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Local Governing Body

This school has nine governors who act  on behalf of Didsbury CE for the St James & Emmanuel Academy Trust. Please see the page on St James & Emmanuel Academy Trust for more information on the organisation of the Trust and the other schools within it, West Didsbury CE Primary School and St Wilfrid's CE Primary School. 

The head of school is a governor because of his job. He can decide not to be a governor, but he still has to attend the meetings and prepare reports for the governors.

Didsbury CE primary school is a church school with very strong links to the Parish of St James and Emmanuel in Didsbury. The Parochial Church Council (PCC) of the church nominate five of our nine governors, in order that the faith foundation of our school is firmly upheld. The PCC nominations have to be ratified and approved by the Members of the Trust, who have the controlling interest. For more information on the Members please see the St James and Emmanuel Trust page on this website.

This school has two parent governors. One is elected by all the parents and the other is a PCC position. There are also two staff governors. One is the head of the school. One works as a teacher in Didsbury CE Primary School. All the people who work in the school vote for the person they want.

There is one governor who is selected by the Trust to represent the local community on the Governing Body. This position is agreed by the PCC.

This school on occasions also has associate members in order to ensure succession planning is rigorous. All our Governors have enhanced DBS checks.

The governors are:

Paul Good - Chair MDBE; Helen Stallard - PCC (parent);  Sylvia Bradley - PCC (community); Andrew Ballantyne - PCC;  Mark Vermes - PCC; Cat Arundale - PCC; Simon Ball - Head of School; Emma Hooson - elected member of staff; Matt Lee - elected parent; Rev'd Nick Bundock Co-opted


This governing body meets six times each year (once every half-term).

There are very strict rules, which the governing body must obey, by law. See below for a link to our Articles of Governance. 

You can also read the latest minutes of the St James & Emmanuel Academy Trust, Didsbury CE Governing Body, too. 

Please note that at every Governing Body meeting our Governors have to declare any pecuniary interests. Please note that none of our Governors have pecuniary interests in education related businesses and any interests have to be declared before every meeting commences.

All our Governors have enhanced DBS checks.

Our Chair of Governors, Mr Paul Good can be contacted by email on: