The Governing Body

 

Mrs Stanton, Chairman of Governors writes…

At Middleforth Church of England Primary School, we appreciate and value our children, our staff, our school and our community. Every child is a growing individual and we intend to give every one of them the experience of success as part of a caring Christian environment. Expectations are realistically high and all children are encouraged to develop during their time with us. We believe that school life extends beyond the classroom. Links between school and home are vital, as are links between the school, the church and the local community. We believe that children’s lives are enriched by the wide variety of activities that take the school out in to the community and bring the community in to the school. The Governors, staff, children and families take pride in the work of our school and are committed to its Christian ethos and to maintaining and improving the quality of life and learning for all children.

I invite you to join us and become part of our community.

Contacting the Chair of Governors

If you would like to contact Mrs Stanton please send a letter via the school office.  Thank you

Mrs Jenny Stanton - Chair of Governors

Foundation Governor

Appointed by:

Blackburn Diocese

Term of office:

1st September 2013 to 31st August 2017

Committees:

Appeals Committee

Buildings,Health & Safety Committee

Curriculum Committee

Ethos Committee

Finance & Staffing Committee

Performance Management Committee

Standards & Effectiveness Committee

Other responsibilities:

Chair of Governors

Year 5 Class Governor

Religious Education Governor

Relevant business interests:

None

Membership of other educational establishments:

None

Interests and experience related to school governance:

I helped with a Sunday School for many years and have recently helped with Messy Church at St Leonard's. I have always been very interested working with and helping children.

What made you decide to become a governor at Middleforth?

The vicar asked me!  I was helping with the toddler group and an opportunity arose for a foundation governor.  I was extremely honoured to accept.  I have now been a governor for over 15 years and Chair of governors for at least 10 years.  

Reverend Nick Mansfield - Vice Chair of Governors

Foundation Governor

Appointed by:

Blackburn Diocese

Term of office:

1st December 2016 to 31st November 2020

Committees:

Finance & Staffing Committee

Ethos Committee

Other responsibilities:

Vice Chair of Governors

Child Protection Governor

Special Educational Needs Governor

Relevant business interests:

None

Membership of other educational establishments:

None

Interests and experience related to school governance:

I have enjoyed serving on the Governing Body for a number of years, supporting and strengthening the link between Church and School and nurturing the Christian ethos.

What made you decide to become a

governor at Middleforth?

As Vicar of St Leonard's Church it is my privilege to be a Governor.

Mrs Laraine Southwell - Foundation Governor

Appointed by:

Blackburn Diocese

Term of office:

22nd September 2015 to 21st September 2019

Committees:

Buildings Health and Safety Committee

Curriculum Committee

Ethos Committee (Chair)

Standards & Effectiveness Committee

Other responsibilities:

Relevant business interests:

None

Membership of other educational establishments:

None

Interests and experience related to school governance:

As a retired infant teacher I have a lot of experience which I can use to support school both as a volunteer in the classroom and as a governor. 

What made you decide to become a governor at Middleforth?

As an active member of St Leonard's Church I was asked if I was interested in becoming a governor.  I am very keen to foster and maintain the excellent relationship between Church and school.  

Miss Tina Clague - Parent Governor

Appointed by:

Parents

Term of office:

23rd November 2015 to 22nd November 2020

Committees:

Buildings Health & Safety Committee (Chair)

 

Other responsibilities:

Maths Governor

Year 3 Class Governor

Relevant business interests:

None

Membership of other educational establishments:

None

Interests and experience related to school governance:

I have been a governor at the school for the last nearly five years and within that time I have gained a good understanding of the governor's role and learnt about many aspects of school life. 

My current interests of school governance is in year 3, whom I am following through their academic year. It has been amazing watching them grow not only as great Middleforth learners but as amazing young people.

What made you decide to become a governor at Middleforth?

I am a mother of four children, of which two have already gone through their school journey at Middleforth.  I currently have a child in year 3 and in year 1.  Over the years I have always taken a very keen interest in the school and I like to represent views of other parents and support the school so it can continue to grow and succeed.

