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Welcome to our Governors page

 

It is a legal requirement for all schools to have a Governing Body and ours is made up of representatives from Parents, Staff, the Local Authority and the Community.  They have a full range of skills so that they are able to challenge and support the work of the school as necessary.  All of our Governors fulfil their role and give of their time on a voluntary basis and work very hard on behalf of our school.

 

There are several types of Governor making up the governing body as follows:-

LA Governor - A person appointed as a governor by the Local Authority and known as a Local Authority Governor.

Co-opted Governor - A person appointed by the Governing Body who they consider to be committed to the good government and success of the school.  This person may or may not live or work in the community served by the school.

Parent Governor - A parent elected by other parents of children at a school to serve on the Governing Body.

Staff Governor - A teacher /or person working at the school who is elected as a governor by people who are paid to work at the school.

Clerk to the Governing Body - A person appointed to carry out administrative duties for the Governing Body such as preparing an agenda, minuting meetings and dealing with correspondence.  The clerk advises the governing body on legal and procedural matters.

 

Governors are not expected to get involved in the day to day running of the school; Mrs Taylor, our Headteacher, is responsible for the internal organisation and management.  Governors do, however, review the aims of the school and ensure that they are upheld.  They therefore work closely with Mrs Taylor and the staff to develop the strategies necessary to achieve the required raising of standards for the school and monitor progress.  They also form and review clear policies, which set out how the school should be run.

 

The school Governing Body holds a full meeting each term.  There are also several committees in place, all of which again, meet once a term.  The following is a short synopsis of what each committee does:-

Pastoral Committee

This Committee looks after all matters related to the social well-being of the pupils.

Pupil Progress and Curriculum Committee

This Committee monitors and evaluates the progress of the pupils in the school.

Premises Committee

This Committee deals with all matters concerning the school premises.

Personnel Committee

This Committee deals with all aspects of the staffing of the school.

Finance Committee

This Committee considers the budget allocated to the school and assists in monitoring it throughout the year.

Governors - September 2018

 

Ian Strom - Chair of Governors

 

 

 

 

 

 

Category Term of Office Committees  Special Responsibilities

Register of

Interest Entries

Other Governor Roles/Relationships

with School Staff

Co-opted 1.9.14 - 31.8.18
  • Finance
  • Personnel
  • Pay Performance/Review Panel
  • Staff Dismissal Committee
  • Chair of Governors
  • Chair of Personnel
  • Partnership Governor

 

NIL Birkdale High School

 

 

Mrs Jennifer Taylor - Headteacher

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have worked at Farnborough Road Infant School for the last 20 years being a Senior Leader the last 13 years.  It was a

great privilege to become the Headteacher of this fabulous school last year and I am extremely proud of its outstanding status.

Early Years education is something very dear to my heart as I believe the first years in school shape a child's attitude to

learning for the rest of their lives. I was born, bought up and educated locally and continue to live with my family near to school.

I live with my husband, daughter and dog and enjoy walking, reading and spending time with family and friends. 

I am keen to get to know all our parents and joining them in supporting their child on their learning journey. 

Please do not hesitate in contacting me with any ideas or queries. 

Category

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Office

Committees

Special

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Register of

Interest Entries

Other Governor

Roles/Relationships

with school staff

Headteacher 1.9.15 All Headteacher NIL N/A

 

Mark Alexander

I am a solicitor specialising in property matters and I am a partner within a national firm. I grew up in Formby before moving to

Birkdale, although the majority of my professional career has been spent between Lancashire and Manchester.

I also sit on the board of a charity in Preston for the homeless, called The Foxton Centre, as well as being a board member for Lancaster University Students Union, and sitting on a committee for St Catherine’s Hospice in Lancashire.

I have two children in the Infants School and was delighted to be appointed a governor so that I can hopefully make a useful contribution to projects which are closer to home and my family.

Category Term of Office Committees Special Responsibilities

Register of Interest

Entries

Other Governor

Roles/Relationships

with school staff

Co-opted 20.12.17-19.12.21
  • Premises
  • Personnel
  • Staff Dismissal Appeals
    wife - TA in school

 

Kay Atkinson

 

 

 

 

 

I am a Registered Osteopath based in Southport and have been practising since 1996.  I see many patients with musculoskeletal injuries and specialise in babies and children with birth strains.  In my spare time (when I have any!), I enjoy DIY, going to the gym

and to gigs.  I have had two children at the school;  both joining the school in Nursery.  This has led me to want to be involved with

the running of the school.  

I am currently on the Pastoral Committee, as I like to be aware of how the school includes every child of every ability and am also interested in general welfare - as schools are involved in many issues other than education.  I am also involved with pupil progress,

as we have high standards and it is good to monitor pupil progress individually and as a school.  Recently, I have been appointed

SEN Governor, for which I am undergoing some training and am making regular visits into school to see how all pupils' education is addressed and managed.

As a Governor, I see our role as supporting the staff, school, pupils and parents to the best of our ability and I believe we have a

strong team in school!  As the school is such a community hub, with the Children's Centre and other links, I will always have a

strong interest in Farnborough Road, as I believe community links should be encouraged and nurtured.  In my first year as a

Governor I have learned so much.  The school always has decisions to make - sometimes quite tough, but the balance of a varied Governing and Teaching body, makes those decisions the right ones.

Category Term of Office Committees Special Responsibilities

Register of Interest

Entries

Other Governor

Roles/Relationships

with school staff

Co-opted 14.3.17-13.3.21
  • Pupil Progress & Curriculum
  • Pastoral
  • Pay Appeals
  • Staff Dismissal Appeals
  • SENS Governor
  • Chair of Pastoral 
NIL N/A

 

Craig Billington

I am a secondary school teacher of Science with wider responsibilities for Leading the Science Department in a school

outside of Sefton.  

I moved to Southport four years ago with my wife Davina and two children Niamh and Ciara.  Niamh is moving up to Year 3 at Farnborough Road Junior School, while Ciara is about to start reception at Farnborough Road infant School.  I have been really impressed by the care, support and challenge that Niamh has been afforded in her time at FRIS.  As a Governor I hope to help in

any way I can to ensure that parents receive the same standard of care and support that we have as a family.

Outside of school life I like to spend time with my family and go walking in the hills and like to read science fiction.

Category Term of Office Committees Special Responsibilities Register of Interest Entries  Other Governor Roles/Relationships with school staff
Parent 26.5.17-25.5.21
  • Premises
  • Pupil Progress & Curriculum
  NIL N/A

 

David Farrington

 

 

 

 

 

I have two children at Farnborough Road Infant School.

I am a network analyst for a multinational IT service provider and have been involved in IT for over twenty five years.  I also

have my own IT consultancy business, helping people in the Southport area.

I am a member of Hillside Golf Club and enjoy spending time with my family, cycling, chess and walking the dog.

Category

Term of

Office

Committees Special Responsibilities

Register of

Interest entries

Other Governor

Roles/Relationships

with school staff

Co-opted 19.9.16 - 18.9.20
  • Personnel
  • Pupil Progress & Curriculum
  • Pay Performance Committee
  • Staff Dismissal Committee

Maths Governor

ICT Governor

NIL N/A

 

Lucy Fletcher

 

 

 

 

 

I am a Senior Solicitor in the medical negligence department of a large solicitors practice in Southport and manage a team of

six.  I am very fortunate to work for a family friendly employer and have worked part-time since having my children.

My children attended Farnborough Road Infant school.  I also attended Farnborough Road Infant School and then the Junior

School myself.  Since my son started school, I wanted to get involved in school life. I became a parent governor in November

2014 and am a member of the Finance and Personnel Committees. 

I have also been the Chair of the School PTA and spent a lot of time in and around school in this role, raising much needed

money to support the children and the school.

Category

Term of

Office

Committees Special Responsibilities

Register of

Interest Entries

Other Governor

Roles/Relationships

with school staff

Co-opted 14.3.17-13.3.21
  • Finance
  • Personnel
  • Pay Performance/Review Panel
  • Pay Appeal Panel

Links Governor

English Governor

NIL N/A

 

Marilyn Fletcher

 

 

 

 

 

Category

Term of

Office

Committees

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Responsibilities

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Interest

Entries

Other Governor

Roles/Relationships

with school staff

Staff 4.10.16 - 3.10.20
  • Pupil Progress & Curriculum
  • Pastoral
  NIL N/A

 

Steve Gowland

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have two daughters, who both go to Farnborough Road Infants School. I have worked in local

government for 20 years doing many roles, but all of my work has involved working closely with schools. I am currently focused

on working to promote healthy lifestyles and positive mental well being which includes a lot of work with local schools. I have

also been the Chair of a local Advisory Board for two children’s centres in Knowsley – which is a very similar to the role

governors provide in schools.

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with school staff

Parent 23.1.18 - 22.1.22
  • Pupil Progress & Curriculum
  • Pastoral
Health & Wellbeing Governor NIL N/A

 

Richard Harrison

I live in Birkdale with my wife Helen and my two children Tilly and Sonny.  My eldest attended the Infant School and is now in the

Junior School and my youngest is in Year 2.

I have held several roles within the Public and Private sector over the last 20 years and my latest role is leading a Charity owned

consultancy which is focused on improving the quality of services within the public sector.  I am passionate about what I do and

am a keen advocate of getting people who use our public services involved in designing them and getting them involved in

running them.  When I am not working, I'm either doing DIY, buying power tools or out with the kids.

