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


Governing Body 2021-2022

 

Mrs Jackie Garnett

Chair and 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 Valerie Wilson

Vice-Chair and Co-opted Member

Mrs Wilson attended Lancaster University as a mature student and graduated in 1988 with a joint degree in Psychology and Religious Studies. She has worked in Public Health and from 2001 until 2019 served as a County and District Councillor. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Bay Learning Trust.

Term of Office: 01/05/19 – 30/04/23


Mrs Catherine Walmsley

Principal

Ex-officio

 


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

Rachel 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


Mr Jonathan Easton

Elected Parent Representative

Mr Easton is a barrister specialising in planning and environmental law. After starting his practice in London he returned to Lancaster (his home town) in 2006. Mr Easton acts for a wide variety of clients including public sector bodies and central government departments.

Term of Office: 10/02/20 – 09/02/24


Mrs Sue Farrimond

Co-opted Member

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


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 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


Rev Jon Scamman

Ripley Trust Representative

Revd Scamman is the vicar of St Thomas’ Church in Lancaster.  He is committed to promoting the Christian ethos of the academy at all levels, including the excellent work of the chaplaincy and Religious Education department, PSHE days, and end-of-term services hosted in local churches.

Term of Office: 01/05/19 – 30/04/23


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 J Garnett
Mr G Gomersall (Director of Operations)
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)
Mr D Bateman
Mrs R Buckland
Mrs R Dawson
Mrs S Farrimond
Mr E Goddard (Vice Principal)
Mr G Gomersall (Director of Operations)
Mr A Nicholson
Mr T Ripley
Mr M Sim
Mrs C Walmsley (Principal)
Mrs V Wilson
Mr J Rees (Clerk)

Admission Of Pupils

Mrs J Garnett (Chair)
Mrs K Benter (Senior Assistant Principal)
Revd J Scamman
Mrs C Walmsley (Principal)
Mrs V Wilson
Mrs J Rees (Clerk)

Student Affairs

Mrs V Wilson (Chair)
Mr D Bateman
Mrs K Benter (Senior Assistant Principal)
Mrs R Buckland
Mr J Easton
Mrs J Garnett
Mrs J Hodgson
Mr M Reynolds (Chaplain)
Rev J Scamman
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 J Garnett
Mrs J Hodgson
Mrs V Wilson
Mrs J Rees (Clerk)

Nominated Governors with responsibility for:

Careers

Mr A Nicholson

Ethos

Dr P Gager

Health & Safety of Pupils on Educational Visits

Mrs D Cheetham

Literacy

Mrs J Garnett

Safeguarding & Child Protection

Mrs J Hodgson

SEND and Pupil Premium

Mr D Bateman

SCITT

Mrs S Farrimond

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


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