St Mark's Catholic Primary School
St Mark's Catholic Primary School

Governors

The aim of the Governor team at our school is to work with the staff in helping the children achieve their full potential in a happy, caring environment.

We do this in four main ways:

  • Monitoring the performance and progress of our children;
  • Working with the staff to help them teach and care for our children;
  • Deciding on how the resources of the school are best used;
  • Planning ahead so that the performance of our children and our school continues to improve.

To deliver this effectively the Governor team members are representative of all the key groups involved in our school – the Parents, the Staff, the Local Authority, the Community and the Church. Some are appointed and some are elected. All serve for a term of four years.

We meet together at least once a term as a whole team, and into sub groups focused on different areas of school life.

We are always keen to hear your views, so please feel free to contact any of us directly. We look forward to a continued successful partnership with you.

Governing Board Members

NameType of Governor
Mrs Marie NaughtonChair of Governors, Foundation Governor
Mrs Payal GordhanVice Chair of Governors, Foundation Governor
Brother Andrew FerrisFoundation Governor
Mrs Aquilla PicartFoundation Governor
Ms S AslamParent Governor
Ms Kieran KatariaLocal Authority Governor
Mrs Danielle LinleyHeadteacher
Ms Naomi LewisClerk to the Governors

Governor Profiles

Shahida Aslam

Shahida Aslam

Parent Governor

About me

I returned to Birmingham a few years ago and have a son in year 3 at the school. My main role during day is managing a national charity.  In my spare time I enjoy cooking, gardening and keeping fit.

Why do you want to be a governor at St Mark’s?

I want to ensure our children who will be the leaders of tomorrow have the best they can.  Through my role as parent governor at school I want to make change.

Email:s.aslam@stmarkrc.bham.sch.uk

Br Andrew Ferris, SCJ

Br Andrew Ferris, SCJ

Foundation Governor

About me

My name is Br Andrew, I belong to the Congregation Sacred Heart Fathers and Brothers, living within the Religious Community and Parish of Holy Name, Great Barr.

Why do you want to be a governor at St Mark’s?

It was a great honour to have been appointed as Foundation Governor by the Archdiocese of Birmingham to serve the Community of St Mark’s Catholic Primary School. Within this ministry you are enabled to both get to know the School, the children, staff and Governors. For me, it also a vital part of my ministry within the Parish of Holy Name, another way to both get to know and to serve.

Danielle Linley

Danielle Linley

Headteacher

About me

Hello, my name is Danielle Linley. Since an early age, I always knew I wanted to be a teacher and to work with children. I owe this largely to the fantastic teachers that taught me as a child and as a young adult. I love to travel, to learn about other cultures and share new experiences. I love spending time with family and friends and going for days out with my husband and son.

Why do you want to be a governor at St Mark’s?

I count myself very lucky to be the Headteacher of such a fantastic school and to get to work with such great children and people every day. I want nothing but the very best for ALL the children who attend school here. I have strong morals and values rooted in my Catholic beliefs and I strive to ensure the children at St. Mark’s not only receive a first class formal education but also a spiritual, moral, social, vocational and cultural one too. I enjoy and am committed to working with a dedicated team of governors, parents, staff and children to help St. Mark’s school succeed in achieving all its aims and objectives. Our children deserve nothing but the best!

Email: enquiry@stmarkrc.bham.sch.uk

Chantel Brooks

Chantel Brooks

Parent Governor

About me

Chantel has been a teacher within various educational settings for over 19 years. Chantel did not take the traditional route into teaching however in 2012 graduated from the University of Wolverhampton with a BA (Hons) Degree in Post Compulsory Education. This following a number of years teaching within the further education setting. Only a few years decided to return to secondary education. Throughout the years Chantel has taken on numerous managerial and administrative roles as well as teaching and running her own businesses. Chantel is a minister within her local church where she has served within the ministry for over 25 years, Chantel is married with two sons.

Why do you want to be a governor at St Mark’s?

Both my sons have been students at St. Marks and I feel that my skills set would be beneficial to the governing board. This is also great experience for me within my career being a part of the governance within education. Making sure the students of St. Marks have the best education experience is my main goal.

Email:cbrooks@stmarkrc.bham.sch.uk

Payal Gordhan

Payal Gordhan

Vice-Chair, Foundation Governor

About me

Hello, my name is Payal Gordhan and I am a Foundation Governor at St Marks Catholic Primary School. At present I am also the Vice Chair of the Governing Board. I am married and I have two daughters, my hobbies are enjoying spending time with my family; I like to go for long walks and I also enjoy my summer holidays visiting my mother.

Why do you want to be a governor at St Mark’s?

It’s a privilege to be a Foundation Governor of St Mark’s Catholic Primary School where I can help and support the senior leaders, staff, governors and parents in the Catholic faith. I work as a full-time Parish Administrator at The Holy Name Catholic Parish Office. At St Marks, both my daughters received their primary education before moving onto secondary school. I have always been an active member of St Marks school since 2011 when I first started working as a lunch time supervisor. Then I was also involved and still am a member of St Mark’s Friends. I also did my teaching assistant placement at St Marks while volunteering for over five years. I feel very much part of the St Mark’s family as the school holds a very special place in my heart and therefore I am passionately dedicated in my Foundation Governor role. In my various roles at St Marks, I have learned so much through my Governor training courses and am learning everyday so that I can be supportive to my Senior leaders and teachers so that every child receive the very best of education and learning support.

Email:payal.gordhan@stmarkrc.bham.sch.uk

Marie Naughton

Marie Naughton

Chair, Foundation Governor

About me

Hello, my name is Marie Naughton.  I am a Foundation Governor at St. Mark’s Catholic Primary School and I am currently Chair of the Governing Board.  I am married, with three grown up daughters, and I work as an Office Manager, in a Birmingham Catholic Primary School.  In my spare time, I enjoy going for walks, my most recent being Hawkstone Park Follies.  I enjoy spending time with my family at weekends and always look forward to an annual summer holiday in the West of Ireland.  I love shopping, dogs and reading.

Why do you want to be a governor at St Mark’s?

St Mark’s is where my three daughters received their primary education from 1996 to 2011, and holds a very special place in my heart.  I became a Foundation Governor in 2007.   I consider it a privilege to serve on the Governing Body of St. Mark’s Catholic Primary School.  I am committed to the role I have undertaken.  I am inquisitive enough to question and analyse the Senior Leaders of the School.  I will challenge and support the Senior Leaders to ensure that every child that is admitted to the school, receives the best possible education, to be the very best that they can possibly be.  I am always willing to learn in the ever-changing landscape of education.

Email:marie.naughton@stmarkrc.bham.sch.uk