Governors Information and Duties

Instrument of Governance

SEPTEMBER 2015

  1. The name of the school is Thatto Heath Community Primary School
  2. The school is a Local Authority school.
  3. The name of the governing body is “The Governing Body of Thatto Heath Primary School”
  4. The governing body shall consist of:
    • Three Parent Governors
    • One  LA Governor
    • Two  Staff Governors
    • One  Headteacher Governor.
    • Five  Co-opted Governors
    • Two  Associate Members

    Total number of Governors 14

  5. The Term of Office for all Governors is Four Years
  6. The Instrument of Governors comes into effect on 1st September 2015
  7. This Instrument was made by order of St. Helens Local Authority on 1st September 2015
  8. A copy of this Instrument to be supplied to every member of the Governing Body

List of Governors

Thatto Heath Re-constituted Governing Body from September 2017

Headteacher Governor Mrs. Catherine Ireland
LEA Governor Cllr. Pat Ireland
Staff Governors Miss. Julia Hamlin
Mrs. Louise Lomax
Parent Governors Ms. Karen Hamilton
Mr. Phillip Ingham
Mrs. Joanne Lowry
Co-opted Governors Mr. Steve Chesworth
Mr. Martin Cox
Mr. Anthony Tucker
Rev. Dozie Moneme
Mr. Ian Henry
Associate Governors Mrs. Jackie Anders
Mrs. Louise McCallion

Governing Body Structure, Remit and Information

What do Governor's Do?

 

Governors oversee the development of the school but don’t manage it day-to-day. Governors are responsible for providing strategic management, being a ‘critical friend’ and making executive decisions.

The governing body makes sure the school provides a good quality education, and sets the school aims and policies together with the Head teacher. There are different categories of governor on a governing body, some elected and some appointed. This mix ensures a diversity of views and experience, but doesn’t mean that governors of a particular category “represent” that group. For example, parent governors don’t act as representatives of the parents of the school and don’t report back to them – rather, they bring a broad parental perspective to discussion and debate.

Governors are responsible for promoting high standards of educational achievement and enabling the head teacher and the staff to deliver these, as well as planning the school’s long-term future, overseeing its aims, values and ethos, and monitoring its performance.  This involves:

  • setting the school’s vision and aims
  • establishing & maintaining the school’s ethos
  • setting the school’s plans and policies
  • monitoring and evaluating school performance
  • agreeing budgets, policies and objectives and making sure these are met

 

Meetings of the full governing body are held at least once a term, normally in an evening, with governors normally giving up around 6-8 hours per month. Governors can also sit on some of the committees that look at things like finance, curriculum, staffing and premises. Occasionally, being a governor can be hard work. There may sometimes be a lot of papers to read, meetings to attend and, sometimes, difficult decisions to be made.

Governing Body 2017-2018
Governor Type Full Name Office Held Start Term End Term Appointed By
Headteacher Catherine Ireland Headteacher Governor 01/09/2015 31/08/2019 Headteacher Governor
Local Authority Pat Ireland 01/09/2015 31/08/2019 Local Authority
Co-opted Anthony Tucker Chair of Governing Body 01/09/2015 31/08/2019 Governing Body
Co-opted Martin Cox 01/09/2015 31/08/2019 Governing Body
Co-opted Steve Chesworth 01/09/2015 31/08/2019 Governing Body
Co-opted Rev. Dozie Moneme 04/07/2017 03/07/2021 Governing Body
Co-opted Ian Henry 04/07/2017 03/07/2021 Governing Body
Staff Julia Hamlin 01/09/2015 31/08/2019 Staff
Staff Louise Lomax 01/09/2015 31/08/2019 Staff
Parent Karen Hamilton 01/09/2015 31/08/2019 Parent Body
Parent Phillip Ingham 01/09/2015 31/08/2019 Parent Body
Parent Joanne Lowry 01/09/2015 31/08/2019 Parent Body
Associate Jackie Anders 01/09/2015 31/08/2019 Governing Body
Associate Louise McCallion 01/09/2015 31/08/2019 Governing Body

Associate Governors are not counted as Governors for Quorum or Voting at Full Governor Body Meetings but may vote at Committee Meetings.

