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Meet the Governors

School Governors

 

The Local Governing Body of St Thomas CE Primary School plays a crucial role in the life and work of our school. It is made up of 10 volunteers from the local and wider community, plus the Headteacher and two members of staff. The role of the Local Governing Body is defined in its constitution.

 

Our school is part of the Liverpool Diocesan School Trust (LDST), a multi academy trust led by Liverpool Diocese which, “welcomes young people of all faiths and none and is committed to providing each of them with a high quality education and environment where Christian values and principles permeate all that is done”. More information on LDST can be found on the school website and at : http://www.liverpool.anglican.org/Liverpool-Diocesan-Schools-Trust-Update

 

Governors undertake their roles and responsibilities through committees. There are six committees, they are:

• Full Local Governing Body which meets normally 4 times a year

• Curriculum and Standards

• Resources

• Safeguarding & SEN

• Distinctiveness/Ethos

• Pay and Performance

 

Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic Notice - please note that due to the exceptional set of circumstances created by the pandemic, all considerations and business critical decisions will taken by a core group of Governors made up of the Chairs of the respective committees until further notice as all face to face Governor meetings have been suspended due to social distancing and current lockdown regulations

 

In addition, we have ‘lead governors’ who undertake specific monitoring roles in such areas as: Safeguarding, Special Educational Needs and Disability, Pupil Premium, Health and Safety, GDPR.

 

Governors also undertake ‘learning walks’ in which a group of governors will undertake a visit to school with a specific focus eg how the school assess pupils progress.

 

The main work of the Local Governing Body is outlined below:

  • Acting as a critical friend to the school and being accountable for its decisions.
  • Continuously developing the partnership with parents, carers and pupils and seeking their views to help the Governing Body, Senior Leadership Team and all staff in moving the school forward.
  • Establishing the strategic direction of the school by ensuring there is clarity of vision, values and objectives.
  • Agreeing the school improvement strategy with appropriate priorities and targets.
  • Ensuring accountability by appointing and performance managing the Head Teacher.
  • Monitoring the educational performance of the school and progress towards agreed targets.
  • Contributing to the school’s self-evaluation.
  • Overseeing financial performance by setting the budget, monitoring spending against the budget and ensuring money is well spent and value for money is obtained.

 

You can find out what we have been doing by looking across the school website which has further information on governing teams, roles, biographies info and links.

St Thomas’ CE Primary School Local Governing Body 2020/21

Headteacher: Mr Mark Ward

Chair: Mrs Jane Dunn

Vice-Chairs: Mrs Rachael Baker & Mr Sean Reck

Clerk to the Governors: Mr Steve Travis

Name

Category

Date Appointed

Appointed by

Term of
Office

Roles and Committees

Mrs Emily Alty

Associate

13/03/2019

Local Governing Body

N/A

Deputy Headteacher

Mrs Rachael Baker

Foundation

12/10/2018

Diocese

4 Years

Vice Chair of Governors

Vice Chair of Distinctiveness/Ethos

Mrs Joely Gibbons Foundation 11/03/20 Diocese 4 Years

Safeguarding and SEND

Resources

Mrs Laura Ben-Ali

(currently on maternity leave)

Staff

1/06/ 2017

Staff

4 Years

Curriculum & Standards

Mrs Kate Rogers Staff  01/01/20 Staff 1 Year Curriculum and Standards
Mrs Holly Prince Staff 01/01/20 Staff 4 Years School Business Manager

Mrs Cheryl Danher

Foundation

1/10/2016

Diocese

4 Years

Distinctiveness/Ethos

Mrs Jane Dunn

Foundation

1/03/2014

Diocese

4 Years

Chair of Governors

Pay & Performance

Curriculum & Standards

Safeguarding & SEN

Mrs S Ellis

Parent

17/10/2018

Parent Election

4 Years

Resources

Mr Paul Gradden

Foundation

1/08/2015

Diocese

4 Years

Chair of Resources

Mr Paul Illingworth

Parent

12/10/2018

Parent Election

4 Years

Resources

Pay & Performance

Mr S Reck

Foundation

13/3/2018

Diocese

4 Years

Vice Chair of Governors

Chair of Curriculum & Standards

Vice Chair of Pay & Performance

Resources

Mr Mark Ward

Headteacher

1/01/2016

Local Governing Body

N/A

Headteacher

Mrs Debra Walker Foundation 27/07/2020 Diocese 4 Years  TBC

 

