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Our Local Governing Body

Governors - Roles and Responsibilities

The Local Governing Body, in conjunction with the Head of School, is responsible for the strategic planning within the school, agreeing policy and procedures with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement and pastoral care.

Here at Penketh, we are lucky to have a committed board of Governors who have a wide range of skills, knowledge and experience; with each governor bringing something vital to the team. With this experience our responsibility is to set the goals and strategy for the school. Specific duties include setting staffing levels, agreeing the school budget, ensuring that a broad and balanced curriculum is delivered as well as monitoring health and safety of pupils, staff and visitors together with the management of the school premises.

The Local Governing Body is made up of parent governors, elected by the parents of pupils at the school, staff governors including the Head of School and co-opted Governors. The team is made up of a variety of people from different backgrounds but who all share the same passionate belief that Penketh Primary should be a happy, successful, school where every child matters.

Governors at Penketh Primary School meet each term to discuss all issues, there are no discrete committees. 

Minutes from Penketh Local Governing Body meetings are available upon request through the school.

Katie Hinds - Chair of Local Governing Body

I am a married mother of two boys, Nathaniel who has now progressed through the school and moved onto the High School and Dominic who is currently in Year 5. I have worked in education for over 25 years, firstly as a primary school teacher, followed by a period as Principal Educational and Child Psychologist for a large local authority. More recently I have developed my own business as a freelance Educational Psychologist.

I believe passionately in equality of opportunity and know that education is the single most successful mechanism for promoting positive life chances for all. Over the last eleven years that my children have attended the school, I have watched many children develop and thrive and feel that the schools caring, encouraging and challenging approach ensures that all children reach their true potential. I feel privileged to have been elected as governor to such an outstanding, yet welcoming school.

I believe truly successful education can only be delivered in partnership with parents and as such, I hope to be able to represent parental voice in all aspects of the school's decision making. I believe strongly in collaboration and hope to be able to provide the requisite balance of support and challenge in order to ensure that the school continues to raise its standards and provide the children on roll with the very best standard of education.

Rebecca Kayll - Headteacher

I have worked at Penketh Primary School for the last 8 years initially teaching Year 1, Reception Class and as Deputy Headteacher. For the last 3 years I have been Head of School and I feel very proud to hold that position and to be part of our Governing body driving this school forward.

It is a privilege to come into work each day and be instrumental in the scaffolding of children’s learning.  Teaching is a job that you can never get bored with or feel that each day is the same.  Children’s natural curiosity, energy and enthusiasm ensure that from the moment they enter the classroom the learning adventure begins.  I feel strongly that we have a responsibility to ensure all our pupils become life-long learners and that can only develop through knowing each child’s unique starting point, interests and learning styles, and building strong links with parents.  From this foundation the sky really is the limit for our pupils.  Or as my very clever Year 1 class once told me, “No, the universe is the limit!” 

Being part of the Governing body has reinforced to me, the dedication, commitment and continual strive for improvement that our governors and staff have for all the pupils in our care.  A Governing body should be a “critical friend” of the school and hold all stakeholders to account to continually improve the education offered to meet the pupils’ needs. I have been a teacher for the last 23 years working in a variety of Local Authorities and catchment areas in the Northwest.  Each school I have worked at has been unique, as has each Local Authority.  When I moved to Warrington Local Authority 13 years ago I was told that we are a “family of schools” - I thought this was a tag line.  However 13 years later, I fully endorse this and am delighted to be a part of this family of schools that support, challenge and improve education for all pupils across Warrington, based on mutual respect, collaboration and again a constant drive for high standards for all.

Eleven years ago I completed a National Award for Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators with Edge Hill University and have been a SENCo ever since.  It is a role that enables me to work alongside and be an advocate for pupils, parents, governors, staff and outside agencies, to ensure that our high aspirations for all pupils can be met and that families are fully supported on each step of the journey within Primary and beyond.   I have aspirations to develop my knowledge further and complete my Masters once my own children are a little older and someone manages to create a 30 hour day!  As I tell our pupils your only limitation is yourself, so always dream big!

Anyone who visits Penketh Primary School always comments that the pupils are at the heart of all we do, they are the ultimate driving force and task masters.  Their voice is strong, listened to, respected and acted upon.  Over the last 8 years I have learnt a great deal from inspirational staff, Governors and pupils and I am looking forward to continuing to be part of this school.

