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Meet the Governors

The Role of the Governing Body


The Governing Body is responsible for the strategic management of the school. This includes appointing the Headteacher and are involved in interviewing other school staff. The governors are responsible and accountable for ensuring that the school discharges their statutory duties under the law. They ensure that the leadership and management of the school has appropriate plans and resources in place to deliver a high quality and effective learning experience for the children at St Hilda’s, whatever their ages and ability, so that every child can achieve his or her full potential. The Governing Body also acts as a ‘critical friend’, monitoring performance and attainment, managing the budgets and overseeing the maintenance of the premises, all to ensure that the schools are providing an effective education.

Our School Governors


Michael James (Chair of Governors)

I have been a Governor at St Hilda's for 5 years. I have felt it is important to help support the education of young people both in the school and throughout the wider Borough. I enjoy working with children having been a cub leader nearby for nearly 30 years. I love the family feeling at St Hilda's and have have seen it grow and prosper over recent years with the help of the teaching and support staff, families and Governors.


Rachel Senior (Headteacher)

I am proud to be the Headteacher of St Hilda's and am passionate about ensuring all children have access to an interesting, enjoyable and exacting education, which prepares them for high school and beyond.


Louise Shield

Being the staff Governor at St Hilda’s allows me be a part of the ‘bigger picture’ and to share my passion and commitment with other governors. As a teacher, I am extremely dedicated to providing our children with the best quality education that they deserve in order for them to reach their full potential. Working alongside our team of fantastic governors I will strive to ensure that our children ‘achieve, progress and develop’.


Shirley Diver



Lindsay Davy



Andrea Smethurst

I became a Foundation Governor at St Hilda's because of my links with the church, and because I believe that all children deserve the chance of an excellent education. St Hilda's is a first class school that recognises each pupil as an individual and encourages them to "achieve, inspire and develop" through a positive Christian ethos.


Gary Buttness-Holt

I was a lecturer and manager in the Further Education sector for over 30 years and I have a fundamental belief in the power of education and its capacity to transform lives.

I currently work as a clerk to seven schools and therefore have an extensive knowledge of the roles and responsibilities of a governor.

I wish to support the pupils and staff of St Hilda’s to ensure that the pupils have the best possible start to their school life and develop the knowledge and skills they need to flourish.


Dominic Parry






Pecuniary Interests

At all Full Governing Body meetings checks are made on the pecuniary interests of all members. No members of the governing body have needed to declare anything.


Governor List


Staff: 1   

Parents: 2 (1 vacancy)  

Foundation: 7    

LA: 1   

Ex Officio: 1  

Total: 12

Governor Areas of Responsibility

Governor Class Links

Governor Committee Membership

What do our Governors' Committees Do?


The Finance, Staffing, Pay and Buildings Committee has three main purposes.


  1. In consultation with the Headteacher, the committee helps plan and set the school budget. The committee monitors expenditure against the budget and ensures the school operates within the relevant financial standards. It reviews the use of pupil premium and works closely with the Premises Committee in respect of maintenance and improvements.
  2. This Committee keeps under review the staffing structure of our school. Members oversee the appointment procedures for staff, and keep under review staff work life balance, working conditions and well being. They also monitor the effectiveness of staff appraisals.
  3. This Committee reviews progress on premise matters and plans improvements and building work based on our school building development plan. It establishes, implements and monitors the schools Health & Safety Policy and Safeguarding Policy. It keeps under review the schools' Accessibility Plan.


The Standards and Effectiveness Committee ensures that the school meets the requirements of the National Curriculum. It receives and reports on the progress and achievement of all pupils. Policies are reviewed, amended and approved.

Governing Body Meetings Attendance

Governors are required to attend all full Governing Body meetings and Committee Meetings of which they are a member. Absences are recorded and must be approved by the committee. Non attendance at meetings may result in a Governor being removed from our School's Governing Body.

  • St Hilda's CE (VA) Primary School
  • Whittaker Lane, Prestwich, Manchester, Lancashire, M25 1HA
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