Governing Body


Rothwell St Mary’s Governing Body

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Our Governing body consists of seven foundation Governors who are appointed to act by the Diocese. We have two elected parent governors, one elected teacher governor and one representative from the local authority. Our Governors support our school and bring their own expertise and experience to help inform the school.


Our Mission Statement
At Rothwell St Mary’s Catholic Primary School our mission is
We ‘Grow together in Christ’
‘Live and learn in God’s love’
Developing the potential of every individual by
providing the best education through experience of our Catholic,
Christian Community within which all members can grow in faith.
The children understand this to mean that we “Grow together in Christ and Live and learn in God’s love.”
The Viion and Values of our School

In order to carry out our Mission, we believe that we should aim to:

  • Provide a happy secure caring and stimulating learning environment within a welcoming Christian Community.
  • Create a Catholic community, encouraging an understanding of our faith through teaching and active prayer in the home, school and parish.
  • Encourage the highest standards of academic excellence and behaviour.
  • Encourage children to take responsibility for themselves and become independent learners.
  • Educate and celebrate the whole child as an individual, preparing them spiritually, morally, physically, socially, intellectually and emotionally for their future lives.
  • Provide our children with a curriculum which is purposeful, sequential and spiritual
  • Provide a firm and consistent framework of discipline and encourage children to take responsibility for themselves.
  • Actively involve parents in the education of their children.
  • Encourage an awareness of and a respect for other faiths.
  • Provide effective liaison with the local secondary school and ensure continuity of the children’s education.
  • Encourage children to do their personal best, enjoy their school experiences and build upon their successes.

Our Pupils

Our pupils are our greatest asset.

We are very proud of our children and their achievements.  We help them to grow in their faith in a supportive Catholic environment.  Through carefully planned lessons, daily prayer, collective worship, Mass and reflection and enrichment opportunities we help to prepare them for transition to secondary school as confident, responsible, caring young people.

The Staff

The staff are our greatest resource

We have an experienced, talented and dedicated staff at St. Mary’s who work together to support the school’s Catholic ethos and ensure that each pupil reaches his or her potential.

Our excellent standards reflect the children’s positive attitudes to learning, consistent good teaching and the high level of pastoral support we provide.  All of which are strengths of the school.  The combined strength of our staff ensures that the ethos and values of our mission statement provide all pupils with high quality teaching and learning within a supportive environment.

High Standards of Pastoral Care

Our staff go the extra mile

We are proud to provide a positive and caring environment for our pupils where they can achieve, feel safe and be happy.

Pupil Behaviour and Presentation

Our children are great ambassadors for the school

We understand that this can only be achieved in an atmosphere of trust and mutual respect.   Our success depends on the close working partnership and commitment of parents, staff, governors and the parish.

Parents are encouraged to become fully involved in the education of their child.  The Home School Agreement symbolises our approach to parents and the school working together for the benefit of the child.

Our staff team works to ensure that any problems are dealt with swiftly and efficiently.  If it is necessary, we will inform parents or carers and seek their support.  All our pupils wear full school uniform.  High standards of appearance reinforce our values of self-respect and pride in being a pupil of Rothwell St Mary’s Catholic Primary School.


In order to achieve this ethos within our school and the wider community that we serve, there are a number of values and principles which guide our actions in school.

First and foremost are the values that are at the heart of the Gospels:

  • Love and solidarity
  • Faithfulness and Integrity
  • Dignity and Compassion
  • Humility and Gentleness
  • Truth and Justice
  • Forgiveness and Mercy
  • Purity and Holiness
  • Tolerance and Peace
  • Service and Sacrifice

It is clear that as a Christian country Gospel values underpin the values of the British Society in which we live:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect
  • Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

Examples of the actions we take to promote British values include:


Having an elected School Council

Highlighting the importance of democratic ideas in history lessons

Ensuring all pupils are listened to by adults

Visiting the Civic Hall in Leeds

Taking part in the South Democracy day each year

Taking part in Student Voice

The Rule of Law

Creating “class rules”

Having a clear behaviour policy that is explained to all

Highlighting the rules of the Church and God in the RE curriculum, for example the 10 commandments and the Precepts of the Church

Through RE and history teaching about the development of the Rule of Law in English law, a legal system inspired by Christian values and a major influence across the world

Individual Liberty

Encourage students to be independent in their learning

Provide children with opportunities for reflection as they take responsibility for discerning their vocation

Mutual Respect

Having a Mission Statement that is inclusive

Constantly promoting respect for others as good manners

Reinforcing the value of everyone’s opinion in class discussions

Having an effective anti-bullying policy

Emphasising in RE and PSHE lessons that every person is unique and created in the image of God

Having active links with other schools

Supporting charitable works

Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs

RE lessons provide pupils with a deep understanding of their own faith as well as awareness of the faith and tradition of other religious communities as a basis for understanding and respecting them

Using the witness of Jesus as an example of tolerance in stories such as the Good Samaritan and the Women at the well.

Our governing Body

Chair of Governors: Mr James Taylor

Vice Chair: Mrs Claudette Farias- Fagg

Foundation Governors: Fr. E. McGeough, Mr Taylor, Mrs Farias-Fagg, Mr Paul Kelly, Mrs Francesca Ashton,

Staff Governor: Mrs Seanna Sweeney

Parent Governors: Mr Andy Brown. Mr Dimitrios Georgalis

Associate members:Ms Helen. MacPherson, Mrs Gemma Martin

Contacting the Governing Body:

All correspondence to the Governing Body should be addressed to:-

Chair of Governors,  St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Royds Lane, Rothwell, LS26 0BJ

Please find below details of Rothwell St Mary’s Governing Body which includes names, terms of office and responsibilities.


Declaration of governors July 2021

Declaration of governors September 2020 (updated Jan 2021)- Declaration of governors Jan 2021

Declaration of governors Nov 2019

Declaration of governors

Declaration of governors Sept 2019

Declaration of governors Jan 2019

Declarations of governors for official website use -2018 2019

Declarations of governors for official website use -2017 2018

Declarations of governors for official website use -updated March 17

Declarations of governors for official website use 2016


Declarations of governors for official website use 2015

Our Associate members are detailed in the attachment above.

Effectiveness of the Governing Body

Below is a link to the report from the Chair of Governors on the effectiveness of each committee over the academic year 2018-2019:

coming soon


Attendance Record of Governors:

Timetable for the full year 2020-21

Timetable for the full year 2019 2020

Timetable and attendance for the full year 2018 2019

Attendance Log 31.5.18

Attendance Log 25.3.18

Attendance Log

Attendance Log from Spring 2017


Yearly timetable:

Timetable for the full year 2020-21

Timetable for the full year 2019 2020

Timetable for the full year 2018 2019

Timetable for the full year 2017 2018


Timetable for the full year 2015 2016