Former Governors 2018/19

Name

Category

Date Appointed

Appointed by

Term of
Office

Stood Down

Mrs Jean Cropper   Foundation 1/09/17 Diocese 4 Years        2020
Mrs Karen Pouton Foundation 1/03/16 Diocese 4 Years  2020
Rev Paul Robinson Foundation 1/09/17 Diocese 4 Years  2020

 

Committees

Safeguarding & SEN

Resources

Curriculum & Standards

Distinctiveness & Ethos

Pay & Performance

Chair

Mrs Jane Dunn

Chair

Mr Paul Gradden

Chair

Mr S Reck

Chair

Rachael Baker 

Chair

Mrs Jane Dunn

Mr Mark Ward

Mr Mark Ward

Mr Mark Ward

Mr Mark Ward

Mr Mark Ward

Mrs J Gibbons

Mr S Reck

Mrs Laura Ben-Ali

Mrs Cheryl Danher

Mr S Reck

 

Mrs Jane Dunn

Mrs Kate Rogers

Mr Paul Gradden

 

Mrs S Ellis

Mrs Jane Dunn

Mrs Rachael Baker

Mrs S Ellis

 

Mr P Illingworth

Mrs Cheryl Danher

Mrs Rachel Cowen

Mr P Illingworth

 

 

Mrs J Gibbons

Mrs E Alty

 

 

Mrs H Prince

Mrs Rachael Baker

 

Mrs H Prince

Register of Interests

Name of Governor

Declared Interest

Mrs Emily Alty

No business interest declared

Mrs Rachael Baker

No business interest declared

Mrs Laura Ben-Ali

No business interest declared

Mrs Cheryl Danher

No business interest declared

Mrs Jane Dunn

No business interest declared

Mrs Sarah Ellis

No business interest declared

Mrs J Gibbons No business interest declared

Mr Paul Gradden

No business interest declared

Mr Paul Illingworth

No business interest declared

Mr S Reck

No business interest declared

Mrs K Rogers No business interest declared

Mr Mark Ward

No business interest declared

Please note: Any declaration of personal interests between Governors and staff of St Thomas’ CE Primary School are made to the Chair of Governors and Headteacher.

 

Record of Attendance 2019/20*

Name

Scheduled
Meetings

Meetings Attended

Apologies
Accepted

Absent

Mrs E Alty

8

6

2

 

Mrs R Baker

6

6

 

 

Mrs L Ben-Ali

3

3

 

 

Mrs J Cropper (left 4.12.19)

2

 

2

 

Mrs C Danher

4

2

2

 

Mrs J Dunn

10

9

1

 

Mrs S Ellis

7

6

 

1

Mrs J Gibbons 1 1    

Mr P Gradden

8

8

 

 

Mr P Illingworth

7

6

1

 

Mrs K Pouton (left 9.3.20)

5

3

2

 

Mr S Reck

10

8

2

 

Rev P Robinson (left 9.12.19)

2

2

 

 

Mrs K Rogers 2 1 1  

Mr M Ward

10

10

 

 

* Please note that some scheduled meetings after March 2020 were cancelled due to Covid-19
Mark Ward, Headteacher
Jane Dunn, Chair of Governors / Foundation
Paul Gradden, Foundation Governor
Cheryl Dahner, Foundation Governor
Sean Reck, Foundation Governor
Rachael Baker, Foundation Governor
Paul Illingworth, Parent Governor
Sarah Ellis, Parent Governor
Steve Travis, Clerk to Governors
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