Full Governor Body Meeting Attendance 2017-2018
Governor 10/10/2017 027/03/2018
Catherine Ireland Y
Pat Ireland Y
Anthony Tucker Y
Martin Cox Y
Steve Chesworth Y
Rev. Dozie Moneme Apologies
Ian Henry Apologies
Julia Hamlin Apologies
Louise Lomax Y
Karen Hamilton Apologies
Phillip Ingham Y
Joanne Lowry Y
Jackie Anders Apologies
Louise McCallion Y
Committee B - Members, Remit and Meeting Attendance 2017-2018

 

Committee B Remit:

Quorum:  3 Governors – Chair is elected at first committee meeting

  • Scrutiny of pupils’ work
  • Staff presentations
  • Discussions with staff and observations
  • Visits to the school and events
  • Being invited to meetings with representatives from companies being used to source resources

Membership

  • Mrs. Catherine Ireland
  • Miss. Julia Hamlin
  • Ms. Karen Hamilton
  • Mrs. Pat Ireland
  • Mr. Anthony Tucker – Chair of Committee B
  • Mr. Martin Cox
  • Mrs. Joanne Lowry
  • Rev. D Moneme
  • Mrs. Louise McCallion (Deputy Head teacher / Associate Governor)

Committee B Meeting Attendance 2017-2018

Governor 14/11/2017 06/02/2018 15/05/2018
Catherine Ireland Y
Julia Hamlin Y
Karen Hamilton Y
Pat Ireland Y
Anthony Tucker Y
Martin Cox Y
Joanne Lowry Y
Rev. D Moneme Apologies
Louise McCallion Y

 

Full Governor Body Meeting Attendance 2016-2017

 

Governor 11/10/2016 07/02/2017 28/03/2017 23/06/2017 04/07/2017
Catherine Ireland Y Y Y Y Y
Pat Ireland Y Apologies Y Y Apologies
Anthony Tucker Y Y Y Y Y
Martin Cox Apologies Y Y Y Y
Steve Chesworth Y Y Y Y Y
Rev. Dozie Moneme N/A N/A N/A N/A Y
Ian Henry N/A N/A N/A N/A Y
Janet Waterhouse Apologies Absent Absent Absent N/A
Julia Hamlin Y Apologies Y Y Y
Louise Lomax Y Y Apologies Apologies Y
Karen Hamilton Y Y Y Y Y
Phillip Ingham Y Y Y Y Y
Joanne Lowry Y Apologies Absent Apologies Y
Jackie Anders Apologies Y Apologies Y Y
Louise McCallion Apologies Y Apologies Apologies Y
Committee A - Members, Remit and Meeting Attendance 2016-2107

Committee A Remit: 

Quorum: 3 Governors – Chair is elected annually at first committee meeting

  • Finance
  • Salaries and Conditions
  • Budgeting Implications
  • Premises
  • Personnel
  • Health & Safety

Membership

  • Mrs. Catherine Ireland
  • Mr. Anthony Tucker
  • Mrs. Louise Lomax
  • Mrs. Jackie Anders
  • Mr. Steve Chesworth
  • Mr. Phillip Ingham – Chair of Committee A
  • Rev. Dozie Moneme
  • Mrs. Louise McCallion (Deputy Headteacher / Associate Governor)

Committee A Meeting Attendance 2016-2017

Governor 06/12/2016 28/03/2017 04/07/2017
Catherine Ireland Apologies Y Y
Anthony Tucker Y Y Y
Louise Lomax Y Y Y
Jackie Anders Y Y Y
Steve Chesworth Absent Y Y
Janet Waterhouse Absent Absent N/A
Phillip Ingham Y Y Y
Rev. Dozie Moneme N/A N/A N/A
Louise McCallion Y Apologies Y
Committee B - Members, Remit and Meeting Attendance 2016-2017

Committee B Remit:

