Governing Body

Loreto Grammar School Governors - As at December 2021.

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
Mr Martin Bourke
Mrs Pat Brown
Dr Kate Grady
Dr Justin McCarthy
Mr Vincent Sweeney
Professor Martin Ashley – Vice Chair

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 trustees are members of the full board of trustees. In addition, trustees are members of committees which report to the full board of trustees. The board of trustees meets once each term to receive reports form its sub-committees and manage its strategic objectives.

The Board has six sub-committees:
1. Chairs and Audit Committee:  Chair - 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 - Mr Martin Bourke: 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, Provincial Leader in England.
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

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

None None 22/01/2021

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  06/12/2021
Sister Bernadette Turtle IBVM

Loreto Developments Limited

Loreto Education Trust

Loreto College (St Albans) 

Loreto Preparatory School

Loreto High School Chorlton

None 18/03/2021
Mrs Jane Beever None

Vice Chair - University Council Liverpool Hope University 

Director - St Joseph's MAT, Liverpool

Loreto English Education Network (LEEN)






Mr Martin Bourke None St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Stockport None 25/03/2021
Mrs Pat Brown None St Antony's Catholic College, Urmston None 06/12/2021
Dr Kathryn Grady None none None 19/12/2021
Mr Jim Lister (Governor and Member)

Tutor Trust Limited

Park Road Academy Primary School

None 17/03/2021
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















January 2021
Professor Martin Ashley Your Healthy Mouth Limited None



Mr Vincent Sweeney None


None 07/12/2021
Parent Governors

Mrs Ruth Davies

St Joseph's Primary School

Loreto Parents' Association


Trustee, Joint Chairperson

None 13/05/2022
Dr Tom Earnshaw None

St John's Medical Centre

None 09/05/2021
Page Downloads Date  
Governors Attendance - 2020 - 2021 11th Nov 2021 Download
GOVERNOR ATTENDANCE 2019-2020 16th Nov 2020 Download
GOVERNOR ATTENDANCE 2018 - 2019 15th Oct 2019 Download


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Posted on: 22/10/2021

Summer School 2021

Loreto was delighted to provide an optional Summer School funded by the Department for Education to support pupils in making up for education missed during the Covid-19 pandemic. This was a welcome opportunity to offer all new year 7 students an insight into the Loreto Community and also additional support for some of our Year 10 students to recover lost curriculum and prepare for year 11. Year 7 Summer School A choice of 2 different weeks were offered to all incoming Year 6 students (our new Year 7) and this flexibility, together with the overwhelming support from parents and carers, ensured a take up of more than 87% of the year group. With the help of staff and sixth form students the aim of the weeks was to support the transition from primary school to secondary school. We gave the new students an opportunity to experience the school environment and ethos without the daunting aspect of many other students. The students were split into groups, to facilitate greater social interaction and allow new friendships to be formed.  In a very short space of time, we saw their confidence grow along with their awareness of the Loreto community.   The students were fortunate to be able to experience many different aspects of a secondary school curriculum. Over the course of the Summer School two weeks, pupils were able to engage in a mixture of academic and enrichment activities in Science, Mathematics, English, History, Geography, Music workshops, Creative Arts, Languages and even an indoor planetarium. The students also grew their talents and explored the arts and this will lead to their Arts Award qualification during 2021/22. An enlightening experience for the whole Loreto community – both staff and pupils alike.    The students also had the invaluable opportunity to meet new peers and get to know each other in their new setting, particularly during their free time at break and lunch. The students also had tours of the school to prepare them ahead of the start of the academic year, guided by a sixth former perspective.   Feedback from students and parents\carers   “I just wanted to drop you a note to say Thank You for hosting a wonderful summer school last week. My daughter had an awesome week meeting new friends, exploring the school and of course learning lots!  It really was a fabulous week and now she is excited and ready for September.  Please pass on our thanks to the teachers, sixth-formers and all the staff.”  “I'd also like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all the staff involved in putting on this week. It has been great for the girls to get the chance to feel a bit more comfortable in their new surroundings and start making new friends. After a long and testing academic year it really is very generous of so many people to volunteer their time. “  Year 10 Summer School The Year 10 summer school in English offered provision for students to benefit from additional support in both English Language and English Literature. This included some revision of key skills including language analysis and reading strategies and introductory work on a set text in English Literature. It enabled some diagnosis of student's needs in order to inform an ongoing programme of support throughout year 11. Summer School Funding Funds Claimed from the Department for Education (695 student days of summer school) £39,485 NB Loreto delivered the summer school at 5% less than the DfE allocation of £299 per student per week with an actual average cost of £285 Costs:- Staffing – including all oncosts for 36 external and internal teaching and support staff (11 days of summer school delivered) £18,506 Daily refreshments and lunch for all attendees £3,740 Special activities – hire of planetarium £590 Educational resources for all subjects taught (including full moderation and certification of the Arts Award) £7,027 Educational resources – including allowable investment in technology and equipment (demonstrating good value for money as this will be used subsequently for the long term benefit of the pupils) £7,649 Other – site costs and cleaning £1,973 Total Cost £39,485  Read More
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