Governors - Roles and Responsibilities
The Local Governing Body, in conjunction with the Headteacher, is responsible for the strategic planning within the school, agreeing policy and procedures with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement and pastoral care.
Each individual governor is a member of a governing board, which is established in law as a corporate body. Individual governors may not act independently of the rest of the governing board; decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing board. The role of the governing board 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).
Here at Ditton, we are lucky to have a committed board of Governors who have a wide range of skills, knowledge and experience; with each governor bringing something vital to the team. With this experience our responsibility is to set the goals and strategy for the school. Specific duties include setting staffing levels, agreeing the school budget, ensuring that a broad and balanced curriculum is delivered as well as monitoring health and safety of pupils, staff and visitors together with the management of the school premises.
The Local Governing Committee is made up of parent governors, elected by the parents of pupils at the school, staff governors including the Headteacher and co-opted Governors. The team is made up of a variety of people from different backgrounds but who all share the same passionate belief that Ditton Primary should be a happy, successful, school where every child matters.
Dr Denise Lee
Chair of Governors
I have been a co-opted governor at Ditton Primary school since 13/10/2015, I have 3 children currently in the school. My current responsibilities as governor include Maths Link Tutor and Resource and Curriculum committee member.
I went to Ditton Primary School when I was younger and Wade Deacon High School. I was then lucky enough to go onto complete a Masters Degree in Civil Engineering followed by a PhD in Structural Fire Engineering. Currently I work as a Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering, As part of my work I carry out outreach work to promote civil engineering to the younger generation. Part of my role is to support students through University life where they can meet diverse challenges.
The reason I became a Governor as I believe that every child should be given the opportunity to achieve their goals regardless of their journey in life. Children should be inspired to try to be the best and we should provide an environment and opportunities for them to do so. I believe in supporting the school and staff to ensure the best outcome for all our children at Ditton Primary School.
Mr Andrew Lynch
Hello, I’m Andrew a class teacher at Ditton Primary School. I was elected as Staff Governor in October 2019. I wanted to join the governing body to help develop the school to its true potential. I have a history in academics and a degree in Physics. I bring my passion for science and technology into my work and am an advocate for wellbeing and equality. I am committed to providing the best for the children and the school as a whole and look forward to being part of the exciting future ahead.
Mr Mike Rowley
I am a parent governor and Vice Chair of the Governing Body of Ditton Primary School. I have served on the Governing Board since 2019. I have two children who attend the school.
I have worked within education for twenty years, as a teacher, middle and senior leader, including as Head of a Teaching School Alliance in East London and Essex. My career has involved close work with many school leaders, school improvement partners and OFSTED to bring about rapid and sustained improvement to a range of schools.
I endeavour to bring my experience to support Ditton Primary School through my role within the Governing Body, working closely with WPAT and the school’s leadership team to improve the education, progress and attainment of all the students at the school.
Hello, my name is Kevin Whittaker and I am a Co-opted Governor at Ditton Primary School. I am a retired Police Officer with 30 years’ experience and I have been a Governor since October 2019. My current responsibility is Health & Safety.
I live in Widnes and I have a grandson who attends Ditton Primary School and feel that, not only my grandson, but all children should be given every opportunity to learn, be happy and to give themselves choices later in life and this all starts with a good education
I feel passionately that children should enjoy school, feel safe in their environment and create happy memories that they can carry forward in life. I want to be part of a Governing Body that sees Ditton Primary School grow year on year and become a school talked about for its “excellent education and pupils that thrive and go on to live their dreams”.
My background with Merseyside Police has given me an insight into how difficult it is for children to grow up during these “challenging and difficult times” and with the experiences I have seen and dealt with, has made me realise that I have a lot to offer as a Governor which can benefit both pupils, parents and staff. I am known to a lot of parents at Ditton, I am approachable and will always take the time to listen to their concerns and with the help of the School and Governing Body ensure that these concerns are dealt with in the correct way.
I believe each child is an individual, each child has different qualities and each child no matter what their background, should enjoy coming to school, knowing that if they work hard, do their homework and have the support from parents, staff and governors, they can realise their dreams and ambitions and become who they want to be and do want they want to do.
Education gives you choices in life and I want to ensure that every child at Ditton Primary School has that choice in life.
I am looking forward to serving on the Local Governing Body of Ditton. My aim is to be able to support and challenge the work that takes place through my 28 years school, local authority and trust based experience. I am a qualified CIPFA accountant with a Masters in management and my areas of experience are school finance, HR, buildings, marketing and H&S. I am currently Finance and Operations Director for Warrington Primary Academy Trust.
I'm Chris Jones and I'm the Executive Headteacher of two primary schools in Warrington Primary Academy Trust, Ditton Primary School and Bruche Primary School, with Bruche being my substantive school. I'm a pupil premium reviewer which enables me to support head teachers and leaders across the country, an Associate School Improvement Advisor for Warrington Local Authority and a Local Leader of Education. I'm also an Instructional Coach for The Chartered College of Teaching. Personally, the biggest advantage of working within Warrington Primary Academy Trust is that it enables me to spend much more time strengthening teaching and learning in my schools and building capacity in my staff.
Mrs Claire Wright
Mrs Jan Bacon
I am looking forward to my role as a governor and working with the Local Governing Body Team of Ditton Primary School to support the school achieve its ambitions. I have recently retired. I have enjoyed an exciting and rewarding career in Primary Education within the state and independent sectors, in UK and abroad. I have been a class teacher, senior leader and advisory teacher in a variety of settings, before being appointed Headteacher of Braeburn International school in Nairobi, Kenya. Whilst at Braeburn, I worked with Warwick University to support the continuing professional development of staff within the Braeburn Group of Schools. Since returning to the UK and settling locally, I took on a variety of different short term roles before becoming Assistant Headteacher at a local independent preparatory school. I led the EYFS and KS1, took an active part in curriculum development across the school and was an NQT mentor. Earlier in my career I was fortunate enough to work with the national ‘Arts in Schools Project’ which supported curriculum development and underlined the importance of the Arts in Education.
Four years ago, I became involved with the work of Don Bosco Konkan Development Society (DBKDS) in Goa, India. DBKDS is an educational charity that provides education from Pre-School to Secondary Schools for the most disadvantaged of children. Working with the teaching staff, parents and staff of DBKDS is a privilege and incredibly rewarding. Together we have achieved so much and we continue to build on our successes. I feel very much part of this dedicated and inspirational team. The original intention was to deliver training on the teaching of reading and writing of English to the EYFS and Primary Schools Staff. This has now become an exciting bi-annual event with a much wider brief, but visits have had to be paused because of the pandemic.
I am passionate about education and in particular, the importance of building strong foundations within the EYFS and KS1. I believe that ‘children are candles to be lit and not vessels to be filled’. Every child, wherever they are in the world, deserves the highest quality of education, regardless of their circumstances. ‘Children First’ has always been my mantra. If we have this at the forefront of our minds, we can achieve our ambitions. We all want our children to be healthy and happy, to grow academically and personally, be engaged in the world around them, so they can reach their true potential.
Mr Michael Ormesher
I'm Michael and I've recently become a co-opted Governor at Ditton Primary School. I was made aware of the opportunity of the role whilst working in my current role at a local bank and local community work is something I get a lot out of.
I am passionate about making a positive difference in everything I do and ensuring the pupils at Ditton Primary are given the best possible start to their education is something I look forward to doing. In my current role I ensure everyone is treated fairly and aim to allow them to fulfil their true potential as best as possible.
The role is completely new to me but I'm very keen to learn from the other governors currently on the board and cannot wait to get started.