Headteacher: Mr Matthew Symes
Chair: Mr Gus Van Cauwelaert (Contact c/o Holy Family)
Vice Chair: Mrs Margaret Evans
Clerk to Governors: Mrs Sara Bailey
Governing Body –12 Members:
- Foundation Governors: 7
- Parent Governors: 2
- Headteacher: 1
- Staff Governor: 1
- Staff Governor: 1
|NAME||Category||Date appointed||Appointed by:||Term of office|
|Mr Gus Van Cauwelaert
[Chair of Governors]
|Foundation Governor||26/09/2020||25/09/2024||Archdiocese||4 years|
|Mrs Margaret Evans
Vice Chair of Governors and
Chair of Standard & Curriculum Committee
|Foundation Governor||06/03/2017||05/03/2021||Archdiocese||4 years|
|Mr Paul Stam
Chair of Learning Environment (Buildings) Committee
|Foundation Governor||10/03/2020||09/03/2024||Archdiocese||4 years|
|Mrs Mary Doolin
Chair of Wellbeing incl./Behaviour&Safety/Safeguarding
|Foundation Governor||16/02/2018||15/02/2022||Archdiocese||4 years|
|Mrs Linda Byrne
Chair of Finance & Innovation Committee
|Foundation Governor||01/09/2020||31/08/2024||Archdiocese||4 years|
|Rev. Fr. Dunstan Harrington||Foundation Governor||24/03/2019||23/03/2023||Archdiocese||4 years|
|Mr Dennis Jones||Foundation Governor||01/09/2017||31/08/2021||Archdiocese||4 years|
|Vacancy||Parent Governor||Parent election||4 years|
|Vacancy||Parent Governor||Parent election||4 years|
|Mrs Catherine McCarthy||Staff Governor||01/09/2020||31/08/2024||Staff election||4 years|
|Mrs Frances Diamond||LARepresentative Governor||03/07/2016||02/07/2020||Local Authority||4 years|
|Standards & Curriculum incorporating SEND||Finance & Innovation Committee||Personnel & Strategic Overview Committee[Chairs of all Committees}||Learning Environment (Buildings) Committee||Wellbeing incl./ Behaviour & Safety / Safeguarding|
|Margaret Evans [Chair]||Linda Byrne [Chair]||Gus Van Cauwelaert||Paul Stam [Chair]||Mary Doolin [Chair]|
|Paul Stam||Paul Stam||Dennis Jones|
|Dennis Jones||Frances Diamond||Mary Doolin||Fr Harrington|
|Frances Diamond||Linda Byrne|
Holy Family Catholic High School
Tel: 0151 924 6451
Fax: 0151 932 1417
The school has a very supportive Governing Body with 12 members. The Chair of the Governing Body is currently Mr Gus Van Cauwelaert; he can be contacted via Sue Davies, Clerk to Governors, at the school on 0151 924 6451.
The Governors and staff work hard to produce appropriate policies for the school which are available on either our website or through the school office.
Mr Gus Van Cauwelaert (Chair)
I feel honoured to be the Chair of Governors at Holy Family. I am extremely proud of the achievements of our school in recent years, in particular the great faith placed in us by our community which has led us to be repeatedly oversubscribed.
I retired as Headteacher of the largest Catholic secondary school in the Archdiocese in July 2012 and hope I bring useful insights and experience to my role as Chair.
I live in Waterloo and am active in St Edmund's parish.
Educationally I feel very strongly that young people are entitled to great teaching and a wide variety of opportunities. I strongly believe that governors have a crucial role in ensuring that this happens through our roles in scrutiny and accountability.
Mr Paul Stam
I first became a Parent Governor at Holy Family in 2006 and then in 2008 I became a Foundation Governor. I am currently a member of the Finance Committee, Staffing Committee and I am Chair of the Learning Environment Committee.
I am a Senior Software Engineer working for Lloyds Bank in Chester. I have been married to Julie for 27 years and we have two grown up children, Michael is a Data Scientist and works for Tesco Bank in Edinburgh and Emma is studying for her MSc in Medical Physics at Aberdeen University.
