The Role of the Governing Body at
St Peter’s Church of England Primary School.
The Governing Body of St Peter’s Church of England Primary School makes decisions which are in the best interests of the children. The role of governor is enormously rewarding. Not only do governors bring their own knowledge and skills to the role, but, in learning how schools are run, they often develop their understanding of leadership. The majority of employers appreciate this and are supportive of their staff taking on the responsibility. In addition, contributing to the growth and development of a school and seeing tangible improvements in the attainment and well- being of the children is a satisfying and important contribution to the local community.
The governing body is responsible for the conduct of the school and we aim to promote high standards of educational achievement. It is the school’s accountable body and as such:
In order to do this, governors need to gain knowledge of how their school operates through training, by attending meetings, and by getting to know their school community, for example through a visits to the school during the school day. Governors need to work together as a team under the leadership of the Chair of the Governing Body. There are different types of governor and so that staff, parents, pupils and members of the community can get to know governors each governor has provided a brief pen portrait detailed below.
My name is Louise Benney. I am Chair of the Governing Body and a Foundation Governor at Chorley St Peters. I sit on the Resources Committee and am also Pupil Premium Governor - responsible for ensuring that the Pupil Premium funding is spent wisely and helps the children reach their potential. I have three children at St Peters in the infants and juniors so I am actively involved in school life, and I know quite a few of the parents and children across school. I enjoy being able to support the school that is shaping my children's lives for the future and as such I have volunteered as a school governor for over 5 years both here and elsewhere. I work full time for Lancashire County Council and have experience of working with councillors, in change management and more recently as BSF Service Delivery Manager. Together I feel that my broad range of experience has equipped me well to help guide the school towards excellence. I have a passion for learning and strongly believe that children should be given the opportunity to pursue their dreams whether that be music, languages, sport or something entirely different. How do you know what you are good at unless you get the chance to try? I am very proud to say that St Peters provides those opportunities through lessons and it's range of clubs in and out of school. I am very proud to be part of St Peters, all it has achieved and all that I am confident it will go on to achieve.
My name is Ian Jenkinson. I am Vice Chair of Governors. I have lived in the parish of St Peters since moving to Chorley in 1970 and I have been a teacher for 35 years. Whilst my experience has been in the secondary sector I feel I have an awareness of modern practice across the profession. I serve on the Resources Committee and have a responsibility for Finance and Health and Safety. I believe St Peters has a vital role to play in the future of Chorley and I am honoured to serve as a governor.
I am Ben Holmes and I am the Headteacher here at St Peter’s and therefore an 'ex-officio' member of the governing body. I joined St Peter’s in January 2013 as Deputy Headteacher and became Headteacher in September 2016. I love this school & have a strong relationship with the Governing Body (To which I was previously a member prior to beginning my headship), the staff and of course our amazing children! My main roles within the governing body are to keep them informed of progress & standards within the school and to be challenged & questioned about how the senior leadership team & I are working to make things even better! I attend all the committee meetings that take place, as well as the full governing body meetings on a termly basis. I addition to this, I meet regularly with specific Governors and small working groups throughout the school year to support the management of the school.
We are very lucky here at St Peter's to have such a proactive and hands on set of Governors with a great skill set which we can draw upon.
Before joining St Peter's I worked at a school in Accrington where I developed my experience from being a newly qualified teacher to being a senior leader within the school over a number of years.
As well as working here, I also live in Chorley with my wife Sarah (also a teacher!) and my three beautiful daughters Molly, Alice & Martha. In my spare time(!) I love spending time with my family, going on days out and watching a good film or box set on tv!
My name is Rev Peter Smith and I am the Vicar at St Peter's Church and an ex-officio foundation governor. By the nature of my vocation I am very keen to ensure that the Christian ethos of the school is promoted and maintained and my impressions and experiences have been nothing less than excellent.
My specific duties include being the Worship & RE governor, I am on the Curriculum Committee and also Lead governor for Spelling. I am very keen to develop links between church and school and offer the church building as an additional resource for children to expand their learning environment.
On a pastoral note, I can offer confidential support to any staff member, pupils or families as may be required. I am a local boy, married with three grown up boys, born and bred in Chorley so I know the parish very well, which I think is vitally important when dealing with local issues. I love interacting with the children and the staff and will visit the school as often as possible, to assist with worship, assemblies etc. working alongside the Headteacher and staff. I sincerely believe that when our children are encouraged through Christian values as provided at St Peter’s school they respond with love, better behaviour, respect, academic success and ultimately become better citizens.
I am Claire Crabtree. I am the governor for health and safety at St Peter’s School and Attendance. As an employer of staff the governing body must take reasonable steps to ensure that staff and pupils are not exposed to risks to their health and safety. . I have to work with the health and safety systems in place at the school and keep the governors informed of health and safety issues. I have to ensure adequate training is given to staff on health and safety matters. I work closely with the Site Supervisor to ensure that all the statutory checks are completed and the buildings are maintained in a good condition. I am also the School Business Manager within school and bring 17 years of experience in this role to the governing body.
