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St Mary's Governing Body

Meet the Governors

Our school is blessed with a wonderful group of committed governors who play an integral part in helping us to develop and grow. Although working voluntarily, the governing body is a legally constituted group responsible for ensuring good quality education and the welfare of all pupils – they work in close partnership with the Head Teacher.

NameStatusAppointed ByBegan OfficeIn Office UntilCommittees/Specific ResponsibilityBusiness InterestsFinance Interests
Michael MulrooneyChair of Governors
Foundation Governor
DioceseChair, Safeguarding
Father Paul BrindleFoundation GovernorDioceseParish Priest
Peter WhiteFoundation GovernorDioceseScience, R.E.
John McNultyVice Chair
Foundation Governor
DioceseVice Chair, SEND, chair of Standards and Curriculum
Jim DoyleFoundation Governor
DioceseMaths, Chair of Resources
Roisin BowesFoundation GovernorDioceseR.E.
Mrs Claire WheatcroftFoundation GovernorDiocese
Amanda BishopStaff GovernorStaffNone
Clare WilsonLEA GovernorParentsPSHE
VacancyParent Governor
VacancyLEA Governor
Claire HalsteadExecutive HeadteacherN/A
Current Governors

Governors are appointed in a variety of ways, foundation governors are appointed by the Bishop, parents elect the parent governors and Lancashire County Council elect local authority governors. The staff governors are elected by the school and the head teacher is always a member of the governing body. All the governors work together for the good of the school, offering support along with constructive advice to the head teacher.


The standards and curriculum committee is responsible for ensuring the curriculum meets statutory requirements, they work alongside the head teacher on the School Development Plan, pupil performance, and teaching quality. This committee is also responsable for special educational needs and religious education

Michael Mulrooney2/2
John McNulty1/2
Peter White1/2
Jim Doyle2/2
Claire Halstead2/2
Amanda Bishop2/2
Roisin Bowes2/2
Claire Wheatcroft
Attendance at Standards and Curriculum Meetings

The governors meet as a full group three times a year (once a term). There are also committees that work at a more detailed level on specific items of school development. Each committee meets once a term and reports back to the full governors.


Michael Mulrooney1/1
Father Paul Brindle1/1
Peter White1/1
John McNulty0/1
Jim Doyle1/1
Roisin Bowes0/1
Mrs Claire Wheatcroft0/1
Amanda Bishop1/1
Clare Wilson0/1
Claire Halstead1/1
Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings

The resources committee is responsible for financial management; they also review the admissions policy, staff appointments and personnel issues. They are also responsible for the school premises and health and safety issues.

Michael Mulrooney2/2
John McMulty1/2
Jim White2/2
Claire Wheatcroft2/2
Claire Halstead2/2
Amanda Bishop2/2
Jim Doyle1/2
Roisin Bowes (Observer)2/2
Attendance at Resources Committee Meetings

Following Boris Johnson’s 8pm announcement we now know that as of midnight tonight the country has entered a new period of Lockdown, a Lockdown that includes the closure of school. 

School will be open for the children of Key Workers and for pupils who are deemed vulnerable. All pupils will be provided with work in order for them to keep learning. 

Tonight’s announcement was very short notice for you as parents and also for us as a Staff. Tomorrow, by 11am there will be three tasks on the school website for each Class to complete as their Tuesday learning. However, School will be closed to ALL pupils tomorrow. 


Staff, however, will be in school preparing for the rest of the Lockdown. Through tomorrow we will prepare school to make it safe for Key worker pupils and vulnerable children to return. 

We will send out a form for you to apply for a place in the Keyworker Bubbles and we will let you know more about how children will be learning remotely. We will do our very best to re-open to Key Worker children and vulnerable pupils by Wednesday. 

I am aware of how difficult this is for you all, School closing creates a multitude of problems for everyone but data surrounding this awful disease dictates that this is a necessary step. As ever, the safety and health of everyone must be a priority. 

Thank you for your continued support and we will be in frequent contact over the next few days. 

Many thanks

Claire Halstead