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St Patrick's Rc Primary And Nursery School

"I come that they may have life and have it to the full"

Lee Street, Oldham, Lancashire, OL8 1EF


  2. Governors infomation and duties


List of Governors

Name Governor Post Date of Appointment Term of Office Ends Business or Personal interests in School
Fr P Sumner – Chair Foundation Ex-officio 1 Jan 2000 None
John Green – Vice Chair Foundation 1 Sept 2004 31 Aug 2020 None
David Daka Foundation 20 Sept 2010 19 Sept 2018 None
Susan Dodd Foundation 23 July 2015 22 July 2019 None
Alison McGlade Foundation 23 July 2015 22 July 2019 None
Christine Wilson  Foundation 25 May 2017 24 May 2021 Child Minder
Kelly Franklin Parent 9 Nov 2015 8 Nov 2019 Parent of child in Y6
Shakil Amjad Parent 26 Feb 2017 25 Feb 2021 Parent of child in Y5/3
Clare Mitchell Staff 21 Sept 2015 20 Sept 2019 Deputy Head
Helen Halliwell Head Teacher 6 Dec 2007 Head Teacher
David Challen Clerk to Governors



Governors are like a Board of Directors and make decisions about how the School is run. They meet at least once a term in School.



  • Monitor standards of attainment and achievement.
  • Set standards of behaviour.
  • Interview and select staff.
  • Decide how the School Budget is spent.

School Governors have legal duties and responsibilities.
They can only act together, they cannot act individually.



  • Parents who are appointed by a parents ballot
  • Teachers or Support Staff at the School who are appointed by the staff
  • Local Council Representatives who are appointed by the Local Authority
  • Diocesan Representatives (Foundation Governors) who are appointed by Salford Diocese



If a group of governors is delegated the responsibility for making decisions on behalf of the full governing body, they are a committee. The full governing body is bound by the committee’s decisions and must take responsibility for them.

In practice, most committees have a mixture of responsibilities, including some decision-making powers (which is what makes them committees) and some responsibilities for discussing issues and making recommendations (rather like a working group). For example, a Finance Committee may have certain delegated powers to decide to spend or vire money and also a responsibility to recommend a draft budget to the full governing body, for its approval.

Governing bodies can also delegate responsibilities to an individual governor or the Headteacher. The same rules apply as for committees, in terms of how the responsibilities are delegated and reviewed and how the individual reports his/her actions and decisions to the full governing body.

Committees report their activities and decision making to the full Governing Body.

At St Patrick’s there are 3 committees; Finance and Premises, Standards and Welfare



  • Membership of the committee will be no fewer than 3 governors, plus the Headteacher.
  • The quorum for each meeting will be 3 governors.
  • The committee is to meet termly before the full Governing Body meeting and otherwise as required, using the terms of reference as a guide to agenda setting.
  • The committee is to report to each meeting of the full governing body.
  • The committee will make its own decisions on behalf of, and without referral to, the full governing body, except where the subject matter requires full governing body consideration by law or in accordance with the school’s established scheme of delegation.


The committees have a variety of responsibilities including the following:

Finance and Premises Committee

  • To authorise, monitor and evaluate the spending plans from the annual budget allocated to the school to achieve value for money
  • To review staff pay and conditions
  • To ensure proper financial administration arrangements are in place that enables the governing body to fulfil its statutory responsibilities for financial management.
  • To be responsible for monitoring the fabric of the school premises and, within the budget provision, authorising maintenance work.
  • Monitoring and reviewing all policies linked to the above
  • Governor and staff training related to the above.

Standards Committee

  • To evaluate achievement outcomes for end of key stage performance
  • To evaluate rates of progress and attainment by all pupils, including any underachieving groups
  • To set and review the school improvement targets.
  • To review the performance of the school against the achievement criteria outlined in the OfSTED evaluation schedule
  • To review the school’s evidence about the quality of teaching and learning
  • To monitor the school curriculum
  • Monitoring and reviewing all policies linked to the above
  • Governor and staff training related to the above.


Welfare Committee

  • To ensure the health, safety and well-being of staff and pupils
  • To evaluate pupils’ behaviour and attitudes to learning,
  • To review data on exclusions and the impact of the school’s work to follow up and support excluded pupils
  • To evaluate pupils’ attendance and punctuality at school and the impact of the school’s actions to improve attendance
  • To review stakeholders views on behaviour and safety
  • To agree improvement priorities in relation to behaviour and safety
  • To review the performance of the school against the behaviour and safety criteria outlined in the OfSTED evaluation schedule
  • Monitoring and reviewing all policies linked to the above
  • Governor and staff training related to the above.


There are other Governing Body committees that only meet when they are needed e.g.

  • Appraisal committee
  • Appeals committee
  • Managing Change committee

St Patrick’s Governing Body Committee Membership 2016/17

Chair of Full GB Fr Phil Sumner
Vice-chair of full GB John Green
Standards Committee – Chair Susan Dodd
David Daka
Kelly Franklin
Alison McGlade
Clare Mitchell
 Christine Wilson
Finance/Premises Committee -Chair A McGlade
J Green
Fr Sumner
Welfare Committee – Chair Kelly Franklin
 David Daka
  Susan Dodd
  John Green
  Clare Mitchell
  Fr Sumner
  Christine Wilson
Head Teacher Performance objectives Sue Dodd
  John Green
Governor Links – English To be appointed
Governor Links – Maths John Green
Governor Links – RE Fr Phil Sumner
Governor Links – Science Sue Dodd
Governor links- SEN Kelly Franklin/Alison McGlade
Safeguarding/LAC/ Pupil Premium/EAL Alison McGlade
Link Governor Training Kelly Franklin
HR/Complaints/Staffing/Disciplinary/ etc Committee to be decided when necessary
Appeals for above Committee to be decided when necessary

Meet some of our Governors


David Daka – Foundation Governor

I am an active member at St. Patrick’s Church. I originate from Zambia in Southern Africa and I am a pharmacist by profession. Within my work place, I am a Superintendent Pharmacist for the Company.


John Green – Foundation Governor

I am a retired Chartered Mechanical Engineer with an extensive experience of Project Management and Contract Law. I am a member of the Parish Team and Finance Committee and have been responsible for managing the English Heritage sponsored projects including major fund raising. My work with the School includes advising on any problems with the premises, assisting in new works and financial management.  


Sue Dodd – Foundation Governor

I retired from teaching in 2012 after a career spanning thirty five years including the roles of Head of Science and Assistant Headteacher.I taught in a range of schools including Our Lady’s Royton and St Cuthbert’s Rochdale. I have three daughters. I attend St Patrick’s Church where I am a Eucharistic minister