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The Work of the Governing Body

The Governing Body of St Mary’s RC Primary and Nursery School ensures that all children attending the school are in receipt of the best education possible underpinned by the values of the Roman Catholic Church.

The Governing Body consists of 12 members are either parishioners, parents or school staff.  Each Governor has individual responsibilities for aspects of the work of the school for example, Safeguarding, SEND as well as areas of the curriculum.

The Governors meet on a regular basis to focus on matters relating to school improvement and then as a whole body once a term.  Governors are encouraged to challenge the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team.

All Governors are offered regular training sessions.  These sessions are usually delivered by a member of the Senior Leadership Team.  As well as an annual programme of Governor Visits, governors are encouraged to come to collective worship, class masses or on school trips.  

The Chair of Governors meets with the Headteacher on a regular basis.

Governing Body Structure

The full governing body meet once every term.  The Resources Committee oversees finance, premises, security, health and safety and meets at least once a term.   The Curriculum and Pupil Wellbeing Committee also meets at least once a term and considers matters relating to provision and standards, safeguarding and pupil wellbeing.  

Other committees which meet less frequently, are Admissions Committee, Pay Committee and Disciplinary Committees (Staff and Pupils)

Each Committee has a separate Chair.  (see below)

Annual Statement of Governance

Annual Governance Statement 2016

Attendance at Governing Body Meetings

Attendance at Governing Body Meetings 2017-18

 Current Governing Body Information

 

Name Georgina Bradshaw
Category of Governor Local Authority (Chair of Governors)
Term of Office 18th Dec 2014 – 17th Dec 2018
Committees Resources, Pay and Admissions Committee
Business Interests None
Financial Interests None
Governance Roles in other schools None
Relationship to members of staff None
Personal Statement

I have two children that currently attend St Mary’s. I was appointed as the Local Authority Governor in December 2014 and as Chair of Governors in November 2015. It is both an honour and a privilege to be part of the Governance team at St Mary’s.  My role allows me to see how dedicated the staff at St Mary’s are to ensuring that the school delivers the highest standard of education.

I am a Partner and Solicitor at Slater Heelis LLP and specialise in Court of Protection Law and Elderly Client Law. My role involves the day to day management of the property and financial affairs for those that are unable to deal with the finances themselves  due to impairments such as brain injuries, dementia or Alzheimers disease. Part of my job is to ensure the safeguarding of vulnerable adults. I take a holistic approach to my work and I feel that my professional skills and standards assist me in my role as Chair.

St Mary’s continues to maintain their high standards. The school results are testament to the dedicated high quality teaching and leadership of the school. I am extremely proud to be part of the school both in my capacity as a parent and Governor.

Name John Galvin
Category of Governor Foundation Governor
Term of Office 1st September 2016 to 31st August 2017
Committees Resources, Pay and Admissions Committee
Business Interests None
Financial Interests None
Governance Roles in other schools None
Relationship to members of staff None
Personal Statement  
Name Eileen Geraghty
Category of Governor Foundation
Term of Office 15th Dec 2015 – 14th Dec 2019
Committees Resources and Pay
Business Interests None
Financial Interests None
Governance Roles in Other Schools None
Relationship to members of staff None
Personal Statement

 I was appointed as a Foundation Governor in 2015.  I have worked in Education for 30 years.  I am presently employed in a school in Manchester where my role includes working as part of the year one team monitoring attendance, also supporting parents and pupils who are experiencing difficulties which impact on their child’s school life.  One of my other roles is part of the Safeguarding team.  I am passionate about children’s happiness and safety in school.

 My own children attended St Mary’s many years ago and I am so happy to be able to repay St Mary’s and contribute to our outstanding school as a Governor.

 I will endeavour to always do my best as a Governor.

 

Name Clare Jackson
Category of Governor Foundation
Term of Office  7th Dec 2016-6th Dec 2020
Committees Curriculum and Pupil Wellbeing
Business Interests None
Financial Interests None
Governance Roles in other schools None
Relationship to members of staff None
Personal Statement

As a mum and regular mass attendee, I was approached by Fr. Peter to consider the role of foundation governor. I have two children, and my daughter is currently in nursery at St Mary’s.  I admit I was thrilled to be considered to be a part of her educational future. It is of the utmost importance to me as a catholic parent to ensure our children receive the best pastoral, social and academic education during their time as a pupil at the best school in Denton. 

Prior to being part of the parish of St Mary and St John Fisher, I was part of the parish of Sacred Heart and St Francis, Gorton.

My background is in property, notably conveyancing, estate agency and customer service. I can bring my decision making and organisational skills to this role, along with being approachable, tenacious and driven.

I look forward to learning and understanding all that I can about being an effective governor. 

Name Fr Peter Kinsella
Category of Governor Foundation
Term of Office N/A
Committees None
Business Interests None
Financial Interests None
Governance Roles in Other Schools St Thomas More RC College and St John Fisher RC Primary School
Relationship to members of staff None
Personal Statement

 

As Parish Priest and a Foundation Governor , my main concern is with the spiritual life of St Mary’s School. It is my hope that a welcoming Parish Community, family friendly Sunday Masses , a Children’s Liturgy, our Sacramental Programme, Children’s Masses in term time and informal contact with children and parents will encourage children and families to embrace their Baptismal promises and work and pray together to build our community and so bring about the Kingdom of God here in Denton.

