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St Mary's Catholic Primary Academy

A Community where we Live, Learn and Laugh Together in God's Love

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Swires Road, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX1 2ER

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"A school with a clear vision where the child is nurtured, loved, guided and accepted for who they are"  (Parent Survey Spring 2020)

TYPES OF GOVERNORS

 

Foundation Governors: appointed by The Bishop of Leeds

Parent Governors: elected by parents/carers of children attending our school

LA Governor: appointed by the Local Authority

Staff Governor: is appointed by the staff

Headteacher: is automatically appointed as a Governor

 

Each Governor's term of office is 4 years.

 

Register of Governors Interests

None of our Governors have a business or Financial interest in our school or any other educational establishment. Only one Governor, Fr Martin Kelly has a governance role linked to other schools - He is Board Member of the Blessed Peter Snow Academy Trust.

There are no familial relationships between any of our Governors and members of staff.

The following Governors are employees: Mr M Brennan & Mrs Louise Paquim.

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GOVERNING BODY REGISTER OF INTEREST 2020-21

GOVERNOR ATTENDANCE REGISTER 2019-20

SCHEDULE OF MEETINGS, COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIPS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

INSTRUMENT OF GOVERNMENT 

DIOCESAN PROTOCOL

TERMS OF REFERENCE

Meet Our Governors

 

 

 David Hymas

Chair of Governors

Category of Governor: Foundation

Term of Office:  01/09/2018- 31/08/2022

Committees served on: Pupil Committee, Resources Committee, Admissions Committee, Head’s Review, Pay & Performance Committee

Position(s) of Responsibility:   Governor training, Class 3R Link Governor

 

I was appointed Foundation Governor at St Mary’s in 2014, in 2017 I was appointed Chair of Governors.

As Chair of Governors I hope to write to you each term to give you some idea of the major activities of the Governing Body at that time.

I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible and please feel free to contact me via the school office if you have any questions.

Thank you for your continued support.  

I am a parent of two daughters currently attending St. Mary’s Margaret and Elizabeth.

I work at All Saints’ Catholic College in Huddersfield and live in Sowerby Bridge with my wife and children.

My background is in sports coaching and in my spare time I enjoy cycling and going on family holidays.

 

Deacon John Walsh

Vice-Chair of Governors

Category of Governor: Foundation

Term of Office:  01/09/2019- 31/08/2023

Committees served on: Resources Committee (Chair), Head’s Review, Pay & Performance Committee

Position(s) of Responsibility:  RE and Faith Life, Relationships, Health and Sex Education (joint responsibility with Fr. Martin Kelly), Class 6EG & 6HG Link Governor

 

 

 

 

I was appointed as a Diocesan Foundation Governor in 2013 and am delighted to be part of the Governing Body of St Mary's.  I relish the opportunity to be part of such a wonderful school and to help all concerned to ambitiously achieve their full potential.  I am a Permanent Deacon in St Mary's, Halifax, in the Diocese of Leeds.

 Previously, I worked for Halifax PLC, which became part of HBOS PLC and then Lloyds Bank for over 30 years and retired as an IT Director for Lloyds Commercial Bank. Here I developed many skills and experiences which I can now leverage for the benefit of the school.  My wife, Caroline, and I have three grown up children (Kathryn, Sean and Liam)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mark Brennan

Category of Governor: Headteacher (Ex-officio)

Term of Office:  Commenced 01.09.2009

Committees served on: Pupil Committee, Resources Committee, Admissions Committee, Pay & Performance Committee, Child Protection & Safeguarding Committee

Position(s) of Responsibility:   Designated Safeguarding Lead

I was appointed as Headteacher of St Mary's in 2009 and since then it has been my privilege to work with the Governing Body to ensure that our school continues to thrive and improve.  I have been a teacher since 1985 and I have worked across the Leeds Diocese in 7 different Catholic schools. I was the Headteacher in two other schools in Leeds and Boston Spa before 2009.

My wife and I have two children (Daniel & Anna) who are in their 20's.  Anna is a teacher and Daniel is a Restaurant Manager with Nandos in London. In my spare time I like to go down to the gym, spend time in the garden and sing in a choir called Chordiality.  It will probably come as no surprise that I also like my holidays abroad!

 

 

 

Emma Coughlan

Category of Governor: Local Authority

Term of Office:  05.07.19 – 04.05.23

Committees served on: Pupil Committee (Chair), Child Protection & Safeguarding Committee

Position(s) of Responsibility:  Premium,  SEN/ Inclusion, GDPR, Classes 2/1D & 2/1AM Link Governor 

I have had the pleasure and privilege of being appointed as parent Governor at St Mary’s  since 2014. 

Prior to applying for the role as parent governor I was an active member of the school’s Parent & Teacher Association. 

I am mum to Oliver and Beth.  Oliver is now at senior school and Beth is now in year 5.  My other job – the one that pays the bills is Consultant.  I have worked primarily in HR specialising in Pensions for the last 15 years.  I am currently consulting for a large local Financial Services Organisation, managing their Pensions Operations.

I live in Lindley with my husband and two children.  I love shopping, spending quality time with my family and friends, and holidays where the sun is guaranteed to shine!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vince Dalton

Category of Governor: Foundation

Term of Office:  15.10.19 - 14.10.23

Committees served on: Resources Committee

Position(s) of Responsibility:   Class 1JR Link Governor

I was appointed as a Diocesan Foundation Governor in October 2019. Two of my three children attended St. Marys when we moved to Yorkshire in 2001. The school was a welcoming and spiritual base which equipped them with the skills and confidence to progress and I am delighted now to have the opportunity to contribute to the life of the school.


