Governance Arrangements

Loreto Grammar School Governance and Members:

If you would like to contact a Governor, please address your correspondence care of Loreto Grammar School.

Foundation Governors:
Sister Bernadette Turtle IBVM

Sister Kathleen Hewitt IBVM

Mr Jim Lister – Chair

Professor Martin Ashley – Vice Chair

Mr Martin Bourke

Mrs Pat Brown

Mr Jonathan Hassall

Dr Justin McCarthy

Mrs Georgina Ostick

Mr Vincent Sweeney

Headteacher Governor:
Mrs Jane Beever

Parent Governors:
Mrs Ruth Davies

Dr Tom Earnshaw

The governance of the Trust is defined in the Memorandum and Articles of Association together with the Funding Agreement with the Department for Education. All Governors are members of the full board and Directors of Loreto Grammar School Limited. A detailed Scheme of Delegation outlining governance arrangements is prepared and reviewed annually. In addition, Governors/Directors are members of committees which report to the full board of Governors/Directors. The board of Governors/Directors meet once each term to receive reports from its sub-committees and manage its strategic objectives.

The Board has six sub-committees:
1. Chairs and Audit Committee:  Chair - Mr Jim Lister / Chair - Mr Vincent Sweeney (Audit/Risk) which meets at least termly to consider the strategic direction of the school, the internal controls, data protection and risk management;
2. Finance and Premises: Chair - Mr Jim Lister incorporating the Health and Safety subcommittee, which meets half termly to consider the academy’s budgets and financial performance, building and maintenance programme and other premises requirements;
3. Admissions and Pupil Welfare: Chair - Mrs Pat Brown which meets 4 times a year to consider the school’s admissions policy, to oversee the entrance examination for entry to Year 7, entry to other year groups including the Sixth Form. Any related admissions matters are considered by this committee. This committee also has responsibility to overview all matters of pupil welfare safeguarding and behaviour;
4. Curriculum: Chair - Professor Martin Ashley: which considers all matters relating to the curriculum offer in school considering national initiatives and challenging the school in terms of academic performance;
5. Staffing: Chair - Mr Vincent Sweeney: which considers all appointments, performance management and all staff associated policies; and
6. Ethos and Values: Chair - Dr Tom Earnshaw:  which ensures the day to day Catholic life of the school is celebrated and upheld.

Clerk to the Governors:
Trust GS Governor Services

Academy Members:
The members have a similar role to shareholders of a company and are the subscribers to the Memorandum of Association. The members are kept informed about Trust business so that they can be assured that the Governing Body is exercising effective governance. At Loreto Grammar School, our members are representatives of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Loreto Education Trust and Board of Governors:-

The Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (member since 2012) – represented by Sister Bernadette Boland IBVM.
Loreto Education Trust (member since 2012) – represented by Sister Patricia Goodstadt IBVM, as Chair. The Loreto Education Trust is responsible for the appointment of Foundation Governors.
Board of Governors (member since 2012) – represented by Mr J Lister, Chair of Governors (appointed as a named member on 3 July 2017). 


Register of Interests

Other Directorships

Other Governorships

Relationships to Staff

Date Signed

Sister Bernadette Boland IBVM

Teresa Ball International Solidarity Fund

Trustee of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (English Province)

None None 27/11/2023

Sister Patricia Goodstadt IBVM


Loreto Education Trust Loreto Sixth Form College None January 2021
Foundation Governors  
Sister Kathleen Hewitt IBVM Loreto Education Trust Trustee  None  25/10/2023
Sister Bernadette Turtle IBVM

Loreto Developments Limited

Loreto Education Trust

Loreto College (St Albans) 

Loreto High School Chorlton

None 25/09/2022
Mrs Jane Beever

Vice Chair and Director - University Council Liverpool Hope University 

Director - St Joseph's MAT, Liverpool

Loreto English Education Network (LEEN)






Professor Martin Ashley Your Healthy Mouth Limited None None 04/11/2023
Mr Martin Bourke None St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Stockport None 15/11/2023
Mrs Pat Brown None None None 13/11/2023
Mr Jonathan Hassall Public Role - Judge (Civil) County Court Wife works at Loreto as Invigilator on a casual basis. 19/10/2023
Mr Jim Lister (Governor and Member)

