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Letter to Parents / Carers


The Governing Board of St Ambrose Barlow RC High School and Sixth Form is made up of Foundation governors, parent governors and staff governors who work together as one team to provide:

  • Leadership, clarity of vision ethos and strategic direction of the school
  • Accountability for the performance of the school and its pupils
  • Oversight of the schools finances ensuring resources are targeted for maximum effect

Governors act as a critical friend to the school supporting the Head Teacher and staff in providing pupils with the learning journey and inspirational experiences they need, ensuring that every child matters. We live out the Gospel Values inspired by Christ the Teacher and are mindful of pupils, parents and staff who we support in achieving the best possible results.

Our school has grown to include pupils from six local parishes and has a vibrant 6th Form which welcomes students from across Salford. Governors are representative of the local community and bring their expertise and knowledge to ensure that we have a wide range of skills to deal with school business.

I have been elected as the new Chair of Governors in July 2017 and I am fortunate to have an experienced and dedicated team of governor colleagues who spend many hours volunteering to attend school, meetings and other activities.

Governors are supportive of our Head teacher and staff and the successful way in which pupils are given the best possible start for adult hood and the world of work. As a Catholic school we educate people to be good citizens not just good pupils and are grateful for the support we receive from parents and the community.

St Ambrose Barlow is a special place, a caring and inclusive community that shares good practise with others. We encourage you to be part of the school community supporting your children and attending school events.

Governors are justifiably proud of what we now refer to as My Ambrose.

Karen Whitehead

Chair of Governors

The St Ambrose Barlow RC High School & Sixth Form Governors are:

Mrs Karen Whitehead - Chair / Foundation Governor

Mr Philip Royle - Vice Chair / Foundation Governor

Mrs Helen Devine - Vice Chair / Foundation Governor

Mr Peter Conroy - Vice Chair / Foundation Governor

Mr Ben Davis - Head Teacher /Governor

Mrs Krys Borritt - Foundation Governor

Fr Paul Smith - Foundation Governor

Mr Grahame Walker - Foundation Governor

Mrs Maureen Hawes - Foundation Governor

Mrs Victoria Allen - Parent Governor

Mrs Mel Cunningham - Co-opted Governor

Mr Jonathan Lawford - Co-opted Governor

Mr Ben Davies - Staff Governor

Fr Gavin Landers - Associate Member

Cllr Derek Antrobus - LA Governor

Ms Judith Darby - Clerk to the Governors

Committees 2018


Mr Philip Royle - Chair

Mr Peter Conroy – Vice Chair

Mr Ben Davis - Head Teacher

Mrs Karen Whitehead

Mrs Mel Cunningham

Mr Graham Walker

Mr Malcom Walker

Cllr Derek Antrobus



Mrs Krys Borritt - Chair

Mrs Maureen Hawes – Vice Chair

Mr Ben Davis - Headteacher

Mrs Karen Whitehead

Fr. Gavin Landers

Mr Jonathan Lawford or Mr Mike Carroll

Mrs Helen Devine

Mr Philip Royle

School Improvement

Mrs Karen Whitehead - Chair

Mrs Helen Devine – Vice Chair

Mr Ben Davis - Head Teacher

Mr Jonathan Lawford

Mr Graham Walker

Mrs Krys Borritt

Mrs Victoria Allen

Mrs Bernie Furey / Mr Peter Paize / Mr Mark Hulton

Mr Ben Davies

Fr. Paul Smith


All terms of office last for a period of 4 years.

  • Foundation governors are appointed by the Diocese
  • Staff governors are appointed by school staff
  • Parent governors are appointed by parents of pupils at the school
  • Co-opted governors are appointed by the Governing Board
  • LA governors are appointed by the LA
  • The Head is ex-officio


Clerk to the Governors

Judith Darby -

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