Governors

The Chair of the Governors is Mrs S Mills. The Governors of the school meet regularly each term to discuss all aspects of the management of the school including current legislation. There are separate committees which deal with Finance and Staffing, and Standrards and Strategy. The Governors are responsible for the school's budget, the upkeep of the outside of the building and, in addition, contribute to improvements within the school. If any parent has a query, please contact any Governor or the Chair of Governors whose names are listed below.

Chair

Mrs S Mills

Vice Chair

Mr H Anthony

Head teacher

Mrs L O'Mahony

 

Professor S Broomhead

Fr J Cotton

Mrs J Dickinson-Warren

Mrs E Gardner

Mrs A Lee

Mrs J Malone

Mr A Matthews

Staff Governor to be appointed

Ms L Robinson

 

Governors can be contacted via the school office on 01772 422431 or via the LA on 01772 531523

Nominated Governors

Mrs A Lee English
  Music
  Pupil Premium
Mrs E Gardner Child Protection, Safeguarding and Prevent
  Attendance
  RSE
Mrs S Mills SEND
  Looked After and Vulnerable Children
  Gifted and Talented
  Science
  MFL
Mrs JA Dickinson-Warren PSHE
  Staff Wellbeing
  Growth Mindset
  Art
Fr Jonathan Catholic Life
Professor J Broomhead Marketing
  Sports Premium/PE
Mrs J Malone Religious Education and Assessment
  Maths
  Governor Training Link
Staff Governor Health and Safety
Mr H Anthony History
Mr A Matthews School Website
  Computing
  On-line Safety
  Design and Technology

Resources Commitee

Mr H Anthony

Prof S Broomhead

Mrs A Lee

Ms L Robinson

Mrs L O'Mahony

Mrs N Sayers

Curriculum Committee

Father J Cotton

Mrs JA Dickinson-Warren

Mrs E Gardner

Mrs J Malone

Mr A  Matthews

Mrs S Mills

Mrs L O'Mahony

Mrs N Sayers

Standards and Effectiveness Committee

Professor S J Broomhead

Mrs J Malone

Mr A Matthews

Mrs S Mills

Mrs L O'Mahony

Pay Committee

Mr H Anthony

Mrs E Gardner

Mr A Matthews

Pay Appeals Committee

Prof S Broomhead

Father J Cotton

Mrs S Mills

Performance Management Committee

Mrs S Mills

Prof S Broomhead

Mrs J Malone

Governor Register of Interests: as at January 2019

Name of Governor Term of Office Other Educational establishments where I am a Governor Relationship to members of school staff Interests to declare

Howard Anthony

Vice Chair

Foundation Governor

4 Nov 2015 - 3 Nov 2019   None

South Ribble Borough Council Employee: Partnerships Manager

Local Justice of the Peace

Steven Broomhead *

Co-opted Governor

21 Nov 2017 - 20 Nov 2021

Warrington and Vale Royal College

Trustee at University Technical College Warrington

None

Director of Warrington Wolves Rugby League Football Club

Trustee of the National Football Museum

Director of Recycling Lives, Preston

Trustee of Birchwood Park, Offshore Property Company

Fr. Jonathan Cotton

Foundation Governor

12 June 2014 - 11 June 2018   None None
Julie Dickinson-Warren     None None

Emma Gardner

Parent Governor

16 May 2016 - 15 May 2020   None None

Anne Lee

Foundation Governor

20 March 2013 - 19 March 2021   None None

Janet Malone

Foundation Governor

15 June 2017 - 14 June 2021   None None

Louise O'Mahony

Headteacher

11 Sep 2013 onwards   None None

Tony Matthews

Foundation Governor

24 May 2016 - 23 May 2020   None None
Staff Governor To be appointed      

Sue Mills

Chair Person

Foundation Governor

4 Nov 2015 - 3 Nov 2019 St Catherine's Catholic Primary School None None
Louise Robinson     None None

*Co-opted membership is by decision of the Governing Body.

Governor Biographies

Howard Anthony

Why I chose to be a governor: To support my local school and church.  I was a pupil at the school in the 80s/90s and wanted to give back with my time and skills to help support this wonderful school.

What I do professionally: I manage South Ribble Partnership, which is the local strategic partnership for the borough and is a cross sector body of organisations that come together to develop services and projects to benefit the local community. I am also a Justice of the Peace (a lay justice) and regularly sit in Adult Criminal Court.

What I like to do in my spare time: I like to travel, read and cook.

Steven Broomhead

Why I chose to be a governor: To attempt to bring my knowledge and experience of the business and education sectors to benefit the young people and staff who attend this great school.

What I do professionally: I have a diverse set of professional commitments:  Chair of Recycling Lives, a locally based business and charity employing over 250 people, Chair of Warrington Wolves Rugby League Club, Leadership of Warrington Borough Council, and Trustee of the National Football Museum.

