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Governing Body

Meet Our Chair Of Governors

Justin Waters

Justin Waters

I have been a governor at Gomersal St Mary’s since 1997, originally as a Parent Governor after my daughter entered nursery in 1995.  I also live in Gomersal and enjoy doing so very much.  Since taking early retirement in 2010 I can now devote more of my spare time in supporting the school and with this in mind I recently became Vice Chair and then Chair of Governors.

My role and that of all Governors is to act as a critical friend to the school and its staff and provide help and support where needed in ensuring that we deliver high standards of education to our pupils within a well managed, caring and safe environment.

It’s very important to me to feel that I am making a positive contribution to the community in which I live and I believe there is no better way of doing this than in helping to provide our young people with an excellent education within which are enshrined Christian and Family values.

Associate Members of our governing body do not hold any voting rights.

School Governing Body

Updated June 2023
RepresentativePosition within Governing BodyStart of Term of OfficeEnd of Term of Office
Miss Jane BarkerHead Teacher1st September 2015Ex Officio
Miss Steffi ByramStaff28th September 202127th September 2025
Mrs Joanna EarnshawFoundation: Co-Opted21st June 202320th June 2027
Mrs Maxine GoodallParent30th September 201929th September 2023
Mrs Julie HallasLA Governor19th January 202118th January 2025
Miss Anna JoyceAssociate Member16th July 2012Ex Officio
Mr Liam SteadFoundation: Co-Opted23rd April 202222nd April 2026
Mrs Brenda SwintonFoundation: Diocesan3rd October 20222nd October 2026
Mr Justin WatersChair of Governors: Foundation: Co-Opted20th November 202119th November 2025
Mrs Ruth WilcoxFoundation: PCC20th June 202319th June 2027

Our Governing Body Committees

Core purpose:

  • to obtain the best possible outcomes for children
  • to develop and maintain the ethos of the school
  • to strategically plan for development of the school
  • to monitor the school’s performance
  • to effectively manage change
  • to obtain the best value for money

Standards and Effectiveness Committee

Purpose: To provide support and challenge to the leadership of the school and to hold them to account in relation to the quality of educational provision including: the quality of teaching and learning; pupil progress and outcomes for pupils; the quality of the curriculum provision and delivery; behaviour and safety of pupils.


  • Miss Jane Barker
  • Miss Steffi Byram
  • Mrs Maxine Goodall
  • Miss Anna Joyce
  • Mr Justin Waters

Quorum: Three governors

Terms of Reference: To comply with the curriculum committee Terms of Reference (Kirklees Council publication, “Committee Matters”, page 48, available on request) and in addition:

  1. To monitor the progress of the School Development/Improvement Plan regarding pupil progress and attainment and curriculum developments.
  2. To ensure that the National Curriculum and RE (in accordance with the locally agreed syllabus) are taught and that the curriculum is:
  • broad and balanced
  • relevant to the needs and abilities of all pupils
  • focuses on the necessary priorities to ensure that all pupils make good progress – especially in reading, writing and maths
  1. To ensure that the school promotes the spiritual, moral social and cultural development of all pupils
  2. To ensure that statutory pupil assessments are carried out and results reported to parents/carers and appropriate bodies
  3. To ensure that the school communicates clearly with parents
  4. To ensure that relevant procedures are in place and effective in relation to child protection/safeguarding
  5. To ensure that impartial careers advice is provided to pupils
  6. To consider the impact of pupil premium on outcomes for relevant pupils
  7. To monitor and review on a scheduled basis relevant statutory policies including:
  • Child Protection
  • Statement of principles (The Governing Board has a duty to produce and review a written statement of general principles to guide Headteacher in determining measures to promote good behaviour and discipline amongst the pupils)
  • Sex Education (in primary schools the Governing Board decides whether or not this should be provided)
  • special educational needs/ensuring that the code of practice is met and that the policy is published, made known to parents and reported on at least annually

Resources Committee

Purpose: To provide support and challenge to the leadership of the school and to hold them to account in relation to the use of resources to support the priorities of the school including: the leadership of teaching and learning; the school budget; the employment and development of staff; the premises.


  • Miss Jane Barker
  • Mrs Julie Hallas
  • Miss Anna Joyce
  • Mr Liam Stead
  • Mrs Brenda Swinton
  • Mr Justin Waters
  • Mrs Ruth Wilcox

Quorum: Three governors

Terms of Reference
To comply with the finance committee, premises and health and safety committee and
staffing committee Terms of Reference (Kirklees Council publication, “Committee Matters”, pages 49-52, available on request) and in addition:

  1. Ensure a staffing structure is in place which meets the needs and priorities of the school and that requirements in relation to safer recruitment practices are met.
  2. Ensure that a system is in place for staff appraisals and related CPD provision.
  3. Make decisions on pay awards for staff following recommendations from the head teacher/review governors based on the outcome of the appraisal process.
  4. Ensure a robust system is in place to monitor the quality of teaching and address underperformance.
  5. Ensure that responsibilities in relation to NQTs are met and to support new school leaders as relevant.
  6. Ensure matters of school security, school premises and health and safety are addressed.
  7. Monitor and review on a scheduled basis relevant statutory policies including:
  • Health and safety
  • Staff appraisal
  • Staff pay and conditions
  • Accessibility plan
  • Data protection

Governor Business and Financial Interests

These governors have declared the following business and financial interests:

Miss Anna Joyce: daughter of Mr Pat Joyce of Pat Joyce Landscaping, employed by the school for handyman jobs.

Miss Anna Joyce: sister of Lydia Wrightson of The Sign Group, who have supplied signage around the school grounds.

Governors who have left their position in the last 12 months

Updated 12th January 2022
RepresentativeDate Left Office
Miss M. Bairstow22nd November 2021
Mrs J. Jackson11th January 2022

Governance Roles In Other Schools

There are no governors with governor roles in other schools.