Clerk  to the Governors   
Mrs P Barnes, 
Atlas House, 
Corporation Street, 
St Helens, WA9 1LD


 Role  Type  Name    Start date  End date

 Attendance at

 Attendance at
 Full Governing
 Body: 2019-20

Chair Foundation Mr Jimmy McNamee 16/01/21 15/01/25 2/4 5/5
Headteacher   Mrs Debby Rigby Ex Officio Ex Officio 4/4 5/5
  Associate Mr Paul Mackenzie Ex Officio Ex Officio 4/4 5/5
  Foundation Ms Helen Tierney 01/09/18 31/08/22 2/2 5/5
  Parent Kate Reilly Kate Reilly.jpg        
  Foundation Ms Pat Peel 01/12/18 31/11/22 1/2 4/5
Vice Chair Foundation Mr David Forshaw 02/05/21 01/05/25 1/2 4/5
  Foundation Mr Peter Chapman 01/12/18 31/11/22 1/2 3/5
  Parent Leanne Campbell 01/12/18 31/11/22 2/2 4/5
  Foundation Mr Daniel McGarvey 01/12/18 31/11/22 1/2 4/5
  Foundation Mr Neil Ryan 1/09/19 31/08/23 2/2 5/5
  Staff Teacher Ms Clare Chippendale  15/10/15 14/10/23 4/4 3/5
  LA Ms Rachel Lomax 10/10/17 09/10/21 0/2 4/5

What is needed
• A strong commitment to the role and to improving outcomes for children.
• Inquisitiveness, to question, analyse and offer support.
• Good inter-personal skills.
• Sufficient numeracy skills to understand basic data.
• Ability and willingness to learn and develop new skills.

What is involved
• The role requires you to spend a reasonable amount of time on it. As well as attending meetings, you will need to spend sufficient time to understand the role, the concepts and education policy in the UK.
• You will attend two governing body meetings a term for two to three hours.
• You will need to be prepared to take on a role as a link governor for one curricular area or subject matter in the school, such as health and safety.
• You must read papers in advance of meetings.
• You will act as a link between the parent body and the school.
• You must undertake training with the local authority’s governor support programme.
• You will make at least one official visit a year to the school.
• You may take part in an interview panel on occasion, as required.
• You will need to be supportive and aware of the importance of confidentiality in certain circumstances.

LInk Governors
Governors have oversight of different aspects of our school:



Staff involved

Governor Training

J Mcnamee

J Moosbally

HT Performance Management

J Mcnamee, R Lomax, D Forshaw

D Rigby, Mike Hewlett

Health and Well-being

J Mcnamee

D Rigby, D Finney

Governors Forum

H Tierney

J Moosbally

Parish Link

H Tierney

D Rigby, P Mackenzie




Health and Safety

J Mcnamee

D Rigby, J Chisnall


P Peel

P Mackenzie


L Campbell

P Mackenzie, K Tunstall


H Tierney

K Tunstall


D Forshaw, P Peel

D Finney, D Rigby

CLA and previously CLA

D McGarvey

D Finney




STEM Curriculum Team

P Chapman, R Lomax

M Quinn, D Finney, O Quilliam

Arts Curriculum Team

J Mcnamee, N Ryan

D Rigby, K Tunstall, S Flaherty, C Chippendale, R Smith

World Curriculum Team

C Chippendale, D Forshaw, H Tierney

P Mackenzie, L Dorries, G Roberts, A Moreno

Register of Governor Interests
No governor has a business interest in the school.
No governor has a financial interest in the school.
No governor has a material interest in the school.
Pete Chapman is a governor at St George's Catholic Primary School, Maghull.
Jimmy McNamee is a governor at Holy Spirit Catholic Primary, St Helens.

Governor visit November 2020
"I was delighted to visit St Peter and St Paul Catholic Primary School on Friday 6th November while the children, and staff, were embracing their Spanish Day.  What a vibrant and fun filled day everyone had!
All safety measures were in place with social distancing, masks, directional signage, etc.  It’s good to see how the whole COVID system operates in other schools – the Headteacher and her team have got it down to a tee!
The school is so vibrant; full of colour and fantastic displays.  It was obvious that Spanish day was a big hit.  The Spanish dancing was superb and the enjoyment on the children’s faces was evident.  The whole school had a buzz about it!  A variety of activities were evidenced around the school, including the children’s Spanish lessons from a peripatetic teacher.  This does have the benefit of ensuring excellent quality of teaching. 
It was a pleasure to see the school in full swing and chat to some staff and children, who are always so keen and polite!"

Pete Chapman

About our Governors

Rachel.jpgRachel Lomax 
I am the local authority governor. It was an honour to be asked to serve as a governor. My background is in Human Resources, supporting schools with their HR issues. I hope to be able to support the school and governors in this area. As a governor, am happy to challenge the school and support the Headteacher where I can - our children deserve the best education that they can get. 

