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Instrument of Government:

1.The name of the school is The District Church of England Primary School.

2. The school is a Voluntary Controlled School.

3. The name of the Governing Body is The Governing Body of The District Church of England Primary School.

4. The Governing Body shall consist of:

(a) 3 Parent Governors

(b) 1 LA Governor

(c) 1 Staff Governor

(d) The Head Teacher

(e) 3 Co-opted Governors

(f) 2 Foundation Governors

5. Total number of Governors : 11 (The Head Teacher to give written notice that s/he chooses not to be a Governor).

6. Foundation Governors to be appointed by the Parochial Church Council of the Parish in which the school is situated.

7. The holder(s) of the following office shall be a Foundation Governor ex-officio:

(a) The Principal Officiating Minister for the Parish of St. John, Earlestown.

8. The Archdeacon of the Archdeaconry within which the school is situated shall appoint a Foundation Governor to act in the place of the ex-officio Foundation Governor whose Governorship derives from the office named in (a) above, in the event that the ex-officio Foundation Governor is unable or unwilling to act as a Foundation Governor, or has removed from office under Regulations 23(2) of the Regulations.

9. The Archdeacon of the Archdeaconry within which the school is situated can request the removal of any ex-officio Foundation Governor at 8(a) above and to appoint a substitute Governor.

10 The term of office for all governors is 4 years.

11. This Instrument of Government comes into effect on 1st September, 2015.

12. This Instrument was made by order of the St. Helens Council Local Education Authority on 25th August, 2015 to comply with Part 5 (Regulations 26-31) of the School Governance (Constitution) (England) Regulations 2012.

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What Do Governors Do?

Governors oversee the development of the school but don’t manage it day-to-day. Governors are responsible for providing strategic management, being a ‘critical friend’ and making executive decisions. The governing body makes sure the school provides a good quality education, and sets the school aims and policies together with the Head teacher. There are different categories of governor on a governing body, some elected and some appointed. This mix ensures a diversity of views and experience, but doesn’t mean that governors of a particular category “represent” that group. For example, parent governors don’t act as representatives of the parents of the school and don’t report back to them – rather, they bring a broad parental perspective to discussion and debate. Governors are responsible for promoting high standards of educational achievement and enabling the head teacher and the staff to deliver these, as well as planning the school’s long-term future, overseeing its aims, values and ethos, and monitoring its performance.  This involves:

  • setting the school’s vision and aims
  • establishing & maintaining the school’s ethos
  • setting the school’s plans and policies
  • monitoring and evaluating school performance
  • agreeing budgets, policies and objectives and making sure these are met

Meetings of the full governing body are held at least once a term, normally in an evening, with governors normally giving up around 6-8 hours per month. Governors can also sit on some of the committees that look at things like finance, curriculum, staffing and premises. Occasionally, being a governor can be hard work. There may sometimes be a lot of papers to read, meetings to attend and, sometimes, difficult decisions to be made.

Governor Membership

Current Membership 

Type Full Name Appointed by Start term End term Office held
Associate Member+ Mrs Karen Cliffe Governors 01/10/2019 30/09/2020
Associate Member* Mr Patrick Ferguson Governors 01/10/2019 30/09/2020
Co-opted Mrs S Jevins Governors 29/06/2020 28/06/2024
Co-opted Mrs Claire Ryder Governors 07/03/2019 06/03/2023
Co-opted Mr Frank Maguire Governors 1/09/2019 31/08/2023 Chair of Governors
Foundation Rev’d Gareth Banton Diocese 01/09/2019 31/08/2023
Foundation Mrs Lisa Cunliffe Diocese 06/03/2018 05/03/2022
Local Authority Ms Mandy Pierce LA 01/09/2018 31/08/2022
Parent Mr Mike Bevan Parents 22/05/2018 21/05/2022
Parent Mrs Tina Thomas Parents 05/10/2016 04/10/2020 Vice Chair
Parent VACANT Parents
Staff Mrs Susan Swift Staff 18/10/2017 17/10/2021
Head Teacher Mrs Lavern Shelford Governors 01/09/2017 ongoing Head Teacher
Outgoing Governors
Foundation Governor Rev Val Hughes Diocese 17/02/2017 30/06/2019


Associate Member + no voting rights

Associate Member* has voting rights

Governor Declaration


Relevant Business and Pecuniary interests Governance Role
in other

Any material interest
arising from
relationships between
governors and
school staff

Mandy Pierce LA Employee (HR) None declared None declared
Mike Bevan None declared None declared None declared
Karen Cliffe None declared None declared None declared
Lisa Cunliffe Head of local school None declared None declared
Patrick Ferguson Principal at feeder high school None declared None declared
Rev Gareth Banton Details to follow Details to follow Details to follow
Frank Maguire None declared Governor/Trustee
for other
NW schools
and academies
None declared
Sharon Warburton None declared None declared None declared
Sue Swift None declared None declared None declared
Tina Thomas Works for Learn to Play Live None declared None declared
Lavern Shelford None declared None declared None declared

