Parochial C of E Primary School | Keppel Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire OL6 6NN

Tel: 0161 3436070
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Parochial CofE Primary And Nursery School, Ashton-under-lyne

Growing Together in God


Governing Body Responsibilities

Governors work as a team. They are responsible for making sure the school provides a good quality education for all pupils. Raising educational standards in school is a key priority. The Full Governing Body and each sub-committee meet once a term. Each Governor also has responsibility for conducting regular monitoring visits to the School, which focus on specific areas of the School Improvement Plan. Our Governing Body consists of 8 members and we also have an Ethos Committee. 

The Governor contributes to the work of the governing body in ensuring high standards of achievement for all children and young people in the school by:

  • Setting the school’s vision, ethos and strategic direction.
  • To determine the aims and overall conduct of the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement;
  • Holding the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils.
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
  • Ensure policies are set and adhered to.
  • Monitor Health and Safety and management of the premises.

The head teacher of the school is responsible for day-to-day management of the school. The role of the Governing Body is to provide strategic management, and to act as a "critical friend", supporting the work of the headteacher and other staff.

Schools generally have a delegated budget to cover salaries, running costs, maintenance and equipment; the Governing Body is responsible for managing this budget. They can decide how many and what types of staff to employ, which equipment to upgrade or replace and what the priorities are for implementing new strategies and initiatives.

Governors are involved in appointing the head teacher, and may be involved in the recruitment of other staff.

Governors also have a role in monitoring the school's progress, and in setting annual targets for the school's performance and for the head teacher and ensuring that the headteacher sets targets for other staff.


The Governing Body at Parochial School consists of 6 Governors.

They are made up from the following:

Staff governors

The Head Teacher is an ex-officio staff governor. Other staff, both teaching and non-teaching are represented as governors and are elected by the other members of staff.

Parent governors

Elected by parents to serve on the Governing Body. Grand parents of children in the school can also be elected as parent governors.

LEA governors
 Local Education Authority ( LEA ) governors are appointed by the LA.

Co-opted & Associate governors
Appointed by the Governing Body to represent the community it serves. They can be persons who live or work in the community served by the school and are committed to the good governance and success of the school.

Foundation governors
Appointed by the school’s founding body, the Church. Therefore those elected are selected from the Church community. Rev Sheila is our school Vicar and is therefore ex-Officio on the governing body.


Previous Governors 


Foundation Governor 

                                                                            Rev Ben Brady 

Date of appointment:                            01/09/18
Term of office:                                            01/09/21
Appointed by:                                             Diocese 
Business interest:                                     None 
Date of Resignation:     


Co-opted Governor

        Scott Greenwood 

Date of appointment:                            01/09/19
Term of office:                                            12/07/21
Appointed by:                                             LA
Business interest:                                     None 
Date of Resignation:     


                                                                             Tina Howarth 

Date of appointment:                            18/03/20
Term of office:                                            12/07/23
Appointed by:                                             Diocese 
Business interest:                                     None 
Date of Resignation:     


Parent Governor

Rebecca Kelly 

 Date of appointment:                            7/11/20
Term of office:                                            16/11/24
Appointed by:                                             Forward as One 
Business interest:                                     None
Date of Resignation:                               16/04/23


Co-opted Governor 

                                                                            Jessica Grocutt 

Date of appointment:                            12/07/21
Term of office:                                            12/07/25
Appointed by:                                             Forward as One (co-opted)
Business interest:                                     None

Date of Resignation:                               17/05/23


Full Governing Body 

Head Teacher:                                       Miss Thompson

Chair of Governors:                           Laura Farnworth
(Child protection & 
safeguarding link governor)                                                                           
Date of appointment:                        09/03/22
Term of office:                                        09/03/26
Appointed by:                                         LA
Business interest:                                 None


Foundation Governors:                      Rev Sheila Cant  

Date of appointment:                            14/05/21
Term of office:                                            14/05/25
Appointed by:                                             Diocese (ex-officio)
Business interest:                                     None 

                                                                             Sandra Kiy 
(SEND link governor)

Date of appointment:                              24/01/23               
Term of office:                                              23/01/27
Appointed by:                                              Diocese 
Business interest:                                      None                   


Parent Governor: 

                                                                             Andrew Edmondson           

Date of appointment:                                09/03/22
Term of office:                                                09/03/26
Appointed by:                                                 Forward as One 
Business interest:                                         None 


Staff Governor:                                           

                                                      Jessica Finlay 

Date of appointment:                                15/11/19
Term of office:                                                14/11/23
Appointed by:                                                 Staff 
Business interest:                                         None


Co-opted  Governor:                              

                                                                                Laura Farnworth

Date of appointment:                                 09/03/22
Term of office:                                                 09/03/26
Appointed by:                                                  Forward as One 
Business interest:                                          None




Head Teacher, Laura Farnworth


Sheila Cant, Laura Farnworth, Sandra Kiy


Andrew Edmondson