The Governing Board - Bellerive School

The Governing Board


The Governors at Bellerive FCJ Catholic College are drawn from a variety of backgrounds and include representatives of our Trustees, the FCJ sisters, parents and staff.  The Board of Governors bring a range of skills, used to support the effective monitoring and challenge of the school’s performance.  The Board also provide opinions and guidance on school policy and its strategic direction.

Each Governor’s Term of office is for four years (or for staff members, as long as they continue to be a staff member at the school, whichever is the shorter).

The Chair of Governors can be contacted via the Clerk to Governors, Mrs C Brennan, (

All members of the Governing Board agree to abide by the Code of Practice 



Sister Josephine Grainger FCJ (Appointed 01/06/2012)

Sister Brenda Wallace FCJ (Appointed 07/10/2015)

Mrs Pamela Thornton (Appointed 01/06/2012)



 (known as Governors at Bellerive FCJ Catholic College)

 Foundation Governors

Mrs Karen Bliss (appointed by members 01/11/2020) (Chair)

Ms Caroline Braggs (appointed by members 01/11/2020)

Mrs Pamela Green (appointed by members 01/09/2016)
Mrs Niamh Howlett (ex-officio by virtue of office as headteacher/principal 01/09/2017)
Ms Julie Johnson (appointed by members 01/11/2020) (Vice Chair)
Mr Michael Kennedy (appointed by members 01/10/2019)
Miss Stephanie Kilgallon (appointed by members 01/11/2020)
Mrs Pamela Thornton (appointed by members 01/06/2012)
Sister Brenda Wallace (appointed by members 01/06/2016)
Mrs Patricia Young (appointed by members 01/11/2018)

Mrs Maria Branigan (resigned 01/11/2020)


Staff Governor(s)


Mrs Catherine Sharpe (Staff) (Appointed by staff 25/11/2020 – Resigned 19/11/2021)


Parent Governor(s)

Mrs Kerry Jones (Elected by parents 25/11/2020)

Ms Lesley Malone (Elected by parents 05/03/2021)


Clerk to the Governing Board

Mrs Clare Brennan


Accounting Officer

Mrs Niamh Howlett, Headteacher


Funding Agreement and Articles of Association

Bellerive FCJ Catholic College Funding Agreement and Articles of Association


Register of Pecuniary & Business Interests

Mrs Karen Bliss is Chair of Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Ms Caroline Braggs is Assistant FCJ Education Trust Officer for the FCJ Educational Trust

Sr Jo Grainger is a Governor at Gumley House Convent School, Isleworth

Mrs Pamela Green is a Governor at St Anselms College, Birkenhead

Ms Julie Johnson is a retired Headteacher

Mr Michael Kennedy is Headteacher at St Mary’s College, Crosby

Ms Stephanie Kilgallon is employed by DWF Law LLP

Ms L Malone is a teacher at Childwall C of E Primary School

Sr Brenda Wallace is a Governor at Maria Fidelis Catholic School, London & Director of the FCJ Educational Trust

Mrs Patricia Young is a Governor at Upton Hall School, Upton and St. Edward’s College, Liverpool


Governors’ Attendance at Meetings

Please click on the link below to see Governors’ attendance at meetings:

Governors’ Attendance at Meetings 2020-2021

Governors’ Attendance at Meetings 2019-2020

Governors’ Attendance at Meetings 2018-2019

Governors’ Attendance at Meetings 2017-2018


Audit, Finance, Staffing & Resources Committee

Mrs Karen Bliss 

Ms Caroline Braggs

Ms Julie Johnson
Mr Michael Kennedy
Mrs Pamela Thornton
Mrs Niamh Howlett (HT)

Curriculum and Standards

Mrs Pamela Green (Chair)

Ms Caroline Braggs

Ms Julie Johnson

Mrs Kerry Jones

Mr Michael Kennedy

Ms Stephanie Kilgallon

Mrs Pamela Thornton

Mrs Patricia Young
Mrs Niamh Howlett (HT)
Mr Paul McMenamin (DHT)


Student & Staff Welfare and Development Committee

Mrs Kerry Jones

Mrs Pamela Thornton
Sr Brenda Wallace
Mrs Niamh Howlett (HT)
Mrs Jennifer Westwood (DHT)


Discipline Committee (Staff & Pupils)

Committee to be composed of 3 members, to be convened as required, according to need/circumstances.


Appeals Committee

Committee to be composed of 3 members, to be convened as required, according to need/circumstances.


Admissions Committee

Mrs Karen Bliss (Chair)

Mrs P Green

Mrs P Young
Mrs N Howlett (HT)


Committee Arrangements and Terms of Reference 

Scheme of Delegation – Finance Powers for Bellerive FCJ Catholic College


Departmental Link Governors

Bellerive has a Link Governor system where Governors have volunteered to be assigned to a specific curriculum area of the school. This enables effective lines of communication to be established and maintained between the curriculum and the Governing Board.

Design & Technology – Vacancy

English Department – Sr Brenda Wallace

Humanities – Mrs Pamela Green
ICT/Business – Vacancy
Maths Department – Mrs Patricia Young
MFL – Ms Caroline Braggs
Music – Vacancy
PE – Mrs Pamela Green
PSHE – Vacancy
Pupil Premium –Vacancy
RE/Chaplaincy – Sr Brenda Wallace
Safeguarding – Mrs Pamela Green
Science – Mr Michael Kennedy
SEN – Ms Julie Johnson
Sixth Form – Ms Caroline Braggs


Company Secretary

 Mr Andrew Eckford, Director of Finance & Business





























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