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St. Anne's Catholic Voluntary Academy

St. Anne's Catholic Voluntary Academy

Our Governing Body

Interested in becoming a School Foundation Governor?

"Foundation Governors are entrusted by the bishop with the ministry of school governance and will always act in recognition of the love of Christ for all members of the school community and one another."

"The role of the governing body is to provide support, guidance and legal responsibility for the strategic direction of the school. Governors should be a 'critical friend'. The governing body makes decisions, reviews, supports and encourages the school and it's management direction. 

"Governors also have very important statutory duties to the school and the role the governing body plays in the school is a vital one."

"Governors are the strategic leaders of our schools and have a vital role to play in making sure every child gets the best possible education."

To view our CMAT Annual Reports and Accounts please follow the link below.

For further details please contact:

Neil Weightman
tel: 01332 293833 ext 233

St Anne’s Local Governing Body

St Anne’s Local Governing Body 

  • 2 elected Parent Governors
  • 4 Foundation Governors (min)
  • Associate Governors as required
  • Clerk to the Governors

Our Current Governing Body

Lorraine Gavin (Chair) - Foundation Governor,  appointed by the Diocese July 2013.

To contact our CofG  -C/o St Anne's School 


I am a mother to a lovely daughter, a wife to a patient husband and we have a dog, cat and fish. 

I work at the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), where I have delivered scientific and research projects as a professional Project Manager (APMP) qualified. I have also worked as a Business Manager for HSE and have a CMI Diploma level 5 in Management and Leadership. My current role for HSE is new Business Development, where I am responsible for commercial account management. 

I have been a Brownie Leader and volunteered on Rainbow and school outings. I have also spent time as a committee member and secretary of FOSA, planning, organising and delivering fund raising events until taking up the post of Chair of Governors. 

I have been a Foundation Governor since September 2013 and was Chair of the Premises H&S Committee until appointment to Deputy Chair in May 2014 and Chair in September 2014. 

I am also a STEM ambassador and regularly support the Buxton Rotary Club with practice interviews for secondary school pupils in Buxton. 

Lorraine has no pecuniary interests.


Barbara Hindley - Foundation Governor, appointed by the Diocese March 2015.

I was a teacher/deputy headteacher for 37 years in Manchester , Salford and, for the last 15 years, at Cheadle Catholic Infants in Stockport. Since retiring I have volunteered as a hospital chaplain at Stepping Hill and helped at Blythe House Hospice. At present I do voluntary work in the parishes of Chapel en le Frith and Marple Bridge and enjoy spending time with my granddaughter. I joined the Governing Body as a Foundation Governor because I feel very strongly that we must give all our children the best possible education in a safe, happy environment.

Barbara has no pecuniary interests.

Marion McCabe - Foundation Governor (Parent),  appointed by the Diocese April 2015.

I have three children at St Anne's. Currently I work part time at Chinley Primary School in the office. I have worked as an Assistant Chaplain in a secondary school in Sheffield and also as PA to the Senoir Deputy Head, during this time I was involved in the analysis of exam results.  After this I worked at Sheffield City Council in the Early Years Department as a Research and Analysis Officer before taking some time away from work to have children.

I currently maintain the website for St John Fisher and St Thomas More Church in Chapel and help out with the children's liturgy at St Anne's Church in Buxton.

Marion has no pecuniary interests.

Marion Redman - Parent Governor, elected by the parent body April 2015.

I have a son at the school and am a parent governor.

I have worked for many years in a senior role in the financial services industry before taking a career break to allow me to be more actively involved in bringing up my children. I now work as a self employed bookkeeper/business admin manager for clients including a local music charity. I am also a Beaver Scout leader.

Marion has no pecuniary interests.


Alison Pimblett- Parent Governor, elected by the parent body February 2019. 

Alison has no pecuniary interests.


Fr Gerry Murphy - Foundation Governor, appointed by the Diocese September 2017

Fr Gerry is the parish priest at St Anne's Catholic church in Buxton, he was appointed in Spring 2017.  He has been a governor in schools in previous parishes.

Fr Gerry has no pecuniary interests


We currently have one Parent Governor vacancy.

Local Governing Body Meetings 

  • Once per term
  • Held in school
  • Last for ~ 2 hours
  • Extra meetings arranged if necessary
  • Appointment as a governor normally lasts for four years.

Attendance at Full Governoring Body Meetings 2017/18

Governor Full Governing Body
Lorraine Gavin 4/4
Lorraine Maddocks 4/4
Claire Sierotko 2/2
Lesley Crowther 2/2
Barbara Hindley 4/4
Marion McCabe 4/4
Marion Redman 4/4
Fr Gerry Murphy 4/4
Rachel Taylor 1/1



 Resources Committee

  • Sets school’s Admission Policy in line with government legislation and diocesan guidelines
  • Work with Head teacher on administration of admissions and appeals.
  • To liaise between the school and its parishes
  • To make recommendations to the Governing Body.
  • Monitor and ensure robust financial management of the school budget
  • Approve items for purchase above the remit of the Headteacher
  • Consider and approve school spending plans
  • Consider and approve IT provision for the school
  • Premises Health and Safety

Strategic Development Committee

  • To review school organisation with the Head
  • To ensure policies are in place for the selection and recruitment of staff
  • To interview staff when required
  • To ensure the Performance Management Policy is in place and implemented
  • To consider any issue which relates to staff welfare and conditions.
  • Agree the strategic direction of the school with the School Leaders
  • Set and review parent, pupil, staff surveys

Teaching and Learning

  • Review Mission Statement
  • Determine the curricular policy with the Head
  • Ensure the National Curriculum is implemented
  • Ensure whole curriculum is taught in the light of Gospel values
  • Review and monitor and challenge pupil performance data
  • Provide challenge to school leaders on the provision of teaching and learning
  • Review and monitor progress against the School Improvement Plan and the Ofsted report
  • Review and monitor pupil premium and SEN provision


RE Working Group

The RE working group is a sub group of the T&L committee and it is responsible for oversight of the religious education provision, catholic life and ethos of the school.  This group also focus on any specific areas or topics identified by the Bishop to be implemented in Catholic Schools in the Diocese

Link Governor Responsibilities

  • Safeguarding - Lesley Crowther
  • Special Needs - Lorraine Maddocks
  • Religion and Ethos - Marion McCabe
  • Numeracy - Marion Redman
  • Reading Writing and Literacy - Lorraine Gavin
  • ICT - Lorraine Gavin
  • Premises and Health and Safety - Vacancy
  • Early Years and Foundation Stage - Barbara Hindley
  • Anti-bullying - Barbara Hindley
  • Complaints Monitoring - Marion Redman