Our Governors

Introduction:

Whilst the Headteacher of the school is responsible for day-to-day management of the school, the role of the Governing Body is to provide strategic management and to act as a ‘critical friend’, supporting and challenging the school.

Schools generally have a budget to cover salaries, running costs, maintenance and equipment and the Governing Body is responsible for managing this budget. They can decide how many and what types of staff to employ, which equipment to upgrade or replace and what the priorities are for implementing new strategies and initiatives.

 

Governors also have a role in monitoring the school's progress and in setting annual targets for the school's performance and for the Headteacher.

 

Governors are volunteers and the overall Governing Body is made up of a number of different types of Governor: Parent Governors, Staff Governors, Foundation Governors (ie. Appointed by the Bishop and likely to be Parishioners or those with a close history with school or Parish) and Local Authority Governors.

 

Role of Foundation Governors

Although all of the governors have the responsibility to promote and maintain the school’s Catholic character and mission, the foundation governors have special responsibility in this area. The CES document ‘Governing a Catholic School’ (1998) gives this summary of their role.

 

‘Foundation governors are appointed by the Bishop specifically to ensure:

  • that the religious character of the school is preserved;
  • that the school is conducted in accordance with its trust deed (ie the diocesan trust deed);
  • that the religious education curriculum is in accordance with the bishop’s policy for his diocese, based on the Bishops’ Conference Curriculum Directory.’

 

Foundation governors in voluntary aided schools with a religious character have additional legal duties. They are:

  • in employing teachers, ‘whenever possible, they should appoint Catholic teachers in order to promote and maintain the Catholic ethos of the school.’ They must appoint practising Catholics to the posts of headteacher, deputy headteacher and coordinator or head of religious education.
  • admitting children ‘first and foremost on religious grounds’, by giving priority for admission to baptised Catholic children;
  • ensuring that the whole curriculum, including religious education, ‘is taught in the light of gospel values and actively promotes the spiritual and moral development of the pupils’.


Role of Staff Governors

Staff governors are elected  in the same way as other governors.

 

There is a teaching and support staff member on the governing body and they serve a four year term.

 

Role of Parent Governors

Parent governors are not delegates and are not obliged to get voting instructions on matters to be decided, nor to vote in accordance with the parent body's views.

 

It is important that parent governors can give a fair and accurate representation of parental opinion on matters of importance.

 

Care must, however, be taken if they are approached by another parent with a complaint about the school, in which case the parent concerned should be referred to the school’s complaints policy.  

 

They vote, however, according to their own conscience and with the well being of the school foremost in mind.

Local Authority Governors

Their role is to represent the Local Authority but they do not have to vote in agreement with the views of the Authority. As all governors their duty is to put the best interests of the school first.

Working in partnership

Since 2016, our governors have been working closely with the governors of St. Edmund's (one of our parish schools) to bring about the necessary improvements to St. Patrick's. This has been in the form of a loose federation where we have a memorandum of understanding.  We also formed an Executive Core Group (ECG) which is made up of representatives of both governing boards. The purpose of this group is to work closely with the Executive Headteacher, Mrs Clinton, to drive forward with school improvement. The ECG reports back to the full governors on a termly basis. You can read more about this in 'Memorandum of Understanding' document.

Meet our governors

Our Governing Body is as follows:

Miss N Evans, Chair of Governors

I can be contacted via the school office on 0161 834 9004

My name is Nicola Evans and I first joined the governing body in 2014 as a parent governor. My expertise and skills are in school finance. I was voted by governors to join the Executive Core Group for St. Patrick's & St. Edmund’s. which was formed in June 2016. In September 2017, I was elected as Chair of Governors. I am passionate about how schools allocate their budget to ensure that all pupils receive the best possible education with best value resourcing.  I am particularly interested in how the pupil premium grant is spent so that where possible disadvantaged pupils have the opportunity to make excellent progress with their education. If you would like to speak to me about any school matters, please get in touch with the staff at the school office and I will respond.

Mrs M Arnold, Foundation Governor & Chair of the Executive Core Group

My name is Mary Arnold and I joined the governing body in January 2017 and then the Executive Core Group in March of the same year.  I am a former pupil of St. Patrick's so I am extremely proud to be a member of this governing body and help shape the future of our school.  My career has been in education - I was a deputy headteacher of a Secondary school.  I now work as a school improvement adviser and consultant so I keep up to date with what schools need to do to improve educational standards and outcomes for children.  This is something I am passionate about.  Governors voted for me to be Chair of the Executive Core Group in September 2017. This is because I have been involved in strengthening school leadership and governance with other schools in the past.  I am also the pupil premium link governor and work closely with Miss Rabbitt to ensure spending in this area is correctly allocated to best serve the needs of our disadvantaged pupils.  I can be contacted via the school office.

