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Welcome to our Governors’ section.


Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.
We have also provided a Register of Governor Interests and an Annual Statement of Issues for your information.

 

Our governors are strongly encouraged to visit us in school as much as possible, to both support and to ensure we are moving in the right direction. 

Our governors have been given opportunities to get more 'hands on' and visit school regularly to speak to children, look at books and gauge standards. 

Here is our governor team: 


(1) Father J Harris: (chair of governors) (Foundation governor) Father John visits school regularly to talk to the children and to meet with Mr Byrne (on Thursday pm) They discuss all the latest school news. Father has an important role in terms of Holy Spirit's religious and spiritual direction, school finance and also plans and proposals for school premises improvements. Father has a central role with parish links such as Reconciliation and 'With you always' lessons. Father will be helping school develop its charitable ethos, having an overseeing view on our new charity team and our links with the Sefton credit union. 

(2) Mr M Morgan: (vice chair of governors) (Foundation governor) Mr Morgan links closely with the school on a number of key areas, including staffing, finance and premises and chairs our Standards and Data committee. Any staff or parental grievances which go to governors ought to be addressed to Mr Morgan. Mr Morgan has designated support roles with both able and special needs pupils, Mr Morgan is also our designated Equality governor. He recently visited to talk to able children in each class, hearing their views and looking at books. Mr Morgan is also involved with school marketing. 

 

(3) Mrs W. McDonald: (Foundation governor) 

As a previous parent governor of the school and a volunteer helper for many years, Mrs McDonald wanted to be come in as a foundation governor (from September 2016) to be involved in what she describes as 'the tremendous improvements that are happening at the school currently' and offer her past experience to help ensure that future improvements continue. She feels that with the help of parents and the local people the school can go on to even greater things. This will ensure all our pupils are given the best possible school experience in the best surroundings and taught by the  best qualified staff. Mrs McDonald has shown a great interest in her role as one of the school's Safeguarding governors and has particularly enjoyed working with the pupil safety and well-being team. 

 

(4) Councillor S Bradshaw: (Local Authority governor) Councillor Bradshaw has had an important link recently with our children's school council elections as part of the children's understanding of volunteering and democracy. She recently arranged a visit for our new council to the town hall to meet the mayor. Councillor Bradshaw's work in the community makes her a perfect governor to lead with any local or community issues. A good recent example, was meeting with local residents adjacent to the school, seeking to implement traffic safety measures. 

(5) Mrs L Richardson: (Staff governor) As a staff governor, Mrs Richardson has a close link with many current issues. She works as part of the team which is delivering the new free breakfast club and is a key player in the school's 'team approach' to promote a culture of reading. Mrs Richardson delivers daily phonics sessions, is at the heart of our library development and also supports children with an after school reading club.

 

(6) Mr M. Byrne (Head teacher governor) Mr Byrne was appointed a governor when he was made Headteacher in 2014. He was Assistant Headteacher at a three times outstanding school and has been keen to bring the very best practice and standards to Holy Spirit over the last two years. 

 

(7) Mrs M. Corrigan (Parent governor) Mrs Corrigan is a parent governor who has two children who both attend Holy Spirit. As a parent governor she feels heavily invested in the success of the school and feels there have been 'vast improvements' to the school as a whole. She is committed to helping Holy Spirit have the highest standards, not only for her own children but for all those in our school community. 

 

(8) Mrs L. Mellor (Parent governor) Mrs Mellor has a strong grounding in professional conduct, safegaurding and school medical matters through her role as a nurse. Mrs Mellor has two children in the school and is proud to be a parent and governor at an exciting time of change and improvement.

 

(9) Mrs R Saunders: (Associate governor) Is able to provide a perspective of parents to governor discussions. Mrs Saunders has been very proactive recently in visiting school and both observing lessons and talking to children in maths (basic skills times tables) and phonics and grammar 

 

(10) Mrs. K. McCarthy (Associate governor) Mrs McCarthy has a wealth of experience in all health and safety and safeguarding matters. She has particularly enjoyed spending time talking to children in our Safety and wellfare team , ascertaining their views. 

 

(11) Mrs V. Leatherbarrow (Associate governor) Mrs Leatherbarrow has vast experience as a previous leading governor at St Ambrose Barlow Catholic College with specific expertise in finance and transition into High school. Mrs Leatherbarrow therefore chairs the school's finance committee. 

