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Welcome from the Governors at St Catherine of Siena R C Primary School. These pages will tell you who we are and the job that we do. It will also give the statutory information about our Governing Board.


The Governing Board provides strategic leadership and accountability for the school and it's community. It meets regularly and works with the head teacher and the staff to decide the school's aims and policies and to oversee the efficient running of the school by fulfilling three core strategic functions. these are -:


  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
  • Holding executive leaders to account for educational performance of the organisation and its pupils and the performance management of staff.
  • Oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent.




The Governing Board's remit is to encourage the school to raise standards of achievement. The best chance of success for a school is when there is a high expectation of what pupils can achieve. Governors attend targeted term time visits to look at specific areas of activity linked to the school's vision and development plans. Most of us are not educational professionals and do not make judgements ourselves on the quality of teaching. We do however, study carefully the information about the progress children make at our school and what their level of achievement is at the end of Key stage 1 and Key stage 2. We get to know the school's strengths and weaknesses, we agree policies and agree the staff's priorities for the school's development. Governors are there to offer a different view and ask challenging questions to help the school to continually improve. The Full Governing Board work together to fulfil our three core functions, meeting together each term. We also have two committees who meet termly to consider standards and resources in more detail. The finance committee review spending and work with the Head Teacher and school Business Manager to ensure rigorous financial controls are in place. Focussing also on staffing, staff workload and school maintenance.  The curriculum committee review attainment and progress and are responsible for making sure the school provides a good quality of education for all our children regardless of their ability. Focussing also on aspects of school life including our Catholic ethos, safeguarding, special educational needs of pupils, pupil's spiritual/moral/social & cultural development and British values.

The Governing board also supports performance management of the staff and senior leaders, attends school and community events, sits on panels (discipline/complaints) as required and attends relevant training.

Each half term the Governors have the privilege of awarding a deserving pupil a ' Governor's Star Award ' certificate. The award is given to a pupil who has excelled over the half term in any number of ways, for example, trying their best or being a good friend. It is important to the Governing board that the achievement of pupils is recognised.


Foundation Governors are appointed by Liverpool Archdiocese and are people who, in the opinion of the Archdiocese, have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.



Terms of Reference for all the committees and minutes from the Full Governing Board meetings are available on request from the school office. 




Meet the Governors ...



All the Governors

The members of the Governing Body are: 

Christine Henshall - Foundation Governor -appointed by the Archdiocese. Chairperson of the FGB, member of the finance committee and curriculum committee,  Link governor, Forum governor, governor for the Arts, governor for and history and geography.


Father Gordon Abbs - Foundation Governor - appointed by the Archdiocese, Chair of the Finance Committee, governor for RE.  

Linda Morris - Foundation governor - appointed by the Archdiocese, member of the curriculum committee,  governor for SEND and Pupil premium.


Jacqueline Leonard - Foundation governor - appointed by the Archdiocese. Member of the curriculum committee, governor for PHSE and RSE.  

John Clegg - teacher governor and member of the curriculum committee, appointed through a vote by all school staff, governor for health and safety


Emma Fox  - Parent Governor - appointed through nomination and vote by parents - Vice Chair, Chair of the Curriculum committee, member of the Finance Committee and Safeguarding Governor, Governor for looked after children.


Diane Gaskell - Foundation governor - appointed by the Archdiocese- member of the curriculum committee, governor for literacy.


Catha Seddon - Parent Governor- appointed through nomination and vote by parents. Member of the curriculum committee and governor for numeracy. 


Rebecca Seddon - Associate Member - appointed by the Governing Board








Christine Henshall -Hello, I have been a Foundation Governor here since 2015 but have a long connection with St. Catherine of Siena school as my two Sons attended here in the late 80's and early 90's. I have an NHS background and worked as a midwife for 44 years until my recent retirement, so I have had the privilege of working alongside many families. I strongly believe that the children are our future and am passionate about education, ensuring we provide our children with the tools and opportunity to achieve their full potential, in a safe and happy environment , teaching Gospel values, to shape the whole child. It is an honour to be involved in the education of the children in our school, working collectively with the all the staff and governors to drive improvement and promote our mission statement to encourage our children to be who God meant them to be. I am a member of the congregation at St. Catherine of Siena and All Saints church in Golborne and have been a Eucharistic minister for many years.

Since retiring and having more free time, I enjoy swimming, yoga, walking, flower arranging and skiing.  


Linda Morris - I am Linda Morris and I am married to Ken. We have lived in Lowton for over 48 years. I am proud to have been associated with St. Catherine of Siena PS for over 50 years! I first came to the school Christmas Fayre when my three Nephews were pupils here and was more closely associated with school when our two Sons came here, followed in recent years by our Grand-Daughters.

I am a member of the Secular Franciscan Order and previously attended St. Catherine of Siena church, Lowton. Now I am active in the All Saints Parish in Golborne as a Eucharistic Minister, Parish Safeguarding Representative and Deanery Representative. One of my greatest pleasures and privileges is as a Parish Catechist when I help prepare yr 4 children in our three parish schools for Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.   

Before I retired. I was a Principal Geotechnical Engineer and Geologist for an international company. Since retirement, I enjoy leisure time salsa dancing and looking after our allotment.


