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At Waterfoot School, we think for ourselves but feel for others.

Governors

The Governing Body

 

Waterfoot Governors are from a wide cross section of society, including staff, parents and members of the local community, bringing with them valuable skills and experience for the benefit of our school. Mr. Ian Mills is our Chair of Governors, and there are 18 other Governors kindly volunteering their time and energy.

By law, Governors are responsible for a range of school policy, details of which are readily accessible to parents from within school and via our website. We are keen to represent the views of parents when deciding strategy and policy, and regularly consult to gain this insight, recent examples being parental feedback on homework, Able, Gifted and Talented pupils, sex education, pastoral policies and school uniform. There are also periodic "customer satisfaction" surveys, where parents and children are actively encouraged to identify areas for improvement across the school. The results of such research are always considered carefully when formulating our school development plans for the future.

Our Governors are genuinely involved in the school and are very approachable should you ever wish to contact them. A full list of Governors is available from the school office. Opportunities to join the Governing Body come up fairly frequently, so if you are interested in joining or would just like more information, don't hesitate to contact us, either via the school office, the Headteacher or any member of the Governing Body.

A list of the current Governors can be seen below:

 

Name of Governor

Type

Committee membership

Additional Role(s)

Linzi Richardson

Appointed: 22/01/2018

End date: 21/01/2022

P

Finance & Staffing

 

Mr Chris Chambers

Appointed: 01/06/2015

End date: 31/05/2019

CG

Curriculum Committee (Chair)

Standards & Effectiveness Committee (Chair)

Literacy nominated governor.

Mrs Carol Ellis

Appointed: 01/06/2015

End date: 31/05/2019

CG

Buildings and Site

Pupil Discipline

 

Wendy Cockcroft

Appointed: 19/06/2017

End date: 18/06/2021

P

Curriculum Committee

 

Mrs Kelly Devine (Headteacher)

Appointed: 01/09/2017

H

Buildings and Site

Finance and Staffing

Curriculum Committee

Standards & Effectiveness Committee

 

Jo Emberton

Appointed: 17/11/16 

End date: 16/11/2020

P

Finance & Staffing

 

Mrs Helen King

Appointed: 01/06/2015

End date: 31/05/2019

CG

Curriculum Committee

School Council nominated governor.

SEND nominated governor.

Mr Ian Mills

Appointed: 01/06/2015

End date: 31/05/2019

CG

Buildings and Site (Chair)

Committee of Appointed Governors

Finance and Staffing

Pay Committee

Pupil Discipline

Curriculum Committee

Standards & Effectiveness Committee

Chair of the Governing Body.

LASGB governor.

Child Protection governor.

Mr Bernard Styan

Appointed: 01/06/2015

End date: 31/05/2019

CG

Committee of Appointed Governors

Finance and Staffing (Chair)

Pay Committee

.

Mrs Jan Styan

Appointed: 01/06/2015

End date: 31/05/2019

CG

Curriculum Committee

Standards & Effectiveness Committee

Numeracy nominated governor.

Mrs Helen Keogh

Appointed: 22/01/2018

End Date: 21/01/2022

P

Finance & Staffing

 

Mrs Nancy Sharples

Appointed: 12/11/18

End Date: 11/11/2012

V

 

 

Type:
P = Appointed by parents
CG = Co-opted Governor
L = Local Authority Governor
V = Staff Governor

 

Attendance Data for Governors 2018-2019

 

Full Governing Body

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Name

Attended

Apologies Given

Apologies Accepted

Attended

Apologies Given

Apologies Accepted

Attended

Apologies Given

Apologies Accepted

Mr I Mills

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr B Styan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs J Styan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs C Ellis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs J Emberton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr C Chambers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs H King

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs K Devine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs H Keogh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs W Cockcroft

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs L Richardson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs J Collier (OBS)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finance & Staffing

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Name

Attended

Apologies Given

Apologies Accepted

Attended

Apologies Given

Apologies Accepted

Attended

Apologies Given

Apologies Accepted

Mr I Mills

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr B Styan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs J Emberton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs K Devine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs J Collier (OBS)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs H Keogh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs L Richardson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Curriculum Committee

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Name

Attended

Apologies Given

Apologies Accepted

Attended

Apologies Given

Apologies Accepted

Attended

Apologies Given

Apologies Accepted

Mrs J Emberton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr C Chambers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs K Devine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs W Cockcroft

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr I Mills

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs H King

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs J Styan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Standard & Effectiveness

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Name

Attended

Apologies Given

Apologies Accepted

Attended

Apologies Given

Apologies Accepted

Attended

Apologies Given

Apologies Accepted

Mr I Mills

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs J Styan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr C Chambers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs K Devine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Building & Sites

