St Ambrose Barlow RC High School

St Ambrose Barlow RC High School


The Governing Board of St Ambrose Barlow RC High School is made up of Foundation governors, parent governors and staff governors who work together as one team to provide: 

  • Leadership, clarity of vision ethos and strategic direction of the school
  • Accountability for the performance of the school and its pupils
  • Oversight of the school's finances ensuring resources are targeted for maximum effect 

Governors act as a critical friend to the school supporting the Head Teacher and staff in providing pupils with the learning journey and inspirational experiences they need, ensuring that every child matters. We live out the Gospel Values inspired by Christ the Teacher and are mindful of pupils, parents and staff who we support in achieving the best possible results.

Our school has grown to include pupils from six local parishes and has a vibrant 6th Form which welcomes students from across Salford. Governors are representative of the local community and bring their expertise and knowledge to ensure that we have a wide range of skills to deal with school business.

I have been elected as the new Chair of Governors in July 2017 and I am fortunate to have an experienced and dedicated team of governor colleagues who spend many hours volunteering to attend school, meetings and other activities.

Governors are supportive of our Head teacher and staff and the successful way in which pupils are given the best possible start for adulthood and the world of work. As a Catholic school we educate people to be good citizens not just good pupils and are grateful for the support we receive from parents and the community.

St Ambrose Barlow is a special place, a caring and inclusive community that shares good practise with others. We encourage you to be part of the school community supporting your children and attending school events.

Governors are justifiably proud of what we now refer to as My Ambrose.


Contacting the Chair of Governors

The Chair can be contacted by writing to the school or by emailing


All terms of office last for a period of 4 years.

  • Foundation governors are appointed by the Diocese
  • Staff governors are appointed by school staff
  • Parent governors are appointed by parents of pupils at the school
  • Co-opted governors are appointed by the Governing Board
  • LA governors are appointed by the LA
  • The Head is ex-officio 

Governing Board Responsibilities and Roles (2021-22)


Vikki Allen, Chair of Governing Board (1/3)

Foundation Governor

Safeguarding & LAC (SLT link: Natalie Daniels)

Pay Committee Chair


Grahame Walker, Vice Chair of Governing Board (1/3)

Foundation Governor

Chair of Finance and Resources Committee

Pay Committee Member

Wellbeing, Health and Safety (inc. COVID risk assessment & staff workload)


Peter Conroy (1)

Foundation Governor

Faith and Catholic life (SLT link: Ben Davis/ Acting HoD RE)


Monsignor Smith (1/2)

Foundation Governor

Driver 1PSHE/ RSE (SLT link: Peter Paize)


David Kerrigan (1)

Parent Governor


Pay Committee Member

Attendance (SLT link: Ruth McGowan & Katie O’Leary)


Margaret Woodhouse (2)

Foundation Governor

Chair of School Effectiveness Committee

Curriculum, learning & teaching, literacy (SLT link: Dawn Johnson, Vikki Knipe, Helen Lillie, Bec Tulloch)

Disadvantaged pupils (SLT link as above)


Sally Cheshire

Staff Governor


Jonmarc Bessonies

Local Authority Governor

Pay Committee Member

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


Lyn Hackett (1/2)

Foundation Governor


Behaviour and Relationships (SLT link: Nick Irwin)


Foundation Governor (awaiting approval)



Parent Governor (to be elected)



Where possible we have used nos 1-3 to indicate links to the schools three strategic drivers as set out in the SIP:

  1. Safe, Healthy, Included; 2. Achieving; 3. Purpose


School Effectiveness

Finance and Resources

V Allen (Chair) G Walker (Chair)
M Woodhouse P Conroy
Mgr P Smith D Kerrigan 
S Cheshire J Bessonies
L Hackett V Allen
B Davis, Headteacher B Davis, Headteacher

 If you wish to raise a complaint you must use the school's complaints procedure which can be found here It is important that you do not contact members of the Governing Board directly about a complaint as this may compromise the complaints procedure. 

Governing Body Attendance - December 2020 to July 2021

Declarations - September 2021

Committee Information - April 2021

Constitution as at April 2021

Committee Information - January 2021

Constitution as at January 2021

Attendance July 2019 to January 2021

Governors Code of Conduct

Governors Allowance Policy 2019/20

Rationale 2017

  Employee Salary Information  

Gross Annual Salary Female Male
100,000 - 109,999 1
90,000 - 99,999

 You can find out more information about the school’s finances here: