The Governing Board
What does the Governing Board do?
The governing board operates at a strategic level, leaving the school’s senior leadership responsible and accountable for the operational day-to-day running of the School.
The core strategic functions, as a Governing Board are:
Ensuring clarity of Catholic vision, ethos, and strategic direction.
Holding the senior leadership to account for the educational performance and Catholic character of the School and its pupils; and for the internal organisation, management and control of the School including performance management of staff; and
Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
The Governing Board at St Margaret Mary’s has twelve members all of whom bring a wide range professional and personal experience to support the work of the school. The board consists of seven foundation governors who are appointed by the Diocese of Salford, two parent governors elected by the parent body, one staff member elected by the staff, a local authority governor nominated by Manchester LA and the headteacher.
In addition to broaden the expertise of the Governing Body there are two associate governors.
The members of Governing Board for 2022/23 are shown below.
|Name||Type||Appointed by||Term of Office||Role||Additional governance roles|
|Angela Ager||Foundation||Diocese of Salford||11/9/23- 10/9/27||Chair, Pay, HT PM, Admissions||Chair of Directors at Romero CAT. Foundation Governor at St Ambrose RC Primary|
|Rob Clarke||Staff||Elected by school staff||01/05/23 - 30/4/27|
|Margaret Dolan||Foundation||Diocese of Salford||11/9/23 - 10/9/27||Pay, HT PM, Admissions|
|Pauline Hamilton||Foundation||Diocese of Salford||01/9/20 - 31/8/24||Pay, HT PM, Admissions|
|David Holland||Parent||Elected by parent body||12/4/22 - 11/4/26||Vice Chair|
|Pamela Keenan Smith||Parent||Elected by parent body||20/10/22- 19/10/26|
|Myra Knutton||LA||Manchester LA||08/12/20 - 07/12/24|
|Fr Andrew Starkie||Foundation||Diocese of Salford||01/09/20 - 31/08/24|
|Matt Sutton||Headteacher||Ex officio||01/09/15||Admissions|
|Yvonne Ughulu||Foundation||Diocese of Salford||05/4/22 - 4/4/26|
Donna Blackwell and Rachel Walsh. Associate Governors are appointed for one year at a time
Currently (September 2023) there two foundation governor vacancies
During 2023/24, the governing board has decided that it will meet a minimum of seven times in the year as a full board.
There are separate committees for pay, headteacher’s performance and admissions which each meet annually to deal with these matters.
Governors who left the board in the last 12 months
Attendance at Meetings 2022/23
|Pamela Keenan - Smith||Parent||P||A||P||A||A|
|Fr Andrew Starkie||Foundation||A||A||P||N||P||A||A|
P – present, A – Apologies received, N not present.
The admissions and pay committees met once in the year.