Meet the Governors
Since September 2018, our school has been federated with St. Edmund’s R.C. Primary School and is called, ‘The Federation of St. Edmund’s and St. Patrick’s’. We have one governing body which is made up of representatives of the Church, parents, teachers and the Local Authority. The function of school governors is an important one. As Catholic schools we are required to assist Catholic parents in their duty of educating their children. Governors of our schools, and in particular foundation governors, have a responsibility to ensure that, at all times, the schools are conducted in accordance with the Diocesan Trust Deed and serve as a witness to Jesus Christ in every aspect of our work.
Governors, as members of the governing body of a Voluntary Aided Federation, are employers of the schools’ staff, teaching and support, with the legal and ethical responsibilities of good employers. In accepting an appointment, a governor takes on a serious responsibility. The Governing Body has three statutory roles which require them to be Strategic, a Critical Friend and Accountable.
Strategic includes 'Vision' - setting the short and long-term aims of the schools - and ensuring the standards of teaching and learning are as high as possible. They will also appoint the Executive Headteacher, Deputy Headteachers and other staff to achieve the agreed targets and priorities.
Critical Friend means being prepared to ask challenging questions in a supportive way to secure improvement. It also involves checking that actions are being, or have been, taken and measuring the effect of the actions on the schools’ performance.
Accountable requires governors to ensure that all statutory obligations are met, report to parents and others on the work of the schools and pupils' achievements, and provide information to Ofsted, the LA and the Diocese.
Governors meet formally as a Governing Body at least once a term and serve on committees which focus on our various responsibilities. They also carry individual roles as Link Governors (focused on specific areas of the curriculum or other school matters) and nominated Governors for other areas needing monitoring/development.
Finally, the Federation of St. Edmund’s and St. Patrick’s is part of a Catholic community. The schools were founded by, and are part of, the Catholic Church and the Foundation Governors, appointed in the name of the Bishop, form the majority of the Governing Body and have an additional legal duty to preserve and develop the Catholic character of the schools. The schools are to be conducted as Catholic Schools in accordance with Canon Law and the teachings of the Catholic Church, and in accordance with the Trust Deed of the Diocese of Salford.
The Governing Body of the Federation of St. Edmund’s and St. Patrick’s
Whilst the Executive Headteacher is responsible for the day-to-day management of the schools, the role of the Governing Body is to provide strategic management and to act as a ‘critical friend’, supporting and challenging the schools.
Schools generally have a budget to cover salaries, running costs, maintenance and equipment and the Governing Body is responsible for managing this budget and although the schools are federated, we run two separate budgets. The governors decide how many and what types of staff to employ, which equipment to upgrade or replace and what the priorities are for implementing new strategies and initiatives.
Governors also have a role in monitoring the schools’ progress and in setting annual targets for the schools’ performance and for the Executive Headteacher.
Governors are volunteers and the overall Governing Body is made up of a number of different types of Governor. In a federation, a governing body consists of: 2 parent governors (from either or both schools), 1 staff governor (from either school), 7 foundation governors (appointed by the Bishop and likely to be parishioners or those with a close history with school or parish) and 1 Local Authority governor.
Role of Foundation Governors
Although all of the governors have the responsibility to promote and maintain the school’s Catholic character and mission, the foundation governors have special responsibility in this area. The CES document ‘Governing a Catholic School’ (1998) gives this summary of their role.
‘Foundation governors are appointed by the Bishop specifically to ensure:
- that the religious character of the school is preserved;
- that the school is conducted in accordance with its trust deed (i.e. the diocesan trust deed);
- that the Religious Education curriculum is in accordance with the bishop’s policy for his diocese, based on the Bishops’ Conference Curriculum Directory.’
- Foundation governors in Voluntary Aided schools with a religious character have additional legal duties. They are:
- in employing teachers, ‘whenever possible, they should appoint Catholic teachers in order to promote and maintain the Catholic ethos of the school.’ They must appoint practising Catholics to the posts of headteacher, deputy headteacher and co-ordinator or head of Religious Education.
- admitting children ‘first and foremost on religious grounds’, by giving priority for admission to baptised Catholic children;
- ensuring that the whole curriculum, including Religious Education, ‘is taught in the light of gospel values and actively promotes the spiritual and moral development of the pupils’.
Role of Staff Governors
Staff governors are elected by staff in school. There is a teaching or support staff member on the governing body and they serve a four year term.
Role of Parent Governors
Parent governors are elected by parents of the school. Parent governors are not delegates and are not obliged to get voting instructions on matters to be decided, nor to vote in accordance with the parent body's views. It is important that parent governors can give a fair and accurate representation of parental opinion on matters of importance. Care must, however, be taken if they are approached by another parent with a complaint about the school, in which case the parent concerned should be referred to the school’s complaints policy. They vote, however, according to their own conscience and with the well being of the school foremost in mind.
Local Authority Governors
Their role is to represent the Local Authority but they do not have to vote in agreement with the views of the Authority. As all governors, their duty is to put the best interests of the school first.
Who are they?
Our Governing Body is as follows:
Peter Aulton, Foundation Governor & Chair of Governors
My name is Peter Aulton and I am an Assistant Headteacher at St. Matthew’s R.C.H.S. where the majority of St. Edmund’s pupils move on to. I first became involved in the governance of St. Edmund’s in 2011 and then with St. Patrick’s in 2015. The strategic work we have done to secure the leadership & shape the future of the two schools has been an enjoyable and rewarding challenge. I am totally committed to Catholic education and thoroughly enjoy the work we do together to ensure that all of our children are provided with the best possible Catholic education. I can be contacted at St. Matthew’s school on 0161 861 6178.
