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 Francis Wadsworth

Fr Francis is Parish Priest at St Margaret of Clitheroe Parish, which combines the churches of Holy Family & Sacred Heart, Rochdale.  Fr Francis joined the Parish in October 2019 and became governor to Holy Famil School in November 2019.  He has served in the Parish of St Marie and St Joseph in Bury before coming to 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 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 over 20 years. 

Foundation Governors: Vacancy



  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




Associate Governor:





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.


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 and click below to learn more about governor attendance at meetings.

Governor Attendance 2016-17

Governor Attendance 2017-18

Governor Attendance 2018-19

Governor Attendance 2019-20

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

Governor Code of Conduct

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.


Spring 2016

Summer 2016

Autumn 2016

Spring 2017

Summer 2017

Autumn 2017

Spring 2018

Summer 2018

Autumn 2018

Spring 2019

Summer 2019

Autumn 2019

Spring 2020

Summer 2020

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 continue to raise standards and improve outcomes for all pupils by ensuring quality teaching & learning across all phases and subjects

Develop a cohesive, quality & bespoke curriculum that drives standards and engages children in their learning and through the accreditation and application of Philosophy 4 Children (P4C) and the effective and consistent use of Kagan structures to increase pupil engagement and progress.

2. To continue to raise standards in numeracy, particularly the rate of progress year on year

Improve quality of teaching and learning in reasoning and problem solving leading to increased percentage of children reaching secure at EOKS (87% at KS2, 72% at KS1) and exceeding age related expectations (29% at EOKS2 and 17% at EOKS1 and by adopting consistent CPA approach to teaching of maths.

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

Improve quality of teaching in reading & writing using identified initiatives (The Write Stuff, Wayne Tennent Guided Reading approach and involvement with Dawn Robertson to enhance the creative use of quality texts to enrich writing) leading to increased percentage of children reaching secure at EOKS (85% at KS2, 75% at KS1) and exceeding age related expectations (23% at EOKS2 and 17% at EOKS1)

4. To To improve investigative and practical science through the involvement with SEERI Network and adoption of ASE across all phases. 

5 lines of enquiry introduced to underpin science planning and delivery.  Increase writing opportunities in science through developing links across the Creative Curriculum.  Gather a range of resources for investigations to support the science curriculum leading to improved 'hands-on' learning experiences for all children.   Develop and refine summative assessment in science through the implementation of ASE and TAPs materials to support secure practical science assessment and moderation.



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

School Improvement Plan 2019-20 English

School Improvement Plan 2019-20 Maths