Overview of the Governing Body Role

Governors are volunteers whose main role is to work with the school to make sure that all the children attending Holy Trinity receive the best education in a supportive and safe setting. The Governors at Holy Trinity want to make sure that you are all clear about the role of the governing body and what the schools vision is. The Governing body is made up of ten people from a range of backgrounds and we all have different skills but none of us could do our job without the expertise of the Lissa Oldcorn the head, her leadership team and all the other staff working at the school.

As you know our school is very unique because we are the only school in the country that teachers children aged 3-16 and is a joint Catholic and Church of England school. This means our governor membership is also unique, we have 4 practising Catholic and Church of England members plus 2 parent governors. I think one of the most important things you need to know is that the Governors work as a team. We are not a collection of individuals with separate agenda’s. However much we may differ in our opinions and experiences we are united by our commitment to the school and the responsibility we share for the school’s long term success. The main role of the governors is to promote accountability.

Governing bodies have three main functions and must ensure that:

  • Everyone associated with the school understands the school’s vision and ethos for your children

  • Support is provided to the Head Teacher to ensure that your children realise their potential and that all staff are supported and trained to achieve this.

  • Funding is well spent.

They also carry out other important duties which include:

  • Hearing appeals and grievances

  • Forming policy on the schools curriculum and collective worship

  • Setting standards for pupils behaviour and discipline

  • Monitoring and setting the schools aims and policies

  • Monitoring specific areas of work e.g health and safety / safeguarding

There are three Governor committees:

  • Resources

  • Ethos, Welfare and Admissions

  • Teaching and Learning

There is also a Full Governing Body meeting. Each meetings takes place every term. Governors also visit school at other times. Everyone at Holy Trinity wants to give your child the best possible chance in life to succeed and with the right commitment from everyone, governors, the staff and yourselves we will make this happen.

Please meet all our Governors below

Pat Hunter

Chair of Governors

Holy Trinity had been open for 6 months when I became a governor and was elected as Chair in 2019. I grew up in Athersley (North and South) I still live locally.  I am a qualified nurse and my working life has been spent working in a variety of roles in the NHS.

Sheila Armitage

Foundation Governor

I am a Foundation Governor for Hallam Diocese. I live in Barnsley and worship at Holy Rood church in the centre of town. My whole career has been in Catholic Education; I was a teacher in the Primary Sector for 37 years, 17 of which was as the Head teacher of a Primary school in Sheffield, until my retirement in 2016.

I am married and have two children, who are both now married and have their own children. Excellence in education is vital for the future of our children and young people, coupled with my Catholic beliefs and experience, I endeavour to support Holy Trinity in its mission to deliver this to the students in our care.

Sue Burton

Foundation Governor

I have been a school Governor for 26 years, initially as a parent Governor then as a foundation governor at Holy Cross Deanery Primary. I was a member of the temporary governing body, involved with the building of the new school which became Holy Trinity as Holy Cross was one of the primary schools to become part of the new school. It was a privilege to be involved with the development of the school from its inception. I have worked as a Civil Servant for 46 years and worship at St. Helen’s Athersley.

Father Brian Bell

Foundation Governor

To introduce myself, I am Father Brian Bell, Vicar of Saint Paul’s Monk Bretton And a foundation governor at the Holy Trinity. As a former teacher myself, it’s a privilege to be able to continue serving the world of education, albeit in a different capacity, and I’m always impressed, as a governor, by the levels of commitment and enthusiasm of the teachers, staff and pupils. I feel very fortunate to be serving in an academy where the distinctively Christian ethos really does make a difference to the learning environment and outlook of the pupils. As a model of shared denominational oversight, the academy has a huge amount to offer in respect of ecumenical practice.

The Governing Body itself benefits from a diversity of membership, which brings with it a range of skills, all of which can be used creatively to support the ongoing life and work of the school. Key decisions involving education, finance, buildings and staffing are made in cooperation with the Headteacher, and we have both the responsibility and privilege of ensuring high standards are maintained and developed. I would, however, see as absolutely crucial to our role as governors a striving to ensure that each and every child in the school reaches his or her fullest potential, academically, spiritually and generally as a young person.

Father Jude Okechukwu Lemeh

Foundation Governor

I came to Barnsley in the middle of the Pandemic and am based in Cudworth. My training as a Catholic Priest took place in Nigeria. Since then I have worked in Nigeria, Papua New Guinea and London before coming to Barnsley. I was really pleased to be asked to become a Governor at Holy Trinity and I look forward to being able to contribute to school life. I am also the Catholic Chaplin at Barnsley General Hospital as well as supporting Blessed Sacrament Parish. In my spare time I enjoy walking, tennis, football and reading.

Rebecca Asquith

Parent Governor

I have been a Parent governor at Holy Trinity since May 2019, I am a mum of two girls both, one in the Foundation stage and the other in Primary. I have worked for the NHS for the past 15 years, working for a Mental Health Trust and my current role is with NHS Blood and Transplant.

As part of my role I want to represent the parents and ensure that our children have the best education, opportunities and experiences that they deserve whilst at Holy Trinity. I hope to build and strengthen the relationships between the school and the parents. The Ethos of the school is to ensure that positive relationships between pupils, staff, and parents form the basis of a successful and happy experience for all members of our school community, I would like to encourage this with parents.