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St Theresa's RC Primary School

Meet the Governors

1. Introduction and Overview

What do governors do?

The governing body works with the headteacher and the staff at the school to make sure the school provides good quality education for all its pupils, and constantly strives to improve. Governors don’t need specialist skills, just an ability to listen, think through new ideas, and decide what’s best for the school as part of a team. They need to set high expectations and ask challenging questions, but are not expected to make day to day decisions about how the school is run. That’s the job of the headteacher and senior staff.

Key Roles and Responsibilities

In addition to ensuring that the school carries out its statutory responsibilities, the three key roles of a governing body are to:

  • provide strategic direction for the school;
  • monitor the performance of the school and constantly look to raise standards;
  • ensure sound financial management and accountability.

This means that as a governor, you will be involved in:

  • Deciding how the budget should be spent and ensuring good value for money
  • Making sure the curriculum provides for and challenges all pupils
  • Making sure the school buildings are welcoming, safe and well used
  • Setting and monitoring the school’s values, aims and policies
  • Appointing the Head and Deputy Head and assisting the Head in appointing other staff
  • Reviewing the performance of the Headteacher annually, and setting targets for the following year

The Sub Committees

There are full Governing Body meetings each term. Much of the work however is carried out in sub committees.


2. Current Governing Body Information

 Governor Appointment Information

Register of Interest

Governor Full Name Date of Appointment Term from/to  Term of Office (years) Appointing / Elective Body Relevant Business / Pecuniary Interests  Other Educational Establishments Governed Material Relationships (with staff or governors) 

Mr Peter Patterson


31/08/15 1/09/2019 – 31/08/2023  4 Diocese of Salford None –   

Cathryn Ball       

(Vice chair) 

01/09/2015 18/03/2018-17/03/2022 LA None –  – 
Winefride Claber  01/09/2015 02/09/2019 -01/09/2023 4

Diocese of Salford


None  St Joseph's RC Primary School  
Father Derek Woodhead 01.09,2021 01.09.2021-31.08.2025 4

Diocese of Salford 

None St Anne's RC Primary School
Sara Tattersall  31/08/15 28/09/2019 -27/09/2023 LA None –  – 
Sister Joan O'Gorman 06/07/2021 06/07/2021 -05/07/2025 4 Diocese of Salford None     
Mohsna Dawson       Associate Member  None –   
Helen Williamson 01/01/2017     Executive Headteacher  None    
Linda McCombe 01/09/2021 01/09/2021-01/09/2025 4 Staff Governor/Head of school  None    
Carl Glynn 01/09/2019 01/09/2019-31/08/2023 4 Parent None    
Lisa Nolan  18/05/2021 18/05/2021-17/05/2025 4 Parent None    
Eileen Lloyd 03.11.21 03.11.2021- 02.11.2025 4 Diocese of Salford None