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 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

Staff Governor - Rachel Cho

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

My background is as Head of Care in a residential EBD school supporting children with SEBD in both Residential and day settings, working closely with parents, schools and other professionals to ensure children reach their personal and academic potential. I have a HNC in Social Care Management.

I have also worked as a CSW in Halton for the past 10 years. I now work for the Behaviour Support Service as a Family Liason Officer, supporting parents of children with early signs of SEMH and I work collaboratively with schools and any relevant agencies. I am trained in Nurture practice and the SOLIHULL approach to learning.

In addition, I am currently involved with training Mid- Day Assistants to up skill them in managing pupil behaviour, understanding the importance of play and raising their profiles within the school.

DATE OF END OF OFFICE – 08/03/2022

Jeanette Davies – Associate Governor

(Pecuniary Interests N/A)

Roles and Responsibilities

Certificates held

Deputy Head Teacher

Working Together

I became a member of the Governing Body when I joined All Saints as Deputy Head in February 2019. I have worked as a teacher for many years in Liverpool, having had responsibility for Maths and being Deputy SendCo.

As part of my role at school I  take PPA sessions throughout Key Stage 2. I have responsibility for behaviour and the whole curriculum, but lead Maths and PSHE.

I have two adult daughters, one of whom is an EYFS teacher and enjoy spending time with them and my family and friends. I am a member of my local church and am on the church council.

Natalie Benson:
I have 2 children, both girls attended the school and I have 1 daughter still currently in year 5. The school is lovely and both girls thoroughly loved and love their time at the school. I wanted to become a parent governor to give back to the school and bring new ideas and speak on behalf of parents.
I am married and a working mum, alongside my husband we run our own construction business. We have run our business for 6 years. I run the corporate side of the business which makes me good at time management, finances and management of files and paperwork and invoices along with speaking with clients and searching out new jobs and clients which makes me a very engaging and confident person.
Before this I was in LD and mental health for 13 years working for a large charitable company across the North West.

Training/certificates:

I completed training on LD, mental health, medication, and autism just to name a few and have completed NVQ4 in health and social care management.

 

Rev. Les Moss:

I recently retired from Cheshire College South & West where for the last twelve years I have worked on managing projects financed by the European Social Fund as well as other externally funded initiatives. Prior to this I have worked in Finance for two multinational corporations and a medium sized charity providing care for young people with autism.

Since retirement I have continued to serve as an Ordained Local Minister (OLM), working with the Vicar and wider ministry team St. Michael with St Thomas Church Ditton and am currently an elected member of both Deanery and Diocesan Synods. I have also served on the Diocesan Board of Education. I was ordained in 2002.

I am a relatively new Governor, pleased to be appointed, and look forward to making a positive contribution to the school as part of the team.

I am married to Susan and have a daughter Ruth and my interests are Theology, reading and cooking.

 

Certificates Held:

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

CRB Certificate

NCFE Level 1:

Award in Safeguarding in a Learning Environment

Certificate in Mental Health Awareness

Certificate in Drug Awareness

Award in Substance Abuse Awareness

NCFE Level 2:

Certificate in Equality & Diversity

 

Dan Craddock:

I was appointed Local Authority governor in 2019 and have really enjoyed my time on the governing body at All Saints. 

 

In my full-time role I am Civil Servant that specialises in HR managing all things people. Wellbeing and Mental health of our Children, Staff and All Saints Family is right at the top of my priorities. 

 

In my spare time I am a Musical Director of Haydock Male Voice Choir, Governor of a Primary School in Haydock and an Ambassador for a charity based in Manchester that focuses their work on supporting Children and Adults with Mental Health. 

 

Katie Edwards:

My name is Katie Edwards and I am a parent governor here at All Saints Upton. My daughter Emily is currently in year 3. I am a Primary School teacher and have been for the past 15 years, I currently teach year 2 and am KS1 lead teacher, I also really enjoy my role as PE coordinator which enables me to visit other schools with the children taking part in competitions and playing friendly matches to help the children to gain in confidence.

 

I have always held the teaching staff and Senior leadership team in high regard and cannot praise them enough for the hard work we all see going on and what I as a parent governor see happens behind the school doors.

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