools at various times (e.g. parent evenings) to be a face the pupils and parents recognise as that of a governor and hopefully one that is approachable.

I am proud to be involved with the Governing Body because I believe in both Schools and what they want to achieve. The passion for doing the best for the pupils and staff is evident in what is said and done and I want to be associated with people that have that passion.

Mr Sean Harrison

Foundation Governor

Health and Safety Governor

I have been a Foundation Governor since 2012. My children have all attended Holy Cross.

Mr Bogdan Radu

Foundation Governor

Mr. Paul Cotter asked me to be foundation Governor, in September 2014, I have a degree in History (1995, Bucharest University) and one in Finance (2010, ASE i.e. Business School, Bucharest). In Romania I used to be a teacher of Mathematics, a History teacher and a letting agent. I moved to the UK (Plymouth) in September 2010 and I worked as a Private Hire Taxi Driver since November 2010.

Both my younger children, Robert and Alexia have been students of the Cathedral School of St. Mary, and they were given an outstanding education there. I am very grateful for all this and my activity as a Governor is a little way of showing it. As an expat I can use my expertise in order to make the integration of expat students a little bit smoother. As a future teacher of Mathematics, I also can help the children who need special help in this field.

Mr Gary Futcher

Foundation Governor

I have been a secondary school teacher for over twenty years and I am currently Principal of All Saints Academy Plymouth. I am passionate about what happens in the classroom and the difference education can make to young lives. I am a practising Catholic and previously worked for eight years at Notre Dame, Plymouth’s girls’ Catholic school. I have a strong belief in teachers as reflective practitioners and lifelong learners and have an MEd in Professional Development.

Mr Tim Driscoll

Staff Governor - Holy Cross School

My journey within the Mary of the Cross Federation started in 1990 as a pupil of Holy Cross. The school has always been a place of happy memories, instilling a love and passion for learning as well as self-belief that anything is possible. It was then and still is now, a place of nurture and care where the children learn to place God at the centre of all that we do and recognise the value of every individual. It is because of these qualities that I joined the governing body as a staff governor , allowing me to give something back to a place that has given me so much.

I have the unique benefit of having worked in both of our federated schools. Before moving to Holy Cross to teach Year 2 in September 2015, I spent 4 years as the Year 5/6 teacher at The Cathedral School. Whilst in this position I was also staff governor. Having an insight into the workings of both schools and knowing both sets of staff allows me to make suggestions that utilises the strengths of across the federation to further enhance the learning for the children in our care.

Mrs Chelsea O'Brien

Staff Governor - Cathedral School of St Mary

My passion and drive for teaching began in 2008 as a City of Plymouth College student during my first placement at The Cathedral school. I was fortunate to experience children showing such a love of learning and happiness while at school, this is due to the nurturing, caring and welcoming environment that offers opportunities to every child to reach their full potential. I continued my teaching journey at The university of St Mark and St John and studied Children, Welfare and Society. I then completed my PGCE at Plymouth University. I am a foundation/ year 1 teacher and currently am in my third year of teaching at the Cathedral School.

Mrs Lisa Martin

Parent Governor - Holy Cross School

Having lived overseas for a number of years, I am a relatively new parent to both Holy Cross and Plymouth. I am open minded and progressive, but I do enjoy and appreciate the many school traditions.
I am a staunch supporter of Holy Cross and will enjoy being able to shape the way forward for the school.

Mrs Nicola Chong

Parent Governor - Cathedral School

I am currently a full time homemaker having previously worked in education for 10 years and as a dietician. I have two children at Cathedral School. I am committed to the goal of achieving the best possible all round educational experience for all pupils. I am also an active member of the Friends of School and currently act as the Chair.

Mr Paul Cotter

Staff Governor

Executive Headteacher

Mrs Dawn Potterton

Associate Governor

Head of Learning - Holy Cross Catholic Primary School

Mrs Kim Brady

Associate Governor

Head of Learning - The Cathedral School of St Mary

 

 Mary of the Cross Federation

Governor Meeting Dates

Academic Year 2017-2018

The Governing Body will aspire to place Christ at the centre of all we do, reflect the mission statements of both schools and ensure that they are at the heart of the communities they serve.

The Governing Body will aim to provide inclusive, safe and dynamic learning environments which nurture the whole child. Through the delivery of  high quality curriculum provision with Literacy and Numeracy at the core, our aim will be for all our pupils to reach their highest potential.

The Governing Body will challenge and support the Leadership Team and all staff to maintain high standards of teaching and learning at all times.