Quorum:  3 Governors – Chair is elected at first committee meeting

  • Scrutiny of pupils’ work
  • Staff presentations
  • Discussions with staff and observations
  • Visits to the school and events
  • Being invited to meetings with representatives from companies being used to source resources

Membership

  • Mrs. Catherine Ireland
  • Miss. Julia Hamlin
  • Ms. Karen Hamilton
  • Mrs. Pat Ireland
  • Mr. Anthony Tucker – Chair of Committee B
  • Mr. Martin Cox
  • Mrs. Joanne Lowry
  • Mr. Ian Henry
  • Mrs. Louise McCallion (Deputy Head teacher / Associate Governor)

Committee B Meeting Attendance 2016-2017

Governor 15/11/2016 07/02/2017 20/06/2017
Catherine Ireland Y Y Y
Julia Hamlin Apologies Apologies Y
Karen Hamilton Y Y Y
Pat Ireland Y Apologies Apologies
Anthony Tucker Y Y Y
Martin Cox Apologies Y Y
Joanne Lowry Y Apologies Y
Ian Henry N/A N/A N/A
Louise McCallion Apologies Y Y
Link Governor Roles
 Link Role  Name(s)
Inclusion – SEN Ms. Karen Hamilton

Mrs. Joanne Lowry

More Able Provision Mr. Martin Cox
Safeguarding/LAC/Child Protection Mrs. Pat Ireland
Attendance Mrs. Joanne Lowry
EYFS
Key Stage 1 Ms. Karen Hamilton
Key Stage 2 Mr. Anthony Tucker
EMC and Well Being Mr. Anthony Tucker
English Mr. Martin Cox
Mathematics Mr. Anthony Tucker
Computer Science/E-Safety Mr. Steve Chesworth
Creative Development Mr. Anthony Tucker
Physical Development Mr. Steve Chesworth
Personal & Social Development Mrs. Louise Lomax
Community & Extended Services
Health & Safety Mr. Steve Chesworth
Governors Forum Mr. Anthony Tucker
Admissions Forum Mr. Martin Cox
Pupil Premium/Disadvantage Miss. Julia Hamlin
SMSC Link Governor Mr. Anthony Tucker
Young Carers Mr. Anthony Tucker
Equality Governor Mr. Phillip Ingham
Governor Declaration
Full Name Relevant Business and Pecuniary Interest Governance Role in other Educational Institutions Any material interests arising from relationships between Governors and School Staff
Catherine Ireland None declared None declared None declared
Pat Ireland None declared None declared None declared
Anthony Tucker None declared None declared None declared
Martin Cox None declared None declared None declared
Steve Chesworth None declared None declared None declared
Rev. Dozie Moneme None declared None declared None declared
Ian Henry None declared None declared None declared
Julia Hamlin None declared None declared None declared
Louise Lomax None declared None declared None declared
Karen Hamilton None declared None declared None declared
Phillip Ingham Provides Human Resource Services on behalf of the LA None declared None declared
Joanne Lowry None declared None declared None declared
Jackie Anders Husband employed by school as Minibus Driver None declared None declared
Louise McCallion None declared None declared None declared
Other Committees

Other Committees that meet as and when required are as follows:-

  • Staff Appointments Committee
  • Performance Review Panel
  • Dismissal / Appeals Committee
  • Pupil Discipline and Pupil Exclusion Committee
  • Complaints Committee

Meet our Governors

  • Worked as a teacher at the school for 39 years after qualifying as a teacher at Chester CollegeMr Anthony Tucker
  • Worked with 5 different headteachers
  • Eventually became assistant head then deputy head before retiring form teaching
  • Became a governor after retirement “You can`t work at the school for 39 years and not be interested in its future”
  • Attained National Certification in teaching of SRE “I have rarely seen such a uniformly excellent portfolio”, National Assessor
  • Interested in school sports especially Rugby League
  • Secretary of North West Counties Schools Rugby League
  • Twice refereed French Cadets v English Schoolboys U-16 RL Internationals
  • Refereed Schools Wembley Curtain-raiser
  • Became Rugby Football Referee scoring 98% in qualification exam
  • Interests since retirement include theatre, books and being a governor at Thatto Heath School

Mrs Catherine IrelandI am honoured to be the Headteacher at Thatto Heath Community Primary School. It is a real privilege to work in an inclusive school with such amazing pupils, supportive parents/carers and a fantastic staff team. I am committed to ensuring that our school can provide the very best opportunities for all of our children and that we are at the heart of the community we serve.

