Our Governors

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Mrs Maria Williams

Foundation, Chair

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Mr Albert Wilson

Foundation, Vice Chair

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Mr Ben Wright


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Mrs Rachael Mason


Father Richard

Fr Richard Hardstaff

Parish Priest

The Governing Body at our school

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 5 governors comprised of; Three foundation governors, appointed by the Diocese of Nottingham, One parent governor, elected by parents of the school and the Parish Priest.

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.

The role of the 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 School Governor Membership/Responsibilities

Governor Leavers Information

School Governor Meeting Attendance 2021 to 2022:

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

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

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