St. Catherine’s Church of England Primary School is the founder member of the Mulberry Tree Church of England Multi Academy Trust
The Mulberry Tree CE Trust, is a charitable company limited by guarantee (the liability of the members is set at £10 in the model Articles of Association).
We have three layers of governance:
- The Members, who operate at a strategic level with ultimate control over the direction of the Academy Trust
To find out more about our Members please see our Members’ Page
- The Trustees with responsibility for day-to-day management and operation of the Academy Trust
To find out more about our Trustees please see our Trustees’ Page
- The Local Governing Body with responsibility for providing focused governance for St. Catherine’s CE Primary School
The Local Governing Body
Chair: Revd Michael Behrend
Local Governors contribute to the strategic direction of the academy and Trust by contributing to discussions at local governing body meetings which consider:
- vision and values;
- clear and ambitious strategic priorities and targets;
- access of children, including those with special educational needs, to a broad, balanced and engaging curriculum;
- ensuring all groups and individuals are making good or better progress; the quality of teaching;
- the implementation of the Trust’s policies;
- the development of links with the local community; and
- the establishment of mechanisms to promote good parent/carer/family relations
- Hold the senior leaders to account by monitoring the academy’s performance.
- agreeing the outcomes from the academy’s self-evaluation and ensuring they are used to inform the priorities in the academy’s action and improvement plan;
- considering all relevant data and feedback provided on request by academy leaders and external sources on all aspects of academy performance;
- asking challenging questions of academy leaders;
- ensuring senior leaders have implemented the required policies and procedures and the academy is operating effectively according to those policies;
- acting as a link governor on a specific issue, making relevant enquiries of the relevant staff, and reporting to the governing body on the progress on the relevant academy priority; and
- listening to and reporting to the academy’s stakeholders: pupils, parents, staff, and the wider community, including local employers.
Our Local Governing Body
Local Governing Body:
Chair Appointed 15.02.18
I was brought up in the North West of England, but taught maths in a secondary school in Essex for ten years before training to be a vicar. I have been a vicar in Horwich and a governor of St.Catherine’s School since 2002. My association with the school became even stronger when the older of my two children started at the school in 2010, and I took over as chair of governors in 2015. I can be contacted via the school.
I have been a Foundation parent Governor of St Catherine’s School , elected by the parochial church council of St Catherine’s Church since 2008, before becoming a Foundation governor. I have a long standing connection with the school as I am a past pupil and have been a member of St Catherine’s Church all my life. My son spent all his primary education years at the school as do other family members. I have worked within the NHS for 29 years and have always lived in Horwich. I serve on various governor committees at the school and feel very passionate about St Catherine’s. In my role as governor I believe in having a positive and sensible outlook and I hope I am able to contribute to the school community and its commitment to ensuring that every pupil both learns and shines at St Catherine’s.
I am Victoria Allen, a full-time working mum. I have worked in the NHS for 16 years in many varied roles including commissioning, monitoring and improving primary and secondary care services. I have vast experience in change management and have managed budgets and staff. More recently I have qualified as a coach and mentor and I enjoy supporting colleagues. I have been actively involved in my local theatre for many years and volunteer on the Box Office on a regular basis. I am a member of the congregation at St Catherine’s Church and value the community feel of the church. I am proud to be a Governor of St Catherine’s School, not only is it the school that my daughter attends, but I have found it to be positive and encouraging and has the Christian ethos, that supports the children to learn and develop.
I am thrilled to be the headteacher at St. Catherine’s Church of England Primary School and have been here since 2008. It is a real privilege to work in such an incredible school with a dynamic staff team. I am committed to ensuring that our school can provide the very best opportunities for all of our children and I encourage us all to ensure that we continue to be amazing in all aspects. I particularly value our Christian ethos and warm family atmosphere.In addition to my work as headteacher I am chair of the Horwich and Blackrod Learning Collaborative, a highly effective and active group, as well as representing our cluster of schools at Staying Safe consultation group and at Primary Executive meetings. I also chair a Bolton Multi-Academy Trust’s Teaching School SCITT Board and their School Management Committee.
I have worked within the Criminal Justice System for the last 20 years. For the last 16 years I have worked for the Crown Prosecution Service based in Manchester, but my work requires me to attend Crown Courts in various locations throughout the whole of the North West. I have been a resident of Horwich all of my life, with the exception of a brief spell in Worsley many years ago. I attended the original St Catherine’s school until 1984 and this was followed by secondary education at Rivington and Blackrod High School. My two children attend St Catherine’s Primary School and we are regular attenders at St Catherine’s Church. I am an active member of the PCC (Parochial Church Council) and assist the church by being the resident Child Protection Officer.I have been part of the governing body at St Catherine’s for 4 years and, together with my fellow governors, work hard to ensure I contribute to the efficient and smooth running of the school.
Hi My Name is Sue Sharpe, I am the Local Authority appointed Governor. I have experience in finance and law through previous and current employment. On joining St. Catherine’s School Governors I initially lived in Horwich but now live in Egerton. Having invested time in the school I have the pleasure of seeing it progress and grow. I also have a Degree in Primary Education which heightens my drive to support children and their education. I live with my Mum, she has FT Dementia so understand the extra stresses that a child could witness so provide a well rounded approach to my input. Through governor meetings I support and challenge the Head and team to do the best we can with limited funds in today’s financial climate.
I’m very new to the governor role, having only been part of the team since October 2017.
Who can be a Governor?
You don’t have to have children at the school to be a governor. However, you do have to be over 18, and pass a formal check for your suitability to be within a school. No specific qualifications are required but there are certain expectations. What’s really important is that you have energy, enthusiasm, time and a real desire to help provide children with the best possible education.
Governors come from all sections of the community, and all walks of life. Our Governors are a range of parents, staff at the school, represetatives of St. Catherine’s church and residents in the locality. Some governors are elected by parents and staff, some are appointed by St. Catherine’s church and some are recommended to us. This ensures that our Governing Body reflect the community they serve. Our Governors workas part of a team, and give total commitment to our school.