We are a Values-based School

Holy Family

Catholic Primary School

At Holy Family we grow, learn and succeed in the footsteps of Jesus

Governing Body




Term of office ends

Councillor Dr Serena Carr

Chair of Governors

Foundation Governor





Mr Pete Mitchell

Vice-Chair of Governors

Foundation Governor



Father Stephen Woolley

Parish Priest

Foundation Governor



Mrs Angela Bower

Foundation Governor



Mrs Jane Simister

Foundation Governor



Mr Nick McHugh

Foundation Governor



Mrs Cath Timney Foundation Governor 19/11/2019 18/11/2023

Mrs Linda Davison




Miss Fianna Hornby LA Governor 29/06/2020 31/08/2024

Mrs Natalie Holland

Staff Governor



Mrs Margo Byrne

Associate Governor



Mr Jon Corden

Parent Governor




Parent Governor



Mrs Lauren Robinson Associate Governor 19/11/2019 18/11/2023

Meet the Governors


The Governing Body of Holy Family School meet once per term as a full group, but have committees running every month. These meetings are where we set the strategic framework of the school and monitor its implementation. We act as a 'critical friend' by holding the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and the well being of the children.  The governing body also oversees the finances of the school; making sure money is spent in the best way to support the ideals and needs of the school : 


Mr Peter Mitchell  - Foundation Governor (Vice Chair of Governors)

Responsibilities : Finance & Building Committee (Chair)

Term of Office : 19/11/2019 - 19/11/2023

Pecuniary Interests : None              | Meetings attended 95%


I am a recent addition to the team having joined the team in September 2015. I am involved in the Finance and Building committee, and I am also the lead on the schools website, helping it develop and be hopefully more informative. I hope to use the website to improve our communication with parents, students and the wider community. My wife Catherine is an active member of the Friends of Holy Family, and I have two boys at the school. My work is in ICT and I spend most of my time working with schools helping them implement large IT projects. I am really looking forward to working with the school and other governors in keeping the momentum going in the exciting changes and fabulous new feeling that is permeating the school.


Father Stephen Woolley  - Foundation Governor

Responsibilities : Finance & Building Committee, Admissions and Headteacher Appraisal

Term of Office : 01/09/2016 - 31/08/2020

Pecuniary Interests : None              | Meetings attended 90%


Mrs Angela Bower  - Foundation Governor

Responsibilities : Personnel Committee and Admissions Committee

Term of Office : 01/09/2016 - 31/08/2020

Pecuniary Interests : None              | Meetings attended 100%

I am a Foundation Governor and was a Founder teacher at Holy Family when it first opened. My career has always been in education, teaching, management and support for Languages and Science in many Trafford schools.  My own family came to Holy Family, and my Grandchildren also come. I have always had a deep affiliation to the school and the church. I am also a volunteer in school helping with reading. I attend the Sacramental preparation services, masses, Lenten services, Christmas shows and productions. I support events by the Friend of Holy Family as I value our school as being part of a larger family of the Parish of Holy Family Sale Moor. Until recently for many years I served as a Eucharistic Minister and helped numerous ways within the parish.


Mr Nicholas McHugh - Foundation Governor

Responsibilities : Children and Learning Committee

Term of Office : 10/04/2015 - 09/04/2019

Pecuniary Interests : None              | Meetings attended 100%

I have worked in the education and training sector for over 5 years managing teams of up to 18 people. I bring to the role a strong background in performance management and complex data analysis. I am married and have 2 young children, one already attends Holy Family and the other will be joining in September 2016. I am an active participant in the wider school and church community and relish the opportunity to play a part in the growth and development of the school.


Dr Serena Carr  - Foundation Governor (Chair of Governors)

Responsibilities : Children and Learning (Chair)

Term of Office :12/06/2017 - 11/06/2021. Appointed Vice Chair of Governors October 2018

Pecuniary Interests : None              | Meetings attended 100%

I had heard about the enormous enthusiasm to grow and improve at Holy Family and I was delighted to become part of the governor team in November 2015. As a practising Catholic, I wanted to help ensure that we can provide excellent Catholic schooling to local children, in a nurturing environment.

I live in Sale and I have two young children (aged 1 and 3). I work as a hospital Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine. 

I am used to working in teams in my work role and I try to add the same enthusiasm, energy, integrity and supportive feedback into my role as governor.


Mrs Jane Simister - Foundation Governor

Responsibilities : Personnel (Chair)

Term of Office :1/9/2016 - 30/8/2020

Pecuniary Interests : None              | Meetings attended 100%

I have lived in Sale Moor for 39 years and both my children attended Holy Family school. I am an active member of the Holy Family Church community which includes helping to run a popular Toddler Group.

I have always been interested in the education of young people of all ages. I worked in the Manchester Metropolitan University Library for many years.

I hope my life experience will be of benefit to the school.


Mrs Linda Davison  - Head Teacher - Statutory Right

Responsibilities : Attendance at all Committees

Term of Office : Statutory

Pecuniary Interests : None              | Meetings attended 100%

I have been at Holy Family for 14 years; 12 years as the Headteacher. Previously I worked at St Vincent’s Catholic Primary in Altrincham for 12 years. Being the Headteacher of a Catholic school is so important to me, knowing I am supporting and guiding the children on their faith journey.

My role is not just to lead the school, but to work closely with the governors and staff to make improvements to Holy Family where necessary. I am proud to lead the first accredited Values-based school in our Authority and Diocese. Our values are at the heart of everything we do at Holy Family.

I am proud of all the hard work all stakeholders including our parents and pupils have put into making the school what it is today. As Headteacher I am automatically a Governor of the school.

I currently hold curriculum responsibilities for Assessment,  PHSE and MFL.

I was delighted with the outcome of our last Section 48 Religious Inspection where the inspector started the report with ‘This is an exciting time to be a pupil at Holy Family.’ Nothing makes me prouder than seeing the achievement in our children both academically and socially.

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