Governors

The Governors of Ripley St Thomas CE Academy work together to:

  • ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • contribute to the academy’s self-evaluation and understand its strengths and weaknesses, including the impact of their own work;
  • provide challenge and hold the Principal and other senior leaders to account for improving the quality of teaching, pupils’ achievement and behaviour and safety;
  • use performance management systems, including the performance management of the Principal, to improve teaching, leadership and management;
  • ensure solvency and probity and that the financial resources made available to the academy are managed effectively.

In addition, they ensure that:

  • the Christian ethos of the academy is preserved and developed;
  • the academy provides an act of collective worship for all children every day, and that it is in accordance with the tenets and practices of the Church of England;
  • the school uses an appropriate Religious Education syllabus;
  • the School Development Plan includes strategy for the development of areas reflected in the SIAMS inspection schedule;
  • the DBE (and, where appropriate, the District Schools Officer) is informed when Principal, Vice Principal and Assistant Principal posts become available;
  • the academy and church work together

If you wish to write to the Chair of Governors, please address your letter to Prof J D Crewdson, c/o Ripley St Thomas CE Academy, Ashton Road, Lancaster LA1 4RS.


Governing Body 2017 – 2018

Appointing Body / Office NameTerm of Office
Chairman Prof John Crewdson
 01/05/15 – 30/04/19 
Vice-Chairman  Mrs Jackie Garnett 

 01/06/17 – 31/05/21 

Chairman of Ripley Trust  Rev Chris Newlands  Ex-officio 
Representative of the Director of Education, Blackburn DioceseMrs Jackie GarnettSee above (Vice-Chairman)
Principal Mr M Wood Ex-officio 
Elected Parent Representatives  Mr Paul Marshall
 Mr Russell Partington
 02/02/16 – 01/02/20
 02/02/16 – 01/02/20
 Ripley Trust Representatives  Mrs Dawn Cheetham
 Rev Michael Gisbourne
 Rev Jon Scamman
 05/03/15 – 04/03/19
 01/05/15 – 30/04/19
 01/05/15 – 30/04/19
Blackburn Diocese Representatives  Prof John Crewdson
 See above (Chairman) 
St Thomas’ Church PCC Representatives  Dr Philip Gager
 Mrs Sandie Lane-Dixon
 01/05/15 – 30/04/19
 01/05/15 – 30/04/19
St Mary’s Church PCC Representatives  Mr Colin Whiteside
 Mrs Alison Kinder
 01/05/15 – 30/04/19
 01/09/15 – 31/08/19
Elected Staff Representatives  Mrs Rosalind Buckland
 Mr Malcolm Sim
 Miss Sue Exton
 05/10/15 – 04/10/19
 01/02/15 – 31/01/19
 05/10/15 – 04/10/19
Co-opted Members  Mr David Bateman
 Mrs Margot Humphreys
 Cllr Valerie Wilson

 01/05/15 – 30/04/19
 18/03/14 – 18/03/18 
 01/05/15 – 30/04/19 

Clerk to the Governors  Mrs Janet Rees  n/a 


Governor Committees / Nominated Governors 2017-18

FINANCE, STAFFING & REMUNERATION

Prof J Crewdson (Chair)

Mrs D Cheetham

Dr P Gager

Mrs J Garnett

Rev M Gisbourne

Mrs M Humphreys

Mr A McKinnell (Director of Business & Finance)

Mr R Partington

Mr C Whiteside

Mrs V Wilson

Mr M Wood (Principal)

Mrs J Rees (Clerk)


CURRICULUM & STANDARDS

Mrs J Garnett (Chair)

Mrs R Buckland

Prof J Crewdson

Mr G Gomersall (Director of Operations)

Mrs A Kinder

Mrs S Lane-Dixon

Rev C Newlands

Mr P Marshall

Mr M Sim

Mrs C Walmsley (Vice Principal)

Cllr Mrs V Wilson

Mr M Wood (Principal)

Mr J Rees (Clerk)


BUILDINGS & GROUNDS / HEALTH & SAFETY

Mr C Whiteside (Chair)

Mr D Bateman

Prof J Crewdson

Miss K Dennis (H&S Officer)

Mrs J Garnett

Mr G Gomersall (Director of Operations)

Mr M Heaton (Site Manager)

Mr A McKinnell (Director of Business & Finance)

Mr M Wood (Principal)

Miss C Douglas (Clerk)


ADMISSION OF PUPILS

Prof J Crewdson (Chair)

Mrs S Lane-Dixon

Rev C Newlands

Mr C Whiteside

Cllr Mrs V Wilson

Mr M Wood (Principal)

Mrs J Rees (Clerk)


STUDENT AFFAIRS

Rev M Gisbourne (Chair)

Mr D Bateman

Mrs R Buckland

Mrs A Casson (Vice-Principal)

Mrs D Cheetham

Prof J Crewdson

Mrs J Garnett

Mrs S Lane-Dixon

Mr M Salthouse (Asst Principal)

Rev J Scamman

Mr M Sim

Mrs J Watkinson (Head of Year 13)

Rev A Wolton (Chaplain)

Mr M Wood (Principal)

Mrs J Rees (Clerk) 


 

PUPIL DISCIPLINE

at least 3 of the following

Mr D Bateman

Prof J Crewdson

Dr P Gager

Mrs J Garnett

Cllr Mrs V WIlson

Mr C Whitsdie

Mrs J Rees (Clerk)


APPOINTED GOVERNORS FOR PRINCIPAL'S PERFORMANCE REVIEW

Prof J Crewdson

Dr  P Gager

Rev M Gisbourne


LA LINK GOVERNOR

Mrs R Buckland


SAFEGUARDING & CHILD PROTECTION GOVERNOR

Mr P Marshall


LITERACY GOVERNOR

Mrs J Garnett


LEARNING SUPPORT GOVERNOR

Mr D Bateman


PUPIL PREMIUM GOVERNOR

Mrs S Lane-Dixon


RE LINK GOVERNOR

Rev J Scamman


TEACHING SCHOOL LINK GOVERNOR

Dr P Gager



The Governing Body will establish Committees to deal with the following areas:

Complaints Review

Staff Grievance

Staff Discipline & Dismissal

Pay Appeals

Panels will consist of at least 3 members of the Governing Body, none of which will have had previous involvement in the matters brought before the Committee.




Bay Learning Trust

Ripley St Thomas Church of England Academy is part of the Bay Learning Trust.  Information regarding the Directors of the Trust can be found on the Trust website www.baylearningtrust.com