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Our Governors

The Governing Body of St. Patrick’s Primary School is made up of ordinary people who volunteer because they have an interest in education and a commitment to ensuring that the children who are pupils of the school achieve to the best of their ability.


We work in partnership with the Head Teacher and her staff to raise standards of achievement for all pupils of the school, set budgets and oversee the curriculum.  We do this by fostering positive relationships based on communication, understanding and support.


We work hard to maintain the catholic ethos of the school and to make the school mission statement an integral part of our work.


Our Governing Body is made up of the Head Teacher who is automatically appointed, Foundation Governors, who are appointed by the diocese, Parent Governors who have a child or children in the school and are elected by other parents, staff governors who work in the school, Local authority governors who are appointed by the local authority and associate governors who are appointed by the governing body but do not have a vote.


We are all enthusiastic and passionate about the work we do as we continue to strengthen our membership.

St Patrick's Governor Attendance 2019-20: Full Governing Body Meetings  
Governor   02/10/2019 13/11/2019 27/01/2020 20/05/2020   Total        
Blair Louise   4 of 4        
Fernandes Linda Absent   3 of 4        
Lawson Ann-Marie   4 of 4        
MacLellan Catherine  Apols   3 of 4        
MacLellan Kady Apols Apols Absent   1 of 4        
McCarthy Jean Apols   3 of 4        
Shocklidge Natalie   4 of 4        
Whitfield Tony Apols Apols Apols Apols   0 of 4        
St Patrick's Governor Attendance 2019-20: Total attendance including Full Governing Body and Committee meetings   
Governor     Total                
Blair Louise   7 of 7                
Fernandes Linda   3 of 4                
Lawson Ann-Marie 4 of 4                
MacLellan Catherine  5 of 6                
MacLellan Kady   2 of 5                
McCarthy Jean   5 of 7                
Shocklidge Natalie   5 of 5                
Warren Kirsty   2 of 2                
Whitfield Tony   0 of 5                
St Patrick's Governor Attendance 2019-20: Resources Committee Meetings    
Governor   25/11/2019 20/01/2020   Total        
Blair Louise   2 of 2        
MacLellan Catherine    2 of 2        
*McCarthy Jean Apols   1 of 2        
Warren Kirsty   2 of 2        
* Jean McCarthy is Vice Chair of Governors and is a committee member who is only expected to attend when other governors are unavailable
St Patrick's Governor Attendance 2019-20: Curriculum Committee Meetings    
Governor   13/01/2020     Total        
Blair Louise     1 of 1        
McCarthy Jean     1 of 1        
MacLellan Kady     1 of 1        
Shocklidge  Natalie      1 of 1        
Whitfield Tony Apols     0 of 1        

Governing Body Register of Interests

Committe Membership


Resources Committee:

Kirsty Warren

Catherine MacLellan

Mrs Blair - Headteacher

Jean McCarthy


Curriculum Committee:

Jean McCarthy

Kady MacLellan

Natalie Shocklidge

Fr Tony Whitfield


Pay Committee:

Ann-Marie Lawson

Jean McCarthy

Catherine MacLellan


Governor Responsibilities for 2019 -2020


Inclusion (SEN, Pupil Premium, EAL and Looked After Children) – Linda Fernandes and Kady MacLellan


Safeguarding (including e-safety) – Ann-Marie Lawson


Admissions – Jean McCarthy and Kady MacLellan


RE / Collective Worship / Catholic Distinctiveness – Jean McCarthy and Ann-Marie Lawson


EYFS – Natalie Shocklidge


English – Jean McCarthy and Natalie Shocklidge


Maths - Catherine MacLellan


Leadership, management and governance: Ann-Marie Lawson and Jean McCarthy

Governor     Type Start Date End Date    
Blair Louise Mrs Headteacher 01/01/2012      
Fernandes Linda Mrs Foundation (parent)        
Lawson Ann-Marie Mrs Foundation 01/09/2017 31/08/2021 Previously 01/09/2013 - 31/08/2017
MacLellan Catherine Mrs Foundation 01/10/2016 30/09/2020    
McCarthy Jean Mrs Foundation 01/09/2017 31/08/2021 Previously 01/09/2009 - 31/08/2013 and 01/09/2013 - 31/08/2017
MacLellan Kady   Parent 13/10/2017 12/10/2021    
Shocklidge Natalie Mrs Staff 07/09/2016 06/09/2020    
Warren Kirsty Mrs LA 18/12/2013 17/12/2017 Previously 18/12/2009 - 17/12/2013
Whitfield Tony Fr Foundation 05/06/2015 04/06/2019    
Instrument of Government:              
Type Number            
Headteacher 1            
Parent 1            
LA 1            
Staff 1            
Foundation 5 of whom at least 2 shall, at the time of their appointment, be eligible for election or appointment as parent governors
Total 9