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Our Governors

 

Introduction:

 

Whilst 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.

Who are they?

 

Our Governing Body is as follows:

Mr P Devlin, Foundation Governor & Chair of Governors

I can be contacted via the school office on 0161 224 5995

My name is Paddy Devlin and I am a Foundation Governor at St Mary’s RC Primary School, as well as being the Chair of Governors. Before my retirement I worked for 41 years in the education sector in Manchester, 3 of these very happily spent as Deputy Head Teacher of St Mary’s.

 

Fr Dever, Foundation Governor (Parish Priest)

I am the Parish Priest for both St Mary's and St Richards and a Governor in both schools.

 

Mrs M Quinn, Foundation Governor
I became Governor because I wanted to take an active part in my Son's Schooling and also to build strong links between Home School and Parish.

 

Mrs B Ngang - Parent Governor

 

Ms A Morrisey - Parent Governor

 

Mr S Brennan, Foundation Governor
I have been a member of the parish of St Marys of the Angels and St Clare for over twenty years.

 

Ms P McHugh, Foundation Governor

I was delighted to be asked to be a governor of the school which I attended between 1976- 1982. I  lived with my parents Alice and Paul  in the parish throughout my childhood was very happy at the school  still retaining many of the friends I made there.  It gave me the best possible educational and fuelled a lifelong passion for words. The parish community was very important to our family and I have vivid memories of Father Williams and Father Heakin coming into school to say Mass.

 

After university I qualified as a barrister in 1998 and returned to Manchester to practice in the field of child protection. In my spare time I am an avid Manchester United fan, love very long train journeys  and harbour aspirations to write a novel.

 

It is a privilege to take part in school life and play a role in keeping the children safe.

 

Mrs M McGuire, Headteacher/ Staff Governor
As the Headteacher I am a member of the Governing body. The governors are very important to the school. All big decisions are discussed with them...

 

Mrs J Mulryan Staff Governor

 

Ms K Perry - Local Authority Governor

 

Mr S Mallet - Foundation governor

 

Mrs K Sinclair - Foundation Governor

 

 

 

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Name

Role

Areas

of

Governorship

Term

of

Office

Attendance Percentage

(last academic Year )

 

 

 

Attendance at sub committees

Relevant Business, pecuniary or material interests

Appointing Body

Governance

Roles in other schools

Mr P Devlin

Chair of Governors

Finance & Staffing

Pay

Buildings Health & Safety

01/09/12
31/08/16

100%

Finance

85%

Buildings

N/A

Diocese

None

Sean Brennan

Vice Chair of Governors

Finance & Staffing

Pay

Buildings Health & Safety

01/09/12
31/10/16

100%

Finance

 

Buildings

N/A

Diocese

None

Fr  Fr Michael Dever

Foundation

Finance & Staffing

Pay

01/09/14
31/08/18

66%

Finance

33%

 

N/A

Diocese

None

Mrs M McGuire

Headteacher

All committees

-

100%

Finance

100%

Curric and VP

100%

N/A

Ex officio

None

Mrs E Gordon

Staff

Vulnerable pupils

Curriculum and standards

02/10/12
01/10/16

100%

 

Curriculum

75%

 

VP

100%

N/A

Staff

None

Ms K Perry

Curriculum governor

Vulnerable pupils (VP)

Curriculum and standards

03/03/16
02/03/20

100%

VP

100%

Curriculum

100%

N/A

Local Authority

None

Ms B Bayen

 

Vulnerable pupils

Curriculum and standards

01/09/16
01/09/20

100%

VP

100%

Curriculum

N/A

Parent

None

Ms A Morrisey

 

Vulnerable pupils

Buildings, Health & Safety

01/09/16
01/09/20

100%

 

VP

100%

 

Buildings

100%

N/A

Parent

None

Mrs M Quinn

SEND governor

Vulnerable pupils

01/09/12
31/08/16

100%

VP

75%

 

N/A

Diocese

None

Ms P McHugh

Safeguarding /LAC governor

Vulnerable pupils

14/02/12
13/03/16

100%

VP

75%

 

N/A

Diocese

None

MR S MALLET  FOUNDATION GOVERNOR

Governance structure and meetings

 

Governors

Mr P Devlin Foundation  CHAIR                   Mr S Brennan   LA VICE CHAIR                                     Clerk Karen Haines

                               

Full Governing Body Consists of all governors and meets termly

 

Finance Committee

 

 

Chair: Sean Brennan

Curriculum and Standards Committee

 

Chair: Ms K Perry

Behaviour safety and welfare committee

 

Chair: Ms Pauline McHugh

Buildings / Health and safety Committee

 

Chair: Mrs A Morrisey

Meets half termly

Meets termly

Meets termly

Meets termly

Mr Paddy Devlin

Ms A Morrisey

Fr Dever Parish Priest (RE)

Mylene McGuire Head Teacher

- Business manager attends

Ms B Bayen - Curriculum

Mylene McGuire HT

Mrs K Sinclair

- Angela Tierney /Kelly Wilson attends

Ms A Morrisey

Ms B Bayen

Marion Quinn  Foundation (SEN)

J Mulryan Staff

- Joanne O’Mullane attends

 

Paddy Devlin Foundation

Ms A Morrisey

Sean Brennan Foundation

- John Usher attends

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