What is the Board of Governors?

All schools in England have a Board of Governors which is responsible for overseeing many of the strategic decisions of the school. A key role is to act as a ‘critical friend’: to support, to challenge, to ask questions, ultimately to represent the school community.

The Board of Governors works in close partnership with the headteacher, staff and the local authority. Whilst the headteacher is, of course, responsible for the day to day running of the school, the governors are involved with such things as staffing, curriculum, school buildings and finance. It ensures the school functions well and maintains the proper range of academic and social objectives.

 

The governing body consists of:

  • The headteacher
  • One elected staff governor
  • One appointed local authority governor
  • Two elected parent governors
  • Seven appointed foundation governors (one of whom is the Parish Priest)

The standard term of office for a governor is four years. The chair and vice-chair are elected annually at the first meeting of the academic year.

The chair of governors is Ms. Mary Bowden, who can be contacted via the school office.

Much of the work of the governing body is done by the following two committees:

  • Standards
  • Resources

 

Our current board of governors:

Ms. Mary Bowden  LA Governor, Chair, (Resources Committee)

I joined the Governing Body at Our Lady of Lourdes as the Local Authority Representative in 2001. In this time I have worked with a range of staff and governors as Vice Chair and Chair of the Governing Body. I am fully aware of the importance of children feeling happy and safe in school. My role involves meeting regularly with the Head teacher so that I am well informed and up to date on all school matters. I am a member of the Resources Committee which ensures I am fully aware of the needs of the school and I am committed to ensuring the school continues to raise attainment of all pupils. I am a practising Catholic and regularly attend Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes.  In my professional career I have taught in Primary Schools in Manchester over the last 25 years and really enjoy the challenges encountered when  working with children.  I always strive to ensure every child receives the best possible education to realise their full potential  and therefore want to help ensure pupils at Our Lady of Lourdes have the opportunity to do this on a daily basis.

Term of Office ends: 31/08/20

Mrs Gemma Gauckwin Foundation Governor (Vice Chair, Standards Committee) BA (Hons) Sociology; PGCE Post Compulsory Education) 

I have been a Foundation Governor at Our Lady’s since October 2014. I have two children at the school. I am enthusiastic about being able to offer my support and professional skills as a Governor. I am a former pupil of the school and a practising Catholic. I attend our church regularly.

I attend committee meetings for ‘Teaching and Standards’ and ‘Performance Management’ and I have been involved in Learning Walks and Book Scrutiny. Over the last eighteen months I have developed a very good understanding of the role of a Governor and how to interpret data and ask challenging questions of the Senior Leadership Team. I have attended courses on Roles and Responsibilities, Curriculum Changes, and an OFSTED ‘Getting to Good’ training day.

I work in a local nursery and have a good understanding of the Early Years Foundation Stage. I have picked up various skills and attributes throughout my working life, and have gained life experiences that I feel contribute positively to the role of Governor. I am committed to ensuring that all children thrive and achieve their potential during their time at our school and it is a pleasure to be part of that process.

Term of Office ends:30/09/17

Father Ned Wall  Parish Priest (Resources Committee)

 

Mrs Paula Briggs Foundation Governor (Chair of Standards Committee)

I have been a Foundation governor at the school since 2011, after being approached by Fr Ned. I attend church regularly and I am one of the readers at Sunday morning mass.

I have been involved within the school for many years, with my two daughters being former pupils at Our Lady of Lourdes. I was an active member of the P.T.A. and often went into school to listen to pupils read. I enjoyed this so much that I had a total career change and after working for a bank for twenty years I left to take up a position as a Teaching Assistant.

As a Governor sitting on The Standards Committee I am able to offer my knowledge and experience as a Teaching Assistant in useful ways as a Governor, as well as providing more general and practical support to the school.

I enjoy the role of being a Governor and it is a pleasure to work alongside the hard working team of staff and governors.

