Welcome from the Chair of Governors

On behalf of the Governing Body at 91探花, I’d like to offer you a very warm welcome.

The Governing Body is made up of 10 members - 2 Staff Governors; one being the Headteacher, 2 Parent Governors and 6 Co-Opted Governors, all of whom bring varying skill sets, experience and expertise to the role.

As Governors of GSHS, we are fully committed to the ongoing improvement and development of all aspects of the school. We support the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team in delivering the School Improvement Plan and provide challenge and advice across a wide range of areas such as attendance, behaviour, student outcomes, wellbeing and safeguarding.

Governors meet at least once per term as well as carrying out regular formal and informal school visits. The Governing Body has a strategic role in the management of the school, and its responsibilities include:

 

  • Promoting high standards of achievement and ensuring accountability
  • Setting the aims, values and ethos of the school
  • Adopting and reviewing policies for achieving these aims and objectives
  • Planning the school’s long-term future
  • Reviewing the budget to ensure best value for money in line with the Financial Scheme of Delegation
  • Appointment of staff in line with the Scheme of Delegation

The following pages offer you the opportunity to learn a little more about GSHS’s Governing Body.
I hope you find the information helpful and informative.

Should you have any questions, or wish to get in touch, please feel free to contact me on Danielle.Preston@greatsankey.org

Governing Body Structure

Our current structure of the Governing Body is shown below. You can find more details about each of the members of the board in the ‘Meet the Board’ section.

Co-opted Governors are people appointed by the board and who, in the opinion of the board, have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school. GSHS has 6 Co-Opted Governors on the board.

Co-Opted Governors

Date Joined

Term of Office

Lead

Danielle Preston

Oct-17

Jan-22

Jan-26

Chair 

John Morris

Jan-97

Sep-22

Sep-26

Vice-Chair

David McClelland

Dec-15

Dec-19

Dec-23

 

Stuart Ryder

Sep-16

Sep-20

Sep-24

 

Matt Rutter May-23 May-23 May-27  


Parent Governors are elected by the parents of all students who are registered at the school. When a vacancy occurs, parents are informed by a letter from the Headteacher and nominations are invited. GSHS has 2 Parent Governors on the board.

 

Parent Governors

Date Joined

Term of Office

Lead

Jennifer Prescott

Mar-22

Mar-22

Mar-26

 

Katie Whitmore

Mar-24

Mar-24

Mar-28

 


Staff Governors are elected by their fellow members of staff with the Headteacher also being a governor. GSHS has 2 Staff Governors on the board.
 

Staff Governors

Date Joined

Term of Office

Gary Evans (Headteacher)

 Sep-22

Sep-22

Suzanne Giles

Jan-23

Jan-23

Jan-27

 

91探花 is led by a Board of Governors, a Headteacher and a Senior Leadership Team.
Each individual has been chosen on the basis of their experience and expertise, as well as their commitment to achieving the very best results for 91探花. Together, members of the Board of Governors for GSHS along with the Omega Multi-Academy Trust Trustees develop policies and strategies for implementation by the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team.

Board Of Governors

Danielle Preston

Danielle Preston

Chair, Co-Opted Governor

Appointment to the board: Joined the Governing Body in October 2017, appointed as Chair of the Remuneration committee in September 2018, as Vice-Chair of the Governing Body in September 2019, and as Chair in September 2020.

Career Experience:聽After leaving 91探花 & Barrow Hall College, Danielle went on to obtain a BA (hons) in Advertising Design from The University of Salford. Danielle has gained experience carrying out business development and account management roles in several multinational companies, and now works at Anixter, a global supply chain company as Contract Director, responsible for the management and governance of key Defence contracts.

Skills and Experience: Danielle is skilled in negotiation and strategic relationship management with a focus on contract governance and implementation/execution of improvement plans.

David McClelland

David McClelland

Vice Chair

Appointment to the board:: Joined the Governing Body in December 2015 and previously held the role of Chair of Finance and Resources committee from February 2016.

Career Experience:聽David left 91探花, as a student, in 1993 embarking on a career of supporting businesses in a variety of roles. Starting on an IT support trainee programme with the BBC and then later moving on to support a local government organisation which became privatised in 1995. He has held a number of posts including System and Helpdesk support for a global cinema chain, and business support for a regional waste disposal company, before joining a family logistics business in 2000 (gaining an Institute of Directors Certificate in Company Direction). In 2012, David carried out an acquisition of a logistics business, which in 2018 was acquired itself, and went on to become their Business Support and Project Manager. David is now Business Manager for a Primary School in Runcorn.

