Welcome from the Chair of Governors
Welcome to St Chad’s.
St Chad’s Church of England Primary and Nursery School’s Governing Body has a wide range of members who are involved in all walks of life, the Church, parents, business and public services. The skills we bring as individuals help us to support the school as a team. We are committed to our voluntary role and clear of our responsibility.
The role of the governing body is a strategic one with three key functions:
- Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
- Holding the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils.
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
We are required to consult with the widest possible range of stakeholders in the school, not just the pupils, parents and staff but also outside agencies, the church and local communities, in the development of and the implementation of the school’s policies and school development plan.
We meet formally as a whole group 6 times a year (once per half term). Smaller groups of us meet more regularly, to progress specific issues and report our activities to the full group for approval.
We are trained to carry out our functions by the Cheshire Governors Support Team and the Diocese, although most of us bring useful skills such as finance, health and safety, management, personnel from our professional lives.
We are actively seeking to strengthen our relationship with parents so we understand their thoughts and aspirations for their children and can build these into our planning.
You will find useful information on this website about the Full Governing Body, which includes category of Governor, committee membership, linked governorships, terms of office and register of pecuniary/conflict of interest.
On behalf of our Full Governing Body I welcome you to our community.
Chair of Governors
Miss Penny Adams is our staff governor. Graeme Buick is a foundation governor.
Collette Denby – Chair of Governors
After completing my PGCE at Chester College as a mature student in 1987/’88, I began my first teaching job at a junior school in Partington, Trafford. During my time at the Trafford school, I became the staff representative on the governing body before moving to work in Liverpool in 1993 where my work in education continued until the present day.
As well as working as a teacher in schools I have also had two periods where I have worked within the Education Authorities of both Trafford and Liverpool. Both posts enabled me to work with professionals across the primary and secondary phases as well as planning and delivering CPD to staff in schools and to wider audiences including community groups.
As a Headteacher, I was an active member of Liverpool Primary Headteachers’ Association (LPHA) and represented the voice of primary children and schools on a variety of committees.
Since my retirement as Headteacher I have worked with Liverpool John Moores’ University as a Liaison Tutor with PGDE students, and their school based mentors, in schools across Liverpool, Wirral and North Wales.
I am an active participant in various charities supporting children, the most recent being ‘KidsBank’ which works with families and children in need in Chester and surrounding areas. I volunteer for ‘KidsBank’ one day each week. I am also a trustee on the board of a charity working with foster carers in Malawi, ‘Malawi Foster Care’ and have been responsible for overseeing their safeguarding procedures.
In my spare time, as well as spending time with family, I am a keen cyclist and have recently taken up Walking Netball to help keep me fit and active.
Becky Regan – Parent Governor
I have been a Parent Governor since 2015 at St Chads and I am currently Vice Chair of Governors. I am a mum of 2 (Daniel and Grace) who both love attending St Chads . I work for Eurocamp/Al fresco holidays as a Project Manager and hope that my professional skills and knowledge will help to support the school achieve its vision.
In my spare time I enjoy helping the Friends of St Chads raise funds to support the school which recently among other projects has supported the introduction of a sensory garden.
Jill Marriott – Vice Chair of Governors
I was appointed a Foundation Governor in November 2016. My background in work based learning and Human Resources has equipped me with an understanding of learning and progress, assessment and achievement, as well as first-hand experience of Ofsted! I’m a committed Christian and active member of St Chad’s Church and for the last few years have helped when children visit the Church.
I have a passion for literacy and numeracy and volunteer in school, helping with reading and maths. My governor links include EYFS, Nursery and year 2.
Lucy Kennerley – Parent Governor
I became a parent governor in 2022 because I am passionate about all children’s education and wellbeing. I have a child called William in year 2 – you’ll see me on the playground at most school drop off and pick up times.
I am also a parent carer representative for the Parent Carer Forum in CWAC raising voices and working with the Local Authority to help improve services for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.
My current governor links are with Early Years. I have governor training in SEND, Pupil Premium, safeguarding and continuing professional development in evaluating leadership.
Rev Callum- Foundation Governor
As vicar of the parish of Over, St. Chad, I became an Ex-Officio Foundation Governor of St, Chad’s School in May 2022.
Prior to ordination I was in business, working in an IT support firm in South Manchester for 34 years.
Starting as an apprentice at 16, I worked through the ranks, eventually running the firm as its Managing Director for a number of years.
As a school governor I am keen to help the children and staff flourish and fulfil their potential. Helping them understand that each one of us is a deeply loved unique child of God who have been created in his image, and each having been given gifts and talents to be used to help us flourish, but equally important to help those around us flourish too as we grow together in community.
I visit school weekly and take assemblies, I also love to welcome the children into church, either for festival services such as Easter, Harvest and Christmas, or more informal class visits to assist with their learning about faith and RE.
It’s my hope that during their time at St. Chad’s, alongside getting an excellent education, the children will learn enough about the Christian faith and way of life, that they can decide if they want to follow Jesus themselves.