Governors

THE ROLE OF SCHOOL GOVERNORS

Archbishop Hutton’s V.C.  Primary School governors are volunteers who oversee how our school operates. They are involved in decisions about all aspects of the school. The governors support the headteacher, while asking questions and making sure that the headteacher is taking the school in the right direction. School governors have legal duties, powers and responsibilities. They are like a Board of Directors and meet regularly throughout the year, making decisions about how the school is run.

Governors are appointed to help:
  • decide what is taught;
  • set standards of behaviour;
  • interview and select staff;
  • decide how the school budget is spent.
School Governors comprise:
  • vicar from local parishes;
  • parents;
  • community representatives;
  • staff at the school.
Parent Governors:
  • have a child in school;
  • are elected by parents of the school;
  • serve, as do other Governors, for four years.

 

GOVERNORS’ TERM OF OFFICE

Name Category Term of office started

 

Term of office end date Date stepped down
Mrs. C. Burns Staff Governor 26/03/15 25/03/19
Mrs. P. Defeu Foundation Governor 08/10/17 07/10/21
Mr. Terry Drake Local Authority 301/11/14 31/10/18 16/11/17
Rev. R. Figg Foundation Governor 01/10/17 30/09/21
Mrs. J. Henderson Parent Governor 11/02/17 10/02/21
Mrs. M. Jackson Foundation Governor 17/06/16 16/06/20
Mrs. D. Langman Parent Governor 20/05/14 19/05/18
Doctor C. J. Peacock Co-opted Governor 30/06/15 29/06/19
Mrs. C. Pilling Co-opted Governor 05/09/16 04/09/20
Mrs. F. Shanks Parent Governor 03/11/14 02/11/18
Doctor. T. Stallard Parent Governor 01/10/17 30/09/21
Mr. R. Slaughter Parent Governor 01/10/17 30/09/21
Mrs. L. Thistlethwaite Parent Governor 09/08/16 08/08/20 15/09/17

MEET THE GOVERNORS

 

Mary Jackson Mary Jackson (Chair of Governors)

Having been a teacher, School Adviser, Principal Adviser and Education IT Manager in North Wales and several NW Local Authorities my professional life focussed on support to schools to ensure the delivery of high quality education, ensuring that all pupils are given the opportunity to fulfil their potential in a safe and nurturing environment.  During this time I worked closely with Primary, Secondary and Special Schools and also settings with specific needs such as Hospital Schools, residential settings for pupils with complex learning requirements and pupils with sight and hearing impairments. I have been a school governor for many years and, on moving to the Lune Valley area became a governor and subsequently Chair of Governors in my local school.  In 2016 I joined the Governing body at Archbishop Hutton’s and became Chair of Governors with nominated  responsibility for child protection and PREVENT strategy, assessment and interventions and ICT.  I also sit on Curriculum,  Resources and Standards and Effectiveness committees and am part of the Headteacher appraisal team.

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Pam De Feu (Foundation Governor and Vice Chair of Governors)

I was appointed as Foundation Governor in 2013 and currently serve on the SEC committee. As a retired head teacher of a local school I felt that becoming a governor would continue to make use of the expertise I have gained and my enthusiasm for education. I am particularly pleased to be able to serve as a governor for my local school.

I am a member of Carnforth Inner Wheel, Warton Crag WI, Warton Art and Craft Group. I attend St. Oswald’s Church and enjoy reading, cooking and crafting.

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Jane Henderson ( Parent Governor)

My name is Jane Henderson and I have been a parent governor at the school for some threeyears now. I have recently become chair of the Standards and Effectiveness committee. This committee monitors the quality of the curriculum and scrutinises attainment within the school.

I became involved with the governors as I currently have two children at the school. Being a teacher with over fifteen years experience, I am passionate about providing a quality education with high expectations and want to help the school to move forward.

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Dr Colin Peacock (Community Governor)

I have been a community governor for over ten years, appointed on the nomination of the Parish Council.

My three children all went to the school as have three grand-children, though two have moved on to Carnforth High School.

