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.

Holy Family Cronton Instrument of Government

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:

Meeting Dates 2020-21

Governor List:

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.

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