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Meet the Governors

At St. Peter’s we are very fortunate to have a very pro-active board of Governors who, in addition to their statutory legal duties, are very supportive of the school and give freely their time and expertise to support the children and staff.  

 

Under our Instrument of Government, a legal document which defines the structure of the governing body and characteristics of the school, the full governing body is made up of 16 members, appointed by various bodies, who all play a vital role in the organisation and management of the school. 

 

The remit of the governing body is as follows:

 

The purpose of the governing body is to conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement.  Its three core strategic functions are:

 

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent

 

 

 

 

Our current full governing body membership is as follows:

 

Parent Governors (4)                                      Appointing Body – elected by other parents

  Name

First   Appointed

Current Period of Office

  Miss Lisa Cryer 01/01/17 01/01/17 - 31/12/20

  Mr. Wayne Britton (Vice-Chair)

09/11/09

20/12/13 – 19/12/17

  Mrs. Faye Johnson

16/03/16

16/03/16 - 15/03/20

  Mrs. Alison McGrath 16/03/16 16/03/16 - 15/03/20

 

Local Authority Governor (1)              Appointing Body – Redcar and Cleveland Council

  Name

First

Appointed

Current Period of Office

  Mr. Richard Laverick  (Stepped down)

13/12/13

13/12/13 – 21/07/17

  Vacancy    

 

Staff Governor (1)                                           Appointing Body – staff of the school

  Name

First  

Appointed

Current Period of Office

  Miss Susan Hunt  (Teaching staff representative)

07/01/11

07/01/15 – 06/01/19

 

Headteacher Governor (1)                          Appointing Body – by virtue of office

  Name

First

Appointed

Current Period of Office

  Mr. Richard Unthank

20/04/09

  01/01/11 -

 

Foundation Governors (4)                           Appointing Body – Diocesan Board of Education

  Name

First

Appointed

Current Period of Office

  Mr. David Jackson  (Chair)

24/09/97

01/09/17 – 31/08/21

  Mr. Cecil Rawson   (Stepped down)

02/04/93

02/04/14 – 01/04/17

  Reverend Father Jonathan Rhodes

22/02/12

  Ex officio

  Mrs. Lynne Richards 27/02/17 27/02/17 - 26/02/21
  Vacancy    

 

Co-opted Governors (5)                                               Appointing Body – The Governing Body

  Name

First

Appointed

Current Period of Office

  Mrs. Diane Bennett  (Non-teaching staff

                                    representative)

28/04/03

01/04/16 – 31/03/20

  Mrs. Julie Evans 16/03/16 16/03/16 - 15/03/20

  Mr. Colin Hart

15/03/08

15/03/16 – 14/03/20

  Mr. Neil Selley

11/10/10

11/10/14 – 10/10/18

  Vacancy

 

 

In addition to the full governing body, which usually meets termly, the following committees also meet at least termly to discuss specific issues and aspects of school life in greater detail before reporting back to the full board:

 

Curriculum Committee                                            

Mrs. D. Bennett

Miss S. Hunt  (Chair)

Mrs. F. Johnson

Mr. R. Laverick  (Stepped down)

Father J. Rhodes

Mr. R. Unthank

 

Finance and Staffing Committee

Mr. W. Britton

Mrs. J. Evans

Mr. D. Jackson  (Chair)

Mrs. J. Marsay  (Co-opted)

Mr. R. Unthank

 

Premises/ Health & Safety

Mr. W. Britton

Mr. C. Rawson  (Stepped down)

Mr. N. Selley  (Chair)

Mr. R. Unthank

 

Pay Review Committee

Mr. W. Britton

Mr. D. Jackson  (Chair)

Mr. R. Laverick  (Stepped down)

Mr. R. Unthank  (advisory capacity)

 

Performance Management Committee

Mr. W. Britton

Mr. C. Hart

Mr. D. Jackson  (Chair)

Father J. Rhodes

 

Complaints Committee

Mr. D. Jackson  (Chair)

Mr. R. Laverick  (Stepped down)

