Local Governing body
The role of the Local Governing Body (LGB) is to challenge and support the leadership of our school.
At St Francis Xavier the LGB play a key role in shaping how strategy translates into policy and practice. From September 2021 a link governor(s) oversees each of the following areas
- Quality of Education
- Pupil Premium
- Leadership and Management
- Personal Development
- Behaviour and Attitudes
The link governors meet with members of staff, parents, and pupils to gain a deep understanding of each area and triangulate findings before reporting back to the wider LGB.
Governors also take part in an annual ‘Immersion Day’ in school which focuses on key priorities.
Governors and roles
Currently, Mr Mike Morrison, is Acting Chair of Governors. He can be contacted at email@example.com or in writing to the school postal address.
Governors (ID 1164)
Mike MorrisonActing Chair of Governors
I have been a Governor at St Francis Xavier since 2013, having previously been a governor at Sacred Heart primary school, Northallerton for 10 years. It has been a pleasure to work with the great team within SFX supporting them to deliver the best education we can achieve for our children. Having had four children pass through SFX we’re grateful for the education they have received and trust with my experience in school governance I can continue to support the school going forward.
Fr John BaneFoundation Governor RC
Fr John Bane
Michael BurnsExecutive Headteacher
It is a great honour to be the executive head teacher at St Francis Xavier school. I have worked in education since September 2000, first as a technology teacher and then a senior leader since 2012. I have worked in schools all over the north east of England, specialising in school improvement, turning the most challenging schools around to be good and Outstanding schools. I am looking forward to working with and supporting the outstanding staff and pupils of this wonderful school.
Sarah EverittFoundation Governor RC
My name is Sarah Everitt and my son and daughter currently attend St Francis Xavier School.
As a practising Catholic along with my husband and 2 children I was asked by Fr Michael Loughlin if I would be interested in taking up the role of foundation governor, which is a new experience to myself.
In taking on this role, my objective is to continue the good work of previous generations of staff and governors in order to provide today's students with the rounded education they need to succeed and face the challenges ahead of them.
I fully believe in the values and ethos of St Francis Xavier School and I am committed to be part of the journey; ensuring pupils and staff are the best they can be.
I am a paediatric nurse and have worked on the children's ward at North Tees Hospital for 23 years. I look forward to using my skills and experience with working with children to help support and contribute to the school and local community.
Revd Martin FletcherFoundation Governor CofE
Revd Martin Fletcher
As the Anglican Rector of Richmond it is my privilege to be an ex-officio governor at our unique school. The joint Roman Catholic and Anglican ethos enables the school vision to be realised with vibrancy. Having been in parish ministry for over 20 years I have served in Richmond since 2018. I am committed to playing my part in enabling the school to offer a consistently high quality of education and to encourage the personal growth of each student.
David HendersonParent Governor
I have two children in school, one in year 11 and one in year 8. We moved to the catchment area of the school specifically to get our children into SFX. I wanted to become a Governor at the school in order to support the school in all of its activities and work as a link between the school and the parent body.
I have been a teacher of mathematics , head of mathematics, a deputy head and for the past 20 years the head teacher of a secondary school in Darlington. In my final year of headship, I was invited to take over a second school in Darlington which sadly had been placed in special measures. After retirement I took over a school in Richmond, London for a year and then spent the next years working in school improvement, school inspection and raising achievement in all areas, especially maths.
I shall endeavour to support the school in any way I can, in order that it prospers in the future and Â retains its outstanding status.
Katharine PerryFoundation governor CofE
I worked in primary schools in Lancashire, Derbyshire and Somerset for many years as a class teacher, supply teacher and in-school tutor of maths and English to children needing catch up or extension activities.
I attended church schools as a pupil, as did my three sons. I moved to the Richmond area in 2020; I love it here and look forward to becoming part of the SFX community.
Timothy ShawParent Governor
I have two children, one who is currently in year 9 and one who will be joining SFX in September. My wife is currently a parent governor at a local primary school and it seemed only fitting to follow in the family tradition and join the governing body at SFX. In doing so I hope to support the
all ready fantastic work being done in and around the curriculum and enrichment areas.
I have been a teacher of science for the last 23 years, holding a variety of roles including key stage co-ordinator, second in department, and in my current role as head of department in a very large comprehensive school in
Teesside. I am still immensely passionate about education and wish to share my experiences and improve the life choices of the young individuals at SFX.
I will endeavour to support the head teacher, senior leadership team, and other governor’s in continuing to provide a wholesome education with positive outcomes at SFX.
Emma BrownsonStaff Governor
Emma BrownsonIt is a pleasure to be a teacher of Computer Science here at SFX school, where the strong ethos of community spirit enables students to achieve their goals.I am committed to supporting the personal development and academic outcomes of all learners. Â Recently, I completed my National Professional Qualifications in School Leadership, which involved leading a whole school project designed to raise awareness and achievement of disadvantaged learners.Â I am looking forward to representing the staff and contributing to the continued success of St Francis Xavier School in my new role as staff governor.
Annette SowdenFoundation Governor RC
30 years ago I joined the family firm. Or that's what it felt like at the time; I come from a family that includes 12 teachers. I fought the calling for two years but the force was too strong. So here I am 30 years later still as passionate, if not more, about doing what is best for the children in our schools.
In terms of experience I have had a varied career working in roles both in and for schools, as a classroom teacher, an LA Advisory Teacher, a Numeracy Consultant and for the past 12 years a Headteacher.
As Headteacher I have worked in a variety of schools. Some have been classed as failing and been turned around. Another with Enhanced Mainstream Provision for Behaviour, a situation that brought its own unique challenges both good and bad. I was also the Headteacher of a rural school forced to close due to a falling roll, working with a community devastated by the loss of their school.
I am passionate about children. It's not just about the service we provide but the future we provide for the young people in our schools today and our country. Not since the 1940s has the future been so uncertain and we need to equip the prospective leaders of industry, commerce and families with the skills to make the right decisions for their communities and society as a whole.
Jill StockdaleFoundation Governor CofE
I have been a Governor at SFX since September 2014 and am currently the link Governor for Careers. I also have an interest in staff wellbeing and welfare.
My two children (now grown up) are both former pupils of SFX and I became a Governor as I wanted to give something back to the school.
I work for the Local Authority as a Financial Consultant for Schools and Academies, so I have spent most of my time over the last 30 years working with schools. I hope this experience enables me to make a relevant contribution to the Governing Body.
Mark HarrisonFoundation Governor RC
As a teacher for 37 years, with experience of both Catholic 11-18 schools, where I taught RE in a Sixth Form college where I was responsible for Philosophy and Ethics and some music, I regard it as an honour to serve as a governor at such an excellent school as SFX.
Retired since 2015, I am involved in local ESOL teaching and many musical activities, one of which is helping to lead liturgical music at SS Joseph and Francis Xavier.
I am a keen walker in the Dales and the Lake District and have, since retirement, set myself the improbable challenge of walking the coast of Britain! I am married to Anne and we have lived in Richmond since 2003.
- Governors attendance Records 2021 2022
- Governors Attendance Report 2020 2021
- Governors Register of Interests 2021 222
- List of Governors September 2023