Category Term of Office Committees Special Responsibilities Register of Interest entries Other Governor Roles/Relationships with school staff
Co-opted 27.11.17-26.11.21
  • Premises
  • Pay Appeals 
  • Staff Dismissal
Collective Worship Governor Equity holder and MD of National Consultancy Co N/A

 

Rachael O'Keeffe Jones

I have two young daughters and my eldest has just this year joined Reception. I am thrilled to become part of her school community.  I have been a registered Midwife for 10 years and have worked in a number of different roles, from Specialist Midwife for vulnerable families, to Research Midwife in Obstetrics and Genetics. I am experienced in and passionate about Safeguarding children and women. Outside of work I spend as much time as I can with my children and family and love to be at home, cooking, gardening and listening to music.

Category Term of Office Committees Special Responsibilities Register of Interest entries Other Governor Roles/Relationships with school staff
Parent 18.4.19-17.4.23
  • Pastoral
  • Family Wellbeing Centre
     

 

Caroline Prendergast

I have two children. My elder child started in Nursery this year. Before having my children, I spent several years working in the

residential property industry in Liverpool before working for a local estate agent. I currently volunteer with the Southport, Formby

and Ormskirk branch

of the NCT and with a friend, set up the branch’s weekly “Tums to Toddlers” playgroup – running it together for over a year.

Category

Term of

Office

Committees

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Responsibilities

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Interest

Entries

Other Governor

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with school staff

Parent 23.1.18 - 22.1.22
  • Premises
  • Finance
  • Staff Dismissal Appeals
Arts Governor NIL N/A

 

Sarah Robbins

I have lived in Southport for 20 years and have had a relationship with Farnborough Road schools for the last 5 since my eldest

started in Reception. My youngest has just started a full-time place in the nursery. Living in Farnborough Road, I expect to have a

much longer and proactive relationship with the school even once my children have moved on.

I am an academic librarian working in a local University Library, so understand many of the political pressures within Education

currently. Furthermore, I have an interest in children’s education and want to be able to support the school as much as possible.

More than anything as a parent, I am passionate in my desire to help achieve the best possible experience for our children,

both educational and holistic to

give them the best possible start and sound foundation for a happy and healthy life ahead.

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Parent 23.1.18 - 22.1.22
  • Pastoral
  • Pupil Progress & Curriculum
Early Years Governor NIL N/A

 

Simon Shaw

 

 

 

 

 

I have been a Governor of Farnborough Road Infant School (and also of the Junior School) for over thirty years.  My wife Lyn, was

a Teaching Assistant in the school for more than fifteen years until she retired in 2014.  Our four children attended both schools

through the 1990s and our eldest son, Sam, is completing his PGCE in 2015/16 to qualify as a primary teacher.

I am a Chartered Accountant, which may explain why the other governors seem happy for me to continue as Chair of the Finance

Committee!  Having lived in Birkdale for most of my life, I am currently one of the elected councillors for the area.

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Other Governor

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with school staff

Local Authority 1.2.18-31.1.22
  • Premises
  • Finance
  • Pay Appeal Panel
  • Staff Dismissal Appeals
Chair of Finance Elected Member of Sefton MBC Farnborough Road Junior School - co opted Governor

 

Stuart Whiteside

I am delighted to have been appointed Parent Governor at such a great school. Jack is loving his time in Reception and Thomas

will be along soon. I work mostly as an independent Management Consultant / Project Manager. I have spent much of the

last 10 years working with Social Care Charities and most recently in the Social Housing Sector. I am great at throwing

myself into something new, being massively curious and then being committed to adding value however best I can.

I am keen to be part of the exciting journey that our boys and their classmates have ahead. Anything that I can do to support the

School and the wider Farnborough Community will be a great privilege.

When I used to have a life (up until about 4½ years ago that is!) I was a keen backpacker, sailor and gym goer - I am currently on

sabbatical until the Boys can come along with me!

Category

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Office

Committees

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Responsibilities

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Interest

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Other Governor

Roles/Relationships

with school staff

Parent 23.1.18 - 22.1.22
  • Pupil Progress & Curriculum
  • Finance
  • Pay Performance/Review Panel
  NIL N/A

 

RESIGNATIONS

Name Category Date appointed End Date
Paul Duffy Co-opted 27.6.18 30.9.19
Paul Eriksen Parent 26.5.17 20.6.18
Helen Harrison Parent 15.11.16 1.1.18
Amanda Cook Parent 3.12.15 6.12.17
David Pullin LA 12.7.14 6.12.17
Gordon May Co-opted 21.9.15 7.3.17
Gareth Banks Parent 1.4.13 16.9.16

 

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