St Teresa'sCatholic Primary School

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The Governors are responsible for the management of all aspects of the school. 

The Role of a School Governor - November 2015

The Governing Body

Chair of Governors

Mr P Atherton

Note all Lead Governors will link with lead member of school staff in the relevant area

St Teresa's Governors – from September 2019


Name Governor Type Lead Role(s) Term of Office Appointed by
Peter Atherton


Chair of Governors

Maths, Child protection and Safeguarding, EYFS, Children in Public care.  Year 3 Class Governor.

31.08.17 Archdiocese of Liverpool




Local Authority Art/Design Curriculum Governor. 31.08.18 St Helens MBC
Lynsey Burgess Staff     Staff (elected)
Phil Doyle Foundation


Literacy and Humanities Curriculum Governor. Year 4 Class Governor.

31.12.18 Archdiocese of Liverpool
Rachael Brookes Head Teacher Head    
Karen Harrison Foundation Science Curriculum Governor and Year 2 Class Governor. 31.11.17 Archdiocese of Liverpool
Paul Jobe Foundation Computing Curriculum Governor, Link Governor and Year 1 Class Governor. 31.08.20 Archdiocese of Liverpool
Claire Chisholm Parent Equalities Governor and Year 6 Class Governor.   Parents (elected)
Vacancy Foundation


 Year 5 Class Governor.

  Archdiocese of Liverpool
Louise Duckworth Parent SEND governor and Reception Class Governor. 31.08.20 Parents (elected)
Tracy McNeill Foundation Physical Education and PSHE Curriculum Governor. 31.08.20 Archdiocese of Liverpool
Patricia Peers Foundation Religious Education Governor   Archdiocese of Liverpool


St Teresa's School – from September 2016


Name Interest(s) Reviewed
Peter Atherton Nil November 2016
Cllr. Martin Bond

St Helens MBC, Councillor for Haydock;

Unite the Union, St Helens Central Branch

November 2016
Lynsey Burgess St Teresa's Employee November 2016
Phil Doyle Chair of Governors, St Edwards College, Edmund Rice Academy, Liverpool
November 2016
Rebecca Flynn Headteacher, St Teresa's Employee November 2016
Karen Harrison Parent of a child in school November 2016
Paul Jobe Grandparent of a child in school November 2016
Laura Lathom Parent of a child in school November 2016
Canon Tom Neylon
Foundation Governor, St Julie's Catholic Primary School, St Helens
November 2016
Louise Duckworth Parent of a child in school November 2016
Tracy McNeill Parent of a child in school November 2016
Patricia Peers Nil  


How the Governors of St Teresa's have contributed to moving the school forward:


The appointment of the right Head Teacher and Deputy Head Teacher for our school.  This has lead to:

  • concentration on middle leaders;
  • introduction of Key Stage Leaders;
  • staff re-organisation which has built on strengths;
  • a measured increase in the quality of good teaching throughout the school.

Focussing on improving teaching and learning. 

This has led to:

  • the implementation of an effective marking policy throughout the school;
  • creation of a more effective and welcoming learning environment;
  • a shared vision of good practice;
  • a shared commitment to school improvement.

Focussing on pupil progress.

This has led to:

  • more secure data;
  • benchmarking;
  • internal and external moderation;
  • regular review with subject leaders and class teachers;
  • establishment of Performance and Attainment Governors Committee.

Focus on the function of Governors. 

This has involved:

  • reconstitution of Governing Body leading to additional governors appointed to further strengthen the governance of the school;

  • regular reviews of progress with staff to support and challenge;

  • shared staff and governors INSET;

  • review of policies, leading to an even safer environment for the school community;

  • targeted governor review day.