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Governing Body 2018/19

Foundation Governors (appointed by the Bishop of Hallam)

These have a special responsibility for ensuring that the character of the school as a Catholic Voluntary Aided School is preserved and developed in accordance with our Mission Statement

  • Frances Walsh
  • Kenneth Barry
  • Ciarán McGeeney
  • Diane Bush
  • Nicole Taylor

LA Governor (appointed by Rotherham local authority)

  • Karen Carr

Co opted Governor (appointed by the Governing Body)

  • Sandra Butterworth

Parent Governor (elected by parents) 

  • Joe Tansley
  • Amie Sahman

Staff Governor (elected by members of staff)

  • Peter Johnson

Clerk to the Governors (appointed by the Governing Body) 

  • Sharon Graham 

What do we do? 

The Governing Body works as a team, in close co-operation with the Head teacher and all staff.  All governors and staff contribute to the Catholic character of the school and the Catholic nature of the education provided, as set out in its mission statement.

The Governing Body has the following core strategic functions:

Establishing the strategic direction, by:

  • Setting the vision, values, and objectives for the school
  • Agreeing the school improvement strategy with priorities and targets
  • Meeting statutory duties

Ensuring accountability, by:

  • Appointing the Head teacher
  • Monitoring progress towards targets
  • Performance managing the Head teacher
  • Engaging with stakeholders
  • Contribution to school self-evaluation

Ensuring financial probity, by:

  • Setting the budget
  • Monitoring spending against the budget
  • Ensuring value for money is obtained
  • Ensuring risks to the organisation are managed

Who are we?  

Governor Profiles 

Frances Walsh 

Category of governor: Chair of Governors (appointed by the Bishop)

Term of office:  8.9.14 – 7.9.2022

Serves on AS committee (Achievement and standards)

Has a specific responsibility as:  Chair of Governors, Lead governor for Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice, Panel for appraising the Head teacher and Chair of ATL committee 

“As a parishioner of Our Lady & St Joseph’s Wath, I have a lifelong association with Saint Pius X School – as a pupil, parent and now governor.  I was a primary school teacher – working in Rotherham schools for almost 25 years.  Recently, I have picked up my paintbrushes again to pursue my love of art, which was first nurtured as a pupil at Saint Pius.  My children and I have benefitted from the warm, friendly environment at Saint Pius.  It is a smaller than average secondary school with a big commitment to developing creativity and lifelong learning.”

Kenneth Barry

Category of governor:  Foundation (appointed by the Bishop)

Term of office: 5.12.12 – 4.12.20

Serves on AS committee (Achievement and Standards)
Has a specific responsibility as: Lead governor for Child Protection, Panel for appraising the Headteacher
“During my working life I taught for over 35 years in Bradford, Barnsley and Rotherham. I have been a Deputy Head teacher in two primary schools and Head teacher in one. I have seen many changes in education over that time and though not a secondary specialist, my general experience gives me a wide understanding of how schools should work to allow students to achieve their potential”

Diane Bush 

Category of governor:  Foundation (appointed by the Bishop)

Term of office:  31.07.2017 – 30.07.2021

Serves on SMR committee (Strategic management and resources)

Has a specific responsibility as:  Joint Vice Chair of Governors, Chair of LMBS committee, ensure that the Head teacher’s objectives and appraisal report comply with the school’s appraisal policy and the regulations.

“I have a B.A. (Hons) Accounting degree and ICAEW Professional Examination 1.  Following my degree in accountancy, I have spent over 25 years in financial and management roles, working within practice and industry.  Strategic planning and leadership experience helps me perform as a governor.  I believe the link between school and Parish is important; I am a member of the Parish Pastoral Council at Our Lady & St Joseph’s Wath.  Pastoral care and setting high aspirations for pupils is important to me.  I am interested in mathematics and art.  Music is my passion – I play guitar, piano and organ”.   

Ciarán McGeeney

Category of governor:  Foundation (appointed by the Bishop)

Term of office:  07.12.2016 – 06.12.2020

Serves on SMR committee (Strategic management and resources)

Karen Carr

Category of governor:  Parent (elected by parents)

Term of office:  1.9.15 – 31.8.19

Serves on AS committee (Achievement and standards)

“I have worked in education for over 16 years in a range of roles from teaching, pastoral work, through to management.  My skills and knowledge cover the broad skills required to support the board of governors with key aspects required. My current and most recent Further Education experience brings a strong background of school knowledge and management. My understanding of equal opportunities, Ofsted framework, data analysis, recruitment and selection will enable me to supply key decision making for the benefit of the school”

Peter Johnson

Category of governor:  Staff (elected by members of staff)

Term of office:  1.9.15 – 31.8.19

Serves on AS committee (Achievement and standards)

“I started my career post 16 as a radio communications engineer and was responsible for maintaining many of the local authority systems around the North West before moving into calibration of test and measurement equipment for the scientific gases sector.  I was also a member of Bolton Mountain Rescue Team for 6 years, holding a committee position for 2 and helped to run a local youth group which was part of the Church Lads’ and Church Girls’ Brigade.  Due to several redundancies over 8 years and because the youth work I had been doing I decided to retrain as a teacher as I felt I could offer more to society in this way.  Whilst at university, I chaired the students’ union stage services that carried out all the technical and equipment support for live bands, acts and club nights.  I was also equipment officer on the climbing club committee.

In the early years of teaching I continued to work in the music industry, sound engineering bands at live shows and work as a crew chief organising the crews who would build the sets and shows.  In my teaching career I have held the position of enterprise co-ordinator, organising enterprise activities, liaising with external organisations to gain access to funds, facilities and training.  Most recently I became Head of Design and Technology and am working with the department to raise standards, improve opportunities and to maximise achievement.

Project, financial management and working with others have been a key part of my past and continue to be so in my teaching.  I have a large understanding of building maintenance, computer systems and control, security and electrical/electronic systems.  I enjoy working with others to develop systems and strategies to improve the future.  The latter is of key importance at the moment with the planned reforms in education.

I understand there are different roles within the governing body of the school but am unsure of what these will entail at the moment.  I believe I have a very wide range of skills which could support most roles and I hope that I can use my abilities to support the school where best and help it develop for the future.

Sharon Graham

Category: Clerk to Governors (appointed by the Governing Body)

Term of office: started 2015

Serves on all committees, governing body meetings and ad hoc meetings as required

Sue Smith

Category: Head teacher (appointed by the governing body)

Term of office: started 1st September 2016

The Head teacher is a member of the governing body by virtue of their office.

Serves on SMR committee (Strategic management and resources)

Saint Pius X Catholic High School

Governing Body Aims

  September 2018

Training and Learning

  • To encourage the raising of standards of attainment in all aspects of school life, thereby helping all students to reach their full potential
  • To provide an inclusive education which ensures equal opportunities for all
  • To raise awareness that all learners adopt healthy lifestyles and that staff are aware of the healthy lifestyle policy and implement it
  • To encourage staff to develop themselves through continuous professional development (CPD) so that all students are working at a level appropriate to their ability


  • To provide a suitable learning environment which provides sufficient space for the curriculum to be delivered
  • To provide adequate resources and create an environment which is both secure and supportive to students’ learning
  • To ensure that resources are used efficiently to ensure that the school’s aims, values and polices are delivered effectively
  • To ensure that buildings are maintained with regard to the health and safety of all

Leadership, Management and Financial Resources

  • To provide sound leadership and management who will ensure all priorities are met
  • To set realistic targets and monitor the strategies the school is using to achieve them
  • To promote a zero tolerance of bullying in the school
  • To play a positive role in the safer recruitment and selection of all staff


  • To maintain a broad and balanced curriculum which reflects the Catholic ethos of the school
  • To operate an admissions policy which positively discriminates in favour of baptised Catholics
  • To foster in school a caring community whose basis is tolerance, a demand for justice, a hatred of all unfair discrimination and a special concern for the poor and helpless
  • To encourage the school community to be responsible members of society who are always aware of God’s presence in all things
  • To insure that religious education is given 10% of curriculum time
  • To ensure that collective worship takes place each day
  • To encourage the school to integrate with parishes and local communities and be an effective part of the learning community

                                Originated by Norman Cole (Governor)              Reviewed February 2010                                        Review September 2018

Attendance at meetings 2017/18

Full Governing Body
Frances Walsh – 100%

Kenneth Barry – 100%

Diane Bush – 100%

Sue Smith – 100%

Karen Carr – 80%

Ciarán McGeeney – 100%

Pete Johnson – 80%

J Tansley 0% 2/2

S Butterworth 100% 2/2

Achievement, Teaching and Learning (ATL)

Frances Walsh – 100%

Kenneth Barry – 80%

Sue Smith – 100%

K Carr – 100%

P Johnson – 100%

S Murphy – 100%

J Tansley – 100%

Leadership and Management/Behaviour and Safety (LMBS) (Previously two separate committees)
Frances Walsh – 100%

Sue Smith – 100%

K Barry – 80%

Diane Bush – 80%

Ciarán McGeeney – 100%

Register of Business Interests for Governors 2017/2018


Name of Governor


Relevant Business interests Any other educational establishments governed Relationships with the school staff including spouses, partners and relatives
Kenneth Barry None Lacewood (ceased 2015) Wife (1-1 Tuition) ceased 2014
Sue Smith None None None
Diane Bush None None Cousin (Maths)
Karen Carr None None None
Ciarán McGeeney None None None
Peter Johnson None None None