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Holy Family Roman Catholic Primary School

Through Work, Through Worship, Through Witness


Great Gates Road, Kirkholt, Rochdale, OL11 2DN

(01706) 640480




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: Vacancy


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 Catherine Ormerod


 Mrs Ormerod joined the Governing Board in October 2021. She has spent her career in administration and HR and has experience of working a medium sized organisations.  Mrs Ormerod has a child in the school but has also had her two older children progress through the school.  She is a committed parishioner of St Margaret Clitherow Parish and a long serving member of the Holy Family community.


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






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.


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

Governor Attendance 2021-22


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

Autumn 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).


Priority & Focus 

1. To raise standards in reading & writing by improving the rate of progress for all groups of pupils, particularly the disadvantaged group

Through the use of quality texts to support the teaching of writing, continuing to co-lead the Rochdale Reading for Pleasure programme and Teachers as Readers Group and undertaking a review of Guided Reading across school, pupil progress in reading and writing will be closely monitored to ensure that children make better than expected progress to make up for the lost learning of 2019-20 and 2020-21.

2. To embed the school-wide outdoor learning approach and compile evidence in support of the LOtC outdoor learning kitemark.

Further refine the cross curricular outdoor learning planning to ensure continuity and progression.  Use the criteria for the Learning Outside the Classroom Mark Direct to support ongoing implementation and draw together evidence for submission in 2022.

3. To continue to raise standards in Maths, through the introduction of NCETM materials in FS & KS1, leading to improved pupil progress 

The C-P-A approach to the teaching of maths will be revisited including an audit of the resources in each classroom and their accessibility to all learners.  NCETM materials will be driven  through Foundation Stage & KS1 and run as an intervention programme for identified KS2 pupils.  Staff will incorporate the NCETM materials for all year groups into White Rose Hub.


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