Neil.jpgNeil Ryan
I have been a Parent Governor for over 2 years and more recently become a Foundation Governor. Having worked in Commercial Marketing for over 20 years, I have a wealth of experience to offer. My experiences allow me to monitor the finance, personnel and assets to ensure the school is operating effectively. I fully support the ethos of the school which is Love, Learn and Grow Together and am committed to helping in making the school environment the best it can be for the children. 

DavidF.jpgDavid Forshaw
I have served on the governing body here since 2012. I first joined as a parent governor. Three years ago I became a foundation governor, serving as vice-chair for the past two years. I have a wealth of experience in education, I have been a teacher in the secondary sector for 18 years, I am senior examiner for AQA and I am currently Head of Humanities at a large comprehensive school in Wigan. 

Jimmy.jpgJimmy McNamee
I have lived in the parish for 26 years and my three children attended St Peter and St Paul's school. Although now retired I worked for BT for 41 years in various roles, ending in a senior managerial role. I have been involved with schools and as governor for over 30 years. I am now Chair of Governors, and enjoy it greatly, learning from the challenges every day, and finding it very personally rewarding.

Pat.jpgPat Peel
I am passionate about Catholic Education and the challenges that this brings in today’s climate.  I am currently employed by the Archdiocese of Liverpool as a school Adviser and Catholic Schools Inspector.  I have been a governor for over 25 years in various guises – Foundation, Local Authority, Teacher Elect, co-opted including holding the post of both Chair and Vice Chair over time.  I have a wealth of experience in Primary Education as a teacher.  I have lived locally for most of my life so know the value that this brings.  I joined the Governing Body officially at the end of last academic year and was involved in appointing the current Head teacher to her post.     

Debby.jpgDebby Rigby
I am very proud to be the headeadteacher and therefore a governor of St Peter and St Paul Catholic Primary School.  I have been headteacher of three previous schools, two primary and one all-through 0-16 school. I am passionate about giving every child the very best educational opportunities, providing them with the knowledge and skills they need to be successful and happy. I have been Virtual Headteacher for four Local Authorities, working with education and social services departments to increase the educational chances of children who are looked after. I promote the interests of all children, but especially those who need extra support and help, children who are or have been looked after, young carers, have special educational needs or disabilities or are growing up in financially or emotionally challenging circumstances.  I am committed to staff development and well being, providing an exciting curriculum for all and working with neighbouring schools and organisations for the good of everyone in our parish community.

Helen.jpgHelen Tierney
I've been a Governor for 16 years and I have served on the Finance and Personnel Committees. My background is in teaching and accounts. I became a Governor not only because I am passionate about children's education, but as a former pupil I felt a close connection to the school community. My role as a Governor has made me more aware of the challenges and opportunities within education; I have enjoyed being able to support St Peter and St Paul's and I am keen to help develop the links between the school, parish, and the local area.  

Daniel.JPGDaniel McGarvey
I am part of several constituted community groups and sit as a management committee member for Skills CIC, a not for profit organisation based in a local town. I fully understand the importance of strong governance for schools and enjoy contributing to this.  I have worked for many years in community settings with children and young people and enjoy using my experience in my role as parent governor. 

Leanne.jpgLeanne Campbell
I have worked in education for 14 years, during that time I have had the opportunity to work with children and young people in a variety of settings. I have a good knowledge of the policies, procedures, requirements and challenges that schools face and am passionate about, and will always advocate for, the needs and rights of the chid. I have a strong knowledge and understanding of safeguarding, my specialist area is SEND. I enjoy bringing my professional knowledge into this area of school life. 

Pete.jpgPeter Chapman
I am the headteacher of St George's Catholic Primary School in Maghull and am proud to be a governor and share my expertise in education at St Peter and St Paul's. I believe in fostering the Gospel Values in all we do and offering all children an exciting and stimulating curriculum that values the uniqueness of every child. Primary school should always offer a warm, nurturing environment where children can flourish. I believe in sharing good practice and in the power of schools working together to achieve the very best for all.

Clare.jpgClare Chippendale
I have been a teacher at St Peter and St Paul's Primary School for 14 years and served on the Governing Body for over 10 years. I am Head of Juniors - overseeing Year 3 to Year 6. I also work as part of the pastoral team to provide support to both the children in our school and their families. Understanding challenges faced by the school, local community and parish enables me not only to support but also to challenge initiatives. These roles help me to ensure that our children receive the best education and life experiences possible.

Kate Reilly.jpgKate Reilly
I am a Medical Scientific Liaison Officer for a large healthcare company. I am on the board of a charity that provides new and functional education facilities to young people in developing communities. I have experience of reviewing financial accounts. I lecture in Pharmacy at Manchester and John Moores’ Universities and have a level 3 NVQ in Education and Training.

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