Now retired, formerly lecturer in chemistry at Lancaster University where I also ran Chemical Analysis Service for local business and community.

Present interests: gardening, especially growing food; cooking, wine-making, eating and drinking; natural world – do regular butterfly counts on Warton Crag; landscape and conservation, vice chair Arnside & Silverdale AONB Landscape Trust, have chaired National Association for AONBs; parish councils – Warton parish councillor for over 40 years, have been chairman of Lancashire Association and was secretary of Lancaster Area meeting; local and family history.  I am now Lancashire County Rep on the National Association of Local Councils Council.

 Della Langman Della Langman (Parent Governor)

My name is Della Langman and I have been a parent governor for about 3 years. I worked for 15 years in the plant hire industry in management and sales before I had my children. Both my boys attend the school and I have made school my priority. I will do anything I can to help our school to thrive. I am very involved with the village and community and have helped to organise lots of different successful fund raisers over the last few years.

 

Catherine Pilling Catherine Pilling (Co-opted Governor)

I have been involved with Primary School governance for over 20 years culminating in being Chair of Governors at an East Lancashire Catholic Primary school with two outstanding OFSTEDs.  My family relocated to Morecambe and in 2017 I joined the governing body of Archbishop Hutton’s Primary School as a co- opted Governor and became a nominated Governor for Special Educational Needs and Disability.  I look forward to working with the school team to ensure that every child in our care receives the best possible education.

 Timothy Stallard Timothy Stallard (Parent Governor)

For the last decade I have worked at the University of Manchester where I am currently Deputy Head of School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering contributing to teaching and research related to offshore renewable energy systems – for generating electricity from offshore wind, tidal stream and wave energy resources. I have lived in Warton since 2004 having moved to the area so that our children could enjoy a village school and this area of the country. I joined as a parent governor as I am keen to support the School in the ongoing development of an outstanding community in which learning is valued, enjoyed and supported.

 

 

Rohan Slaughter Rohan Slaughter (Parent Governor)

Currently vice chair of the Karten board, I have 16 years experience of supporting technology in the education sector. I have an IT, assistive technology and education management background, am a qualified teacher and am currently employed by Jisc as a subject specialist working with universities, colleges and other Jisc members on various technology led consultancy / advice and guidance activities.  I was previously employed at Scope’s Beaumont College as assistant principal and formerly as the head of technology where I led the development of the integrated ‘technology team’ who work with students and other specialist staff to deploy assistive technology/IT hardware and software solutions. I have worked on organisational strategy, general management and led a number of national scale projects. Most recently I was the project manager of the Jisc funded DART2.1 project. I have done consultancy work for large general further education colleges, higher education institutions, specialist colleges and schools in the areas of assistive technology, IT and technology and the integration of such with the curriculum.  In 2014 I completed an MSc by research in computing and communication systems at Lancaster University that focused on how home automation / internet of things technology can be made accessible to disabled people.

 

Catherine Burns Catherine Burns (Staff Governor)

My name is Catherine Burns. I was appointed Staff Governor in 2015 after working at the school as a Teaching Assistant for 3 years. I am also a parent of a child in school. Before that I spent 20 years in food and accommodation management.

I believe very strongly in the ethos of the school and the importance of all children being given the best start in life. All staff at the school strive to achieve that and I will make it a prerogative to ensure that this continues. As nominated governor for training and curriculum I feel that these priorities will enable me to achieve this.

I look forward to being able to carry on supporting the school, staff and most importantly the children.

Robin Figg

Robin Figg (Foundation Governor)

I have been Vicar of Warton and Borwick with Yealand since September 2017.  Previously I was Vicar of Kildwick, near Skipton in North Yorkshire, for 16 years and was a Foundation Governor of Kildwick CE VC Primary School throughout that time.  I am very pleased to be a Governor of Archbishop Hutton’s School and will support the life of the school community in different ways.  I visit the school to lead collective worship occasionally and also to enjoy lunch with the children and spend time with different classes.

As Vicar I am also a Foundation Governor of Yealand Primary School and a trustee of several local small charities.

I enjoy exploring the local countryside and visiting local cafes and tearooms (wherever good coffee is served!).

