Our Governors

School Governors are people who want to make a positive contribution to children’s education.

Governors have an important part to play in raising school standards. The role of the governing board is absolutely key to the effectiveness of a school. Time and time again Ofsted  has noted that the most effective schools demonstrate effective leadership and management - including by the Governing Body.

School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. The role of the Governing Body is a strategic one. Its key functions are to:

  • set the aims and objectives for the school
  • set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  • monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
  • be a source of challenge and support to the headteacher (a critical friend)

The headteacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the Governing Body.

 

Revd. Peter Dawkin – Chair of Governors

(Pecuniary Interests N/A)

Roles and Responsibilities

Certficates held

Chair of Governors

Maths

C1, 2 & 3 Safeguarding Certificate from the Diocese of Liverpool

CRB Certificate

WRAP Training

Providing challenge for governors

Hays safeguarding

Peter has been on the Governing Body at All Saints since his arrival as the Vicar of St.Basil and All Saints, some 12 years ago. Peter has recently been appointed as Chair of Governors at All Saints Upton. He has been on two other Governing Bodies in previous Parishes in Liverpool. He tries to come into school each Wednesday to lead worship.

He is married to Linda, the Vicar of St.Michael with St.Thomas, Ditton and they have three children – Beth, James and Ben.

He likes sport, music, science fiction and trains! His particular areas of responsibility for the Governors are RE and Maths.

DATE OF END OF OFFICE - Ex Officio

Elizabeth Sandiford – Vice Chair

(Pecuniary Interests N/A)

Roles and Responsibilities

Certficates held

Vice - Chair of Governors

Designated Safeguarding Governor

English

Designated Governor for Safeguarding roles and responsibilities (November 2018)

WRAP Training

Providing challenge for governors

I have been a governor at All Saints Upton CE Primary School since retiring from teaching in July 2015. I started my teaching career in the mid 70's and moved to the school when it was Upton Infant School in the 1990's. Subsequently I became SENCO working closely with support agencies and schools across Halton. It was a hugely enjoyable and very rewarding career - wonderful to be part of a team at the school and working with the Local Authority. Creating a warm happy and welcoming school where everyone is respected and valued has been central to our ethos ever since I joined the school. Our school is a family whose core Christian values are rooted in everything that we do.

As a member of the governing body I am vice chair and designated "safeguarding" governor. I meet regularly with the Headteacher Mrs Boyden and DSO Mrs Lawson and Mr Jones our family support worker.

DATE OF END OF OFFICE – 14/10/19

 

Elizabeth Boyden – Headteacher

(Pecuniary Interests N/A)

Roles and Responsibilities

Certficates held

Headteacher

WRAP training

Safer Recruitment

Working Together

Basic awareness in safeguarding

Providing challenge for governors

Although I have been a member of staff here for many years, I became an Associate Governor in September 2013 when Chris McConnell was Head teacher. As Deputy Head teacher at the time, my role was to support and advise the Governing Body and act as an intermediary between the Governors and the staff. After Chris left in 2017, my role changed to that of Ex-officio Governor.

I have always been extremely committed to All Saints and love working with the Governors to provide strategic leadership for the school. We all recognise the tremendous potential that the school has and want the very best for the children.

I enjoy being with my family; we have three grown up sons who we are enormously proud of. Our family loves anything scientific and we have kept a variety of pets over the years, from gerbils to our python, Elvis. We love travelling too although we are not as intrepid as we like to think we are!

DATE OF END OF OFFICE - Ex Officio

Heather Martin

(Pecuniary Interests N/A)

Roles and Responsibilities

Certficates held

PE

Pupil Premium

Sports Premium

Inclusion

SEND

Chair of Safeguarding and Inclusion Committee

Looked after children

Hays Safeguarding (February 2019)

WRAP Training

Providing challenge for governors

I joined All Saints Governing Board in November 2012 after taking early retirement from teaching. Originally a Primary School teacher, I had worked in Special Education for a number of years. The majority of children I worked with had a physical disability, or life limiting condition and associated learning difficulties. My main specialism was Autism. I am, therefore, well placed to be the Governor responsible for SEND. 

