Meet the Governors

Since September 2018, our school has been federated with St. Edmund’s R.C. Primary School and is called, ‘The Federation of St. Edmund’s and St. Patrick’s’. We have one governing body which is made up of representatives of the Church, parents, teachers and the local Government. The function of school governors is an important one. As Catholic schools we are required to assist Catholic parents in their duty of educating their children. Governors of our schools, and in particular foundation governors, have a responsibility to ensure that, at all times, the schools are conducted in accordance with the Diocesan Trust Deed and serves as a witness to Jesus Christ in every aspect of our work.

Governors, as members of the governing body of a voluntary aided federation, are employers of the school staff, teaching and support, with the legal and ethical responsibilities of good employers. In accepting an appointment, a governor takes on a serious responsibility. The Governing Body has three statutory roles which require them to be Strategic, a Critical Friend and Accountable.

Strategic includes 'Vision' - setting the short and long-term aims of the schools - and ensuring the standards of teaching and learning are as high as possible. They will also appoint the Executive Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher and other staff to achieve the agreed targets and priorities.

Critical Friend means being prepared to ask challenging questions in a supportive way to secure improvement. It also involves checking that actions are being, or have been, taken and measuring the effect of the actions on the schools’ performance.

Accountable requires governors to ensure that all statutory obligations are met, report to parents and others on the work of the schools and pupils' achievements, and provide information to Ofsted, the LA and the Diocese.

Governors meet formally as a Governing Body at least once a term and serve on committees which focus on our various responsibilities. They also carry individual roles as Link Governors (focused on specific areas of the curriculum or other school matters) and nominated Governors for other areas needing monitoring/development.

Finally, St. Edmund’s and St. Patrick’s are part of a Catholic community. The schools were founded by, and are part of, the Catholic Church and the Foundation Governors, appointed in the name of the Bishop, form the majority of the Governing Body and have an additional legal duty to preserve and develop the Catholic character of the schools. The schools are to be conducted as a Catholic School in accordance with Canon Law and the teachings of the Catholic Church, and in accordance with the Trust Deed of the Diocese of Salford. 

 

ROLES OF GOVERNORS – 2018-19

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

Peter Aulton

Foundation

Chair of Governors

Diocese

4 years

01/09/18 -31/08/22

Performance & Pay

Resources

HT PM

Admissions

SLT, Maths, QA, Finance, Premises, transition to Y7

No

100% in

2017-18

Mary Arnold

Foundation

Chair of Standards & Curriculum

Diocese

4 years

01/09/18 -31/08/22

Performance & Pay

HT PM

Standards

Disciplinary

SLT, QA, Standards, Catholic life of the schools, PPG, CPD

No

100% in

2017-18

Nicola Evans

Foundation

Chair of Resources

Diocese

4 years

01/09/18 -31/08/22

Performance & Pay

HT PM

Resources

Disciplinary

Budget & finance, SFVS, Premises, PPG

No

100% in

2017-18

Yvonne Kinsey

Foundation

Diocese

4 years

01/09/18 -31/08/22

Standards

Safeguarding & Child Protection, PREVENT, LAC, SEND

No

100% in

2017-18

Peter Clough

Foundation

Diocese

4 years

01/09/18 -31/08/22

Standards

Health & Safety

No

100% in

2017-18

Angela Fisher

Foundation

Diocese

4 years

01/09/18 -31/08/22

Standards

RE, English, transition to Early Years

No

100% in

2017-18

Kristian Cope

Local Authority

Local Authority

4 years

01/09/18 -31/08/22

Resources

SLT, QA, Finance, Premises, transition to Y7

No

100% in

2017-18

Rebecca Tindall

Parent

Elected by parents

01/09/18 -31/08/22

Resources

Parent voice, health & safety, CPD

No

100% in

2017-18

Vacancy

Parent

 

 

 

 

 

Vacancy

Foundation

 

 

 

 

 

Angela Bryer

Staff

 

Elected by staff

01/09/18 -31/08/22

 

 

Standards

Curriculum,

Governor Induction

 Equality Duty

PSHE/SMSC

No

100% in

2017-18

Anne Clinton

Executive Headteacher

N/A

Standard

Resources

N/A

Yes

Sibling on the teaching staff

100% in

2017-18

 

The Governing Body of the Federation of St. Edmund’s and St. Patrick’s

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

Schools generally have a budget to cover salaries, running costs, maintenance and equipment and the Governing Body is responsible for managing this budget and although the schools are federated, we run two separate budgets. The governors 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 schools’ progress and in setting annual targets for the schools’ performance and for the Executive Headteacher.

