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St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School

Below is an introduction to some of our School Governors

 

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.

Mrs Sharon Worden (Vice Chair of Governors)

Foundation Governor

Skills I contribute to the Governing Body:

Commitment, teamwork, ability to listen and total understanding of the need for confidentiality. These are some of the skills I gained from my work as a nurse,  both hospital based and community based.

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

I have 3 sons all of whom attended St Joseph’s so when asked by the Parish Priest at the time if I would become a governor I agreed with a sense of being able to give something back.

Any other information relevant to my role as a Governor:

I have good knowledge of the area of St Joseph’s school and was heavily involved in the life of the Parish. Having dealt with issues surrounding special educational needs I feel that as SEN governor I have an understanding of the concerns and needs of children and their families.

Miss Katie Butler

Parent Governor

Skills I contribute to the Governing Body:

Good knowledge of the School and local community as I volunteer in the area. I also live locally.

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

My daughter has just left St Joseph's and gone to high school. My son is in year 3 and I am involved in their education at home. I would like to give my time to help in the school.

Any other information relevant to my role as Governor:

I currently volunteer in the School listening to children read. I also volunteer as a Cub scout leader at the local Scout group and I feel this would help me in the role of Parent Governor.

Mrs Katherine Higham

Foundation Governor

Skills I contribute to the Governing Body:

Management Experience, common sense, knowledge of catchment area of school, Catholic
Why I chose to be in the Governing Body at St Joseph's

St Joseph's is my old school. I would like to give something back.

 

Mr George Pennington

Foundation Governor

Skills I contribute to the Governing Body:

I have had a career in Finance and Management and consider that skills that I learned and developed in my career would be useful to St Joseph’s Governing Body.
Why I chose to be in the Governing Body at St Joseph's

I was approached by a friend who considered that I would have the skills to contribute to St Josephs.  I am a practicing catholic and take an active role in my local parish.  I have an interest in the development of children and I am a Scout Leader at 8th Penwortham St Teresa’.

Mr James Kay

Staff Governor

Skills I contribute to the Governing Body:

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 Laura McDowell

Co-opted 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

Mr Daniel Taylor

Local Authority Governor

Skills I contribute to the Governing Body:

Good knowledge of the primary school curriculum, whole school assessment and experience of school leadership.

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

I had some prior knowledge of St. Joseph’s having taught in another Preston primary school and so chose to join when a vacancy arose. When I joined, the school was at the beginning of a rigorous improvement plan and I felt that I had skills that I could contribute. 

 Any other information relevant to my role as a Governor:

I am a Specialist Leader of Education [SLE] at the Preston Catholic Teaching Alliance and this involves working with many different schools including the St. Joseph’s primary school cluster. I am also a Foundation Governor at a primary academy in Fylde. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who are School Governors and what role do they play in a school?

 

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 – Mrs Mary Birch)

Quality of Education (Chair - Mr Daniel Taylor)

Performance Management and Pay

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

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