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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 Catholic vision, ethos and strategic direction.
  • Holding executive leaders 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.
  • Oversee the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.




The Governing Board's remit is to promote a happy and safe environment for our children and 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, inclusive of all abilities. The governing board together focus on other aspects of school life including our Catholic life/ethos & vision, safeguarding, mental health and wellbeing, special educational needs of pupils, pupil's spiritual/moral/social & cultural development and our British values. We carefully monitor attendance and promote attendance strategies because we want every pupil to reach their full potential and not have gaps in their learning journey.

The Governing board also supports performance management of the staff and senior leaders, attends school and community events, sits on panels (discipline / complaints / admissions ) as required. The governors attend specific training to ensure they have the knowledge to fulfill their responsibilities and complete a skills matrix each year to highlight any competency requirements.


Each half term the Governors have the privilege of awarding a deserving pupil a ' Governor's Excellence 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 and celebrated.


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. 




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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 and curriculum committee,  Safeguarding governor. Link & Forum governor. Governor for attendance, looked after children, Art & Music.

To contact Mrs Henshall, the Chair of Governors please use the school email address and mark For the Attention of Mrs Christine Henshall 


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

Jacqueline Leonard - Foundation governor - appointed by the Archdiocese. Member of the curriculum committee, governor for Special Education Needs & Disability (SEND) & Pupil Premium.  

Diane Gaskell - Foundation Governor - appointed by the Archdiocese- Chair of the curriculum committee, governor for literacy & Modern foreign languages.


Deborah Knowles - Foundation Governor- appointed by the Archdiocese, member of the finance and curriculum committee, governor for Health and Safety.


Catha Seddon - Parent Governor- appointed through nomination and vote by parents. Member of the curriculum committee and governor for Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) & PE.


Vacancy- Local Authority Governor 


Nicky Singleton - Teacher Governor - appointed by Staff ballot. Member of the curriculum committee. Governor for PSHE & RSE.


Linda Morris - Associate Member - appointed by the Governing Board. Area of school support in sustainability and climate change.


Stef Evans - Parent Governor - appointed through nomination and vote by parents. 






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.


Emma Fox - I am Emma, ( hopefully you have seen me around school). I was elected as a parent governor in 2018 and again in 2022  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.


Diane Gaskell - I am Diane, I am a former pupil at St. Catherine’s School as are my two daughters. I am a member of St. Catherine’s and All Saints church in Golborne where I have helped to set up and run the ‘Children’s Liturgy Group’. I enjoy working with children, I have worked in childcare for 17 years and now work for the NHS in the paediatric department. In my spare time I enjoy spending quality time with my family and watching rugby with them. I also enjoy socialising with my friends. 


Debbie Knowles - I am an HR and Employment Law Specialist by profession and owner & Managing Director of a consultancy firm based in Lowton. Whilst I do not have an education background, I am keen to be able to contribute the other skills and knowledge I have to the school governing board, in the interests of the school and the children. I have two grown-up children who both attended St Lewis’s Primary School in Croft, l am an active member of both St Lewis’s and All Saints parishes, as a reader, a CAFOD representative and a member of the St Vincent De Paul Society ( SVP). In our spare time my husband and I enjoy walking with our Labradoodle, Woody, and we like to spend time in Anglesey. 










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

Stef Evans


Jackie Leonard

Parent Governor




8/12/23 to 7/12/27


15-10-20 to 14-10-24













Parent ballot 




Nicky Singleton



3-9-23 to




Staff Ballot

Christine Henshall (Chair)


23-11-23to 22-11-27





Deborah Knowles


12-7-22to 11-7-26




Diane Gaskell


1-9-23 to 





Linda Morris

Associate Member 

28/3/23 to 30/1/27


31-1-23 as foundation governor 

Appointed by the governing body 


Father Gordon Abbs (Vice Chair)Foundation 

6-3-2023 to 


6-3-19  Archdiocese 

Rebecca Sed

Associate member 




Appointed by the governing body 

Susan Leck


01-03-14 to




Appointed by Governing Body

John Clegg



1-2-19 to 21/2/2023



Staff Ballot

Jenny Gregory 

Local Authority

28-3-23  to 27-3-27



Local Authority

Catha Seddon 

Parent Governor 

22-01-20 to 21-01- 23



Parental Ballot 

Emma Fox 

Parent Governor 

16-10-22 to




Parental Ballot 



Safeguarding & Attendance GovernorChristine Henshall 
RE GovernorFr. Gordon Abbs 
Health and Safety Governor Debbie Knowles 
PSHE & RSE GovernorNicky Singleton
SEND & PP GovernorJackie Leonard

Link & Forum

Christine Henshall 
Literacy Governor Diane Gaskell  


Art & Music Governor

Children looked after Governor

EYFS Governor 

PE Governor 

Maths & Science Governor

History and Geography Governor

Modern Foreign Languages Governor 


Christine Henshall 

Christine Henshall 

Catha Seddon 

Catha Seddon 

Stef Evans


Diane Gaskell



GovernorDetails of Pecuniary Interest Details of personal Interest 
Jacqueline Leonard NilNil
Diane Gaskell NilNil
Deborah Knowles NilNil
Catha SeddonNilNil
Father Gordon AbbsNil

Governor at All Saints Primary School

Governor at St. Lewis Primary School

Linda MorrisNilNil
Christine Henshall NilNil
Nicky SingletonNilReception Class Teacher
Susan Leck NilNil
Stef Evans  


Governor Meetings 
Attendance at Meetings     
Name FGB September  2023FGB October 2023FGB March 2023FGB June 2023
Jackie Leonard apologies apologies apologies attended
Deborah Knowles attendedattended attendedapologies 
Jenny Gregoryattendedabsentattendedattended
Linda Morris N/AN/AN/A N/A
Diane Gaskellattendedapologies attendedattended
Father Gordon Abbs (Vice chair)attendedattendedattended attended 
Catha Seddon absentapologies apologiesattended  
Christine Henshall (Chair)attendedattended attended attended 
Nicky Singleton attendedattendedN/A N/A
Susan Leck attended attended attended apologies 
Emma Fox N/AN/Aattended N/A


Name of GovernorFinance March 2023May 2023


October 2023


Father G Abbs (Chair)AttendedAttended Attended 
Sue LeckAttendedAttendedAttended 
Jenny Gregory AttendedApologies Apologies  
Christine Henshall AttendedAttendedAttended  
Emma FoxAttendedN/AN/A 
Debbie Knowles N/AN/AAttended  
















Name of GovernorCurriculum July 2023Curric April 2023Curric July 2022Curric January 2024
Nicky Singleton N/AN/AN/AAttended 
Debbie KnowlesApologies Attended N/AAttended
Jackie LeonardApologies AttendedApologies Attended
Linda Morris N/AN/AAttendedN/A
Catha Seddon Apologies AttendedApologies  Apologies 
Stef Evans N/AN/AN/AAttended
Susan Leck Attended Attended AttendedAttended 
Christine Henshall Attended Attended AttendedAttended
Emma Fox  N/AAttended AttendedN/A

Diane Gaskell ( Chair)