Sacred Heart
Catholic Voluntary Academy

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Governors

Sacred Heart Academy Council

Mrs Patricia Stabler

Chair of Governors
Foundation Governor
Member of the Finance & Resources Committee, Mission Committee and Standards Committee

Mr Andrew Meredith

Vice Chair of Governors
Parent Governor
Member of the Finance & Resources Committee and Standards Committee

Mrs Jo Woodhead

Foundation Governor
Member of the Mission Committee and Standards Committee

Father Malachy Larkin

Foundation Governor
Member of the Mission Committee and Finance & Resources Committee

Mrs Polly Bryan Stabler

Foundation Governor
Member of the Mission Committee and Standards Committee

Mr Michael Wisniewski

Foundation Governor
Member of the Finance & Resources Committee and Mission Committee

Vacant

Foundation Governor

Mr Gareth Shaw

Parent Governor

Mrs Colette Short

Staff Governor
Member of the Standards Committee

Governor Attendance 2016-17
Governor Attendance 2015-16

NamePositionName of organisationNature of interestDate interest was registeredDate interest ceasedNotes
Polly BryanFoundation
Governor
None to declare
Andrew Meredith
Vice Chair
Parent
Governor
National Education UnionEmploymentSept 2017
Phil Naylor Parent
Governor
Little Rhino Readers
Friendly Band
25th Siddal Scout Group
Owner
Trustee
Trustee
Sept 2015
Sept 2017
Sept 2017
Michael Wisniewski Foundation
Governor
M & J Estates LtdOwnerSept 2016
Father Malachy
Larkin
Foundation
Governor
None to declare
Colette ShortStaff GovernorNone to declare
Jo Woodhead Foundation
Governor
Sue McManaminHeadteacherNone to declare
Patricia Stabler
Chair
Foundation
Governor
None to declare

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Patricia Stabler

I have been a Governor of Sacred Heart for almost three years and I have found it a challenging yet rewarding and interesting time. My previous work experience has been within the public sector ranging from meeting and serving customers to managing a large geographical spread team dealing with project suppliers. I have a passion for reading and have recently supported the school with the updating of the library with support from the Parish.

I have specific LINK responsibility for EYFS and Year 1 but also work closely with the Head and staff to support the school to ensure we improve as a whole year on year.

Andrew Meredith

I have been a governor at Sacred Heart since being elected as a parent governor in March 2015. I am married to Julia, who volunteers for the school's PTFA. I have a son in Year 2 and a daughter in Reception. I worked as a secondary school teacher of French and English for 18 years in Kent, Yorkshire and
Lancashire, latterly combining my teaching role with the position of a union branch secretary in Rochdale before joining the National Union of Teachers full-time as a regional organiser.

I currently chair the Standards committee and sit on the Mission committee, with a focus on Teaching and Learning and Pupil Outcomes. I became a governor because I wanted to get to know the school my children attend and to offer any help my work and experience could provide to support and improve the school. I'm proud to be an active part of such a great community!

Father Malachy Larkin

Appointed Parish Priest of Sacred Heart and St Patricks in 2015. Appointed Parish Priest of The Good Shepherd, 2016.

Polly Bryan

I volunteered for this role because, as a practising Catholic I believe in the benefits of a catholic education. I had already been staff governor for seven years at Holy Trinity primary school so felt I could use the experiences gained from there. I have taught in every key stage of education, including early years and FE. As a retired teacher, I spend much of my time doing musical activities: playing in a band, an orchestra and hymns at church. I am a member of the Halifax Thespians and Halifax Musical Theatre Company. If you're ever out and about in Sowerby Bridge on a Saturday night you might see me as I'm also a Street Angel.

Gareth Shaw

Jo Woodhead

I am a new foundation governor here at Sacred Heart. I am a former primary school teacher and head teacher, I therefore have extensive experience of working in catholic schools. In more recent times I have become a volunteer for CAFOD providing assemblies and workshops in all the deanery catholic schools- a role I thoroughly enjoy and which helped form my relationship with the school. I have a passion for high quality, meaningful catholic education; which I believe Sacred Heart provides and I am both proud and delighted to be part of the team!

Michael Wisniewski

Colette Short