Welcome to the Governors' section!
Foundation Governors: (appointed by the Diocese)
Mrs T Fullerton (Chair of Governors)
Mrs Fullerton is the current Chair of the Governing Body and Resources Committee at St. Thomas’. She has been a member of the Governing Body since October 2006, as both an elected Parent Governor and an appointed Foundation Governor. She currently works as Assistant Finance Manager at The Campion School in Hornchurch. Previous roles have included PA to the Principal of an academy with responsibilities for finance, administration, examinations and premises management. She is also the proud mother of three children; one is a current pupil at St. Thomas’ and two have left the school. She is also an ex-pupil of the school.
Mrs Fullerton is passionately committed to the continuing success and on-going improvement of St. Thomas' school and wants all our children to receive the very best quality education and to achieve their full potential in an enjoyable, safe and supportive environment.
Fr Brian O’Shea
Fr Brian is the Parish priest of St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic church in Grays. He visits the school every week to say Mass and is a presence around the school offering support and guidance to staff, parents and pupils. Fr Brian is integral to maintaining the strong links that exist between the home, school and parish.
Ms H Taylor
Ms Taylor was a parent governor, elected by the parents of the school before she was appointed
as a Foundation governor. She is a mother of two former pupils.
She is currently a member of the Resources committee and is very pleased to serve the school
in those duties.
Mrs M Ikwudirim
Mrs Ikwudirim has recently joined the Governing Body as a Foundation Governor. She welcomes the opportunity to work with the Head, Teachers, Parents and other Governors with the ultimate aim of achieving the best possible schooling experiences for our children and for the continued success at St Thomas’.
She is a mother of 2 boys at St. Thomas’. She considers this a great opportunity to help make a real and positive difference to the life chances of children in our local community. She believes the role will provide her with a better appreciation and insight into the work of our teachers and school leaders and the types of challenges Schools face. She is a Solicitor and hopes that her legal training and experiences will be useful in her new role. She chairs the Standards Committee.
Mrs L Doherty
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Mr C Adu
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Staff Governor:(elected by staff)
Mrs N Smith
Mrs Smith has been very happy teaching at St Thomas' for the last twenty-one years and has
been in her current role for seven years.
Her three children have all attended St Thomas' and began their love of learning here;
they hold lasting, happy memories of their primary school.
The strong link between home, school and parish is central to our ethos as a Catholic school,
children are given the opportunity to practise and strengthen their faith every day. This link is
extremely important to her on a personal level as an active member of the parish. She regularly
leads children's liturgy and is a Eucharistic Minister.
She is very proud to serve as Teacher Governor and to be given the opportunity to be involved
in shaping the future at St Thomas'. She is a member of the Standards committee, bringing to
the role, an insight not only as a member of staff, but also a parent.
Parent Governor: (elected by parents)
Ms G Pegrum
Ms Pegrum has recently joined the Governing Body as a Parent Governor, elected by the parents
of the school. She has a daughter in the school and welcomes the opportunity to be involved in
the strategic management of the school to ensure that all pupils receive a good education.
Mr C Birtles
Mr Birtles is the Headteacher governor employed by the Governing Body. He is the lead professional in the school who works alongside the governors helping them to undertake their statutory duties. He sits on most committees and working parties and offers advice and guidance.
Clerk to Governors: Mrs M Sellens