Who are the Governors
Governors are members of a school’s Governing Body, which is a ‘corporate body’
A corporate body has a legal identity that is separate from its members and as a result, individual Governors are generally protected from personal liability as a result of the Governing Body’s decisions and actions taken by them, providing they act honestly, reasonably and in good faith.
Individual Governors have no power or right to act on behalf of the Governing Body except where the whole Governing Body has delegated a specific function to that individual or where regulations specify that a function is to be exercised in a particular way.
The Governing Body has a range of duties and powers and a general responsibility for the conduct of the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievements. This may include setting targets for pupil attainment, managing the school’s finances, making sure the curriculum is balanced and broadly based, appointing staff, reviewing staff performance and pay and most importantly helping to drive school improvement.
The Governing Body has considerable discretion as to how to discharge its responsibilities but is required to constitute itself in line with specific regulations and to appoint a chair and vice chair.
School Governors are drawn from different parts of the community, this helps to ensure that the Governing Body has sufficient diversity of views, expertise and experience. Under its ‘Instrument of Governance’ the Governing Body at St Philip Howard Catholic School consists of:
- Foundation Governors  who are nominated/elected by the Diocese following advice
- Parent Governor  elected by the parents, [they do not act as a representative of the parents at the school and do not report back to them]
- Teacher/Staff Governors  elected by the Staff,
- Local Authority Governor  nominated by the Local Authority and
- Associate Governor  elected by the Governors
Associate Governors who are invited to join the Governing Body because of a particular expertise they may have. The Associate Governors do not have voting rights but participate fully in all other ways.
The Governing Body meets at least once a term. However Governors are involved in two other working committees depending on their expertise and responsibilities. They are the Resource Management Committee [RMC] which meets on a monthly basis and the Teaching and Learning Committee [TLC] which meets each half term. Both these committees have delegated powers from the Full Governing Body.
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"Governors have shown a great deal of commitment." - Ofsted, 2018
Governing Body 2017/18
Mr M. O'Connell - Chair of Governors
Resources and Performance Management
My name is Martin O Connell and I have had a happy and enjoyable life thanks to the opportunities education gave me.
I am retired and am a governor because I believe strongly that every young person should have access to a first-class education
which opens opportunities and life chances for them just as it did for me. I am committed to making sure that St Philip Howard CVA
provides outstanding educational opportunities for everyone in the Glossop Area. I read sociology and criminology for an MA Econ.
at Manchester University where I wrote the world’s first “Cost Benefit Analysis” of crime prevention. I went on to work for the Probation
Service where I was the project co-ordinator of the Kirkholt Crime Prevention Project which was later voted one of the world’s 100 most
influential crime reduction initiatives by the International Crime Prevention Institute. This was a Home Office demonstration project run in
conjunction with Manchester University and the Home Office which focussed on burglary reduction. I was Chair of the GMAC (Greater
Manchester Against Crime) Initiative which brought together various agencies in the Greater Manchester Area working together to reduce crime.
This included all 10 Local Authorities, Greater Manchester Police, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Services, the NHS in various guises, and
a variety of other organisations. I went on to work on various aspects of the crime agenda including youth crime, social cohesion, drugs and
Mr S. Goddard - Vice-Chair of Governors
Pupil Welfare (Chair) and Teaching, Learning and Curriculum (Vice-Chair)
My name is Steve Goddard. I have been a Governor at St Philip Howard since 2014. My background is in secondary education including over
twenty years of senior leadership in three different schools. I have a long association with the school being a pupil, parent, supporter and
now Governor. I am passionate about ensuring the pupils reach their potential in all aspects of school life. It is important that they are given
pportunities, taught well, encouraged, challenged and leave us as proud ambassadors of the school.
Mrs M. Hyde - Governor
Teaching, Learning and Curriculum (Chair), Resources and Pupil Welfare
Mrs E. Soper - Governor
Mrs S. Anker - Parent/Foundation Governor
Resources and Pupil Welfare
My name is Sharmaine Anker and I am delighted to join the team of Governors at SPH. I have lived in Glossop my whole life
and have fond memories of my time at SPH as a child. I have 2 children. One of which is a pupil at SPH and the other will be
joining in September. I have worked as a nurse for over 20 years across a variety of specialties and I am looking forward to
contributing to resource and pupil welfare as part of my role at SPH.
Mrs A. Wood - Parent/Foundation Governor
Resources and Pupil Welfare
I am married with two children both of whom attend local Catholic schools - St Marys Crowned and St Philip Howard Catholic Voluntary
Academy. As a Catholic I am passionate about the importance of Catholic education and I myself attended St Philip Howard before going
on to study A Levels at Xaverian and then University to read Law. Following my graduation I gained great life experience travelling whilst
I worked as Cabin Crew for four years. Following this I began a career in the Charity Sector progressing to manage large numbers of
volunteers and staff working on complex budgets and delivering on targets. Following the arrival of our second daughter I set up my own business
in animal care. All these different roles have given me a wealth of experience that I can utilise in my role as Governor at St Philip Howard Catholic Voluntary
Academy helping to ensure an excellent education with a Catholic caring ethos for both students and staff.
Mr A. Urquhart - Associate Governor
Mrs L. Urquhart - Teacher Governor
Fr. Gregory Tobin- Governor
I am the Parish Priest of Glossop. You are welcome at my churches anytime. We have a Saturday evening mass @ 6 pm @ All Saints, Church St.
Then Sunday morning masses @ 9.30 @ St Mary crowned Sumner Street and 11am at All Saints’. We have a welcoming atmosphere prayerful
liturgy with music and children’s activities so come and say hello. There are great benefits spiritually for your child to belong to the church close to their school.