Governing Body 2022/2023

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
  • Ciarán McGeeney
  • Nicole Taylor

LA GOVERNOR (appointed by Rotherham local authority)

  • Upcoming Vacancy

CO OPTED GOVERNOR (appointed by the Governing Body)

  • Sandra Butterworth

PARENT GOVERNOR (elected by parents)

  • Amanda Hirst
  • Amie Sahman

STAFF GOVERNOR (elected by members of staff)

  • Simon Roberts

CLERK TO THE GOVERNORS (appointed by the Governing Body)

  • Sharon Graham


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.


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


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.”

Ciarán McGeeney

Category of governor: Foundation (appointed by the Bishop)
Term of office: 07.12.2016 – 09.12.2024
Serves on SMR committee (Strategic management and resources)

Simon Roberts

Category of governor: Staff (elected by members of staff)
Term of office: 1.9.19 – 31.8.23
Serves on AS committee (Achievement and standards)

"I have worked at Saint Pius for nearly 3 years as SENDCO and teacher and believe my whole school strategic role would be beneficial to the important role of staff governor. I work closely with staff, parents and outside agencies and believe strongly in close teamwork and careful planning. I have helped develop policies and curriculum development for our students with SEND including the BTEC Horticulture course for Y9 and 10, The Duke of Edinburgh Award and the Step up to English course for lower ability students. Last term the department had an internal audit/inspection which was helpful in continuing to improve good practice, the outcomes of which I presented at the Governors meeting.
In previous roles I have experience as an Art/English/SEN teacher/SENCO in mainstream schools and also Deputy Head in a Special school. I have had experience of being a staff governor in a previous school and found the role very interesting and worthwhile. I would welcome the opportunity to be staff governor at Saint Pius."

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)


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)


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