Sacred Heart RC Primary School

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The governing body has responsibility for the leadership and management of our school so they work to ensure that everyone in our community is served well by the school. There are 4 types of governors at Sacred Heart: Foundation Governors who are appointed by the Bishop, Parent Governors who are duly elected from the Parent Body, a Local Authority Governor and Staff Governors. Meetings of the Full Governing Body happen six times a year in the evening and are usually half-termly. The Governing Body is organised into Portfolio Holders that lead and manage all the areas of school life. These are Leadership and Management; outcomes for children; Teaching,Learning & assessment; personal development, Behaviour and welfare; Finance; Staff and Assets.



If you are interested in finding out more about being a governor please contact the school office in the first instance to speak to our Chair of Governors, Julian Payne.

Portfolio Holders
Teaching, Learning & Assessment Janet Mullally (Lead), Hannah Carroll
Outcomes for Pupils Kevin Stoner (Lead), Catherine Taylor, Nicola Wallace
Personal Development, Behaviour & Welfare Janet Mullally (Lead), Helen Westwick, Gerard Cronin
Assets Des Tallon (Lead), Ike Okonta, Julian Payne
Staff Sally Nutman (Lead), Father Graham Smith, John Chaplin
Finance Sally Nutman (Lead), Jack Whittaker, Wioletta Swiecka
Leadership & Management Sally Nutman (Lead), Julian Payne

Foundation Governors:


I have been a governor since 2010. I became involved with Sacred Heart Governance because I had always been active as a parent with school fund raising activities. I was invited by the Chairman of the Governors at the time whether I would like to become a foundation governor and was happy to take on that role. I am an active member of the Sacred Heart Parish and during my spare time my interests are reading, gardening and cooking.

Nicola Wallace

I joined as a foundation governor in September 2015 after being asked by the diocese. I was eager to accept and saw this as a fantastic opportunity to be involved in my two daughters school and give something back. I am also part of F.O.S.H which I  thoroughly enjoy.
I am a freelance designer which allows me to work flexible hours around having young children.  In my spare time I like to go to the gym/train and I have a real interest in cooking.



I have been a foundation governor since February 2011. I became involved with Sacred Heart's governance because I am a stakeholder in the school - my children all attended Sacred Heart. I also share the school's ethos of providing an enabling environment for every child to thrive and reach their full potential. I was a professional civil servant for over 22 years and worked for a number of Central Government Departments, including the Department for Education, where I worked as an Early Years Advisor. Outside of work, my interests include music DJ, the arts and sports. I am a keen footballer who coached footabll in the community at foundation level. I hold an FA awarded level 2 certificate in football coaching.



I have been a governor since 2008. I became involved with Sacred Heart Governance because all three of my daughters have attended the school. I retired from the Metropolitan Police Force in 2010 after 32 years’ service. During my spare time my interests are fishing, medieval history and being a taxi for my three daughters.



I have been a governor since 3 December 2013. I became involved with Sacred Heart Governance because I want to contribute to my children’s school. I enjoy the challenge and I hope I make a commitment to school in any way I can. I received my BSc in Finance & Banking from The School of Banking and Management in Cracow, Poland. During my spare time my interests are keeping active, this includes running and mountain walking. I also like baking cakes.





Jack whitaker

I was appointed Foundation Governor at Sacred Heart School by the Bishop in September 2015.

When I was asked to become a Foundation Governor, I saw this as an ideal way of helping my local community and assisting the school to give every child the best possible education.  My wife and I have three sons and a Catholic education is something I consider to be very important.

In my work, I am a full time Office Manager. Outside of my work I have many hobbies and interests.  I enjoy most sports especially football and cricket, film, photography and I am a keen collector of antiques and collectables.


Parent Governors:


I was keen to be a parent governor because I believe in the schools good reputation and would like to play a part in helping to maintain and further its prominence in the community. I am a professional actor and member of the society of storytellers. I have also worked across education for eighteen years as a freelance workshop leader and associate lecturer in performing arts. Recently, my passion for sharing books led me to start a children’s storytelling company, regularly working with primary schools on literacy projects. During my spare time I enjoy the theatre, baking and days out with my family.


I put myself forward to be a Governor as I like to play an active role in establishing strong foundations in children's education and well being.  My background is in the project management of counselling services and youth work with children and young people.  I am now a stay at home mum looking to make a positive contribution to the community which serves my children. 


LA Governor:

gerard Cronin (VICE CHAIR)

My association with the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Primary School goes back to 2002 when  the first of my children joined the School nursery.  I was invited to become a Parent Governor in 2015.  I have a significant amount of governance experience to offer and share with the school. I worked within the NHS for 25 years both as a clinician and as a Commissioner of Healthcare.  My most recent NHS appointment was  in a  strategic patient safety role within NHS England.  I now work for the Nursing Regulator as a Registrant Case Examiner within the Fitness to Practice Directorate. I am an Honorary Lecturer within the University of Essex and I also run my own business.  In my spare time I like to spend time with my family.


Staff Governors:

Sally Nutman (Headteacher)

I have been a governor since I joined Sacred Heart in June 2010. Previously I have been a governor at St Anne Line Junior School and at Our Lady of Lourdes. I became involved with Sacred Heart Governance because as Headteacher of the school it is important to work with the leadership team to ensure that what we do is the best for our school and our community. I am a teacher at heart. I came into teaching because I love learning and enjoy watching children discover the wonders around them. During my spare time my interests are my family. Although, some of my children are grown up they are central to my leisure time, as is my extended family. I enjoy nothing more than cooking for family gatherings and walking dinner off along the sea front. 

Kevin Stoner (assistant headTeacher)

 I have been a governor since October 2010. I became involved with Sacred Heart Governance because as a member of the senior leadership team. I am committed to improving the school in any way I can. I have been Assistant Headteacher at the school since January 2006.  I currently observe during the governors' meetings.

During my spare time I enjoy cycling, sailing, archery and spending time with my family.


Helen Westwick (Office)

I have been a Governor since April 2012. I became involved with Sacred Heart Governance because I have been an employee for many years, and thought this was a great way to be more involved with the school, and the decision making processes. I have been at the school for almost 10 years now. Prior to this I worked in banking & finance in London for 10 years. I am a wife and mother of two children who are both at senior school. During my spare time I enjoy walking with my 2 dogs and family, cake baking and decorating and running.



janet mullally (Deputy headteacher)

I have been a governor since March 2014. I became involved with Sacred Heart governance because, as Deputy Headteacher, I wish to make a real contribution to the strategic management and direction of the school. This is underpinned by a belief that every child has a right to receive a high-quality, supportive and enjoyable experience of education, in which they meet their potential fully. During my spare time, I enjoy spending time with friends and family.

Rosemary Waddell (Clerk)

I worked as a School Administrator for a number of years before joining Southend and Essex Clerking Agencies. Education is interesting and a challenge and an important part of children’s lives and I enjoy my work. I have lived in Essex for the majority of my life and locally for over thirty years. When my children were at school I became a school governor and then Chair of Governors. My hobbies include reading and listening to music and I enjoy spending time with my family. My grandchildren make me smile and time spent with them is very precious.