Pupils at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School


Governing Bodies play a very important role in all schools but more so in Catholic Schools where they are the employers.

Foundation Governors, who represent the views of the Catholic Church are selected for their commitment to the Catholic faith. Their names are submitted to the Bishop who has to approve their appointment. Governors are appointed for four years.

Fr. Adrian, our Parish Priest, is a Governor and it is important to have his opinions represented at the meetings.

Governors have a full Governing Body meeting once each term to discuss strategic issues of how to raise standards and improve the education opportunities for the children.

Committees of Governors also meet termly to discuss: Finance, Curriculum, Buildings and Health and Safety. Governors discuss the allocation of funds to ensure the best possible use of budgets on staff, resources and buildings. Mission and Purpose is the responsibility of the whole Governing Body and this discusses:Curriculum Religious Education e.g. Come and See Scheme, Relationships and Sex Education Policy and Practice and Liturgies and Sacramental Programmes.

The Chair of Governors attends School Council Meetings which promotes Pupil Voice. The Secretary of the School Council e mails the minutes to him so they can be shared with the Governing Body to keep them fully informed.

The role of the Governor is one of ‘Challenge and Support’. They want to know that the children are receiving the best possible education in a Catholic environment where Gospel values permeate everything that goes on.

They discuss standards of learning and behaviour and attend Diocesan and Local Authority Training to ensure they are aware of expectations and fully able to serve the school in their capacity as a Governor.

The Parent Governor is voted for by the parents and undertakes their role for four years.

The Council Governor Representative has a very important role because they are expected to attend Council Meetings and keep funding for schools as a priority on the agenda.

The Local Authority Governor is aware of specific education aspects and gives a view of new initiatives and expectations.

St. Mary’s Governing Body and their roles is listed below

Governor Role Name Term Ends
Head Teacher Rachel M. Molyneux N/A
Chair / Foundation Philip Leddy Sept. 2020
Vice Chair / Foundation Laura Loftus Sept. 2020
Foundation Fr Adrian Wilcock Sept. 2020
Foundation Ian Evans Jan. 2021
Foundation Tomosz Szczuka Sept. 2020
Foundation Clare Hansen Jan. 2021
Foundation Sian Williams Jan. 2021
Council/LA Cllr. Paul Cunningham Jan. 2019
Teacher Aisling Joinson Jan. 2021
Staff Karen Dalton Jan. 2021
Parent Claire Hall Jan. 2021
Town Council Cllr. Michael Moore Feb. 2019
Clerk Carol Sheane N/A