I have spent most of my working life in education with my last post being Vice Principal at Barnsley College where I managed performance and funding. I look forward to using my skills to benefit the school.


I live in Halifax with my wife Julie. Our three children are now grown up and have launched their own careers. To relax I enjoy reading, going to live events and travelling.

David Ellis

Category of Governor: Foundation

Term of Office:  28.01.2019 – 27.01.2023

Committees served on: Resources Committee, Admissions Committee,  Discipline / Appeals Committee

Position(s) of Responsibility: Health and Safety (joint responsibility with Mark Coleman), Class 5B Link Governor 

 

I was appointed as a Diocesan Foundation Governor at the beginning of 2019 and am delighted to be part of the Governing Body. My wife and I have been part of St Mary's parish since we moved to Halifax in 1986 and both my daughters were fortunate to be educated at St Mary's school.

After 30 years with P&G and Mars, in a variety of positions across Manufacturing, R&D, Marketing and IT, I recently retired and look forward to applying the skills acquired there to the benefit of the school.

 

 

 

Fr. Martin Kelly

Category of Governor: Foundation (Ex-officio)

Term of Office:  01/09/2018 - 31/08/2022

Committees served on: Pupil Committee

Position(s) of Responsibility:  RE and Faith Life, Relationships, Health and Sex Education (joint responsibility with Deacon John Walsh), Class 4/3PS Link Governor

I have had the privilege of being a governor at Saint Mary's Catholic Primary School since being appointed parish priest of Saint Mary's parish in February 2016. It is a joy to be associated with such a wonderful school. It is a particular delight to see how the Catholic ethos of the school drives every area of school life. As a former youth chaplain in the diocese, I am very keen to ensure that we do all that we can to ensure that the young people within our diverse community are given the opportunity to live life to the full. In my spare time I enjoy cooking and reading. I also enjoy long walks with my dog.

 

Helen Mellor

Category of Governor: Foundation

Term of Office:  01.09.2017 - 31.08.2021

Committees served on: Pupil Committee, Admissions Committee, Discipline / Appeals Committee, Child Protection & Safeguarding Committee

Position(s) of Responsibility:   EYFS Link Governor

Knowing that my eldest son, Isaac, was starting school in 2017, I wanted to find a way in which I could participate in the life of St Mary's. To that end I am now a member of the Governing Body, having been appointed as a Foundation Governor from the start of the academic year, 2017/18.

As the years have passed, my son Tobias has joined St Mary’s and my daughter Leah will be starting Foundation Stage this September 2020.  As such, I am looking forward to a long journey in helping the school continuously grow and improve. 

My working background is in Education as I am a qualified primary teacher and I am also an active member of our Catholic community; I can be found each Sunday at 9:30am Mass at St Albans where I run the Children's Liturgy and help the children of both St Mary's school and parish prepare for their Sacraments.

 

 

Louise Paquim

Category of Governor: Staff

Term of Office:  1.11.18-31.10.22

Committees served on: Pupil Committee

Position(s) of Responsibility: n/a

 

I graduated from the University of Hull in 2007 and was lucky enough to begin teaching at St Mary’s straight away. As a former pupil, it has always held special memories for me and I was delighted at being given the opportunity to be part of the teaching staff. The majority of my teaching experience has been in Year 3 and 4 and it is a pleasure to watch the children I first meet as 7 or 8 year olds mature and develop throughout their time in Key Stage 2. One of the most significant aspects of my job is supporting the children as they prepare to receive the sacraments of Confession and Communion in year 3. It is a privilege to be part of their journey of faith at such a special and memorable time.

 

 Rosaleen Somerville-Jones

Category of Governor: Foundation

Term of Office:  18/07/2019 - 17/07/2023

Committees served on: Pupil Committee, Admissions Committee, Discipline / Appeals Committee, Head’s Review

Position(s) of Responsibility:  Class 4/3JS Link Governor

 

I was appointed as a Foundation Governor in July 2019 and alongside fellow Governors, share a real desire to help provide children with the best possible education. I live in Halifax with my husband Ty, and we have one son, Ethan, who graduated from York University last year and is now forging his own career.

My working life started at the Halifax Building Society and ended with Lloyds Banking Group.  They now tell me I am a Lady of Leisure! I love reading and I can usually be seen being taken for a walk by our Labrador! One way or another I have been involved with children and young people for nearly 20 years with specific responsibilities as a PTA chair and as Team Manager of Halifax Swimming Club, a post I held for some 12 years. 

I count myself as very fortunate to have this new opportunity, as a School Governor, to continue to give something back to my local community and to play a part in enabling young people to make the most of their potential. I believe passionately in offering children a rich and balanced curriculum that focusses on personal as well as academic growth and achievement and  I am delighted to have the opportunity to share my experience and enthusiasm for learning with the children, staff, parents and Governors as we all work to promote our school’s aims and vision.

 

 

 Mrs Anne Hardy

Clerk to the Governors

 

 I have been Clerk to the Governing Body at St Mary's since July 2017. I am from Leeds and attended Catholic primary and secondary schools and sixth form college. My working background after graduating from the University of Leeds is in university administration - I have worked in various roles at the University of Leeds and Leeds Beckett University. I moved to Halifax in 2010 where I live with my husband, daughter and cat. In my spare time I enjoy gardening, reading, cardio tennis, movies, music and spending time with family and friends. 

 

 

 

Previous Governors

  • Mr Ed Jones: Parent Governor, term of office 01.09.2019 - 31.08.2020 

  • Mr Mark Coleman: Parent Governor, term of office 1.9.19 – 25.3.21