Our Governors

St Mary's Governors

The remit for the Governing Body is to:

  • Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Hold the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
  • Oversee the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

Governing Body Composition:

Type of Governor No.
Community 2
Headteacher 1
Local Authority 1
Parent 2
Staff 1
Foundation 1

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Names of Governors Type of Governor Term of Office Date of Appointment/Term Date of resignation (if resigned in the last 12 months) Appointing Body
Mrs Catherine Cloake Community 4 years 20/03/18   The Governing Body
Cllr C Sweeney (Vice Chair) Local Authority 4 years 01/09/18   Nominated by Council and appointed by the Governing Body
Mrs G Talbot Headteacher N/A 03/09/07   N/A
Mrs R Hydes Staff 4 years 09/03/21   Elected by staff
Mrs C Heaton Community 4 years 28/09/21   The Governing Body
Mr R Ekakitie Parent 4 years 14/06/21   Elected by Parents
Mr D Shinks Parent 4 years 20/03/18 Tuesday 15th March Elected by Parents
Rev R Sheehan Foundation 4 years 15/03/18   Liverpool Diocese
Vacancy Foundation 4 years TBC   TBC

Specific Responsibilities:

Responsibility Name
Safeguarding/Child Protection Governor Cllr C Sweeney
Send Governor Mrs C Heaton
Health, Safety & Facilities Governor Mr D Shinks
Pupil Premium Governor Rev R Sheehan
Curriculum Governor Mrs Catherine Cloake
Link Governor Cllr C Sweeney
Pastoral Governor Mrs C Heaton

Terms of reference for all committees are available on request from school.

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Finance and Premises Committee Staffing, Curriculum and Assessment Committee Pay Committee
Remit: To deal with all matters delegated by the Governing Body regarding Finance, Health and Safety and Premises Remit: To deal with all matters delegated by the Governing Body regarding Standards in school and the curriculum and Personnel Remit: To make decisions about performance related pay for teachers and the headteacher
Membership Membership Membership
Mrs G Talbot Mrs C Heaton (Chair) Cllr C Sweeney (Chair)
Mrs R Hydes Mrs G Talbot Mrs G Talbot
Cllr C Sweeney (Chair) Mrs R Hydes Mrs C Cloake
Mr D Shinks Mrs C Cloake
Mr R Ekakitie Rev R Sheehan

Ad-hoc Committees

Staff Disciplinary, Pupil Discipline, Complaints, Appeals

Three governors with no prior knowledge will be called alphabetically to form the committee.



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Name 30.09.21 30.11.21 15.03.22 28.06.22
Mrs G Talbot Yes Yes
Mrs R Hydes Yes Yes
Cllr C Sweeney Yes Yes
Mr D Shinks Yes No
Mrs C Cloake Yes Yes
Rev R Sheehan No No
Mrs C Heaton Yes Yes
Mr R Ekakitie Yes Yes


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Name 30.11.21 15.03.22 28.06.22
Mrs C Heaton No
Mrs G Talbot Yes
Mrs R Hydes Yes
Mrs C Cloake Yes
Rev R Sheehan No


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Name 30.11.21 26.04.22 28.06.22
Mrs G Talbot Yes
Mrs R Hydes Yes
Cllr C Sweeney Yes
Mr D Shinks No
Mr R Ekakitie No


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Name 30.11.21 TBC TBC
Cllr C Sweeney Yes
Mrs G Talbot Yes
Mrs C Cloake Yes

Name Details of Pecuniary Interest Details of personal interest
Mrs G Talbot Nil Nil
Mrs R Hydes Nil Nil
Cllr C Sweeney (Vice Chair) Nil Nil
Mr D Shinks Nil Nil
Mrs Catherine Cloake (Chair) Nil Nil
Mrs Claire Heaton Nil Nil
Rev Rachel Sheehan Nil Nil

Cllr Carl Sweeney is also on the Governing Body of another local school.

Mr David Shinks is married to a staff member.