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Name

Category of Governor

Appointing Body

Term of Office

Committee Membership

Responsibilities

Register of business interests declared

Mrs Emma  McGrath

(Chair of Governors)

Foundation

Diocese of Lancaster Board of Education

02/07/15 to

01/07/19

Curriculum & Pupil Welfare

Resources

Standards & Effectiveness

Pupil Admissions

Performance Management Pay

RE & Ethos

EAL

Safeguarding

None

Mr Mark Allen

(Chair of Resources Committee)

Foundation

Diocese of Lancaster Board of Education

01/09/14 to

31/08/18

Standards & Effectiveness

Performance Management Pay

Grievance

Resources

Safeguarding

None

Mrs Laura McDowell

Parent

Diocese of Lancaster Board of Education

01/09/16 to 31/08/20

Curriculum & Pupil Welfare

Literacy

None

Mrs Mary Birch

Foundation

Diocese of Lancaster Board of Education

12/10/16 to 11/10/20

Resources

Online Safety

Pupil Premium

School Business Manager at another school

Mr Peter Dilworth Foundation Diocese of Lancaster Board of Education 15/01/18 to 14/01/21 Curriculum and Pupil Welfare   None

Miss Adele Ferguson

Parent

Elected by Parents

20/06/14 to

19/06/18

Curriculum and Pupil Welfare

 

None

Mr James Kay

Staff

Elected by Staff

01/09/17 to 31/08/21

Curriculum and Pupil Welfare

 

None

Mrs Gillian Lishman

Co-opted

Support staff

Elected by Staff

12/01/16 to

11/01/20

Curriculum and Pupil Welfare

 

None

Reverend John Millar

Foundation

Diocese of Lancaster Board of Education

31/03/17 to 30/03/21

Curriculum and Pupil Welfare

 

Governor at another local educational establishment

Mrs Catherine Monaghan

Head teacher

St Joseph’s Governing Body

Length of appointment

Curriculum & Pupil Welfare

Resources

Standards & Effectiveness

Pupil Admission

Leadership & management of the school

None

Miss Alison Montgomery

Foundation

Diocese of Lancaster Board of Education

20/01/17 to 19/01/21

Curriculum and Pupil Welfare

 

None

Mr John  Rochford

Foundation

Diocese of Lancaster Board of Education

28/12/16 to 27/12/20

Resources

Health & Safety

Link Governor

Husband of a member of staff 

Mr Daniel Taylor

LEA

LEA

10/05/17 to 09/05/21

Curriculum and Pupil Welfare

Standards and Effectiveness

 

None

Mrs Sharon Worden (Chair of Curriculum and Pupil Welfare Committee

Foundation

Diocese of Lancaster Board of Education

01/09/14 to 31/08/18

Curriculum and Pupil Welfare

Standards and Effectiveness

Pupil Admissions

Pay

Resources

Performance Management

SEN

None

Welcome to our Governors’ section.

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School

School Governors

 

Our Governors

 

As a former pupil who still lives in the area, I am very passionate about the school and the local area. I believe that I can represent the staff well and help ensure the school provides good quality education. It would be my goal to help raise standards at St.Joseph's

 

                                                                           

Mrs Emma McGrath (Chair of Governors)

Foundation Governor

Skills I contribute to the Governing Body:

Knowledge of primary school management and curriculum as a former Headteacher

Why I chose to be on the Governing Body at St Joseph’s

Former Deputy Headteacher many years ago and wanted to contribute to the School’s development

Any other information relevant to my role as a Governor:

Practising catholic, active in my parish. Experienced governor of primary and high school. Retired and have time to give to the school. Headteacher of two schools during my career as well as Associate Headteacher of two schools facing significant difficulties.

Mr Mark Allen

Foundation Governor

Skills I contribute to the Governing Body:     

General Business Practices

Why I chose to be on the Governing Body at St Josephs:

I am a former pupil and want to contribute to its success for its children


Mrs Mary Birch

Foundation Governor

Skills I contribute to the Governing Body:

I have worked in Education for 16 years (primary school for 11 years and schools’ finance team for five years). Extensive knowledge in primary school management.

