Governing Body Membership

Name of Governing Board: St Bernadette’s Catholic Primary School

The remit for the Governing Board is to:

  • Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Hold the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
  • Oversee the financial performance of the school and making sure it’s money is well spent.

SCHOOL GOVERNORS (WIGAN COUNCIL)

Click on the link below to visit the Wigan Council website to view information re School Governors, including how to become a governor: 

Wigan Council Link

School Governors (Wigan Council Training Courses)

Please click on the link below to view current Training Courses provided by Wigan Governor Services:

Wigan Council Training Course Link

GOVERNORS ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES

Each governor has a role to play within the full governing body and is assigned a specific area of school life to monitor and evaluate its effectiveness within the school.

Specific Responsibilities

Responsibility Name
Vulnerable Children Governor (including Safeguarding/Child Protection & Looked After Children) Mrs Jane Corner 
SEND Governor Mrs Margaret Quinn
Financial Liaison, Pupil Premium & P.E. Premium Governors Mrs Marianne Halliwell, Vacancy
Governor for Standards, Performance & Pupil Progress Dr James Dewey
Governors for Conflict Resolution Mr Peter Rushton, Vacancy
Governor for Spiritual Life & Ethos Vacancy
Premises Inspection Panel Mrs Marianne Halliwell, Mrs Jane Corner, Mr Peter Rushton
Headteacher’s Appraisal Panel Mr Peter Rushton, Dr James Dewey, Mr Rory Orlandi & Mrs Kathy Hall

Pay Committee

Finance & General Purposes Committee

Mrs Marianne Halliwell (Chair)
Mrs Danielle Trickett
Mrs Helen Crowder
Mrs Elizabeth Prior
Mrs I Li

Pay Appeals Committee

Dr James Dewey
Curriculum & Standards Committee
Dr James Dewey (Chair)

Mr Peter Rushton
Mrs Jane Corner
Mrs Helen Crowder
Mrs Isla Li
Mrs Alison Wells
Mr Rory Orlandi

Ad-hoc Committees:

Staffing

  • Pupil Discipline
  • Complaints
  • Appeals

Three governors with no prior knowledge will be called alphabetically to form the committee.
Staff Appointments Committees
Drawn up (in alphabetical order) when required as outlined in the Scheme of Delegation for Staffing Matters.

Governor Engagement

To ensure that governors are fully versed in the effective delivery of the school curriculum they are assigned to individual classes to enable them to get to know the staff and children and monitor their progress over a school year. This could be by way of working with groups of children on a particular topic, accompanying them on school trips, joining them in class/school celebrations etc.

Mr Peter Rushton ~ Chair of Governors

I have been Chair of Governors since September 2012. When I was initially asked to consider becoming a Governor, I reflected on the education experienced by my four children and now some of my grandchildren. In light of this I decided it was timely to give “something back” in offering my skills and experience in supporting the school.

For most of my career I was a teacher and subsequently a Principal of a Catholic college. As Chair, I am responsible for the quality of leadership and governance along with my colleagues on the Governing Body and the staff at the school.

The highlight for me is getting to know the children in a particular class, helping them individually and seeing how they progress.

Mrs Margaret Quinn ~ Foundation Governor

I was employed at St Bernadette’s primary school for thirty four years firstly as a teaching assistant and then HLTA. I was elected non-teaching governor in 2001 and with re-election served for eight years, with the responsibility for SEN. Following my retirement in 2014, I was appointed as a Foundation Governor with the responsibility for SEND. I attended the SEND conference which gave me an insight into; Children and Families act 2014, New Code of Practice-Send Reforms, EHS plans, Budget and SEN School’s Offer.  

Attendance for 2020/21 Academic Year

Terms of Office

Names of Governors
Type of Governor
Term of Office
Date of appointment
Date of resignation (if resigned in the last 12 months)
Appointing Body
Mr Peter Rushton (Chair)
Foundation
01.09.20 – 31.08.24
01.09.12
N/A
Archdiocese of Liverpool
Mrs Marianne Halliwell (Vice Chair)
Foundation
16.03.18 – 15.03.22
01.09.14
N/A
Archdiocese of Liverpool
Mr Rory Orlandi
Foundation
21.07.20 - 20.07.24
21.07.20
N/A
Archdiocese of Liverpool
Mrs Margaret Quinn
Foundation
01.09.18 – 31.08.22
01.09.14
N/A
Archdiocese of Liverpool
Mrs Jane Corner
Foundation
22.07.21 – 21.07.25
22.07.21
N/A
Archdiocese of Liverpool
Mrs Elizabeth Prior
Foundation
16.07.20 - 15.07.24
16.07.20
N/A
Archdiocese of Liverpool
Mrs Elizabeth Garner
Foundation
28.06.21 - 25.06.25
28.06.21
N/A
Archdiocese of Liverpool
Mrs Elizabeth Garner
Foundation
28.06.21 - 25.06.25
28.06.21
N/A
Archdiocese of Liverpool
Dr James Dewey
Local Authority
29.05.20 – 28.05.24
Pre-2000
N/A
Appointed by Wigan MBC
Mrs Helen Crowder
Headteacher
01.09.21 - indefinite
01.09.21
N/A
Ex Officio
Mrs Isla Li
Staff
01.03.18 - 28.02.22
01.03.18
N/A
Elected by staff
Mr Ben Spence
Parent
05.12.19 - 04.12.23
05.12.19
N/A
Appointed by St. Bernadette's Governing Board
Mrs Danielle Trickett
Parent
16.09.21 - 15.09.25
16.09.21
N/A
Appointed by St. Bernadette's Governing Board

 REGISTER OF INTERESTS (2021/22)

Name
Details of Pecuniary Interest
Details of personal interest
Mr Peter Rushton (Chair)
Company Director/Owner – Promoting Excellence Leadership Consultancy
Nil
Mr Rory Orlandi
Nil
Nil
Mrs Margeret Quinn
Nil
Nil
Dr James Dewey
Retired
Nil
Mrs Jane Corner
Nil
Nil
Mrs Marianne Halliwell (Vice Chair)
I.T. Project Manager (Agilisys) Director of John Halliwell Ltd (property business)
Nil
Mr Ben Spence
HR Business Partner at Cook Lawyers
Nil
Mrs Isla Li
Teacher ~ St. Bernadette's Catholic Primary School
Nil
Mrs Helen Crowder
Headteacher ~ St. Bernadette’s Catholic Primary School
Nil
Mrs Danielle Trickett
Teacher
Nil
Mrs Elizabeth Prior
Teacher at St. Peter's Catholic High School
Nil
Mrs Elizabeth Garner
Teacher
Nil