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Governors and Governance


Welcome to the Governors' section. All our governors are Directors.


St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School Governing Body:


Chair: Mrs Esther Planner 

Contact Address: St Anthony's School, Primate Road, Titchfield Common, PO14 4RP


Governor name: Status: Responsibility: 
Esther Planner - Chair of Governors  Foundation Governor High attainers, PE, Year 4
Jodie McMenamin - Vice Chair Foundation Governor Art, PDL, SRE, Year 6
Tom Bint Associate Governor (non-voting)  
Emma Macpherson  Foundation Governor English, Pupil Premium, Year 2
Roxy Ashworth Headteacher  
Fr Peter Hart Parish Priest/Foundation Governor RE
Katie Pellegrini Community Governor Maths
Juliana Callaghan Parent Governor  
Kathryn Adams Staff Governor  
Daniela Ambrosetti Support Staff Governor French
Marc Miell  Foundation Governor Science, Year 1
Nick O'Donnell Foundation Governor ICT, Year 3
Brian Stoker Foundation Governor SEND, Year R
Alexandra Banks Parent Governor Year 5
Teresa Allen Clerk  



The three core functions of a governing body, as reflected in Ofsted’s inspection criteria are:

  • Setting vision, ethos and strategic direction, engaging stakeholders, and ensuring statutory duties are met;
  • Holding heads to account for teaching, achievement, behaviour and safety; challenging and strengthening leadership; contributing to school self-evaluation; and
  • Ensuring financial solvency and probity with effective management of financial resources, including the Pupil Premium, to raise standards.

They are also responsible for specific actions such as ensuring that there is a procedure in place for handling complaints; approving the school budget; and appointing the headteacher.


Our governing body has three sub-committees: Standards and Admissions, Resources and ICT.


  • Standards and Admissions is chaired by Sioban James;
  • Resources is dualed chaired by Daren Laidlaw (Finance) and Cindy Wilson (HR);
  • ICT is chaired by Daren Laidlaw.


Please see the report at the bottom of this page for details of how many meetings each governor attended, pecuniary interests and an annual statement.


St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School is an Academy within The Catholic Academy Trust in South Hampshire.

Academies are publicly-funded independent schools that provide a first-class education.

What’s different about academies?


Academies benefit from greater freedoms to innovate and raise standards. These include:

  • freedom from local authority control
  • the ability to set their own pay and conditions for staff
  • freedoms around the delivery of the curriculum
  • the ability to change the lengths of terms and school days.


Academies receive the same level of per-pupil funding as they would receive from the local authority as a maintained school, plus additions to cover the services that are no longer provided for them by the local authority. However, academies have greater freedom over how they use their budgets to best benefit their students.

Academies receive their funding directly from the Education Funding Agency (an agency of the Department for Education) rather than from local authorities.


The principles of governance are the same in academies as in maintained or Voluntary Aided schools, but the governing body has greater autonomy. The composition of the Governing Body is laid down in the Academy Trust Articles of Association.

… and what’s the same

Admissions, special educational needs and exclusions

Academies are required to follow the law and guidance on admissions, special educational needs and exclusions as if they were maintained schools.


Academies have to ensure that the school will be at the heart of its community, collaborating and sharing facilities and expertise with other schools and the wider community.

The Academy Trust

The Catholic Academy Trust in South Hampshire has been set up as a multi academy model, with St Anthony’s as the sole Academy school currently within the Trust.

As a result all Governors are Directors of the Academy Trust, and the Board of Directors act also as the Local Governing Body.

The Catholic Academy Trust in South Hampshire is formed of:

MEMBERS                   Mgr Vincent Harvey

                                    Mr Michael Whitty

                                    Chair of Directors (Esther Planner)

DIRECTORS                 14 no. (All the current Governors of St Anthony’s)

Must always be a majority of 2 Foundation Governors


The Members, similar to company shareholders, have no direct involvement in the running of the Academy Trust, however they do have oversight and one of their principal responsibilities is to ensure the Catholic ethos of the Academy Trust and the Academy schools is maintained on behalf of the Bishop.

Freedom of information

The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act (2000) applies to academies as it does to maintained and Voluntary Aided schools.

St. Anthony's Governors Pecuniary Interests and Attendance 2016/17