Governors

The Governing Body has corporate responsibility for the effectiveness of the school.  The majority of the Governors are ‘Foundation Governors’, meaning that they are elected or appointed by the local Parochial Church Council (of Holy Trinity, Bolton-le-Sands) or by the Diocese of Blackburn.  The Chair of Governors is Mrs Janet Thompson.

The Governors meet, as a full Board of Governors, on a termly basis. Much of the strategic and day-to-day work of the Governing Body is undertaken via its committees:

Curriculum and School Effectiveness Committee: this committee is chaired by Margaret Foster and focuses on the key work of the school. The committee challenges and supports the headteacher and staff to provide an enriched and innovative curriculum within which all the children of the school are able to make good or better progress. There is a close dialogue between this committee and all staff members with responsibility for aspects of life in school (eg assessment co-ordinator, subject co-ordinators, SEN co-ordinator etc). The committee receives regular reports re the progress of cohorts and groups in school and negotiates key school improvement areas with the headteacher and staff.

Premises and Health and Safety Committee: this committee is chaired by Kathy Edwards and its key focus is to ensure that the school is a safe and suitable place to work and learn. This committee manages the regular inspections of the school site and monitors key health and safety indicators. This committee has a strategic responsibility to plan ahead to maintain the fabric of the school and develop buildings programmes for the future development of the school.

Finance and Staffing Committee (plus Pay Committee): this committee is chaired by David Bateman and has responsibility for the school’s financial management and staffing arrangements. This committee ensures that all procedures are in place to ensure that the school is well led and managed in terms of financial probity and it aims to gain ‘best-value’ solutions to challenging funding issues. The safe recruitment of staff and staff appraisal are led by this committee. Members of the Pay Committee meet annually to consider pay progression issues.

Admissions Committee: as a Voluntary Aided School, we are the body responsible for admitting children into school. This committee reviews the admissions policy and associated arrangements and applies the policy when considering applications from parents for school places. The committee works closely in partnership with Blackburn Diocesan Board of Education and Lancashire County Council to ensure that all statutory requirements are met. The committee is chaired by Tim Cross.

Other statutory committees  meet when necessary and there is also a nominated governor with responsibility for many aspects of life in school (e.g. worship, safeguarding, maths, ICT, governor training etc).

Here is a list of our School Governors.

Janet Thompson – Chair of Governors

(appointed by the Governing Body)

Appointed 15 June 2015, Term of Office ends 14 June 2019

Mrs Thomson is not a governor of another school and does not have a declared business or financial interest.

Rev Nancy Goodrich – Vicar of Holy Trinity

(ex-officio Foundation Governor)

Appointed 22 October 2012, Term of Office ends 21 October 2020

Rev Goodrich is not a governor of another school and does not have a declared business or financial interest.

Tim Cross – Headteacher

Appointed 31 December 2010, Term of Office ends 29 December 2018

Mr Cross is not a governor of another school and does not have a declared business interest.

Philip Wilson – Parent Governor

(appointed by the parents of the school)

Appointed 4 December 2015, Term of Office ends 3 December 2019

Mr Wilson is not a governor of another school and does not have declared business or financial interest.

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David Bateman – Foundation Governor

Appointed 1 June 2014, Term of Office ends 1 June 2019

Mr Bateman is also a governor at Ripley Sy Thomas CE Academy. He does not have a declared business interest.

Kathy Edwards – Foundation Governor

(nominated by the Principal Officiating Minister for the parish of Holy Trinity, Bolton-le-Sands)

Appointed 2 June 2013, Term of Office ends 1 June 2021

Mrs Edwards is not a governor of another school and does not have a declared business or financial interest.

Brian James – Foundation Governor

(nominated by the PCC of Holy Trinity Church, Bolton-le-Sands)

Appointed 26 February 2018, Term of Office ends 25 February 2022

Mr James is not a governor of another school and does not have a declared business or financial interest.

Vacancy – Foundation Governor

Kathryn Morris’ term of office ended on 16 November 2018 and she did not seek to continue as a Foundation Governor.

The Governing Body are currently seeking a replacement.

Emma Rhodes – Parent Governor

(appointed by the parents of the school)

Appointed 17 November 2016, Term of Office ends 16 November 2020

Mrs Rhodes is not a governor of another school and does not have a declared business or financial interest.

Cllr Tracy Bell – Local Authority Governor

Appointed 8 November 2013, Term of Office ends 7 November 2017

Cllr Bell is also a governor at Morecambe Community High School. She does not have a declared business interest.

Gavin Haworth – Staff Governor

(appointed by the school staff)

Appointed 4 March 2016, Term of Office ends 3 March 2020

Mr Haworth is not a governor of another school and does not have a declared business or financial interest.

Sarah Woods – Foundation Governor

(nominated by the PCC of Holy Trinity Church, Bolton-le-Sands)

Mrs Woods is not a governor of another school and does not have a declared business or financial interest.

Margaret Foster – Foundation Governor

Appointed 31 August 2012, Term of Office ends 30 August 2020

Mrs Foster is not a governor of another school and does not have a declared business interest.

Geoff Dixon – Foundation Governor

Appointed 1 September 2018, Term of Office ends 31 August 2022

Mr Dixon is not a governor of another school and does not have a declared business interest.

Files of minutes from Governors’ termly meetings and from the meetings of the Committees is available in school for public use.

(Please note that a number of Governors’ minutes have been designated as ‘confidential’ and are not for public consumption).

Please click here to view a document showing governors’ attendance at governing body and committee meetings over the last academic year, 2017-18.