Laura Watson - Vice Chair of Local Governing Body

I have six children aged from 10 to 27 and have had at least one child at Penketh Primary School since 1999 when I moved to Warrington from Wolverhampton.

Having had children at Penketh Primary for so long, I felt it was time that I contributed more to our school and once my older children flew the nest to university and had families of their own, I felt able to take on the role of Parent Governor.

I have a professional background in education as I have been a teacher for 19 years.  I am currently Head of Psychology at Bridgewater High School and I also teach Sociology, RS and PHSE. As part of my role, I am a mentor to trainee teachers in my subject area and this has strengthened my understanding of the standards that all teachers need to meet. Before retraining to teach, I worked in administration in the NHS, a University and a technology company.

I am committed to ensuring all children at Penketh Primary receive an education that meets their individual needs and I believe that our small school, in collaboration with our academy partners and with strong leadership, can guide our children to reach their full potential.

I support lifelong learning, in and outside formal education, and put this into practice by challenging myself to learn new skills. I endeavour to attend governor training courses that relate to my role and I also set myself personal challenges.  I am learning to speak Spanish, with the help of my sons who are in year 5 and 8. I am also an avid fiction reader and think that if our children see us reading books and learning new skills, they too will see learning as a pleasurable pastime.

Kieran Layfield - Co-opted Governor

Like most parents I am passionate about my children’s education. By serving as a co-opted governor I hope to contribute to an already outstanding school.

I’m married to Kerry and we have two children, Jack and Danny. Both myself and Kerry were brought up in Penketh and have recently moved back here (we are literally next to the school on Coniston Avenue) after 7 years living in Great Sankey.

I am a Chartered Civil Engineer with over 16 years’ experience as a consultant in the construction industry, working on a wide range of projects from house surveys all the way up to designing football stadiums. I am currently leading a team assisting in the development of a new power station on Anglesey in North Wales. Recently I have also been managing and mentoring young graduates within the business.

I’m currently a member of St. Paul’s Church Penketh and hope to strengthen the ties between the school, local church, The Oaks Centre and Little Acorns Nursery as we contribute to local community.

James Parr - Parent Governor

I am a secondary school teacher of Computer Science and have been in the teaching profession for 11 years.  I have lived in Callands and Great Sankey all of my life and consider myself to be an active community member.  I have a son, Ted, who is in Year 3 and also have triplets Arthur, Alice and Stanley who will be joining Reception Class in September.  I hope to bring a lot to the role of governor at Penketh Primary School and I am always approachable for any feedback you may have about the school.  I am really looking forward and excited to work with the fantastic team of staff at the school.

Rob Hindley - Parent Governor * Awaiting pen portrait

Jane Whalen - Co-opted Governor * Awaiting pen portrait

Phil Towey - Staff Governor

Early on, in my decision to become a teacher, I took a keen interest in the EYFS. I then spent three years studying Early Years Education at Edge Hill University, graduating in 2017. Since then I have worked in the Reception class at Penketh Primary. Having grown up in Penketh, I am delighted to work in the community that I have always held in high regard.

As a staff governor I am looking forward to working alongside staff, children and our parents to ensure our pupils receive an enriching and inspiring curriculum.

Marie Darlington - Associate Member

I have had the privilege to work at our school since 2006 having previously worked for National Westminster Bank and in the software industry as a computer analyst/programmer. After having a family, I changed career in 1999, completing a Certificate in Education in the Adult Education sector and spent the next 6 years teaching ICT at Priestley College.

I joined Penketh Primary initially to offer ICT support and to work within upper KS2 on a one-to-basis offering additional Maths & Reading support. This allowed me to build up many years of experience and to work alongside some excellent practitioners. In 2012, due to my previous business and finance experience, I was asked to change my role within school and was appointed Office Manager. Since 2016 I have been Business Manager, responsible for managing all the administrative, financial, HR/personnel and Health & Safety aspects of the school.

I am proud to be part of our excellent school and the wider community. As a member of staff, I can speak for every member of our team, when I say each and every child matters and we all strive to ensure their talents and skills are recognised and given the space to grow.

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