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School Governors 2019-20

St Michael's CE Primary School Governing Body

The remit for the Governing Body is to:

a) Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

b) Hold the headteacher to account for the education performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff;


c) Oversee the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

Governing Body Composition


School Governors  - who are they and what do they do?

School governors are all volunteers who share the passionate belief that all children deserve to have access to effective schools.

Being a school governor can be a very rewarding job, they have the opportunity to help in the development of their local school.

A governing body should contain a wide range of people from the community.  Each school adopts its own governing body model.

The main responsibility of the governors is to determine the aims and overall conduct of the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement. Specific duties include, setting staffing levels, appointing headteachers, setting and agreeing the school budget, ensuring a broad and balanced curriculum is delivered, health and safety matters that arise in school and management of the school premises.


Correspondence to the Governors should be addressed to Mrs N Haynes, Chair of Governors, C/O St Michael's CE Primary School, Leigh Road, Howe Bridge, Atherton, M46 0PA


St Michael's School Governors are made up as follows:

Two Parent Governors

One Local Authority Governor

One Staff Governor

One Headteacher

Six Foundation Governors

The total number of governors is 12

There is also a Clerk to the Governors who attends all meetings and she is appointed by the Local Authority.

The Deputy Head and the School Business Manager also attend as observers.

This Instrument of Government came into effect on 1st of September 2015 and will continue until changed or replaced


St Michael's CE Primary School Instrument of Government with effect from 1st September 2015 and until replaced



Type of Governor






Local Authority






Associate Members  (non-voting)


Foundation Ex-officio 1


Foundation Governors are nominated by the Parochial Parish Council of St Michael's and ratified by Manchester Diocese, one appointed by Manchester Diocese.

Parent governors are parents who have a child in the school at the time of their election and are elected by the parents of children at the school

Headteacher is a member of the governing body because of the position they hold in school

Staff governor is a member of staff at the school which is elected by their colleagues

Local Authority (LA) governor is nominated by the local authority

Associate governors are not actually governors but can be appointed to serve on committees, they can have voting rights on committees but not at full governing body meetings



Name of Governor

Type of Governor

Term of Office

Date of Appointment

Date of Resignation / End of term

Appointing Body

Mr Roger Benson

Vice Chair


1.8.13 -31.8.2021



Appointed by the Church

Mrs Julie Clooney



20.12.13 – 19.12.17



Appointed by the Church


Mrs Fiona Quinlivan







Mrs Catherine Brooks


10.2.14 – 9.2.18



Elected by the parents and appointed by the Governing Body


Mr Chris Burns



24.2.15 – 22.2.19



Appointed by the Church


Mrs Natalie Haynes




23.1.14 – 26.2.22



Appointed by the Church

Mrs Susan Loudon

Local Authority

1.9.14 – 27.8.18



Appointed by the Local Authority

Mrs Avril Neal


24.4.15 – 23.4.18



Elected by the staff and appointed by the Governing Body

Ms Zoey Wade


5.1.15 – 4.1.19



Elected by the parents and appointed by the Governing Body

Mrs Nicola Westmorland


1.1.12 –




Appointed by the Church


Mr Mike Rigby (Deputy Head)








Miss Paula Catlow

(School Business Manager)


Associate Member





Rev Reg Sinclair


Ex- office

29.9.15- 24.9.19 29.9.15   Appointed by the Church

Mr M O'Connor

Foundation 26.9.16 -27.11.20 26.9.16 1.11.18 Appointed by the Governors
Mrs. N. Tighe Parent Governor 18.10.17-17.10.21 18.10.17   Appointed by the Parents
Mrs. G. Bramhall Parent Governor

24.4.18 -

24.4.18   Appointeed by the Parents
Miss. R. Stretch Staff Governor 08.01.18 - 07.01.21 08.1.18   Appointed by the Staff
Mrs. D. Wailes

Local Authority


01.6.19 to 31.5.23 1.6.19   Appointed by the Local Authority
Mrs. J. Amos Foundation Governor 01.7.19 to 30.6.23 1.7.19 12.9.19 Appointed by the Church
Mr. A. Brown Foundation Governor 01.7.19 to 30.6.23 1.7.19   Appointed by the Church


St Michael's CE Primary School Governing Body is made up of 12 members.  They hold a full governing body meeting once every term.  The governing body also has two sub committees, Finance and Premises and Staffing and Curriculum, the sub committees also meet once every term and report their findings to the full governors.


