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Our Governors 

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.

Foundation Governors

  • 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.
  • Dennis Jones

    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.

Parent Governors

  • Mrs Amanda McCarthy

    I have 3 children, my eldest has recently left Holy Family’s 6th form and now attends Edge Hill University. I have a child in Year 8 and one in Year 6 who will be transitioning to Holy Family in September 2019. I have been a parent governor for the last 6 years.

    I work for Autism Initiatives as a Learning Partner, for the last 24 years and I am currently based in our resource centre in Bootle, supporting Adults with Autism to gain the skills to support them in the community.

    I am a volunteer for the Scout Association, working alongside young people to gain skills for life. I hold management roles within the organisation, as well as being on the training team, including being a safeguarding trainer for all our volunteers. I have been a volunteer for 29 years.

    I also volunteer for the National Childbirth Trust, running a very successful Nearly New Sale, twice a year with a team of volunteers, raising vital funds to support the charities First 1000 days for new parents.

  • Mr Martin Fol

    I have been a Parent Governor at Holy Family for 7 years, and both my children both attended Holy Family.

    I spent 32 years working for Royal Mail as a Manager, and I am currently the Manager of the Plaza Community Cinema in Waterloo, where I have been for the last 20 years.

    For the last 2 years I have also been the Chair of Governors at Newfield School and I am a serving Magistrate at South Sefton. 

    I live in Crosby and take great pride in serving Holy Family as a Governor.

Staff Governor

  • Mrs Chris Hawkhead

    I am the Non Teacher Governor and employed as the Attendance Officer. I have worked in Holy Family for 29 years and my three children attended Holy Family. I have enjoyed getting involved in the extra curriculum activities of the school life, including Duke of Edinburgh practical trips, Alton Towers and the ski trip to Lake Tahoe. I have also made costumes for our past drama productions. My outside interests include being a member of a ramble group and a choir.

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.

Headteacher

  • Mr Matthew Symes

Clerk to the Governors

  • Mrs Susan Davies

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What’s Coming Up 

  • Wed 22nd May - 30 pupils to Edge Hill
  • Mon 26th-Friday 30th May – Half Term
  • Mon 10th June - Internal exams begin - All years
  • Thurs 13th June – Sports Awards
  • Fri 14th June - 15th DoE Silver Practice
  • Fri 21st June - Adventure Sports trip to France Years 9 & 10
  • Mon 24th June - pupils finish at 1.10pm
  • NEW Wed 26th June - Exam Contingency date
  • Thurs 27th June - New Intake Taster Day
  • Fri 28th June - DoE Silver Assessment
  • Thurs 4th July - New Intake Evening/Year 11 Prom
  • Fri 12th July – Year 13 Prom
  • Mon 15th July – Sports Day
  • Tue 16th July - Year 12 Parent Review Day
  • Tue 16th -Friday 19th July – DofE Gold
  • Fri 19th July- End of term Service.  School finishes at 1.15pm

For more information please see

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Holy Family Catholic High School

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