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Meet the governors

Allow us to introduce our Governor team: 

(1) Mrs Val Leatherbarrow (Chair of Governors and Foundation governor) Mrs Leatherbarrow has vast experience as a previous chair of governors at St Ambrose Barlow Catholic College with specific expertise in finance and transition into High school. Now that Father Harris has stepped down as chair, Mrs Leatherbarrow has kindly agreed to step up as Chair of Governors for Holy Spirit and has been elected from October 2018. Mrs Leatherbarrow also chairs the school's finance committee. 


(2) Mrs. Karen McCarthy (Vice chair of governors and Foundation governor) Mrs McCarthy has a wealth of experience in all health and safety and safeguarding matters. As lead Safegaurding governor, she has particularly enjoyed spending time talking to children in our Safety and wellfare team , ascertaining their views. Mrs McCarthy has stepped up to be Vice Chair of governors and was elected to the role in October 2018. 


(3) Father John Harris: (Foundation governor) Previously our chair, 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 helps school develop its charitable ethos, and was delighted when our recent s 48 monitoring inspection confirmed that Holy Spirit remains outstanding in terms of its provision for Catholic Education. 

(4) Mrs Winnie McDonald: (Foundation governor) 

As a previous parent governor of the school and a volunteer helper for many years, Mrs McDonald wanted to become  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. 


(5) 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. 

(6) 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 teaching assistant team which is delivering read write inc (WRI) 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.


(7) Mr M. Byrne (Head teacher governor) Mr Byrne was appointed a governor when he was made Headteacher in 2014. He was previously Assistant Headteacher at a three times outstanding school and has been keen to bring the very best practice and standards to Holy Spirit. The school is being built on a culture of getting the foundations right first and standards and systems from the youngest pupils upwards is at the heart of the process of improvement. 


(8) 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. 


(10) 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 


(11) 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. 


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