 

(12) Mrs. K. Race-Bray (Associate governor) Holy Spirit is extremely luck to have the support of Sefton LEA's leading early years adviser as an Associate governor. She is a key governor for early years and is working closely with the EYFS manager, Mrs Woods to ensure we have the highest of standards. 

 

Welcome to our governors' section.

 

We are very lucky at Holy Spirit to have an active and committed board of Governors who work very hard on behalf of the school. The Governing Body meets each term. There are a number of Committees which focus on areas of school life, for example: Staffing and  Finance, Standards and Data and Pay and performance Management. The committees also meet at least each term and in many cases each half term. The Governors are responsible for ensuring all children get a very good education at Holy Spirit. The term of office for Governors runs for 4 years. Governor elections for Parents take place when a vacancy arises. All governors have voting rights on committees with the exception of any Associate governors. 

 

Holy Spirit Governors’ List – 2017/2018

Head Teacher: Mr Matthew Byrne

Chairperson: Father John Harris     

Vice Chairperson: Mark Morgan

Clerk to Governors and Committees: Ms Jennifer Claro

 

Name

Category

Date Appointed/re-election

Term of office

Roles

Appointed by

Matthew Byrne

Headteacher

01/04/2014

N/A

Head teacher

 Governors

Father John Harris

Foundation

01/09/2014

(re-elected)

4 years

Chairperson

RE/Pastoral/Spiritual governor   

Archdiocese

Mark Morgan

Foundation

01/09/2015

(re-elected) 

4 years

Vice Chairperson

Equality Governor

SEND governor

Archdiocese

Winnie McDonald

Foundation

01/09/2016

4 years

Safeguarding Governor team 

Archdiocese

Karen McCarthy

Associate governor 

01/04/2017

4 years 

Safeguarding Governor team

Val Leatherbarrow

Associate governor 

01/04/2017

4 years

Transition – high school links and finance

Appointed by governors 

Katy Race Bray

Associate governor 

01/04/2017

4 years 

Early years 

Appointed by governors 

Sue Bradshaw

Local Authority

16/11/2010

8

years

 British values/democracy- school council 

LA

Rachel Saunders

Associate

governor 

01/09/2015

4 years

Teaching and learning – Maths

Agreed by governors

Loraine Richardson

Staff

01/09/2013

4 years

 Teaching and learning – English

Elected by staff

Lois Mellor

Parent

01/01/2016

4 years

charity links 

Elected by parents

Marie Corrigan

Parent

01/01/2016

4 years

parental links

Elected by parents

           

 

Committees (after restructure Easter 2017) 

Admissions

(if required)

Standards and Data committee

Finance/Staffing

Safety – Pupil wellbeing

 

Pay and Performance Management

Matt Byrne

Matt Byrne

Matt Byrne

Matt Byrne

 

Matt Byrne

 

Father Harris

(chair)

 

Father Harris

 

 

Father Harris

(Chair)

 Mark Morgan

Mark Morgan (Chair) 

 

Mark Morgan 

 

 

Mark Morgan 

 

 Rachel Saunders

 Rachel Saunders

 

 

Rachel Saunders 

 

Loraine Richardson

 

 

 

 

 

Val

Leatherbarrow

Val

Leatherbarrow

(Chair)

 

 

 

 

Sue

Bradshaw

 

 

 

 

 

Karen McCarthy

 

Karen McCarthy

 

Karen McCarthy

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Katy Race Bray        
     

Winnie McDonald

   
           

 

Register of Interests

Name of Governor

Declared Interest

Matt Byrne

Matt Byrne - his Father in law is the school caretaker, though Mr. Byrne stayed out of the decision to appoint him to the role. Mr Radford has previously done some excellent painting work in the school at a very cheap rate which the governors approved of. 

 

 

Relationships

See above –

 

Record of Attendance 2016/17

Name

Scheduled Meetings

Meeting Attended

Apologies Accepted

Absent

Matt Byrne

15

15

0

0

Mark Morgan

15

14

1

0

Father Harris

15

14

1

0

Loraine Richardson

10

10

0

0

Rachel Saunders

12

9

3

0

Sue Bradshaw

5

4

1

0

Winnie McDonald

8

8

0

0

Karen McDonald

8

8

0

0

Lois Mellor

4

2

0

Marie Corrigan

4

2

0

Val Leatherbarrow

6

5

1

0

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