Local Governing Body
This school has eleven 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 attends the meetings and preparse 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 six of our eleven 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 three parent governors. Two are 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.
The executive headteacher is also a governor and attends the meetings in order to report back to the Trustees.
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; ); Abbie Jones - PCC; Joyce Thom ; Cat Arundale - PCC; Simon Ball - Head of School; Emma Hooson - elected member of staff (currently on maternity leave and replaced by Sam Morgan) Matt Lee - PCC; Rev'd Augustine Ihm - Co-opted; Matt Whitehead - Executive Head; Philip Robinson - elected parent; John Janulewski PCC and Kate Catling - elected parent.
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:
During the restricted opening of the school to key workers and vulnerable children due to Covid-19, the LGB of Didsbury CE did not meet. Rather a 'core group' comprising of the Chairs and Heads of School of the four schools that make up the Trust plus the Executive Head of the Trust have met remotely. This ensures that Heads of School are still held to account for their respective schools. The minutes from these meetings are published below and are also distributed to LGB members.
LGB meetings resumed remotely on 24th June 2020.
During the Autumn term LGB meetings were held along with a limited number of Core group meetings. With the January restricted opening of the school to vulnerable children and critical workers, the Core group returned to meeting on a regular basis. The scheduled LGB meetings also took place.
Key governance documents are attached below and minutes from meetings can be found on the sub-pages below organised into academic years.