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School governing body 2020-2021

Headteacher: Mrs S Bentley
Chair: Mrs Penny Johnson Vice-Chair: Rev.Rebecca Roberts
Clerk to the Governors: Ms Lisa Adams

  Siobhan Bentley Penny Johnson  Frank Maguire  Oliva Cragg Rev Rebecca Roberts  Adriana Zwolan Katie Woods  Lucretia Fields Jess Hargreaves 
Category of Governor  Headteacher Foundation  Foundation  Foundation  Vicar Parent Parent Foundation  Staff 
Date apppointed or re-appointed  20.06.18 05.05.16 29.04..13 10.07.19 01.07.16 05.03.19 10.07.19 14.03.19 01.12.20
End date  whilst in post 04.05.20 28.04.21 09.07.23 N/A 04.03.23 09.07.23 13.03.23 30.11.20
Elected by  Governing Body  Church  Diocese  Church  Church  Elected by parents  Elected by parents  Diocese  Elected by staff 
Responsibilities   Safeguarding            SEN   
Business Interests Declared  None 

Board of Director for WPAT and Liverpool DMAT. 

Educational Consultant to schools in Warrington

Member of St Andrews C of E Primary, Warrington Governing Body. 

Member of the District Primary, St Helens Governing Body.

Member and Director of the Rainbow Education Multi-Academy Trust.

None None None  None  None  Teacher at the school 
Material Interests Declared  None None None None None None None  None  None 


Former governors 2018-2020



Date Appointed

Appointed by

Term of Office

Stood Down

Mrs. L. Harrison

Parent Governor



4 Years


Mr. D. Campbell

Parent Governor



4 Years


Mr. G. Bowkett Foundation  05.07.2018 Diocese 1 year  31.12.2018
Mrs. J Warlow  Foundation  24.11.2009 Diocese 4 years  10.07.19
Mrs S Graham  Local Authority 13.07.18 Local Authority  4 years  15.10.19
Mrs A Barrick  Staff Governor  01.12.16 Staff  4 years  30.11.20


Mr F. Maguire - Chairperson 


Rev R Roberts

Ms K Woods 

Mrs S Bentley 


Mrs P Johnson - Chairperson 

Miss O Cragg

Mrs L Field

Mr F Maguire 

Mrs S Bentley

What do governors do at Birchwood C of E Primary School?

Together with our Headteacher, they are responsible for making sure our school provides good quality education.
They are involved in lots of the decision making that ensures the smooth running of the school but also its development.
New initiatives are often discussed and planned by the governors. In this way the governors are critical to the success and future improvement of the school.

What skills do governors need?

No formal qualifications are necessary but our school is keen to attract people in the community who can bring energy, experience, commitment and fresh ideas.

Being a governor can be very rewarding!

Despite the fact that governors are volunteers, they can get a great deal from the work and time they put in. It gives them a chance to:

  • make a difference to how well schools are run
  • see how their efforts help raise standards
  • do something positive for the next generation
  • serve the local community
  • help realise their own potential by learning new skills
  • enjoy working in a team

How much of your time is needed?

Our Governing Body meets at least once a term, usually after school or in the early evening. In addition, governors need to attend committee meetings, school events and appropriate training. Governors are encouraged to visit our school during the day to see us in action, and to get to know the staff and pupils. Governors usually serve for four years.

Our school is part of a local partnership, the Chair and Headteacher meet on a termly basis with their counterparts from these schools. Support & training is always an agenda item at these meetings.

What support will you receive?

Support, training and guidance are available from our school. If you would like to find out more about being a governor please contact the school office for an informal chat.

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