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St Begh's Catholic Junior School

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Miss Lois Anderson, Interim Chair of Governors & Foundation Governor (Lois is a Risk Practioner working in the nuclear industry. She has recently completed a degree in Project Management. She sits on the Institute of Risk Management Special Interest Group.) Lois is the (joint) nominated Governor for Safeguarding. She sits on all committees. 

Mrs. Patricia McCarron,  Vice Chair & Foundation Governor (Patricia is a PA to 4 senior managers in the Nuclear Industry. She  previously worked for the NatWest Bank for 30 years,  as a Lending & Finance Officer and Counter Manager.) Patricia is the (joint) nominated Governor for Safeguarding. She is Chair of the Curriculum & Standards Committee and sits on the Staffing, Finance & Assets Committee and the H&S/Safeguarding Committee. 

Foundation Governors:

Rev. Stephen Scott (Stephen works as a Supply Chain Development Manager within the commercial function in the Nuclear Industry. He is a Permanent Deacon in the Roman Catholic Parish of St. Begh's and a Chaplaincy Volunteer at the West Cumberland Hospital.)  

Mrs. Mary McCormick (Mary works for LLW Repository in Procurement following over 18 years at Sellafield and then 14 years working as a SAP consultant. She has a wide range of interests outside of work, including finance and has been a governor for several years.) Mary is Chair of the Staffing, Finance & Assets Committee and sits on the Curriculum & Standards Committee.

Mr. John Veneziani (John worked as an engineering training instructor for 11 years, gaining FE teachers certificate and assessment awards. He worked in engineering support as an equipment engineer. and has now retired. John sits on the Staffing, Finance & Assets Committee and the Curriculum & Standards Committee.)

Mrs. Jo Frears (Jo is a catechist at St. Begh's Church and a carer for her autistic son. She is a former pupil of St. Begh's as were her children and now grandchildren. For many years she ran parent and toddler groups on the Howgill Playbus, play schemes and after school clubs.) Jo sits on the Health & Safety/Safeguarding Committee.

Mrs. Marie Shawcross (Marie works for Fellview Healthcare Limited, the largest GP practice in Copeland as Practice Manager (Human Resources). She is responsible for all matters relating to staff - recruitment, staff development and training and employment law.) She sits on the Health & Safety/Safeguarding Committee.

Mr. Peter McLean (Peter is a qualified Commercial Diving Supervisor and has previously worked in many roles including construction and demolition. He has over 30 years of experience at the Sellafield Site.) Peter is the nominated Governor for Health & Safety. He is Chair of the Health & Safety/Safeguarding Committee.


Parent Governors:

Mr. John Savage (John is a Science teacher who has worked in local secondary schools for the past 19 years. His first position was at St. Benedict's Catholic High School. He is now Science Curriculum Leader at Workington Academy. John is a Eucharistic Minister and reader at St. Joseph's Church in Frizington.) John sits on the Curriculum & Standards Committee.

Mr. Andrew Cardwell (Andrew works in the Nuclear Industry, managing a large maintenance team. He is a trained Mental Health at Work Champion.) Andrew sits on the Health & Safety/Safeguarding Committee.

Local Authority Governor:

Miss Flo Hanlon. (Flo is currently managing a Business Change Project on Gender Balance and Diversity and works in the nuclear industry.) Flo sits on the Curriculum & Standards Committee and Staffing, Finance and Assets Committee.

Headteacher Governor:

Mrs. Catherine Mallard  (Catherine has worked at St. Begh's since 1998 as classteacher, deputy headteacher and acting headteacher before taking over the role of headteacher in February 2014.) Catherine sits on all committees.

Staff Governor:

Miss Paula Skelly (Paula joined St. Begh's as a Year 6 classteacher in September 2018. She has extensive experience as a teacher and leader in local schools.) Paula sits on the Health & Safety Committee. 

Associate Member:

Mrs. Louise Jenkins (Louise has worked at St. Begh's since 2007 as a classteacher. She is a member of the Senior Leadership Team leading the Catholic Life of the School and RE.) Louise sits on the Curriculum & Standards Committee. 

Co-opted Member:

Mrs. Claire Shepherd (Claire works in the Nuclear Industry. She works in Human Resources.) Claire sits on the Staffing, Finance & Assets Committee.

Clerk to the Governors:

Miss Sophie McLean (Sophie also works as an adminstrator in the School Office.)


