Local Governing Body
This school has eleven governors who act on behalf of West 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, Didsbury CE Primary School and St Wilfrid's CE Primary School.
The head of school is a governor because of her job. She attends the meetings and prepares reports for the governors.
West 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 West Didsbury CE Primary School. All the people who work in the school vote for the person they want.
There is also one governor position for the executive headteacher who attends 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 Blackburn - Chair
Felicity Bradley - PCC
Karen Michael - PCC (community)
Paul Good - Vice Chair
Tom Studman - PCC
Lucy Noden - PCC (parent)
Hannah Large - Head of School
Matt Whitehead - Executive Headteacher
Julia Heatley - elected member of staff
Marie Turnbull - elected parent
Anne-Marie Sarantis - 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 will also be able read the latest minutes of the St James & Emmanuel Academy Trust, West 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.
Our Chair of Governors, Mr Paul Blackburn, can be contacted by email on :
All our Governors have enhanced DBS checks.