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Governors Information and Duties

Saint Patrick’s Catholic Primary School

'We arise today, to learn, love and grow through Jesus.’


At Saint Patrick’s we aim to create an environment in which each individual has the opportunity to thrive supported by values of Christ firmly built into our everyday foundations. Education, welfare and wellbeing are at the heart of everything we do. Above all else, we want to foster a strong belief in all our children that they can succeed in all they do, no matter what. Working with all school parties, we wish to nurture each child’s potential and foster high aspirations. It is essential that we give them the tool kit needed to achieve their goals regardless of background or starting points.


The Governing Body of St Patrick's School are committed to achieving the highest aspirations for all children.


The Role of the Governing Board.
The governing board provides strategic leadership and accountability for the school and its community.


Governors have three main functions:

  • Oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent
  • Hold the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
  • Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction is maintained


Governors work with the headteacher to set aims and objectives for the year alongside development of policies and procedures to enable achievement. They monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making and act as a source of challenge or 'critical friend' with which to support the headteacher.


Governors are expected to:

  • Make decisions about how money is spent and budgets are managed 
  • Support the performance management of the staff and senior leaders
  • Engage with the school community by attending events and arranging time to visit the school
  • Address a range of education issues within the school including disadvantaged pupils, pupils with special needs, staff workload and teacher recruitment
  • Ask challenging questions about data, pupil premium, SEN and other pupil groups
  • Sit on panels and make decisions when required such as staff discipline/complaints
  • Attend relevant training to keep up to date with education changes and statutory compliance


The Governing Board has two committees:

  • Quality of Education Committee - Governors focus on the welfare of pupils, data-progress and attainment, educational development.


  • Leadership and Management Committee - Governors focus on the financial performance of the school analysing reports and making sure money is well spent, staffing, safeguarding, health and safety and the schools Safe and Sound wrap around care. 


The Full Governing Body meets at least once per term.


Ad-hoc Committes:

  • Staff Disciplinary
  • Pupil Discipline
  • Complaints
  • Appeals


Saint Patrick's Governing body is composed of:


  • 7 Foundation Governors
  • 1 Headteacher Governor
  • 1 Local Authority Governor
  • 2 Parent Governors
  • 1 Staff Governor


The constitution is twelve.


The positions are currently held by:


  •  Foundation Governors  7
  • Headteacher Governor  1
  • Local Authority Governor 1
  • Parent Governors 1
  • Staff Governor 1

Current total 11




Governors Attendance 

2023/2024 (Live) 



Governor Attendance 



Recent Resignations;

Mrs Rachel Rigby 16th October 2023

Mrs Kathryn Moran 5th September 2023

Mrs Bernadette Green 17th July 2020

Mr Eddie Walsh 25th September 2019

Mrs Danielle Ramsdale 19th September 2019

Mrs Elizabeth Warren 19th July 2019

Mrs Sandra Worthington 19th July 2019

Mrs Michelle Clarke 14th March 2019

Mr Mike Seddon 10th October 2018

Mrs Victoria Burrows 2nd February 2017