St. Luke’s Board of Governors

As governors, we are pleased and privileged to be able to contribute to the success of St. Luke’s. Our role involves working together with Mrs Littlehailes and the senior management team in the strategic management of the school to ensure that it provides the best possible education for all our children, and a safe and caring environment for everyone in our community. We are actively involved in the school in a variety of ways and always enjoy our visits to share in the children’s many achievements. The role of school governor is very rewarding, as it allows us to make a positive difference to the school by helping to raise standards and serve the wider local community.

What do Governors do?

School governors play an important part in raising school standards and our main priority is to act in the best interests of all the children at St. Luke’s. We are legally responsible for the school, and have final say in policy and budget. The governors work closely with Mrs Littlehailes, the head teacher, who is responsible for the day-to-day management of the school, providing both support and challenge to ensure our school provides the best quality education possible.

Governors play an active role in reviewing school achievement and attainment information on a regular basis. This allows us, together with the head teacher, to be actively involved in making decisions regarding the progress towards and setting of challenging targets for better performance. The school governors also approve and monitor the impact of school policies and work together with the head teacher and staff to develop and evaluate the effectiveness of the school improvement plan. The governors also approve the school budget and staffing structure in consultation with the head. As governors, we respond to recommendations from both the local education authority and Ofsted, to ensure that every child in our school is able to achieve to the best of their ability. The governing body also holds the head teacher to account for the performance of the school and ensures that parents are involved, consulted and informed as required.

At St. Luke’s the board of governors meet once a term. The governing body is also sub-divided into two sub-committees’ – the Teaching and Learning Committee and the Resource Management Committee. These committees meet an additional three times a year and report back to the main governing body. Each governor attends at least one of these committees.

All governors agree to abide by our Code of Practice

Meet St. Luke’s Governors

At St. Luke’s all our governors are volunteers who represent those with a particular interest in our school, including parents, staff, the church, local education authority and the community. Our board of governors currently consists of a local authority governor appointed by Derbyshire County Council, two foundation governors appointed by the Diocese of Derby, four parent governors elected by parents with children at the school, two staff governors appointed through election by staff at St. Luke’s and five co-opted governors appointed by the governing body. All governors work hard for the betterment of the school, and we are particularly lucky at St Luke’s to have such a dedicated and willing team.

Mark Smitham

Mark Smitham

  • Chair of Governors
  • Committees: Teaching and Learning, Resource Management and Development Strategy
  • Website liaison
  • Co-opted Governor
  • Term of Office: September 2015 – September 2019
  • Attendance 2016/17: Full Governors:3/3 Committees:5/5 Other:1/1
  • Background: IT Manager in Stockport

“Having served on the governing body since 2010, I have a vested interest in seeing the school excel, and with a background in IT and business intelligence I am well versed in reading figures and charts and knowing which questions to ask. I believe that every single penny the school receives should be spent on the betterment of the children, and I work hard alongside the senior management team and the governing body to ensure that happens.”

Deb Myhill

Deb Griffiths-Jones

  • Vice-Chair of Governors
  • Parent governor
  • Science Link Governor
  • Term of office: October 2014 – October 2018
  • Committees: Teaching and Learning Committee and Development Strategy
  • Attendance 2016/17: Full Governors:3/3 Committees:2/2 Other: 1

“I have three children at St. Luke’s and have been a parent governor since 2010 and Vice Chair of the Board of Governors since September 2013. I have also been Secretary of the Parent Teachers Association since 2011, and have been responsible for organising numerous events to raise money for the school. I come from a science background. I have a PhD in human development, and I am a project manager for clinical trials at the University of Manchester. I have extensive experience of collecting and analysing data, and this helps me to understand the varied and detailed information about the achievements of our pupils. I am passionate about being a governor and having the opportunity to help all the children at St. Luke’s reach their potential.”

Foundation Governors:

Foundation governors are appointed by the diocese.The inclusion of Foundation Governors on the governing bodies of both Aided and Controlled schools is one of the distinguishing characteristics of a Church school. The Foundation Governors represent the historic link with the original establishment of the school and its distinctive religious ethos.

Tom Rank

Tom Rank

  • Foundation governor
  • Term of office: August 2014 – August 2018
  • Committees: Teaching and Learning Committee and Development Strategy
  • Attendance 2016/17: Full Governors:3/3 Committees:2/2

“After many years as a secondary school teacher and member of school management, I continue to work in education consultancy and examining. I run St Luke’s after-school ICT Club. I am a member of St Luke’s Church and have three grown-up children. I really enjoy being able to contribute to St Luke’s; visits to the school are always a delight.”

