Meet the Governors

Lytham Church of England Primary School Governing Board

You can find out everything you need to know about the Governing Board at Lytham Church of England School.  We have included information about the members of our Governing Board and James Newburn, one of our parent Governors has provided an overview of what it means to be a governor at Lytham C of E Primary School.

Scroll down to find out more about the current Governing Board.

Governor Profiles:

Richard Stubbs - Local Authority Governor (Chair)

Appointed by the Local Authority

Term of office: 15/12/2015 - 15/12/2019

Member of:

Business interests: None

Role held within other educational establishments: None

Other relevant information: None

Attendance at Governing Board meetings over the last Academic year: 100%

My 3 boys attended the school between 2001 and 2014. Previously Chair of PTFA, joined Governing Body as Parent Governor in 2006

Outside of School: Lives in Lytham, works in IT Industry, interests include football, motorsport, camping and spending time with my family

Mrs Helen Willott - Head Teacher

As Head Teacher, Mrs Willot automatically becomes a member of the Governing Board

Term of office: N/a

Member of:

Business interests: None

Role held within other educational establishments: None

Other relevant information: None

Attendance at Governing Board meetings over the last academic year: 100%

James Newburn - (Vice Chair)

Elected by the parents of Lytham C of E Primary School

Term of office: 18/11/2014 - 18/11/2018

Member of: Finance committee,

Business interests: Owner of Top Marque Uniforms Ltd

Role held within other educational establishments: None

Other relevant information: None

Attendance at Governing Board meetings over the last academic year: 100%

When my son and daughter joined the school in 2011 & 2012 my wife and I joined the PTFA. Raising money for the school to be spent on the children is, in my books, a very worthy cause. Some five years later I'm the current chair or chief magic fairy of the "magic fairies" as Mrs Willott described the PTFA to the children recently. When a position came up as a parent governor I put my name up for it. Coming up for nearly two years now I'm starting to figure out what it's all about, it's all about the kids! Watching my two run into school every morning knowing that in some small way I can contribute to helping them and all the children enjoy to grow and learn in such a special place as Lytham C of E makes me a very privileged dad, governor, and fairy.

Mrs D Barnes - Foundation Governor

Appointed by St Johns PCC

Term of office: 17/01/2012

Member of:

Business interests: None

Role held within other educational establishments: None

Other relevant information:

Attendance at Governing Board meetings over the last academic year: 100%

I have been Foundation governor of the school for over four years and was appointed by St Cuthbert's P.C.C. When I retired as a primary school teacher I felt that I had some relevant and useful skills to offer and I am enjoying the various challenges. I am Chair of the Curriculum Committee as well as being Link Governor which involves encouraging fellow governors to keep up to date with training. I have always lived and worked in the local community where I am also a Homestart Volunteer and flower arranger at St Cuthbert's Church. I have two grown up children and four grandchildren.

Rev Nick Wells ex officio Governor

Elected by St Cuthbert’s PCC

Term of office:

Member of: 

Business interests: None

Role held within other educational establishments: None

Other relevant information: None

Attendance at Governing Board meetings over the last academic year: 100%

As Vicar of St Cuthbert's I am automatically a member of the Governing Body of Lytham C of E School and believe this to be a real honour.  I have served on 3 previous school governors over the past 15 years, holding a variety of positions.  As one of the 2 vicars around the school I see my primary responsibilities as firstly a Chaplain to the pupils, staff and other members of the school community and secondly ensuring the school maintains and develops a strong Christian distinctiveness.  I believe that a healthy church school focuses on ensuring the place is a supportive and encouraging environment for learning both the curriculum and citizenship.

Dr S Hayes Foundation Governor

Appointed by Lytham Schools Foundation

Term of office: 26/02/2016

Member of: 

Business interests: None

Role held within other educational establishments: None

Other relevant information: None

Attendance at Governing Board meetings over the last academic year: 100%

Living in Lytham since 1980 I'm a governor and representative of the Lytham Schools Foundation Trust of which I am a director.

