Our school’s governing body is made up of people from a variety of backgrounds who come together regularly to support, challenge and strengthen our school. They are responsible for working with the school to ensure that it delivers a good quality education for all of its children. Working closely with the head teacher and senior leaders, they establish the school’s aims and the policies that will help to achieve them. In addition to this, they hold the head teacher to account for pupil attainment and progress, performance management and financial performance. Governors also have a range of duties which include appointing and managing staff, ensuring pupils and staff are safe and ensuring our admissions are properly managed. The role of our governors is crucial in our growth as a learning and faith community.
Meet our Governors
Brenda Hynes (Chair of Governors)
I have been a Foundation Governor at St James, Latchford and Latchford St James schools for over 30 years. I am particularly proud that our children receive not only a great education, but also have the opportunity to experience so many activities which enhance their learning and enrich their lives. I am Chair of the Governing Body and also the Personnel and Finance Committees. In addition to these roles I play piano for the Nursery and Reception classes, which I really enjoy.
I am an active member of St James’ Church; singing in the choir and organising a three generations music group. My interests include crafting, exercise classes, visiting family in Devon and Spain, and spending time in my holiday home in France.
Frances Ireland (Vice-Chair of Governors)
I am now the Lay Reader/Minister at St. James Church after a teaching career of 36 years’ experience, 24 years of which were served at St. James School. I am passionate about the education and nurture of all children and I hope I bring a wealth of experience to the Governing Body of the school. At present I provide the link between Church and School by providing a variety of services and activities at Church and School such as the Jesus and Me Club, Experience Days and assemblies. I also prepare families for baptism and confirmation and I am an active volunteer in the community. I am link advisor for year 6 and also SEND and enjoy working closely with staff and classes when possible. Any spare time I have is spent at the theatre, travelling and with my family.
Gill White (Foundation Governor)
My name is Gill White. I have been enjoying the role of foundation governor at our school after holding a parent governor position for 4 years. I hope to strengthen the links we have with St James Church and will endeavour to help the school to become ‘the best it can be’. I am especially interested in the curriculum at school, how it enthuses children and how it is taught. I have watched my two boys grow and flourish during their time at Latchford St James and want to ensure that all children have opportunities for success.
I enjoy singing and love to sew and crochet in my spare time.
Sarah Smith (Parent Governor)
My name is Sarah Smith and I have been a parent at the school for almost 11 years. Whilst my eldest child has moved on to High school, my second eldest still resides at Latchford St James and I am planning for my youngest to start at the Nursery in the next couple of years. During this time I have volunteered at the school on day trips, helped out in the classroom and even spent some time in employment at the school as a lunch time assistant. As a mother of 4 (my 3rd child goes to a special school here in Warrington), I keep myself very busy, but I always make time for important issues and I believe strongly in the education system. I’m looking forward to working alongside the other governors, contributing ideas and tackling crucial decisions in order to make a brighter future for our children.
When I’m not busy being mum, carer, and chief cook and bottle washer, I enjoy craft of all kinds, especially crochet, singing, and spending time with my friends.
Maureen McLaughlin<(Local Authority)
I am an elected councillor representing Latchford West and work to support people living in the area and to bring about improvements both locally and more widely in Warrington. Before becoming a councillor I worked as a secondary school teacher for several years, specialising in music and drama, and I was a governor at my children’s primary school. I believe strongly in the power of education to shape children’s lives and to open opportunities for them. I am also a strong advocate for improving access and support for people with disabilities – young and old – so that they can play a full role in our society. I fully support the Christian ethos and values at the heart of our school.
Revd Robert Icke (Diocese)
After spending 18 years in the education system I retired from lecturing. At my previous College / University I set up the Welfare (Wellbeing) Department and The Careers Department which earned me the Colleague of the Year Award, and membership to the Careers Development Institute (CDI). I was elected onto the Board of Governors at the University in 2016 and I am ardent about the education and nurture of all children and I hope to bring a wealth of experience to the Governing Body of this school. As the Curate at St James Church I will enjoy working with the Headteacher and the school, in making the connection between the church and the school’s vision of supporting the belief that all children are created in God’s image and are therefore unique, special and valued. I will be a link between Church and School by providing a variety of services and activities both at Church and School. In 2019 I became Curate at St James’s and St Hilda’s after completing my Post Graduate Studies at Durham University and moved into Latchford in June 2019 along with my wife Debbie and my English Springer ‘Patch’.
Kim Yates (Staff Governor)
My name is Kim Yates and I have been a teacher at Latchford St James for 9 years. Currently I am the Reception Teacher and Early Years Lead. I also lead phonics and science and am the staff Governor. I have taught in several other local schools and spent time doing supply work whilst my children were young. I have 2 sons, one studying at university and my eldest is also a local primary school teacher.
I am passionate in providing a breadth of learning opportunities for all children from a young age. All our children experience a range of school trips including residentials. I believe in creating strong home school partnerships and links with the wider community. Since starting at Latchford I have introduced various events such as discos, Easter Bingo, cake sales, uniform sales and continued the Christmas Fair. I am an active member of my local church and play the clarinet in their music group. I enjoy walking with my husband, travelling and spending holidays in our caravan.
Our governors are keen to be a visible and accessible part of our school community. Look out for them at special assemblies, community events like the Christmas Fair, the KS2 Carol Concert, the KS1 Nativity, the summer fair and Parents’ Evenings. They also keep in touch through our school newsletter, sharing information on their meetings and visits to school.
If you have any comments, queries or compliments you’d like to share with our governors, they would like to hear from you. Please contact them on the e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org