Holy Family Roman Catholic Primary School

Through Work, Through Worship, Through Witness


Governor Access


Chair of Governors:

 Mrs M Conlon


Mrs Conlon is currently Chair of Governors. Mrs Conlon joined the Governing Body in September 2016 as part of the reconstitution process.  She has enjoyed a long and esteemed career as a secondary school teacher and latterly Deputy Headteacher of a large Catholic Secondary School in Manchester.  

 Local Authority Governor:


Cllr Daniel Meredith


 Councillor Meredith joined the Governing Board in March 2020.  He is a serving councillor on Rochdale Council and continues to work as a nurse in the NHS when able.  He is a Catholic and has been a member of the Salford Diocese Lourdes pilgrimage team for several years.



Ex-Officio Governor


Fr Simon Firth

Fr Simon is Parish Priest at St Margaret of Clitheroe Parish, which combines the churches of Holy Family & Sacred Heart, Rochdale.  Fr Simon joined the Parish in September 2021.  Fr Simon has served at St Ann's and St John Fisher's Tameside before joining our school and parish family in Rochdale.

 Staff Governors: Mrs E. Evans


Mrs Evans has worked at Holy Family for over 10 years and also served as Deputy Head since September 2016.  She is currently based in Year 2 and has responsibility for Assessment, Geography and curriculum development.

   Mrs H.Arnold (Headteacher)


Mrs Arnold has worked in the school for over 15 years, first as Deputy Head then Headteacher.  During that  time she has served on the Governing Board.  She was Year 6 teacher before becoming Headteacher and  has worked in Catholic education for almost 30 years. 

Foundation Governors: Mrs C Ormerod

 Mrs Ormerod joined the Governing Board in August 2021.  Mrs Ormerod has been a parishioner at Holy Family for many years and has had her 2 older children attend the school before they moved onto St Cuthbert's.  Her youngest child has joined the Reception class this year.  Mrs Ormerod has extensive experience in administrative and HR roles. 


Mrs Ormerod   Mrs Sandra Booton


Mrs Booton has been a committed parishioner to Holy Family for several years and joined the school as a parent in September 2014 when her oldest child came to Reception.  Mrs Booton joined the Governing Board formally in September 2015 as part of the newly constituted structure as parent governor.  She was accepted as Foundation Governor in 2017.

   Mrs M  Roberts


Mrs Roberts joined the Governing Board in 2014.  She has taken a full and active role in several  committees (Data Monitoring, Personnel & Pay Implementation Committee and Staffing & Resources).    She served as teacher and latterly Headteacher of Holy Family RC Primary School before she retired in 2009

 Mr G Sweeney


 Mr Sweeney joined the Governing Board in 2021.  He is a retired secondary school Deputy Headteacher having enjoyed a career in both Catholic and non-Catholic sectors.  He is a committed member of St Margaret Clitherow Parish and fully involved in the community of Sacred Heart Church.





Parent Governor:

Mrs Dawn McGrath

Mrs Dawn McGrath has been a parent of Holy Family RC Primary School for almost 4 years.  She has two children in school and is a regional retail manager and trainer.
 Parent Governor: Mr Paul Gander Mr Gander joined the Governing Board in Spring 2017.  He has one child in KS1.  His professional life is based in Health & Safety for a global oil blending and manufacturing company.


We currently have 2 Foundation Governor vacancies.  There are no Associate Governors on the board presently.  Our Governing Board is served by Governors who do not have equivalent roles in other schools or Governing Boards.  Each year, Governors are required to declare any business or financial interest in the work of the school or Governing Board.  The most recent declaration can be found here.  The full details of Governor membership and terms of office can be found here.

Committee Membership

Governors are required to serve as link or committee members.  As part of their role, they are required to attend full governing body meetings and committee meetings each term.  Click here to learn more about committee membership.  Governors also take on link roles specific to curriculum areas or statutory duties.  Click here to find out more about the current Link Governor roles.   


Schools are required to report the level of Governor attendance at meetings.  Click on the links below for further information.

Governor Attendance 2018-19

Governor Attendance 2019-20

Governor Attendance 2020-21


Any governors new to the role are issued with a Governor Induction Pack which can be downloaded from this site.

Governor Code of Conduct

Instrument of Government

All schools are required to publish their Instrument of Government which outlines the constitution and duties of the Governing Board.  Our Instrument of Government can be found here.

Governor Training

Governors commit to training on a regular basis.  Governor training is sourced from a range of providers and is largely centred on the identified school priorities as well as ensuring that governors are fulfilling their statutory duties.  Click here to access a summary of recent governor training. 

Blank Governor Training Feedback Form

Governing Board Minutes

The Governing Board and key committees (Pupil & Curriculum and Staffing & Resources) meet each term.  Click on the links below to access the minutes from the most recent Governing Board meetings.  Committee minutes are available on request at the school office.


Autumn 2018

Spring 2019

Summer 2019

Autumn 2019

Spring 2020

Summer 2020

Autumn 2020

Spring 2021

Summer 2021

School Self Evaluation


As part of the school's self evaluation strategy, Governors are involved in the monitoring, evaluation and review of curriculum, data and performance of the school.  Through this process, strengths and areas for development are identified.  The School Development Plan is a live document produced by school staff and approved by Governors which outlines areas for development and actions to be taken in order to improve achievement and performance.  In order to better inform parents, carers and the school community of our present priorities for school improvement, below is a brief summary of the school improvement plan (2019-20).




1. To embed a shared philosophy and approach to outdoor learning to enhance the curriculum offer and increase all pupils’ access to the natural environment.

Develop and refine the delivery of the outdoor curriculum alongside P4C and Kagan practice.  This will be undertaken as a whole staff and a scheme of work developed to support a progression of key knowledge and skills across all subjects and phases.  This work will support the further development of P4C which was introduced in 2019/20 and led to school working towards the P4C Sapere Silver Award and Learning Outside the Classroom Award (LOtC).

2. To address the deficit in pupils' education and learning caused by the pandemic through targeted and focused teaching of reading and writing leading to the majority of children making accelerated progress.

 Data analysis to inform teachers of learning deficit and planning for recovery.  Quality texts are used to support the teaching of writing across subjects and support from Literacy Consultant provides additional CPD opportunities for staff.  Reading is a high priority and through the precise and rigorous phonics teaching, Reading for Pleasure agenda and Guided Reading approach, every child will be targeted to achieve age related expectations or make expected or better progress.

3. To implement the Ready to Progress materials in maths to support the recovery from the interruptions of the pandemic and review the teaching of the multiplication tables to ensure achievement for all.

Review the 3-way planning in maths to reflect the balance of fluency, problem solving and reasoning while embedding the C-P-A approach reflected in the calculation policy.  Audit the teaching of multiplication tables and from the evaluation of the process, create a spiral planning approach to support building on prior skills and knowledge.




Please click on the links below for a further breakdown of the School Improvement priority areas:

School Improvement Plan 2021-22 English

School Improvement Plan 2021-22 Maths