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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. 

Proposed Dates for Full Governor Body Meetings for 2018-2019

Autumn (1) 2018: Monday 15th October 2018 at 6pm

Autumn (2) 2018: Monday 10th December 2018 at 6pm
Spring (1) 2019: Monday 28th January 2019 at 6pm
Spring (2) 2019: Monday 18th March 2019 at 6pm
Summer (1) 2019: Wednesday 8th 2019 May at 6pm
Summer (2) 2019: Monday 24th June 2019 at 6pm

 

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Meet our Governors

Penny Haughan(1)

Dr. 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 Pro Vice Chancellor (Student Life and Learning) 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 (No pecuniary interests). If you would like to find out more about our governing body please feel free to send me an email: chairofgovernors@lockingstumps.co.uk 

Appointed: 21.11.2013 - 20.11.2022

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 - 07.11.2020

Jamie Vermiglio - Headteacher

Jamie Vermiglio

Type of governor: Staff  (by virtue of role - Headteacher)
Governor since: 2017 (observer since 2013)
Jamie was appointed Headteacher from September 2017. He was previously the Deputy Headteacher for four years and before that was the Assistant Headteacher at another Warrington School. Jamie is married to Carla (who is also a teacher) and has two young children (Sam and Emily). Jamie is also the assistant manager of Chorley FC and spends more than 40 saturdays a year watching a football match! 

Appointed: 01.09.2017

Sarah Nesbitt-Class Teacher (002)

Sarah Nesbitt

Type of Governor: Staff (Appointed by the staff)
Governor since: 2018
Sarah joined the governors in January 2019. Sarah has taught at Locking Stumps since September 2018 and joined us as a newly qualified teacher. As well as working fantastically with her Year 4 class, Sarah is also very passionate about Science and outdoor learning - she is a part of the Core Team within school and leads Science. Sarah has done many things before being a teacher - did you know that she sailed around the world in yacht? 

Appointed: 18.12.2018 - 17.12.2022 

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Simon Ince

Type of Governor: Parent (Appointed by the parents)
Governor since: 2017
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: 07.10.2017 - 16.10.2021

Sarah Beckingham - Parent Governor

Sarah Beckingham

Type of Governor: Parent Governor (Appointed by parents)
Governor since: June 2017
Sarah works at Locking Stumps Nursery and has a young boy and step daughter who attend Locking Stumps Primary School. Sarah has lived in Birchwood all of her life and is also a team manager (age 4-5) at Woolston Rovers Rugby Club. 

Appointed: 22.05.2017 - 21.05.2021

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Jo Roscow

Type of governor: Co-opted (Appointed by the governing body)
Governor since: 2013
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 - 09.09.2021

Paul Speake(1)

Dr. Paul Speake (Vice Chair of Governors)

Type of governor: Co-Opted (was a parent Governor)
Governor since: 2017
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: 22.05.2017 - 21.05.2021

Victoria Jones

Victoria Jones

Type of governor: Parent (Appointed by parents)
Governor since: 2017

Victoria is a Finance Officer for a lottery funded 10 year community project, as well as leading on a number of community led projects addressing issues that residents in deprived communities are facing.  She has lived in Locking Stumps for over 20 years. Her son and daughter both attend Locking Stumps.

Appointed: 01.05.2017 - 30.04.2021

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Alison Fisher

Type of governor: Co-opted (Appointed by Governing Body)
Governor since: November 2017

 Alison has lived in Birchwood all of her life, attending Locking Stumps Primary School before moving onto Birchwood High School. She has a daughter at the school, and her son will start in 2020. Alison is a Senior Technical Specialist in a large nuclear engineering company.  She facilitates strategic studies to determine the preferred methods for managing radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel, and as such, her job involves a great deal of stakeholder engagement. 

  

Appointed: 27.11.2017 - 27.11.2021

Gareth Blizzard

Gareth Blizzard

Type of governor: Parent Governor (Appointed by Governing Body)
Governor since: January 2018

 Gareth is a graphic designer and has worked for a local consulting engineering company for over 20 years. He has one boy, who is in year 3 at Locking Stumps. Gareth has lived and worked in the local area all his life and is passionate about local events and community engagement. In his spare time Gareth ‘enjoys’ following the misfortunes of Warrington Rugby League club. 

  

Appointed: 03.01.2018 - 03.01.2021

Organisation of Committees

Curriculum and Well Being

Mrs Penny Haughan
Miss Jo Roscow
Mr Colin Burrows
Mr Jamie Vermiglio
Mr Simon Ince
Dr Paul Speake
Mrs Alison Fisher
Mrs Sarah Beckingham
Mrs Victoria Jones
Miss Sarah Nesbitt
Mr Gareth Blizzard
 

Meet as part of the Full Governing Body Meeting - every half term

 

Finance and Personnel

Mrs Penny Haughan
Miss Jo Roscow
Mr Colin Burrows
Mr Simon Donoghue
Mr Jamie Vermiglio
Mr Simon Ince
Dr Paul Speake
Mrs Alison Fisher
Mrs Sarah Beckingham
Mrs Victoria Jones
Miss Sarah Nesbitt
Mr Gareth Blizzard

Meet as part of the Full Governing Body Meeting - every half term

Chair's Committee

Dr Penny Haughan
Mr Colin Burrows
Dr Paul Speake

Meet every 2-3 weeks

Pers. Staff, Dismissals, Appts'

Mrs Penny Haughan
Mr Colin Burrows
Dr Paul Speake

Meet when necessary

 

Complaints and Appeals

Mr Colin Burrows
Mr Simon Ince
Mrs Jamie Vermiglio

Meet when necessary

Headteacher Review Panel

Mrs Penny Haughan

Mr Colin Burrows

Dr Paul Speake

Meet December and April

Staff Dismissal Appeals

Mrs Penny Haughan
Mr Colin Burrows
Dr Paul Speake

Meet when necessary

Pupil Discipline

Mrs Penny Haughan
Mr Colin Burrows
Dr Paul Speake

Meet when necessary

 

 

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 please email us (chairofgovernors@lockingstumps.co.uk) to find out more. We look forward to hearing from you.

 

Pecuniary Interests

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