Mrs. A. McGrath

 

Pupil Disciplinary Committee

Mrs. D. Bennett

Mr. D. Jackson  (Chair)

Mr. R. Laverick  (Stepped down)

Mr. R. Unthnak  (Advisory capacity)

Nominated Link Governors take responsibility for curriculum subjects and aspects of school life, meeting regularly and working closely with the staff of the school:

 

  Aspect of School

  Nominated Link Governor

  (The) Arts

  Mrs. A. McGrath

  Design and Technology

  Mr. C. Hart

  Mr. N. Selley

  East Cleveland Co-operative Learning Trust Link  

  Governor

  Mrs. J. Evans

  Eco Agenda

  Mr. N. Selley

  Early Years Foundation Stage

  Mrs. F. Johnson

  E-Safety & Computing

  Mr. R. Laverick  (Stepped down)

  Gifted & Talented

  Mr. C. Hart

  Mr. N. Selley

  Health & Safety

  Mr. N. Selley

  Humanities (History/Geography)

  Vacancy

  Literacy

  Mrs. J. Evans

  Mr. D. Jackson

  Modern Foreign Languages

  Vacancy

  Numeracy

  Mr. R. Laverick  (Stepped down)

  PE

  Mr. W. Britton

  Pupil Premium / Sports Premium Champion

  Mr. D. Jackson

  Religious Education & Collective Act of Worship

  Father J. Rhodes

  Safeguarding / Child Protection / PSHE

  Mr. D. Jackson

  SEND (Special Educational Needs & Disabilities)

  Mrs. F. Johnson

   Science

  Mr. C. Hart

  Mr. N. Selley

PEN PORTRAITS FROM BOARD OF GOVERNORS

David Jackson - Chair of Governing Board

David Jackson - Chair of Governing Board 1

Hello my name is David Jackson and I am currently Chair of Governors at St Peters CE Primary School. I have been a governor at the school for 20 years now starting as a parent governor, and now as a foundation governor appointed by the Diocese of York. I have also served as a governor at Warsett Secondary School & Freebrough College and was closely involved with the amalgamation of the three schools that made up Freebrough College and the eventual establishment of Freebrough as an Academy. I was also a Trustee of the East Cleveland Educational Action Zone. I believe that all this experience helps me undertake my duties as Chair and member of the school's Leadership Team in achieving the best possible outcomes for the children in our care.

 

As Chair I support and challenge the Headteacher and other leaders in striving to be an outstanding school. I lead the governors in ensuring we fulfil a number of statutory duties as well as setting the strategic direction the school takes, has sound financial management, that children’s safeguarding is robust and uncompromising and that all children make significant progress.

 

This all sounds very heavy but it is also immense fun! I have been extremely privileged to work with such wonderful and dedicated staff and enthusiastic children and parents, and after 20 years I still enjoy the challenges and rewards that the role brings.

 

I retired early after serious illness so am fortunate to have the time to dedicate to this rewarding role. My wife Karen is a teacher at KTS Academy and my daughter Natalie is Assistant Head at Badger Hill Academy. My other daughter Hayley is a Nursing Sister at James Cook Hospital. As they are both expecting babies I am very much looking forward to becoming a grandad!

 

I am also Treasurer at St Margaret's Church and feel that the close links between School and Church have been invaluable, it is a great achievement that the school has been constantly judged outstanding in all Church Inspections.

Wayne Britton - Vice Chair of Governing Board

Wayne Britton - Vice Chair of Governing Board 1

Having attended St. Peter's in the 1970's and 1980's and living in Brotton all my life, I wanted to give a little back to the school and the community.  I have 1 child who spent his primary education at St. Peter's and 3 there currently and see the satisfaction they get from the great teaching at the school.  I also see the effort the whole team show and am only happy to play my part.

 

As a company director and accountant I feel I can bring my managerial and financial skills to the board of governors.  I currently serve on the Finance and Staffing Committee, and on the committees dealing with pay review and staff performance management, including the annual performance review of the Headteacher.

 

I am the nominated governor for PE and work closely with staff in school on the planning and delivery of the subject.

Richard Unthank - Headteacher Governor

Richard Unthank - Headteacher Governor 1

This is my second experience of being on a Governing Body as I attended meetings and committees at a local secondary school.  I have worked at St. Peter's since the year 2000 initially as a Teacher, then Assistant Headteacher before becoming Headteacher in January 2011.

 

During my time at St. Peter's I have led a number of subjects, phase teams and also contributed towards the extensive after school club programme and the many off-site visits we offer.

 

It is an honour and a privilege to be the Headteacher in the village in which I grew up.  I believe the staff and governors of our church school make a real difference to the lives of our pupils and the wider community.  This is achieved through excellent teaching, positive relationships with parents and long standing partnerships with local organisations.

 

Outside school I enjoy spending time with my family, walking in the woods and along the beach.  On a Saturday morning I manage the Redcar & Cleveland Under 11s Primary School Football Team playing fixtures across the North of England.  I am also an avid Middlesbrough supporter.

Reverend Father Jonathan Rhodes - Foundation Governor

Reverend Father Jonathan Rhodes - Foundation Governor 1

As the Rector of St. Margaret's, I am automatically, through the Church Trust, an Ex Officio Foundation Governor of St. Peter's, a role I have held for the past four and a half years.  It is a role that has been held by previous Rectors since the foundation of the original St. Peter's at the top of the village.

 

As Rector I am involved in the life of the School, in leading Collective Worship, working with the Worship Team to arrange and conduct Collective Worship for the major Festivals of the Church's year, part of the "Rights Respecting Group" as they work to implement the right of the child.  I sit on the Curriculum Committee of the Governing Body and act as RE Link governor.  It is a privilege to work alongside a committed and caring staff, a staff that is committed to the learning and welfare of the children, in so many different and imaginative ways; this commitment we have seen through the recent Ofsted report and through our working relationship with the Diocese of York.

 

In my previous parishes I have been a governor of a Community Primary School and an Ex Officio of a Voluntary Aided Church Primary.  I have worked, since leaving school, in various roles and in different parts of the country until undertaking my first degree at the age of 26 and finally being ordained when I was 33.  Through this work and study pattern I hope that I bring a broad life view to my role as Governor at St. Peter's.

Diane Bennett - Co-opted Governor

Diane Bennett - Co-opted Governor 1

My name is Diane Bennett.  I have two boys aged 28 and 21 who both attended St. Peter's and completed happy educations there.

 

I became a parent governor 12 years ago because I was very interested in children's education.

 

Initially I  began working at St. Peter's as a Lunchtime Supervisor and One to One Support Assistant and since then I have progressed to become a Higher Level Teaching Assistant working in the Reception Team.

 

For many years I was the non-teaching staff representative on the governing body.  I am a member of the Curriculum Committee and the link governor to the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Julie Evans - Co-opted Governor

Julie Evans - Co-opted Governor 1

My name is Julie Evans and I have lived in Brotton all my life.  I attended St. Peter's School in the 1970's.  I have been married to Tony for 30 years and we have two children, Rebecca and Shaun, who also attended St. Peter's and who are now both fully qualified teachers working in local schools.

 

Due to ill health, which left me registered disabled, I had to retire early and now that I have some free time I would like to give something back to the community.  Therefore in view of my past working history I feel I can bring my skills and knowledge of finance and school business to the role of governor. 

 

I worked for NatWest Bank after leaving school for 27 years then went on to work at Freebrough Academy for 8 years in the roles of Finance Manager and then Business and Operations Manager working with staff, students and the local community.

 

I am also a member of Brotton Improvement Group which is a small band of volunteers that help to make the village a nicer place to live by planting and maintaining flower beds and pots all around the village.

Colin Hart - Co-opted Governor

Colin Hart - Co-opted Governor 1

I first became a governor at St. Peter's in March 2008 as I wanted to put something back into the community and into the school that had taught my daughter, two of her own children now attend the school.

