St Joseph's Catholic Primary Academy, Healds Road, Dewsbury, WF13 4HY

01924 462053

St Josephs Catholic Primary Academy

We are proud to work with all the Catholic schools across our two local authority areas, particularly as the Trust grows and benefits from the expertise and knowledge that other schools joining in the future will bring.

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Our Academy Council

Our Full Academy Council meet 3 times per year with additional sub-committee meetings each term. Following clear agendas, members consider information and agree a range of policies and procedures which impact on all aspects of school life. They participate in Academy Council training and play an important role in ensuring that our school is a place where everyone feels well cared for and fully respected.

The Chair of our Academy Council is Mrs Elizabeth Stanley. She is supported by our Vice Chair, Mrs Sarah Riley who is also our Chair of Curriculum and Standards.  Our Academy Council team consists of parents, teachers, support staff and representatives from our Church. They bring a wide range of skills and experience to our Council.

They show commitment and dedication to our school by ensuring that all pupils are provided with an excellent education promoting high standards and achievement for all. They are fully committed to the welfare of all pupils and ensure that safeguarding policies and practices are robust across the school.

Our Academy Councillors know our school very well. They play an active role in the life of the school by attending meetings, school events and after school functions and also take part in pupil discussions and learning walks around school.   They are responsible for a number of areas including Curriculum, Finance, Admissions, Policies and Procedures. They work closely with our Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team to ensure children get the best possible education to enable them to reach their full potential, in an environment where they feel safe, valued and learning is fun.

The Academy Council is responsible for:

  • helping to set the Aims and Objectives for the school
  • helping to ensure School Policies and Procedures are relevant and that Objectives are achieved
  • setting Targets to monitor the Progress of the school to ensure it is meeting its Aims and Objectives
  • being a Critical Friend to the school and providing a source of Challenge and Support

Governor Details 2023-24

Governor Details 2023-24

Governor Register of Business Interests 2023-24

Governor Visits Autumn 1 2023-24

Governor Details 2022-23

Governor Details 2022-23

Governor Visits 2022-23

Academy Council

Foundation Governors:

Elizabeth Stanley

Chair of Academy Council & Representative
at Academy Trust Meetings

Year 5 & 6 Governor, 
Wellbeing, Equality & Attendance
& Pupil Premium.
Committees:  Resources, Dismissal Appeal, Complaints

Sarah Riley

Vice Chair of Academy Council
Year 3 & 4 Governor,
Committees: Standards, Staff Dismissal, Pupil Discipline


Foundation Governors: 

David Prendergast

Reception Governor, 
LAC, Child Protection
& Safeguarding.
Committees: Standards, Dismissal Appeal, Pupil Discipline, Complaints

Leigh Manton

Committees:  Resources, Staff Dismissal, Admissions, Complaints

Carmel Jackson

Year 1 & 2 Governor
Committees:  Staff Dismissal, Pupil Discipline








Exofficio Governor: 


Claire Bulloch


 Staff Governor:

Lynne Green

Year 6 HLTA
EYFS Governor
Committees:  Standards & Admissions



  Parent Governor:

Rikki Ismail




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