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 2022-23

Reviewed at FGB Business Meeting on 13/10/22

Wigan Governor Services clerk FGBs

WGS Allocated Clerk: Marion Woods

Constitution – Total of 10: 1 HT, 2 Parents; 1 Staff; 1 LA; 5 Co-opted (reconstituted at FGB on 13/10/22)

Meeting Structure – 6 FGBs

School Business Manager: Mrs Sandra Couling


Chair: Mrs Christine Slonker

Vice Chair: Joanne Weaver

Clerk: Wigan Governor Services

Quorum: 5 (when all positions filled – check for vacancies)

NameType of Governor/ Associate MemberVoting rightsPacksStart DateEnd Date
Mrs Sue LucasHeadteacherY 09/09/15N/A
Mrs Louise WhittleCo-optedY 12/05/2111/05/25
Mrs Emma FosterParentY 29/11/2228/11/26
Mr Jim FoxStaffY 17/11/1916/11/23
Mrs Christine SlonkerCo-optedY 02/03/2001/03/24
Mrs Pauline LynchCo-optedY 24/04/1823/04/26
Mrs Julie WilkinsonCo-optedY 24/04/1823/04/26
Mrs Joanne WeaverCo-optedY 13/07/2112/07/25
Catherine WhiteLAY 24/01/2323/01/27



FORMER MEMBERS OF BOARD 2022/23 (info for website)
NameType of GovernorNotesStart DateEnd Date
Mr Philip FraserParentTerm expired02/03/1601/03/20
Mrs Joanne DeanCo-optedStepped down05/02/1917/06/20
Ms Susan BoothCo-optedStepped down02/03/1626/06/20

Mr John Mason                       LA                       Term expired                                       31/08/22

Mr Rob Adams                        Parent                 Term expired                                       12/06/21

Mrs Rachel Dooley                 Parent                   Stepped Down                                       



Pay Committee (agreed at FGB on 13/10/22)


NameType of Governor
Mrs Joanne WeaverVice Chair
Mrs Christine SlonkerChair

 Mrs Louise Whittle




Headteacher Performance Management Reviewers (agreed at FGB on 13/10/22)

External Adviser: Mr Andrew Farran

NameType of Governor
Mrs Louise WhittleCo-opted
Mrs Joanne WeaverVice Chair



  • Pupil Discipline
  • General Complaints
  • Staff Dismissal/Grievance/Appeals Committee


3 Governors with no prior knowledge of the matter will be called to form these committees



ResponsibilityName of Governor

Mrs Sue Lucas

Mrs Louise Whittle

Safeguarding/Child Protection*

Mrs Christine Slonker & Louise Whittle

Children Looked After

Mental Health Link

Mrs Christine Slonker
Health & Safety Mrs Joanne Weaver
Website ComplianceMr Jim Fox



Governor’s attendance

To download attendance information for our governing body, please use the link below.

2021-2022 – Current 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

To download board organisation information for our governing body, please use the link below.

2023-2024 Governing Board Organisation 2023-24