Mrs Wendy Lishman - Staff Governor

Appointed by:

Staff

Term of office:

26th October 2016 to 25th October 2020

Committees:

Buildings Health and Safety Committee

Other responsibilities:

PE Governor

Relevant business interests:

Secretary for Lishy Ltd, IT Consultancy

Membership of other educational establishments:

None

Interests and experience related to school governance:

I used to be a Health and Safety Representataive for a large retail chain.  I currently work in school as a Learning Support Assistant and Manager of the Out of Hours Clubs.  I have volunteered for various committees over the years some large, some small.   

What made you decide to become a governor at Middleforth?

Now that  both my sons have left home I feel I have time to volunteer  in the local community.  I like to be busy.  I already work at Middleforth School so it seemed the ideal place.  My sons had an excellent education here so I want it to continue to be a great learning environment.  I am looking forward to  playing a part in the future development of the school.   

Mrs Ann Aspden - Staff Governor

Appointed by:

Governing Body

Term of office:

During appointment as Headteacher

Since 1st September 2017

Committees:

Buildings Health and Safety Committee

Curriculum Committee

Ethos Committee

Finance & Staffing Committee

Standards & Effectiveness Committee

Other responsibilities:

Headteacher roles and responsibilities

Relevant business interests:

Husband is MD of CPL Building Services

Membership of other educational establishments:

Associate Adviser for Blackburn Diocese Board of Education & SIAMS inspector for the Church of England

Interests and experience related to school governance:

Since becoming Headteacher at Middleforth C of E Primary School I have been a member of the governing body. Prior to this I was a Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher at other schools where I was also on the Governing Body.  I have also been an Associate Headteacher at schools where the development and establishment of an effective governing body has been part of my remit.  I have gained invaluable experience working alongside a wide range of governors with a vast amount of different experiences to contribute to their roles. As a SIAMS inspector and an Associate Adviser for Blackburn Diocese, I am in regular contact with governing bodies at other schools and have a good understanding of how they operate and fulfil their roles.

What made you decide to become a governor at Middleforth?

As Headteacher at the school, I feel it is essential that I am part of the governing body so that I can share my vision for the school and work alongside governors in ensuring that the school’s ethos is fulfilled and developed.

Mrs May Gillett – Community Governor

Appointed by:

Governing Body

Term of office:

6th February 2016 to 5th February 2020

Committees:

Attendance Committee

Finance & Staffing Committee 

Standards and Effectiveness Committee

Other responsibilities:

Link Governor

Information Technology Governor

Reception Class Governor

Relevant business interests:

None

Membership of other educational establishments:

None

Interests and experience related to school governance:

Throughout my working life I have enjoyed a career in business, and in education as a teacher at the local Horticulture College; both central to the local community.

As a Community Governor I feel that I bring a strong community perspective to the role, to the governance and to the school. I have a Degree in Fine Art and a Masters in Fine Art Archive Intervention/ Research. My creative, teaching and business experience supports my roles as chair of the Creative Curriculum Committee, my role as a member of the Assessment Committee and my role as Training Link Governor. I have a wide range of interests and experience, to include computing and gardening. My knowledge of computing supports my Computing Governor role. My knowledge of gardening supports the wide-ranging, weekly outdoor activities that I and the other volunteers; Sue, Fiona and our site supervisor Lesley, carry out to support the ‘Garden Gang’ children and the school.

What made you decide to become a governor at Middleforth?

Having retired I was delighted to put my name forward to be a Community Governor when the opportunity arose in 2012. I am a mother of two daughters and four grandchildren; each one of them having experienced an outstanding education at Middleforth CE Primary School.  I feel that we should all work to ensure that all children get the best education to help them get the best chance in life, whatever their background.

 Mrs Nina Tomlinson – Local Authority Governor

Appointed by:

Local Authority

Term of office:

15th March 2017 to 14th March 2021

Committees:

 

Other responsibilities:

 

Relevant business interests:

 

Membership of other educational establishments:

Interests and experience related to school governance:

 

What made you decide to become a governor at Middleforth?