Mrs Margaret Evans (Vice Chair)
I worked as a teacher at Holy Family for 14 years, both as a teacher of Science and as an Assistant Headteacher. In 2002, I left to work with the local authority managing the Aimhigher programme which involved helping young people to aspire to higher education. In this role I worked with all the schools across the borough, as well as the local and national universities. I have always been passionate about education and helping young people to reach their potential.
I recently retired from full time work so I hope to bring my experience in education to my role on the Governing body. It is a privilege to be a Governor at Holy Family and to see the school grow from strength to strength.
Mrs Mary Doolin (Safeguarding Governor)
I have been a Governor at Holy Family since 2007, I am currently a member of the Staffing Committee and I am Chair of the Wellbeing, Behaviour, Safety & Safeguarding Committee.
I am a Full Time Officer for a Trade Union - Public Commercial Services Union; I have negotiations responsibility for public & private sector employees. I am based in Liverpool.
My three sons attended Holy Family, two of whom are now in University and one is in Year 12. I am a catechist in my local church and a committed socialist.
Mrs Linda Byrne
I have lived in the parish of Thornton for 60 years and been an active member of St William of York church for nearly as long. I was a youth group leader in the parish for many years, a member of the choir, still a Eucharistic minister and help with flowers and decorations in the church.
I am married and I have a son who attended Holy Family High School, I also have nieces and a nephew who also attended the school.
My background in education is as a Bursar then School Business Manager for 20 years and a tutor for the National College of School Leadership for Bursar Development.
I have served as a governor at the school for over 11 years and I am currently the Chair of Finance and Innovation Committee.
Fr Dunstan Harrington
Fr. Dunstan Harrington, Priest – St William of York, Thornton & St Mary's, Little Crosby.
It’s been my pleasure to be on the governing body here at Holy Family since 2017 and a great privilege to be involved in the great work that goes on behind the scenes by the staff at the school. I have been involved in Catholic education for 17 years and have worked as a Lay Chaplain at schools in Liverpool and Preston.
I am passionate about Catholic education and the opportunities it gives to young people to achieve academically but also their formation as children of God and the potential that offers. I am involved in the local parishes, reading and as a Eucharistic Minister in my local church and I also lead the local youth group from Sefton on the Lourdes Pilgrimage each summer.
Mrs Cathy McCarthy
LA Representative Governor
Mrs Frances Diamond
I have been a Secondary School Teacher of Science and ICT for 12 years and for 6 of these I was a member of school senior leadership developing subject teams to improve teaching and learning and results for students. I have significant experience of leading the development of ICT in schools for learning and management. I bring this expertise to the Governing Body of Holy Family Catholic High School. I am currently raising a family and training in accountancy and finance.
Mr Matthew Symes
Clerk to the Governors
Mrs Sara Bailey
Declared Business Interests
It is a requirement of the Academies Financial Handbook that the academy trusts publish, on their website, relevant business and pecuniary interests of trustees, members and senior employees. A declaration must also be made if any of the above persons hold a position on a Governing Body of another education institution.
Below are the interests declared by individuals at the start of this academic year.
|School Governor||Category of Governor||Declared Business Interest|
|Mr G Van Cauwelaert||Chair of Governors||Nil|
|Mrs M Evans||Vice Chair of Governors||Nil|
|Mr P Stam||Foundation Governor||Nil|
|Mrs M Doolin||Foundation Governor||Nil|
|Mrs L Byrne||Foundation Governor||Nil|
|Fr D Harrington||Foundation Governor||Nil|
|Mr D Jones||Foundation Governor||Nil|
|Mrs F Diamond||LA Representative||Nil|
|Senior Employee||Position||Declared Business Interest|
|Mr M Symes||Headteacher||Nil|
|Mrs S Thomas||Business Manager||Securit UK|
|Mrs S Bailey||Curriculum Cover Supervisor/Finance Officer / Clerk to Governors|