 

GOVERNING BODY COMMITTEE LIST 2017-2018

Curriculum Committee

Mrs. C. Burns ~ Mrs. P. Defeu ~ Mrs. M. Jackson ~ Mrs. D. Langman ~

Mrs. C. Pilling ~ Mrs. F. Shanks ~ Mr. R. Slaughter

Resources Committee

Mrs. C. Burns ~ Mrs. M. Jackson ~ Mrs. D. Langman ~  Doctor C. J. Peacock

Standards and Effectiveness Committee

Mrs.. P De Feu ~ Mrs. J. Henderson ~  Mrs. M. Jackson ~ Mrs. C. Pilling

Admissions

Doctor C. J. Peacock

Appeals (general/grievance)

Mrs. D Langman ~ Mrs. F. Shanks ~ Doctor C. J. Peacock

Appraisal

Mrs. P. De Feu ~ Mrs. M. Jackson ~ Doctor C. J. Peacock

Complaints Review

Mrs. F. Shanks ~ Mrs. J. Henderson

Pay Appeals

Mrs. D Langman ~ Mrs. F. Shanks

Pay Committee

Mrs. P. De Feu ~ Reverend R. Figg ~ Mrs. J. Henderson ~ Mrs. C. Pilling

Pupil Discipline Committee

Mrs. P. De Feu ~ Doctor C. J. Peacock

Discipline, Dismissal and Attendance

Mrs. J. Henderson  ~ Mrs. D. Langman

 

Nominated Governors

Link Governor ~ Mrs. C. Burns

Assessment ~ Mrs. M. Jackson

Behaviour for Learning ~ Mrs. J. Henderson

Breakfast Club/After School Club ~ Mrs. D Langman

Child Protection, Safeguarding and Prevent Governor ~ Mrs. M. Jackson

Computing ~ Mrs. M. Jackson

Curriculum ~ Mrs. C. Burns

English ~ Mrs. D. Langman

Health and Safety ~ Dr. C.J. Peacock

LASGB ~ Dr. C.J. Peacock

Maths ~ Mrs. P. Defeu

More Able ~ Mrs. P. Defeu

Pupil Premium ~ Mrs. M. Jackson

Science ~ Dr. C.J. Peacock

SEND/Inclusion ~ Mrs. C. Pilling

SMSC ~ Mrs. P. Defeu

 

GOVERNOR ATTENDANCE AT MEETINGS

2017-2018

01/02/18      Curriculum Committee

18/01/18      Standards and Effectiveness Committee           Mrs. J. Henderson

                                                                                                    Mrs. P. Defeu

                                                                                                    Mrs. M. Jackson   

                                                                                                    Mrs. C. Pilling   

                                                                                                    Mrs. G. Wilton

                                                                                                    (MIT Adviser)

                                                                                                    Miss. S. Watson (Headteacher)

 

20/12/18      Pay Committee                                                      Father R. Figg (Chair)

                                                                                                     Mrs. P. Defeu

                                                                                                     Mrs. J. Henderson

                                                                                                     Miss. S. Watson (Headteacher)

 

 

14/12/17   Full Governing Body                                                Mrs. M. Jackson (Chair)

                                                                                                     Mrs. P. Defeu

                                                                                                     Mrs. D. Langman

                                                                                                     Mrs. C. Pilling

                                                                                                     Mr. R. Slaughter

                                                                                                     Doctor T. Stallard

                                                                                                     Mrs. A. Mead (Observer)

                                                                                                     Miss. S. Watson (Headteacher)

 

                           

12/10/17    Curriculum Committee                                           Mrs. M. Jackson (Chair)

                                                                                                     Mrs. C. Burns

                                                                                                     Mrs. P. Defeu

                                                                                                     Mrs. D. Langman

                                                                                                     Mrs. C. Pilling

                                                                                                     Mrs. F. Shanks

                                                                                                     Mr. R. Slaughter

                                                                                                     Miss. S. Watson (Headteacher)

 

28/09/17    Resources Committee                                             Dr. C. Peacock (Chair)