 

Much of my working life was in the local steel industry where I was a team leader, supervising a production line.  The skills I gained from this have enabled me to contribute to vital decisions that will affect the future and effectiveness of the school.

 

As a member of the Premises and Health and Safety Committee I was involved in the two phases of building improvements during 2012 and 2014 which vastly improved many of the teaching areas across school.

 

I have supported the Gifted and Talented agenda at school and am one of the two nominated governors for Science and Technology.  I also organise an after-school club where pupils can design and construct their topics using and developing their Maths and Science Skills.  I can also very often be found driving the school minibus to take pupils to and from educational visits and sporting events.

Sue Hunt - Staff Governor

Sue Hunt - Staff Governor 1

Having taught in Grangetown for 17 years, I moved to St. Peter's in January 2011 to fill the vacancy of Assistant Headteacher created by Mr. Unthank's promotion.  I worked initially in Lower Key Stage Two before becoming Key Stage One Leader.

 

My main responsibilities, as one of the three Assistant Heads here at St. Peter's. is to oversee Teaching and Learning alongside Assessment.

 

I have served on the Governing Body since my appointment and am delighted to be part of such a knowledgeable and dedicated team who hold the education, safety and general well-being of our pupils in the highest regard.

 

As well as the role of Staff governor, I currently chair Curriculum Committee Governor Meetings.

Faye Johnson - Parent Governor

Faye Johnson - Parent Governor 1

Hello, my name is Faye Johnson and I am a new member of the Governing Body.  I have 2 girls who both attend St. Peter's School, Emily who is 10 and Summer who is 7.  I have lived in Brotton all of my life.

 

I felt I would like to be a governor as I can give commitment, enthusiasm and through previous experience of working in a school environment, can support staff and children at St. Peter's School.

 

I have previously worked at KTS Academy for 13 years as a Level 5 Teaching Assistant, leaving in 2014 to set up my own business as a Childminder.  I currently work with children between birth-12 years and have sound knowledge of the Early Years Foundation Stage.  I thoroughly enjoy working with children and families and through experience I feel I am a good role model for the children that attend my setting, we also know how to have lots of fun!

 

I have in the past studied and gained an "Early Years Sector Endorsed Foundation Degree" and a "BA Honours Degree in Education Studies".  I feel this will help me immensely with the role of Parent Governor.

Richard Laverick - Local Authority Governor (Stepped down)

Richard Laverick - Local Authority Governor (Stepped down) 1

My name is Richard Laverick, and I'm the Local Authority Governor at St. Peter's.  I'm currently a Maths teacher at Freebrough Academy, down the road, teaching 11-18 year olds, may of whom are former St. Peter's students.  I offer the Governing Body some insight into education, and transition for students into secondary school.  As a teacher I can contribute to work on the Curriculum Committee and as the Link Governor for Numeracy.  I am also a Link governor for E-Safety and the Eco Agenda, two areas that interest me.

 

At my University I was an elected union officer, representing equality issues at a variety of meetings.  My experience of policy writing and scrutiny, along with experience in education, encouraged me to become a Governor at St. Peter's in 2013. 

 

My favourite time of the academic year is when the Year 6 students join Freebrough for early transition in July.  It is always a joy to teach St. Peter's leavers, and makes me extremely proud to be a governor.

Alison McGrath - Parent Governor

Alison McGrath - Parent Governor 1

My name is Alison McGrath and I am just commencing my first term as a parent governor.  I have never served on a committee before.  I qualified as a nurse in 2002, specialising in mental health.  I have been working in local NHS services since then, on a full time basis.  I have worked in a range of settings across Teesside and County Durham and am about to embark on my first corporate role in patient safety.

 

Due to my nursing background I have a good understanding of the range of health conditions that can present as a challenge to learning and development.  this gives me a better appreciation of children who have special education needs and disabilities.  I understand how the impact of being bullied and excluded as a child can impact on a person; as I see this every day through my work.  I also have an excellent knowledge of child and adult safeguarding issues.  I try and lead a healthy lifestyle, spending as much time as I can at my local Crossfit affiliate.  I am particularly keen on weightlifting and bodyweight exercises, and I also enjoy running although I can't claim to be very good at it.  I hope that my experience in these areas allow me to contribute something to our school.

