St Alphonsus’ Primary School is part of St Hilda’s Catholic Academy Trust (SHCAT).

Overall the Trust is governed by a Board of Directors made up of Head Teachers and Governors from each Academy within the SHCAT. The Trust’s Board is responsible for overseeing the management and administration of the 11 Academies within the Trust.
Each Academy has its own Local Management Board (LMB) which consists of Parent Governors, Foundation Governors, Staff Governors and a Community a Governor.
SHCAT Board of Directors have delegated responsibility to each LMB to oversee many of the strategic decisions of each school. As the ‘critical friend’ the LMB are there to support, ask challenging questions and represent the whole school community.

The Head Teacher is responsible for the day to day running of the school, however the Local Management Board:-

  • is accountable for the performance of the school to parents and the wider community
  • plans the school’s future direction
  • selects the head teacher
  • makes decisions on the school’s budget and staffing including the performance management policy
  • makes sure the agreed Curriculum is well taught
  • decides how the school can encourage pupils’ spiritual, moral and cultural development
  • makes sure the school provides for all pupils including those with special needs

Our Local Management meets once a term.

Our Governors

Mrs J Wordsworth


Type of GovernorFoundation Governor – Appointed by The Bishop
Pecuniary InterestAppointed Director of St Hilda’s Catholic Academy Trust 1 November 2015
Governor RoleChair of Governors
Term of Office2015-2019
Attendance at LMB2015-2016 3 of 3
Link Year GroupEarly Years Foundation Stage
Further InformationI have previously been a Governor of another Catholic Primary School for 12 years.
I was chair of that Governing Body for 7 years before retiring from governorship. I was then asked to join the Governing Body of St Alphonsus’ School in 2011


Miss A McCann


Type of GovernorHead Teacher – Appointed by The Bishop
Pecuniary InterestNone
Governor RoleThe Head Teachers role is to report on the educational performance of the school and to keep Governors updated on the internal organisation, management and control of the school
Term of OfficeI held the post of Teacher / Staff Governor for a number of years before becoming an Observer to the Governing body in my role as Deputy Head Teacher.
Attendance at LMB2015-2016: 3 of 3
Further InformationI was appointed as a Newly Qualified Teacher at St Alphonsus’ RC Primary School in September 1992. I then gained promotion to the SLT and eventually to the role of Deputy Head Teacher in 2009. I am now extremely proud and privileged to have been appointed as Head Teacher of this very special school (November 2014).


Mrs E Smith


Type of GovernorFoundation Governor – Appointed by The Bishop
Pecuniary InterestNone
Term of Office2014 –2018
Attendance at LMB2015-2016 2 of 3
Link Year GroupYear 2
Further InformationI have been a Foundation Governor at St Alphonsus for about 9 years. I came about this role because I was approached by the parish priest of St Alphonsus who knew I was a parishioner with children who attended the school. Initially I was quite apprehensive since my only qualifications were, I lived in the area, went to church and had children, however I decided this was exactly why I should do it, because I was in the same position as every other parent at the school, and we should understand and be a part of decisions being made on our behalf.

My oldest child has now left school and the 2 younger attend Trinity Catholic College but I do try to visit regularly so I can keep well enough informed to still make a contribution.

Miss J Jeffrey


Type of GovernorParent Governor – elected by parents
Pecuniary InterestNone
Term of Office2015 -2019
Attendance at LMB2015-2016: 3 of 3
Link Year GroupYear 3
Further InformationMy family has strong links with St Alphonsus’ RC Primary School. I attended as a child and during that time my mam was a parent governor and catechist. My two daughters currently attend school and I feel very fortunate that they both feel secure and happy in their school environment. I also help in Breakfast Club. I am currently volunteering in another catholic school and studying for my Level 3 Teaching Assistant Qualification.







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