Role of the Governors

School governing bodies are responsible for working with the school to ensure that it delivers a good quality education. Together with the headteacher, who is responsible for day-to-day management, they set the school's aims and policies. As well as this they hold the headteacher to account for pupil attainment and progress, performance management, financial performance and have a number of duties which include the appointing and dismissal of staff, ensuring pupil and staff are safe, hearing appeals and setting standards. The role of the governor is very important to our school. 

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Meet our Governors

Penny Haughan(1)

Penny Haughan (Chair of Governors)

Type of Governor: Co-opted (Appointed by the governing body)
Governor since: 2013
Penny has lived in Warrington for over 30 years. She is Dean of Students at Liverpool Hope University and has much experience with students who are training to be teachers. She has two daughters who are currently at University. In November 2015, Governors elected Penny to the position of Chair of Governors; she shared the role with the previous governor (Ruth Agnew) during a transitional year. (No pecuniary interests.)

Appointed: 21.11.2013 - 10.11.2017

Colin Burrows (Vice Chair)

Colin Burrows (Vice Chair)

Type of governor: Local Authority (Appointed by Warrington Borough Council)
Governor since: 1995
Colin has five sons and a daughter all of whom have been through Locking Stumps. He works as an accountant and is also active in youth work and as an elder at Thomas Risley Church. Colin is our longest serving governor.

Other Governorships: Birchwood Community High School, Warrington  (A pecuniary interest)

Appointed: 8.11.1996 - 07.11.2016

Andy Clark(1)

Andy Clark

Type of governor: Co-opted (Appointed by the governing body)
Governor since: 2004
Andy works for the Fire Service as a watch manager, and is currently studying for a Masters in Fire Safety Engineering. He has lived in Locking Stumps for the last 15 years. His two sons went through Locking Stumps and both are now at Birchwood High.

Appointed: 10.09.2013 - 09.09.2017

Jane Evans(1)

Jane Evans

Type of governor: Staff  (by virtue of role - Headteacher)
Governor since: 2013 (formerly Associate Member from 2004)
Jane has been married to Gareth (he teaches Music lessons at Locking Stumps,, therefore there is a Pecuniary interest) for 21 years. She is a passionate follower of Manchester United and attends all home games. She loves camping and spending time with family and friends. She has worked at Locking Stumps for 13 years and took up the role of Headteacher in January 2013.

Other Governorships: Penketh South Primary School, Warrington. 

Appointed: 10.1.2013

Michelle Fellows

Michelle Fellows

Type of Governor: Staff (Appointed by the staff)
Governor since: 2016
Michelle joined Locking Stumps in 2012 working as administrative/finance assistant in the school office and has recently Michelle been promoted to Office Manager. She has three daughters, one is in the lower juniors at our school and the elder two are now both at Birchwood High having attended Locking Stumps.

Appointed: 25.04.2016 - 24.04.2020 

Simon Ince(1)

Simon Ince

Type of Governor: Parent (Appointed by the parents)
Governor since: 2010
Simon was a secondary school teacher for 14 years and after a move to Warrington from Yorkshire in 2007, he now works as a fire safety consultant.  He has two boys, the eldest is now in year 6 at Locking Stumps. Simon has a passion for sport; he is a volunteer junior coach at Lymm Rugby Club, and Grappenhall Cricket Club. 

Appointed: 01.11.1996 - 29.11.2018

Andrea Moore(1)

Andrea Moore

Type of Governor: Co-opted (Appointed by parents)
Governor since: 2007
Andrea has lived in Locking Stumps for 15 years, and works in the transport office at Walkers. She has two boys, Nathan is in year 9 at Birchwood High and Tyler is at locking Stumps in year 6.

Appointed: 04.12.2014 - 03.12.2018

Jo Roscow(1)

Jo Roscow

Type of governor: Co-opted (Appointed by the governing body)
Governor since: 2005
Jo has worked at Birchwood Community High School for thirteen years and is now an Assistant Headteacher there  as well being the Special Education Needs Co-ordinator and having responsibility for primary transition.