Governor Declarations of Interest and Terms of Office

Governor Attendance Records

St. Begh's Instrument of Government

Code of Conduct for Governors

Governance Handbook

Annual Governance Statement 2018-19

Meeting dates this term:

Full Governors: 30th April & 9th July; Curriculum & Standards: 23rd April & 11th June; Health & Safety: 7th May & 2nd July; Staffing Finance & Assets: 21st May & 25th June; Safeguarding: 14th May. 


Curriculum & Standards  This committee examines the way the School plans and delivers its curriculum and scrutinises data on the pupils' progress and attainment. Members ensure that school leaders are taking all necessary steps to continually develop provision and maintain the highest standards possible. 

Members: Mrs. Patricia McCarron (Chair), Mrs. Marie Shawcross, Mrs. Catherine Mallard, Rev. Stephen Scott, Mrs. Mary McCormick, Mr. John Savage, Mrs. Louise Jenkins.


Staffing, Finance & Assets  This committee oversees the school budget and ensures that resources are being used to meet the priorities outlined in the School Improvement Plan and Building, Maintenance and Servicing Plan. They are also responsible for recruitment and staffing matters.

Members: Mrs Mary McCormick (Chair), Rev. Stephen Scott, Mrs. Catherine Mallard, Mrs. Patricia McCarron, Mrs. Marie Shawcross, Mr. John Veneziani, Miss Lois Anderson.


Health & Safety  This committee is responsible for the ensuring that all procedures pertinent to the health and safety of pupils, staff and visitors are in place and managed effectively. 

Members: Mr. Peter McLean (Chair), Rev. Stephen Scott,  Mrs. Catherine Mallard, Mr. John Veneziani, Mrs. Jo Frears, Miss Lois Anderson, Mr. Mark Hankin.


Safeguarding  This committee is responsible for ensuring that all the School's statutory duties in relation to safeguarding are fulfilled.

Members: Rev. Stephen Scott (Chair), Mrs. Patricia McCarron (Vice-Chair), Mrs. Marie Shawcross, Mrs. Catherine Mallard, Miss Lois Anderson.


Pastoral & Spirituality  This committee is responsible for maintaining and nourishing the essential link between the School and Parish.

Members: Mrs. Louise Jenkins (Chair), Fr. Richard Simons, Fr. Cenydd Marrison, Rev. Stephen Scott, Mrs. Jo Frears, Mrs. Sheila Preston, Mrs. Catherine Mallard.



All committees report to the Full Governing Body at least termly. 


The Role of the Governing Body is to:

  • help the school to set high standards by planning for the school's future and setting targets for school improvement;
  • keep the pressure up on school improvement;
  • be a critical friend to the school, offering support and advice;
  • help the school respond to the needs of parents and the community;
  • make the school accountable to the public for what it does;
  • work with the school on planning, developing policies and keeping the school under review;
  • exercise its responsibilities and powers in partnership with the headteacher and staff;
  • not intervene in the day-to-day management of the school unless there are weaknesses in the school, when it then has a duty to take action.

How to Become a Governor:

Voluntary Aided schools have:

· Parent governors

· Staff governors

· Local Authority governors

· Foundation governors

Parent Governors

Parent governors are elected or appointed from all parents and carers of registered pupils at the school. Parent governors are elected by other parents and carers at the school, however if insufficient parents stand for election, the governing body can appoint parent governors. A parent governor is a representative and not a delegate of the parents. Therefore parent governors do not have to vote in a particular way because they have been pressed by other parents to do so. Parent governors are on the governing body to promote the interests of all children in the school.

Staff Governors

Staff governors are elected by staff at the school. All paid staff at the school are eligible to become staff governors. The head teacher is a staff governor, but is a member of the governing body by right. Staff governors have equal status in the responsibility they share with all members of the governing body. However, staff governors cannot be chair or vice chair of the governing body and must withdraw from the governing body when discussions regarding appraisal or pay of staff is discussed. This does not apply to the head teacher, apart from when his/her pay is discussed. Again staff governors do not have to vote in a particular way because they have been pressed by other staff to do so.

Local Authority Governors

Authority governors are appointed by the local authority. Cumbria County Council can appoint any individual it thinks suitable for school governorship, many local councillors are school governors. Like all governors, authority governors must act in the best interests of the school and the wider community and cannot be mandated to take a particular stance on issues. However their knowledge and understanding of council priorities will inform debates.

Foundation Governors

Foundation governors are appointed by the school’s founding body, the Diocese of Lancaster. Foundation governors are appointed to support and develop the Catholic ethos of the school. They have to ensure compliance with the Trust Deeds of the school.



Minutes of Full Governor Meetings available on request from the School Office.