|Date of Appointment
|Term of Office Ends
|Business or Personal interests in School or governor in other education establishments
|Fr P Sumner – Chair
|1 Oct 2001
|01 Sept 2019
|23 July 2019
|22 July 2023
|14 June 2023
|13 June 2027
|07 April 2022
|06 April 2026
|14 Dec 2022
|13 Dec 2025
|31 Aug 2020
|30 Aug 2024
|01 July 2021
|30 June 2025
|09 Oct 2023
|08 Oct 2027
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.
School Governors have legal duties and responsibilities.
They can only act together, they cannot act individually.
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.
The committees have a variety of responsibilities including the following:
Finance and Premises Committee
The following committees meet annually:
There are other Governing Body committees that only meet when they are needed e.g.
|CHAIR of Full GB
|Susan Dodd - Chair
|Fr Phil Sumner
At St Patrick's we have a wide diversity across our governing body.
I am the chair of Governors at St Patrick’s. I have served as a priest in Moss Side and Hulme, Manchester for 25 years and am currently the Parish Priest of Our Lady & St. Patrick’s, Oldham. I am also Rural Dean of the Oldham and Ashton Roman Catholic Deanery.
I hold the position of Trustee of the Catholic Association for Racial Justice (CARJ – a national organisation) and I was the first Chair of the Oldham Inter Faith Forum, in which I now serve as an Executive Committee Member and as Project Manager, in a voluntary capacity.
I have a Masters and Licence in Canon Law from Ottawa University and I serve as an Ecclesiastical Judge in the Salford Diocesan Matrimonial Tribunal. I am also one of a team of Presenters for the BBC Radio 4 “Daily Service”.
In February of 2006 I was the Individual and “Overall” winner of Oldham’s first and only Diversity and Equality awards and, in September 2006, was named in a British national newspaper as amongst the top fifty British “campaigners, thinkers and givers transforming our world” (The Independent Newspaper’s “Good list”, 1st September 2006).
I have lectured for UNESCO (Catalonia) on “Intercultural mediation processes” in Barcelona in 2006 and, in February 2008, in Brazil at the World Conference on the Development of Cities.
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.
I am a Senior Accountant working within the finance service at Oldham Council. I have been employed by Oldham Council for 15 years and have provided financial support for a variety of different services during this time. I am a member of the Finance Committee and the Headteacher Performance objectives / Pay Committee here at St Patricks. I am also a mother to two boys.