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Name

Attended

Apologies Given

Apologies Accepted

Attended

Apologies Given

Apologies Accepted

Attended

Apologies Given

Apologies Accepted

Mr I Mills

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs J Collier

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs C Ellis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs K Devine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr P Matthias

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs H Keogh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Governor Business Interests

 

Full Governing Body

 

NAME

OFFICE

TERM OF OFFICE

BUSINESS INTEREST

Ian Mills

Co-opted

1/6/15 - 31/5/19

N/A

Bernard Styan

Co-opted

1/6/15 -31/5/19

N/A

Jan Styan

Co-opted

1/6/15 -31/5/19

N/A

Carol Ellis

Co-opted

1/6/15 -31/5/19

N/A

Helen King

Co-opted

1/6/15 -31/5/19

N/A

Kelly Devine

Staff

1/9/17

N/A

Jo Emberton

Parent

17/11/16 – 16/11/20

Employee – Dimensions Curriculum Ltd

Wendy Cockcroft

Parent

19/06/17 – 18/06/21

Governor – Staghills Nursery

Sally Read

Staff

04/12/17 – 05/10/18

N/A

Helen Keogh

Parent

22/01/18 – 21/01/22

N/A

Linzi Richardson

Parent

22/01/18 – 21/01/22

Shareholder – Transaction Support Services Ltd

Chris Chambers

Co-Opted

1/6/15 – 31/5/19

N/A

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Governors

 

Name: Ian Mills

Type: Chair of Governors

 

Statement:

 

I am the Chair of Governors at Waterfoot school and have held that post for the past 15 years, firstly as a parent governor and now as a community governor. I chair the Buildings and Site committee and serve on the Finance and curriculum committees as well being the nominated governor for Safeguarding. My governor journey began when the first of my four children was in reception back at Thornfield avenue some time ago; all are now in the further stages of education having loved their time at Waterfoot. By day I am a Product Manager for a large computer software company specialising in Workforce Management, based out of Detroit but fortunately with an office in Rawtenstall. By night and at weekends I enjoy the great outdoors; walking our dogs, biking, climbing, skiing, you name it. All the better when enjoyed with children, such as on the year six residentials of which I have helped on a few.

 

 

 

Name: Jo Emberton

Type: Parent Governor

 

Statement:

 

I’ve been a parent governor at Waterfoot Primary School for two years. I sit on both the Finance & Staffing and Curriculum Committees. I currently have two children at the school, one in year six and one in year four. Like all parents I want my children’s time at school to be the best it can be. I became a Parent Governor to ensure that I was doing my bit in helping achieve this.

I have also spent a bit of time in school, volunteering in various classrooms.

 

I’ve worked in the education sector for most of my working life. My current job is as a Marketing Manager for a small company, producing resources for Primary and Secondary Schools. Outside work I am a Trustee for a local charity, working with disadvantaged families, and I do a lot of work in my local church.

 

To relax, I love spending time with my family and friends and particularly enjoy spending time outdoors: walking, cycling, camping and generally admiring the beautiful area in which we live.

 

I have loved my time on the Governors so far and have learnt an awful lot about the running of the school. My passion is to see happy and engaged children, giving them the opportunities to reach their full potential. I feel very privileged to be able to play a part in this and to be involved in the exciting journey the school is on.

 

 

 

Name: Helen King

Type: Staff Governor

 

Statement:

 

I have been a governor at Waterfoot School for the past 14 years, initially as a parent governor and am now co-opted since my three children are at University and beyond.

I sit on the curriculum committee and am the nominated governor for SEND and the School Council.

My first involvement with school life was to take a lead role in setting up the before and after school club .Currently I am a Teaching Assistant based in KS2; a post I have held since 2004.

I love hiking in the hills and mountains in this country and abroad, I run regularly and enjoy skiing in the winter.

It has been a privilege for me to accompany the year six children on their residential for the last few years.

 

 

Name: Jan Styan

Type: Co-opted Governor

 

Statement:

 

I feel very fortunate to be one of the Co-opted Governors for Waterfoot Primary, and have loved playing this small part in the school for about 7 years. My children are now in their 30s, but when they were at primary school in Todmorden I was an active Governor then, too.

 

The role of the Governors has changed since then, demands made on schools have changed, and the world of work is changing - fast. By the time our pupils are in their 30s they are inevitably going to be facing very different career options. They will need to adapt to change, constantly.

 

So as well as educating our pupils, we need to help them start to develop all the skills they will need in the future - creativity, problem solving skills, the ability to work well in a team, adaptability, and resilience. The ability to research and find things out for themselves, test out their ideas, and prove their viability.