I have been the Headteacher at Thatto Heath CPS since September 2007. Prior to taking up my headship I was Deputy Headteacher at our school. As a class teacher I have taught in both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.

Before embarking on my teaching career, I read history at Liverpool University and spent time travelling in South America before completing my Primary Graduate Certificate in Education.

Children are at the heart of all we do at Thatto Heath CPS and as Headteacher and Governor all actions taken always have the best interests of the children at their core. I am proud to promote the school ethos of inclusion and support.

I am very fortunate to have a Governing Body that is so committed to the continual improvement of our school.

Outside of school I enjoy reading and spending time with my family; my husband and our two young boys.

 

Pat is the Local Authority Governor and represents Thatto Heath Ward. She has been a councillor for over 11 years and this year [2017] she has been appointed the Deputy Mayor for St Helens.

Pat has been a school governor for several years and was previously a governor on Queens Park Primary School. She is on the Council’s Licencing Committee, a Scrutiny Committee and represents the Council on a Torus [former Helena Housing] committee.

Pat is married with two children, three grandchildren and three great grandchildren and also lives in Thatto Heath. She is also active on the PERTH Community Centre Board and holds a weekly surgery there.

Pat is an avid reader and loves Information Technology. She has recently taken up knitting again and is learning to craft a memory scrap book for the first time.

I have lived in Thatto Heath for 20 years. Both my children have attended Thatto Heath Primary School.

I have worked within the legal profession and as a manager for various breweries. I am currently a full time mum.

Since having my children, I have been involved in the start up of the Children’s Centre, being on the Management Board and other committees. Once my eldest child started the school 10 years ago I became a parent Governor and have held office since.

Having grown up in Thatto Heath, having been a pupil at Thatto Heath School and with my son currently attending the School, I have a strong attachment to the School and to the local area.

I have spent the majority of my career (over 20 years) in people management / Human Resources, managing complex employee relations issues, running successful recruitment campaigns and designing and delivering training.

I am currently working for the Local Authority, providing Employee Relations advice and solutions across St Helens Council and to Schools throughout the town.
My interests outside of work and School include attending St Helens RLFC (Season Ticket holder) and live music events.

I have been associated with the community of Thatto Heath since 1988. Prior to that I had taught variously in Birmingham, Cambridgeshire and North Wales, having been brought up in NW London. I came to Thatto as Headteacher of Grange Park CHS, subsequently Broadway CHS and remained there until 2001. Until 2006, I was Project Director of St Helens Education Action Zone which supported 15 St Helens schools, including Thatto Heath CPS. From 2006 until 2009 I worked with two large groups of schools in Liverpool developing ‘extended schools’.

Since then I have been busy (very busy) with family and grandchildren but have continued in my role as governor at THCPS for just over 10 years. It’s great to be involved and I feel very privileged to have been asked to continue in this role, not least remaining in touch with so many ex Broadway pupils now parents. It’s a generational thing!

My friends from ‘down south’ tell me I have picked up a northern ring to my accent but you know differently. Proud of my North London roots, I remain loyal to Wasps RFC and Watford FC though I have affection for Saints as well. I try to get to as many sporting occasions as I can but haven’t made a Lions tour yet. An ambition yet to be fulfilled!

I started as a Parent Governor and served two terms before becoming a Co-opted Governor when my youngest child left to attend highschool. I have attended the School to teach many year 4 classes first aid as part of the British Heart Foundation “HeartStart” programme over the years which has been very interesting for me and hopefully fun for the children.

I have worked in Leisure for more than 2 decades with many interests in sports as well as being qualified to coach several sports. I have also worked as a Health & Safety Inspector for many years which has allowed me to assist the School and the governing body on items over the years.