 

 

Mr Tim Young – Community Governor

Appointed by:

Governing Body

Term of office:

7th November 2016 to 6th November 2020

Committees:

Curriculum Committee

Finance & Staffing Committee

Other responsibilities:

 

Relevant business interests:

None

Membership of other educational establishments:

Community Governor & Link Governor at Howick CE Primary School (07041)

Interests and experience related to school governance:

Governor at the above school since 2003

What made you decide to become a governor at Middleforth?

Very impressed with the school on recent visits, especially to judge ‘Penwortham In Bloom’ last June so when I knew there was a vacancy, I offered and was accepted.

Mr Alex Milner – Foundation Governor

Appointed by:

Governing Body

Term of office:

6th July 2017 to 5th July 2021

Committees:

Attendance Committee

Finance and Staffing Committee

Curriculum Committee

Other responsibilities:

Science/Eco/Assessment Governor

Relevant business interests:

None

Membership of other educational establishments:

None

Interests and experience related to school governance:

I am an NQT Primary teacher currently working on supply. I have worked and volunteered in various different schools for the past 8 years as a Teaching Assistant, welfare staff, rugby, football and cricket coach.

What made you decide to become a governor at Middleforth?

As a former pupil of the school and a regular attender at St Leonard's I have always taken a keen interest in the school and have been volunteering at Middleforth since I was 15.

Mrs Alex Murphy – Parent Governor

Appointed by:

Parents

Term of office:

14th October 2016 to 13th October 2020

Committees:

Curriculum Committee

Other responsibilities:

Year 4 Class Governor

Relevant business interests:

None

Membership of other educational establishments:

None

Interests and experience related to school governance:

None

What made you decide to become a governor at Middleforth?

I am a Parent Governor, newly elected to the Governing Body at the start of this academic year (2016-2017).  I am mother to two children, the eldest of whom started their school journey in September in Reception Class at Middleforth.   In my professional life, I am a development lead for health services for the 0-19 years age groups and their families.  I have many years of experience assessing individual and community need, critically reviewing current provision, designing and implementing new services, managing clinical staff teams, ensuring high standards and excellence are built in and maintained, and  managing projects and budgets.  My work ethos is strongly one of working as an advocate for families and the community and, as importantly, one of working with families and the community.  These are skills and beliefs that I bring with me into this role.  I view my primary role as Parent Governor as advocating for the children and parents of the school, providing healthy challenge and support so that Middleforth can continue to provide high quality learning opportunities in a warm, nurturing environment, so that each child thrives to the best of their abilities.  

Mrs Marie May – Parent Governor

Appointed by:

Parents

Term of office:

4th January 2014 to 3rd January 2018

Committees:

Buildings Health and Safety Committee

Curriculum Committee

Finance & Staffing Committee

Pupil Discipline Committee

Staff Discipline Committee

Other responsibilities:

Induction Governor

Literacy Governor

Year 1 Class Governor

Relevant business interests:

None

Membership of other educational establishments:

Teacher at Academy@Worden, Leyland

Interests and experience related to school governance:

One year of teaching Primary Art.  Working at a great cross-section of schools, secondary and primary across Lancashire as a supply teacher. Parent of three children.  Committed Christian.

What made you decide to become a governor at Middleforth?

I became a governor at Middleforth to be a part of my children’s education.  As a parent governor I aim to represent the views of parents/carers and to support staff in their delivery of an education which seeks to ensure good progress for all students.  I want to encourage decisions which will benefit the school community and ensure necessary change both now and in the future.

 



Mrs Sarah Lewis – Parent Governor

Appointed by:

Parents

Term of office:

31st March 2014 to 30th March 2018

Committees:

Buildings Health and Safety Committee

Curriculum Committee

 

Other responsibilities:

Forest Schools Governor

 

Relevant business interests:

None

Membership of other educational establishments:

None

Interests and experience related to school governance:

I have no previous experience of school governance, but I have a huge interest within the school as both my boys attend this school.  I have a huge interest in online safety as I am a CEOP Ambassador.  If a situation arose regarding online safety I can access lots of resources to assist..

What made you decide to become a governor at Middleforth?

I wanted to become more involved with the school and understand more about the education system and help in any way that I can.