Our Governing Body

 

Foundation Governors

Rev. Fr. John Scanlan (Parish Priest)
Finance & Staffing Committee

Mrs. Julie Bailey** (Chair)
Finance & Staffing Committee

Mrs. Cath Hinchliffe**
Curriculum & Standards Committee

Mr. Michael Pemberton**
Finance & Staffing Committee

Mrs. Teresa Kobyra*
Finance & Staffing Committee (Chair)

Mr. Brian Leonard
Curriculum & Standards Committee (Chair)

Mr. David Milligan* 
Finance & Staffing Committee

Local Authority Governor

Cllr. Howard Sykes
Finance & Staffing Committee

Parent Governors

Mrs Danielle Davidson**
Curriculum & Standards Committee

Ms. Louise Matthews**
Curriculum & Standards Committee

Staff Governors

Mrs Alison Lyons**
Curriculum & Standards Committee

Mr. Garry Needle** (Head Teacher)

Associate Members

Mrs Gill Graham (Pastoral & Spiritual)

Clerk to the Governing Body

Mr David Challen

* Denotes child in school at time of appointment to the governing body

** Denotes child currently in school

From the Governing Body

School governors are one of the largest volunteer workforces in Western Europe. They fulfil a vital role in the modern school environment and their role in a voluntary aided school like ours with a distinctive religious character is even more crucial, as many are appointed directly by our Bishop. The governing body is charged with the role of helping to ensure that standards are maintained, that the school is effectively run and that the best value is achieved when spending school finances.

The governing body of St Joseph's has an integral role to play in and is fully committed to the visions and values of our school. As a Catholic school, our faith is at the heart of everything we do; Christ is ever present in our classrooms, our staffroom, our meeting rooms, our work and our play.

We are determined to see all of our children achieve their full potential and carefully monitor both attainment data and progress data to ensure that each and every child in the care of our school is given every possible opportunity - both inside and outside the classroom - to put his or her God-given talents to the very best use.

It is both an honour and a privilege to serve as governors for St Joseph's, and we are acutely aware of the challenges we face and the expectations we must meet. To this end we are committed to continuous development and self-evaluation. We undertake both internal and external training in order to ensure that our skills and knowledge are kept up to date on the constantly changing educational landscape.

The unique and distinctive character of faith schools like ours is constantly challenged in an increasingly secular society. We believe it is our role as governors to stand up for, to seek to maintain and to strengthen the traditional values which good Catholic schools like ours have engendered for many years. It is our duty to make sure that there is a Catholic school here to serve the families of St Joseph’s Shaw for generations to come.