God our Father,

We seek your blessing and support in all the responsibilities we bear as Governors of this school.

May we reach our decisions prompted by a desire to serve.

May your Spirit grant us wisdom and understanding.

Keep the children and staff and all associated with our school under your watchful eye, so that the purpose of our school may flourish for the good of all at all times.

St Thomas of Canterbury and Our Lady - Pray for us

We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.


What do we do?

Governors play an important role in the strategic direction of the school by guiding and supporting the school’s work and encouraging further improvement. They are often referred to as ‘critical friends’, monitoring and evaluating performance and supporting, challenging and questioning the senior management team to ensure that the annual School Improvement Plan meets the needs of pupils, and is delivered comprehensively.  As critical friends of the schools, governors should be able to recognise and celebrate success as well as challenge and ask questions.


Whilst it is a Head Teacher’s job to run the school, the Governing Body has three main areas of responsibility:

  • To support and challenge the Heads in maintaining and improving the performance of the school
  • To maintain and enhance the Catholic Christian ethos of the school and
  • To ensure that the school operates a balanced budget and that high standards of financial transparency and accountability are achieved


Our Chair of Governors is Mrs Jane Debois. If you would like to contact her, please either send her an email or post her a letter marking it private and confidential.

Mrs Jane Debois
St. Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Primary School
Estcourt Road
London SW6 7HB



Full Governing Body 
Name of Governor Category of Governor Appointing Body Term of Office
Miss Breslin Headteacher Ex-officio  Ex-officio
Mrs J. Debois Chair/Foundation Diocese of Westminster 01/10/19 - 31/08/23
Mr A. Bell Vice Chair/Foundation Diocese of Westminster 01/04/22 - 31/08/25
Fr. D. Touw Foundation Diocese of Westminster 01/09/21 - 31/08/25
Mr M. O'Byrne
Foundation Diocese of Westminster 01/09/21 - 31/08/25
Mr P. Lanigan
Foundation Diocese of Westminster 01/11/22 - 31/08/26
Mrs F. Juster Foundation Diocese of Westminster 01/09/21 - 31/08/25

Mrs A. MacKenzie

Local Authority Diocese of Westminster 03/03/21 - 02/03/25
Staff Governor Elected by Staff


Mr I. Gutierrez Parent Governor Elected by Parents 23/03/22 - 22/03/26

Pecuniary Interests

Governor attendance 2022-2023

Governing Board Committee Structure