St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School

St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School,
West Close Road, Barnoldswick
BB18 5EN

01282 813045

Mrs Beech at

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Our Governing Body

 Instrument of Government 2019.pdfDownload
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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 Mrs A Wood. She can be contacted via the school office Tel: 01282 813045. The Vice Chair of Governors is Mr J Whalley. 

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

  • Standards and Effectiveness

  • Resources

  • Admissions


Standards and Effectiveness: Mrs V Hickey (Chair), Mr O' Connor (Vice Chair), Miss Naylor, Mrs A Wood, Father K Firth, Mrs Hill and Mrs N Wood

Resources:  Mr Whalley (Chair), Mr O'Connor (Vice Chair), Mrs N Wood, Mrs A Wood, Mrs Hill and Mr Brennan

Admissions:  Mrs V Hickey (Vice Chair), Mr J Whalley, Miss Naylor, Mrs Hill, Mr O' Connor 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

    There is currently one vacancy for an LEA Governor (waiting to be approved at the next whole Governing Body meeting Spring term).

  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 came 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.

Please see below about our Governing Body members

 Our Governing Body Jan 2023.pdfDownload
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Appointed By


Start Date

End Date

Business Interests to declare

Governor elsewhere

Family Relationships in school


Attendance in last academic year 2021-22


Mrs A Wood

Leeds Diocese

Chair of Governors, SEN and Safeguarding/EYFS


11.07.2016 10.7.2024 No No No 9/9
Mr J Whalley Leeds Diocese

Vice Chair/ Foundation/

Pupil Premium/ Mathematics/ Website

11.6.2021 10.6.2025









Mrs N Wood Leeds Diocese Head 1.2.2016 31.1.2024 No No No 10/10
Mrs L Haas Pieters LEA LEA

 awaiting approval at whole governing body in Spring term 2023

No No No N/A
Fr K Firth Leeds Diocese Foundation and RE 01.09.2019 31.8.2023 No No No 4/6
Mrs Z Hill Parents



21.09.2020 20.09.2024 No No No 3/9
Miss C Naylor Staff Teacher 1.3.2022 28.2.2026 No No No 3/3
Mrs V Hickey Leeds Diocese Foundation/ Literacy & Sports Funding





No No No 6/7
Mrs J Southern Leeds Diocese


30.11.2022 29.11.2026 No Yes No N/A
Mr B Swarbrick Leeds Diocese


26.01. 2023 25.01. 2027 No No No N?A
Mr M O' Connor Leeds Diocese Foundation/Link Governor











Mr R Brennan Parents Parent/Website 27.01.2020 26.01.2024 No No No 5/6



St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School

Governor Action Plan 2022-25


We are continually striving to improve governance at St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School to improve the educational outcomes for all our children. We are proud of our Catholic Ethos and our school mission statement With Jesus at the centre of all we do and say’ is at the forefront of the Governing Body decisions for our school.  We annually review the Governor’s Development plan for effectiveness and use this information to highlight areas of weakness and areas for improvement. This Development Plan therefore sets out what the Governing Body plans to achieve over the next 3 years and the improvements they will make.





  1. To ensure clarity of our Vision, Ethos and Values enabling the Governing Body, in collaboration with all stakeholders, to develop clear strategic leadership.
  2. To ensure the financial stability of the school, including the effective and efficient management of financial resources
  3. To develop the role of the Governing Body in holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils and efficient performance management of staff.
  4. To ensure clarity of strategic direction
  5. Ongoing review of school website to ensure all statutory requirements are included and up to date.