Providing an attachment friendly community which fosters warmth with high boundaries so that all can achieve to their full potential.
Welcome to the Governors' page, we will post updates on visits, observations and roles and responsibilities.
We have a vacancy for a parent governor- please call the school office if you are interested or want to nominate someone.- Vacancy filled Spring 2021
Meet the Team
David Blythe : (Chair of Governors) Leadership & Management
David has a managerial background in both the private and public sectors, particularly around organisational development and quality management systems. He also has experience as a non-executive director with various organisations. With a keen interest in the community, David has been a Magistrate since 2000 and was appointed a Governor in 2012.
Rohit Naik: Headteacher at Hope School
Rohit has been Headteacher at Hope School since 2002. He is passionate about education for children with special educational needs. As Executive Head, Mr Naik has provided support for other Liverpool SEN establishments.
Maxine O'Neill: Staff Governor
Maxine has taught at the school since 2010 and is now the Deputy Headteacher. Maxine is passionate about inclusion and looking for new strategies to provide inclusive education.
Rachel Rick: Quality of Education
Rachel has been recently reappointed to the governing board due to her commitments as an active Headteacher and the commitments she had already, having recently retired Rachel can now commit to her post on the board. Rachel has been an outstanding Headteacher at King David School.
Mick Carden: Intervention Centre
Mike has been reappointed after a short break to enjoy the start of his retirement. Mike has numerous connections in Liverpool and extensive links with the school over many years.
Tom Lambeth: Behaviour and Attitudes, Personal Development
Tom is the director of Food for thought who provides our school dinners. Tom joined the governors November 2018.
Dominic Ion : Finance
Dominic is a qualified public sector accountant and auditor, who worked for many years for the Audit Commission before retiring in 2010. He has a son with Asperger’s Syndrome, and he and his wife therefore have first-hand experience of some of the challenges involved in caring for young people with learning disabilities. He has a particular interest in Special Needs education, Dominic’s philosophy is “Never assume that any young person cannot achieve anything - unless and until it is conclusively proved that they can’t”!’
Sarah Goldman: SEND and Attachment
Sarah is a birth mother of a now adult son and an adoptive mother of a now adult daughter with Developmental Trauma Disorder. She is a parent champion at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families. In 2018 Sarah promoted a seminar in Liverpool to celebrate the publication of 'Creative Therapies for Complex Trauma: helping children and families in foster care, kinship care or adoption' (Eds. Hendry and Hasler) with presentations by a number of the contributors to an audience of professionals, parents and carers.
Katie Atkinson: Parent Governor
Katie has a child who has attended Hope for 2 years.
CATEGORY OF GOVERNOR
TERM OF OFFICE
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST (Business/Finance)
Mr David Blythe
Chair of Governors /
Leadership & Management Governor;
Headteacher Performance Management
Honorary Secretary Liverpool Governors’
Forum; Governor at Gateacre High School
Mrs Rachel Rick
|Quality of Education|
Mr Tom Lambeth
Personal Development Behavior and Attitude
CEO of Food for Thought; Governor at Norman Pannell Primary School
Mr Dominic Ion
Governor at Gateacre
Ms Sara Goldman
Mr Rohit Naik
Mrs Maxine O’Neill
|Ms Katie Atkinson||Parent||03.03.21||Governing board||Parent governor|
Governors Attendance 2020/2021
OVERVIEW OF THE ROLE & RESPONSIBILITES OF THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS
The prime purpose of the Board of Governors is to provide non-executive leadership and operate at a strategic level, leaving the Headteacher and Senior School Leadership Team responsible for the day-to-day running of the school.
The governors operate within the guidelines issued by the Department for Education: (a) The School Governance (Roles, Procedures and Allowances) Regulations and (b) The November 2015 Governors Handbook. These two documents define clearly three core functions the board are responsible for:
This is achieved by carrying out a range of activities each term and attending various events, which includes:
To discharge their duties, the Board of Governors’ work closely together as a team. They have diverse backgrounds and experiences coupled with a broad range of skills that enable them to make a positive contribution to the schools development. They undergo regular training and hold an annual away-day to review their effectiveness and develop an action plan for improvements.
In line with best practice, the Governors’ are supported in their role by Mr Dave Cadwallader, Professional Clerk (School Improvement Liverpool) who provides a range of administrative support services together with any necessary legal and procedural advice, in order that the Board of Governors is able to carryout its responsibilities effectively and efficiently.
Attendance 2017 2018
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