Our Role










The role of the Governing Body of Hope School is to ensure high standards of achievement for all children and young people in the school by:

  • Setting the school’s vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

Governors are not involved in the day to day management of the school.

The Full Governing Body meets twice a term and at other times if necessary.

Hope School has two governors elected by parents, a governor elected by the staff and a governor nominated by the local authority. The head teacher has the right to be a governor. In addition there are five governors co-opted by the Governing Body.

Free induction training is available to all governors and additional training covering various aspects of the role.



Governing Board Organisation 2023-24


Chair: Christine Slonker

Vice Chair: Joanne Weaver

Clerk: Wigan Governor Services

Quorum: 5

Term of Office
NameType of Governor/ Associate Member 

First Appointed

Start DateEnd Date 
Mrs Sue LucasHeadteacher01/09/201501/09/15N/A 
Mrs Lisa DavenportParent05/12/202305/12/2304/12/27 
Mrs Emma FosterParent29/11/202229/11/2228/11/26 
Mr Jim FoxStaff17/11/201505/12/2304/12/27 
Mrs Catherine WhiteLA24/01/202324/01/2323/01/27 
Mrs Pauline LynchCo-opted02/02/201124/04/2223/04/26 
Mrs Christine SlonkerCo-opted25/09/199902/03/2401/03/28 
Mrs Joanne WeaverCo-opted01/04/200913/07/2112/07/25 
Miss Louise WhittleCo-opted12/05/202112/05/2111/05/25 
Mrs Julie WilkinsonCo-opted05/03/201424/04/2223/04/26 


Former Members


NameType of GovernorNotesEnd Date



Pay Committee (agreed at the FGB meeting on 12.10.2023)
NameType of Governor
Mrs Joanne WeaverParent
Miss Louise WhittleCo-opted
Mrs Christine SlonkerCo-opted



Headteacher Performance Management Reviewers

External Adviser: Mr Andrew Farran

NameType of Governor
Mrs Christine SlonkerCo-opted
Miss Louise WhittleCo-opted
Mrs Catherine WhiteLA


ResponsibilityName of Governor
SEND*Mrs Sue Lucas

Louise Whittle

Safeguarding/Child Protection*Mrs Christine Slonker

Louise Whittle

Children Looked AfterMrs Christine Slonker
Health & SafetyMrs Joanne Weaver
Mental Health LinkMrs Christine Slonker
Website ComplianceMr Jim Fox
Transition GovernorMrs Catherine White





Governor’s attendance

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2023 – 2024 – Current Academic Year

2022-2023 – Previous Academic Year

2021-2022 – Prevous Academic Year
2020-2021 – Previous Academic Year
2019-2020 – Previous Academic Year

2018-2019 – Previous Academic Year
2017-2018 – Previous Academic Year

Governing Board Organisation

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2023-2024 Governing Board Organisation 2023-24