Academy

Governors

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 S Farrimond, c/o Ripley St Thomas CE Academy, Ashton Road, Lancaster LA1 4RS.

Minutes of Governor meetings are available on request.


Parent Governor Vacancy

Would you like to be a Parent Governor on our Board of Governors?

The Governing Body is responsible for both the conduct of the school and for promoting high standards. The Governing Body carries out its role by setting the vision for the school and then ensuring that the school works efficiently and effectively towards achieving its vision.  It does this by building a thorough knowledge of the school and its community, by both supporting and constructively challenging the school, and by ensuring accountability and compliance.

Our Governing Body includes two parent governors who are elected by other parents, and they each serve a four year term of office.   They have the same responsibility as other governors for carrying out the Governing Body’s wide range of responsibilities.  Once elected, parent governors are able to complete their term of office, even if their child leaves the school.  They may, however, resign at any time.

We have a vacancy for a parent governor and are inviting nominations from parents who would be interested in this role.

The Governing Body is a skills-based group of individuals.  In addition to having an interest in the school and in the welfare of our children,  we would be particularly interested to hear from those with a background in education or social work who can bring their skills to the Board.

Please be aware that being a governor does take up time.  There are three full Governing Body meetings each year (6pm to approx 8pm).  Governors also usually serve on one or more of the sub-committees which each meet once a term;  these meetings generally start at 4pm.  Governor meetings are usually held on a Tuesday.  Although the role of governor is an unpaid position, it is one which requires you to set aside time to prepare for meetings, visit the school, and undertake and update training.

Who can be a parent governor?

All those who have parental responsibility and are over the age of 18 are eligible to stand for election, including parents who work at the school, provided that they work for less than 500 hours per year when they are elected.

There are some circumstances that disqualify an individual from serving as a school governor. Please see the attached sheet for details.   If you wish to stand, you will need to complete a self-declaration of eligibility form to state that there are no reasons for disqualification from serving as a governor.

How to nominate yourself

In the first instance we would like to invite you to come into school to have a meeting with the Principal and the Chair of Governors to have an informal discussion about the role.  Please contact Mrs J Rees, Clerk to the Governors, by Thursday 26 January, via Parentline, to arrange a meeting if this is of interest to you.  It would be helpful if you could suggest a number of days and times when you would be available to come into school.

Following the meeting, if you would like to put forward your name you will be asked to complete a nomination form. Your nomination must be supported by two parents of pupils currently at the school (not including anyone to whom you are closely related).  Their signatures, names and addresses must be on the nomination form.  All completed nomination forms must be returned to the school by 12 noon on Monday 6 February 2023.  All nomination forms received will be acknowledged.

If we only receive one nomination form, the candidate will be elected unopposed.

If we receive more than one nomination, an election will take place. The statements of all candidates will be typed in a standard format and circulated to all parents with details of the ballot.

Please see the documents below for further information.

The Role of the Parent Governor

Governor Code of Conduct

Regulations disqualify certain individuals from becoming a governor.  Before your appointment can be considered you are required to confirm that you are not disqualified from becoming a governor.  You are required to notify the Clerk to the Governing Body, in writing, if you subsequently become disqualified from continuing as a governor.

 Further information on any of the criteria can be found in the DCSF Guide to the Law for School Governors and the School Governance (Constitution) (England) Regulations 2007 (regulation 20 and schedule 6 refer specifically to disqualification from governorship).  Alternatively, you may contact Governor Services on Freephone 0800 181832.

