St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School (L) – Local Governing Body


Sarah-Jane Smith – Foundation Governor

Chair of the Governing Body and Link Governor for Safeguarding

Sarah-Jane has been a Governor at St Joseph’s since February 2015. She manages a small business in the area and brings knowledge from her working background to the role. She has lived in the community all her life and is Secretary of Loftus Cricket and Athletic Club.

Sarah-Jane says, “I attended the school along with other members of the family and my niece is a current pupil.  I became a Governor as I wanted to give something back to the school where I was a pupil.  In fact, I was taught by the current Headteacher.  The school went from ‘Requires Improvement’ to ‘Outstanding’ in the OfSTED inspection in 2017 and I would like to see the school maintain this outstanding rating.”

In her spare time, Sarah-Jane enjoys reading, walks in the country and fine dining.


Jeremy Drewitt, Master Mariner (Foreign-Going) – Foundation Governor

Link Governor for Personal Development (including Wellbeing)

Jeremy is new to the Governing Body of St Joseph’s and brings experience of management and the ‘Right to Read’ scheme to the group.  He is also Chair of the Mission to Seafarers (South Tees) and Port Welfare Committee (Merchant Navy Welfare Board.)

Jeremy says, “I live in the community which is served by the school and have a nephew who attended.  I was happy to take up the role of Governor when approached as I wish to assist the local community.”

In his spare time, he enjoys model ship building and gardening.


Caroline Garvey – Foundation Governor

Link Governor for Catholic Standards

Caroline has been a member of the Governing Body for five years.  She brings her knowledge, skills and experience as a primary school Headteacher to the role.  In her retirement she enjoys watercolour painting, golf, gardening and reading.  You will also find her on the terraces at the Riverside, as she is a Middlesbrough FC season ticket holder.

Caroline says, “Although not from the area, I was asked to become a Foundation Governor to support the school after a difficult OfSTED inspection.  I felt that I could contribute to the school and help it make the progress needed because of the knowledge and skills I already had.  My vision for the future is to support the school, its staff and pupils, giving them the opportunity to progress and develop to their full potential.”


Elizabeth Henry BA (Hons) PGCE, NPQH Foundation Governor

Link Governor for Quality of Education

Elizabeth has been a member of the Governing Body for just over three years. She is a retired Headteacher with many years’ experience in teaching and leadership, offering a plethora of knowledge and an understanding of the role as Governor. Before becoming a Governor, Elizabeth had previous close links with St Joseph’s Primary as part of a smaller CMAT and Teaching Schools Alliance working closely with the school staff and leaders.

Elizabeth said, “I am a firm believer that all children should have the opportunity to achieve their full potential.  Following the most recent ‘Outstanding’ OfSTED judgement, I wish to support the school as it continues to develop within the NPCAT, at the same time maintaining its identity as a caring, supportive community school.”

In her spare time, she enjoys being with her family and keeping fit with Yoga, Tai Chi, walking and travelling.


Simon Geaves, BA (Hons) QTS NPQH – Ex Officio Executive Headteacher

Simon became Headteacher at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in September 2021. Simon is also a Section 48 inspector and so he brings this expertise and twenty-five years of teaching to the role. An Essex boy, he has very fond memories of attending his local Catholic primary school, particularly singing in the choir, serving the altar for school Masses and winning a local badminton competition.

He started his career in East London before moving to Stokesley in 2000 and taking up a post at the then new St Therese of Lisieux. Simon is married with two daughters who take up most of his time away from work, but when he can find a spare minute or two he enjoys gardening, walking and occasionally dusting off his football boots for a quick game.

Simon says, “In each school where I have worked, it has been in different contexts, and I have been a Staff Governor in all three schools. When asked by the now retired Headteacher if I would be interested in becoming a Staff Governor, I was only too happy to help. I have been involved in Catholic education for nearly twenty-five years and am still eternally grateful for the joys the children bring each day. My vision for the future is that the school continues to grow and inspire all the children to reach their full potential. The years in primary are the foundation for secondary school readiness in every aspect of life, not just academia. The motto, ‘To be the best that you can be’ is widely used but so difficult to action. As Headteacher, my vision is to inspire future generations to exceed in every opportunity that is presented to them with Christ by their side.
I am committed to working with Governors in their challenging role. They help shape the policy and direction for the school going forward and continue to extend our achievements. The role of Link Governor is key to understanding, shaping and challenging the school in every direction.”


Laura Barber – Parent Governor

Link Governor for Quality of Education