Welcome to the Local Governing Body section of our website.
What do the Local Governing Body do?
The governors have a strategic role supporting and challenging the Principal. Governors work as a team, in the best interests of the children and the school, to raise educational standards. More specifically, they:
Appoint the Principal, who has day to day responsibility for everything that happens in a school and is accountable to them
Agree how the school’s money is allocated
Agree policies about the way the governing body and the school work
Ensure new initiatives and guidelines from the Department for Education and the education authority are put in place
The full governing body usually meets once a half term, but more when there are pressing issues such as building works etc Most of the governors’ work is done in meetings when financial, staffing, curriculum and premises issues are discussed in detail. Governors also visit the school to analyse, manage and monitor pupil progress, attainment and school improvement.
Who are our governors on the Local Governing Body?
The local governing body of Yew Tree Primary Academy is composed in the following way:
Authority/Co-opted governors – appointed by governors
Parent governors – elected by Parents
Foundation governors – appointed by governors
Staff governor – elected by Staff
Principal – ex officio by virtue of their office
Meet our Governors
Mrs. P. A. Farrell – Chair of Governors
I was invited to join the Governing Body as a Co-Opted member in 2015 when the Governing Body was reconstituted. I had been a Community Governor since Yew Tree CP opened in 2011 and before that I was a Governor in Greengates and New Hutte Schools. I attend most, if not all, of the Governing Body meetings which allow me to have a well-rounded view of the schools progress and challenges. I am particularly interested in inclusion and special educational needs and disabilities. I am the designated governor for special educational needs and disabilities and safeguarding. I am local to the area and have been involved in voluntary work with a number of charities in the area for over 25 years.
I am dedicated to the progression of the school and all of its pupils regardless of their backgrounds. I aim to challenge the school’s leadership to always strive for improvement and to continually evolve to our children’s needs.
Ms R O’Regan – Vice Chair of Governors
I am a co-opted Governor and have been a Governor since 2012. Outside of my activities at the school, I am the global director of business development and marketing for an international law firm, and sit on their Executive Board. Prior to working within marketing and business development, I qualified as an auditor and directed a national internal audit and risk team for a firm of chartered accountants. I have been involved in both a voluntary and professional capacity with a variety of charities and not for profit organisations throughout my career, and have sat on the board of several credit unions throughout the North West.
Mrs P Bergin – Parent Governor
I have been a member of the Governing Body since July 2017. My reason for applying was twofold: firstly and selfishly, to ensure that my child attending was given the best chances, and secondly as a way of repaying the school for their support when I embarked on a career change. I moved from social research into Early Years Education and I needed a voluntary placement whilst studying, so I helped in Year 1. I was then fortunate to be offered a job as a lunchtime supervisor and also worked in the DSP. Consequently, I feel that I know the school extremely well and appreciate the high quality education and the positive contributions they make for our children. I am now working as a deputy manager of a local preschool and recently became a Level 3 SENCO. I hope to bring the enthusiasm and passion for education that I developed from Yew Tree to my new position so more children may fulfil their potential and lifelong aspirations.
Ms J Gallagher - Co-opted Governor
I have been a co-opted governor at Yew Tree Primary school since 2020
I have been a teacher for 22 Years: working in both Further and Secondary Education. Currently, I work as a Vice Principal at Halewood Academy. I have had many different roles at the school with varying responsibilities such as Teaching and Learning, Curriculum, Behaviour and Safeguarding lead. In all of these roles, I thoroughly enjoy working with both pupils, their families and staff.
When I am not working, I am a keen runner, raising money for Charities and I love to read.
Mrs C Lynas - Staff Governor
I have been staff governor since January 2021.
I have been part of our school community for 4 years and have been teaching for almost 17 years.
Since joining Yew Tree, I have been working as a class teacher within in the DSP but prior to this, my teaching experience was within mainstream settings. I have worked across most of the primary phase and always loved being in the classroom. Over the course of my career, I have been responsible for leading PE, RE and developing Creative Curriculums. I love supporting my friends and colleagues and supporting those teachers just starting off on their journey into teaching.
When I am not teaching, I love to keep active and I am currently learning to play the clarinet.
The Local Governing Body have been busy so far this year with a number of them attending training at school to consider the role of a governor including training on the new Education Inspection Framework to ensure they have a clear understanding of how a school is judged under the new framework. Governors have also been involved in our Peer Review process led by NAHT and two other local headteachers who have spent two days reviewing the work we do across school.
During this term, many of our governors have or will be spending time with staff on Microsoft Teams for link governor visits. So far, these have included Curriculum and Safeguarding.
If you wish to contact the Chair of Governors, contact can be made through the school office. Please clearly mark your letter or email with 'For the attention of the Chair of Governors'
If you would like to discuss becoming a Governor of our school, please click the link below to visit the Wade Deacon Trust website and complete the online form.