Welcome to this section of our website where you can find out more about our instrument of government and the work of the governing body at St Joseph’s.

The role of the school governor is a position of considerable responsibility. Governors are part of the strategic leadership of the school and have a role to play in making sure every child gets the best possible education. One of the ways in which we do this is by challenging and supporting Mr Saunders in his leadership of the school. Our decision-making affects the life and work of the children, staff and parents that make up the community that is St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School.

We work in close partnership with the Liverpool Diocesan Board of Education and the Local Education Authority to provide the highest quality of care and education for all our children. At the heart of our work is a deep commitment to our mission statement:

learning, growing, belonging… happy together in God’s family.

We are firm believers that ‘every child matters’ and therefore believe that all individuals should be cherished and nurtured. Pivotal to this belief, we want every child to enjoy and thrive during their time at St Joseph’s, while making progress and achieving to the best of his/her ability.

Meet the Team

Mr A Saunders - Headteacher

I have been Headteacher here since September 2008 having previously been Deputy Headteacher for three years.  I believe strongly that in immitation of Christ, ‘we wash each other’s feet’ in our service to the community.  At St Joseph’s, all of us strive with the same vision to give the best we can for each child. We want to provide the best setting, conducive to learning and marked by a generosity of each person to achieveing the best together.  Staff, governors, families and children all work to achieve their potential for its own reward and for the common good.

Mr M Parker - LA Governor


I am currently Operations Director for LiveWire Warrington, a community interest company that delivers leisure, library and lifestyle services across the borough. I have worked extensively in sport and leisure since graduating, mostly in the public sector but I also had a period working as a School Sport Partnership Development Manage.

I have a son who is currently in year 2 at St. Joseph’s. We live within the Parish, and got married at St Joseph’s in 201

I am keen to ensure that all children at St Joseph’s are well cared for and are provided with the opportunities and support required to enable them to be confident and happy children that reach their full potential.

I believe that the skills and values I bring to the role of parent governor will strengthen the Governing Body and support Mr Saunders and his team in continuing to deliver the schools aims and vision.

Miss J Rowlands - Foundation Governor

I became a foundation governor at St Joseph’s in April 2019. I joined the governing body because I wanted to support the work of our local Catholic Primary school, ensuring that children are able to flourish both spiritually and academically. Before moving to Penketh I lived in Luton, where I served as a borough councillor for three years, and as a school governor for six years. I currently work as a Head of RE in a secondary school in St Helens.

Mrs P Craig - Vice Chair of Governors - Foundation Governor

I joined the Governing Board October 2018. I have worked for Cheshire Constabulary in the Force Control Centre for 8 years, In this role, I have experience in dealing with complex crimes, providing advice and reassurance to victims and witnesses and dealing with safeguarding incidents.

Prior to this, I worked as a Recruitment Consultant recruiting Teachers for temporary and permanent roles within the Cumbria area.

My daughter is currently in Year 1 at the school.

I am driven by the desire to get the best for all children at St Joseph’s, as well as for their families and the wider community.  Just like every other parent at St Joseph’s I want the very best for my children. I want them to be happy, confident and get the best from their education.  I am excited to be part of the team to help St Joseph’s maintain its high standards and meet future challenges.  I am privileged to be given the opportunity to represent parents and carers at the school.

Mrs K Price - Chair Governors - Foundation Governor

Chair spring term 2015 Foundation Governor since 2013 Working background I have worked as a primary school teacher for 23 years. Until 4 years ago I worked full time, now I work as a supply teacher which I love as it gives me chance to see how things are run in a variety of other schools. I was a governor in the primary school I taught in for 12 years. Links with school I have 3 sons, all of whom attended St. Joseph’s.  Which of the committees are you currently on?  a member of the Standards committee. A few sentences to describe why you became a governor As a teacher I was always grateful for the support given to my school by our governing body. Often they were critical and demanding but it helped us as a school move forwards and improve the standards and as a result improve the education of the children in our care. I chose to send my children to the school and I therefore want to see St. Joseph’s thrive and succeed and become an Outstanding school. If, by giving a few hours of my time each half term, I can help the head and staff at the school to raise standards and ensure that every child there

Dr S Hale - Parent Governor

As a parent to a child in Y1, and to a child starting at St Joseph’s in September 2021, I was pleased to join the governing body as a parent governor in December 2020. I am currently head of science at a secondary school near Bolton and am very passionate about the role that education can play in nurturing and developing potential in all children. I hope to be able to support the Headteacher, all staff and the governing body in striving to ensure that all our children receive an excellent standard of education and a fulfilling school experience during their time at St Joseph’s.

Mr J Kinsella - Foundation Governor

Foundation Governor since October 2014  I have been working in the Flood Resilience team at the Environment Agency. My role involves working throughout Greater Manchester and Merseyside liaising with emergency planners and the public to raise the awareness of flood risk and develop strategies to mitigate the risk. Prior to my present job I taught Science and I.T. for 31 years at William Beamont High School. Links with school My three children have all attended St Joseph’s and at present I have 2 grandchildren who are pupils.  I was approached by Fr Richard and asked to consider becoming a Foundation Governor. Because of my long association with the school and my experience of teaching I decided to take up the position.

Mr P Bacon - Parent Governor
Mr A McLachlan - Foundation Governor

Foundation Governor Since 01/02/14 Working background Solicitor Links with school My daughters  attended St Joseph’s. Which of the committees are you currently on? Business committee A few sentences to describe why you became a governor I became a Governor because I wanted to help make a difference to the school and to work in collaboration with the teachers to ensure the best possible education for pupils, past and present.

Mrs S Powell - Foundation Governor

I am a Biology teacher at a Catholic High School in Manchester. Before moving into teaching, I worked in academic science research; my husband and I lived in Dundee, Paris and Manchester before moving to Warrington in 2014.

I have two children attending St Joseph’s, my daughter is in year 3 and my son in year 2.

As a teacher myself I appreciate how important a supportive governing team can be for a school. I’m looking forward to working with the very talented staff, that we have at St Joseph’s, and to assist them in achieving the school’s aims.  My children thoroughly enjoy coming to school and I’d like that to be the case for all of the school’s pupils.

Miss J Halliday - Staff Governor

I have been a staff governor since September 2019. Currently I am teaching year 4 and have been employed at St Joseph’s for over 3 years. Previously, I taught in St Helens for six years.

I have two teenage boys in Highschool, who love football, other sports and computers.

I became a staff governor as I wanted to play a part  in improving children’s education, not only through teaching. It is also a chnce for me to develop new skills and to practise existing ones as part of a team.