Governance

Our Governors

The Governing Body has corporate responsibility for the effectiveness of the school. The majority of the Governors are ‘Foundation Governors’, meaning that they are elected or appointed by the local Parochial Church Council (of St Luke’s, Skerton) or by the Diocese of Blackburn. The Chair of Governors is Miss Lucy Ellis.

Become a school governor

Each school has a governing body which comprises members of the local community, parents, teachers, staff, and people appointed by the local authority.

What we expect from governors

Effective governors do not need educational expertise, but do need to be committed to their school, willing to ask questions, and act as a critical friend. They also need to be able to work as an enthusiastic member of the governing body team.

You do not need specialist knowledge or training to become a governor. It is your lay and community experiences that the governing body requires. However, you will become knowledgeable by being a governor and this can help you to participate more fully in your local community or even open up opportunities for you personally, for example involvement in a Parents Teachers and Friends Association (PTFA), voluntary work within school or an awareness of new employment opportunities.

Realistically, as a school governor, you will need to attend one full governing body meeting each term. You will also be asked to serve on at least one committee which will probably meet once or occasionally twice a term. So that is about three meetings per term.

You will need to get to know your school well (if you don’t already), preferably by visiting when the school is in session and the pupils are in school. However, this may not always be possible and some governors keep in touch with school life through after school events such as fundraising or charity events, Parents Teachers and Friends Association meetings, sports days, school parties, and holidays. 

Governor's Code of Conduct

Meet our Governors

Lucy Ellis, Chair of Governors & Co Opted Governor 

Appointment March 2016. Term of office ends March 2020

Miss Ellis is not a governor of another school and does not have a declared business interest.

My name is Lucy Ellis and I am the chair of the governing body. I am mum to Jack Davis in Year 4 and Charlie Davis In Year 6. My eldest son Alex also came here from Reception, and he now attends Our Lady’s Catholic College. 

I got involved with the governors after Mrs Armistead asked if I would like to join the board, as I was already on another Advisory board at Lancaster District Children’s Centres. I have always been very grateful for the fantastic support and care that was shown to us when my eldest needed extra interventions due to his Autism diagnosis so, when I was asked to join the board, I was more than happy so that I could give something back to the school. I am also the SEN governor for the school, and hold regular SEN Drop Ins for other parents in school to learn about opportunities in the local area and offer support if needed. 

I have really enjoyed being part of the governing body, as it has provided me with more insight into how the school runs and what it takes to provide the high standards of learning and caring that our children experience on a daily basis.

 

Meet our Governors

Helen Smith, Parent Governor 

Appointment March 2018. Term of Office ends March 2022.

Mrs Smith is not a governor of another school and does not have a declared business interest. 

My name is Helen Smith and I have been a Parent Governor at Skerton St Luke’s since March 2018. I have one child at the school. The role of governor is quite varied, enabling me to gain new interests in how St Luke’s develops. I became a governor of St Luke’s in order to help support the school, staff and pupils and, with that, the wider community.

Mr Marcus Harding, Parent Governor

Appointment March 2018. Term of Office ends March 2022.

Mr Harding is not a governor of another school and does not have a declared business interest.

I have been a parent governor at Skerton St. Luke’s for just over eight years now. I became a parent governor because my son had started in Reception and I was keen to become more involved with the school. Being a Primary School Teacher myself, I felt that I could help the Governing Body by having insight into educational systems.

At Skerton St. Luke’s, I have run events such as Quiz Nights and have run the Bingo Nights for a number of years. 

Mrs Kath Foster, Foundation Governor (Ripley Trust)  

Appointment October 2015.  Term of office ends October 2019

Ms Foster is not a governor of another school and does not have a declared business interest.

I am a governor at St Luke's because I want to make a contribution to the learning and development of the children who come to the school.

My own children came to St Luke's (they are now grown adults), but it wasn't until after they left primary school that I had the time to be more involved in the work of the school. 

I enjoy working with a dedicated and enthusiastic staff, but I also love coming into school and seeing the children as they learn and grow.

Mrs Sandra Thornberry, Vice Chair & Foundation Governor  

Appointment November 2014, Term of Office ends November 2018.

Mrs Thornberry is a governor at Stepping Stones. She does not have a declared business interest.

I am a governor at St Luke's because I want to make a contribution to the learning and development of the children who come to the school.