Why I chose to be on the Governing Body at St Joseph’s

I was asked by Chair of Governors , and I hope I can offer knowledge and expertise to make St Joseph’s a good school.

Any other information relevant to my role as a Governor:

School Business Manager role for past four years. Member of the Senior Leadership Team at work.

Mrs Laura McDowell

Parent Governor

Skills I contribute to the Governing Body:

Good knowledge of the School and the community as a former pupil. I live locally

Why I chose to be on the Governing Body at St Joseph’s

I have two children in School. I take a huge involvement in their education at home and wanted to have an involvement in the school.

Any other information relevant to my role as a Governor:

I work at Lancashire County Council as a street lighting technician/engineer and I feel this will help me contribute towards my Governor role

Mr John Rochford

Foundation Governor

Skills I contribute to the Governing Body:

Finance, Health and Safety Issues, Contract Management, knowledge of the surrounding area and its many problems

Why I chose to be on the Governing Body at St Joseph’s

To assist the School in improving the education needs of all the children and staff who attend St Joseph’s.

Any other information relevant to my role as a Governor:

I have experience in chairing committees, health and safety experience, knowledge of construction and issues around school premises.  I am well known in the School for work done within the Catholic church and my involvement in a local action group called FOFS (Friends of Fishwick and St Matthews).

   

Mr Peter Dilworth

Foundation Governor

 

Skills I contribute to the Governing Body

I have considered and completed a skills audit in March 2018. I am confident that I can meet all the core skills and am lucky to have experience of many of the specialist skills required, and in time hope to be able to serve the school with these.

 

Why I chose to be on the Governing Body at St Joseph’s

I have been invited to join the governing body and am happy to give my best. I have been very positively impressed with the school since coming in as a volunteer in October 2016, and would like to help build on achievements already in place.

 

Any other information relevant to my role as a Governor

Child Care/Protection

Family Centre Manager

Out of School Care Development

Voluntary Services overseas

Member of committees of several voluntary organisations


School Governors are drawn from different parts of the community and can be parents and staff or from the LA, the community and other groups. This helps ensure the governing body has sufficient diversity of views and experience, but does not mean governors of a particular category represent that group on the governing body.

  • Parent Governors are drawn from parents and carers of children at the school and are selected by election.
  • Staff Governors are selected by election from teaching and support staff paid to work at the school.
  • The Headteacher is always invited to join the governing body by reason of their role in the school.
  • Local authority governors are appointed by the Local Authority.
  • Foundation governors are appointed by the Bishop, through the Parish Priest and must be a practising Catholic in the Diocese of Lancaster.

Governors are one of the largest volunteer forces in the country and have a vital role in raising school standards and driving forward improvements. The role of the Governing Board is absolutely key to the effectiveness of a school. In a catholic school the Governing Board are the employers

The Governing Board appoints a Chair and Vice-Chair annually and allocates its responsibilities across various committees.

 

At St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, we have the following committees:

Resources (Chair – Mr Mark Allen)

Curriculum and Pupil Welfare (Chair - Mrs Sharon Worden)

Standards and Effectiveness (Chair - Mrs Emma McGrath)

Performance Management and Pay (Chair - Mr Mark Allen)

Pupil Admissions

Grievance

Pay Appeals

Staff Attendance/ Disputes/Dismissal

Appeals

 

Each individual Governor is a member of a Governing Board, which is established in law as a corporate body. Individual governors may not act independently of the rest of the Governing Board; decisions are the joint responsibility of the Governing Board

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The role of the Governing Board is a strategic one. Its key functions are to:

  • set the aims and objectives for the school
  • set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  • monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
  • be a source of challenge and support to the headteacher (a critical friend)

 

 

 

Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.
We have also provided a Register of Governor Interests and an Annual Statement of Issues for your information.

 

If you wish to contact any of our governors you can write to them care of the school office or email

admin@sjps.lancs.sch.uk

Governors of St Joseph's

Meeting Attendance 2015/16

Meeting Dates 2018/19

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