- 1. Annual Statement Of Governance
- 2. Current Governing Body Information
- 3. Governors who positions expired or who left during 2016-2017
- 4. Governing Board Attendance Record
- 5. Meet The Governors
- 6. Latest Governance News and Newsletters
1. Annual Statement Of Governance
What we do
In accordance with the Government’s requirement for all governing bodies, the 3 core strategic functions of the Governing Body of St John Fisher RC Primary School are:
- To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
- To hold the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils.
- To oversee the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
The Governing Body of St John Fisher was re-constituted in June 2015 and consists of the following members; The Headteacher, 1 staff governor, 2 elected parent governors, 1 Local Authority Governor and 7 Foundation Governors.
Foundation Governors are appointed by the Diocese and are people who, in the opinion of the Diocese, have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school: on our Governing Body 3 of our Foundation Governors are parents and the remaining 4 are active members of the Church Community.
The Full Governing Body meets once each term, and we also have committees who meet to consider different aspects of the school in detail. Here at St John Fisher, we have a Resources Committee, which focuses on finance, premises and some personnel matters and a Curriculum and Wellbeing Committee who receive regular updates from subject leaders, as well as updates in relation to Safeguarding and Special Educational Needs. We also have committees that meet if required to consider pupil discipline and staffing matters.
Attendance record of governors
Governors have excellent attendance at meetings and we have never cancelled a meeting because it was not “quorate” (the number of governors needed to ensure that legal decisions can be made).
A detailed meeting attendance record can be found below in section 4.
The work that we have done on our committees and in the governing body
The Governing Body has had a particularly busy year so far, focusing on continuous school improvement and implementation of the new curriculum which was introduced in September 2014, Reconstitution and changes in new Governor roles and personnel.
The Curriculum and Wellbeing committee has spent time evaluating the introduction of a new curriculum next year and governors also discuss key data giving the results of pupil achievement and progress, so that we can be sure that the school is on track to fulfil its ambitious targets for all pupils. We continue to focus on “vulnerable groups” of children and how the Pupil Premium Grant is being spent by the school and what impact this has on their outcomes. Governors have a nominated safeguarding Governor (Elaine Heyes) who gives a termly report to the governors about any safeguarding matters.
The Resources Committee looks at the maintenance and development of the school premises, and makes decisions about how the school should use its budget. One of the roles for the governors is reviewing and agreeing school policies, and this year we have considered a number of key policies. In September 2014, a new Attendance Policy was adopted, following a change in legislation which no longer allows schools to authorise term time holidays. The Governing Body recognises the problem that this may cause for some parents, but we are very pleased that attendance figures at the school have improved considerably and are very grateful to parents for the support they have shown in relation to this.
Minutes of Governing Body and Committee meetings are public documents – in the coming months you will find them on the Governors’ page of our website or you can ask at the school office if you would like to see any of the minutes of our meetings.
Future plans for the governors
To further develop the role of Link Governors. To develop the Governing Body’s own self evaluation skills to enable the GB to have an accurate view of the impact of its work.
How you can contact the governing body
We always welcome suggestions, feedback and ideas from parents – please contact the Chair of Governors, Donal Townson, via the school office.