To qualify to become a governor you must:

  1. be aged 18 or over;
  2. not hold more than one governorship at the same school;
  3. not have had your estate sequestrated (temporarily repossessed) and the sequestration is not discharged, annulled or reduced;
  4. not be the subject of a bankruptcy restriction order or an interim order;
  5. not be subject to a disqualification order or disqualification undertaking under the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986, a disqualification order under Part 2 of the Companies (Northern Ireland) Order 1989, a disqualification undertaking accepted under the Company Directors Disqualification (Northern Ireland) Order 2002, or an order made under section 429(2)(b) of the Insolvency Act 1986 (failure to pay under county court administration order);
  6. not have been removed from the office of charity trustee or trustee for a charity by the Charity Commissioners or High Court on grounds of any misconduct or mismanagement;
  7. not be included in the list of those considered by the Secretary of State as unsuitable to work with children;
  8. not be disqualified from working with children;
  9. not be disqualified from registration under Part 3 of the Childcare Act 2006;
  10. not have been sentenced to three months or more in prison (without the option of a fine) in the five years before becoming a governor;
  11. not have received a prison sentence of two and a half years or more in the 20 years before becoming a governor;
  12. not at any time have received a prison sentence of five years or more;
  13. not have been fined for causing a nuisance or disturbance on school premises during the five years prior to or since appointment or election as a governor;
  14. not be detained under the Mental Health Act 1983; and
  15. be willing to make an application to the Disclosure and Barring Service for a criminal records certificate.

 


Governing Body 2022-2023

 

Mrs Sue Farrimond

Chair of Governors

Mrs Farrimond is Director of ITT for Ripley SCITT. With almost 30 years of service to education she has senior leadership experience across HEI, Secondary, Primary and at Trust level.  She brings experience of developing teachers and leaders, coaching and practitioner research.

Term of Office: 21/09/21 – 20/09/25


Mrs Catherine Walmsley

Principal

Ex-officio

 


Miss Felicity Ackroyd

Ripley Trust Representative

Miss Ackroyd is a Deputy Director of ITT for Ripley SCITT. She has 20 years of experience teaching in a range of sectors including primary, secondary, mainstream, independent, HEIs, SCITTs and Multi Academy Trusts. She has been a senior leader for almost twenty years and brings experience of ITE and developing early career teachers.

Term of Office: 21/04/22 – 20/04/26


Rev Canon Dr Jeremiah Anderson

Co-opted Member

Rev Canon Dr Anderson is a senior lecturer in the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion at Lancaster University.  He holds a PhD degree from the University of Edinburgh and is an ordained Anglican Priest.

Term of office 6/10/22 – 5/10/26


Mr David Bateman

Co-opted Member

Mr Bateman was a teacher at Ripley for 36 years, and was the Deputy Headteacher for the last 10 years of his time here.  He is a trustee of a number of local voluntary organisations, including Lonsdale District Scouts and Lancaster Footlights with interests in sport, music and drama.

Term of Office: 01/05/19 – 30/04/23


Mrs Rosalind Buckland

Elected Staff Representative

Mrs Buckland studied technical graphics before starting a career as a commercial illustrator. She later returned to HE to study Information and Library Management which led her to work in public and HE libraries before moving to the secondary school sector.

Term of Office: 05/10/19 – 04/10/23


Mrs Dawn Cheetham

Ripley Trust Representative

Mrs Cheetham has a business and finance background and is a director of a family business in Blackpool.  She serves as a  non-exec director of North and West Lancashire Chamber of Commerce and is also on the Board of Directors of the Bay Learning Trust. Christian faith is a cornerstone in her life with active involvement in the life of church and youth work.

Term of Office: 05/03/19 – 04/03/23


Mrs Rachel Dawson

St Thomas’ Church PCC Representative

Mrs Dawson is a secondary MFL teacher and a Head of Year. She has experience in Teaching and Learning, supporting student and staff wellbeing, data analysis and pastoral issues. She is an active church member and is committed to supporting the academy’s distinct Christian ethos.

Term of Office:  20.10.21 to 19.10.25


Dr Philip Gager

St Thomas’ Church PCC Representative 

Dr Gager is a retired University academic, involved in Teacher Education for over 30 years. He has a background in Mathematics, including Financial Mathematics, has an MBA qualification and was involved in University management.

Term of Office: 01/05/19 – 30/04/23


Mrs Jackie Garnett

St Marys’ Church PCC Representative

Mrs Garnett is a former teacher of English, Head of Department, Head of Sixth Form and Senior Leader with long standing experience of pupil data analysis, school improvement, safeguarding and pastoral issues.

Term of Office: 01/09/21 – 31/08/25


Mrs Julie Hodgson

Co-opted Member

Mrs Hodgson had a long career as an HR professional with a large organisation covering the north of England. She currently works as a Senior Exam Invigilator for the Police College at Harrogate, Lancaster University and Ripley.

Term of Office: 27/09/19 – 26/09/23


Mr Andrew Nicholson

St Mary’s Church PCC Representative

Mr Nicholson is now retired after a career in teaching. He taught for 25 years at Garstang High School and then, latterly, for 10 years at LRGS. He was churchwarden at Lancaster Priory, where he still serves on various committees and sings in the choir.

Term of Office: 01/09/21 – 31/08/25


Mr Tim Ripley

Elected Parent Representative

Mr Ripley graduated from Lancaster University and served as an officer in the local army regiment. After beginning his career at the Lancaster Guardian, he now works as a freelance journalist and author for a wide variety of publications and media in the UK and abroad, including The Sunday Times, The Scotsman, Jane’s Defence Weekly magazine and several BBC radio stations.

Term of Office: 10/02/20 – 09/02/24


Mr Malcolm Sim

Elected Staff Representative

Mr Sim was appointed Head of Mathematics at Ripley in 1993.  He joined the Senior Leadership Team in 2011 and has been Head of Sixth Form since 2013.   He has taught students across all three Key Stages and has experience of curriculum and pastoral issues and student data analysis.

Term of Office: 05/10/19 – 04/10/23


Governor Committees / Nominated Governors

Resources

Dr P Gager (Chair)
Mr D Bateman
Mrs D Cheetham
Miss K Dennis (Facilities Manager)
Mrs S Farrimond
Mrs J Garnett
Mrs J Hodgson
Mr P Mashiter (School Business Manager)
Mr T Ripley
Mrs C Walmsley (Principal)
Mrs J Rees (Clerk)

Curriculum & Standards

Mrs J Garnett (Chair)
Miss F Ackroyd
Mr D Bateman
Mrs R Buckland
Mrs R Dawson
Mrs S Farrimond
Mr E Goddard (Vice Principal)
Mr A Nicholson
Mr T Ripley
Mr M Sim
Mrs C Walmsley (Principal)
Mr J Rees (Clerk)

Admission Of Pupils

Mrs S Farrimond (Chair)
Miss F Ackroyd
Mrs K Benter (Vice Principal)
Mrs C Walmsley (Principal)
Mrs J Rees (Clerk)

Student Affairs

Mrs S Farrimond (Chair)
Mrs H Abell (Deputy Head of Sixth Form)
Rev Canon Dr A Jeremiah
Mr D Bateman
Mrs K Benter (Vice Principal)
Mrs R Buckland
Mrs J Garnett
Mrs J Hodgson
Mr M Reynolds (Chaplain)
Mr M Sim
Mrs C Walmsley (Principal)
Mr P Wilson (Senior Assistant Principal)
Mrs J Rees (Clerk)

Pupil Discipline (at least 3 of the following)

Mr D Bateman
Mrs S Farrimond
Mrs J Garnett
Mrs J Hodgson
Mrs J Rees (Clerk)

Nominated Governors with responsibility for:

Attendance

Mr M Sim

Careers

Vacancy

Curriculum

Mrs S Farrimond

Disadvantaged Pupils

Mr A Nicholson

Diversity and Equality

Rev Canon Dr A Jeremiah

Faith and Ethos

Dr P Gager

Governor Training

Mrs R Buckland

Health & Safety of Pupils on Educational Visits

Mrs D Cheetham

Reading & Literacy

Mrs J Garnett

Safeguarding & Child Protection

Mrs J Hodgson

SEND

Miss F Ackroyd

SCITT

Mrs R Dawson

Website Compliance

Mr T Ripley

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


Related Documents

Please click on the links below to download the relevant documents.