Glynn Jones

Glynn Jones

  • Term of Office – October 2017 – October 2021
  • Committees: Teaching and Learning Committee
  • SEND Named Governor
  • Attendance 2016/17: N/A
  • Background:

“I’ve had a long career in education, as a teacher, administrator, adviser and inspector, and it’s always been my philosophy that we owe it to our children to make sure they get the best possible deal from their years in school. One of my particular interests and responsibilities has been special educational needs and inclusion, and this has been intensified by the birth of one of our grandchildren with severe learning and physical difficulties. I hope to be a good support to St Luke’s as a governor and constructive friend. My wife and I are members of St Luke’s Church.”

Dan Leathers

Dan Leathers

  • Term of Office – September 2015 – September 2019
  • Attendance 2014/15: N/A
  • Committees: Teaching and Learning Committee
  • Social Moral and Cultural Named Governor
  • Attendance 2016/17: Full Governors:3/3 Committees:2/2
  • Background: Curate, Whitfield Parish

“As the new curate of St Luke’s and St James’ churches it is a great pleasure to take a place as one of the foundation governors. The school and church work well together and I’m excited be a part of this continued engagement, helping the pupils apply themselves both academically and spiritually. Having two young children I am keen to see all children grow and prosper, becoming the people they have the God-given potential to be.”

Local Authority Governors:

Local Authority (LA) governors are appointed by the local authority that maintains the school. They are volunteers from the local area who would like to be a governor. All such governors are primarily appointed with a view to their commitment to raise standards at the school concerned.

Rick Waring

Rick Waring

  • Health and Safety Link Governor
  • Term of office: March 2014 – March 2018
  • Committees: Resource Management Committee
  • Attendance 2016/17: Full Governors:3/3 Committees:3/3 Other:1

“I have lived in Glossop for forty years and both my sons were educated locally in Glossop. Having taken early retirement I want the opportunity to put something back by using the management skills I have gained over many years. I can think of nothing better than to invest my time as being a school governor because children are the future.”

Co-Opted Governors:

A “co-opted governor” means a person who is appointed as a governor by the governing body and who, in the opinion of the governing body, has the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.

Nigel Dunkerley

Nigel Dunkerley

  • Term of Office: September 2015 – September 2019
  • Committees: Resource Management Committee
  • Attendance 2016/17: Full Governors:1/3 Committees:3/3
  • Background: NHS Pharmacist. Lead Pharmacist for Medicines Optimisation team in Oldham

“I am in the unique position on the current Governing Body of having two children who have undertaken all their primary education at the school. This helps me understand what happens at each year stage in our children’s primary schooling. As an ex-pupil of the school myself I have a strong desire to see this school progress for all its pupils and to give as many opportunities in life as possible. As lead pharmacist for Oldham’s GP prescribing I manage a multi-million pound budget and these skills are transferred to my analysis of the school budget.”

Heidi Page

Heidi Page

  • Chair of the Teaching and Learning Committee
  • Member of the Development Strategy Group
  • Pupil Premium Link Governor
  • Safeguarding link Governor
  • Term of Office: September 2015 – September 2019
  • Attendance 2016/17: Full Governors:3/3 Committees:2/2 Other 2

“I have particular responsibility on the governing body as the Chair of the Teaching and Learning Committee, link governor overseeing the work the school does for students who are entitled to the Pupil Premium funding and safeguarding. I work at The University of Manchester as a Student Recruitment and Widening Participation Officer – managing the outreach and recruitment work the University does with prospective student key influences – mainly parents and teachers and advisers, as well as offering prospective students information, advice and guidance on applying to University”.

Jean Cooper

Jean Cooper

  • Term of Office: June 2017 – June 2021
  • Committees: Resource Management Committee
  • Attendance 2017: Full Governors:1/1 Committees:1/1
  • Background:

“I have worked in Education for over 35 years, starting in secondary schools, but moving to Primary after having my family. I took early retirement in 2013 after serving 12 years as a Primary Headteacher in a VC school. Chester diocese appointed me as a denominational Inspector, I also worked on the Putting Heads Together project with Manchester University, mentoring new headteachers.
I now work voluntarily with children at St Luke’s School, am Treasurer and Literary Lead for Chapel Arts and volunteer as part of the front of house staff team at Buxton Opera House. Lately I have been finding success with textile design.
2 of my 5 grandchildren are in Primary Education.”

