Holy Family Catholic Primary School

To work, to pray, to play in the Light of the Lord


Role of the Governors

The Governors in conjunction with the Headteacher are responsible for managing the school. This specifically includes the appointment of all members of staff, both teaching and non-teaching, monitoring the school budget share and the overall responsibility for the aims, ethos and policies of the school. 


 The Governing body


Mrs G Hunter - Parent Governor/Chair

"I became a Governor through church and attended Holy Family as a child, as have both my children. I enjoyed my term as a Foundation Governor so much that when my term was over I put myself forward to be a Parent Governor. Being a Governor is a rewarding vocation - the dedication shown by all the staff and my fellow Governors of Holy Family is second to none. I work full time so am not generally available in the playground but do attend church weekly, and would be happy to liaise with anyone."


Mrs L Ward - Foundation

"I was a Foundation Governor for 9 years at Mount St Marys then Holy Family. 2 of my children went to Holy Family between 1996 and 2009. I was also Chair of the PTA for over 11 years. I live nearby in Farnley. I have worked at the Diocese for over 27 years as well as sub-editor of the Directory and website administrator as well as other roles. I am Chair of the Parish Council and Treasurer for St Benedict’s Gaelic Football Club. I have enjoyed my time as a Governor and seeing how the school is run has been enlightening."


Fr Pearce - Foundation

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Mrs T Walker - Foundation

"I’ve been a Foundation Governor since September 2014. My three children attended Holy Family school. I was a PTA member for many years. I have lived in Wortley for 25 years. As a Governor we help ensure our school delivers the best education and experiences for our children. It is a very interesting and enjoyable role. I would encourage any parent to give consideration to the role of parent Governor when the next vacancy arises."


Mrs B Kirkwood - Foundation

"This is my first time being part of a Governing Body. My late husband and all three of my children attended Holy Family school. I was also school secretary for 20 years and had the pleasure of working for 3 great headteachers. My interests are gardening, walking, reading, knitting and spending time with my family. I have such happy memories of Holy Family; being a Governor is a great way to continue offering my services."


Mr D Webster - Parent Governor

"I am a Parent Governor and have been so for 5 years. I have two children who attend Holy Family, Mason (Y5) and Jackson (Y1). I am a wheelchair user and many moons ago I played wheelchair basketball for Sheffield Steelers, Bradford Bears and the Cardinals, but due to ill health I had to curtail my sporting activities. I now enjoy gardening which has come in useful as I have helped the Early Years Foundation Stage with their gardening for the last 4 years, which has been hugely rewarding."


Mr C Kelly- Parent Governor

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Mrs B Crosthwaite - Staff Governor

"I have worked at Holy Family for 20 years and was a pupil here as a child. My main role in school is Learning Mentor/Family Support Worker, which means I offer support to vulnerable families, monitor attendance and deal with any child protection issues. I have been a Governor for 7 years and I am Chair of the Pupil Support sub-committee."


LEA Governor-



Mr P McQuillen Strong - Headteacher

"As headteacher I have a place on the Governing Body. My role is to ensure the Governors are made aware of issues in school and answer questions posed by the Governors during Governors’ meetings and Sub-Committee meetings."


Mrs H Rees - Associate

"When I became Deputy Head at Holy Family, I also became an Associate Governor, and have done this role for 5 years. By being an Associate Governor I can support the Governing Body by attending full Governors Meetings and sub-committee meetings. As SENCO I can inform Governors about the provision we make for our special needs children and our Pupil Premium children. Both my daughter and son attended Holy Family before starting high school."


Mr A Biedka- Associate

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Report from Chair of Governors


A letter from St. Paul's