St. Catherine’s Governing Body are responsible for working with the school to ensure that it delivers a good quality education. Together with the headteacher, who is responsible for day-to-day management, they set the school’s aims and policies.
Our governors have three main roles:
- To provide strategic direction for the school
- To act as a critical friend to the headteacher
- To ensure accountability
They also carry out a number of other important duties, which include:
- Determining how the school’s budget is spent
- The appointing and dismissing of staff
- Hearing appeals and grievances
- Forming policy on the school’s curriculum and collective worship
- Setting standards for pupils’ behaviour and discipline
- Making sure school buildings are welcoming and safe
- Setting and monitoring the school’s aims and policies
- Managing the school’s admissions
Who can be a school 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 certainexpectations. 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
All governors can be contacted. Please email the main school office who will forward your message.
Governing Body Membership.pdf
Governing Body Attendance 2016-17.pdf
Chair Appointed 1/5/03
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.
My name is Janet Adamson.
Victoria has 16 years of management experience in the National Health Service (NHS) where she has managed multiple improvement projects. She has a Master’s Degree in Change Management and uses the Science Improvement Methodology in her approach to managing change. Victoria leads and manages teams in the development of new pathways and the analysis and redesign of current pathways. She helps teams and individuals to identify gaps, issues and constraints with current pathways and processes and develop possible areas for improvement. Her skills include scoping, developing and implementing programmes of work and developing project plans. Victoria sits on the Resources and Admissions Committees. She is our link governor for training and has a responsibility for anti-harrassment.
My name is Ian Blinkhorn.
Caroline has been Deputy Head teacher for 16 years. She has demonstrated a strong track record on SEN provision and project management which are both key to the raising of attainment at St. Catherine’s. She has extensive experience of engaging with stakeholders, local community and media. Her role as a senior leader at St Catherine’s has enabled her to be integral in formulating School Development Plans focusing in raising standards which have in turn been implemented, monitored and reviewed for impact. Caroline sits on the School Effectiveness Committee.
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.
My name is Carol Parry.
Dale is employed with HMRC as an Outputs Planning Manager. He works with internal and external stakeholders to manage the timing and issue of HMRC Customer Outputs. Part of his role is to manage outputs with a view to increasing efficiency, reducing costs, improving understanding of the levels of reactive customer contact through data analysis. He is responsible for developing software tools to ensure efficient forecasting.On a personal note he has two primary aged children and feels it is important to take an active role in their education. He has been a member of St. Catherine’s Governing Body for several years and acts as vice chair to the full board. Dale sits on the Resources Committee and has a responsibility for Health and Safety and Maths.
My name is Susan Thorpe.
My name is Angela Wooff.
My name is Sophie Yardley