Chairperson - Mrs. Natalie Haynes


Vice Chairperson - Mr. Roger Benson


Clerk to the Governors - Mrs. Sharon Goodland  (Governor Services)


Foundation Governors -

- Mrs. Natalie Haynes

- Mrs. Nicola Westmoreland (SEND Governor)

- Vacancy

- Mr. Alan Brown


LA Representative - Mrs D Wailes


Ex-officio Foundation Governor - Rev. Reg Sinclair


Elected Parent - Mrs. Gemma Bramhall and Mrs. Nicola Tighe

Elected Staff - Miss. Rachael Stretch

Headteacher - Mrs. Fiona Quinlivan


If you would like to contact our chair of governors please send a letter in via the school office and it will be passed onto her.


Register of Personal, Pecuniary or Business Interests

All the governors have signed a Register of Personal, Pecuniary or Business interest.  This is a declaration of any personal or business interest they or any relative or person closely connected with them, have with businesses or other organisations that may have dealings with the school; having a relative working in or for school or being a governor of another school.  If any interest a governor has could be seen to cause a conflict of interest, they would be asked to withdraw from any decision making concerned.  This is to ensure that our governors can always be seen to be putting the best interests of the school first.  For details of governors with a register of interest please see below.


Instrument of Government adopted September 2015, ongoing until revised

Rev Reg Sinclair is also a governor at The Wings MAT

Finance and Premises Committee                                                  

Mr Roger Benson - Chair of Finance and Premises Committee                          

Mrs Fiona Quinlivan                           

Mrs Natalie Haynes             

Mrs Gemma Bramhall

Mrs Nicola Tighe

Miss P Catlow (School Business Manager) - Associate Member

Mr Mike Rigby (Deputy Head) - Observer


Curriculum and Staffing Committee

Mr Roger Benson

Mrs Natalie Haynes - Chair of Curriculum and Staffing Committee

Mrs Fiona Quinlivan

Mrs Nicola Tighe

Mrs Gemma Bramhall

Miss Rachael Stretch

Rev Reg Sinclair

Mr Mike Rigby (Deputy Head) - Observer


Admissions Committee

Mrs Nicola Westmorland

Mr Roger Benson

Mrs Fiona Quinlivan

Rev Reg Sinclair


Performance Management Committee

Mrs Nicola Westmorland

Mrs Natalie Haynes

Mr. Roger. Benson


Pupil Discipline and Staffing Appeals Committee

All eligible and available Governors





Governors with specific responsibilities


Link Governors - Mr Roger Benson and Mrs Natalie Haynes

SEND Governor - Mrs Nicola Westmorland

Target Setting Governor - Mr Roger Benson

Child Protection and Safeguarding Governor - Rev. Reg Sinclair

Governors' Forum Representative - Mr Roger Benson

PSHE and Citizenship Governor - Mrs Nicola Westmorland

Health and Safety Governor - Mr Roger Benson

Pupil Premium Grant - Mr Roger Benson

Equality and Diversity - Mrs Natalie Haynes

RE and Collective Worship - Rev Reg Sinclair

Governors Representative at Director's Briefings - Mr Roger Benson and Mrs Natalie Haynes


St Michael's CE Primary School Governing Body Re-Constitution (with effect 1st January 2015)

Parent Governors (2) Mrs Nicola Tighe and Mrs Gemma Bramhall

Local Authority Governor - Mrs Debra Wailes

Headteacher - Mrs Fiona Quinlivan

Staff Governor - Miss Rachael Stretch

Foundation Governors - Mrs Natalie Haynes, Mr Roger Benson,   Mrs Nicola Westmorland,  Mr Alan Brown, Vacancy

Ex-officio Foundation Governor - Rev. Reg Sinclair


Total number of Governors 12

Associate Members (non voting) Miss Paula Catlow  (School Business Manager)

Observer Mr Mike Rigby (Deputy Head)


Foundation Governors are appointed as follows:

Foundation Governors are nominated by the Parochial Parish Council of St Michael's and ratified by Manchester Diocese, one appointed by Manchester Diocese.