 

I genuinely believe that our children are privileged to attend St. Peter's.  The sense of community within the school is an asset to our village.  Its pupils are nurtured and their individuality respected.  Natural talent is recognised and valued.  Our children are praised just as highly for showing acts of kindness as they are for achieving academic success.  This is key to promoting a strong sense of self-worth and belonging in our children.  As a mental health nurse I value this greatly.

Cecil Rawson - Foundation Governor (Stepped down)

Cecil Rawson - Foundation Governor  (Stepped down) 1

My name is Cecil Rawson and I am a Foundation Governor representing St. Margaret's Church.  I am currently Chair of the Premises / Health & Safety Committee and am the nominated link governor for Health & Safety matters. Over the years I have also served as both Chair and Vice-Chair of the Governing Body. 

 

I was first appointed to the Governing Body of St. Peter's in April 1993 and during my time as governor St. Peter's Church of England Primary School has changed considerably with many improvements.

 

My aims as a governor have been to promote a Christian ethos for the pupils, to enable them to be good citizens, to have a school where the children and staff are happy, feel safe and want to come to school.  With a welcoming friendly atmosphere the pupils will be keen to learn and achieve and the values embedded into the school help them to learn the difference between right and wrong.

Neil Selley - Co-opted Governor

Neil Selley - Co-opted Governor 1

I have been a Community Governor (now defined as Co-opted) for 5 years.  I have however been involved with activities at St. Peter's for over 20 years, starting when my daughter attended the school.

 

I am a qualified electrical and mechanical engineer and recently retired having operated my own safety inspection company.

 

I sit on the Premises & Health and Safety Committee and am a Nominated Governor for Science and Technology.  I also assist the Gardening Club, Lego Club and support the children on most activities that take place external to school.

 

In our increasingly technical and automated world I believe that there will remain a future need for manual "hands on" skills.  I will endeavour to make Science, Technology and Craft activities fun, which in turn encourages the children to be creative, imaginative and dexterous.

REGISTER OF BUSINESS OR PECUNIARY INTERESTS

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ATTENDANCE AT GOVERNOR MEETINGS DURING 2015-16 ACADEMIC YEAR

(Please note:  This will vary depending on committee membership)

 

 

Name

Staff

Member

 

(Post)

Governor of other educational establishment

Related to member of staff

(Name)

Detail of Business Interest

(Self or Family member)

Date of

Declaration

Meetings

Possible

2015-16

Meetings Attended

2015-16

Lorraine Bateman

No

No

No

Employed at KTS Academy

Self

16/10/15

9

7

Diane Bennett

HLTA

No

No

 

 

02/10/16

6

6

Wayne Britton

No

No

Mrs. S. Hutchinson

Director of Readman Steel Ltd

Director of WGR (Steels) Ltd

Self

07/10/16

7

5

Julie Evans

No

No

No

 

 

03/10/16

3

2

Colin Hart

No

No

No

 

 

12/10/16

3

2

Susan Hunt

Assistant Headteacher

No

No

 

 

07/10/16

6

6

David Jackson

No

Yes

No

Treasurer of St. Margaret’s PCC

Self

29/09/16

7

6

Faye Johnson

No

No

No

Owner of “Little Stars” Childminding Service

Self

04/10/16

2

2

Richard Laverick

No

No

No

Teacher at Freebrough Academy

Self

02/10/16

6

5

Alison McGrath

No

No

No

 

 

19/10/16

2

2

David Mee

No

No

No

 

 

19/10/15

10

8

Cecil Rawson

No

No

No

 

 

04/10/16

6

5

Fr. Jonathan Rhodes

No

No

No

 

 

01/11/16

6

2

Neil Selley

No

No

Mrs. S. Selley

 

 

04/10/16

6

6

Richard Unthank

Headteacher

No

Mrs. V. Unthank

Mrs. D. Wilson

 

 

27/09/16

13

13