                                                                                                     Mr. T. Drake

                                                                                                     Miss. S. Watson (Headteacher)

 

 

14/09/17    Full Governing Body                                                 Mrs. M. Jackson (Chair)

                                                                                                     Mrs. C. Burns

                                                                                                     Mrs. P. Defeu

                                                                                                     Mr. T. Drake

                                                                                                     Mrs. J. Henderson

                                                                                                     Mrs. D. Langman

                                                                                                     Dr. C. Peacock

                                                                                                     Mrs. L. Russell-Hayes (observer)

                                                                                                     Mrs. F. Shanks

                                                                                                     Miss. S. Watson (Headteacher)

2016-2017

 

19/07/17       Standards and Effectiveness Committee             Mrs. J. Henderson (Chair)

                                                                                                     Mrs. C. Burns

                                                                                                     Mrs. M. Jackson

                                                                                                     Mrs. D. Langman

                                                                                                     Mrs. C. Pilling

                                                                                                     Mrs. F. Shanks

                                                                                                     Mrs. A. Lloyd

                                                                                                     (MIT Adviser)

                                                                                                     Miss. S. Watson (Headteacher)

 

05/07/17    Full Governing Body                                               Mrs. M. Jackson (Chair)

                                                                                                     Mrs. C. Burns

                                                                                                     Mrs. P. Defeu

                                                                                                     Mr. T. Drake

                                                                                                     Mrs. J. Henderson

                                                                                                     Mrs. D. Langman

                                                                                                     Mrs. A. Mead

                                                                                                     Dr. C. Peacock

                                                                                                     Mrs. C. Pilling

                                                                                                     Mrs. L. Thistlethwaite

                                                                                                     Miss. S. Watson (Headteacher)

 

 11/05/17    Resources Committee                                            Dr. C. Peacock (Chair)

                                                                                                     Mrs. C. Burns

                                                                                                     Mrs. M. Jackson

                                                                                                     Miss. S. Watson (Headteacher)

 

26/04/17    Standards and Effectiveness Committee                Mrs. J. Henderson (Chair)

                                                                                                     Mrs. C. Burns

                                                                                                     Mrs. P. Defeu

                                                                                                     Mrs. M. Jackson

                                                                                                     Mrs. C. Pilling

                                                                                                     Mrs. L. Thistlethwaite

                                                                                                     Miss. S. Watson (Headteacher)

 

 

29/03/17      Standards and Effectiveness Committee             Mrs. J. Henderson (Chair)

                                                                                                     Mrs. C. Burns

                                                                                                     Mrs. P. Defeu

                                                                                                     Mrs. M. Jackson

                                                                                                     Dr. C. Peacock

                                                                                                     Mrs. C. Pilling

                                                                                                     Mrs. F. Shanks

                                                                                                     Mrs. A. Lloyd

                                                                                                     (MIT Adviser)

                                                                                                     Miss. S. Watson (Headteacher)

                                                                                                    

31/01/17    Full Governing Body                                               Mrs. M. Jackson (Chair)

                                                                                                     Mrs. C. Burns

                                                                                                     Mrs. P. Defeu

                                                                                                     Mr. T. Drake

                                                                                                     Mrs. J. Henderson

                                                                                                     Mrs. D. Langman

                                                                                                     Mrs. A. Mead (observer)

                                                                                                     Dr. C. Peacock

                                                                                                     Mrs. C. Pilling

                                                                                                     Mrs. F. Shanks

                                                                                                     Mrs. L. Thistlethwaite

                                                                                                     Miss. S. Watson (Headteacher)

 

26/01/17      Standards and Effectiveness Committee             Mrs. J. Henderson (Chair)

                                                                                                     Mrs. C. Burns

                                                                                                     Mrs. D. Langman

                                                                                                     Mrs. A. Mead (observer)

                                                                                                     Dr. C. Peacock

                                                                                                     Mrs. C. Pilling

                                                                                                     Mrs. F. Shanks

                                                                                                     Mrs. L. Thistlethwaite

                                                                                                    Mrs. A. Lloyd

                                                                                                    (MIT Adviser)

