St Boniface RC Primary School

St Boniface RC Primary School

St Boniface is a Roman Catholic Primary School in the heart of Tooting. We are a happy and successful school, committed to providing the highest quality of education possible within a strong Catholic ethos. We value good manners, respect for others and hard work. We want our children to leave our school with high standards of English and maths – able to contribute to society as good and responsible citizens who are proud of their Catholic faith.

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Meet the Governors

Chair Of Governors - Mrs. Luisa Eboweme

The governing board has two committees which oversee the work of the school. These committees meet once a term and report at the subsequent Full Governing Board meeting.

Personnel, Finance and Premises
Mr. John Wall (chair)
Mrs. Luisa Eboweme
Mr. Jim Russell
Mrs Lisa Platts
Mr. Ian Baldwin
Fr Shaju Varkey

Curriculum and Policy
Mrs. Marielle Brewster (chair)
Mrs Lisa Platts
Mrs. Luisa Eboweme
Mr. Ian Baldwin
Ms. Jacinta Cope
Mrs. Suzanne East
Mrs. Caroline Rapu

The board welcomes suggestions and comments, particularly from parents.   

If you are interested in finding out more about being a governor at St Boniface please don’t hesitate to contact our Chair of Governors, Luisa Eboweme via her school email address:



  Luisa Eboweme: Local Authority Governor

Chair of Governors and Personnel, Finance and Premises Committee

Current term: 23/9/15 - 22/9/22

I am an architect specialising in sustainability and work for an international company as a Sustainability Champion.
I have two children, who attended St. Boniface and are now teenagers. I have always been very impressed with the strong sense of community in the school and the commitment of teachers aiming to raise the academic achievement of each child while looking after their wellbeing and the extra-curriculum experiences that can be provided.
I support the school ethos and am happy to contribute in any possible way to raise the already outstanding school standards.
I am passionate about architecture and sustainability and love spending my free time going out to the theatre or a concert, art exhibitions and if I am at home, reading a good book in my free time.


  John Wall: Foundation Governor

Chair of the Personnel, Finance and Premises Committee

Current term: 23/2/15 - 22/2/19

I live on a neighbouring street to the school and am a parishioner at St Boniface Church. I work as a Human Resources Manager at a local hospital.  My mother and sister are both teachers at Catholic primary schools. In my spare time, I enjoying swimming at Tooting Bec Lido and walking.


  Marielle Brewster: Foundation Governor

Vice Chair of Governors, Chair of the Curriculum and Policy Committee

Current term: 1/9/14 - April /23

Both my children attended St Boniface from 2006-2016 and are now at Catholic secondary schools. I work with children as a consultant paediatric dentist at King’s college hospital. I am a First Holy Communion Catechist and help with the over fives Liturgy on Sundays.


  Caroline Rapu: Foundation Governor 

Personnel, Finance and Premises Committee

Current term: 5/12/13 - 4/12/21

I am a Programme Manager with a professional and trade union organisation. I became a foundation governor in 2013 and am responsible for safeguarding. My daughter was a pupil at St Boniface and enjoyed her time here. I am passionate about good education and promoting the Catholic ethos - I am a member of the St Vincent de Paul Society, St Boniface Conference.

I am pleased that Ofsted found the school to be an outstanding in 2007. The school engages well with parents and the local community, the children enjoy being here and are respectful of each other and adults. I look forwarding to working with the staff and hearing from parents on how we can best continue to make the school even better.


Jim Russell  Jim Russell: Foundation Governor

Personnel, Finance and Premises Committee

Current term: 1/9/17 - 31/8/21

I am a chartered tax accountant in my own Practice, my son used to attend St Boniface RC Primary School. I am a reader at Mass and also a catechist on the Parish’s First Holy Communion Programme and The Children’s Sunday Liturgy Programme. I decided to become a governor because it gave me an opportunity to give something back to the school my son had been so happy at. The main strength of the school is the team, its ethos and progressive thinking. As a member of the Personnel, Finance and Premises Committee, I am pleased to have worked with the school this year to achieve best value for money.