John Clegg - I am currently a teacher here at St. Catherine of Siena 's school and represent all the staff, so that we can ensure that all the children get the best possible education they can whilst they are with us. Prior to becoming a teacher, I worked in industry as a factory manager and can bring aspects of this into my role. I have two grown up children and enjoy doing anything that gets me outside in the fresh air and with nature.


Emma Fox - I am Emma, ( hopefully you have seen me around school). I was elected as a parent governor in 2018 and I am currently responsible for Safeguarding. I feel privileged to represent the parents as a governor and be able to contribute to the continued improvement and innovation of our school.

I am currently a 'stay at home' parent with two children at St. Catherine's who really enjoy their time within the loving and nurturing community that our school provides.

I previously worked as a teacher, so I value and recognise the impact that the school team can make on our children's learning and development. I can devote time, knowledge and enthusiasm to passionately make and support our school in being happy, respectful, safe, secure and outstanding. I also love spending time as a volunteer, working with the children in school, which I feel is invaluable. 

My happiness is spending time with my family and friends, walking our dog, cooking, watching sports and travelling, especially at sea.

I am passionate about our school and enjoy working with our governors to help deliver the best to our children, staff, parents and the wider school community.


Jackie Leonard I am a teacher myself and have been a senior leader at a large primary school in Bolton for the past six years. I have a passion for teaching and understand the importance of effective governance. I am an active member of St. Catherine of Siena and All Saints church, Golborne and sit on the parish council. In my personal life, I am married and have two grown up sons. I have a love of the outdoors and like nothing more than walking in the Lake District. As a past pupil of St. Catherine's school, it is a privilege for me to return as a Foundation Governor.














Governing Body Composition:

Type of Governor






Local Authority






Associate Members




Names of Governors

Type of Governor

Term of Office

Date of appoint-ment

Date of resignation

(if resigned in the last 12 months)

Appointing Body



Jackie Leonard







15-10-20 to 14-10-24

















Phil Harte



21-11-20 to 21-11-24




Christine Henshall (Chair)


23-11-19 to 22-11-23











Diane Gaskell


1-9-19 to 





Linda Morris


1-2-19  to 31-1-23





Father Gordon AbbsFoundation 

6-3-19  to 


6-3-19  Archdiocese 

Rebecca Seddon

Associate Member 

12-10-19 to 11-10-23



Governing Board 

Susan Leck


01-03-14 to




Appointed by Governing Body

John Clegg



1-2-19 to 31-1-23



Staff Ballot


Local Authority




Local Authority

Catha Seddon 

Parent Governor 

22-10-19 to 21-10-23



Parental Ballot 

Emma Fox 

(Vice Chair)


16-10-18 to




Parental Ballot 



Responsibility Name
Safeguarding GovernorEmma Fox 
SEND & Pupil Premium GovernorLinda Morris
Health and Safety Governor John Clegg
PHSE & RSE GovernorJackie Leonard
RE GovernorFr. Gordon Abbs 
Link, History, Geography, Governor Christine Henshall 
Literacy Governor Diane Gaskell  

Children looked after Governor

Numeracy Governor 

Science Governor

Arts Governor


Emma Fox

Catha Seddon 


Christine Henshall




GovernorDetails of Pecuniary Interest Details of personal Interest 
Jacqueline Leonard NilNil
Diane Gaskell NilNil
Phil Harte NilNil
Linda Morris NilNil
Catha SeddonNilNil
Father Gordon AbbsNilNil
Rebecca Seddon NilNil
Christine Henshall NilNil
John Clegg NilNil
Susan Leck NilNil
Emma FoxNilNil


Governor Meetings 
Attendance at Meetings     
Name FGB March 2022FGB June 2021FGB September 2021FGB November 2021
Jackie Leonard attendedattendedattended attended
Phil Harte N/Aapologiesapologies  N/A
Linda Morris attendedattended attended attended
Father Gordon Abbs attendedattendedattended attended 
Catha Seddon attendedapologies  absent attended 
Christine Henshall (Chair)attendedattended attended attended 
John Clegg attended attended attended attended
Susan Leck attended attended attended attended 
Emma Fox apologies attended attended attended 
Diane Gaskell apologies attendedattendedattended 


Name of GovernorFinance February 2021May  2021


Oct 2021


Feb 2022
Father G Abbs (Chair)AttendedApologies AttendedAttended
Sue LeckAttendedAttendedAttendedAttended
Christine Henshall AttendedAttendedAttended Attended 
Emma FoxAttendedAttendedAttendedAttended
Phil HarteAttendedAttended AttendedN/A
















Name of GovernorCurriculum Jan 2022Curric April 2022Curric Feb 2021Curric July 2021
Phil Harte   N/AN/AAttendedAttended 
Linda Morris AttendedAttended AttendedAttended 
Catha Seddon AttendedApologies Attended Attended 
John Clegg Attended Attended AttendedAttended 
Susan Leck Attended Attended AttendedAttended 
Christine Henshall Attended Attended AttendedAttended
Emma Fox  (Chair)Attended Attended AttendedAttended 

Diane Gaskell 


Jackie Leonard