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 Dicese

Term of office:

1st September 2017 to 31st August 2021

Committees:

Appeals Committee

Appraisal Committee

Buildings,Health & Safety Committee

Curriculum & Ethos Committee

Finance & Staffing Committee

Appraisal Committee

Standards & Effectiveness Committee

Other responsibilities:

Chair of Governors

Year 6 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
overnor 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 - Foundation Governor

 

Appointed by:

Blackburn Diocese

Term of office:

1st December 2016 to 31st November 202

Committees:

Appeals Committee

Appraisal Committee

Finance & Staffing Committee (Chair)

Curriculum & Ethos Committee

Other responsibilities:

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 Dicese

Term of office:

22nd September 2015 to 21st September 2019

Committees:

Appraisal Committee

Buildings Health and Safety Committee

Curriculum & Ethos Committee (Chair)

Pay Committee

Pupil Discipline

Standards & Effectiveness Committee (Chair)

Other responsibilities:

Reception Class Governor

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
overnor 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)

Curriculum & Ethos Committee

Finance & Staffing Committee

Pay Committee

Other responsibilities:

PE Governor

Year 4 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

Finance & Staffing Committee

Other responsibilities:

Link 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
overnor 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 Christine Adams - Staff Governor

 

 

Appointed by:

Governing Body

Term of office:

During appointment as Headteacher

Since 1st September 2017

Committees:

Buildings Health and Safety Committee

Curriculum & Ethos Committee

Finance & Staffing Committee

Standards & Effectiveness Committee

Other responsibilities:

Headteacher roles and responsibilities including PREVENT & Mental Health

Relevant business interests:

None

Membership of other educational establishments:

None

Interests and experience related to school governance:

 

What made you decide to become a governor at Middleforth?

 

 

 

Miss Jo Bacon - Community Governor

 

Appointed by:

Governing Body

Term of office:

13th November 2017 to 12 November 2021

Committees:

Standards & Effectiveness Committee

Other responsibilities:

Maths Governor

Relevant business interests:

None

Membership of other educational establishments:

Deputy Headteacher & Director of School Improvement at Tarleton Academy

Interests and experience related to school governance:

 

What made you decide to become a governor at Middleforth?

 

 

Mrs Nina Tomlinson - Local Authority Governor

 

 

Appointed by:

Local Authority

Term of office:

15th March 2017 to 14th March 2021

Committees:

Buildings Health & Safety Committee

Pupil Discipline Committee

Standards & Effectiveness Committee

Other responsibilities:

Pupil Premium Champion

Year 1 Class Governor

Relevant business interests:

None

Membership of other educational establishments:

None

Interests and experience related to school governance:

I have no experience of governance in education.  However before retiring I was a Senior Ward Sister at Royal Preston Hospital for twenty seven years.

I participated in clinical governance in the Health Service and I feel the skills I gained will enable to fulfil this role. 

What made you decide to become a governor at Middleforth?

I have lived in Penwortham most of my life, both of my grandchildren have attended schools in Penwortham and recently my grandson was a pupil at Middleforth.

For the last five years I have been a volunteer helper within the school. 

This role has included a special interest in reading with KS1 children.

I have continued to be impressed by the caring and nurturing attitudes in school and dedication of the staff to enable children to receive a high standard of education

 

 

Mr Tom Young - Community Governor

 

Appointed by:

Governing Body

Term of office:

7th November 2016 to 6th November 2020

Committees:

Curriculum & Ethos Committee

Finance & Staffing Committee

Other responsibilities:

Year 3 Class Governor

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:

Curriculum & Ethos Committee

Finance and Staffing Committee

Staff Attendance 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.

 

 

Mr Alex Murphy - Vice Chair of Governors


Parent Governor

 

Appointed by:

Parents

Term of office:

14th October 2016 to 13th October 2020

Committees:

Pay Committee

Standards & Effectiveness Committee

Other responsibilities:

Vice Chair of Governors

Year 5 Class Governor

Relevant business interests:

Husband is the Director/Owner of The Brothers of Swing

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 Naomi Nolan-Williams - Parent Governor

 

 

Appointed by:

Parents

Term of office:

26th February 2018 to 25th February 2022

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?

 

 

 

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 & Ethos Committee

Other responsibilities:

Forest Schools Governor

IT Governor

Relevant business interests:

Sole Owner of Scruff Entertainments, Entertainer and DJ

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.

 

Vacancy - Community Governor

 

 

Appointed by:

Governing Body

Term of office:

 

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?