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St Brigid's RC Primary School

Meet the Governors

St Brigid’s Governing Body

The role of the Governing Body is to provide strategic management to the Head teacher, supporting and challenging the school in its development. Schools have a budget that covers salaries, building maintenance, resources, daily running costs and the Governing Body is responsible for managing this budget. The governing body can decide how many staff to employ and who they need to employ, they look at what resources or maintenance is a priority and they consider what new strategies and initiatives will need implementing in school to ensure that children make the very best progress.

Governors are volunteers and the overall Governing Body is made up of a number of different types of governors.

Who are the Governors at St Brigid’s?

Mr Brendan Hennessy, Chair of Governors, Foundation Governor

I am delighted to be appointed as a Foundation Governor of St Brigid’s RC Primary School and I am totally committed to serving the school and parish community in this role. My background is in Catholic education in Manchester as a pupil, student, teacher, head teacher and governor – including 27 years as a serving head teacher, 9 of those years at our neighbouring catholic school St Francis, Gorton. I am currently working as an independent education consultant and RE inspector for the Diocese of Salford.

I can be contacted via the school office on 0161 223 5538.

Mrs J Miles, Headteacher/Staff Governor

I joined St Brigid’s in September, 2010 as Headteacher. St Brigid’s is a lovely, warm and friendly school and I am fully committed to ensure that every one strives to be the best they can be.

Fr E Mulcahy, Parish Priest

I have been the Parish Priest of St Anne’s and St Brigid’s for the last three years since returning from Africa. I am a Foundation Governor in both St Brigid’s and St Anne’s and what I love about St Brigid’s School is the smiling faces of the children, the warmth of the welcome I always receive and the generally ‘sunshiny’ atmosphere that pervades all the corridors and classrooms.

Mr T. Murphy, Foundation Governor

I am the head of R.E at a Catholic high school in Trafford within the Diocese of Salford. I am a committed parishioner of St Brigid’s church. As a governor to St Brigid’s primary school, I always feel that the school is incredibly warm and truly embraces the catholic ethos and strives to improve itself continuously.

Mr D Gardner, Foundation Governor

I have been a foundation governor for about 15 years, before that I was a parent governor as my two boys attended this school as children. I am very proud to be a governor and to be of help to our school community.

Mrs P. Okekearu, Governor

I have been a foundation governor for over a year now. It has been an amazing journey. Learning from the children and the team of dedicated staff as well as a very welcoming environment. The testimony of the teacher’s great work shines through the children. This is an outstanding school. I am very proud of St Brigid’s RC primary school.

Mrs S. Kahin, Foundation Governor

  1. moved with my family 3 years ago to St Brigid’s parish and my children go to St Brigid’s school. This is the best move for my family and my children. have been involved with the school governors since last year. am proud of St Brigid’s, it is a good school, very welcoming and warm.

Mrs E Eccles, Local Authority Governor

I am the Local Authority governor at St Brigid’s and also the Headteacher of St Joseph’s RC Primary, Longsight. I love how vibrant the school is, the love shared between the staff and children and the fabulous enthusiasm shared by all within the community especially when the children are singing. I am proud to be part of the St Brigid’s family.

Mrs K Sinclair, Staff Governor

I joined St Brigid’s in May 2011. I feel very passionate about our school and the nurturing support we provide for all of our children. There is something very special about St Brigid’s, it is a school family that I love being a part of.

 

Role

Areas of Governorship

Term of Office

Attendance % for last academic year FGB

Attendance at sub committees

Relevant Business, pecuniary or material interests

Appointing body

Governor role in other schools

Mr B Hennessy

Chair of Governors

Safeguarding/ LAC

Curriculum, staffing & Personnel, Resources

31/10/2012 to current

100%

100%

none

Diocese

Yes

Mr T Murphy

Vice Chair of Governors

Resources

01/09/2015 to current

75%

50%

none

Diocese

No

Mrs J Miles

Staff Governor

All committees

N/A

50%

67%

none

Ex-Offico

Yes

Fr E

Mulcahy

Foundation Governor

Curriculum, Staffing & Personnel

12/09/2013 to current

75%

83%

none

Diocese

Yes

Mr D Gardner

Foundation Governor

Resource

30/09/2012 to current

75%

75%

Yes

Diocese

No

Mrs J Burns

Foundation Governor

Resources

12/09/2013 – resigned 03/03/2016

0%

50%

Yes

Diocese

No

Mrs S Kahin

SEND governor

Curriculum

03/07/2014 to current

17%

25%

Yes

Diocese

No

Mrs K.Sinclair

Staff Governor

Curriculum

19/11/2012 to current

100%

100%

Yes

Staff

No

Mrs P Okekearu

Foundation Governor

Resources

12/09/2013 to current

17%

75%

Yes

Diocese

No

Mrs B Porter

LA Governor

Curriculum

02/03/2013 – resigned 19/11/2015

0%

N/A

N/A

LA

N/A

Mrs E Eccles

Local Authority Governor

Curriculum, Staffing &

19/10/2016 to current

100%

67%

No

Local Authority

Yes

                                                             

                                                                   Governance structure and meetings

 

Resources Committee

Chair: Mr D Gardner

Curriculum Committee

Chair: Mr B Hennessy

Staffing & Personnel

Chair: Mr B Hennessy

Meets half termly

Meets termly

Meets termly

Mr B Hennessy

Mrs J Miles

Mrs E Eccles

Mr T Murphy

Mrs P Okekearu

 

Mrs R Jarvis maybe asked to attend

Mrs J Miles

Mrs E Eccles

Mrs K Sinclair

Mrs S Kahin

Fr E Mulcahy

 

Mrs J Miles

Mrs E Eccles

Mr B Hennessy

Fr E Mulcahy

Declaration of interests

David Gardner – has 2 sister-in-law’s working at the school

Kelly Sinclair – husband works in the school

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