Ethos Statement

'Recognising its historic foundation, the school will preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England, and in partnership with the Church at Parish and Diocesan level.


The school aims to serve its community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice. It encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith, and promotes Christian values through the experience it offers to all its pupils.'

Governors Terms of Office

Mr Roger Benson - 01.8.13 to 31.8.21

Mrs Natalie Haynes - 23.1.14 to 26.2.22

Ms Nicola Westmorland - 1.9.14 to 30.12.19

Rev Reg Sinclair - 29.9.15 to 24.9.19

Mrs Nicola Tighe - 18.10.17 to 17.10.21

Mrs Gemma Bramhall 01.4.18 to 25.4.22

Miss Rachael Stretch 08.01.18 to 07.01.22

Mrs Debra Wailes 01.6.19 to 31.5.23

Mr Alan Brown 01.7.19 to 30.6.23



Governors Attendance Spring term 2019

Governors attendance Sept 2018 to Dec 18

Governors attendance for 2017-18 academic year

Governors attendance Sept 2017 to Dec 2017

Governors Attendance Sept 2016 to Sept 2017

Governors Attendance Summer 2016 Term

Governors attendance Autumn 2016 - Business Meeting

Governors meeting attendance 2014/15

A little bit about our governors


Rev R Sinclair


I am the Team Rector of the Parishes of Howe Bridge, and Atherton and Hindsford, and a proud governor at St. Michael's School.  I have lots of experience of being a school governor having served almost continuously for over 30 years in 6 different Church Schools, and seeing vast changes in education during that time.  My strong focus as a governor is to improve our children's education and their aspirations in the broadest possible sense.  I believe our role is to ensure they grow physically, academically, emotionally and spiritually.  I hope and pray they will develop to be strong members of society seeking to care for others and build a good future for all.  I am blessed with a wonderful wife, 3 grown up children and 3 grandchildren



Mr R Benson - Vice Chair


Most of you will probably know me by now as the person who appears at year end services and various other times during the year.


I have had the privilege to have been a governor at our school for over 20 years and Chair of Governors for most of that time and although it has been challenging at times, I have enjoyed my involvement with the school.


I am a native of Blackburn (up the Rovers!) and worked for the Halifax for the whole of my working life in various places including Woking and Reading, prior to retiring over 10 years ago.  I moved into Atherton when I was working in Leigh over 30 years ago but I am still considered an outsider.


I am a Lay Assistant and Treasurer at St Michael’s Church and consider that the school connection with the Church is essential to maintain the ethos of our school.


I have been very pleased by the excellent results at the end of the last academic year which is a tribute to the hard work of both the pupils and the staff. Well done!

Governors whose terms have expired over the last 12 months or have resigned over the last twelve months:


Mrs Julie Cooney 20.12.13 to 19.12.17 Resigned 28.11.16 (Foundation Governor - appointed by the Church)


Mrs Zoey Wade 5.1.15 to 4.1.19 Resigned 6.7.17 (Parent Governor)


Mrs Avril Neal 24.4.15 to 23.4.18 Resigned 31.12.2017 (Staff Governor)


Mrs Catherine Brooks 10.2.14 to 9.2.18 (Parent Governor)


Mrs Sue Loudon 1.9.14 to 27.8.18 (LA Governor)


Mr Chris Burns - 24.2.15 to 22.2.19


Mrs Julie Amos - 1.7.19 to 12.9.19