 

Date

 

 

Time

 

Venue

 

Monday 25th September, 2017

 

 6.0’ clock

 Holy Cross

Monday 6th November, 2017

 

Ditto

The Cathedral School

Monday 4th December, 2017

 

Ditto

Holy Cross

Monday 22th January, 2018

 

Ditto

The Cathedral School

Monday 26th February, 2018

 

Ditto

Holy Cross

Monday 26th March, 2018

 

Ditto

The Cathedral School

Monday 14th  May, 2018

 

Ditto

Holy Cross

Monday 11th June, 2018

 

Ditto

The Cathedral School

Monday 9th July, 2018

 

Ditto

Holy Cross

 

Mary of the Cross Federation  

Governor List

Governors Register of Interest and Meeting Attendance

2017/18      
 

Name

Type of Governor

Term of Office

Relevant Business Interests

Governance at Other Schools

Relationship to Staff Members:

 

Child at School:

Meeting Attendance

2017/18

out of 9

 

Meetings: 25.9.17, 06.11.17,     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paul Cotter

STA

31.8.12 - permanent

CAST Director 22.9.14

 

Wife: Staff – Holy Cross

2 of 9

Lisa Martin

PAR

7.11.16 to 7.11.20

Platinum Student Service Ltd. Student Concierge Company – Education 18+

 

Child at Holy Cross

2 of 9

Nicola Chong

PAR

19.10.15 to 19.10.19

 

 

Child at Cathedral School

2 of 9

Pauline Hands

FOU

20.5.15 to 20.5.19

City College Plymouth – Further Education

 

 

1 of 9

Marguerite Sperring

FOU

1.9.16 to 31.8.20

Organist & Choir Leader –

Plymouth RC Diocese

 

 

1 of 9

Marcia Wolstencroft

FOU

31.8.16 to 30.8.20

 

 

 

1 of 9

Kim Brady

STA

Sept. 2017 permanent

 

 

 

2 of 9

Gary Futcher

FOU

10.12.15 to 10.12.19

Principal – All Saints Academy, Plymouth

 

 

2 of 9

Dawn Potterton

STA

9.1.2017 – permanent

Wife of Director of Starlines [Children’s Theatre Company]

 

 

2 of 9

Sean Harrison

FOU

31.8.16 to 30.8.20

 

 

 

0 of 9

Timothy Driscoll

STAF

1.12.16 to 1.12.20

 

 

 

2 of 9

Chelsea O’brien

STAFF

27.3.17 to 28.3.20

 

 

 

2 of 9

 

 

Mary of the Cross Federation  

Governor List

Governors Register of Interest and Meeting Attendance

2016/17

 

Name

Type of Governor

Term of Office

Relevant Business Interests

Governance at Other Schools

Relationship to Staff Members:

 

Child at School;

Meeting Attendance 2016-17 out of

Meetings: 26.9.16 7.11.16   5.12.16 23.1.17 27.2.17 27.3.17   2.5.17   15.5.17     12.6.17       10.7.17  

 

 

 

 

Paul Cotter

STA

31.8.12 - permanent

CAST Director 22.9.14

 

Wife: Staff – Holy Cross

9 of10

Lisa Martin

PAR

7.11.16 to 7.11.20

Platinum Student Service Ltd. Student Concierge Company

 

Child at Holy Cross

6 of10 from start

Nicola Chong

PAR

19.10.15 to 19.10.19

 

 

Child at Cathedral School

7 of10

Pauline Hands

FOU

20.5.15 to 20.5.19

City College Plymouth – Further Education

 

 

7 of10

Bogdan Radu

FOU

17.10.14 to 16.10.18

 

 

 

5 of10

Marguerite Sperring

FOU

1.9.16 to 31.8.20

 

 

 

7 of10

Marcia Wolstencroft

FOU

31.8.16 to 30.8.20

Dame Hannah Trustee since 2003 to 2017

 

 

8 of10

Bernie Kennedy

ASSOC

permanent

N/A

 

 

9 of10

Gary Futcher

FOU

10.12.15 to 10.12.19

Principal – All Saints Academy, Plymouth

 

 

9 of10

Dawn Potterton

STA

9.1.2017 – permanent

Wife of Director of Starlines [Children’s Theatre Company]

 

 

7 of10

From start

Sean Harrison

FOU

31.8.16 to 30.8.20

 

 

 

6 of10

Timothy Driscoll

STAF

1.12.16 to 1.12.20

All Saints CofE Academy – Secondary Academy

 

 

8 of10

from Start

Chelsea Mildren

STAFF

27.3.17 to 28.3.20

 

 

 

4 of10

From start