The trust was established over 300 years ago as a charitable fund to provide education for the needy children of Lytham. Lytham Church of England is one of our Primary Schools; the Foundation recently provided the funding for the new library and computer room.

Mrs K Wilkinson - Staff Governor

Elected by the staff of Lytham C of E Primary School

Term of office: 17/03/17

Member of: Curriculum Committee

Business interests: Manager of After School and Breakfast Club

Role held within other educational establishments: None

Other relevant information: None

Attendance at Governing Board meetings over the last academic year: NEW

 

Mr Keith Holden - Foundation Governor

Appointed by St Johns PCC

Term of office: 01/11/2010

Member of: 

Business interests: None

Role held within other educational establishments: None

Other relevant information: None

Attendance at Governing Board meetings over the last academic year: 100%

Having worked in many different industries & gained experience across a wide range of business activities I wanted to use those skills & put something back into the community.   

This includes trying to make a positive difference to the life chances of children.

Providing a critical challenge and support to the leadership team of the school with the ultimate aim of driving up standards.

Gain an appreciation of the work of teachers and school leaders as well as the type of challenges schools face.

Clearly the role should be enjoyable & it gives an opportunity to be able to meet colleagues and stay in touch with the real world.

Mrs M O'Neil - Associate Governor

Appointed by St Cuthbert's PCC

Term of office: 29/05/2015

Member of: 

Business interests: None

Role held within other educational establishments: None

Other relevant information: None

Attendance at Governing Board meetings over the last academic year: 100%

With two children recently passed through the education system, one of whom attended Lytham Church of England school for a time, I feel passionately that all children should have the best experience of education possible.

I am currently an associate governor who came to the role through the foundation route as a parishioner of St Cuthbert’s Church, Lytham.

My career is in finance and management and I am able to bring those skills to the management area of school.

My faith is central to me, and I feel that supporting the enquiring development of youngsters is important.

The role of “mum” has been my most challenging and rewarding to date. It has brought with it a love of spending time with young people. As they only pass through primary school once I feel a fierce determination that our local children should have the best encounter possible, and I’m privileged to be involved in some way.

Reverend A Wood - Ex offcio Governor

Appointed St Johns PCC

Term of office: 03/11/2015

Member of: 

Business interests: None

Role held within other educational establishments: None

Other relevant information: None

Attendance at Governing Board meetings over the last academic year:

I am the Rev Ann Wood and the House for Duty vicar at St John the Divine.  I have for most of my life been involved in education both as a school governor, and in adult education.  I feel that church schools give children a firm foundation for the rest of their lives and that we are privileged to have Lytham CofE.

I am passionate about numeracy and religious education, but feel that all subjects are important for a rounded education. 

I have two daughters and three grandchildren and one greatgrandchild who keep me busy when I am not working in the parish. I also enjoy musical theatre and the ballet.

Mrs A Newsham - Foundation Governor

Term of office: 02/12/2014 -02/12/2018

Member of: 

Business interests: None

Role held within other educational establishments: None

Other relevant information: None

Attendance at Governing Board meetings over the last academic year:

I have always looked at the school fondly as my daughter spent all her primary school years there. Since taking up the post of Children's and youth worker 8 years ago I have been welcomed in the school to do my discipleship and love spending time with the children who I am privileged to meet there. I feel that as being a governor I can help the school even more and am very honoured to be part of the team of governors.

Miss K Morris - Associate Governor

Elected by the staff of Lytham C of E primary School

Term of office: 26/02/2013

Member of: curriculum committee

Business interests: None

Role held within other educational establishments: None

Other relevant information: None

Attendance at Governing Board meeting over the last year

I have taught at Lytham CE for the past 8 years. In this time I have made excellent relationships with our families and children; I love being part of such a fabulous school! I've been a governor for the past 4 years and I joined to gain a greater understanding of this role and to contribute to maintaining our high standards in a different capacity to that as a teacher. 

