Our Governors

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

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, Governors and Parent Governors and we work closely with the Trust Board.   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 Miss Hornsby 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

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.

Governor information – Attendance to Meetings and Declarations of Business Interests

GovernorsTerm Start DateTerm End DateStatusResponsibilities
Miss Caroline Hornsby01/09/2021N/AHead TeacherWhole School
Miss Elisabeth Cooper01/09/201531/08/2023ChairSafeguarding Head teachers performance management, Health and Safety
Mrs Ann Jackson01/08/201531/07/2023FoundationEnglish Link Governor
Mrs Trudy Clayson01/09/201531/08/2023FoundationMaths Link Governor Science
Miss Katharine Ling01/12/201830/11/2022ParentR.E, DCI, Safeguarding
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
Father Joe Wheat01/12/201830/11/2022PriestR.E, DCI, Safeguarding
Mr Nicholas Waldran12/11/201811/11/2022Parent GovernorSafeguarding, ICT, Link Governor
Academic year 22/23Attendance of Meetings
NameNumber of meeting invited toNumber of meetings attendedApologies recieved
Trudy Clayson422
Ann Jackson440
Elizabeth Cooper440
Craig Heatley431
Ann Jackson440
Katharine Ling110
Academic year 21/22Attendance of Meetings
NameNumber of meetings invited toNumber of meetings attendedApologies recieved
Trudy Clayson651
Ann Jackson660
Elizabeth Cooper660
Craig Heatley651
Father Joe Wheat642
Nick Waldram651
Academic year 20/21AttendanceC
NameNumber of meeting invited toNumber of meetings attendedApologies recieved
Elizabeth Cooper660
Reginald Carter110
Craig Heatley660
Ann Jackson660
Karen Taylor660
Nick Waldram642
Father Joe Wheat642