Skills and Experience:聽With over 26 years of business experience gained in a variety of organisations within the corporate area from SME to global brands, as well as his current experience of working in a school setting, David brings to the board a vast range of knowledge and practical experience in a variety of business areas including IT, Finance, HR and Business Administration. He is a valued support to the school from which advice and knowledge can obtained; whilst still being an effective 鈥榗ritical friend鈥 of the school.

John Morris

John Morris

Co-opted Governor

Appointment to the board:Joined the Governing Body in 1997 and was appointed as Vice Chair in September 2020.

Career Experience:John is an experienced solicitor, now specialising in criminal law and therefore brings a wealth of legal expertise to the Governing Body.

Skills and Experience:John is an Alderman of Warrington Borough Council and was in charge of finances at Warrington for a number of years. He was also the Councillor for Whittle Hall ward for eleven years, and Chair of the Scrutiny Committee at Warrington Borough council which held the Executive of Warrington Borough Council along with the other Stakeholders to account.

Stuart Ryder

Stuart Ryder

Co-opted Governor

Appointment to the board:聽Joined the Governing Body in May 2016.

Career Experience:After leaving 91探花 and Barrow Hall College, Stuart went on to gain a BA (Hons) in accounting from the University of Wales before embarking on a career as a practice accountant and becoming a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. After 15 years, the majority of which were spent as a senior manager, at a medium sized practice in Cheshire, Stuart decided in 2012 that the time was right to set up his own practice to provide a more people-orientated approach to the provision of accountancy and taxation services.

Skills and Experience:聽With over 20 years working in the accounting profession, Stuart has a broad knowledge and understanding of the financial aspects of operating an organisation as well as being able to appraise the financial reports presented.

Gary Evans

Gary Evans

Staff Governor

Appointment to the board: Joined the Governing Body as Headteacher in October 2022.

Career Experience: Gary went to school and college in Huyton near Liverpool. He obtained a BA (Hons) degree in French Studies at the University of Portsmouth where he also trained to be a secondary school teacher. He taught English in France before returning to the UK. He has worked in 5 schools across the northwest since 1996 carrying out many different roles including Teacher of Modern Languages, Head of Year, Head of Department, Assistant Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher. He has been a Headteacher for 11 years.

Skills and Experience: Gary has over 25 years鈥 experience of working in education. He has a wealth of experience in different areas of school improvement and has worked with Governing bodies in all the schools he has worked in.

Suzanne Giles

Suzanne Giles

Staff Governor

Joined the governing body in January 2023. Career Experience: Having been to school and college in Swinton near Salford, Suzanne then obtained a BSc (Hons) degree in Applicable Mathematics at Manchester Metropolitan University. Her work history includes working for a bank and solicitors processing mortgages from sale to completion giving her experience of managing a team and speaking to customers over the phone. In 2009 she completed her PGCE at Edge Hill University and was employed in the September at 91探花 as a teacher of mathematics. Skills and experience: Having worked at 91探花 for 14 years Suzanne has gained experience in teaching, pastoral care and behaviour management. As a Subject Mentor she has trained and supported many trainee teachers, and more recently has become a Teacher Educator, and in this role she has delivered CPD and coached colleagues within the school. Being fully committed to Great Sankey, in becoming a Staff Governor Suzanne aims to support the leaders of the school, bringing a viewpoint from the inside, both from a staff and student perspective.

Jennifer Prescott

Jennifer Prescott

Parent Governor

Appointment to the board: Joined the governing body in March 2022.

Career Experience: After leaving 91探花, Jennifer continued her studies locally before studying medicine at the University of Southampton. Her work history includes working for the NHS and in various Local Authority roles linked to education and training, including a ten-year appointment at a secondary school within the pastoral and safeguarding teams. In 2020, Jennifer completed her PGCE and now works as a teacher of science within a neighbouring local authority.

Skills and Experience: Having spent almost 20 years within and around education, Jennifer brings skills and knowledge linked to pastoral care, attendance, behaviour and safeguarding, together with more recent experience of teaching young people. As a former pupil and member of the local community, Jennifer has maintained a keen interest in the progression of GSHS and the success of the pupils.