Outgoing Governors


Name Relevant Business and Pecuniary interests Governance Role
in other
Any material interest
arising from
relationships between
governors and
school staff
Mike Bridge None declared None declared None declared
Rev Val Hughes  None declared Governor at local school  None declared
Nominated Governors
Governor Forum Representative Shared
Compliance Mike Bevan/Mandy Pierce
Safeguarding and vulnerable groups inc. pupil premium Frank Maguire/Lisa Cunliffe
Teaching, assessment and learning standards Tina Thomas/Sue Swift


Resources & Extended Services Committee


Quorum : 3 governors – Chair is elected at first committee meeting and terms of reference reviewed

  • Finance Management and budget setting/monitoring
  • Pay Decisions – appraisal process
  • HR – including recruitment, redundancy, staffing structure, staffing policies
  • Premises, health & safety, lettings
  • Quality and reliability of 2, 3, 4 year old provision, breakfast/after school
  • Safeguarding and equality
  • Lettings Policy
  • Charging Policy



L Shelford, K Cliffe (no voting rights), P Ferguson (voting rights), F Maguire, M Pierce, T Thomas (Chair), S Warburton



Governor Resources & Extended Services Autumn 2019 Resources & Extended Services Spring 2020 Resources & Extended Services Summer 2020
L Shelford Yes
F Maguire No
K Cliffe Yes
P Ferguson No
M Pierce Yes
T Thomas Yes
S Warburton Yes
K Hughes Co-opted No
Learning and Progress Committee


Quorum : 3 governors – Chair is elected at first committee meeting and terms of reference reviewed

  • School improvement standards and statutory obligations under the National Curriculum.
  • School’s performance from SATs results, QCA results, teacher assessments and other performance data.
  • School website compliancy
  • Safeguarding and SEND
  • PSHE



L Shelford, L Cunliffe, M Bevan, F Maguire (Chair), S Swift, T Thomas, C Ryder


Governor Learning & Progress Autumn 2019 Learning & Progress Spring 2020 Learning & Progress Summer 2020
L Shelford Yes
L Cunliffe No
M Bevan No
F Maguire Yes
C Ryder Yes
S Swift Yes
T Thomas Yes


Other Committees
Pupil Discipline Committee
Frank Maguire
Tina Thomas
Mike Bevan
Head Teacher’s Performance Management
Frank Maguire
Patrick Ferguson
Tina Thomas
Complaints Committee
Frank Maguire
Lisa Cunliffe
Tina Thomas
Dismissal/Appeals Committee
3 non-staff governors to be selected for each committee when required
Full Governing Body Attendance (current year)

The District C E Primary – Governor Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings 2019/2020

It is a requirement to hold a termly full governing body meeting and committee meetings.  These may increase dependent upon needs of the school

Name Autumn  2019 Autumn 2 2019 Spring 2020 Summer 2020
Rev G Banton Yes Yes
M Bevan Yes No
K Cliffe Yes Yes
L Cunliffe No No
P Ferguson No No
F Maguire Yes Yes
M Pierce Yes Yes
C Ryder Yes Yes
S Swift Yes Yes
T Thomas Yes Yes
S Warburton Yes No
Governing Body Attendance (previous year)

The District C E Primary – Governor Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings 2018/2019

Our Governors

Mr F Maguire (Co-opted Governor)

I was Headteacher of Emmaus School, the first purpose built, joint denominational church school in the country. Prior to this I was Headteacher of a Primary school in Halewood.  In December 2007 I resigned in order to work as an Educational Consultant. I am also engaged independently by schools and Local Authorities to advise on raising standards, performance management, staffing structures, skills audits and create staffing needs which match financial circumstances.
Other aspects of my work include acting as an adviser/consultant for the Diocese of Liverpool.

I am a governor at two other schools and Member of the Board of the Rainbow Education Multi Academy Trust.

I am proud of the work taking place at The District and believe we provide an atmosphere which rejoices in success and acknowledges real effort on the part of each individual. In our school, all children are of equal value and we strive to provide for each according to need offering positive encouragement and support.

I have been a governor with The District since 2012.

Mrs L Shelford

I am proud to be the Headteacher of The District CE, a school with a strong Christian ethos and a wonderful history. I have previously worked in Wigan, Bradford, Batley and other St Helens schools.

Prior to taking up the post of Headteacher at The District, I was Head of School at Platt Bridge Community School in Wigan for two years and Deputy Headteacher for nine years.

I have worked in eight previous schools and also as a Local Authority consultant. I have supported many schools in diverse contexts, and most of my career has been spent working in areas of socio-economic deprivation.

I have two children and as a parent and an educationalist I am committed to ensuring that all children have the opportunity to succeed. I aim to ensure that all our pupils experience excellent educational provision, led and taught by highly skilled and nurturing adults. I am keen for parents to engage in school life and to support their child’s learning journey, throughout their time at The District.

Foundation Governors


Mrs L Cunliffe 

My name is Lisa Cunliffe and I am a Foundation Governor for The District Primary School. I have been involved with governance at the school since January 2012 in a variety of roles. I have worked as a teacher within Newton le Willows for over 15 years and have a passion for education. I have one daughter who attended The District Primary before moving onto Hope Academy and one who is still at the school. I am committed to helping the school in its drive for improvement and look forward to working alongside the team in its future initiatives.


Photo to follow

Rev’d G Banton

I am the curate for all four of the Newton parishes, and Acting Team Vicar at St John’s. My family moved to Newton in 2018, when I was ordained and we’re really enjoying getting to know the place and it’s people.  Before being ordained, I was a youth worker for twelve churches in South Liverpool, and I spent three years serving in the Liverpool Universities as a chaplain.
This is the first time I’ve held a governor role, but I’ve really enjoyed getting to know some of the staff and students this past year in assemblies and special services.  I look forward to serving the school as a Foundation Governor, and helping it achieve excellence in all it does.  I’m also keen to ensure the relationship between the St John’s Church family, and the District School family continues to thrive and develop.

Mrs S Swift

I have worked at the District CE Primary School since 2014 in my role as Head of Safeguarding and Extended Services.  I have worked within the Local Authority for many years, and have enjoyed  the day to day challenges of working with children and  families.

In my role here at the school I have attended Governing Body and sub-committee meetings to deliver reports related to Safeguarding and Extended Services.  My work at the school enables me to develop good working relationships with our children, their parents, staff and many partner agencies.  I have developed a good knowledge of the local community and understand the dynamics of the local area.  I enjoy and thrive on the challenge that comes with every aspect of school life and about high quality education and each and every child reaching their full potential.  Nothing but the best is good enough.

Ms Mandy Pierce (LA Governor)

I have worked for the Local Authority for over 20 years, predominately within Human Resources, working along side schools in the St Helens Borough. I was also a past pupil of The District CE Primary School . As a new governor I hope to support the school and the Headteacher in moving forward, by giving our children the best Education and achievement they deserve.

Mrs T Thomas – Vice Chair
I have 2 children who attend The District.  I have worked as a primary teacher for the last 15 years and am currently working as a Dance specialist in schools throughout the North West. I have been a parent governor for over 4 years. I am keen to support the school and its staff in developing all aspects of school life and moving the school forward to give our children the best start to their education.


Mr M Bevan – pen portrait – appointed May 2018



Mrs S Warburton- awaiting photo and pen portrait – appointed May 2018




Mrs C Ryder 

I have worked at the District CE Primary School since January 2019 in my role as Deputy Headteacher.  I have previously worked in two other primary schools one in St Helens and the other was situated in Wigan.

I am passionate about improving outcomes for our pupils, celebrating their differences and raising aspirations. I am committed to providing an environment that will support, encourage and motivate our pupils.

I value working in partnership with our families and the wider community to help support our pupils to achieve their potential and enable them to flourish.

Vacancy – We have one vacant post for a co-opted governor.  If you would like information about this vacancy, please contact the school office for further information.


Mrs K Cliffe
I have worked at The District C E Primary School since July 1996 first as Office Manager then on completion of a BA (Hons) SBM as a School Business Manager.  I have been involved at governing body meetings since 2002 becoming an Associate Governor in September 2014.  I am Chair of the St Helens Primary Admin Network and a member of the school leadership team.


Mr Patrick Ferguson
Patrick is a highly skilled educationalist with over 14 years’ experience as a school leader. In 2010 he became a National Leader in Education, and has since helped many schools throughout the north-west region to overcome difficulties. As well as being Principal of De La Salle, he has served as Executive Headteacher of a Liverpool primary school and Executive Principal of De La Salle for more than a year after he left. He was shortlisted for the TES awards in the secondary school of the year, Headteacher of the year and leadership team of the year categories.

In January 2015 he joined Hope Academy as Principal, and he is employing the same focused drive for improving standards that he has used at previous schools; building upon strengths, addressing areas of weakness, and maintaining excellent levels of communication both within the school and in the wider community.

L.A. Official – Susan Bridge – Full Governing Body Meetings

Office Supervisor  – Debbie Sutcliffe – Committees

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