The Governing Body

The Governing Body

St Julie’s Catholic High School - Governing Body

The Governing Body

Governing bodies are the key strategic decision-making body of every school. It is their role to set the school’s overall aims and objectives and to ensure all statutory duties are met.  They have responsibility for raising school standards through their three core functions:

•    Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
•    Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
•    Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

Reconstitution of the Governing Body - St Julie’s Catholic High School

In accordance with the 2012 constitution regulations the Governing Body the Governing Body for St Julie’s Catholic High School reconstituted with effect from 10 June 2015. The membership of the new Governing Body comprises the following categories of Governor:

•    Seven Foundation Governors
•    Headteacher
•    One Staff Governor
•    Two Parent Governors
•    One Local Authority Governor

Foundation Governors

Foundation Governors are those appointed by the Trustees of the Sisters of Notre Dame.  They have a specific role in preserving and developing the ethos of the school, including any religious character. They must also ensure the school is conducted in accordance with the foundation’s governing documents.


The Headteacher is a Governor by virtue of office.

Staff Governor

The Staff Governor is employed by the school and is elected by the staff.

Parent Governors

Parent governors are elected by other parents at the school. Any parent, or carer, of a registered pupil at the school at the time of election is eligible to stand for election as a parent governor. Parent governors may continue to hold office until the end of their term of office even if their child leaves the school.

Local Authority Governor

Local authority governors are nominated by the local authority but appointed by the governing body.


The key Committees of the Governing Body cover the following areas

Link Governors

St Julie’s Governing Body has a Link Governor system where Governors have volunteered to be assigned to a specific curriculum area of the school.  This enables effective lines of communication to be established and maintained between the curriculum and the governing body.  

Chair of Governors:  Sister Margaret Walsh SND

Foundation Governors appointed by the Sisters of Notre Dame Trustees:

Sister Margaret Walsh SND (Appointed 1/1/18 to 31/12/22)
Mrs P Kemble (Appointed 4/2/15 to 3/2/19)
Mr A Catterall (Appointed 1/9/17 to 31/8/21)
Mr J Thornhill (Appointed 21/10/17 to 20/10/20)
Mrs Brigid Smith (Appointed 1.11.2018 – 31.10.2022)
Mrs Lisa Riccio-Jones (Appointed 1.11.2018 – 31.10.2022)
Mrs, Jayne Cross (Appointed 1. 6. 2019 – 31. 5. 2023)

Parent Governors

Mrs Nicola Looker ( Appointed 1.09 2018)

Staff Governor
Mr P Brooks (Appointed 1/4/16 to 1/4/19)

LA Governor
Mr Mark Norris (Appointed 16/04/2018 to 15/04/2022)

Mr T Alderman (Appointed 1/9/10 by virtue of office)

Clerk to the Governing Body

Ms H Chapman 


2018 - 2019


Sister Margaret Walsh SND (Chair)
Mr A Catterall
Mr M Norris
Mr J Thornhill
Mrs P Kemble
Mrs Brigid Smith
Mr T Alderman 

Finance, Premises and Health and Safety

Mr A Catterall (Chair)
Mr P Brooks
Sister Margaret Walsh SND
Mrs Brigid Smith
Mrs L Riccio Jones
Mr T Alderman

Teaching & Learning

Mr M Norris (Chair)
Mr J Thornhill
Sister Margaret Walsh SND
Mrs Brigid Smith
Mr P Brooks
Mrs L Riccio-Jones
Mrs J Cross
Mr T Alderman

Mr P Brooks (Chair)
Mr M Norris
Mr T Alderman

Progress & Achievement Panel
Mrs Brigid Smith
Mr J Thornhill
Mrs L Riccio-Jones
Mrs J Cross

Link Governors 
Safeguarding and Attendance: Mrs P Kemble
SEN: Mrs Brigid Smith
Pupil Premium Mr A Catterall 

Subject areas etc      

Maths Department: Mr J Thornhill
English Department: Mrs J Cross   
Science Department: Mr A Catterall             
Design & Technology:  Vacant         
Humanities: Mr M Norris                   
MFL: Vacant           
Performing Arts: Mrs L Riccio-Jones           
RE/Chaplaincy: Sister Margaret Walsh SND         
Social Studies: Vacant

Support Staff

Operations Management Group & Admin: Mrs P Kemble


Register of Pecuniary and/or Personal Interests:        

Governors hold an important public office and their identity should be known to their school and wider communities. . The Governing Body’s Code of Conduct includes the requirement to publish the Register of Interests on the school website.

Mr Tim Alderman – Headteacher

Liverpool Learning Partnership (Chairperson)

Sister Margaret Walsh - Foundation Governor
1.    Sister of Notre Dame
2.    Director, Otterspool Management Company


Mr Andrew Catterall

  1. Current employment:  Director of Personnel, Hope University

Mr John Thornhill

  1. Lay Observer (MoJ)
  2. Governor:  Sudley Junior School (Chair)
  3. Governor:  All Saints High School
  4. Governor:  Savio Salesian College


Mr Mark Norris - LA Governor 

  1. Current employment:  Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust   
  2. Governing Member, Woolton Primary School
  3. Partner, Employee at Liverpool Hope University


Mrs Jayne Cross

  1. Current employment:  NWBH NHS Trust
  2. Governor:  St Mark’s Catholic Primary School


Mrs Lisa-Riccio-Jones

  1. Governor of St Francis Xavier College


Mr Peter Brooks

  1. Personal:    Brother of current employee, David Brooks

Governing Body - Code of Conduct

As individuals, the Governing Body has agreed to the following:

The Code of Conduct was formally adopted by the Governing Body on 10 June 2015.  Review date:  2 June 2019 (annually)