"Governors are jointly responsible for the conduct of the school, ensuring that the best possible Catholic education is provided for the pupils attending the school. This means ensuring the school is run according to its Articles of Association and the Diocesan Trust Deed, that its religious character is preserved and developed, and that pupils obtain high standards of academic achievement.”
Diocese of Leeds Office for Education and Schools
When St. Stephen’s Catholic Primary School became an Academy on 1st August 2015 it was governed by the Strategic Intervention Board (SIB). The remit of the SIB was to set the aims and objectives for the school. During 2016/17 the governing body transitioned to an Academy Council. The ten members of the Academy Council are:
Foundation members are appointed by the Diocese of Leeds following recommendation from the parish priest. Staff members are appointed through a process of election by the staff of the academy and parent members are appointed by election by the parents of the students at the academy. The Foundation Priest maintains their post for a fixed term and the Headteacher maintains their post for as long as they are in role.
If you need to contact a member of the Academy Council this can be done via the school office or email. Our address is email@example.com.
The remit of the Academy Council is to set the aims and objectives for the school. They also have a responsibility to act as a ‘critical friend’ to the school and to hold the head teacher and staff to account by checking that the plans that have been put in place are being carried out and asking questions.
Mrs Anne Clews: Chair of the Academy Council
Mrs Katherine Gilligan : Vice-Chair/ Foundation governor
Fr Christopher Angel: Foundation governor
Fr Angel has been the parish priest for St. Stephen's and St Margaret's Threshfield since Sept 2022.
Mr Bernard Conlon: Foundation governor
I live in Ilkley and am married to Moira and have two children - Aidan and Rachael. This is my second time as a Governor. First time was Sacred Heart for almost 9 years where my two children attended - and from there they went onto St Mary’s in Menston I’m delighted to be involved with St Stephen’s.
I’m a Chartered Accountant and work for a Cardiff- based company - I have previously worked internationally and all across the UK.
I passionately believe that every child should have the opportunity of a good education and that this should not have to involve any costs to the family. I very much look forward to working with Mrs Lubomski and all the Governors.
Mr Christopher Gath: Parent Govenor
I'm Chris and I'm married to Joanne. We live in Cononley with our 3 lovely daughters, Ava 12, Edith 8 and Ivy 6.
As a family we've a long assocition with both, St Stephen's school and the church. With all 3 of our children attending the school since nursery.
At work I look after information techology for the UK division of First American Financial Corporation.
Outside of work, we're keen on outdoor activities and spend time biking and climbing as a family.
This means I'm passionate about seeing children enjoy a varied school life where they love learning, are taught how to manage in an increasingly complex world as well as being super engaged with nature and the outdoors to help with mental and physical wellbeing.
I'm really pleased to have been accepted into this role and look forward to being part of the school's continued success.