Welcome to our Governors’ section.
Here you will find lots of information about our Governing Body and their roles in school.
The Role of the Governing Board.
The governing board provides strategic leadership and accountability for the school and its community.
Governors have three main functions:
Governors work with the headteacher to set aims and objectives for the year alongside development of policies and procedures to enable achievement. They monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making and act as a source of challenge or 'critical friend' with which to support the headteacher.
Governors are expected to:
The Governing Board has two committees:
Angela Whitney - Chair of Governors
My name is Angela Whitney. I am Divisional Director of a Dutch distribution company heading the Food business in the UK. I am the Chair of Governors. All my three children have attended our school and I initially became a parent governor to give something back to the school. Having experience of working in a business environment I felt that I could help those aspects of school life that require a discipline and skill in finance, recruitment and management. Whilst this is the case, it is the time spent in school understanding what impact our decisions as Governors make to each child, that is most rewarding. Working with the staff and the children themselves to make a better learning environment and ensure that each child achieves to the best of their ability defines the role.
Stephen Grayson (Vice Chair)
My name is Stephen Grayson and I am a partner at a large accountancy practice in Manchester city centre.
I am delighted to have been appointed as a Foundation Governor for the school.
I have 2 children already at the school and another child who will eventually follow in their footsteps. Therefore I am keen to ensure that the school continues to create the right culture for learning and development of all the children.
I am a primary school teacher and have worked in a variety of school settings for over fifteen years. I am passionate about education and believe primary education is vitally important to a child. I also feel children should feel safe and supported in a nurturing environment where they can thrive. This supports the ethos that the school already upholds. I feel all my experience will support my role as a governor to the school.
My name is Mrs Hitchen, I am the deputy head teacher at St Mary and John catholic Primary School. I have worked in education for the past 22 years and have spent the last 18 years working at St Mary and John Catholic Primary School. During this time I have worked in many different class and experienced a wide age range of children from Y1 to Y6 inclusive. I really enjoy all aspects of my work and find it extremely rewarding to see the children's journey across each academic year. I am the maths coordinator at school and have a love of maths, I work extremely hard to ensure that my enthusiasm and enjoyment of this subject is shared with the children.
In recent years my governor role has provided the opportunity for further personal development and I am proud to be one of the school Governors.
My name is Mary Kearsley and I was appointed as a Foundation Governor in September 2018. I retired as Headteacher of the school in 2013 and feel so privileged to be actively working alongside the staff and pupils again. My four grandchildren have all attended the school. The elder two are now in further education with the younger two still pupils at the school. Since retiring I have worked on a part time basis with the headteachers of a number of the Catholic Schools within the Salford Diocese. I am active within the parish, leading both the Sacramental Programme team and the Children’s Liturgy group. This gives me the opportunity to meet and get to know the children and their parents outside of school. I strive to support the school to sustain its excellence and maintain the very positive ethos that provides such a safe and caring learning environment in which the children can thrive.
My name is Chris Higgins and I am a Foundation Governor. I am a parishioner at St John’s Church and I am heavily involved with the community there where I administer the website and Facebook pages amongst other duties. I am passionate about Catholic Education (having worked as a teacher in catholic schools for nearly 30 years). I am delighted to be part of the governing body, supporting the school in its mission of educating children to become committed, resilient, considerate and happy members of our community – learning to shine and be the best that they can be!
Local Authority Governor
Mrs Angela Whitney - Chair of Governors
Mrs Mary Kearsley - Foundation Governor
Mr Stephen Grayson - Foundation Governor
Mr Chris Higgins - Foundation Governor
Mrs Jennifer Armstrong - Parent Governor
Mrs Vicky Hitchen - Staff Governor
Mr Chris Ready - LA Governor
Mrs Louise Vose - Headteacher
Mrs Marie Collier - Clerk to Governors
The constitution is twelve.
The Governors remit is to:
a) Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
b)Hold the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils and the performance management of staff;
c) Oversee the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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