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Governors Information


In order to get to know our children and their journey through school better, our governors requested to be linked to a class. Governors spend time with their class joining in with lessons, accompanying the children on trips, watching assemblies and joining children for worship. As well as building stronger relationships with our community, this gives our governors an insight into school life that cannot be achieved at meetings governors’ meetings alone.

Governors & Class Links

Governor Type Name
Diocese/Foundation Governor Mrs J Rowlands (Chair)
Ex Officio Revd R Icke (Vice Chair)
Diocese/Foundation Governor Mr M Jackson
W.E.T Mrs F Ireland
Parents Ms S Smith
Parents Ms B Booth
LEA Cllr M McLaughlin
Staff Mrs D Watson
  Jackie Parker
Headteacher Mr A Hayes

Class & Special Interest Governors

Class Name
Nursery & Reception Mrs F Ireland
Years 1 & 2 TBA
Years 3 & 4 Ms S Smith
Years 5 & 6 Cllr M McLaughlin
Safeguarding Mrs F Ireland
Pupil Premium & SEND Mrs F Ireland/Mrs S Smith
Training Link Mrs J Rowlands

Meet our Governors

  • Janice Rowlands (Diocese Governor) – Chair of Governors

    I am privileged to serve as a Foundation Governor for  Latchford St. James Church of England School.

    I have now retired after 42 years in secondary education – 10 of those as Headteacher of two Church of England High Schools. I am an active member of St. Thomas’s Church and have also served as a Governor at St. Thomas’s Church of England School.   My interests include reading, travelling, Pilates and spending time with my five grandchildren!

    I am looking forward to supporting the school – its staff, pupils and parents, in the important work and Christian values that underpin all that the school represents.

  • Revd Robert Icke (Diocese) – Vice Chairperson

    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’.

  • Frances Ireland

    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.

  • Michael jackson (diocese)

       My name is Mike Jackson and I am a foundation governor at Latchford St James. 

       I am retired having previously spent 36 years in primary education. For 25 of those years I was a primary school headteacher in three different     Warrington schools, two of which were Church of England schools.   During my retirement I have served on two governing bodies, one of         which was St. Thomas’ C of E school. I have also served as Chair of Trustees for a MAT (Multi Academy Trust) in Cheshire. These roles have allowed me to keep up to date with what is happening in  education today.    I am an active member of St Mary Magdalene’s Church and am also a member of St. Thomas’ PCC. My main interests are writing, creating educational resources, travelling and our two young grandchildren.

  • 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.

  • Danielle Watson (Staff Governor)

    My name is Danielle Watson and I am new to the role of staff governor at Latchford St James. I am currently the Recption Class teacher and I joined the LSJ family in September 2019.

    I have been teaching for 7 years and I have a keen interest in Early Years. I am passionate about teaching and learning and ensuring every child has the best possible outcomes in life. It is so important that we set children up to become successful in their learning right from the very beginning.

    I am so proud to be part of the Latchford St James family and I will work with children, staff, governors, our community and our church family to help the school to run as effectively as possible and provide an excellent education for every child in our school.

  • Bushra Booth (Parent Governor)

    My name is Bushra Booth and I have just recently taken up the role of parent governor at Latchford St James. I have 1 child in the school and my other child has moved onto high school.

    Currently I am working for the NHS in the mental health sector.  I’m hoping my finance background of 23 years will bring some valuable contribution and will help to take forward the school in giving the children the best possible opportunities to succeed.

    I am very passionate about supporting the children, parents, staff and the other governors in being the best school we can be. In my spare time I enjoy kickboxing, reading, watching films and spending time with my friends and family.

Contacting Governors

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


Governing Body Committees

Committee Governors
RAP (Quality of Education) Revd M Ridley
Mrs F Ireland
Cllr M McLaughlin
Mr M Jackson
Miss D Kavanagh
Mrs J Rowlands
Leadership & Management Mrs J Rowlands
Revd R Icke
Mrs B Booth
Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare Mrs J Rowlands
Revd M Ridley
Revd R Icke
Mrs F Ireland
Cllr M McLaughlin
Ms S Smith
Headteacher Performance Review Mrs F Ireland
Cllr M McLaughlin
Mrs J Rowlands
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