My own children came to St Luke's (they are now grown adults), but it wasn't until after they left primary school that I had the time to be more involved in the work of the school. 

I enjoy working with a dedicated and enthusiastic staff, but I also love coming into school and seeing the children as they learn and grow.

Mrs Maxine Kneeshaw, Foundation Governor

Appointed May 2018.  Term of Office ends May 2022.

Mrs Kneeshaw is not a governor of another school and does not have a declared business interest.

I was invited to join St Luke’s as a governor after being a Welfare Assistant at school since 2014.  My previous service at HMP Lancaster Castle/LFYOI Lancaster Farm’s was for almost 20 years. Most recently, I am a support worker with children with special needs which I find very rewarding.  I am also a member of St Luke’s Church, on the PCC, a trustee at Skerton Community Centre, and have been involved in youth work with 1st Skerton Boy’s Brigade/Girls Association for 10 years.

I feel privileged to be a governor, for being part of the school that gives many experiences and makes learning fun.

Mr Steve Hunt, Foundation Governor 

Appointment October 2017. Term of Office ends October 2021.

Mr Hunt is not a governor of another school and does not have a declared business interest.

I have been a Foundation/Parent governor at Skerton St Luke’s since 2017.

I was nominated by members of St Luke’s Church where I am a regular attendee and a member of the building committee.

I enjoy my role as a parent governor, as this gives me an insight in to the school, the teaching, and seeing not only my own child but other children progress and achieve throughout the school.

Mr Chris Greenwood Appointment March 2019.  Term of Office ends March 2023.

Mr Greenwood is not a governor of another school and does not have a declared business interest.

I am the father of 2 girls who both started their education at St Luke’s.  I believe the academic and social education a child receives at the early stages of their school life is so important in shaping their future.  I attribute much of the achievements of my girls to the great start they received a St Luke’s. While my children were attending the school I had the privilege of being the chairman of the PTA, during that time I gained great respect for the work the school does with so many young people.  I hope over the next 4 years to help keep the school vision and add my support to the teachers and staff at St Luke’s.

Mrs Jarmila Jancarova, Parent Governor Appointment February 2019.  Term of Office ends February 2023.

Mrs Jancarova is not a governor of another school and does not have a declared business interest.

I am a fully qualified teacher and have worked in education for 13 years. I believe in developing children’s skills, learning and understanding through exploration and play. I am passionate about making education enjoyable and fun. I thoroughly enjoyed teaching but have been working as a TA since January 2018 in order to spend more quality time with my two lovely little daughters. However, we are now settled in our new home town Lancaster, and I am ready and determined to take up a new challenge that will combine both my love for my children and my passion for working with children. As a parent governor I am hoping to be able to share my experience but also learn lots of new skills. I feel honoured to become a member of St Luke’s family and am really looking forward to taking on this new role. 

Mrs Catherine Armistead, Headteacher

Mrs Armistead is a management committee member of Lancaster and Morecambe Children’s Centres. She does not have a declared business interest.

I attend meetings and contribute in the capacity as Headteacher.

Mrs Lisa Patterson, Deputy Headteacher 

Mrs Patterson is not a governor of another school and does not have a declared business interest.

I attend meetings and contribute in the capacity as Deputy Headteacher.

Miss Rachel Stephenson, Staff Governor

Appointment November 2017. Term of Office ends November 2021.

Miss Stephenson is not a governor of another school and does not have a declared business interest.

Testimonials

It’s a lovely community. We all feel like a part of St Luke’s family. My child loves her teachers and knows other members of staff. It’s lovely to walk into school and people know my child’s name and always say hello to her, even teachers from other classes or Mrs Armistead.

Parent

I know when I drop my kids off they are happy and safe and they both enjoy their time in school.

Parent

Thank you for not only teaching my daughter but also caring for her. She’s really happy at school and is making great progress in all areas of learning.

Parent

The staff have been so supportive of my child with Special Educational Needs. They are amazing and it makes me confident that my daughter is well looked after and if she has any problems they will help.

Parent of a child with SEND

The Reception Open Day really showed the school in a good light. The Headteacher showed us round and knew all of the pupil’s names. All of the children we met were friendly and polite but more importantly they were all smiling whilst learning.

Prospective Parent

Teachers are very helpful, friendly and approachable

Pupil, Year 6
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