Tutor Trust Limited

Park Road Academy Primary School

None 27/11/2023
Dr Justin McCarthy

Loreto Education Trust

Stockton Heath Medical Servicecs Limited

Stockton Health Medical LLP

Kerasia Medical Limited

Trustee of St Joseph's Family Centre, Warrington












Mrs Georgina Ostick


None None None 06/03/2024
Mr Vincent Sweeney None


None 19/11/2023
Parent Governors

Mrs Ruth Davies


St Joseph's Primary School


None 27/11/2023
Dr Tom Earnshaw

St John's Medical Centre - Partner 

Altrincham Healthcare Alliance - Primary Care Network Limited - Director


None 19/11/2023


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Posted on: 26/09/2023

Loreto Grammar School achieves Eco-Schools Green Flag with Distinction

Loreto Whale, displayed on our fence next to the tennis courts, made from plastic bottle tops to symbolise the dangers of plastic pollution to marine life. An enormous thank you to our students and staff who have worked very hard to promote eco awareness in our school and undertaken so many eco initiatives allowing us to fly the Eco flag. The Eco Schools board reviewed our application and were pleased to highlight the following:- "Achieving our accreditation demonstrates that you have gone above and beyond to improve your local community and protect our planet, if everyone shared the same passion, determination and dedication we're sure the climate crisis would soon be thing of the past. It is very impressive that you have formed such a large Eco-Committee with fantastic adult member support. It shows that young people in your school are aware of environmental issues and are committed to being active and creating positive change. This knowledge and attitude has provided your school with excellent foundations for the many successes achieved through a whole school approach and the fact that the work of your Eco-Committee is valued and respected amongst staff and pupils alike! We loved reading the quotes provided by members of the Eco-Committee which demonstrate that they are impressive individuals who are passionate about improving their local community and protecting our planet. Your Curriculum Link examples are imaginative, practical and fun, making environmental education accessible and engaging, well done! This is a great way to add context to your Eco-Schools work, it means young people at your school are given the opportunity to learn about important environmental issues and then the chance to work on these issues – a great dual approach. This is a great way to add context to your Eco-Schools work, it means young people at your school are given the opportunity to learn about important environmental issues and then the chance to work on these issues – a great dual approach. It was also wonderful to read you had supplemented your environmental learning with a field trip to the Waste Recycling Plant in Sharston to learn about Waste Management– the day sounded brilliant! We absolutely loved seeing the evidence you provided of your completed sessions and planning, all involved should be incredibly proud of their achievements. You have placed a lot of emphasis on informing as many members of your school community as possible in your Eco- Schools work and this is a strength of your application. You have made significant efforts to involve all pupils and your wider school community, maximising the impacts of your Eco-Schools work and benefitting your local area and our planet. Your greatest successes link clearly to the experience of your pupils. It is great that you were able to greatly improve school-wide efforts with recycling. This is what the best forms of climate action are about – impactful but achievable things that create a positive experience and prompt more action. We love this! Managing and resourcing changes is a common and big challenge to face, especially when actively trying to involve your local community! Your actions have faced this challenge and made brilliant choices to adapt to them. SMART choices and a committed Eco- Committee have overcome any obstacles and you should be proud of your achievements this year. We love your collaborative approach to creating an Eco-Code pledge, this approach has allowed your Eco-Committee to take ownership and create a final code that will be treasured by everyone at your school. Your Eco-Code is a fantastic call to action for all who read it. It’s a great reflection of the ethos your Eco-Committee have created. Overall, this is a terrific application. Everyone at Loreto Grammar School should be proud of the Green Team and the amazing and inspiring work that they’ve delivered this year. You’re more than worthy of your Eco-Schools Green Flag with Distinction. Congratulations!" This award demonstrates our continuing Eco journey as we strive to live out Pope Francis’ message of “Laudate Si” (praise be to you), the Loreto Sisters seven year action plan (2021-2028) on “Care for our Common Home” and our own school response to climate change. We look forward to 2023-24 with hope and commitment.Read More
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