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St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Hillcrest Road, Dudley

Academy Committee


Mr Andrew Bant, Chair of Academy Committee.

Firstly on behalf of the Academy Committee, may I take the opportunity to welcome you to St Joseph's and everything that makes the culture and atmosphere conducive to excelling in learning in a Christ centred environment.

Although responsibilities of Committee members range from finance, buildings, maintenance, personnel curriculum etc, above all else making sure that our children are in a place that respects them, teaches them respect and allows them to flourish through learning in their early years is vital.

Every time I visit the school I see something new and vibrant, or a new way of making learning fun and accessible for all ability levels, resulting in happy children, testament to the hard work of our Principal, Vice-Principal and staff.

To you our parents I thank you for supporting the school and helping to make it a truly successful place to learn.

I truly believe that the culture of the school should extend beyond the boundaries of the blue fence and I'm very keen on making sure that the links between the school and the extended parish of the church continue to strengthen.

Also please don't be shy, I welcome the opportunity to say hello and assure you that with my fellow governors I am here to support the children, school and parents in any way I can.

Mr Andrew Bant
Chair of Academy Committee

Name Title/Responsibility
Mr A Bant Chair of Academy Committee
Mrs D Howell Vice Chair of Academy Committee
Mrs A Bromley Academy Committee Member
Mr J Gill Academy Committee Member
Mrs A Kipps Academy Committee Member
Mrs K Serdari Parent Representative
Mr M Hinton Principal
Mrs S Chapman Vice-Principal
Mrs J Cheema Teaching Academy Committee Member
Mrs J Skelding Non-Teaching Academy Committee Member

Also see: Committee Members Interests and Attendance (pdf)

What Do We Do?

The aim of the Academy Committee at St. Joseph's is to work with the staff in helping the children achieve their full potential in a happy, caring and positive environment.

We do this in four main ways:

  • Monitoring the performance and progress of our children.
  • Planning ahead so that the performance of our children and our school continues to improve.
  • Working with all the staff to help them teach and care for our children.
  • Looking at and then deciding on how the resources of the school are best used.

To deliver this effectively the Academy Committee members are representative of all the key groups involved in our school – the Parents, the Staff, the Church and the wider Community.

The Academy Committee meets at least once a term as a whole team, and in a number of sub groups focused a specialist subject that we take particular interest in and an individual responsibility for e.g. English, Maths, SEN, Safeguarding, Pupil Premium, R.E, and EYFS.

We are a small but very dedicated team and are always keen to hear your views and we hope that this page will help you to understand better what we do, who we are and why we serve as Academy Committee members.

Academy Committee Member Profiles

Mr Jim Gill

Mr Jim Gill

I have been a governor at St. Joseph's for seven years and am now an Academy Committee member. I have a long association with the school, which started in 1956, when I became a pupil at the original St. Joseph's. Nineteen members of my family have gone through the school.

Mrs Deborah Howell

Mrs Deborah Howell

I have been a governor at St. Joseph's for seven years and I am now Vice-Chair of the Academy Committee. I work as a Superintendent Diagnostic Radiographer at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. I have had a 13 year association with the school, having had three daughters educated here. I strongly support the Catholic ethos within St. Joseph's.

The Board of Directors

The Board of Directors are responsible for the governance of the entire academy. They oversee the work of the Academy Committee.

Find out more about the St John Bosco Catholic Academy, including annual reports and accounts, on their website below: