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 2016 – 2017

Appointing Body / Office NameTerm of Office
Chairman Prof John Crewdson
 01/05/15 – 30/04/19 
Vice-Chairman  Mrs Jackie Garnett 

 01/06/13 - 31/05/17

 01/06/17 – 31/05/21 

Chairman of Ripley Trust  Rev Chris Newlands  Ex-officio 
Representative of the Director of Education, Blackburn DioceseMrs Jackie GarnettSee above (Vice-Chairman)
Principal  Mrs Liz Nicholls  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 Michael Gisbourne
 Rev Jon Scamman
 05/03/15 – 04/03/19
 01/05/15 – 30/04/19
 01/05/15 – 30/04/19
Blackburn Diocese Representatives  Prof John Crewdson
 Vacancy
 See above (Chairman) 
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 – 31/01/19
 05/10/15 – 04/10/19
Co-opted Members  Mr David Bateman
 Mrs Margot Humphreys
 Cllr Valerie Wilson

 01/05/15 – 30/04/19
 18/03/14 – 18/03/18 
 01/05/15 – 30/04/19 

Clerk to the Governors  Mrs Janet Rees  n/a 


Governor Committees / Nominated Governors 2016-17

FINANCE

Dr P Gager (Chair)

Prof J Crewdson

Mrs D Cheetham

Mrs M Humphreys

Mr A McKinnell (Director of Business & Finance)

Mrs E Nicholls (Principal)

Mr R Partington

Mr M Wood (Senior Vice-Principal)

Miss C Douglas (Clerk)


STAFFING & REMUNERATION

Prof J Crewdson (Chair)

Dr P Gager

Mrs J Garnett

Rev M Gisbourne

Mrs E Nicholls (Principal)

Mr C Whiteside

Cllr Mrs V Wilson

Mr M Wood (Senior Vice-Principal)

Mrs J Rees (Clerk)


CURRICULUM & STANDARDS

Mrs J Garnett (Chair)

Mrs R Buckland

Prof J Crewdson

Mrs A Kinder

Mrs S Lane-Dixon

Rev C Newlands

Mrs E Nicholls (Principal)

Mr P Marshall

Mr M Sim

Mrs C Walmsley (Assistant Principal)

Cllr Mrs V Wilson

Mr M Wood (Senior Vice-Principal)

Mr G Gomersall (Clerk)


BUILDINGS & GROUNDS / HEALTH & SAFETY

Mr C Whiteside (Chair)

Mr D Bateman

Prof J Crewdson

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)

Mrs E Nicholls (Principal)

Mr M Wood (Senior Vice-Principal)

Miss C Douglas (Clerk)


ADMISSION OF PUPILS

Prof J Crewdson (Chair)

Mrs S Lane-Dixon

Rev C Newlands

Mrs E Nicholls (Principal)

Mr C Whiteside

Cllr Mrs V Wilson

Mr M Wood (Senior Vice-Principal)

Mrs J Rees (Clerk)



 

STUDENT AFFAIRS

Rev M Gisbourne (Chair)

Mr D Bateman

Mrs R Buckland

Mrs A Casson (Vice-Principal)

Mr S Cheesman (Chaplain)

Mrs D Cheetham

Prof J Crewdson

Mrs J Garnett

Mrs S Lane-Dixon

Mrs E Nicholls (Principal)

Mr M Salthouse (Asst Principal)

Rev J Scamman

Mr M Sim

Mrs S Tagg (Teacher)

Mrs J Watkinson (Head of Year 13)

Mr M Wood (Senior Vice-Principal)

Mrs J Rees (Clerk)


PUPIL DISCIPLINE

at least 3 of the following:

Mr D Bateman

Prof J Crewdson

Dr P Gager

Mrs J Garnett

Rev M Gisbourne

Mr C Whiteside

Cllr Mrs V Wilson

Mrs J Rees (Clerk)


APPOINTED GOVERNORS FOR PRINCIPAL'S PERFORMANCE REVIEW

Prof J Crewdson

Dr  P Gager

Rev M Gisbourne


LA LINK GOVERNOR

Mrs R Buckland


SAFEGUARDING & CHILD PROTECTION GOVERNOR

Mr P Marshall


LITERACY GOVERNOR

Mrs J Garnett


LEARNING SUPPORT GOVERNOR

Mr D Bateman


PUPIL PREMIUM GOVERNOR

Mrs S Lane-Dixon


RE LINK GOVERNOR

Rev J Scamman


TEACHING SCHOOL LINK GOVERNOR

Dr P Gager



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

Curriculum Complaints

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.