                                                                                                    Miss. S. Watson (Headteacher)

 

20/10/16    Full Governing Body                                                Mrs. M. Jackson (Chair)

                                                                                                     Mrs. C. Burns

                                                                                                     Mrs. P. Defeu

                                                                                                     Mr. T. Drake

                                                                                                     Mrs. J. Henderson

                                                                                                     Mrs. D. Langman

                                                                                                     Dr. C. Peacock

                                                                                                     Mrs. C. Pilling

                                                                                                     Mrs. L. Thistlethwaite

                                                                                                     Mrs. M. Gaydon (Headteacher)

 

 20/10/16    Resources Committee                                            Dr. C. Peacock (Chair)

                                                                                                     Mrs. C. Burns

                                                                                                     Mr. T. Drake

                                                                                                     Mrs. M. Jackson

                                                                                                     Mrs. M. Gaydon (Headteacher)

 

05/09/16    Full Governing Body                                               Mrs. M. Jackson (Chair)

                                                                                                     Mrs. C. Burns

                                                                                                     Mrs. P. Defeu

                                                                                                     Mr. T. Drake

                                                                                                     Dr. C. Peacock

                                                                                                     Father D. Porter

                                                                                                     Mrs. F. Shanks

                                                                                                     Mrs. L. Thistlethwaite

                                                                                                     Mrs. M. Gaydon (Headteacher)

 

GOVERNORS’ DECLARATION OF BUSINESS INTERESTS

It is important that governors and staff not only act impartially, but are also seen to act impartially. The governing body and school staff have a responsibility to avoid any conflict between their business, personal interests and affairs and those of the school. There is a legal duty on all governors and school staff to declare an interest likely to lead to questions of bias when considering any item of business at a meeting and for the governor and member of school staff concerned to withdraw, if necessary, whilst the matter is considered.

To help put this duty into practice, Archbishop Hutton’s V.C. Primary School Governing Body has established and maintains a register of pecuniary interests indicating, for all governors, headteacher and school staff, any business interests, including relationships. This includes, if appropriate, the company by whom they are employed, directorships, significant shareholdings or other appointments of influence within a business or other organisation which may have dealings with the school.  This includes their own interests and those of any member of their immediate family (including partners) or other individuals known to them who may exert influence.  A register sheet is signed by the governor or member of staff. The register will enable governors to demonstrate that, in spending public money, they or members of staff do not benefit personally from decisions that they make.

We ensure the register is up to date, complete and includes all governors and school staff. Dated nil returns are also requested. There should be notification of changes from governors, as appropriate, and through an annual review of entries. To ensure evidence of completeness, a ‘register’ is signed off annually by the chair of governors.

We keep the register up to date with notification of changes and through annual review of entries, and make the register available for inspection by governors, staff, parents and Lancashire County Council. We publish the register on our website.

 

Name Category Business interests to declare?

If yes, details must be provided

Governor at any other educational establishment?

If yes, details must be provided

Relationships with members of staff

If yes, details must be provided

Mrs. C. Burns Staff Governor No No No
Mrs. P. Defeu Foundation Governor No No No
Mr. T. Drake Local Authority No No Spouse to Deputy Headteacher
Rev. R. Figg Foundation Governor No Yealand C.o.E. Primary School No
Mrs. J. Henderson Parent Governor No No No
Mrs. M. Jackson Foundation Governor No Melling St. Wilfrid’s C.o.E. Primary School

& Wennington Hall School

No
Mrs. D. Langman Parent Governor No No No
Doctor C. J. Peacock Community Governor No Carnforth High School No
Mrs. C. Pilling Co-opted Governor No No No
Mrs. F. Shanks Parent Governor No No No
Mr. T. Stallard Parent Governor No No No
Mr. R. Slaughter Parent Governor No Chadwick High School No
Mrs. L. Thistlethwaite Parent Governor No No Daughter-in-law of cleaner
Miss. S. Watson Headteacher No No No

The clerk to the Governors is available by contacting White Cross Mill 14, Quarry Road, Lancaster, LA1 3SE

Telephone No: 0800 586473.