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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 and of our 2012 Ofsted report. 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 and St Thomas' parish. Educationally I feel very strongly that young people are entitled to great teaching and a wide variety of opportunities and I strongly believe that governors have a crucial role in ensuring that happens.
  • Mr Paul Stam
    I have been a Governor at Holy Family since 2006, 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 and I work for Bank of America in Chester and have been there for almost 11 years. I am married and have 2 children, Emma is in year 13 of Holy Family and Michael left in 2011 and is now studying Mathematics at Edinburgh 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

Parent Governors

  • Mrs Amanda McCarthy
    I have three children, one at Holy Family and two at Primary Schol. I work as a Hearing Partner with Autistic Adults. I have done this for 17 years. I have been a member of the Scout Association for over 26 years, starting off as a member, then becoming a volunteer which I have continued to do for the last 22 years. I also volunteer for the British Red Cross as an Event First Aider, Duty Officer and Communications Officer, I have been involved with for 22 years.
  • Mr Martin Fol
    I have been a Parent Governor at Holy Family for nearly a year. I have a son in Y8 and a daughter starting at the school in September 2013. I spent 32 years working for Royal Mail as a Manager, and I am presently the Manager of the Plaza Community Cinema in Waterloo of which I have been there for 15 years. I have been a Governor at St William of York for four years, and I am a serving Magistrate at South Sefton Magistrates Court. I live in Crosby, and I am extremely proud to be a Governor at Holy Family

Staff Governor

  • Mrs Chris Hawkhead
    I am the Non Teacher Governor and the Attendance Officer, I have worked in Holy Family for 24 yrs and my 3 children attended this school. I enjoy getting involved in the extra curriculum activities of the school life, including Duke Of Edinburgh practical trips, Alton Towers and the recent ski trip to Lake Tahoe. I have also made costumes for our past drama productions.

LA Representative Governor

  • Mrs Frances Diamond
    I have been a Secondary School Teacher of Science and ICT for 12 years. For 6 of these I have been a member of the 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 all of these expertise to the Governing Body of Holy Family Catholic High School. I am also currently raising a family and training in accountancy and finance.


  • Mr Matthew Symes

Clerk to the Governors

  • Mrs Susan Davies


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What’s Coming Up 

30th January 2019 Years 12/13 - mocks begin

Wednesday 13th February 2019 - Year 7 Parents’ Evening

Thursday 14th February 2019 - Ski Trip to America

Monday 18th–Friday 22nd February 2019 – Half Term

Monday 25th February-Friday 1st March - Years 12/13 trip to Berlin

Monday 4th March-Thursday 7th March - Year 7 ‘Harry Potter World’ trip

Thursday 14th March 2019-Year 8 Options Evening

Holy Family School Calendar



Our Address

Mr M Symes,

Holy Family Catholic High School

 Virgins Lane.


L23 4UL

Contact Us

sample0151 924 6451

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