Mr H DaMassa, Local Authority Governor

My name is Henry DaMassa and I have been a governor at St. Patrick’s since 2015.  I enjoy working collaboratively with other governors to improve the lives of children in this locality. I am particularly interested in the financial side and my expertise is in this area. My own child used to attend this school and I am commited to making school improvements for the good of the whole community so that we can improve the future lives of our children. I can be contacted via the school office.

Mrs Y. Kinsey, Foundation Governor

My name is Yvonne Kinsey and as a former pupil I was delighted to be nominated by the parish priest to become a governor. Since my own children and other family members are also former pupils, St Patrick’s School and parish has always been a part of my family life. I have many years experience of working in a primary school and I have worked with vulnerable children who have additional needs. I am looking forward to being the link governor for Child Protection, Looked After Children and SEND. You will probably see me at Church celebrations as I am also a catechist for the Sacramental Programme. It is best if you contact me via the school office and I will return your call.

Catherine Fitzpatrick, Foundation Governor

My name is Catherine Fitzpatrick and I joined the governing body in the summer of 2017.  I do have experience of governance but I was delighted to be nominated to join St. Patrick's. Like Yvonne, you will see me each week at Church as I too am heavily involved in church matters. In my working life, I am a project manager for a large telecommunications company and I can transfer lots of these skills to governance. I am particularly passionate about supporting the youth of our parish and school because these young people are our future. I like to be 'hands on' and I look forward to offering practical support and advice about making improvements to our school.

Mr Martin Isherwood , Foundation Governor

My name is Martin Isherwood and it was a privilege to be asked to join the governors of St. Patrick's.  I live locally and am new to governance, joining St. Patrick's in July 2017.  I am passionate about education and am head of music at Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts. Please contact me via the school office.

Mr Kristian Cope, Associate Governor

My name is Kristian Cope and I am relatively new to the governor role here at St. Patrick’s. I am a Senior Assistant Headteacher at Our Lady’s R.C. High School and have worked collaboratively with St Patrick’s over the past few years, particularly around transition. I am looking forward to the opportunity of working with governors, teachers, parents and students to support the curriculum and standards across the school.  I look forward to working collectively to support the school's mission statement to ensure all pupils have the best opportunities, achieve the best possible outcomes and develop into well-rounded individuals. I relish the prospect of being part of a team dedicated to creating a bright future for St. Patrick’s. 

Vacancy for a Parent Governor

Siobhan Rabbitt, Staff Governor

My name is Siobhan Rabbitt and I have been a member of the governing body since 2011. I have been elected by the staff at the school and although I am a teacher, I represent all of the staff. I have learned so much since becoming a governor, particularly about the mission of the Catholic Church and how as governors and staff, we have the stewardship, honour and responsibility of putting this mission into practice.

At all times, the school is to serve as a witness to the Catholic faith in Our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

 

ROLES OF GOVERNORS & ATTENDANCE AT MEETINGS – 2016-17

All governors can be called upon for hearings/appeals. E.g. Staff Discipline & Dismissal/Staff Discipline & Dismissal Appeals/Performance & Pay Appeals/Pupil Discipline/Complaints

Name

Category

Appointed by &

Term of office

Membership

Links within school

Pecuniary Interests

Attendance at meetings

Nicola Evans Chair of Governors

Salford Diocese 13/09/17 

4 years

FGB

ECG

Budget & finance

PPG

No

FGB 13/9

ECG     12/10, 23/11 

Extraordinary 30/11

Henry DaMassa

Foundation

Diocese

4 years 01/09/15 - 08/02/19

 

 

FGB

Admissions

Performance & Pay

Resources

Budget & finance

No

FGB 4/4/17

 

Mary Arnold Foundation

Diocese

4 years

04/01/17 - 04/04/21

FGB

Performance & Pay

ECG

Standards & Curriculum

Pupil Premium

No FGB 4/4/17
Catherine Fitzpatrick Foundation

Diocese

4 years

04/01/17 - 04/04/21

FGB

Resources

Budget & finance No FBG 4/4/17
Yvonne Kinsey Foundation

Diocese

4 years

04/01/17 - 04/04/21

FGB

Standards

Standards & Curriculum

SEND

Safeguarding

No FGB 4/4/17
Kristian Cope Associate

Diocese

4 years

04/01/17 - 04/04/21

FGB

Standards

Standards & Curriculum No FGB 4/4/17

Siobhan Rabbitt

Staff

 

Elected by staff

4 years 31/08/15 31/08/19

Standards

Curriculum, Induction

Pupil Premium

School Equality Scheme

Behaviour & Safety, Anti-bullying, Teaching & Learning, Standards

Safeguarding, SEN&D link

No

FGB 13/9, 

Anne Clinton

Headteacher

N/A

Admissions

Resources

Standards

Performance & Pay

N/A

Yes

Sibling on the teaching staff

 

FGB 13/9

ECG    12/10, 23/11

Extraordinary 30/11

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