My name is Janette Riding and I am a foundation governor and serve on the resource committee and my role is buildings finance and admissions. I am retired and used to work in accounts and retail. I have been a member of St Peters Church from the age of three and I serve on the PCC and I am also a Sunday school teacher. I attended St Peter’s School. I have seen three children through the education system from primary school to university. One works as a teacher another in public health and the baby of the family the police force. I also help to look after my three grandchildren.
My name is Neil Houghton and I am a parent governor with responsibilities for special educational needs. I have over fourteen years’ experience working with children with special needs, Autism and Asperser’s syndrome. I have become a governor as it is a role I have always wanted to be involved in and to share my knowledge and experience. I live locally and see the school playing a vital role in the community. I am married to Clare and my daughter is in year one.
My name is Sharon Smith and I have recently been appointed as Parent Governor at St Peter’s. I am a Deputy Headteacher at a school in Manchester and have been teaching for twenty two years. I currently teach Year Six and coordinate Assessment and Science. I am also an Associate Governor at that school. I have lived in Chorley for three and a half years with my husband and I have two children, Thomas and Georgina. I am looking forward to working on the Governing Body and supporting the school community.
My name is Carole Keegan and I am one of the Foundation Governors. I live in Chorley with my husband and two children who both attend St Peter's School (one in the infants and one in juniors) and I attend St Peter's Church on a regular basis.
This is my first role on a governing body. I volunteered for this role as I want to be involved in children's education. I'd also like to take an active role in the processes and decision making within school taking into account the best interests of the children.
Throughout my working life I have spent a number of years working within the early years and pre-school settings before moving into the public sector.
My name is Samantha McKenna and I am a Parent Governor. I work as Head of School at a Further Education College in Preston where I am responsible for provisions in Accounting, Business, Computing and Management. I am originally from Essex and moved to Chorley to be with my now husband who attended the school as a child and whose family have had strong connections with both the School and Parish over many years. I am a leader in a youth group attached to St Peter’s Parish where I lead the music of our marching band and over the years have worked with so many children and young people who have progressed through St Peter’s School. Our two children both attend the School and love every minute of their School life. I have always found St Peter’s School and the Parish it sits within to be a very friendly, loving and welcoming community. It is an absolute privilege to have been voted into the Governing body and I hope to be able to reflect the views of parents in my role. I believe my educational background, voluntary work and passion to see and support the progress and development of children and young people will support the School greatly in its quest to providing education of the highest quality.
My name is Lorraine Smith. I am a Foundation governor at St Peter’s, appointed in January 2018. I attend St Peter’s church every week and am a committed Christian. I am married with three grown up children and one granddaughter.
I have worked in a primary school office and have over fifteen years ‘ previous experience as a governor at another primary school and am committed to the growth and development of our young children in primary education.
In previous employment roles I have worked extensively in banks and in the Civil Service, particularly with disadvantaged and disabled individuals; and hope to bring this experience to my role as a governor. I have been a Treasurer for several churches over many years, currently serving as the Chorley Deanery Treasurer. I hope to draw on all this experience to help with the financial wellbeing of the school.
My name is Gail Breen, I was appointed a Foundation Governor in February 2018.
I was born and spent my early years in this parish, I attended St. Peter’s Church, Sunday School, Brownies and Guides.
I am currently training as a Yoga Teacher and studying an MA in Arts Health at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan); as part of the MA I will develop a specialised yoga program for young people in specialist schools.
I have spent 25+ years working in the retail banking industry, my professional life has equipped me with business skills and techniques that enabled me to become a specialist consultant, I have earned a reputation as a skilled designer, project manager and trouble-shooter. I have extensive experience in planning and problem solving.
I am a Christian that respects all faiths and have recently returned to St. Peter’s Church as my place of Christian worship, I feel very welcome and part of the community.
I am looking forward to working with the governing body and getting involved in school life and the development of the children
My name is David Roberts and I'm a new foundation governor. I live local to the school and in fact am a St Peter's old boy having left many moons ago. My daughter currently attends the school. Over the years I have seen the school grow and improve and I am very proud that I can be part of this ongoing development and use my skills and experience to continue moving the school forward. Over my working life I've taken on various roles and through theses experiences will bring a different skill set to compliment the other governors in achieving our aims. I am also an active member of the fund raising committee of St Peter's Church.
My name is Devon Bishop and I am one of the foundation governors, I volunteered for this role as I wanted to be involved in children’s education, I would like to be a part of making decisions that will influence children’s education in a positive way. I am a teacher myself I teach adults currently but worked in FE before moving into adult education, I have recently moved to the area from Berkshire I am looking forward to working closely with the school and local community.