2. Current Governing Body Information
|Governor Appointment Information||
Register of Interest
|Governor Full Name||Term of Office (years)||Category||Appointing / Elective Body||Commitees and Roles||Relevant Business / Pecuniary Interests||Other Educational Establishments Governed||Material Relationships (with staff or governors)|
|Donal Townson (Chair)||4||Foundation||Diocese of Salford||Curriculum, Wellbeing, Training Link Governor, Year 3 Link Governor||–||–||–|
|Lisa Thorley (Vice Chair)||2016-2020||Foundation||Diocese of Salford||Curriculum, Wellbeing||–||–||–|
|Elaine Heyes||2015-2019||Foundation||Dicoese of Salford||Curriculum, Wellbeing||–||–||–|
|Lindsey Hammnett||2015-2019||Foundation||Diocese of Salford||Curriculum, Wellbeing||–||–||–|
|Mary Ann Davidson||2016-2020||Foundation||Diocese of Salford||Curriculum, Wellbeing||–||–||–|
|Hilary Woodhead||2016-2020||Foundation||Diocese of Salford||Resources|
|Fr Peter Kinsella||4 years||Foundation||Diocese of Salford||None||–||–||–|
|Helen Hayes||4 years||Executive Headteacher||Governing Board||All||–||–||–|
|Claire Wilkinson||4 years||Elected Staff||Governing Board||Curriculum, Wellbeing||–||–||–|
|Deborah Singleton||2017-2021||Elected Parent||Governing Board||Resources||–||–||–|
|Kirsty Gosling||2015-2019||Elected Parent||Governing Board||Resources||–||–||–|
|Pending||4 years||LA||Tameside LA||Resources||–||–||–|
3. Governors who positions expired or who left during 2016-2017
Governor Appointment Information
Register of Interest
Governor Full Name
Date of Appointment
Date Ceased Office
Appointing / Elective Body
Relevant Business / Pecuniary Interests
Other Educational Establishments Governed
Material Relationships (with staff or governors)
4. Governing Board Attendance Record
|Governor Full Name||Meetings (P if Present, A if Absent)
|Donal Townson (Chair)||–||P||P||–||P||P|
|Lisa Thorley (Vice Chair)||–||P||P||–||P||P|
|Mary Ann Davidson||–||P||P||–||A||P|
|Fr Peter Kinsella||–||–||P||–||–||A|
5. Meet The Governors
Donal Townson (Chair)
My name is Donal Townson and I am very pleased to be invited to be the Chair of Governors at St. John Fisher Roman Catholic Primary School.
For the past 24 years I have been the Deputy-Headteacher at St. John Fisher, and have taught in Tameside for the whole of the forty years of my teaching career. I was Secretary of the Tameside Catholic Schools’ Sports Association for twenty-five years and I am currently still serving as Secretary of the Tameside Schools’ Football Association after eleven years.
Having retired in Summer 2015 which was also the school’s Golden Jubilee Year, I was honoured to be invited to be a Governor and I am looking forward to bringing my many years of experience and skills to the role, to experiencing new challenges and to contributing to the excellent education and caring community already in place at St. John Fisher.
As deputy-headteacher and class teacher I always worked hard to make sure that every child received the very best opportunity to achieve their individual potential and I look forward to being a part of the excellent team at St. John Fisher who work so hard to make this happen.
Lisa Thorley (Vice Chair)
I have been on the governing body since 2012. As part of my role, I work closely with the whole governing body, to hold Mrs Hayes accountable in order to ensure the school has a clear vision and provides the very best education and opportunities for every child in the school. I myself am a primary school teacher and have a valuable insight into many of the issues that schools face, as well as being aware of the expectations. My own children also attend the school and therefore I have a vested interest in helping the school on their success journey.
I’m Elaine Heyes one of your Foundation Governors
I am married with two children; I have a daughter at St Thomas More RC High School and a son at Audenshaw High school.
I am in my forties, and my background is that I have always worked for the NHS for many years, firstly worked many years as a support worker at Tameside Maternity Unit, Then I went on to work for the Health Visitors in Ashton Crickets Lane, currently I work with the School Nurse Team as a Family Health Mentor for Denton, Droylsden and Audenshaw Schools, that’s five high schools and 21 primaries we may go in, trying to promote Emotional Health and wellbeing for healthy lifestyles for better outcomes for children, young people and their families.
I attend St Mary’s RC Church Denton for mass on Sunday’s and on some occasions go to St John Fisher parish too.
I am on the Rota at St Mary’s for the children’s liturgy.
I believe that children are entitled to be taught a good education and faith messages no matter what the circumstances in their life or families’ life are, and they can be nurtured and helped to succeed to achieve their full potential in life.