I am currently employed as a Duty Manager at Queens Park Health & Fitness involved in managing a busy leisure centre with a swimming pool, fitness suite and fitness classes.

My interest outside of work include Martial Arts, running and spending time with my wife and two children.

I have been a teacher at Thatto Heath Primary School for 12 years, but prior to my teaching post, I worked here as a classroom assistant for a year before completing my PCGE.

I have recently been appointed as a Specialist Leader in Education for our teaching school alliance and currently lead Year 4. I am a middle leader with responsibility for more able pupils, Computing Science and E-Safety. I have completed the CEOP ambassador training for E-Safety and am able to train staff, parents, governors and children on E-Safety in our community. I have a keen interest in technology and its use within the classroom

I have been a school governor for ten years now and have enjoyed seeing the impact of the governing body on everyday life within school.

Mrs LomaxI first became a Parent Governor back when my two children attended Thatto Heath Community Primary School, when my children left I finished my term as a Parent Governor but wished to continue and became a Staff Governor.

I became a Parent Helper around 22 years ago, helping with reading and going on school trips, amongst other duties. I also started to help the PTFA, this involved Christmas events, Bingo, Easter events and many more events throughout the year. Still to this day I am an active member of the PTFA.

I have also worked in school as a class LSA for many years, in my role I got to work with individual children in a classroom environment and this was a rewarding role. In September 2016 I became part of the Pastoral/Attendance team, in this role I get to meet all the children from all year groups and be part of the whole school.

Deputy Headteacher/Inclusion Manager
As Deputy Headteacher and SENDCo at Thatto Heath I work closely with all members of the school community. It is a privilege to support so many pupils and their families in the area of Special Educational needs and Inclusion as well as many other aspects of school life.

I have a wide range of experience. I started working at Thatto Heath CPS in September 2011. Prior to that I was a Senior Leader and head of Maths and English in a similar, but smaller, primary school in Warrington. I have also been a senior Leader and SENCo in a large junior school in Halton. I qualified as a teacher in 1995 and have taught classes across Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. I have been a governor in all of my previous schools as well as being a parent governor at my son’s school.

I am passionate about education, teaching and learning and am proud of the part I have played, and continue to play, in the learning and development of our pupils.

I am an Associated Governor at Thatto Heath Primary School.
I have 2 children who both attended Thatto Heath Primary School. I also attended Thatto Heath when I was younger.

I first started as a Parent Governor then I became an Associated Member when my daughter moved to High School.

I have been actively involved with Thatto Heath Primary for over 19 years. First as a Parent Helper , helping in Year 1 and Year 5 then I became a Midday Supervisor. From there I then started as an LSA in Year 2 supporting a child 1:1. Then 8 years ago I started working on the Pastoral/Attendance Team. I am also involved with the PTFA helping with fund raising for the school.

I am a priest who is deeply passionate about reaching people in our community with the good-news of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Currently I am the Vicar at St. John’s Church and I serve both the church family and community in various ways like pastoral care, discipleship and evangelising the Ravenhead community.

Over the years I have been privileged to work with children and young adults in various community projects within the Anglican Church. Bringing out the best in young people is something I remain passionate about. I am confident that my cross-culture experience working with young people will bring a fresh perspective that would help our community school pupils grow into responsible citizens.

Outside of Pastoring, I enjoy having family time with my wife and two young children.

  • My family and I moved from Warrington to St Helens in 2009.
  • I have worked with children for nearly 20 years.
  • I was a play leader/afterschool club supervisor for a number of years.

I have worked in education for nearly 15 years. I work in a St. Helens High school.

During my time I have held several posts within the Learning Support department. I currently have a new post within the pastoral team.

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Thatto Heath Community Primary School

Hobart Street
Thatto Heath
St. Helens
Merseyside
WA9 5QX
 
Headteacher: Mrs. Catherine Ireland
Main Contact: Mrs. Lisa Coates
SENDCO: Mrs. Louise McCallion
 
T: 01744 678710
E: thattoheath@sthelens.org.uk

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