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Welcome to our Governors' section.
Welcome to the section of the website where you can find out more about our school’s governors, and the work that they do.
The main role of the governors is one of monitoring and evaluation to support the head and her staff. We help them to set and reach targets and to strive for excellence across the whole spectrum of school life.
We have a legal responsibility to:
• ensure that the National Curriculum is followed
• oversee the school's budget
• monitor the condition of the school buildings and grounds, and
• ensure that Special Educational Needs are met
The role of the Governing Body can be summarised as providing strategic management, acting as a critical friend and ensuring accountability for St Matthew's. The Governing Body is split into committees which are each responsible for discussing one topic in more detail, such as finance or health and safety. Committee discussions are fed back to the full Governing Body.
There are several categories of governor, appointed by different bodies that have an interest in the school. These are Foundation governors (appointed through St Matthew’s Church) the Local Authority (“LA”), Parents, and Staff. All governors have equal status, however they were appointed.
All the school governors are committed to maintaining the ethos and the high standards of achievement at the school. They are focussed not only on educational achievement but on the school's other values, which are just as important.
Governors and the Clerks mostly carry out their duties during after school meetings and may attend training sessions and seminars to help them do their job effectively. They also go into school to meet with the Head and other members of the management team in order to discuss the subjects they have responsibility for.
If you wish to know more, or are interested in becoming a governor, please contact us care of the school office.
The Committees and their members are listed below:-
Chair of the Governing Body: Mrs Linda Buckley
Vice Chair of the Governing Body: Jo Webster
Mrs Webster [Chair], Mrs Fryman, Mr Jamson, Mrs Griffiths, Mr P Cartwright, Mr R Dinsdale
CHURCH DISTINCTIVENESS COMMITTEE
Rev Jewell [Chair],Mrs Fryman, Mrs H Coen, Mrs L Buckley, Mrs A Griffiths, Mrs McClellan (Observer)
CURRICULUM & SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT:
Mrs Jo Webster [Chair], Rev A Jewell, Mrs Fryman, Mrs J McClellan (Observer), Mrs H Coen, Mr R Dinsdale, Mr M Griffin
Mrs H Coen [Chair], Mrs Fryman, Mr B Jamson, Mrs A Griffiths, Mrs M Hulse, Mrs L Buckley, Mr M Griffin, Mr P Cartwright
PREMISES, BUILDINGS & SAFGUARDING COMMITTEE
Mr B Jamson [Chair], Mrs Fryman, Mrs M Hulse, Mr P Cartwright, Mr R Dinsdale, Mr N Griffin
Mrs J Webster, Mrs L Buckley, Mrs Fryman, Rev A Jewell, Mr P Cartwright
FOR CONTACT DETAILS FOR THE CHAIR OF GOVERNORS PLEASE CONTACT THE SCHOOL OFFICE
Tel No: 01925 730791
More about our governors:-
Linda Buckley (Chair of Governors)
Both of my sons attended St Matthew’s between 1988 and 1996. I was active in the PTA and as a foundation governor, continuing for about 7 years after they left. I have been involved in Scouting in Warrington for over 30 years, and am a Reader at St Matthews and St Cross churches.
I am now supply teaching, having worked in secondary and post-16 education, and been NUT rep in both.
St Matthew’s has always been a school with Christian values, where children are cared for, challenged and given a voice. They also learn from leading and taking risks in a safe environment, knowing that they are valued as individuals and not just statistics.
I see my role as governor as one of working with staff, parents and children to with ensure St Matthew’s continues to aim high and shine bright.