Term of Office ends: 31/08/19

Mr Martin Moran Foundation  (Chair of Resources Committee)

I am a practising Catholic and joined the Governing Body of Our Lady of Lourdes in 2008 as a Foundation Governor. I have served on Buildings and Health & Safety and Performance Management committees. I have been involved with the parish and school for many years, my three children having gained an outstanding education at the school. During my career progression I have developed many areas of expertise that I feel enhance my governor role such as a Chair of the committees that I serve and qualifications gained. I believe I can offer the school a fair and balanced view of the governing body.

Term of Office ends:31/08/20

Mrs Annamarie Stocks  Foundation Governor (Standards Committee)

I am an ex-pupil of Our Lady of Lourdes School and have a daughter, aged 6, who attends the school. I am currently the PTA chair and play an active part in organising events and fundraising for the school. I am a practising Catholic and regularly attend Our Lady of Lourdes church, where I read, assist in the Holy Communion programme and am involved with children’s liturgy.

I was appointed as a Foundation Governor by the Diocese in 2013 and sit on the Standards Committee.

During my career, I have developed many areas of expertise that I will look to utilise in my role as foundation governor, from office and sales supervisory and management, customer service and sales. Over the years this has required diplomacy, patience, confidentiality and an ability to work under pressure, which I feel along with my current volunteering at school, assists me in the role of Governor.

I love being part of the team at Our Lady of Lourdes and am fully committed to ensuring every child reaches their full potential.

Term of Office ends: 31/12/17

Mrs Melanie Barber Parent Governor(Standards Committee)

I have 2 children in the school aged 10 and 7. I chose Our lady of Lourdes School as I wanted a good Catholic education for my children and I believe in the school's commitment to provide this. 

I moved from York to Partington in 2003 and felt I quickly became part of the Partington community. I was part of the Our Life panel that helped bring the new shopping centre to Partington and I am also a Eucharistic Minister at the church and my daughter is an altar girl. 
Being a practicing catholic and having a sporting background and qualifications, I have a special interest in the Religious and physical education in the school.
Even though I am a working mum of two, I still find the time to attend meetings. Along with the other governors and the dedicated staff, Ii am striving to raise and maintain the high standards and reputation the school holds.
Being a parent and a governor has given me a real insight into how challenging it can be for both parties, sometimes finding it hard to be one and not the other, however this gives me the opportunity as a parent to challenge and as a governor to put standards into practice.  The role has also shown me the other side to the challenges and roles the headmaster and the teachers face on a daily basis. Now I know their job does not start at 8.55 and it definitely does not end when we pick our children up at 3.15.
The staff and governors at Our Lady of Lourdes are dedicated and committed to every child and it is something I am proud to be able to help by being a part of the team. 

Term of Office ends: 03/11/17

Mr Dale Krause Foundation Governor (Standards Committee) MA Catholic School Leadership; BSc (Hons) D&T Education; CCRS

I have been a Foundation Governor since January 2016 after being approached by Father Ned after Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes. I have over a decade’s leadership experience at a local Catholic grammar school and am keen to use my experience and expertise to help ensure that our pupils achieve their true potential. I have benefitted personally from the social mobility that the Trafford Catholic grammar school system provided me with as a boy and am keen to provide assistance to pupils whose parents wish them to apply for one of our borough’s two Catholic grammar schools.

I firmly believe that each pupil has God-given talents which may lie in different areas; some sporting, some spiritual, some cultural, some academic. I recognise in Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School a community where all the pupils’ talents are celebrated. Many schools in Greater Manchester focus solely on academic results and pay lip service to the other talents that pupils have to offer. As former Shrewsbury Diocesan Inspector, Father Jim Gallagher, states, “The rights and needs of pupils may be overlooked because they do not feature positively on the league table measurements”; not so at Our Lady’s. I see how hard the staff at Our Lady’s work at embracing their pupils’ talents and preparing them for a positive future outside of the school walls; I feel it is my duty as a Foundation Governor to support them in ensuring that all of our pupils do as well as they possibly can.

