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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 Mr Martin Moran, 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:


Mr Martin Moran Foundation  (Chair of board of Governors)

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:31/08/2020


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

Gemma is our Safeguarding Governor

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:30/09/2017


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: 31/08/2019



Mrs Annamarie Stocks  Foundation Governor (Vice Chair of board)

Annamarie is our SEND Governor

I am an ex-pupil of Our Lady of Lourdes School and have a daughter, 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: 31/12/2022


 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: 31/8/2020


Mr John Comerford (Parent Governor)

I have been a resident of Partington for 46 years . I married Lisa 21yrs ago and we have three fantastic children Jack 21 Alice 20 & Mollie 9 who attends our school in yr 4.
In November 2017 I joined Partington Parish Council as a Councillor, I enjoy helping members of our community with any issues they might have in day to day life .
I also run my own transport company . I started in 2007 with one truck,  through hard work & a great team around me I now have eight trucks based in Avonmouth Stoke Hull & Carrington .We deliver powdered products to building sites across the country .
I joined the governors as Parent Governor in November 2017 , I attended a" Roles & Responsibilities " course in December to try and get a good understanding of my role at school .My daughter Mollie enjoys attending Our Lady Of Lourdes. I am also an ex pupil who has great memories of my time here. All the children that attend our school should feel safe, happy & stimulated to achieve their full potential . I will do my very best as parent governor to help every child in our school to get the very best early education to set them on the pathway to future success in their life. 
Our Lady Of Lourdes School has close links to the parish church and I attending regular Sunday services with my family . 

Term of Office ends: 8/10/2021


Mrs Marie McGarvey - Staff Governor (Resources Committee)

Having been a pupil of the school and a lifelong resident of Partington, I feel I have a real commitment and passion for the school, its pupil/parents and the wider school community.

I became a staff Governor shortly after beginning work in 2008 as a School Secretary. As changes in demands to the role demanded, this necessitated that I developed into the role of School Business Manager having completed my Certificate in School Business Management with the National College in School Leadership in 2011. 

As a Governor I am involved in The Resource Committee where I am able to offer my advice, knowledge and experience to this committee, and the Full Governing Body. The Resource Committee cover all aspects of Schools Financial Management, Health and Safety and all Staffing and HR issues.

I enjoy my role and I’m looking forward to continue to work with both Governors and staff to support the school to move forward to benefit our wonderful pupils.

Term of Office ends:24/10/2021


Cllr James Wright (Local Authority)

I have been an LA Governor at Our Lady of Lourdes since December 2017. I have previously been an LA governor at another school in Sale in the past.
I am currently one of three Councillors that represent Bucklow St Martins Ward which covers Partington, Carrington and Sale West. I am proud to represent the residents of these areas and by becoming a governor at such an important school in the ward, I believe I will continue to play an active role in the community.
I am passionate about education and social justice and have two young daughters. My wife is also a secondary school teacher in Wythenshawe. I work for a large Housing Association in Manchester and believe the skills and knowledge I have gained throughout my career will stand me in good stead as a Governor at Our Lady of Lourdes.


Term of Office ends: 4/12/2021

Mrs Shelagh Bailey Foundation Governor

Shelagh Bailey, Foundation Governor (Standards Committee)
I became a Foundation Governor of Our Lady of Lourdes in 2017. During my career as a Teacher, Deputy Head and Head Teacher of two schools, I have been committed to the highest quality education for all children.
 I represented Salford Diocese on the Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education [SACRE] and was Chair of the Trafford Early Years and Childcare Partnership for many years. I was also the Representative of the Partnership on the Trafford Children and Young People’s Trust Board.
 I have been a member of All Saints Parish for 26 years and am part of the team for the Right of Christian Initiation of Adults [RCIA] under the guidance of Father Ned. I am also a Eucharistic Minister.
I am enjoying being a Governor at Our Lady’s and working with the committed, hardworking and caring governing body.

Term of Office ends: 31/8/2021


Mr Stephen McNicholas Foundation Governor (Resource Committee)

Term of Office ends 31/01/2024



Father Ned Wall - Parish Priest (Resources Committee) - see also the section on OUR CHURCH

Mrs Diane Furlong - Headteacher


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 Furlong is the Headteacher.


Attendance at Meetings 2018- 2019

Attendance at Meetings 2016-2017

Attendance at Meetings 2015-2016


Governor Information:



Business Interest

Other establishments governed

Interests declared

Term of Office Ends

Attendance at Board/


Mrs D Furlong Headteacher None






Rev. Fr. N Wall (Vice Chair)

Parish Priest, Foundation Governor


All Saints Catholic Primary School

St. Margaret Ward Catholic Primary School




Mrs P Briggs

Foundation Governor






Mr M Moran

Foundation Governor



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



Mrs AM Stocks

Foundation Governor






Mr P Loynd








Ms G Gauckwin








Mrs S Bailey

Foundation Governor






Mr J Comerford

Parent Governor






Mr Stephen McNicolas

Foundation Governor






Mrs M McGarvey

Staff Governor






Mr J Wright







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; Trafford Governor Services, Rev. Fr. Ned Wall or Mr.s D Furlong Headteacher.

You can also contact Trafford's Governor Services:

0161 912 3218|