Parent Governors:

Parent governors are parents of pupils at school, and are elected by other parents. However, a parent governor is a representative and not a delegate of parents. They are there to work in partnership with the headteacher, senior leadership team and co-operatively with other governors to raise standards and improve outcomes for all children.

Zoe Bowers

Zoe Bowers

  • Committees: Teaching and Learning Committee
  • Attendance 2016/17: Full Governors:3/3 Committees:2/2
  • Term of Office: October 2014 – October 2018

“A St Luke’s parent since 2010 I have come to know many of the children and staff who study and work here. I am passionate about helping our students achieve their personal best, in an environment that is nurturing and supportive. I believe that children learn best when they are happy and feel secure, and when they are able to easily access appropriate resources to support their learning. I value the prospect of working with staff and governors to enhance our school and provide opportunities for our students to grow, both academically and into well rounded members of society. I have a background in outdoor education and experience in both children’s and young peoples’ work in a variety of settings. I attend St Andrew’s Church, Hadfield, with my family.”

David Lee

David Lee

  • Committees: Teaching and Learning Committee
  • Attendance 2016/17: Full Governors:3/3 Committees:2/2
  • Term of Office: October 2014 – October 2018

“I am a parent of a girl at St Luke’s and felt the opportunity to become a Parent Governor too good to pass up on as an opportunity to contribute to the school. I work at Manchester Metropolitan University, mainly in IT-related roles but with a 5 year tenure as a Project Manager and Business Analyst running massive technology implementations. Therefore, I felt I might be able to contribute to the school by applying my experience and skills, where welcome, towards the school’s goals.”

Claire Sproulle

Claire Sproulle

  • Member of the Resource Management Committee
  • Attendance 2016/17: Full Governors:3/3 Committees:2/2
  • Term of Office: October 2016 – October 2020

“I am a parent to 3 boys, 2 of which already attend St Luke’s and 1 to join September 2017. I saw the opportunity to become a parent governor as one that couldn’t be missed.
I am dedicated to playing an active part in enhancing the school for all our children, to allow them to be the best they can be regardless of ability.
I believe children learn best when they are engaged and surrounded by people who care and are passionate about providing the best for them.

It is a great pleasure to be involved in the school and our children’s education for what are some of the most exciting and rewarding years for our children”

Staff Governors:

Staff Governors are elected by the staff. As an employee, the staff governor has a unique insight into the activities of the school. The staff governor brings to the governing body an understanding of the school’s ethos and culture as well as a close, professional knowledge of its strengths and weaknesses. Staff must have a voice on the governing body so that they can contribute, in partnership with other governors, to the strategic development of the school. The staff governor serves as a useful link between the staff and the governing body.

Alice Littlehailes

Alice Littlehailes

  • Head teacher
  • Term of Office – N/A
  • Committees: Teaching and Learning, Resource Management and Development Strategy Group
  • Attendance 2016/17: Full Governors:3/3 Committees:5/5 Other:1

“I am the Headteacher of St Luke’s CE Primary School – a job I love. I have been teaching for over 25 years and still consider myself to be very fortunate to be doing the job I do. It is always a pleasure to come to school and work with the lovely young people and staff of St Luke’s.”

Catharine Byron

Catharine Byron

  • Term of Office – March 2016 – March 2020
  • Committees: Teaching and Learning Committee
  • Attendance 2016/17: Full Governors:2/3 Committees:1/2
  • Background: Class teacher, SENCO, member of the senior leadership team

“I have been teaching for over twenty years and over fifteen of these have been at St Luke’s. I have a Masters degree in SEN , this has helped me in my role as SENCO for the school. I presently teach year six which I love. I am also part of the senior leadership team, which helps me to keep up to date with data analysis.”

Clerk to the Governors:

Jill Hukin

  • Term of Office: N/A
  • Attendance 2016/17: Full Governors:3/3

Jill can be contacted via the school office.

Declared Interests

At the start of each governors meeting, there is a requirement that each governor declares in writing any conflicts of interest they may have with any agenda items for that meeting. In this way they can be excused from the discussion and any vote. This includes any business interests (for example if you run a stationery company, you might exempt yourself from a discussion about where the school gets its paper supplies from), or any other governorships held elsewhere.

The Governing body must now make details of any “declared interests” public.

Please see below the declared interests for St Luke’s Governors for the academic year 2016-17

  • October 2016: No interests declared
  • March 2017: No interests declared
  • July 2017: No interests declared