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Governing Body 2019-2020

Chair of Governors:   Pat Peters

Category of Governor:  Foundation

Pat has lived and worked in South East London for over forty years. She joined a special school in Eltham in 1976 after qualifying at St Mary's College, Twickenham.

After a short break looking after her own children she returned to full time teaching in 1986. Since then she has taught in several London Boroughs including Greenwich.

Before retiring in 2013 Pat was a head teacher in Catholic schools for ten years.

Since then Pat has been a governor at Notre Dame School as well as another school in Lewisham.  

Vice Chair of Governors:  Sue Peach

Category of Governor:  Local Authority


A retired public finance accountant and lecturer.  Sue has over 27 years' experience working in public sector finance and 13 years lecturing in accounting and business studies.  As a former Head of Children's Services Finance, Sue was able to pursue a passion for ensuring equality of opportunity for children in education and pre-school provision.  Sue's voluntary work includes her role  as a school Governor, Trustee/Director of  Central Greenwich Children’s Centre Company, Church Lay Reader, Warden & Treasurer.

Headteacher:   Nicola McNelis

Category of Governor:  Headteacher

Mrs McNelis was appointed as Headteacher of Notre Dame Primary School in September 2017.


Subbaraju Arava

Category of Governor:  Foundation Governor

Amanda Baksh-Weston

Category of Governor: Foundation Governor

 I am a mother of three children, 2 boys who attend St. Paul's Academy and one girl attending Notre Dame.  I was born and raised a Catholic, attending Notre Dame Primary school, St. Ursula's Convent Secondary School; in Greenwich and St. Francis Xavier College in Clapham.  I studied at the University of Greenwich obtaining a BSC(Hons) Mathematics, Statistics & Computing and went straight into a finance/computing post after graduating.  I currently work at St. Matthew Academy, in Blackheath, an all-through catholic school (from Reception to Year 11) as the Academy Administrator.  I am also a catechist at my local church,. St. Joseph's, Herbert Road, where I am preparing children for their First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. 

Katie Bastick

Category of Governor:  Staff Governor

I am a class teacher at Notre Dame Primary School and originally started teaching at the school in 2006. I have over 15 years of experience of teaching in primary schools across Greenwich and Bexley boroughs, primarily in key stage two.

I decided to stand for governor as I feel it is important to take an active role in all aspects of the school and to ensure the board of governors hears from experienced members of staff in order to make the school the best it can be for our pupils.

My two children also attend a Catholic primary school as I recognise the importance of providing children with a positive, moral foundation in life.



Tony Holdsworth


Category of Governor:  Foundation Governor

Tony was brought up in Greenwich, one of a family of seven children.  After graduating from university, he worked in publishing for 15 years before re-training as a teacher at Christ Church College in Canterbury.

Tony qualified as a teacher in 1990 and taught in three Kent schools before becoming headteacher of a catholic primary school in Folkestone in 1997.  He retired after 20 years at the school and now lives in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

His three sons all attended St. Anselm's Catholic Secondary School in Canterbury and Tony served as a Parent Governor of the school for four years.



Lucy Isaiah


Category of Governor:  Parent Governor

I am a mother of three young children and passionate about education, community health & safety, community development and Women Empowerment.

I have volunteered in various organisations for the past 14 years in Royal Greenwich at Brookhill Children's Centre as Parent Forum co-ordinator advocating for parents' voice, Woolwich Common Tenant and Resident Association as the Chair where I represented the Estate helping to get much needed services at the doorstep of the residents.

I am a local business woman and a fashion designer and run free community sewing classes in Woolwich and Thamesmead, benefiting over 30 young people and 50 women.  I founded Second Tots - Skill my Voice,  this organisation offers free training to women and young people to empower and skill them.  I am co-founder - Black Female Entrepreneur Greenwich to support black females who are in business to move to the next level of their business or to turn their ideas into businesses and also run a community boutique in Woolwich that enables black females to sell their products.

In my role as a community leader, community health champion, Executive member of Woolwich Carnival, Chair of Nigeria Community (Greenwich), a member of the safer neighbourhood team to represent the voice of the community.

Chinwe Onyeagor

Category of Governor:  Parent Governor






Father Seba - Parish priest


Category of Governor:  Foundation Governor

 I am Rev Fr. Sebamalai Sebanesaratnam from Srilanka.  I was educated in Srilanka.  I was ordained in 1998.  I came to the UK in 2010 as a chaplain for the Tamil catholic community in the UK.

I served 7 years as chaplain.  In May 2018 I was appointed Parish Priest of St. Joseph's Church, Plumstead.

I am so delighted to give my service to the school as a school governor.



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 What you should know about school governance at Notre Dame

The school was founded by and is part of the Catholic Church.  The school is conducted as a Catholic School in accordance with the canon law and teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, and in accordance with the Trust Deed of the Archdiocese of Southwark and in particular:

  • religious education is to be in accordance with the teachings, doctrines, discipline and general and particular norms of the Catholic Church;

  • religious worship is to be in accordance with the rites, practices, discipline and liturgical norms of the Catholic Church; and

  • at all times the school is to serve as a witness to the Catholic faith in Our Lord Jesus Christ. 

Our governing body plays a key strategic role in the direction of and accountability for the school, but is also part of a network of relationships which includes children and young people, parents, staff, priests, religious, the Diocese, local authority, DfE and agencies and organisations within the wider community.  As a voluntary aided school the governing body is the appropriate authority. 

The powers of the Governing Body

The role of our governing body is strategic. This means that it sets out:

  • the aims and objectives of the school

  • the vision and mission of the school

  • policies and procedures by which the aims and objectives will be achieved

  • criteria by which the aims and objectives will be seen to be achieved. 

Our governing body also has responsibilities to agree other aspects that impact on the management of the school, including:

  • Managing the school budget

  • Ensuring curriculum entitlement

  • Ensuring national curriculum assessments are carried out and reporting them as required

  • Appointing the Head Teacher and Deputy Head Teacher and determining how other staff are appointed

  • Procedures related to staff grievance, capability and discipline

  • Establishing a staff appraisal system in consultation with staff

  • Managing the governors’ duties in relation to pupils with Special Educational Needs. 

In using these powers the governing body of our voluntary aided school acts all times in accordance with:

  • The Instrument of Government for Voluntary Aided Schools

  • The current School Governance and Terms of Reference Regulations

  • The Trust Deed of the Diocese or religious institution which provides the school

  • Provisions of Canon Law relating to schools

  • Any Diocesan directive affecting schools

  • Any requirement from the local authority relating to finance. 

Our governing body must also act in accordance with:

  • Advice and policies of the Diocese (and of the Trustees of the school if not in Diocesan trusteeship)

  • Statutory Codes of Practice

  • DfE guidance 

Governors’ Visits to the School

Although governors do not have a statutory right of access to the school, governing bodies work with the Head Teacher, and other staff as appropriate, to ensure they are informed about the work of the school. This will be done mainly at committee meetings but can only be carried out effectively if governors visit to see the school in action. Most schools encourage governor visits and have a protocol in place for these.

Committee Meeting Dates

Please select the link below for the full governors meeting dates and agenda items:

Schedule Plan 2018-2019 for Governor Meetings

2017-2018 Annual Governance Statement