Holy Family Catholic Primary School

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

Governors

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 - Chair and Foundation Governor

"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."

 

Mr D Webster - Vice Chair and LEA Governor

I started my life on the Governing Board by being a Parent Governor, and this year i have become LEA Governor which makes way for new Parent Governors to come on Board. I am one of the RE Governors and i ensure that the spiritual learning of the children is carried out in a manner which the children enjoy, ‘To Work, To Pray, To Play In The Light of the Lord’.
I have 3 children, 1 who left last year moving to high school and 1 child in Y2 and the other in Y6. I am a wheelchair used and used to play wheelchair basketball for Sheffield Steelers, Bradford Bears and The Cardinals, but due to ill health i had to hang up my shooting skills. Being a Governor is hugely rewarding, and something that is highly recommended. 

 

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."

 

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 and RE Governor

"This is my second 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 C Kelly- Parent Governor

I am a parent Governor, and i am now into my 2nd year. I am also a member of the HOFFS, which I’ve been involved with since my 2 children started attending Nursery and Reception. I was born in Armley, and attended Holy Family as a child, as did my parents, sister, Aunties, Uncle and cousins. I am also following in the familys ‘tradition’ of Governorship of the school, the most recent of whom was my mum. I am part of the Teaching and Pupil Support Committee, and help to ensure our pupils the best possible education they can. I am also the Governor who oversees the Schools Sports and PE program.

 

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 a long time now and I am Chair of the Teaching and Pupil Support sub-committee."

 

LEA Governor-

Vacant

 

Paul Brennan - Foundation
Living in New Farnley, and a long-time supporter of the school and its events and activities, I am pleased to begin my first term as a Foundation Governor and look forward to working alongside the dedicated teaching staff and fellow Governors.  A parishioner of St Wilfrid’s Church since moving to Leeds with the family in 1977 I serve as Chairman of the Social & Fundraising Group and have represented St. Wilfrids at the Diocesan Pastoral Council Meetings. When time allows I enjoy reading, especially English history, and taking part in various music events.  

 

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

When I became Assistant Headteacher at Holy Family, I also became an Associate Governor. As Data Manager, Maths Leader and Year 6 class teacher I am able to answer questions about current practice and assessment in school.

 

 

 

 

Report from Chair of Governors