Mrs Kate Reddy

Appointed by: St Cuthbert’s PCC

Term of Office: 4/2/16 -4/2/17Member of: Curriculum and Staffing, Finance and Premises and Self-Improvement Committees

Member of: Curriculum and Staffing, Finance and Premises and Self-Improvement Committees

Business Interests: None

Role held within other Educational Establishments: Parent Governor at St Bede’s Catholic High School

Attendance at Governing Body Meetings: 100%

I have been a governor at Lytham Church of England (CE)Primary School since 2010, previously as a Parent Governor and also as Vice-Chair for 5 years.  My working career has included Project Management, Communications and Cultural Change, experience which has proven useful in attending to Governing Body matters!  I have a strong Christian faith and attend St Cuthbert’s in Lytham with my family where I am part of the Parochial Church Council.

I feel privileged to be part of Lytham CE; I am passionate about education and ensuring all our children receive an excellent standard of teaching.  I also believe primary education should provide children with wonderful experiences such as the school plays, charity dress up days, sporting events and school trips which enable them to make memories together to cherish for the future. 

I am married and live in Lytham with my husband and our 2 children who have attended Lytham CE.  In my spare time I enjoy the countryside, Musical Theatre, music concerts, walking, travelling, sewing and crafting, walking our dog and having fun with my family and friends.

 

Mrs A Newsham - Foundation Governor

Elected by the parents of Lytham C of E Primary School

Term of office: 02/12/2014 -02/12/2018

Member of: 

Business interests: None

Role held within other educational establishments: None

Other relevant information: None

Attendance at Governing Board meetings over the last academic year:

What does it mean to be a Governor?

A Year 5 boy once asked me: “What do governors do exactly?”  This is my simplest explanation. 

There are 14 people, known as the Governing Board, who challenge Mrs Willott to make sure the school continues to improve and provides every pupil with wonderful learning experiences. The Governors take Mrs Wilott's advice on educational matters because this is her expertise, and constantly work together with her towards improving the School and making sure all the pupils at Lytham C of E are making as much progress as they possibly can and achieve the best they can.  

Split into four smaller groups (committees) we discuss with Mrs Wilott - also a governor - if the lessons are exciting enough.  We ask ourselves:  how many children are finding lessons a bit difficult or too easy?  What can the school do to change this?  Other questions:  Do we have enough money to buy materials or pay for extra staff to help smaller groups progress?  Do we have enough learning space? Are all our children safe and healthy at school so they can learn really well?  Are we helping the teaching staff to develop their own careers so they are enthusiastic about teaching our children?  Have we got the right staffing structure to help our pupils achieve? This sounds like a lot of discussion and decision-making, but it’s not always easy because the money our school receives each year is decreasing (or it’s not going up as wages and materials do every year). In a nutshell, there’s not enough money to tackle everything.   

You may think decision-making doesn’t sound like doing very much. Well, here are visible activities you may see us doing in School:  job interviews for new teachers; reviewing Mrs Wilotts progress; writing reports from classroom visits and school trips; meeting with teachers or pupils; studying pupil progress data; checking health & safety  around the school; speaking to parents and speaking to Ofsted about current trends in the School during an inspection.  We all meet together twice a term and each committee meets once or twice a term.  Governors don’t get paid for their work: they are volunteers.  It would also be quite difficult to be an effective governor unless you had some flexi-time at work because it’s important to get into School regularly.

Sometimes governors might not all agree on something, and will ask the Senior Leadership Team or teachers to provide more data, before moving ahead.  Ultimately we come to an agreement with a majority vote.    Parents and carers hold governors responsible for the direction the School takes, with the recent changes and improvements in school over the summer, (roof, IT suite, ceilings, front path, fencing as well as some very experienced new staff, you can conclude that the Governing Body is very supportive towards the way the School is run by Mrs Willott.

Mrs K Reddy (Foundation)  appointed 4th February 2015

Foundation Governors

Mrs A Newsham - appointed 2nd December 2014

Mr S Tracey - appointed 1st February 2009 by St John's PCC




Elected Governors

 

Associate Governor

Miss K Morris - appointed 26th February 2013

Parent Governor

Mr R Fisher - appointed 18th November 2014

Mr J Newburn - appointed 18th November 2014

Headteacher

Mrs H Willott

Clerk to the Governors

Mrs J Burbridge




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