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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: Vacancy


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 V Didyk-WIld

 Mrs Didyk-Wild joined the Governing Board during the summer term of 2022.  She is a teacher at our partner high school, St Cuthbert's, and has worked with Holy Family in the past, supporting transition.   




Parent Governors:


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. 


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 Governor 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 2020-21

Governor Attendance 2021-22

Governor Attendance 2022-23


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 2020

Spring 2021

Summer 2021

Autumn 2021

Spring 2022

Summer 2022

Autumn 2022

Spring 2023

Summer 2023


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 (2023-24).


Priority & Focus 

1. Review the Writing Journey from Foundation Stage to Key Stage 2 to support consistent and progressive writing curriculum that supports children's writing confidence and competence.

Following the curriculum review of 22-23, how writing is taught within each unit will be considered to create a clear process which builds on children's skills and knowledge each year.  Non-negotiables will be agreed and include vocabulary & oracy skills, sentence structure, grammar and punctuation features and a consistent approach to how each genre is taught.

2. Maths vocabulary for the 4 rules of number will be developed from the starting point in Foundation Stage, building on the NCETM materials now established in early years and Key Stage 1.

In partnership with Maths Hub, mathematical vocabulary is tracked to ensure consistency in its teaching and application.  Teacher modelling, visual prompts and shared methodology will be used to implement mathematical vocabulary to support pupil learning and progress and lighten cognitive load.

3. Staff development in delivery of RWInc Phonics Programme to improve outcomes in reading at EOFS and KS1.

Supported by RWInc Phonics Expert, staff receive training and bespoke support to review and refine phonics delivery to ensure consistency of approach to improve attainment for all pupils, particularly the lowest 20%.  Support will continue throughout the academic year 23/24.