Our Governors

Hello,  my name is Elisabeth Cooper and I am the Chair of Governors at Sacred Heart Catholic Voluntary Academy.

Firstly, on behalf of the Governing Body, staff and parents we would like to pass on our sincere thanks to Mrs Ann Jackson (previous chair of governors) who has offered her skills, knowledge and commitment voluntarily and Ann’s support has helped our school achieve further success and will continue to do so as a Foundation Governor.

I am delighted to welcome you to our website which I hope provides the necessary information to parents and visitors about how our school is run and the aims and expectations we set ourselves.

As a Catholic school the Governing Body is made up of Foundation Governors, Staff Governors and Parent Governors.  We are entrusted with ensuring the school is well run and promotes the highest pupil achievement. The Governing Body’s key duties include: setting the strategic direction, policies and objectives; approving the school budget and reviewing progress against it.  The Governors also act as a critical friend to the school by supporting and challenging Mrs Taylor and her staff to ensure that the teaching and learning standards are high and that all pupils make good progress in a safe, engaging and rich learning environment.

In addition the Foundation Governors on the Governing Body have a legal duty to preserve and develop the Catholic character of the school and to ensure that the school is conducted in accordance with its trust deed.

I hope our website answers many if not all of your questions, but the school is always happy and willing to answer any concerns or queries you may have.

Miss Elisabeth Cooper

Chair of Governors

GovernorsTerm Start DateTerm End DateStatusResponsibilities
Miss Caroline Hornsby01/09/2021N/AHead TeacherWhole School
Miss Elisabeth Cooper01/09/201531/08/2023ChairHead Teacher Performance Management, Religious Education & Health Safety
Mrs Ann Jackson01/08/201531/07/2023FoundationEnglish Link Governor
Mrs Trudy Clayson01/09/201531/08/2023ParentMaths Link Governor Science
Father Joe Wheat01/12/201830/11/2022PriestR.E, DCI, Safeguarding
Mr Nicholas Waldran12/11/201811/11/2022Parent GovernorSafeguarding, ICT, Link Governor
Mr Craig Heatley14/09/202014/09/2024Parent GovernorSEN Pupil Premium
Resigned Due to End of Office
Peter Moran01/04/201331/03/2017FoundationFinance & Personnel / Achievement & Curriculum
Richard Pearson01/11/201331/10/2017FoundationFinance & Personnel / Achievement & Curriculum
Mrs Helen James01/09/201531/08/2019FoundationSafeguarding, R.E, DCI
Mrs Toni Gardner01/09/201531/08/2019ParentHealth & Safety, Finance & Personnel
Mrs Maria Molloy Mrs Karen Taylor08/11/2016 01/09/201531/08/2019 31.08.21Staff Head teacherPupil & Ethos Whole School

The full governing body meets once a term and there are various sub committees that also meet regularly to focus on all aspects of the school’s plans for improvement. There are also numerous more informal ways in which we work with the Head Teacher, staff and children.

Governing Body Attendance data from start of academic year 2018/2019

GovernorPeriod of officemeeting invitationsmeetings attendedapologiesabsent – no response
Reginald Carter01/04/15 – 31/03/23572-4
Trudy Clayson01/06/17 – 31/05/21451-2
Elisabeth Cooper01/09/15 – 31/08/23360-3
Antonietta Gardner01/09/15 – 31/08/19351-3
Ann Jackson01/09/15 – 31/08/23370-4
Margaret James01/09/15 – 31/08/19123-4
Nicholas Waldram12/11/18 – 11/11/224400
Joe Wheat 1/12/18 – 30/11/22360-3