I enjoy trying to keep fit doing Zumba classes once or twice a week, and I enjoy family time and my friend time, also social networking, that’s my background in a nutshell basically.
My name is Lindsey Hamnett and I have recently been appointed as a Foundation Governor at St John Fisher R C Primary by the Bishop of Salford. My Job is to ensure that the school is conducted in accordance with the rites, practices and traditions of the Roman Catholic Faith.
I have been a part of the school/church community for 12 years volunteering at PTA events as well as being a Faith Friend helping out with the sacramental programme and the children’s chapel at St John Fisher Church.
Aimee and Harry, my 2 eldest children, attend St Thomas More. Charlotte is currently in reception here at school and Megan my youngest will start nursery here next September.
Having 4 children of my own I understand that every child is unique and special. I am eager to be part of a team that helps to ensure each pupil reaches their full potential.
Mary Ann Davidson
My name is Mary Ann Davison and I am a Foundation Governor. In addition to holding the Headteacher to account and being a ‘critical friend’ to the school, in particular Foundation Governors are appointed on behalf of the Bishop of Salford Diocese to ensure the preservation of the school’s Catholic identity and character.
I joined the Board in 2012, and am currently enjoying my second term of office (each term of office lasts 4 years). I work at Manchester Grammar School on a part-time basis as the Archivist – this means I get to look after 500 years of the School’s history which is fascinating! I am also qualified in records management and so advise the School on related matters, including the Data Protection Act.
I have three daughters, two of whom attend St John Fisher. They have thrived in the St John Fisher community and I am proud to say that they attend the school. I am also proud to be a part of the Governing Body and am always happy to speak to anyone who has questions about the work of the Governors.
I am a retired Air Traffic Controller who moved to Haughton Green in 2011. After I was widowed in 2014 I wanted to give something back to the community which had given me so much support both as a newcomer and as a widow. Having a lifetime interest in education, it seemed a logical step to offer my time and services to St John Fisher Primary School. I was asked to become a Governor after a period of coming into school to help certain individual pupils. Having given the matter considerable thought, I accepted the request.
My other interests include music, travel and the natural world with a special interest in birds and mammals.
I am Helen Hayes and am proud to be the Headteacher of St John Fisher. I have been part of the Governing Body for as long as I have been the Head which is 6 years now. I am a Diocesan Leader for Education and a mentor to Middle Leaders and Deputy Heads on the Catholic Leadership Programme. I also provide support for New Headteachers and other Governing Bodies in the appointment of Headteachers and Deputy Headteachers. I am also proud to be the Headteacher at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Primary School in Ashton.
As a newly qualified teacher in 1997, I was delighted to be successful in gaining a teaching post at my old primary school, St John Fisher. I began my teaching career here in year two and during the years since, have also taught in all key stage two classes. Currently I teach in year three, which I really enjoy. Within the school, I am subject leader for Literacy and Special Educational Needs. In my time here as a teacher, it has been lovely to see many ex- classmates who have returned to the school as parents. I was given an excellent start to my own education here at St John Fisher and am proud to be part of the St John Fisher family.
I’m delighted to be a parent governor here at St John Fisher. I have three children Rosie who is in Year five at this school, Zachary who is in year two and Finley who is about to turn 3 years old. I am very passionate about all children having a positive experience throughout their education to prepare them as individuals for the world ahead. Which as a parent is my main drive to taking on this post. I am originally from the south coast in Sussex but came to Manchester in 2001 as a student to study a BA (hons) in Early Childhood Studies. Apart from two years where I had the privilege of living in New England in America serving a local church I have not returned to the south and have with my husband and children become in embedded here in Haughton Green. Up until having Finley I worked for Choices Community Trust which is a getting work ready charity based in Gorton my role was within the finance department. Currently I am a full-time parent but do volunteer one day a week at The Oasis Centre a community drop in centre also based in Gorton. I would love to however go back to my degree routes of Early Childhood Studies once Finley is safely packed off to school next September.