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The Full Governing Body meets every term and each Committee also meets on a termly basis.

The Chair of Governors is Mr P Rydeard, he can be contacted via school at admin@olchs.lancs.sch.uk

The Committees of Governors that we use at the school are as follows:

Staffing and Curriculum Committee

This Committee looks at potential changes to the curriculum, reviews the performance of all the departments and analyses the school’s work towards the targets that are set on an annual basis. This is a busy Committee which also considers the improvement that the pupils have made during their time with us. Performance of pupils is analysed formally several times during the year and the Committee receives reports of their progress.

The Committee ensures that plans are in place to replace staff who are leaving. It also evaluates the staffing structure that the school has and ensures that plans are in place to maintain the acceptable levels of class sizes, whilst ensuring specialist teaching in all areas. The Committee also oversees the welfare of the staff. The Governors employ over 100 staff at Our Lady’s Catholic High School and their welfare is something that is very important to us.

Pupils, Parents and Community Committee

The aim of this committee is to oversee the pastoral care and safety of all pupils in the school. They have specific responsibility for holding the school to account on all safeguarding, attendance, admissions and pastoral issues including exclusions. The responsibility for approving educational visits is delegated to this committee, which reports each term to the Whole School Governing Body.

Finance and Premises Committee

This group of Governors considers the School Budget and how the different elements of the school are financed. The School Budget comes to us at the end of March. We plan for the following financial year and ensure that all plans are relayed to the school community via the School Improvement Plan. Most of the budget is taken up with staffing costs and the Committee is very keen to ensure that we can maintain appropriate levels of staffing in our school. On the buildings side of its remit the Committee considers plans both short and long term to improve the quality of provision we offer to our pupils.

Instrument of Government

Please click below to see a copy of our Instrument of Government.

Instrument of Government


Governors of the School

Please see below for information about our Governors:


LEAMr Mark MurrayNov 2023 - Nov 2027S&CChair S&C, Music, PE and Careers1/1
Foundation - Appointed by Diocese of LancasterMr Philip AthertonOct 2019 - Oct 2023PP&CREParent of an OLCHS pupil0/1
Foundation - Appointed by Diocese of LancasterMrs Rachel BallardFeb 2023 - Feb 2027
S&CEquality and Diversity1/1
Foundation - Appointed by Diocese of LancasterMs Pamela BaxterOct 2020 - Oct 2024S&CSafeguarding & DramaFoundation Governor at St Clare's Catholic Primary School0/1
Foundation - Appointed by Diocese of LancasterMrs Anne CharnleyMay 2023 - May 2027F&PArt & DT1/1
Foundation - Appointed by Diocese of LancasterMiss Katherine LonsdaleOct 2021 - Oct 2025S&CGeographyParent of an OLCHS pupil1/1
Foundation - Appointed by Diocese of LancasterMr Philip RydeardJan 2020 - Jan 2024F&PChair of Governors, Portal, H&SChair of Governors at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Claughton1/1
Foundation - Appointed by Diocese of LancasterMr Rob WilcockJan 2024 - Jan 2228F&PHistory, Business & VocationParent of an OLCHS pupil
Foundation - Appointed by Diocese of LancasterMrs Karen WoodsMay 2019-May 2023PP&CLiteracyParent of an OLCHS pupil1/1
Observer - appointed by the Governing BoardMrs Kath TaylorJan 2020-Jan 2024F&PChair F&P, NumeracyParent of a teacher at OLCHS0/1
Parent Governor - Elected by Parents of OLCHSMr Bankole MartinsOct 2023 - Oct 2026PP&CParent of an OLCHS pupil.
Parent Governor - Elected by Parents of OLCHSMr Neil MitchellOct 2022 - Oct 2024S&CComputer ScienceParent of an OLCHS pupil1/1
Co-opted Governor - Admissions - Appointed by the Governing BodyMs Pamela StottApril 2023 - April 2027PP&CLink & MFL1/1
Co-opted Governor – PP - Appointed by the Governing BodyMs Lisa PearlApr 2023 - Apr 2027S&CPupil PremiumParent of an OLCHS pupil.1/1
Co-opted Governor - Data - Appointed by the Governing BodyMr Tim GavellJul 2021 - Jul 2025PP&CScience1/1
Staff GovernorMrs Jo BeesleyNov 2023 - Nov 2027F&PBehaviour & Attitudes1/1
Staff GovernorMr Richard CharnockSept 2022 -Headteacher1/1
Resignations since September 2023
FoundationFr J MillarMarch 2024
FoundationMrs J BeesleySeptember 2023
StaffMiss Chelsea BradfordNovember 2023
FoundationMrs Catherine BeethamDecember 2023