The governing body is the College’s accountable body. It is responsible for the conduct of he College, for promoting high standards and for the fostering and preservation of its Catholic ethos. The governing body aims to ensure that children attend an effective school which provides them with a good education and supports their well being.

Mr Michael Russell – Chair of the Governing Body and Sponsor Governor
Mr Gregory Keegan – Vice Chair and Sponsor Governor
Rev Christopher Fitzpatrick – Sponsor Governor
Dr Robert Wilcher – Sponsor Governor
Mr Gerrard Hetherton– Sponsor Governor
Mr Kevin McEvoy – Executive Principal and Sponsor Governor

Mrs Rachel Patton – Co-opted Governor
Mr Shaun Wilson – Co-opted Governor

Mr Joseph Hawley – Diocesan Governor

Mrs Jeanette Shipley – Parent Governor

Mrs Vanessa McMenamin – Elected Staff Governor

Mrs Jenny McGuirk – Principal

Attending in Advisory Capacity:
Mrs Rachel Prince

The Governing Body:
Sets the strategic direction of the college by:

  • Setting the values, aims and objectives for the college, in keeping with its Catholic ethos
  • Agreeing the policy framework for achieving those aims and objectives
    Setting statutory targets
  • Agreeing the school improvement strategy which includes approving the budget
  • Agreeing the staffing structure


Challenges and supports the college by monitoring, reviewing and evaluating:

  • The implementation and effectiveness of the policy framework
  • Progress made towards targets
  • The implementation and effectiveness of the school improvement strategy
  • The budget and staffing structure


Ensures accountability by:

  • Responding to the School Improvement Partner and Ofsted reports when necessary
  • Holding the Head Teacher to account for the performance of the college
  • Ensuring parents and pupils are involved, consulted and informed as appropriate
  • Making available information to the community


For the Governing body to carry out its role effectively, governors must be:

  • Prepared and equipped to take their responsibilities seriously;
  • Acknowledged as the accountable body by the lead professionals and Trustees
  • Supported by appropriate authorities in that task


In law the governing body is a corporate body, which means that no governor can act independently without proper authority from the full governing body. All governors carry equal responsibility for decisions made, and although appointed through different routes, the overriding concern of all governors has to be the welfare of the school as a whole.

In line with the John Henry Newman Catholic College Conflicts of Interest Policy a register is kept of any business interests of the Governing Body.

Governance Arrangements September 2018

Meeting attendance summary 2017 – 2018

Business and Pecuniary Interests Declaration 2017 – 2018