Appointed: 10.09.2013 - 09.09.2017

Paul Speake(1)

Paul Speake

Type of governor: Parent (Appointed by parents)
Governor since: 2013
Following an eighteen year career in academia Paul is currently a full time dad, and is very active in the local community. This includes being Chair of the Risley Moss Action Group and an active member of the Warrington Nature Conservation Forum Committee as well as supporting the local scout group.

Appointed: 10.10.2013 - 09.10.2017

Yu Song

Yu Song

Type of governor: Parent (Appointed by parents)
Governor since: 2014 (Yu is no longer a governor - Left in Autumn 2016 due to a house move) 
Yu trained as a Chartered Accountant for 5 years before taking a break to focus on raising her young family. She is a dedicated member of our community, including having been a member of the Woodland Children's Centre Parents' Forum and parent representative on the Warrington East Advisory Board since 2011. Her eldest son is currently attending our school and is in Year 2. 

Appointed: 04.12.2014 - 03.12.2018

Simon D

Simon Donoghue

Type of governor: Co-opted (Appointed by Governing Body)
Governor since: 2014
Simon is currently teaching in Year 5 but has also taught in Year 3 and 4. He is a very keen sports person and organises a lot of the inter and intra sports competitions at Locking Stumps. Simon has built up excellent relationships with our families over the years and is a very familiar face to most people. He is also a member of our Safeguarding Team. 

Appointed: 04.12.2014 - 03.12.2018

Organisation of Committees

Children's Well Being and Curriculum

Mrs Penny Haughan
Mrs Yu Song
Mr Colin Burrows
Miss Joanne Roscow
Mr Colin Burrows
Mr Simon Donoghue
Mrs Jane Evans
Mrs Michelle Fellows
Mr Simon Ince
Dr Paul Speake

 

Complaints and Appeals

Miss Joanne Roscow
Mr Colin Burrows

Pers. Staff, Dismissals, Appts'

Mr Colin Burrows
Mr Simon Ince
Mrs Jane Evans

 

Finance and Personnel

Mrs Penny Haughan
Dr Paul Speake
Mr Andrew Clark
Mr Colin Burrows (Chair)
Mr Simon Donoghue
Mr Simon Ince
Mrs Andrea Moore
Mrs Jane Evans
Mrs Michelle Fellows 
Mrs Yu Song

Headteacher Review Panel

Mr Andrew Clark
Mr Colin Burrows

Staff Dismissal Appeals

Miss Joanne Roscow
Mr Andrew Clark
Mr Colin Burrows
Mr Simon Ince

Pupil Discipline

Miss Joanne Roscow
Mr Colin Burrows

 

Attendance Registers

Interested in becoming a Governor?

The governing body of a school has a number of functions. In its ‘Governors’ Handbook’ the Department for Education summarises them in this way:“In all types of schools, governing bodies should have a strong focus on three core strategic functions:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  2. Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; and
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.”

Present government policy is to give all schools more autonomy, and in the current climate the capacity of Local Authorities to monitor, support and challenge schools is being reduced, making the role of the governing body in self-regulation even more important.

Governors don’t need to be experts on education but they do need to be interested in children and in how schools can do the best they possibly can for their pupils; they do need to be able to get on with people and to be able to work as part of a team, but still be able ask the difficult questions when it’s necessary – and sometimes the easy questions too, like ‘why do we do it like that?’. Governors, as volunteers, also need to be able to make time to come into school sometimes during the school day, and to attend evening meetings regularly – two or three meetings a term usually.

Lord Nash, the schools minister, said recently: “All schools make two vital decisions. Who is the head and who sits on the governing body … Governors can effect significant change … Although governance is a voluntary role that does not mean it’s an amateur one. It’s a highly professional, highly responsible job, performing an absolutely critical role.”

At Locking Stumps we take our voluntary role very seriously. If you think you might be interested in joining us contact the Chair to find out more. We look forward to hearing from you.

 

Governor Attendance Register

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