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.

This includes:

  • 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

LGB membership Feb 2018

All governors can be contacted through email via the main school office who will forward your message.

Local Governing Body:

Name: Rev Michael Behrend
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.
Name: Mrs Janet Adamson 
Appointed 15.02.18
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.
Name: Mrs Victoria Allen
Appointed 15.02.18
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.
Name: Mrs Caroline English-Mather
Appointed 15.02.18

I have worked as Deputy Head Teacher at St Catherine’s since 2001 – both at the ‘old’ school and the ‘new’! I enjoy my varied roles as Special Needs Co-ordinator, RE and PE subject leader and also teaching Year 6 and Year 2.
I am involved in all aspects of school life from organising sporting fixtures for football, netball and hockey to arranging Easter Egg Bingo!
I feel honoured that my time at St Catherine’s has allowed me to see all our pupils learning and shining together and developing into future citizens.
Name: Mrs Karen Graham
Appointed 15.02.18
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.
Name: Miss Jenny Bingham
Appointed 15.02.18

I am mum to Annabelle and Frankie who both attend St. Catherine’s and are thriving within its engaging and happy school environment. They also attend the very popular and aptly named Happy Faces after school club as I am a working parent.
My degree is in Psychology and I am extremely interested in the science of the mind and behaviour and in promoting good mental health and wellbeing. My other professional qualifications include PGCE, specialising in English, and the National Professional Qualification for Headship. I qualified as a teacher in 2000 and have worked in a number of schools in Bolton, across the primary phase and across the borough. I am currently Head teacher at Spindle Point Community School in Kearsley.
I am delighted to be a Governor at St. Catherine’s and have the educational background and experience to support the school ensuring the best possible outcomes for our children.
Name: Mrs Carol Parry
Appointed 15.02.18
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.
avatar-f2Name: Mrs Susan Sharpe
Appointed 15.02.18
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.
Name: Mrs Sophie Yardley
Appointed 15.02.18
I’m very new to the governor role, having only been part of the team since October 2017.

I work at the BBC in Salford as a Broadcast Journalist for BBC Radio Manchester. I’ve been there since 2010. My job needs me to be an effective communicator, a good people person, and also means I’m across current affairs- my particular interest being education! Prior to a career in journalism, I worked in Human Resources.
I’ve lived in the area most of my life. I went to school in Bolton. Both of my children now attend St Catherines. I’m part of the PTA, regularly help with school trips, and frequently come into school to help with reading. I’ve also been attending St Catherines Church since I moved back to Horwich with my family in 2011.
I’m really passionate about St Catherine’s and want the best for all the children here, regardless of their strengths and individual talents. I’m really excited to a part of the governing body, and hope I can be a very valuable asset.
Name: Christa Norton
Appointed: 15.02.18
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Name: Jason Watts
Appointed: 15.02.18
Initially I came to the North West aged 18 to study a Physics Degree at Manchester University, I ended up staying and started working for Reebok in Lancaster and at the Stadium. I quickly built a connection to Bolton and have now lived in Horwich for the past 15 years.
Career-wise I have worked in IT Service Management for 20 years. Along the road I have been responsible for improving Quality Standards, Financial & Budget control, Supplier Relationship Management and implementing Organisational Change. More recently I have switched away from IT outsourcing to take on new challenges in a Business Intelligence role within the NHS.
In my role as Parent Governor for St Catherine’s it is my intention to fully represent the perspective of all parents/carers and children at the school. My aim is to always put the case for the children to have the best school experiences, enjoy their time and be fully equipped to take on the challenges Secondary school.
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.

Term of office and meetings
The term of office for a school governor is normally four years. Our Local Governing Body meets once a term (for approximately 2 hours). Most of our Governors find they usually attend meetings or visit a school three or four times each term. They are invited to special occasions such as assemblies, sports days, plays and presentations.




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