The governors of a Catholic school work as a team, in close co-operation with the headteacher and all staff. All governors and staff contribute to the Catholic character of the school and the Catholic nature of the education provided, as set out in its mission statement.
The governing body ensures clarity of vision, ethos and the strategic direction of the school. It sets the school’s strategic framework and ensures all statutory duties are met.
Key questions for the governing body are:
- Where are we now?
- Where do we want to be?
- How are we going to get there?
The structure of the Governing Body is as follows:
(a) seven foundation governors;
(b) two parent governors;
(c) the head teacher;
(d) one staff governor;
(e) one local authority governor
The governors have also co-opted an associate governor with financial expertise. This governor does not have voting rights but has a wealth of financial expertise in supporting the Governing Body’s decisions particularly regarding financial management. Instrument of Governance can be accessed via this link.
The Governing Body have established a number of committees with delegated responsibilities in order to support and carry out the statutory duties of the Governing Body. These are:
- Finance & Personnel Committee
- Curriculum Committee
- Pay Committee
- Admissions & Pupil Discipline Committee
- Attendance Committee
- Appeals – Staff
- Appeals – Pupils
Governors at Holy Family meet regularly in order to fulfil their duties and the cycle of meetings can be found below:
|Name||Governor Category||Period||Committee/Link||Pecuniary Interests|
|Mrs Ria Raymond||Foundation||2012 – 2020||Finance & Personnel, Pupil Appeals, Pay Committee, Policy Review||None|
|Mr Jim Wilson||Foundation||2014 – 2022||Finance & Personnel, Pupil Appeals, Pay Committee, Policy Review, Admissions & Pupil Discipline, Staff Appeals, Curriculum, Request for Absence||Chair at Sts Peter & Paul Catholic College|
|Mrs Siobhan Saunders||Foundation||2012 – 2020||Staff Appeals, Curriculum, Appeal Committee||None|
|Mr Paul Cuthbert||Foundation||2019 – 2023||Request for Absence Committee||Children in School and Mother in Law employed as Midday Supervisor|
|Mrs Marie Riley||Foundation||2019 – 2023||Finance & Personnel, Curriculum,||Child in School|
|Mrs Alison Guest||Staff||2019 – 2023||Curriculum,||None|
|Mr Paul Nicholls||Parent Governor||2019 – 2023||Curriculum, Staff Appeals, Request for Absence||Wife employed as Midday Supervisor|
|Mrs Claire Rixham||Parent Governor||2019 – 2023||Admissions and Pupil Discipline, Request for Absence,||Children in School.|
|Mr Peter Quayle||Associate||2018 2022||Finance & Personnel, Pay Committee, Appeal Committee, Policy Review||None|
|Mr Adam Loughnane||Foundation||2020 – 2024||Pupil Appeals, Appeal Committee||None|
|Miss Jessica Dunne||LA||2018 -2022||Finance & Personnel, Pay Committee, Appeal Committee, Policy Review|
|Mrs Janette Cook-Hannah||Headteacher||N/A||Primary Progress owned by Son and Chair of Governors at Holy Family Halewood|
|Mrs Marie Evans||Deputy Head/Observer||N/A||Husband employed at School, Cousin’s daughter employed at school|
|1 Vacancy – Foundation Governor|
Below you will also find information from Liverpool Archdiocese regarding Governance of a Catholic School that includes the roles and responsibilities of the governing body.
- Governance of a Catholic School
- Terms of Reference Full Governing Body and Committees
- Governors Code of Conduct Schools The Code of Conduct is signed by governors in the first meeting of the school year and held on file by the Clerk to Governors.