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The School Governors, in consultation with the Head Teacher and staff, develop the policies and standards for the good governance of the School. Responsibility for the implementation of policies and maintenance of standards is delegated to the Head Teacher and on to the staff. Governors make a positive contribution by bringing their experience to help the school provide the best possible education for every one of its pupils. Governors contribute to the development of the school in setting the school’s vision and the strategic framework within which the school operates; determining the character, aims and ethos of the school and developing and monitoring school policies, plans and procedures.


The Governing Body's work is focussed on the three core functions of ensuring that the vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school are clearly defined, that the Head Teacher performs his or her responsibilities for the educational performance of the school, and that there is sound, proper and effective use of the school’s financial resources. Governors adhere to an annually updated  Code of Conduct that sets out their responsibilities and what is expected of them.


Governors meet once each term as a Full Governing Body, and committees of typically 6 or 8 governors meet once each term in addition. Committees, such as Resources Management, Curriculum and Standards, Ethos, Performance Management and Pay look after specific areas of school governance and accountability. Individual governors have specfic areas of responsibilty which will involve them in school visits and discussions with appropriate school staff, and which they report on to the Governing Body as a whole.


The Governing Body re-constituted in August 2015, with 14 goverrnors. Foundation governors are appointed by the Archbishop. Other governors are elected from time to time by the teaching and non-teaching staff, and by parents. The Governing Body can appoint one co-opted governor and the Local Authority also appoints one governor. Governors serve for four years, except co-opted governors who serve for one year.


The members of the governing body are:


Foundation Governors

  • Mrs L Moynihan - Chair
  • Mr J French - Vice Chair
  • Mrs G Higginbotham
  • Mr R Ladbury
  • Mrs I Murphy
  • Mr J Parnell


Local Authority Governor

  • Vacant


Parent Governors

  • Mr B Phillips

  • Mrs M Waterhouse


Staff Governors

  • Mr P Burke
  • Mrs S Horrocks


Co-Opted Governor

  • Fr T Farrell

Governor Responsibilities & Interests

Name Status Appointed Responsibility/Committee Area Interest
Leanne Moynihan Foundation Governor Nov 2015

Chair of Governors

HT Performance Management

Resources Management
Curriculum & Standards

Science Laboratory Technician
Finham Park School
John French Foundation Governor Nov 2015

Vice-Chair of Governors

Chair of Resources Management Committee
Health & Safety



John French Eleictrical Services

Geraldine Higginbotham Foundation Governor Nov 2015

Curriculum & Standards


Child Protection

Special Needs

Roger Ladbury Foundation Governor Nov 2015

Resources Management
Curriculum & Standards

Imelda Murphy Foundation Governor Nov 2015

Resources Management

John Parnell Foundation Governor Feb 2014 Resources Management
Performance Management

Bid Director

Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd

Peter Burke Head Teacher Governor Sep 2017

Curriculum & Standards
Resources Management



Health & Safety

  Head Teacher
Susan Horrocks Staff Governor Jan 2015 Curriculum & Standards Humanities Class Teacher
Brian Phillips Parent Governor Nov 2017 Resources Management   Manager
Michelle Waterhouse Parent Governor Nov 2017 Curriculum & Standards   HR
Thomas Farrell Co-Opted Governor Jan 2017     Parish Priest
Elaine Williams Associate Member - not a governor, no voting rights Ethos Class Teacher
Maureen Erkul Associate Member - not a governor, no voting rights Admissions Office Assistant


Governors Serving in Past 12 Months

Name Status Appointed Ceased Occupation
Margaret Halpin Local Authority Governor Apr 2013 Jan 2017 Data Analyst
Maeve Walsh Parent Governor May 2015 Sep 2017 Teacher
Elizabeth Burnett Staff Governor Nov 2015 Sep 2018 Head Teacher
Caroline Cafferty Parent Governor May 2015 Sep 2017 Company Director
Fr A Franklin Foundation Governor Nov 2015 Sep 2017 Priest
Laura Moten LA Governor Mar 2017 Nov 2017 Manager


Meetings attended - 1 January 2016 to present date



Governing Body
E Burnett 6 out of 6 5 out of 6 2 out of 2 3 out of 3
C Cafferty 3 out of 6     1 out of 3
A Franklin   4 out of 6 2 out of 2 2 out of 3
J French 5 out of 6     3 out of 3
G Higginbotham   4 out of 6   3 out of 3
S Horrocks   6 out of 6   3 out of 3
R Ladbury 6 out of 6 6 out of 6 2 out of 2 3 out of 3
L Moynihan 6 out of 6     3 out of 3
I Murphy 4 out of 6     2 out of 3
J Parnell 6 out of 6     3 out of 3
M Walsh   6 out of 6   2 out of 3


Matters requiring the attention of the Governing body should be addressed in writing to the Chair of the Governors at the School's Address