Governors are volunteers and the overall Governing Body is made up of a number of different types of Governor. In a federation, a governing body consists of: 2 parent governors (from either or both schools), 1 staff governor (from either school), 7 foundation governors (appointed by the Bishop and likely to be parishioners or those with a close history with school or parish) and 1 Local Authority governor.

 

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 co-ordinator 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 by staff in school. There is a teaching or support staff member on the governing body and they serve a four year term.

 

Role of Parent Governors

Parent governors are elected by parents of the school. 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.

 

 

Who are they?

 

Our Governing Body is as follows:

 

Peter Aulton, Foundation Governor & Chair of Governors

My name is Peter Aulton and I am an Assistant Headteacher at St. Matthew’s R.C.H.S. where the majority of St. Edmund’s pupils move on to.  I first became involved in the governance of St. Edmund’s in 2011 and then with St. Patrick’s in 2015. The strategic work we have done to secure the leadership & shape the future of the two schools has been an enjoyable and rewarding challenge.  I am totally committed to Catholic education and thoroughly enjoy the work we do together to ensure that all of our children are provided with the best possible Catholic education. I can be contacted at St. Matthew’s school on 0161 861 6178.

 

Mary Arnold, Foundation Governor & Chair of the Curriculum & Standards Committee

My name is Mary Arnold and I have been involved with the two schools since 2017. My experience in education is quite substantial; I was previously a Deputy Headteacher of a Catholic High School, I have worked in numerous schools supporting all areas of school improvement and my current roles include Quality Assurance and Moderation for Manchester Local Authority.  I have a vast amount of experience in governance as I have been on various IEBs (Interim Executive Boards). But, my heart is in Collyhurst!  My Primary school was St. Patrick’s and I know the community here very well. I am passionate about education and I joined the governing body because I want to ensure that all of our children get the best possible start in life and the education they so deserve.

 

Nicola Evans, Foundation Governor & Chair of the Resources & Finance Committee

My name is Nicola Evans and I first joined the governing body of St. Patrick’s in 2014. My expertise is in finance and I have been a school budget officer.  I wanted to get involved in governance because one of my main concerns is about how schools allocate their budget. I want us 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 either of the school offices and I will respond.

 

Mrs Y. Kinsey, Foundation Governor & member of the Curriculum & Standards Committee

My name is Yvonne Kinsey and as a former pupil of St. Patrick’s 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 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 but you can contact me via St. Patrick’s admin team.

 

Peter Clough, Foundation Governor & member of the Curriculum & Standards Committee

My name is Peter Clough and I have been a governor at St. Edmund’s for over 15 years so I too am delighted to be part of the federation as we continue our work.  I enjoy working collaboratively with other governors to improve the lives of children in this locality. I am particularly interested in the welfare of our children and therefore the work we undertake on the standards committee is invaluable. I love keeping in regular contact with the schools and make the most of technology by following our facebook pages & websites. I can be contacted via St. Edmund’s school office.

 

Angela Fisher, Foundation Governor & member of the Curriculum & Standards Committee

My name is Angela Fisher and although I have recently retired from teaching, my passion for education has drawn me towards governance.  I became involved with the 2 schools just as the federation was starting to come together and I am excited to part of this fresh start!  I am delighted to be on the curriculum and standards committee because I am a fervent believer in giving children the best possible start, particularly with reading and phonics. I have been a reading recovery teacher and with this expertise I have a lot to offer the Early Years and KS 1 departments in the schools.

 

Mr K Cope, Local Authority Governor & member of the Resources & Finance Committee

My name is Kristian Cope and like Angela, I became involved with the 2 schools just as the federation was forming. I am the 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 embrace the challenge that lies ahead as we work together so that our pupils achieve the best possible outcomes with the resources we have. I relish the prospect of being part of the federation, dedicated to creating a bright future for our families.

 

Becky Tindall, Parent Governor & member of the Resources & Finance Committee

My name is Becky Tindall and I have been elected by parents from across the 2 schools to be their representative on the governing body. I currently have 2 children at St. Patrick’s and although I work most days, I am always around on a Thursday or can be contacted via the school office. I look forward to meeting more parents and will be attending the parents’ forums at both schools. This is an exciting time for our schools and I look forward to parents working in partnership with staff for the good of our children and the good of our schools.

 

Angela Bryer, Staff Governor & member of the Curriculum & Standards Committee

My name is Angela Bryer and I have been a member of St. Edmund’s governing body since 2011. I have been in a very privileged position as I have had the opportunity to work in both schools! Maybe this is why the staff elected me to be their representative on the federated governing body. 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.

 

All of our governors can be contacted by leaving a message at either school office.

St. Edmund’s: 0161 205 1700     St. Patrick’s: 0161 834 9004

 

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