St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School

St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Barnoldswick
Lancashire BB18 5EN

01282 813045

In January 2018 our Breakfast Club will be open from 8am daily. Further details are available at the school office.

Our Governing Body

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What is it?

All schools in England have a Governing Body which is responsible for overseeing many of the strategic decisions of the school. A key role is to act as a ‘critical friend’: to support, to challenge, to ask questions, ultimately to represent the school community.

The Governing Body works in close partnership with the headteacher, staff, Diocese and the local authority. Whilst the headteacher is, of course, responsible for the day to day running of the school, the governors are involved with such things as staffing, curriculum, school buildings and finance. It ensures the school functions well and maintains the proper range of academic and social objectives.

The standard term of office for a governor is four years. The chair and vice-chair are elected annually at the first meeting of the academic year.

The Chair of Governors is Mr Jim Bond. The Vice Chair of Governors is Mr N Lucas. Both can be contacted via the school office Tel: 01282 813045.

The work of the governing body is done by committees. At St. Joseph’s, we have the following committees:

  • Standards and Curriculum

  • Resources

  • Admissions


Standards and Curriculum: Mrs V Hickey (Chair) , Mr N Lucas (Vice chair) Mr J Bond, Mr S Worsley, Mrs N Dixon, Mrs A Wood, Mr J Foster and Mrs N Wood

Resources: Mrs S Ritchie (Chair), Mr J Whalley (Vice Chair), Mr J Bond, Father K Firth, Mrs N Dixon, Mr M Wilcock and Mrs N Wood, Mrs A Wood, Mr J Foster and Mr S Worsley

Admissions: Mrs S Ritchie (Chair), Mr N Lucas (Vice Chair), Mrs V Hickey, Mr J Bond, Mr J Whalley, Mrs S Ritchie, Mrs N Dixon, Mr Wilcock and Mrs N Wood



  1. The name of the school is St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Barnoldswick

  2. The school was founded by and is part of the Catholic Church. The school is to be conducted as a Catholic School in accordance with the canon law and teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, and in accordance with the Trust Deed of the Diocese of Leeds and in particular:

    1. religious education is to be in accordance with the teachings, doctrines, discipline and general and particular norms of the Catholic Church;

    2. religious worship is to be in accordance with the rites, practices, discipline and liturgical norms of the Catholic Church; and at all times the school is to serve as a witness to the Catholic faith in Our Lord Jesus Christ.

  3. The school is a voluntary aided school in the trusteeship of the Diocese of Leeds and is an exempt charity for the advancement of the Catholic religion in the Diocese of Leeds in accordance with the laws and regulations of the Catholic Church.

  4. The name of the governing body is "The Governing Body of St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Barnoldswick"

  5. The governing body shall consist of:

    1. 2 parent governors

    2. 1 local authority governor

    3. 1 staff governor

    4. 1 headteacher

    5. 7 foundation governors

  6. The total number of governors is 12

    - 2 -

  7. Foundation governors are appointed and may be removed by the Bishop of Leeds (or any other person exercising Ordinary jurisdiction in his name including where the See is vacant or impended, the persons on whom the governance of the See has devolved).

  8. The term of office of foundation governors is 4 years.

  9. This instrument of government comes into effect on 27 January 2015

  10. This instrument was made by order of Lancashire local authority on 26 January 2015

  11. A copy of this instrument must be supplied to the trustees in accordance with the school’s trust deed and to the Director of Schools of the Diocese of Leeds and every member of the governing body.


Appointed By


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End Date

Business Interests to declare

Governor elsewhere

Family Relationships in school


Attendance in last year

Mr J Bond Leeds Diocese Foundation 1.9.2014 31.8.2017 No No No 10/11
Fr K Firth Leeds Diocese Foundation and RE  1.9.2015 31.8.19 No No No 5/6
Mrs N Wood Leeds Diocese Head 1.2.2012 on going No No No 11/11
Mr N Lucas LCC LCC and Link Governor 5.11.2014 4.11.2018 No No Spouse-teaching assistant 9/11
Mrs N Carter Parents Parent/Maths 26.3.2013 (resigned) No No No   1/2
Mr M Wilcock Parents Parent and Mathematics 9.3.2015 8.3.2019 No No No 6/7
Mrs N Dixon Staff Teacher 3.3.2014 2.3.2018 No No No 6/10
Mrs V Hickey Leeds Diocese Foundation/ Literacy







No No No 7/7
Mrs S Waddington Leeds Diocese Foundation 1.9.2014 23.3.16 (resigned) No No No   N/A
Mrs J Brignall Leeds Diocese Foundation 1.9.2014 (resigned) No No No   N/A
Mr J Whalley Leeds Diocese


School Council

1.9.2014 31.8.2017 No No No 5/8
Mrs S Ritchie Leeds Diocese Foundation 1.9.2014 31.8.2017 No No No 7/8
Mrs K Henderson   Observer-no voting rights 5.12.2012 31.12.15 No No No   N/A
Mrs M DeCarteret  

Deputy Head teacher

Observer-no voting rights

1.1.2016 on-going No No No 8/11
Mr S Worsley Parents Parent and Vice Chair 7.7.2015 7.7.2019 No No Spouse-teaching assistant 5/9
Mrs A Wood Leeds Diocese

Foundation and Chair of Governors and SEN and Safeguarding

11.07.16 10.07.20 No No No 6/6
Mr J Foster Leeds Diocese Foundation and Pupil Premium 23.09.16 22.09.20 No No No 6/6
Mrs W Harvey   Observer-no voting rights 1.2.2012 31.1.2016 No No No