Anne Marie Horrocks - Chair and Foundation Governor
I was asked to become the local authority governor at the school 9 years ago and I am now one of the foundation governors. Both my children attended the school.
I am an active member of our parish and,as such, I'm also committed to maintaining and promoting the school’s Catholic character and mission ensuring that the whole curriculum ‘is taught in the light of gospel values and actively promotes the spiritual and moral development of the pupils’.
As part of the governing board I am keen to influence the future direction of the school and support the vision to help St Gilbert’s grow from strength to strength.
I thoroughly enjoy being a governor even though it is hard work and I feel supported in this by the other dedicated governors, headteacher and staff.
One of the rewards of being a governor is being aware that you have helped to ensure the children at St Gilbert’s have a happy and safe environment where they can learn and achieve their full potential.
In my limited spare time I enjoy reading and spending time with friends and family.
Mrs Faye Breen - Vice Chair and Foundation Governor
I joined the Governors in March 2014 as a parent governor, 6 months later I was voted in the position of Vice Chair and just over 12 months ago I was asked to transfer over to foundation Governor.
Being a school governor can be demanding at times but is something I am extremely proud and passionate about. I have Twin daughters, Ava & Lola who are currently in Year 6 and this gives me a vested interest in the role. I am passionate about catholic education and truly believe all children, not just my own daughters, deserve a happy and rewarding education. The role enables me to support the fantastic staff we have at St Gilbert’s RC through attending Church services, sporting events and school trips all of which encourage the children to thrive and reach their full potential.
Mrs Donna Kiernan- Headteacher
As Headteacher at St Gilbert’s, I am proud to be a member of the Governing Board and work with them to ensure that each child is given the opportunities to fulfil their potential and discover the unique God-given gift that they carry.
It is a pleasure and a great privilege to serve the St Gilbert’s community and the Parish of St John Paul II, having been appointed as substantive Headteacher in May of this year. I feel very much a part of the St Gilbert’s family and, as such, part also of the parish family. Although I live some miles away from school, I attend St Mary’s Church each Sunday and sing in the choir.
This will be my 31st year working in education as teacher, Deputy Headteacher, Music Advisor, Headteacher and Assistant and Deputy Director of Education at the Diocese of Salford.
Having worked at the Diocese for the last five years, and having the honour of working with our Primary and Secondary schools, Colleges and Universities, it was with great joy that I returned to my roots as a Headteacher.
Our children are our greatest asset and as children of God deserve only the very best. Working together with the senior leadership team, staff, governors and parents it is my main objective that they encounter opportunities at St Gilbert’s which allow them to grow academically and spiritually so that they achieve their very best and really ‘live life to the full’ (John 10:10).
Mr Peter Cusack - Foundation Governor
I am a Foundation Governor at the school and have been a member of the Governors for many years. My whole lifetime, both as a pupil myself and then as a teacher, has been spent in Catholic Education. My teaching career began at St. Patrick's High School where I was for almost 18 years.
I have lived locally for very many years and was a member of the old St. Matthew's parish and now belong to our new parish of St. John Paul ll.
My lifelong commitment to Catholic Education continues today in the main as a Governor at St. Gilbert's where I see it as my duty to support the school in providing for our children in the excellent way it does.
Mrs Jennifer Iddon- Foundation Governor
I have been a foundation governor at St. Gilbert’s since May 2018.
I am a life-long parishioner of Holy Cross Church and have always lived locally. I became a Foundation Governor as I wished to contribute to one of the schools in the parish of St. John Paul II. I am proud to be a governor of St. Gilbert’s school as it is a school with a strong Catholic ethos and one which puts its children, staff and community at the heart of it.
Mrs Josephine Killeen - Staff Governor
I have been the staff governor for four years and have recently been re-elected for a further term. I have taught at St. Gilbert’s for quite a number of years! I currently teach the Year 2 class and I am also the deputy headteacher. As well as being a member of the senior leadership team I am the Key Stage 1 leader and also subject manager of Literacy throughout the school. I believe that good communication between the school, parents, staff, governors and pupils is essential and that governors play an important part in the school community. With my teaching experience and knowledge of the school I believe I can provide a good link and also be the voice of the school staff on the governing body.
Clare Calderwood - Parent Governor
Hello. My name is Clare Calderwood, my daughter attends St Gilbert’s School. I am a parent governor and I work at the University of Manchester. My role as research finance officer means that my skills are best allocated to the resources committee.
Catherine Broadhead - Foundation Governor
I'm Cath Broadhead, a Foundation Governor and 'Mam' to 2 pupils at St. Gilbert's.
I'm Company Director of my own design studio, specialising in licensed textiles. I work with high street retailers and licensors such as BBC, Cartoon Network and FIFA to bring product designs to life. I've always enjoyed my job, and with over 15 years industry experience I realise the importance of this. I'm passionate about inspiring young people to find a profession they love.
Part of my role within the governing team is as a member of the Resources Committee. This allows me to support and challenge the school to make best use of resources, benefitting both pupils and staff.
Dominic Abraham- Newman - Foundation Governor
My name is Dominic Abraham-Newman, I hail from London, but Manchester is my home. I am an events & community manager for the Co-op and also an active member of the Parish of St John Paul ll.
I wanted to become a governor because I want to support & work as a team with the teachers to enable the children to use & find new skills and abilities to do the best they can. I want to help the school to continually raise the standards they have to the benefit of the children, but most of all be a friend to the school.”