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:  Mrs Brigid Smith

Foundation Governors appointed by the Sisters of Notre Dame Trustees:

Mrs Brigid Smith (Appointed 1.11.2018 – 01.09.2027)
Mrs Lisa Riccio-Jones (Appointed 1.11.2018 – 30.04.2027)
Mrs, Jayne Cross (Appointed 1. 6. 2019 – 31. 5. 2027)
Mrs Nicola Looker (Appointed 1.11 2019 - 31.10.27)
Mrs Bridget Wood (Appointed 1.9.21 - 31.8.25)
Dr Lisa Davidson (Appointed 1.2.23 - 31.1.27)
Mrs Angela Clague (Appointed 01.11.23 - 31.10.27)

Parent Governors
Mrs Michelle Hardy (Appointed 09.11.21 - 08.11.25)
Mrs Paula Keegan (Appinted 22.4.24 - 21.4.28)

Staff Governor
Mr P Brooks (Appointed 1/4/19 to 12/6/27)

LA Governor
Miss Pauline Musembi (Appointed 7.12.23 - 6.12.27)

Mrs K McCourt 

Clerk to the Governing Body

Ms H Chapman 


2023 - 2024

Finance, Premises and Health and Safety

Mr P Brooks
Mrs Brigid Smith (Chair)
Mrs L Riccio Jones
Mrs M Hardy
Mrs K McCourt


Quality of Education

Mrs J Cross (Chair)
Mrs A Clague
Mr P Brooks
Mrs L Riccio-Jones
Mrs B Smith
Mrs N Looker
Mrs K McCourt

Mr P Brooks (Chair)
Dr L Davidson
Mrs N Looker
Mrs B Wood
Mrs K McCourt

Link Governors 
Safeguarding and Attendance: Mrs L Riccio-Jones
SEN: Mrs Brigid Smith
Pupil Premium Mrs B Smith
Wellbeing: Mrs B Wood
LGBTQ: Mrs B Wood
Curriculum: Mrs N Looker
Curriculum: Mrs B Wood


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.


Mrs Brigid Smith

  1. Sister of employee of School Improvement Liverpool

Mrs Angela Clague

  1. Current employment: NHS Practice Manager
  2. Personal: Cousin by marriage of governor Lisa Riccio-Jones

Mrs Bridget Wood

  1. Current Employment: University of Liverpool
  2. Member of Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  3. Member of Society of Radiographers

Mrs Jayne Cross

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

Dr Lisa Davidson

  1. Current employment: Blackwood Associates Limited
  2. Member of Chartered Insurance Institute

Mrs Michelle Hardy

  1. Governor: Fazakerley Primary School 

Mrs Lisa-Riccio-Jones

  1. Current employment: HMRC
  2. Personal: Cousin by marriage of governor Angela Clague

 Mrs Nicola Looker

  1. Current employment: Edge Hill University

Mr Peter Brooks

  1. Personal:    Brother of current employee, David Brooks

Salary Threshold Declaration

St. Julie's Catholic High School employs no members of staff at a salary above £100k.


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 22nd June 2022. Review Date: July  2023.