Our aim is to provide our children with a happy, safe and stimulating environment where every one of them achieves their full potential.

The Local Governing Body is made up of people from the local community. We include parents, people with business and professional experience and representatives of the Church.

Working together, we are responsible for the Catholic Life of the school and community links but not the day-to-day running of the school. That is the responsibility of the Headteacher and staff. We are responsible for supporting with monitoring activities in school and agreeing school policies and procedures.

Most importantly, we work with the Headteacher and staff acting as a ‘critical friend’, offering support, advice and – when needed – asking challenging questions to help the school achieve the very highest standards.

SRS Scheme Of Delegation 2022

St Joseph’s Catholic Voluntary Academy Local Governing Body

If you wish to contact any of the governors, please use the email address below.

Governors Register of Interest and Attendance Record

NameRoleAppointed byDate of AppointmentsExpiry of Current TermBusiness and Pecuniary InterestsAttendance at Meetings 2021/2022
Karen McCluskeyChair of Governors
Responsibility for Safeguarding
Bishop of Nottingham01.02.202431.01.2028None2/2
Lance PhilpottFoundation GovernorBishop of Nottingham01.06.202331.05.2027None1/2
Sr Eleanor O’GormanFoundation GovernorBishop of Nottingham01.11.202031.10.2024None2/2
Helen BuckleyFoundation GovernorBishop of Nottingham01.06.202331.05.2027None2/2
Lincoln WuParent GovernorParents01.04.202231.03.2026Nonen/a
Sarah BellParent GovernorParents20.03.202319.03.2027Nonen/a

*In the process of re-applying, new term dates to be issued

Previous Governors who served in the last 12 months and are no longer in office:

NameRoleDate of AppointmentsResigned
Stephen BirkinFoundation Govenror01.06.201931.05.2023

Governance Meetings 2023/2024

Our local governing body meet six times each academic year.  This academic year our meeting dates are as follows:

  • TBC

About our Governors

Each Governor brings a different set of skills and experiences to the Governing Body.  Working together, we are responsible for the overall direction of the school but not the day-to-day running of the school. That is the responsibility of the Headteacher and staff.  Most importantly, we work with the Headteacher and staff acting as a ‘critical friend’, offering support and advice.

If you are interested in joining St Joseph’s Local Governing Body, and supporting the work that we do for the school, please contact our Chair of Governors, Mrs Karen McCluskey via email on

Please Note: No member of the governing body is a governor elsewhere. All term of office duration is 4 years.

Please see below for information on some of our governors.

Karen McCluskey – Chair of Governors

I have been associated with St Josephs Catholic Primary since 1990 when the school first opened and whilst our two sons were pupils through their primary years. In the year 2000 I became a member of the teaching staff and enjoyed thirteen happy years as the year one class teacher with responsibility for PE and Sport and latterly as the SENCO.  Having retired in December of 2013 the opportunity to become a governor of the school in 2016 gave me the chance to contribute in a different way and continue to support the staff and the children.

I feel that it is always important to remember that the children and their families are at the heart of everything the school offers. I look forward to working together with the Governing Body, the Head Teacher and members of staff to ensure that St Joseph’s is a safe, happy place to learn and that our pupils achieve their full potential.

Appointed Chair of Governor on 26th January 2019

Sr Eleanor O’Gorman – Foundation Governor

I am a Presentation Sister and I live in one of our communities in Birmingham.  I was a primary school teacher for many years but at present I am a member of the leadership team for the sisters in England and I am also a schools volunteer for Cafod.  I enjoy music, reading and being out in the countryside.  I became a governor because I am interested in Catholic education and I wanted to support the Catholic ethos of the school.

Mr Lance Philpott – Foundation Governor

I came to Matlock in 1981 to take up my first teaching appointment at the Ernest Bailey Grammar School as a teacher of PE and History. Having taught in a number of secondary schools (and delivering a range of subjects) I finished my career as a Deputy Headteacher; in this latter capacity I have had considerable experience of working with governors. I have viewed it as a privilege to be involved in the development and education of young people and the opportunity to be a governor at St Joseph’s seems to me to be an ideal way of using my knowledge, skills and experience to support the growth and development of both the pupils and staff at our local Catholic primary school. I am looking forward to assisting the school in its mission to ensure each individual achieves to their very best.