What do Governors do?

Our governing body is currently made up as follows:

  • 7 foundation governors appointed by St Thomas' Parochial Church Council:
    Mr Peter Speed (Chair)
    Mrs Katy Tait
    Rev Michael Ridley
    Mrs Sheila Barton
    Mrs Elaine Smith
    Mr Philip Ashley
    Mrs Naomi Blyth

  • 1 LEA governor appointed by the Local Authority

  • 2 parent governors elected by parents
    Mr Martin Lonergan
    Mrs Linda Boys

  • 2 staff governors (including the headteacher)
    Mr Ian Moss
    Mrs Hannah Williams

St. Thomas’ School Governors are volunteers who represent the Church (nominated by the PCC), parents and the school staff.  They attend meetings and work to further the school’s development.  They attend full governing body meetings each term, along with being a member of one or more committees which also meet at least termly.  Together with the Headteacher, they set the future direction for the school and decide how the school’s budget should be spent.  Our Governing Body makes decisions collectively on matters such as finance, performance targets, school policies and the school’s improvement.  They respond to Ofsted recommendations and provide the Headteacher with support and advice.  Governors attend training in various aspects of school governance.  All training is recorded on a skills matrix, and a register of attendance at meetings is documented below.

All the Governors have to formally declare whether they have no pecuniary, relationship, business or financial interests that are relevant to their position as Governors of our school. This information is collated at the start of each Committee or full Governing Body meeting and declared annually and held on a register - see below.

Any Associate Governors do not have voting rights but we are very grateful for the support and advice they provide.

Link Governors with specific roles
In addition to attending termly meetings, our Governors have responsibilities for specific areas. They come into school regularly to discuss and review progress with relevant staff, reporting their findings back to the Governing Body. See our Meet the Governors page for details of each governor's committee membership and link roles.
Governors of the school serve a four-year term of office. 

The Chair of the Board of Governors, Mr Peter Speed, can be contacted via the school office. 

Warrington Local Authority carries out the duties of Clerk to the Governors.



T. 01925 268722
E. stthomas_primary@sch.warrington.gov.uk