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. The Vice Chair of Governors is Mr S Worsley. 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 Effectiveness

  • Resources

  • Admissions


Standards and Effectiveness: Mrs V Hickey (Chair), Mr S Worsley (Vice Chair), Mrs N Dixon, Mrs A Wood, Father K Firth, Mrs Hill, Mr Harrison and Mrs N Wood

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

Admissions:  Mr N Lucas (Vice Chair), Mrs V Hickey (Vice Chair), Mr J Whalley, Mrs N Dixon 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 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 November 2021.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 2020-21


Mrs A Wood

Leeds Diocese

Chair of Governors, SEN and Safeguarding


11.07.2016 10.7.2024 No No No 9/9
Mr S Worsley Leeds Diocese Foundation/ Vice Chair of Governors, Prevent and Online Safety 11.03.2019 10.03.2023 No No No 8/9
Mrs N Wood Leeds Diocese Head 1.2.2016 31.1.2024 No No No 10/10
Mr N Lucas LCC LCC and Link Governor


4.11 2022 No No Spouse-teaching assistant 7/7
Fr K Firth Leeds Diocese Foundation and RE 01.09.2019 31.8.2023 No No No 1/5
Mrs Z Hill Parents



21.09.2020 20.09.2024 No No No 5/7
Mrs N Dixon Staff Teacher 1.3.2018 28.2.2022 No No No 7/7
Mrs V Hickey Leeds Diocese Foundation/ Literacy & Sports Funding





No No No 5/7
Mr P Harrison Leeds Diocese



28.5.2019 27.5.2023 No No No 3/7
Mr J Whalley Leeds Diocese


Pupil Premium

11.6.2017 10.6.2021 No No No 7/7
Mr M O' Connor Leeds Diocese Foundation












Mr R Brennan Parents Parent 27.01.2020 26.01.2024 No No Spouse-Teaching Assistant 5/7



St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School

Governor Action Plan 2018-2021


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.




· To ensure the school continues to provide a Catholic education that promotes the academic, physical, spiritual, moral and social development of each child.

· To continually reflect on the effectiveness of our work to ensure raising standards and improving outcomes remains at the forefront of the work we do, at a strategic level.

· To ensure monitoring of the school is rigorous and challenging.

· To ensure strategies for improvement are robust and monitored for effectiveness and impact.

· To work as a team with the Head Teacher and Senior Leadership Team to continually evaluate progress and drive improvement.

· Governors know the school well and carry out monitoring visits which help them make informed decisions, ask searching questions and provide support.