Away from school I chair the patients group at my local GP surgery, helping to pass feedback and information between patients to the surgery team. I take part in health promotions, including Mental Health Awareness and promoting Flu Vaccinations and helping run flu clinics each Autumn.  My experience links well with being the Governor responsible for children with medical conditions as well as Health and Safety and Inclusion.

Whenever time and weather permits I can be found digging my garden or walking around the Lake District.

Although these days I live in Warrington, I am familiar with Hough Green as my husband grew up in Widnes and when first married we lived within walking distance of school.

DATE OF END OF OFFICE – 11/11/20

Emily Clark – Staff Governor

(Pecuniary Interests N/A)

Roles and Responsibilities

Certificates held

KS2 Leader

WRAP training

My name is Emily Clark and I am Staff Governor for All Saints Upton CE Primary School. I have been a teacher at All Saints Upton for six years and this is my third year as Staff Governor. I am currently the Year 5 teacher. In addition to this, I am Key Stage Leader, English and Outdoor Learning Coordinator and a member of the senior leadership team. Becoming a member of the governing body has added a new dimension to my teaching role and has created further opportunities for me to make a difference.

I am recently married and we enjoy spending our time outdoors– hiking, paddle boarding, canoeing, camping and skiing among other things. I come from a large family and enjoy spending time with them too. I also volunteer as a Brownie Leader in St Helens and have led a number of trips including volunteering at an orphanage in Ghana. Travelling is a huge part of my life and you will usually find me exploring a different country during school holidays. I am a lover of sport and follow Liverpool and St Helene RLFC but I have been to many Widnes games with children from school and will always support them too!

DATE OF END OF OFFICE – 29/06/18

Eileen Stein

(Pecuniary Interests - Governor for Aspiring Foundations Federated Nursery Schools)

Roles and Responsibilities

Certificates held

EYFS

Providing Challenge for Governors

Co-opted Governor All Saints Upton C of E

I was appointed to the Governing body at All Saints in 2017. Alongside this I am a Governor at Aspiring Foundations Federated Nursery Schools (previously Warrington Road Nursery School) since 2011 and have special responsibility for SEN and Looked After children. I also sit on the Curriculum & Standards Committee.

I have worked in Halton since 1990, initially in community centres and community development and then since 2002 in Sure Start and later children’s centres. Currently I am the Principal Manager for the 4 Widnes Children’s Centres, including Upton which is part of the school building.

Through my roles in Halton I feel I have a good knowledge of the local community and some of the challenges facing our families locally. I believe that with the right support all children can achieve their full potential and flourish.

My interests revolve around my family, our 2 daughters still live at home and are at university and just starting an apprenticeship. Most of our extended family live in Scotland so we are often visiting at the weekends. Other than that my spare time is spent walking our very excitable Labrador and trying to keep the allotment weed free

DATE OF END OF OFFICE – 08/03/2022

Tracey Dean

(Pecuniary Interests N/A)

Roles and Responsibilities

Certificates held

EYFS

Providing Challenge for Governors

I have very recently joined the Governing body at All Saints as I felt I wanted to be part of a committed team of people who want to share knowledge and experiences to enhance the quality of services for children.

I am currently enjoying retirement after working with children and their families for the last 35 years. I am passionate about services for children. I have worked in both local authority and voluntary sectors.  I have a range of childcare related qualifications and have a management degree.

I am a carer for an elderly auntie and enjoy spending time with my lovely family and friends...I also love going on holidays

DATE OF END OF OFFICE – 29/10/2022

Helen Denton

(Pecuniary Interests N/A)

Roles and Responsibilities

Certificates held

Foundation subjects

Science

WRAP Training

Providing Challenge for Governors

Pen Portait to follow.

DATE OF END OF OFFICE – 08/03/2022

 

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