Mary Arnold, Foundation Governor & Chair of the Curriculum & Standards Committee
My name is Mary Arnold and I have been involved with the two schools since 2017. My experience in education is quite substantial; I was previously a Deputy Headteacher of a Catholic High School, I have worked in numerous schools supporting all areas of school improvement and my current roles include Quality Assurance and Moderation for Manchester Local Authority. I have a vast amount of experience in governance as I have been on various IEBs (Interim Executive Boards). But, my heart is in Collyhurst! My Primary school was St. Patrick’s and I know the community here very well. I am passionate about education and I joined the governing body because I want to ensure that all of our children get the best possible start in life and the education they so deserve. I work very closely with the Executive Headteacher to ensure the Catholic life of both schools is at the forefront of our priorities. I can be contacted via either school office.
Yvonne Kinsey, Foundation Governor, member of the Curriculum & Standards Committee, Vice Chair of the FGB
My name is Yvonne Kinsey and as a former pupil of St. Patrick’s I was delighted to be nominated by the parish priest to become a governor. Since my own children and other family members are also former pupils, St Patrick’s School and parish has always been a part of my family life. I have many years experience of working in a primary school and I have worked with vulnerable children who have additional needs. I am the link governor for Child Protection, Looked After Children, SEND, Equality Duty and staff welfare. You will probably see me at church celebrations as I am also a catechist for the Sacramental Programme but you can contact me via the St. Patrick’s admin team.
Peter Clough, Foundation Governor & member of the Curriculum & Standards Committee
My name is Peter Clough and I have been a governor at St. Edmund’s for over 15 years so I too am delighted to be part of the federation as we continue our work. I enjoy working collaboratively with other governors to improve the lives of children in this locality. I am particularly interested in the welfare of our children and therefore the work we undertake on the standards committee is invaluable. I love keeping in regular contact with the schools and make the most of technology by following our facebook pages & websites. I am the link governor for health & safety in both schools. I can be contacted via St. Edmund’s school office.
Angela Fisher, Foundation Governor & member of the Curriculum & Standards Committee
My name is Angela Fisher and although I have recently retired from teaching, my passion for education has drawn me towards governance. I became involved with the 2 schools just as the federation was starting to come together and I am excited to be part of the continuing journey of school to school improvement! I am delighted to be on the curriculum and standards committee because I am a fervent believer in giving children the best possible start, particularly with reading and phonics. I have been a reading recovery teacher and with this expertise I have a lot to offer the Early Years and KS 1 departments in the schools. I am the link governor for curriculum R.E.as well as English.
Rebecca Green, Foundation Governor & member of the Curriculum & Standards Committee
Kristian Cope, Local Authority Governor & member of the Resources & Finance Committee
My name is Kristian Cope and like Angela, I became involved with the 2 schools just as the federation was forming. I am the Senior Assistant Headteacher at Our Lady’s R.C. High School, and have worked collaboratively with St Patrick’s over the past few years, particularly around transition and now more recently with making curriculum links between primary and secondary. I embrace the challenge that lies ahead as we work together so that our pupils achieve the best possible outcomes with the resources we have. I relish being part of the federation and am dedicated to creating a bright future for our families.
John Mensah, Parent Governor & member of the Resources & Finance Committee
My name is John Mensah and I joined the governing body in the summer of 2019. I am really pleased to be part of the governing body, having been elected by parents. I look forward to working with governors to uphold the Catholic values of the schools as well as maintaining standards. I have two children at St. Edmund’s and I am glad to be joining the schools on a journey of improvement. If you would like to speak to me, please leave me a message at St. Edmund’s school.
Iain O’Hare Staff Governor & member of the Resources and Finance Committee
My name is Iain O'Hare and I am a Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Teaching Assistant at St. Patrick's R.C. Primary School. My experience in the education sector stretches back over more than twenty years. I began working as an academic tutor whilst undertaking postgraduate research in chemistry at the University of Salford and I have successfully tutored several hundred pupils, including a number who have gone on to forge careers in the teaching profession! I have previously served as a Local Authority Governor at a community school in North Manchester which provided me with valuable experience in a number of areas. I have worked with children in the SEND sector for the past four years and I am dedicated to helping all young people to fully realise their potential. I have worked at St. Patrick's since January 2018 and I am committed to making a positive change to the lives of the children in the Federation's schools, their families and the wider parish community.
All of our governors can be contacted by leaving a message at either school office.
St. Edmund’s: 0161 205 1700 St. Patrick’s: 0161 834 9004
MEMBERSHIP in 2020 - 2021
All governors can be called upon for hearings/appeals. E.g. Staff Discipline & Dismissal/Staff Discipline & Dismissal Appeals/Performance & Pay Appeals/Pupil Discipline/Complaints
Appointed by &
Term of office
|Membership||Links within school||Pecuniary Interests||Attendance|
Chair of Governors
4 years 01/09/18 -31/08/22
Performance & Pay
|SLT, Maths, QA, Finance, Premises, transition to Y7||No|
Chair of Standards & Curriculum
4 years 01/09/18 -31/08/22
Performance & Pay
|SLT, QA, Standards, Catholic life of the schools, PPG, CPD||No|
Chair of Resources
Performance & Pay
|Budget & finance, SFVS, Premises, PPG||No|
|Standards||Safeguarding & Child Protection, PREVENT, LAC, SEND, staff welfare||No|
|Standards||Health & Safety||No|
|Standards||RE, English, transition to Early Years||No|
|Kristian Cope||Local Authority|
|Resources||SLT, QA, Finance, Premises, transition to Y7||No|
Elected by parents
|Resources||Parent voice, health & safety, CPD||No|
01/01/20 - 31/12/23
Elected by staff
01/01/20 - 31/12/23
|Anne Clinton||Executive Headteacher||N/A|
Sibling on the teaching staff