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Our Governing Body


All school governing bodies have three core functions:

• Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

• Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and

• Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.


At Holy Innocents, the full governing body meets each term.  There are two committees, each of which also meets termly.  One Committee is responsible for overseeing the curriculum and standards at the school and the other is responsible for financial, premises and personnel matters.  Each governor is linked to an aspect of the work of the school, such as a particular area of the curriculum or priority for development, visits the school regularly and reports back to the relevant committee. All meetings are minuted and the minutes can be found below.


We have termly 'governor mornings' when we meet parents before school.  The dates of these are given in the weekly newsletter to parents.


2018-19 meeting dates






Standards and Curriculum (SC)


Business, Premises and Personnel (BPP)


Full Governing Body (FGB)

17.9.2018;     26.11.18

Governor morning


Governor school based training









Governor morning


Governor school based training









Governor morning


Governor school based training


Our Governors

Chair of Governors:             Dr Ian Wilson


Vice Chair of Governors:    Rev Barry Chalkley


Foundation Governors:      Rev Barry Chalkley

                                               Dr Ian Wilson

Sr Esther Boles

Mrs Jackie Low

Mrs Catherine Crabtree

Mr Jean-Baptiste Jugand

Mrs Caroline Grainger

                                          Mr Marcus Warner


Staff Governors:                  Mr Ryan Langford

Miss Catherine Hollands

Mrs Sharon Browning


Parent Governors:               Mrs Maria James

                                               Mrs Sive Cavanagh



Clerk to the Governors:      Octavo Governor Services


Members of Academy Trust

Appointment date, term of office and meeting attendance record

Register of Business Interests

Governor Profiles


Sister Esther Boles( Foundation Governor)

I am a qualified teacher and have worked in both the primary and secondary schools. I work every day in the Reception class as a volunteer and contribute widely to the daily life of the school.  I also act as spiritual advisor to staff, pupils and parents. 

I am an active member of the Parish of Holy Innocents' and belongs to the Religious Community known as the 'Sisters of Mercy'. This Order has a long history both with the parish and with the educational community here in Orpington stretching back to the time of the original St. Anne's Orphanage which was managed by the Sisters many years ago.

I am the link governor for Religious Education.


Barry Chalkley ( Foundation Governor)

I am a retired Finance Director and Company Secretary in the charitable sector. I am also an experienced school governor, having served on the governing body of another school prior to joining the Holy Innocents governing body.

I am a Permanent Deacon of the Catholic Church based at the adjacent parish of Holy Innocents and the main liaison between parish and school. I have a strong commitment both to the catholic faith and to education, seeing the children in our charge as the future of both our church and society. I believe that my particular combination of business experience and faith training enables me to contribute effectively to the strategic direction and business management of the school.

I have a link responsibility with the Diocesan Commission and with the Bromley Catholic Primary Schools Trust.


Mrs Catherine Crabtree (Foundation Governor)

I am a local private client solicitor and the mother of two daughters one attending the school and one who has recently transferred to secondary school. My job requires analytical thinking and a determination to do my best for my clients. I hope to apply the skills I have acquired through my career to my role as governor.

I have previously been involved with the provision of music in the school and as a result have had many chances to see its day-to-day working.

During their time at the school, my girls have benefited from being part of a strong, supportive and friendly community. I am delighted to have the opportunity to contribute to the continued success of the school.

I am the link governor for Science.


Mrs Sive Cavanagh (Parent Governor)

 I am an Associate Director of Nursing at Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust and have been privileged to work in the NHS for over 20 years. I started my career as an emergency care nurse and have worked in many different roles gaining knowledge and experience in varied aspects of the health care system, some of which included financial management and safeguarding legislation. I have a keen interest in governance processes and interpreting the strategies in both health and education into an everyday understandable reality.

I have three children; two of whom still in the school and one has just left.  I am committed to sharing and learning as well as reflecting on experiences together to enhance outcomes for the entire school population. 


Mrs Caroline Grainger (Foundation Governor)

In my professional life I am an accountant and all too aware that a major part of governance lies in ensuring financial security however difficult the pressures on budgets. I am also a parent of three children, now grown up, who attended Holy Innocents School and have been an active parishioner for many years. I am committed to the school retaining its caring and supportive atmosphere alongside the pursuit of academic excellence. I am delighted to be a member of the governing body and support the school in its continued development.