What I like to do in my spare time: Manage my diary and look after my wife

Julie Ann Dickinson-Warren

Why I chose to be a Governor

I have been attending St Marys Church for the last 5 years since moving into the area.  I was very pleased to be asked by Sue Mills if I would consider being a Foundation Governor  at St Marys Primary School.  I feel that its important to build support between the Parish Church and its schools, so I was happy to accept.  I have Grandchildren and nephews and nieces at various stages of their education and so I am very interested in how the education system  is changing and developing.

What I do Professionally

I am now retired but my working life was spent working in the Department of Work and Pensions, I have also spent time as a mentor for 16-19 year old young people on Apprenticeship schemes.  The last part of my work career was spent with  AA Breakdown where I worked as a call center Trainer

What I like to do in my spare time

I am currently studying part time with the Open University and very much enjoy the challenge.  I also spend time with my  family, we are a close but rather large widespread family so travel is often involved in family gatherings.  I am also actively  involved  with St Marys,  St Vincent De Paul Team and also with other groups within the Parish.

Emma Gardner

Why I chose to be a governor:  As I have a daughter and also a niece in school, I was keen to become involved with the governing body at St Mary’s Primary school. I hope to use my experience gained through my training and employment to support the school and felt this would be a good opportunity  to contribute to both the school and local community.

What I do professionally: I have worked with children and young people for 18 years now and been qualified as a social worker for 10 years. I currently work for a local independent Fostering Agency both assessing potential foster carers and support Foster carers and the looked after children and young people in placement.

What I like to do in my spare time:

  • Spending time with my family
  • Eating Out
  • Swimming
  • Listening to Music

Staff Governor

Why I chose to be a governor:

What I do professionally:

What I like to do in my spare time:

Anne Lee

Why I chose to be a governor: I support the school as a governor as I want to put something back into school life and continue to make be a positive influence on the children’s education. I am also keen to retain my ties with the school and the local community. I enjoy working alongside a team of like minded people who put the wellbeing, development and progress of the children first. It is a challenging role at times but it is also rewarding .

What I do professionally: Before retirement I taught at St. Mary’s for 19 years.

What I like to do in my spare time:

  • I still enjoy coming into St Mary’s to lead singing with the junior children each week.
  • Singing is a big part of my life as I am a member of a local choir and also sing with the Folk Group in church.
  • I am still involved in education as I work part-time for Cumbria University, mentoring students who are on teaching placements and this keeps me up to date with the many changes that take place in education.

Janet Malone

Why I chose to be a governor:

As a member of the St Mary's parish, I feel that it is important to have positive links with school and the parish community. I look forward to sharing some time and skills to support the excellent work of this Catholic school.

What I do professionally:

I am a retired teacher. I had a very happy career in primary education and this is a time for me to give back to my community.

What I like to do in my spare time:

With my husband we enjoy spending time with our grandchildren and when they are with us there are opportunities to do more baking. I enjoy walking and singing in a local choir.

Tony Matthews

Why I chose to be a governor: As an active member of St Mary’s parish I was happy to accept a request from our parish priest to be a governor. My children all attended catholic schools in Leyland, and I am keen to help St Mary’s in any way I can. I hope that the experience I gained during my working life will help in supporting staff and parents to enrich the educational experience of all pupils.

What I do professionally: I am now retired after spending all my working life in the NHS. During that time I worked in different areas of England, mainly in information and IT systems. I was part of the service that provides information to support many aspects of NHS working, including public health, and also spent 10 years as a hospital IT Manager. Latterly I worked within community services within central Lancashire.

What I like to do in my spare time:

  • Cycling
  • Running
  • Playing the guitar
  • Mountain walking
  • Visiting family who live in different parts of the country.

Sue Mills

Why I chose to be a governor: Retired from 36 years teaching at Leyland St Mary’s High School where I was SEN Coordinator, Science teacher, and previously Head of Year and Head of PE.  Now ready to use my experience to support other schools.

What I like to do in my spare time:

  • supporting Preston North End ,
  • learning Italian,
  • occasionally volunteering for the education-side of the RSPB
  • regularly helping with the Food Bank at church.

Louise Robinson

Why I choose to be a governor:

I would like to contribute my time to the school. Previously, I worked in a Nursery Setting and Childrens Centre with support staff, which I enjoyed. I hope to bring my knowledge and experiences to St Mary’s.

What I do professionally:

I currently work for Lancashire County Council in School Improvement as a Business Support Officer. I have worked in other departments of Children's Services too.

What I like to do in my spare time:

In my spare time, I enjoy reading, learning the piano and photography.

Governor Meeting Attendance