Governors

The Governors of Ripley St Thomas CE Academy work together to:

  • ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • contribute to the academy’s self-evaluation and understand its strengths and weaknesses, including the impact of their own work;
  • provide challenge and hold the Principal and other senior leaders to account for improving the quality of teaching, pupils’ achievement and behaviour and safety;
  • use performance management systems, including the performance management of the Principal, to improve teaching, leadership and management;
  • ensure solvency and probity and that the financial resources made available to the academy are managed effectively.

In addition, they ensure that:

  • the Christian ethos of the academy is preserved and developed;
  • the academy provides an act of collective worship for all children every day, and that it is in accordance with the tenets and practices of the Church of England;
  • the school uses an appropriate Religious Education syllabus;
  • the School Development Plan includes strategy for the development of areas reflected in the SIAMS inspection schedule;
  • the DBE (and, where appropriate, the District Schools Officer) is informed when Principal, Vice Principal and Assistant Principal posts become available;
  • the academy and church work together

If you wish to write to the Chair of Governors, please address your letter to Prof J D Crewdson, c/o Ripley St Thomas CE Academy, Ashton Road, Lancaster LA1 4RS.


Governing Body 2018 – 2019

Appointing Body / Office NameTerm of Office
ChairmanMrs Jackie Garnett
01/06/17 – 31/05/21  
Vice-Chairman  Mrs Valerie Wilson 01/05/15 – 30/04/19 
Representative of the Director of Education, Blackburn DioceseMrs Jackie GarnettSee above (Chairman)
Principal Mr M Wood Ex-officio 
Elected Parent Representatives  Mr Paul Marshall
 Mr Russell Partington
 02/02/16 – 01/02/20
 02/02/16 – 01/02/20
Ripley Trust Representatives  Mrs Dawn Cheetham
 Rev Jon Scamman
 05/03/15 – 04/03/19
 01/05/15 – 30/04/19
St Thomas’ Church PCC Representatives  Dr Philip Gager
 Mrs Sandie Lane-Dixon
 01/05/15 – 30/04/19
 01/05/15 – 30/04/19
St Mary’s Church PCC Representatives  Mr Colin Whiteside
 Mrs Alison Kinder
 01/05/15 – 30/04/19
 01/09/15 – 31/08/19
Elected Staff Representatives  Mrs Rosalind Buckland
 Mr Malcolm Sim
 Miss Sue Exton
 05/10/15 – 04/10/19
 01/02/15 – 30/01019 (extended to 04/10/19)
 05/10/15 – 04/10/19
Co-opted Members  Mr David Bateman
 Cllr Valerie Wilson

 01/05/15 – 30/04/19
 01/05/15 – 30/04/19 

Clerk to the Governors  Mrs Janet Rees  n/a 


Governor Committees / Nominated Governors 2018-19

FINANCE, STAFFING & REMUNERATION

Dr P Gager (Chair)

Mrs D Cheetham

Mrs J Garnett

Mr A McKinnell (Director of Business & Finance)

Mr R Partington

Mr C Whiteside

Mrs V Wilson

Mr M Wood (Principal)

Mrs J Rees (Clerk)


CURRICULUM & STANDARDS

Mrs J Garnett (Chair)

Mrs R Buckland

Miss S Exton

Mr G Gomersall (Director of Operations)

Mrs A Kinder

Mrs S Lane-Dixon

Mr M Sim

Mrs C Walmsley (Vice Principal)

Mrs V Wilson

Mr M Wood (Principal)

Mr J Rees (Clerk)


BUILDINGS & GROUNDS / HEALTH & SAFETY

Mr C Whiteside (Chair)

Mr D Bateman

Miss K Dennis (H&S Officer)

Mrs J Garnett

Mr G Gomersall (Director of Operations)

Mr M Heaton (Site Manager)

Mr A McKinnell (Director of Business & Finance)

Mr R Partington

Mr M Wood (Principal)

Miss C Douglas (Clerk)


ADMISSION OF PUPILS

Mrs J Garnett (Chair)

Mrs S Lane-Dixon

Mr C Whiteside

Cllr Mrs V Wilson

Mr M Wood (Principal)

Mrs J Rees (Clerk)


STUDENT AFFAIRS

Mrs V Wilson (Chair)

Mr D Bateman

Mrs R Buckland

Mrs A Casson (Vice-Principal)

Mrs J Garnett

Mrs S Lane-Dixon

Rev J Scamman

Mr M Sim

Mrs J Watkinson (Head of Year 13)

Mr P WIlson (Assistant Principal)

Rev A Wolton (Chaplain)

Mr M Wood (Principal)

Mrs J Rees (Clerk) 


 

PUPIL DISCIPLINE

at least 3 of the following

Mr D Bateman

Mrs J Garnett

Mrs V WIlson

Mr C Whitesdie

Mrs J Rees (Clerk)


NOMINATED GOVERNORS WITH RESPONSIBILITY FOR:

CAREERS

Mrs S Lane-Dixon


ETHOS 

Dr P Gager


HEALTH & SAFETY OF PUPILS ON EDUCATIONAL VISITS

Mrs A Kinder


LITERACY

Mrs J Garnett


PUPIL PREMIUM 

Mrs S Lane-Dixon


SAFEGUARDING & CHILD PROTECTION 

Mr P Marshall


SEND 

Mr D Bateman


TEACHING SCHOOL 

Dr P Gager


TRAINING

Mrs R Buckland


The Governing Body will establish Committees to deal with the following areas:

Complaints Review

Staff Grievance

Staff Discipline & Dismissal

Pay Appeals

Panels will consist of at least 3 members of the Governing Body, none of which will have had previous involvement in the matters brought before the Committee.




Bay Learning Trust

Ripley St Thomas Church of England Academy is part of the Bay Learning Trust.  Information regarding the Directors of the Trust can be found on the Trust website www.baylearningtrust.com