As governors we have high expectations for our school. We are the strategic leaders and play a vital role in making sure every child gets the best possible education. The main purpose of a maintained school governing body is to ‘conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement at the school’.
The Governing Body plays a key strategic role, which focuses strongly on holding the Headteacher to account and avoiding being drawn into direct involvement in operational matters. It is our job to make sure that we set the school’s strategic framework and ensure that it meets all of our statutory duties. We agree the priorities for the school along with the aims and objectives, we approve policies, plans and targets and also review them regularly to ensure that progress is being made.
Our three core strategic functions are:-
i) Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
ii) Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;
iii) Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
As St Patrick’s RC Primary is a voluntary aided school the governing body has additional functions and responsibilities to that of a community school which are:-
- Acting as the Admissions Authority
- Being the Employer of all staff
The school land and the buildings belong to the Diocese which is the charitable foundation, however the governing body is responsible for ensuring the school building is safe and maintained regularly.
The Governing Body as a whole meets on a termly basis and in addition to this has a number of committee meetings which consider issues relating to Admissions, Resources and School Improvement. Minutes of these meetings are made available for public inspection and can be obtained by contacting a member of the school office staff.
St Patrick’s Full Governing Body – click here for a copy.
Gary Wilson – Chair of Governors
I was born in Thornaby and have lived here all my life and am passionate about providing the best we can for all our children, not just those that are talented or have specific needs. I have been a member of the Governing Body of St Patrick’s Primary since 1993; a school attended by both my children in the 1990’s and in fact by my wife in the 1960’s!
I have been the Chair of the Governing Body since 1996 during which time St Patrick’s has gained 3 ‘Outstanding’ Inspection gradings from OFSTED – a remarkable achievement for a school in such a deprived social and economic area. Being a governor is not easy; there are many meetings to go to, regulations to adhere to and ultimately you can be held accountable for the school’s performance but I am glad to have been able to make my small contribution to the school’s success.
In 2012/13 I spent some time working as a Learning Mentor within school and found it both challenging but very rewarding. I got to know how and why our children achieve such high standards, not only academically but also in behaviour and relationships. Key to everything is having the right staff in place to ensure our high standards never drop and at St Patrick’s we have been blessed by having talented and dedicated people, right from the top to the very bottom.
I like to get into school as often as possible – it really is a wonderful place and is a constant reminder to me of why I actually became a Governor. If you are interested in becoming a Governor at our school please do not hesitate to contact me through the school administration department and I can talk you through what it all entails!
Mr. Mark Ryan
I am very proud to be the Executive Head teacher at St. Patrick’s Primary school and Christ the King. I have worked for 22 years as a teacher and a senior leader within primary schools in Thornaby. I have also been fortunate enough to have been a parent within the community too, as all four of my children attended St. Patrick’s, where they were a given a first class education and a fantastic start to life. They all have different talents and are now pursuing their own careers and are in further education, as a result of the well-rounded education they received at St. Patrick’s.
I will strive to ensure that the children in our care receive an education that will prepare them to have successful futures in an ever changing world.
I have also been a governor for over 20 years both at St Patrick’s college and St Patrick’s Primary.
This is a wonderful community and I will work hard to make sure that the children become positive role models in the communities they serve.
My name is Joe Cuthbert and I am originally from Middlesbrough but for the last 40 years I have been resident in Thornaby. I am married with two children and four grandchildren, all of whom attended St.Patrick’s. I have been a governor of this school for well over twenty years ,most of that in the position of Vice-Chair and Chair of resources but I also take a leading role on Health and Safety. Coiming from Middlesbrough, I have always supported Middlesbrough Football Club but my main interest is cricket and have been a member of Thornaby Cricket Club where I can nearly always be seen at the main club whenever there is a game taking place. I am really eager to see sports being played well at St.Patrick’s!
Mr Glenn Morgan
Having been born in Thornaby, I followed my mother and elder brother in attending St Patricks. Both my daughters were educated here and now my grandson has started his schooling.
After 2 terms at St Patricks Comprehensive, I was invited to become a governor of our primary, a request I was more than happy to accept. I am now also into my 2nd term here and enjoying supporting the staff and children as much as possible.
I commute to London each week for 2 / 3 days for work. Along with my business partner who is based in America, we run an International On Line Marketing company. Running our companies gives me a lot of street and financial experience that I bring to our school.
I have a lot of sporting interests including football, cricket and horse racing.
Being a governor is a very challenging role, but it goes both ways. I also get a lot of self-satisfaction from being in a position to make a difference for our children and staff, one that I hope to continue for many years.
I have more than 15 years experience of working in the Education Sector and experience of every phase from Early Years to postgraduate / doctorate. I have worked in both the public and private sector and am currently the managing director of my own business. I also have a degree in Business Information Systems.
I am a member on the governing bodies at three local schools and am also a director in a multi academy trust. I have vast experience and knowledge of school improvement, Ofsted and data analysis.
I became a parent governor at St Patricks RC Primary School, in 2015 and I’m proud to be associated with such a tremendous school. I am happy to share my expertise to support and monitor the school and ensure it continues to deliver fantastic education.
In my spare time I enjoy watching all sports and I am a Middlesbrough season ticket holder. I also have my own family including two children.
I recently became a school governor at the beginning of 2017, which I felt honoured and privileged to be asked by Fr Keogh. I am originally from Co. Tyrone in Northern Ireland and came to the area 24 years ago to attend the University of Teesside, which then became an extended stay and I gladly settled in the area.
I have been working in the Energy industry for most of my career. Initially, I worked for Enron here in Teesside, and then enjoyed 9 years in London where I worked for Total and Statoil in energy trading.
I moved back to Teesside in 2016 and began working at Wilton International for Sembcorp Utilities as the Senior Commercial Manager. I hope to bring my experience from working in large multi-national organisations to help support the exceptional work already carried out by the current staff and governors of St Patricks Primary School.
I am a father of three and my two youngest children attend St. Patrick’s Primary school, I therefore have a personal investment in the overall well-being of pupils and staff alike.
In my spare time I enjoy travelling, cycling, walking and spending time with my family. Despite being a life long Spurs fan I am also a season ticket holder at the Middlesbrough FC.
I have been a governor at the school for over 20 years. My first interest in school began when my 4 children came to school – I simply wanted to support the school so my children received the best education they could. I have worked extensively within a primary school working with gifted and talented children, supporting children with learning difficulties and helping children learn from all age ranges. I have particular interest as a governor in SEN as i want to make sure the most vulnerable of children achieve all they can.
Please click here for REGISTER OF GOVERNOR INTERESTS
Please click here for Annual Governance Statement
Please click here for the Governor Attendance