Although I'm now retired, I have enjoyed a number of jobs over the years, including youth work, market research, supporting people with a learning disability, and more recently as a Policy Officer for the County Council, and a Caseworker for an MP.

 

I try to bring the range of experience I have had in my jobs to my role as a Governor - asking key questions, analysing school data, thinking about the responsibilities of the school for the child as an individual, because every one of our pupils is unique.

 

Name: Linzi Richardson

Type: Parent Governor

 

Statement:

 

I became a Parent Governor at Waterfoot School in 2018. I am a member of the Finance Committee and am the nominated Governor for Able, Talented and Gifted Children and for Pupil Premium. I am also a Community Governor at Staghills Nursery School, having served as a Parent Governor, during my childrens' time there. Both my children now attend Waterfoot School, and whilst I am not from the Valley, my husband is a former Waterfoot pupil. Before having children, I worked as a Solicitor at a large Manchester firm, though I am currently a stay at home mum. I am an active member of our school Parent Teacher Association and have helped to organise recent fundraising events.

 

I am also Secretary of the Constituency Labour Party and am active in local politics. In my spare time I love reading, history and travel and particularly combining all three and sharing these with my family.

 

 

Name: Bernard Styan

Type: Co-opted

 

Statement:

 

I have had the privilege and pleasure of serving on the governing body of Waterfoot School for 20 years. Over that time it has been a very rewarding experience to play a part in creating a school of which the community can be proud. It has been and will continue to be my aim as a governor to ensure that all our children have a stimulating educational experience that provides them with the skills and attitudes that will enable them to achieve the highest level of which they are capable including academic and creative aspects.

 

Although I am now retired my background is in primary education having been a teacher and head teacher in a number of schools. I have also spent a number of years working for Age UK Blackburn with Darwen.

 

Currently my roles within the governing body are vice chair of governors, chair of the Finance and Staffing Committee and governor supporting the following curriculum areas, computers, art and design. I am also supporting the school administration staff in the area of data protection.

 

In addition to my time spent supporting the school I also volunteer with Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside Wildlife Trust at Brockholes Nature Reserve.

 

Name: Helen Keogh

Type: Parent Governor

 

Statement:

 

I am a newly appointed parent governor, taking this role in January 2018, and I currently serve on the finance and the building and site committees. I have no previous experience in this role, however my professional experience in my career and my drive about the education, learning opportunities and happiness of our children at Waterfoot Primary School will greatly assist. My family and I moved to the Waterfoot area just over nine years ago, and I was passionate that my two children attended their local community school, with my daughter being in the first intake into the new school building. Both of my children are still at the school at this time and they have had some amazing experiences and they both love their time spent here.

 

Career-wise, I am a police officer based in Manchester, specialising at this time in a role in an events and emergency planning unit. Any free time typically involves the kids and I being outdoors (running, rambling over local tracks, visiting local parks), and enjoying music, art, shows and coffee shops!

 

 

 

Name: Carol Ellis

Type: Co-opted

 

Statement:

 

I am a co-opted governor at Waterfoot Primary School and have been on the Governing Body since 2005. Previous to this, I was a parent governor at my oldest two children’s primary school in Stockport, before relocating to the Rossendale area.

 

I have been clerk to the Buildings and Site committee and the governor for Health and Safety at Waterfoot for many years now. I am also the governor for the curriculum area of music and a member of the Pupil Discipline Committee. During my time serving on the Governing Body, I have seen Waterfoot develop and change – amalgamating with Cloughfold School and then relocating from Thornfield Avenue to the modern building on Wolfenden Green, which provides new and exciting learning opportunities for our children.

 

I currently have a daughter in Year 2 at the school. All three of my older children also attended Waterfoot and look back on this time with fond and happy memories.

 

By day, I work part-time in two different secondary schools – one mainstream and the other a special school. Working with special needs children and ensuring that they receive the highest quality of education is a great passion of mine and a role which I find thoroughly rewarding.

 

 

 

 

Name: Chris Chambers

Type: Co-opted

 

Statement:

 

I have been on the Governing Body for ten years, starting at a time when my children were at Waterfoot School. I feel that the school provided them both with an excellent foundation for their future, developing in them the ability, espoused in the school motto, to think for themselves but feel for others.

 

I now serve as a community governor and chair the curriculum committee; in addition I am the nominated governor for English. I work as a Principal Lecturer in the Faculty of Education at Manchester Metropolitan University. Although my role is now mainly managerial, I still see myself as a historian, having taught the subject for 18 years in school. I still am involved in the primary curriculum for history through my work as an Educational Consultant for BBC Bitesize. Outside of my professional life, my interests include sport, particularly cricket, and the Arts: theatre, music and literature.

 

 

Welcome to our Governors’ section. 


Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.

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