Name Dorothy McDonald
Category of Governor Foundation
Term of Office 18th July 2014-17th July2018
Committees Curriculum and Pupil Wellbeing (Chair)
Business Interests None
Financial Interests None
Governance Roles in Other Schools None
Relationship to members of staff None
Personal Statement

I have been a foundation governor at St Mary’s for the last ten years and was previously a governor at Sacred Heart Gorton.

My background is in education and I hope to use my experience to benefit St Mary’s, particularly in respect of curriculum provision and standards.

 As a retired teacher, a parent and a grandparent, I believe that it is vital for all children to have access to an excellent education.  I am confident that St Mary’s school currently provides an outstanding education for our children and I will do my best to support the school as it strives to maintain these high standards.

Name Lee Price
Category of Governor Parent
Term of Office 18th Dec 2014 – 17th Dec 2018
Committees Curriculum and Pupil Wellbeing
Business Interests None
Financial Interests None
Governance Roles in Other Schools None
Relationship to members of staff None
Personal Statement

I’m a Parent Governor at St Mary’s.  My son is currently in Y4 of our school. At the moment I am the Link Governor for Religious Education. In this role, I can see that Catholicism is of paramount importance to all our teachers and that the link between school and parish is very strong.  I enjoy my role in the governing of the school as it brings a sense of satisfaction to see that all our children are receiving a first-rate education thanks to the effort and dedication of our staff.

I work in a local Funeral Parlour and I am the Parish Organist at St Mary’s Church.

Thank you to the parents for electing me to serve. .

Name Deidre Reeves
Category of Governor Headteacher
Term of Office N/A
Committees Admissions, Curriculum and Pupil Wellbeing, Pay and Resources
Business Interests None
Financial Interests None
Governance Roles in Other Schools None
Relationship to members of staff None
Personal Statement

After teaching in Catholic Schools in Rochdale and Manchester, I joined St Mary’s in 2004 as Headteacher.  I have been a member of the Governing Body since my appointment.  I am a National Leader of Education and a Diocesan Leader of Education and offer support to schools in challenging circumstances.  I also act as a Diocesan Adviser to governing bodies for Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher appointments.

As Headteacher, I report to and attend all committee and full governing body meetings.  It continues to be a pleasure to work alongside such a talented team of dedicated staff and committed governors.

Name Michael Rooke
Category of Governor Parent
Term of Office 9th Feb 2016 – 8th Feb 2020
Committees Resources
Business Interests None
Financial Interests None
Governance roles in other schools None
Relationship to members of staff None
Personal Statement

I have two children attending St Mary’s RC Primary and Nursery School and felt it was time to give ‘something back’. I already helped on the PTA, something any parent can get involved in.  When a vacancy arose in January 2016, I put myself forward to become a Parent Governor.  In February 2016, I was elected by other parents to become one of the school’s two Parent Governors, for a term of up to 4 years.

I am link governor for Maths and Science. The roles I have taken on suit my background skills the most, being a practical type person, as I’ve been an avionic engineer for my whole career.  I completed almost 15 years in the military.  Since then, I’ve been working on civilian aircraft, as a UK CAA B2 Licenced Engineer, working all over Europe and the Middle East.

Since starting this role, I have completed many courses, which help me a great deal, as I’ve found out there is a lot to learn.  I have worked hard to understand the workings of the school and find it very interesting.  These courses have helped me become an effective part of the team of School Governors.

As we all know, the last school report from Ofsted classed St Mary’s “Outstanding”. That is no mean feat and is testament to the hard work of the Headteacher, teaching staff, governors and children alike. Everyone is working hard to keep this level of attainment by way of continuous improvement.

I have no family ties in Denton/Manchester (they live on the East Coast in Scarborough). This school, which I and fellow parents should be proud of, is one of the main reasons we will be staying where we are.

Name Alison Vickers
Category of Governor Foundation
Term of Office 15th Dec 2015 – 14th Dec 2019
Committees Curriculum and Pupil Wellbeing
Business Interests None
Financial Interests None
Governance Roles in other schools None
Relationship to members of staff None
Personal Statement

I have worked as a Teaching Assistant (Higher Level) at Higher Openshaw School for the past 25 years. In my role I support SEND and EAL children. I also cover PPA. I am a practising Catholic and a minister for the Children’s liturgy at St Mary’s RC Church in Denton.

St Mary’s is an excellent school and I am keen to work alongside the other governors and Headteacher to further develop the school to meet the academic and religious needs of the children.

Name Andrew Whittle
Category of Governor Staff
Term of Office 1st Sep 2013 – 1st Sep 2017
Committees Resources
Business Interests None
Financial Interests None
Governance Roles in other schools None
Relationship to members of staff None
Personal Statement

 I have been a teacher at St. Mary’s for the past 9 years; since the beginning of my teaching career. This is my fourth year as Deputy Headteacher and similarly fourth year in the role as Staff Governor. Before becoming Deputy, I was a member of the Senior Leadership Team for several years. More recently I have been designated a Specialist Leader in Education and work to offer support to other schools.

As staff governor, I attend all full governing body meeting and resources committee meetings, as well as providing reports for the governing body for my various areas of responsibility.

I am extremely proud to be a member of the staff at St. Mary’s and to work alongside such talented and dedicated colleagues, who’s outstanding effort and commitment ensure that the children at St. Mary’s make excellent progress.