Term of Office ends Jan 2020

Mr Peter Loynd (Resource committee)

I originally joined the Governing Body around the turn of the millennium having previously served on the Governing Body of Partington Primary School. During my first period with Our Lady’s, I served as Chair and Vice Chair as well as Chair of Finance.

I was asked by Fr Ned to rejoin the Governing Body in September 2016 as a Foundation Governor where I have joined the Resources Committee. I come as an independent voice and an objective viewpoint. My intention is to support the school by providing, as far as is possible, all necessary means for the Head Teacher and his staff to educate the children in the school in accordance with the school mission statement and to enable each and every child to achieve their full potential.

I am a retired Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and managed Royal Bank of Scotland in Partington from 1987 to 1990. I particularly bring my financial skills to assist in managing the school finances. I am also involved in Health and Safety and personnel issues in school.

I am a parishioner of All Saints, Ashton on Mersey where I am a Reader and Eucharistic Minister. I am married with 5 children and 3 grandchildren. My father and wife were both teachers and 3 of our children are also in teaching – one son teaches Year 5 in Swinton, another son is Head of Modern Languages at a local high school and a daughter teaches Year 6 in Oxford. This gives me a detailed insight into the pressures currently being placed on both schools and staff.

Term of Office ends: August 2020

Mrs Marie McGarvey Staff Governor (Resources Committee)

Term of Office ends:24/10/16

Mr Paul Gibbons Headteacher  

Mrs Janet DuCros, from Trafford L.A., is our school’s link adviser.

 

The full Board of Governors meets at least once every term but smaller committees of governors meet more frequently. We try to maximise the expertise and talents of each governor so that each one can fulfil his/her role to the best possible advantage of the school community.

There are now two committees, Resources Committee and Standards Committee.

Foundation Governors are appointed by the Diocese.

Parent Governors are elected by parents.

Staff Governor is elected by the staff.

 

The current Board of Governors have no registered business interests. Fr. Ned Wall is a governor at two other primary schools, All Saints and St Margaret Ward. 

Mr Martin Moran is the spouse of a current member of staff.

Mrs Amanda Chadwick is director of a the charity Wrap Pyjama Fairies which the school is happy to support fundraising for. 

Attendance at Meetings 2016-2017

Attendance at Meetings 2015-2016

 

Governor Information:

Governor

Category

Business Interest

Other establishments governed

Interests declared

Term of Office Ends

Attendance at Board/Committee Meetings

Mrs M Bowden

(Chair)

Authority Governor

None

None

None

31/08/20

100%

 

Rev. Fr. N Wall (Vice Chair)

Parish Priest, Foundation Governor

None

All Saints Catholic Primary School

St. Margaret Ward Catholic Primary School

None

N/A

80%

Mrs P Briggs

Foundation Governor

None

None

None

31/08/19

100%

Mr M Moran

Foundation Governor

None

None

Wife works at Our Lady’s as a full time TA

31/08/20

100%

Mrs AM Stocks

Foundation Governor

None

None

None

31/12/17

75%

(3/4)

Mr P Loynd

Foundation

Governor

None

None

None

31/08/20

100%

Ms G Gauckwin

Foundation Governor

None

None

None

30/09/17

100%

Mr D Krause

Foundation Governor

None

None

Teacher at St Ambrose College

01/01/20

66%

(2/3)

Mrs M Barber

Parent Governor

None

None

None

03/11/17

25%

(1/4)

Mrs A Chadwick

Parent Governor

None

None

Owner of Wrap Pyjama Fairies, a charity  supported by the school

3/11/20

100%

Mrs M McGarvey

Staff Governor

None

None

Employee

2021

100%

Mr P Gibbons

Headteacher

None

None

Employee

N/A

100%

Join us!

Please read our code of conduct for the board of governors.

All governors must be elected or appointed.

If you want to be part of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School's board of governors please enquire about any vacancies.

Contact Rev. Fr. Ned Wall or Mr. Paul Gibbons, the Headteacher.

You can also contact Trafford's Governor Services:

0161 912 3218

governor.services@trafford.gov.uk|