St. Patrick's Catholic Primary School

Making learning irresistible


Dear Parent/Guardian,

On behalf of the governing body of St. Patrick’s Catholic Primary School, I would like to welcome you to our school

The governing body have been delighted to witness the school’s outstanding progress in recent years, a reflection of the
dedicated staff, who will provide a stimulating and vibrant learning environment for your child. All the staff work hard to
ensure that every child reaches their full potential and at the heart of everything we do is our commitment to a strong
Catholic ethos. The governing body supports the staff in every area, whether it is setting policies for curriculum, staffing
and finance, or health and safety. Together we form a strong bond to guide and nurture each child in a caring and safe

Michelle Roone


What do we do?

The main role of the Governing Body is to help raise the standards and performance of the school by supporting the work of the head teacher and staff. We work very closely with the Senior leadership team and the rest of the school staff to provide support, but we also challenge and ask questions to ensure that the best possible decisions are made for the school and its pupils. We do not become involved in the day to day management of the school because this is the Head Teacher's responsibility but we do hold her to account for the performance of the school.


How do we do This?

We meet as a full Governing Body at least once a term to consider a wide range of issues including school improvement, policies and finances. We have also established a number of commitees which allow us to discusws issues in more depth and report back to the full Governing Body. Our committes are:

  • Staffing and Finance

  • Buildings, Health and Safety and Safeguarding

  • Curriculum and Standards

Committes also meet once a term and all governors sit on at least one commitee. We also carry out monitoring visits to help us understand and appreciate the workinggs of the school. Sometimes these are just walk around the building to deveopour knowledge and on other occasions they are focused on a particular aspect of the school's performance and involve discussions with staff and pupils. We do not make judgements about the quality of teaching or the progress of individual pupils because that is the responsibility of the head teacher. We also attend training to assist us in carrying out our duties effectively.


Who are We?

Our Governors come from many different background but we all have one thing in common: we are passionate about St Patrick's Catholic Primary School and dedicated to ensuring that our pupils have the best education possible. We all bring different skills and experiences but we work well together in the best interests of the school. The normal term of office for governors is four years, although sometimes governors are reappointed for further terms if they wish.

Parent Governors:

Parent governors are elected by other parents of pupils registered at the school. They should be parents of pupils currently at the school but they may serve out their term of office if there child leaves. Parents who are also members of staff are not eligible to be parent governors.

Local Authority Governors:

Authority governors are appointed byt the LA which maintains the school, in our case Cumbria. Sometimes potential LA governors approach Cumbria and ask to be allocated to a particular governing body, but in practice, such governors are usually recommended by oursleves and approved by the LA.

Foundation Governors:

Foundation Governors are appointed by the diocese to represent Catholic interests. They can be people who live or work in the local community or anyone else who is committed to the success of our school.

Staff Governors:

The Head Teacher of a school automatically becomes a governor at the time of appointment unless they inform the Governing Body that they do not want to be a member. Our head teacher is a governor and this ensures a really productive working relationship. Other staff members are elcted by and from the whole teaching and non-teaching staff. Staff governors may not continue to be governors if they cease to be employed by us.

In additon staff members can be co-opted on to the governing body.

Governing Body


Type of Governor


Term of Office

Any relationships to school staff/other school associations/declarations

Meetings Attended this academic year

Mrs Michelle Rooney



23/03/2015 - 22/03/2019


Mr Martin Finlinson


Vice Chair

05/04/2014 - 04/04/2018

Husband to school administrator


Father Paul Johnston




Mr Roy Atkinson



Husband to midday supervisor


Mrs H McCarron

Foundation 3/3

Mr Hugh Branney

Local Education Authority


31/12/2013 - 30/1/2018

Director of Reglin North East Copeland

Director Works for you/ home to work

Trustee of you Cumbria, Whitehaven youth Trust Harbour Project


Mrs Emma Jackson

Staff governor

Head Teacher

Also governor at St Begh's School Whitehaven and Head at St Gregory's and St Patrick's School Whitehaven


Mrs Faye Eldon

Staff governor

Class Teacher/SLT

1/09/2015 – 31/08/2019


Mrs Mykila Gutlowski

Parent Governor

23/03/2015 - 22/03/2019


Mrs Kayleigh Daniels

Foundation Governor

23/03/2015 - 22/03/2019

Sister to School Business Manager

Holds position with React Foundation Charity


Mr Steve Richardson


Parent Governor 01/01/2017 - 31/12/2020 Husband to school Teaching Assistant 2/3

Mrs Sarah Johnston

Clerk to the governors


School Business Manager role


Each of the governors has full voting rights and they have all signed the register of business interests.