Governor Information

The Governors of Immaculate Heart have a general responsibility for the leadership of the school but do not take Decisions about its day to day running.  This responsibility lies with the Headteacher.

 The Governing body has specific responsibilities in a number of areas including:

·        Catholic ethos of the school;

·        Curriculum and conduct of the school;

·        Children with Special Educational Needs (SEN);

·        Overseeing the school budget;

·        Appointments and disciplinary procedure in regards to staff;

·        Admissions, discipline and attendance of pupils;

·        Community and parish use of the school.

Contacting the Governing Body

All Governors can be contacted c/o the school.

The Governing Body

Governors Annual Statement 2018

Register of Interests - click here

 CES Code of Conduct for Governors

Leeds Diocesan Protocols

Attendance at Governor meetings 2016/18

Mr A. Charlwood Mrs. A.M.Phillips Canon Tim Wiley Miss A. O'Brien Miss J. Pulham Mrs. M Cabry Fr. Josh Hilton Mrs. C. Hill Mrs. A Probert Mr. J. Lightfoot

 Chair :  Mr. A. Charlwood

As Chair of Governors my role is to offer support and encouragement to Mrs Phillips and the school leadership team, while also challenging them to keep making our school better so that all the children benefit from an excellent, safe and caring learning environment. I am an experienced school governor, having recently completed 14 years as a governor of a primary school in East Leeds (including five years as Chair).

Originally from ‘down south’, I’ve lived in Leeds for 15 years and in the parish for the last 8 years. My two children are pupils at the school. I work at the University of Leeds as Professor of Human Resource Management and Head of the Work and Employment Relations Division of the Business School. The combination of having two young children, a busy job and the responsibilities of Chair of Governors means that I often have a slightly harassed look on my face, but if you see me dropping off or picking up my kids or in the Queen’s Hall after 9.30 Mass on a Sunday, please don’t let that put you off coming over, saying hello and talking or asking question about the school! You can also contact me by email:


Headteacher: Mrs. A. M. Phillips

I am delighted to be the Head of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and look forward to working with pupils, parents and staff in the years ahead.

I believe strongly that all children should enjoy their learning and have high expectations of what they can achieve so that they can succeed in the future. This is only successful when school and parents work in true partnership together.

Foundation Governor:  CANON T. Wiley

I am Parish Priest of Saint John Mary Vianney, which incorporates the Catholic Churches of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and Saint Paul, the Apostle. I am a regular visitor to both schools, along with Fr. Josh Hilton. As part of our visits we spend time with the children in Y3 helping them prepare for the Sacrament of Reconciliation and their First Holy Communion.


Foundation Governor: Miss. J. Pulham

I live in the parish and have had connections with the school for over 20 years. My 3 older adopted children all attended and my foster daughter is now a pupil. My background is Special Education. I taught severely disabled children for 37 years and have fostered children with additional needs for more than 30 years. This is my second term of office as a foundation governor at the school. I now have the time to fully commit to the role and can use my skills as a teacher to offer help and advice to pupils who have additional needs.

Foundation Governor:  Mrs. M. Cabry

 I was born and brought up in this parish and I am actively involved in many aspects of parish life. In addition to this role as a Foundation Governor, I am a Parish Catechist and a Minister of the Eucharist.

Having worked in schools across the Diocese of Leeds for 38 years, I recently retired as the Head Teacher of a Catholic primary school.

Since retiring, I have become a grandparent which has reignited my deep interest in Catholic education. I hope that this interest, coupled with my vast experience, will help and support the staff and children at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Primary School.


Foundation governor: mr.j. lightfoot

As a parent of the school I am delighted to be a Foundation governor. My aim is to ensure that all children at IHOM receive an outstanding education and see learning as a lifelong desire.

Foundation Governor: Fr. Joshua Hilton

 Fr. Josh has been the Assistant Priest in St John Mary Vianney Parish since September 2017. Fr Josh was ordained on 25th March 2017. He has a keen interest in the education of our pupils.


Foundation governor: Miss A. O'Brien

I am an experienced Foundation Governor as I have served on numerous school boards. As this is my parish school I have devoted the past 10 years to ensure that this school provides the best education for parish children.   

Parent Governor: Mrs. A. Probert

I have twin boys in year one, who are growing up quick and very much enjoying their school days. I believe strongly in the value of education, as the foundation for dreams and the means to achieve them.

When not refereeing a busy household, I’m a chartered accountant with over 10 year’s experience of advising businesses on their financial strategy; helping achieve the best outcomes for the money available. Combined with a degree in business administration and educational studies, I have a variety of skills and experience to contribute.

I’m committed and keen to participate actively in the life of our school and church; you may have seen me as a regular reader at mass on Sunday. I’m a ‘people person’, very approachable and will work hard on behalf of fellow parents to ensure our school settles for nothing less than the best start in life for all our children.


Teacher Governor: MrS C.Hill

 I have been Deputy Head at IHOM since 2010.  My priority as a Governor to ensure that IHOM faces the challenges of education in the 21st Century proactively.