Matt Rutter

Matt Rutter

Co-Opted Governor

Matt has 17 years鈥 experience of working across Further and Higher Education institutions and awarding bodies in England. Matt has held a range of teaching and leadership and Senior Assessment Associate roles including his current role of Associate Dean for the School of Health, Science and Wellbeing at Staffordshire University and Lead Standards Verifier for Pearson. Matt has experience of raising educational standards and achieving better outcomes for learner cohorts through driving several projects around assessment, curriculum design, the use of a range of pedagogic approaches, inclusion planning and embedding employability and career planning. Matt has national qualification writing experience for AQA, City and Guilds and Pearson developing qualifications across levels 2 and 3 and has been given a 鈥楽ervices to鈥 Award by the Joint Council for Qualifications for this work and his examiner work. He is currently engaged in awarding body work for Pearson as a Lead Standards Verifier, International Verifier and Standards Verifier across a number of subject areas. Previously Matt has held the post of Chief Examiner for AQA and City and Guilds, which required National oversite of exam performance and standards.

Katie Whitmore

Katie Whitmore

Parent Governor

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Terms Of Office and Declaration Of Interests

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The Omega Multi- Academy Trust Master Funding Agreement  provides the framework within which the Trust operates. 

Each school within the Trust has a separate Supplemental Funding Agreement.

 to view the Trust Master Funding Agreement

 to view our Supplemental Funding Agreement

Associated Documentation

to view the Trust  Articles of Association

to view the Local Governing Body Code of Conduct

to view the Local Governing Body Terms of Reference

to view the Trust  Scheme of Delegation

 to view the Trusts' Audited Financial Statement

How to become a Governor

Could you be a school governor at 91探花?

  • Do you want all of our children to get the best from school?
  • Do you have the time and commitment to get to know the school, go to meetings and read papers?
  • Do you want to put something back into your local community?
  • Are you interested in people?
  • Are you prepared to work as part of a team?
  • Are you comfortable asking challenging questions?
  • Are you open to new ideas and ready to learn?

 
Making a difference

Governors are people like you.  You don’t need specific qualifications, just the desire to make a difference - approximately 2-6 hours spare time a month including some time to visit the school occasionally during the school day.  All governors must be 18 or over.

New governors are often surprised at how their experiences can be used to help solve problems at their school. You don’t have to be a specialist; just think about the skills you use in everyday life.  Being a school governor is a big responsibility but can be one of the most rewarding ways of contributing to your local community. 
As a school governor, you have real opportunities to:

  • Raise educational standards in your local school
  • Help children achieve their full potential
  • Identify and develop the school’s management team
  • Identify where the school can improve and help make it happen
  • Improve the school’s financial efficiency and effectiveness
  • Engage parents, pupils and the local community to benefit the school
  • Develop an environment which promotes learning
  • Share in and celebrate the success of children, staff, teachers and the school as a whole

 
How much time will it take?

Being a governor means making yourself available for some evenings each term and occasionally during the day.

The Governing Body usually meets once or twice a term, usually in the evening and on average meetings last for about 2 hours. You will also need some time to read papers, prepare for meetings and to attend training.  The amount of time varies widely, depending on how involved you become and what needs doing, but schools do need governors who are fully committed.

You have a legal right to ask your employer for “reasonable” unpaid leave or flexible working, and some employers offer limited paid leave for this as it constitutes a public duty.  What is considered reasonable will vary according to the nature of your job and your employer.

Are governors paid?

All governors are volunteers and there is no payment for carrying out the role.  The school has a policy in place that can cover some expenses to reimburse governors for necessary expenses such as care for children or dependent relatives or travel.

Restrictions

Almost anyone over 18 can serve as a governor but there are some understandable restrictions. No one can serve if they:

  • Are barred from working with children or vulnerable adults
  • Are subject of a bankruptcy restriction order or similar
  • Have certain criminal convictions, depending on the nature of the offence and sentence and how long ago it was

 

How can I become a governor?

You can become a school governor by:

  • Being appointed by the other governors as a co-opted governor.
  • Being elected by parents as a parent governor, if your child attends the school.
  • Being elected by the staff, if you are a member of the teaching or non-teaching staff.

 
If you are interested in joining the governing body, please check our “Current vacancies” section and email our Chair of Governors, Danielle Preston - Danielle.Preston@greatsankey.org with an expression of interest.

Vacancies

We currently have no vacancies