Download: St Oswald’s Catholic Primary School – Instrument of Government (PDF)

Download: Governors List – September 2018 (PDF)


Chair of Governors: Tony Hegarty

Appointed: 06/04/2016 (4 years); Registered interests: None

I was previously a member and chair of the Junior School Governing Body

I left full time employment as a headteacher in 2012 and now work part time for Liverpool Archdiocese providing governor services. I have recently been accredited as a National Leader of Governance.

I have been a parishioner of St Brendan’s and St Oswald’s for over thirty years and am active within the parish.

I have three grown up children who all attended local primary and high schools.

My aim is to support the school in providing an excellent education for every pupil.

Vice Chair of Governors: Ruth Hill

Appointed: 06/04/2016 (4 years); Registered interests: None

I have been a foundation governor for approximately five years and was previously on the infant school governing body. I have three children, two of which currently attend our school. I have recently returned to teaching after having time at home with my family, and now work part time teaching DT in a secondary school.

I am an active member of St. Oswald's parish and am lucky to work with Y4 pupils and families as part of the sacramental preparation.

I am proud to be part of the St. Oswald's community and fully support our school in it's future development.

Graham Manley

Appointed: 06/04/2016 (4 years); Registered interests: employed by supplier of the school photocopying service

My family have lived in the St Oswalds parish since moving here in the early 1930s from Ireland and I continue to do so now with mine. My children both went to St Oswalds and from 2012 I served as a Foundation Governor of the Junior school.

I whole heartedly support the school in celebrating the talents, opportunities and diversity of the children who attend and in the community surrounding St Oswalds

Nicola Powell

Appointed: 06/04/2016 (4 years); Registered interests: None

I have been a foundation governor for approx. 4 years. I have 3 children who have all attended St Oswalds Primary School.

Following the success of St Oswalds, I felt I wanted to give something back to the school and the children, which I continue to do in being an active member of the PTFA and will continue to do in supporting the staff in making key decisions for the smooth running of everyday school life in my role as governor.

Father Mark Beattie

Appointed: 06/04/2016 (4 years); Registered interests: None

Fr. Mark Beattie is the Parish Priest of St. Oswald’s and St. Sebastian’s parishes. He has been involved with Catholic Schools since becoming a priest in 1994.

He chairs the governing body Pastoral Committee and is also a member of the Resources Committee.

Joanne Jones

Appointed: 06/04/2016 (4 years); Registered interests: None

After serving as a foundation governor of the infant school, I am pleased to be carrying on this role in our new primary school. Together, we will review the school's progress and objectives and do everything we can to establish St Oswald's Primary School as one of the best in Liverpool. Every child is unique, we actively challenge and support the staff to ensure that each child gets the best possible education and support for their needs. I really love visiting the school and watching the children growing and learning together in a happy and safe environment.

Local Authority Governor: June Simm

Appointed: 06/04/2016 (4 years); Registered interests: Chair of Governors at Emmaus School (Liverpool); Governor at Abbots Lea School (Liverpool)

I was a teacher of Religious Education for 38 years, 36 of which were spent in Fazakerley High School.

I am still involved in education through my work with LTLRE North, private tutoring, work with Liverpoool’s Community Spirit organisation, as well as some A Level work.

I am also Chair of Governors at Emmaus Church of England and Catholic Primary School and served for a short while at Abbot’s Lea School.

I worship regularly at St Cuthbert’s Church, Croxteth Park where I have served as a church warden on three occasions and where I prepare the junior confirmation candidates.

I am thoroughly enjoying my time as a governor at St. Oswald’s and look forward to watching its continued development.

Parent Governor: Albert K Joseph

Appointed: 06/04/2016 (4 years); Registered Interest: None

I worked with Public Sector and the Local Authority and now am founder Director of a global Information Technology company. I am accredited with double Masters Degree. I have been elected as the Parent Governor since 2016.

My family have been parishioner of St. Brendan’s and St Oswald’s Church since 2003 and are active members of the church and so am I. Both my children study at St Oswald’s Primary School.

My endeavour is to support the schools in skills progress and enhance pupil talents.

Staff Governor: Mrs T Gentle

Appointed: 06/04/2016 (4 years); Registered interests: Teacher at the school

I have been a teacher for fifteen years and have worked in all year groups within the Infants.  I am currently working in a Reception class and have been the Early Years Foundation Stage Lead since 2011.  It has been a privilege teaching so many children during this time and I get great pleasure in following their progress as they move through the school and on to Secondary schools.

I was appointed as Assistant Headteacher in September 2016.

Head Teacher: Mary Walsh

Ex Officio; Registered interests: Employee; family member employed by school; family business supplies school

Deputy Head Teacher: Claire Sime

Observer - no voting rights; Registered interests: employee; family member employed by school

Deputy Head Teacher: Gill Murphy

Observer - no voting rights; Registered interests: employee


Pastoral Committee

The Pastoral Committee of St Oswald’s Catholic Primary School is responsible for the governance of the following areas:

  • Mission and Ethos
  • Parents
  • Attendance and punctuality
  • Personal development and well being
  • EYFS outcomes
  • Safeguarding
  • Community cohesion
  • Equalities

Members: Father Mark Beattie (Chair of Committee), Mary Walsh, Ruth Hill, Graham Manley, Tracy Gentle, Albert Joseph, June Simm, Joanne Jones

Download: Pastoral Committee – Terms of Reference (PDF)


Standards and Curriculum Committee

The Standards and Curriculum Committee of St Oswald’s Catholic Primary School is responsible for the governance of the following areas:

  • Standards/data/outcomes for pupils
  • Teaching and learning
  • Narrowing the gap
  • Leadership and management
  • Target setting

Members: Graham Manley (Chair of Committee), Mary Walsh, Tracy Gentle, Joanne Jones, Joanne O’Sullivan, Tony Hegarty

Download: Standards and Curriculum – Terms of Reference (PDF)


Resources Committee

The Resources Committee of St Oswald’s Catholic Primary School is responsible for the governance of the following areas:

  • Budgets
  • Financial management
  • Premises
  • Staffing
  • Business management

Members: Tony Hegarty (Chair of committee), Mary Walsh, June Simm, Father Mark Beattie, Ruth Hill, Nikki Powell

Download: Resources Committee – Terms of Reference (PDF)


Discipline, Grievance and Hearings Panel

Tony Hegarty, Albert Joseph, June Simm


Appeals Panel

To be arranged as and when required of governors not already involved with decision being appealed.


Link Governors

Link governors take a detailed interest in an important aspect of the school.

SEN: Joanne Jones

Safeguarding: Ruth Hill

Religious Education: June Simm


Governors Attendance

Download: Governor Attendance 2017 – 2018 (PDF)

Download: Governor Attendance 2016 – 2017 (PDF)

Download: Governor Attendance 2015 – 2016 (Image)





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