Governors

Governors’ Mission Statement

Our purpose, rooted in the Christian legacy of Thomas and Julia Ripley, is to ensure that our pupils can learn in a safe environment. Our vision is to strive for high standards for our pupils, maintaining ambitious and inspiring surroundings so that skills and knowledge can be developed academically, physically, creatively and spiritually. We aim to ensure that pupils are fully equipped for the future; grounded in faith, confident of their values, positive and ready both to contribute and lead. This means that:

  • We will ensure that our pupils are our priority
  • We believe that all pupils can be successful
  • We will ensure that our pupils have opportunities to develop in body, mind and spirit


Our role is to provide support and challenge for the Principal. To do this we need to identify, evaluate and prioritise issues; to understand the values, aims and objectives of the school; to listen and to ask questions. We recognise the need to work as a team, making full use of our knowledge, skills and experience. This means that:

  • We are all learners and we all have much to learn
  • We always treat others with respect
  • We will monitor school performance to ensure high levels are achieved and sustained
  • We will acknowledge our strengths and weaknesses
  • We will work as a team to ensure that key issues are monitored and evaluated
  • We will develop a self-sustaining community that learns from each other and the best available external practice


Our responsibility is to ensure and maintain the Christian ethos of the school. We must also oversee the financial performance of the organisation, to ensure that its money is well spent. This means that

  • We will monitor finances to ensure that the school remains financially sustainable
  • We will maintain our premises to ensure the best possible learning environment
  • We will ensure that the school environment is safe
  • We will monitor staffing, training and support so that standards can continue to thrive
  • We will uphold the school’s Mission statement and the Church of England’s Vision for Education


We are keen to support each other within the school and to work with colleagues in other schools in the Bay Learning Trust to ensure that we are an effective, nurturing and thriving learning community.

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


Governing Body 2019 – 2020

Appointing Body / Office NameTerm of Office
ChairMrs Jackie Garnett
01/06/17 – 31/05/21  
Vice-ChairMrs Valerie Wilson

01/05/19 - 30/04/23

Principal 

Mrs Gill Jackson

 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

 05/03/19 - 04/03/23

 01/05/19 - 30/04/23

St Thomas’ Church PCC Representatives 

Dr Philip Gager

Mrs Sandie Lane-Dixon

 01/05/19 - 30/04/23

 01/05/19 - 30/04/23

St Mary’s Church PCC Representatives 

Mr Colin Whiteside

Dr Mark Chater

 01/05/19  - 30/04/23

 01/09/19 – 31/08/23

Elected Staff Representatives

Mrs Rosalind Buckland

Mr Malcolm Sim

05/10/15 - 04/10/19
reappointed 05/10/19 - 04/10/23

30/01/19 - 04/10/19
reappointed 05/10/19 - 04/10/23

Co-opted Members 

Mr David Bateman        

Mrs Jackie Garnett

Mrs Julie Hodgson

Mrs Valerie Wilson

 01/05/19 - 30/04/23

Chair (see above)

27/09/19 - 26/09/23

Vice-Chair (see above)

Clerk to the Governors Mrs Janet Rees  n/a 


Governor Committees / Nominated Governors 2019-20

RESOURCES

Dr P Gager (Chair)

Mr D Bateman

Mrs D Cheetham

Miss K Dennis (Facilities Manager)

Mrs J Garnett

Mr G Gomersall (Director of Operations)

Mrs J Hodgson

Mrs G Jackson

Mr A McKinnell (Director of Business & Finance)

Mr P Mashiter (School Business Manager)

Mr R Partington

Mr C Whiteside

Mrs J Rees (Clerk)


CURRICULUM & STANDARDS

Mrs J Garnett (Chair)

Mrs R Buckland

Dr M Chater

Mr G Gomersall (Director of Operations)

Mrs J Hodgson

Mrs G Jackson

Mrs S Lane-Dixon

Mr M Sim

Mrs C Walmsley (Vice Principal)

Mrs V Wilson

Mr J Rees (Clerk)


ADMISSION OF PUPILS

Mrs J Garnett (Chair)

Mrs G Jackson

Mrs S Lane-Dixon

Mr C Whiteside

Mrs V Wilson

Mrs J Rees (Clerk)


STUDENT AFFAIRS

Mrs V Wilson (Chair)

Mr D Bateman

Mrs A Blundell-Roberts (Head of Year 12)

Mrs R Buckland

Mrs A Casson (Vice-Principal)

Mrs J Garnett

Mrs G Jackson

Mrs S Lane-Dixon

Rev J Scamman

Mr M Sim

Mr P Wilson (Assistant Principal)

Rev A Wolton (Chaplain)

Mrs J Rees (Clerk) 


 

PUPIL DISCIPLINE

at least 3 of the following

Mr D Bateman

Mrs J Garnett

Mrs S Lane-Dixon

Mrs V Wilson

Mr C Whiteside

Mrs J Rees (Clerk)


NOMINATED GOVERNORS WITH RESPONSIBILITY FOR:

BUILDINGS, GROUNDS & SITE / HEALTH & SAFETY

Mr C Whiteside


CAREERS

Mrs S Lane-Dixon


ETHOS 

Dr P Gager


HEALTH & SAFETY OF PUPILS ON EDUCATIONAL VISITS

Mrs D Cheetham


LITERACY

Mrs J Garnett


PUPIL PREMIUM 

Mrs S Lane-Dixon


SAFEGUARDING & CHILD PROTECTION 

Mr P Marshall


SEND 

Mr D Bateman


TEACHING SCHOOL  & SCITT

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