Catherine Hollands (Deputy Head Teacher & Staff Governor)

I joined Holy Innocents' Catholic School in September 2014 as Deputy Headteacher after teaching for 7 years in a Catholic school in Swanley. I am part of the senior management team of the school and am very pleased to be able to contribute to the development of the school through being a member of the Governing Body.

I am passionate that all children in our care are offered the opportunities to realise their full potential and, as a practicing Christian, I am dedicated to the school maintaining and living through its Catholic Christian identity.

I am the link governor for ICT.


Mrs Maria James (Parent Governor)

I am a Solicitor specialising in family and children law based near Liverpool Street in the City of London. In my professional life I must act with objectivity and always in the best interests of my clients but also with a critical eye for any issues that need to be addressed. I want to offer these skills for the benefit of the school in my capacity as Parent Governor – both in terms of taking an objective view on issues that affect our school and our children, as well as keeping the best interests of both in the forefront of my mind so that Holy Innocents can continue to improve and achieve academic excellence, while at the same time maintaining its unique welcoming and safe environment.

I have two daughters – one is at Holy Innocents already and the other will join reception in September 2015. I have been an active member of the Holy Innocents‘ Parish for nearly 20 years – I have just become one of the children’s liturgy volunteers and previously was a member of the Parish’s safeguarding team.

I am the link governor for special educational needs.


Mr Jean-Baptiste Jugand (Foundation Governor)

I am a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel and Development and worked in Human Resources for over 20 plus years. I am also a father of two children, my youngest is in year 5 at Holy Innocents (my eldest child attended Holy Innocents, and is now in year 8 at Newstead Wood School). I am very pleased and looking forward, as a committed Catholic, to contribute towards the continuous improvement of Holy Innocents.


Ryan Langford (Headteacher)

I am the current Headteacher of Holy Innocents’ Catholic Primary School. I joined the school in January 2011. I have worked in several other Catholic primary schools before joining Holy Innocents’ and am a passionate believer in the Catholic education system.

I really enjoy working with the governors, staff parents and pupils at this school and feel very privileged to be part of it.


Jackie Low (Foundation Governor)

I am a qualified teacher and work part time in the school teaching mathematics.  I have many years of experience working in Catholic Education both at senior management level and in teacher training.

I have been a parishioner here in Orpington for many years. My now grown-up children attended Holy Innocents School – or St Anne’s as it was then – and I also taught there. Indeed, when visiting the school now, I often come face to face with the children of children I’ve taught!

I believe that every child is entitled to the very best educational experiences, within a caring and supportive environment, in order for their unique potential to develop. My aim is to support Mr Langford and his staff in their ambition to achieve this.

I am the link governor for pupil premium and sports premium.


Marcus Warner (Foundation Governor)

I am a hospital pharmacist specialising in cancer health informatics and I lead a small team that delivers an electronic prescribing service to seven hospital sites at three different Trusts within South East London. I have extensive experience of multi-disciplinary working on various groups and committees with responsibility for governance, financial and operational performance. I feel that I can use these skills and experiences to support the work of the governing body. As a husband and father of two young boys I am a firm believer in the importance of a Catholic education and our critical role in passing on the faith to our children. I try to reflect these values and choices for my own family and this is why I feel having a thriving Catholic primary school within our Parish is vital to the life of the community.


Ian Wilson (Foundation Governor)

I have worked in education for thirty five years and have held senior posts in schools both in the UK and abroad. I was, until I retired, a senior inspector/adviser with a Local Authority, working mainly with primary schools. I have been a consultant with the National College for School Leadership, an adviser for Head Teacher Performance Management and a Registered Inspector with Ofsted. I have led the inspections of many primary schools.

I am married with two children and am an active member of Holy Innocents' Parish. I am very pleased to be a member of the school Governing Body and to be able to contribute to the continued development of the school.

I am the link governor for mathematics.



Governors letter to parents 2018 - 19

Minutes of Governing Body and Committee meetings

(Please note that, at each meeting, the minutes of the previous meeting are agreed and 'signed off''; they are then added below i.e. the minutes of meetings in a particular term are available in the following term.

2016 - 2017

Autumn Term
Spring Term

Summer Term

2017 - 2018
Autumn Term
Spring Term

Summer Term


2018 - 2019

Autumn Term

Other minutes available after signing off at the next meeting in the following term (see meeting dates above)..