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 Cog@stambrosebarlowswinton.org
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 (2022-23)
Vikki Allen (Chair of Governing Board): Leadership and Management; Safeguarding/ CLA; Behaviour & Attitudes (including attendance
Margaret Woodhouse, (Vice Chair of Governors; Chair of School Effectiveness Committee): Quality of Education – English, Maths, Science
Jonmarc Bessonies, LA Governor: Quality of Education – Humanities, MFL, PE; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Cath Taylor, Foundation Governor: Quality of Education – SEND, Disadvantage (inc. Pupil Premium) & Literacy
Grahame Walker (Chair of Finance and Resources Committee): Leadership and Management – Health & Wellbeing (including Staff workload etc); ICT & DT
Foundation Governor (vacant): Personal Development; Art, Music Drama
Peter Conroy, Foundation Governor: Faith Life and RE
David Kerrigan, Parent Governor: Whistleblowing
Sally Cheshire, Staff Governor
Monsignor John Dale, Foundation Governor
Kate Parkes, Parent Governor
Finance and Resources
|V Allen (Chair)||G Walker (Chair)|
|M Woodhouse||P Conroy|
|Mgr J Dale||D Kerrigan|
|S Cheshire||J Bessonies|
|C Taylor||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 https://www.stambrosebarlowswinton.org/Complaints/. 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: Record of Service November 2022
Governing Body Attendance - September 2021 to July 2022
Governing Body Attendance - December 2020 to July 2021
Committee Information - April 2021
Committee Information - January 2021
Constitution as at January 2021
Attendance July 2019 to January 2021
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: