Governor Information

Our Governors

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Mrs Maria Williams

Chair of Governors

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Mr Albert Wilson

Vice Chair of Governors

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Mr Ben Wright

Foundation Governor

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Mrs Rachael Mason

Parent Governor

Our Governing Body

At Holy Cross Primary Catholic Voluntary Academy, our governors are volunteers from our parish, school and local community. They are each responsible for providing strategic leadership and accountability in our school.  We currently have 4 governors comprised of; Three foundation governors, appointed by the Diocese of Nottingham and one parent governor, elected by parents of the school.

School governors are volunteers with varied skills who have an interest in our children’s education and the smooth running of the school.  Governors meet regularly to monitor strategic development, religious education, health & safety and progress within the school. We also spend time in school working with the children and the staff to support our high standards.  We ensure that the school maintains our distinctive Catholic ethos and the link between the Parish and the school.  If you have any questions or would like to meet with me, then please email (mwilliams@holycross.notts.sch.uk) or contact me via school office.

Mrs Maria Williams (Chair of Governors)

Governance in a Catholic School

Governing bodies help schools and academies to fulfil their mission. All schools have governing bodies made up of different categories of governors. All Catholic school governing bodies are made up of foundation governors, and parent governors, along with the Headteacher.

Role of our Governing Body

The main role of the governing body is to operate at a strategic level, leaving the Headteacher and senior leaders responsible and accountable to the governing body for the operational day-to-day running of the school. As such, the three core functions of the governing body are:

  • Ensuring clarity of the Catholic vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Ensuring standards and progress in school;
  • Ensure the safeguarding and health & safety standards are met;
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance and Catholic character of the school and its pupils; and
  • Monitoring the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

Foundation Governors

Foundation governors are specifically appointed by the Bishop or Religious Order to ensure the preservation and development of the school’s Catholic character, to ensure that the school is being conducted as a Catholic School, and to represent the Bishop’s (and the Religious Order’s) education policy to the governing body. However, all categories of governor in a Catholic School are required to preserve and develop the Catholic character of the school in addition to their other legal duties. Foundation governors always outnumber all other governors by at least two so as to ensure a majority vote where matters of particular Catholic importance arise.

Current Governors Governor Status Appointed by Term Start Date Term End Date Responsibilities Committee Membership Other Educational Institutions
Mrs Maria Williams Foundation/Chair Diocese 01/11/2019 31/10/2023 Safeguarding/SEND/Pastoral All None
Mr Albert Wilson Foundation/Vice Chair Diocese 01/11/2019 31/10/2023 Maths/Arts/Technology All None
Mr Benjamin Wright Foundation Diocese 01/02/2021 31/01/2025 Humanities/Science/Languages/EYFS All None
Mrs Rachael Mason Parent Parents 27/04/2021 26/04/2025 PE/Physical Health/English/Phonics All None

Previous Governors

Previous Governors Term Start Date Term End Date Governor Status
Mr Stuart Adams 01/09/2011 31/08/2015 Foundation
Mrs Dorothy Bevins 01/07/2008 30/06/2012 Foundation
Mrs Jo Mitchell 30/01/2009 29/01/2013 Foundation
Mr Simon Clunie 01/08/2009 31/07/2013 Parent
Mr Rodney Allen 23/07/2008 22/07/2012 Local Authority
Dr John Frain 01/09/2012 31/08/2016 Foundation
Mrs Jackie Ortega 01/08/2013 31/07/2017 Parent
Mrs Donna England 23/11/2011 22/11/2015 Parent
Miss Caroline Hornsby 28/03/2013 27/03/2017 Staff
Mr Trevor Moore 01/09/2013 31/08/2017 Foundation
Mr Dominic Dixon 01/09/2011 31/08/2015 Foundation
Mrs Pat Snowdon 06/09/1999 18/12/2015 Staff
Father Frank Carvill 01/11/2016 26/05/2017 Foundation
Mr William Flynn 01/08/2013 31/07/2017 Foundation
Mrs Alexandra Meaden 01/09/2013 31/08/2017 Foundation
Mrs Debbie Willis 01/04/2014 31/08/2017 Foundation
Mr Liam Dawson 20/04/2015 15/01/2018 Foundation
Mrs Catherine Rush 03/06/2014 02/06/2018 Foundation
Mrs Christa Bales 01/03/2017 31/08/2018 Co-opted
Mrs Angela Francis 05/06/2017 31/08/2018 Associate
Mrs Sophia Simpson 01/09/2015 31/08/2018 Parent
Mr Ciaran Toland 05/01/2016 31/08/2018 Foundation
Mr Alexander Hamilton 05/01/2016 31/08/2018 Foundation
Mr Robert della-Spina 05/01/2015 31/08/2019 Principal
Mrs Ijeoma Ndubuisi 01/04/2018 31/08/2019 Foundation
Mrs Louise Edwards 01/04/2018 20/03/2020 Foundation, Chair
Mrs Claire Snowdon 11/06/2018 08/03/2022 Parent
Mrs Rebecca Whitehead 01/12/2017 30/11/2021 Foundation
Fr John Martin 01/09/2019 01/01/2022 Foundation
Mr Daniel Pearson 21/07/2021 04/02/2022 Parent
Mrs Claire Pyle 30/04/2021 29/04/2022 Parent

School Governor Meeting Attendance 2022 to 2023:

Key: X=Present, A=Absent, -=Not on Governing Body

Date 29/09/2022 26/09/2022 24/11/2022
Mrs Tammie McNamara x x x
Mrs Maria Williams x x x
Mr Albert Wilson x x x
Mrs Rachael Mason x x x
Mr Ben Wright x x x

School Governor Meeting Attendance 2021 to 2022:

Key: X=Present, A=Absent, -=Not on Governing Body

Date22/09/202115/11/202117/01/202207/03/2022
Mrs Tammie McNamaraXXXX
Mrs Rebecca WhiteheadAX--
Mrs Claire Pyle XXX-
Mrs Maria WilliamsXXXX
Mr Albert WilsonXXXX
Mrs Rachael Mason XXXX
Mr Ben Wright XXXX
Mr Daniel Pearson AAA-
Fr John MartinAAA-

School Governor Meeting Attendance 2020 to 2021:

Key: X=Present, A=Absent, -=Not on Governing Body

Date22/09/202016/11/202018/01/202108/03/202113/05/202114/06/2021
Mrs Tammie McNamaraXXXXXX
Mrs Rebecca WhiteheadAXAXXX
Mrs Claire Pyle XXXXXX
Mrs Maria WilliamsXXXXXX
Mr Albert WilsonXXAXXX
Mrs Rachael Mason ---XXX
Mr Ben Wright XXXXXX
Mr Daniel Pearson ---XXX
Fr John MartinAAAAAA

Trust Governor Business Interests & Meeting Attendance

Governor attendance information can now be found on our Trust website here

Training DateCourse Title Governor Name
16/11/2021Fire Safety & Equipment Claire Pyle
23/09/2021Fire Safety & Equipment Ben Wright
23/09/2021Equality & Diversity Ben Wright
22/09/2021GDPR for Whole Staff Awareness (Schools)Ben Wright
22/09/2021Governor Safeguarding & Child ProtectionBen Wright
14/09/2021Fire Safety & Equipment Maria Williams
14/09/2021KCSIE Part 1Maria Williams
14/09/2021Equality & Diversity Maria Williams
09/09/2021KCSIE Part 1Ben Wright
06/09/2021Governor Safeguarding & Child ProtectionMaria Williams
05/09/2021Governor Safeguarding & Child ProtectionRachael Mason
05/09/2021Equality & Diversity Rachael Mason
05/09/2021KCSIE Part 1Rachael Mason
03/09/2021Governor Safeguarding & Child ProtectionClaire Pyle
03/09/2021GDPR for Whole Staff Awareness (Schools)Claire Pyle
02/09/2021Equality & Diversity Claire Pyle
25/05/2021Diocesan Conference for Local GovernorsClaire Pyle
18/05/2021Local Governing Body Self ReviewClaire Pyle
12/05/2021Local Governing Body Self ReviewMaria Williams
13/01/2021Data Standard and OutcomesMaria Williams
12/01/2021Governor Being an Effective GovernorMaria Williams
11/11/2020Preparations for Ofsted/Role of GovernorsMaria Williams
04/11/2020Preparations for Canonical InspectionMaria Williams
13/10/2020Governor Taking The ChairMaria Williams
25/02/2020Governor Catholic Life Maria Williams
25/11/2019DSL Governor Support Session Maria Williams
25/11/2019DSL Governor Support Session Rebecca Whitehouse
14/10/2019OLoL Exclusion & IRP Training Claire Pyle
Subject Link Governor
Safeguarding Maria Williams
SEND and Pastoral Maria Williams
RE and Collective Worship Father Richard Hardstaff
EYFS Ben Wright
English and Phonics Rachael Mason
Maths and Arts Albert Wilson
Humanities/Science/Languages Ben Wright
Technology Albert Wilson
PE and Physical Health Rachael Mason