  Ian Baldwin: Co-opted Governor

Curriculum and Policy Committee and Personnel, Finance and Premises Committee

Foundation Governor term: 30/6/16 - 29/6/20
Co-opted Governor: 29/6/20 - ongoing

I have 3 children, 1 of which still attend St Boniface School, I am a parishioner in the neighbouring Tooting parish of Our Lady of the Assumption. I think St Boniface is a great school and I look forward to working with the Headteacher and Governing Body to help maintain the school’s high standards and Catholic ethos. I am the Chief Digital Officer for Centaur Media.

Declaration of interest: child at the school.


Jacinta Cope - Parent Governor  Jacinta Cope: Parent Governor

Curriculum and Policy Committee 

Current term 23/11/17 - 22/11/21

I worked in travel for many years before having my two children.  They both currently attend St Boniface school and I am a parishoner at St Boniface Church. I have been struck by the strength of community at St Boniface School and how hard everyone works to make the school a happy place to work and learn. I look forward to strengthening the ties between the governing board and wider parent community.

Declaration of interest: children at and working at the school.


Fr Shaju Varkey  Fr Shaju Varkey: Foundation Governor

Current term: 12/10/17 - 11/10/21

Fr Shaju Varkey was born and brought up in Cochin, Kerala in southern India. After studies in Chemistry, Philosophy and Social Science in India, he worked as a teacher and a social worker where he and friends were instrumental in setting up three orphanages.

He began formation for the priesthood at St John’s Seminary, Wonersh and was ordained to the priesthood on 12th July 2008 by the Right Reverend Mar James Pazhayattil, Bishop of Irinjalakuda, Kerala, at Saint Mary’s Church, Thazhoor, Kerala.

His first appointment was as assistant priest at St Peter’s, Woolwich. Fr Shaju was appointed as parish priest of Our Lady of the Crays parish in February 2012. In November 2015 he was then appointed as Parish Priest of St Boniface Tooting.

Fr Shaju is involved with the Ongoing Formation of Priests and has responsibility for Recently Ordained and Arrived Priests and Support Groups. In July 2015 Archbishop Peter Smith appointed Fr Shaju as Episcopal Vicar for Ethnic Chaplaincies. He also works as an Advocate in the Marriage Tribunal.


Suzanne East Suzanne East: Foundation Governor

Curriculum and Policy Committee

Current term: March /18 - March /22

I have two children who both attended St Boniface School.  As a parent I loved being part of such a vibrant community and watching my children develop their confidence and curiosity in such a supportive environment.  I am a parishoner at St Boniface Church and have been involved with childrens liturgy and first Holy Communion groups for over eight years.  I am a science teacher at Wimbledon High school and hold pastoral responsibilities.


 Aude Delechat: Parent Governor

Personnel, Finance and Premises Committee

Current term: April /19 - April /23

Declaration of interest: children at the school.


Eleanor O'Donnell Eleanor O'Donnell: Staff Governor

Curriculum and Policy Committee

I am currently in my tenth year of teaching, the vast majority of which has been in the supportive and caring community of St Boniface school. As someone who grew up as a parishioner of St Boniface I was thrilled to start my career as a teaching assistant at this school back in 2006. Since then I've enjoyed leading the subject of History, with a passion for local history projects and promoting Black History Month to celebrate the diversity of our school. Out of school, I love to read widely, and I am currently studying yoga. I am proud to be the staff governor for St Boniface.


Lisa Platts: Headteacher

The Headteacher is a permanent member of the governing body and reports to the governors at every meeting.



Previous Governors:

Anna Moloney: stepped down June 2018

Mark Wareham: stepped down June 2018

Patrina Willat: stepped down June 2017

Fr. Kurt Barragan: stepped down June 2017

Henry Kikoyo: stepped down December 2017

Siobhan Kerins: stepped down December 2017

Fr. Tom McElhone: stepped down October 2015

Josephine Sheard: stepped down September 2015