What do school governors do?

Governors work as a team. They are responsible for making sure the school provides a good quality education. Raising educational standards in school is now a key priority. Governors also promote effective ways of teaching and learning when setting the schools aims and policies. They do this together with the Head Teacher, who is responsible for the day to day management of the school.

The governing body’s main role is to help raise standards of achievement. It:

  • Is accountable for the performance of the school to parents and the wider community
  • Plans the school's future direction
  • Selects the Head teacher
  • Makes decisions on the school’s budget and staffing
  • Makes sure the National Curriculum is taught
  • Decides how the school can encourage pupils’ spiritual, moral and cultural development
  • Makes sure the school provides for all its pupils, including those with special needs

Our Governing Body:

There are 14 governors who serve as part of our Governing Body.

Chair of Governors:  Chris Lightfoot (Parent Governor)
Vice-Chair:  Andy Jackson (Parent Governor)

Governors' Register of Interests

Teaching and Learning
Children & Community

A big welcome from the governors here at Duddon St Peter’s Primary School. The Governing Body is an elected group including teachers, support staff, parents and members of the local community. We work as a team with the Head teacher for the benefit of all the pupils and staff at Duddon.

We are all volunteers and have a diverse background. We are here to give the school a strategic direction and to act as ‘a critical friend’, helping to guide the school to improving the standard of education for all our children. We do not get involved in the day-to-day operation of the school, but set the criteria by which the school is managed.

We ensure that local and national government legislation and targets are met, that we spend our school budget wisely, that the safety of everyone is paramount, and that the curriculum is delivered to benefit all children. Governors take an active role in the school, not only attending meetings but undertaking visits to classrooms and accompanying school trips too.

                                                                  - Chris Lightfoot    (Chair of Governors)

Further details of our governors:

Mark Barlow: Parent governor

I am a Parent governor and run my own business supporting older and vulnerable people in their own homes.  I hope to be able to bring some of my business skills to the role of governor, particularly the skills of policy development and implementation, performance reviewing and quality assurance.  I became a Governor to assist in any way I can in helping the school to always provide our children with the best possible educational environment and opportunities and for them all to be the best they can be.

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Helen Chapman: Parent governor

I am a parent governor and have worked in the education sector for 18 years. I relocated back to Cheshire in August 2017 and my two boys, Years 4 & 6, joined Duddon School. Before the move I worked for 16 years within a global education charity, providing project management expertise, support and training for a wide range of education and business improvement projects. I now have an SEN clerical role at a specialist school for children with a broad range of physical disabilities, medical needs and associated learning difficulties. I became a governor in order to use my project management skills (Leadership, planning, communication, problem solving, risk & budget management) to provide support to the school. I am also gaining a better understanding of a range of special educational needs in my current role. I especially enjoy seeing children learning and discovering their own individual talents in a supportive school environment.

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Claire Entwistle: Co-opted governor

I am a teacher at Duddon St Peter's Primary School where it has been my pleasure to teach  for 15 years and in total I have taught for 21 years, starting my teaching career in inner-city Liverpool.  In school, I am part of the Literacy team alongside Mrs Smith, with my expertise lying within EYFS and KS1, including Year Three. I lead the Maths team with Mr Hudson, and am the Humanities lead, enabling me to share my passion for both History and Geography.  I also have the responsibility of being the Pupil Premium governor and More Able Lead. I have played an active role on the Teaching and Learning Committee and regularly attend all governor meetings throughout the year.  

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Adam Friend: Vicar & Foundation governor

Having been a governor at four different schools over the past 17 years, I bring with me a wealth of experience as well as general governor knowledge base. I have been a chair of governors in the past and recognise how much time and effort this takes. As a governor, children always come first, with staff and parents a close second. As a foundation governor for St Peter’s, I bring with me a solid church background (I’m sure you would expect nothing more), keeping the moral ethos of the school in all things and a basis of how the church can partner the school for the well-being of the children.


Lesley Garnham: Staff governor and Health & Safety governor

I have worked for many years at Duddon St. Peter’s as a teaching assistant.  I presently work with Class Two but have also worked with a variety of different age groups across the school and have a Level 2 qualification in listening and counselling (CPCAB).  Apart from my role in the classroom, I have the responsibility of supporting children with nurture groups and with ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support), which covers social and emotional needs, bereavement and loss, autism and challenging behaviours. This includes 1:1 support for some individual children and I am always happy to discuss any of these issues with parents.

Susan Gregory: Foundation governor / RE link governor

I am a Foundation governor appointed by the church. I am interested in all aspects of school life, currently being Class 1 and Class 2 link governor, visiting most weeks. As RE link governor I am privileged to discuss the subject with the school link subject leader and occasionally to take Collective Worship with the whole school. I also have the responsibility of being the Safeguarding governor, a member of the Pay Committee and the Children and Community committee.

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Paul Hudson: Head teacher

Having taught at Duddon since1997, I became Head teacher in 2005. My philosophy is centred around the interests of the whole child, as children need self-belief in order to become passionate about their learning. I am driven to use funding effectively to maintain a high standard and ensure progress for all children, regardless of any barriers to learning which they may have.

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Andy Jackson: Vice-Chair of Governors / Chair of Finance Committee / Maths link governor

I have been volunteering as a school governor for over 6 years, previously in Northumberland and now Duddon St Peter’s and I have a son in Year Six. My years of working in industry, managing large teams of people and large budgets, mean I am able to support our school with finances and leadership & management skills. I also enjoy seeing our children learn and grow in such a small, friendly and supportive school by participating in reviews of children’s work in their books and seeing our teachers inspire them all in classes.

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Christine Kennedy: LA governor

I was appointed as a governor at Duddon St Peter’s School in November 2018. I do not have any children or grandchildren at the school as my only daughter lives in Leicestershire. However, I am keen to support education in my local community. I strongly believe that every child has the right to achieve his or her full potential and so I am delighted to be involved in a school where the aim is for every child to be the best they can be.

I am a retired Chartered Quantity Surveyor and for many years I was a governor at Christleton High School where my daughter was educated. I believe that my experience gained from being a parent, my work and my previous school governor role has put me in a good position to understand the needs and challenges facing primary school staff, pupils and parents. I continue to undertake training to ensure that I understand educational matters and my role as governor.

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Barbara King: Foundation governor

I was ordained five years ago, having retired early from over 30 years as a primary school teacher. As such, I have taught the whole of the primary age range and accommodated a lot of changes! I am enjoying retirement and ‘working’ part time as a self-supporting Curate in the two parishes. I value the ethos and approach of Church schools and feel privileged to be a governor. In my spare time, and there is a bit, I enjoy walking my dog, making cards, painting and needle crafts!

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Chris Lightfoot: Chair of Governors / SEND governor / Literacy link governor / Class Four link governor

After university, I was a teacher at a Further Education college. Following this, I changed careers and became an Airline Pilot. Having worked for several airlines over the last 20 years, I am currently a Captain at a large European airline having joined in 2007.  I was also a Trade Union representative for 5 years where I was involved in HR matters, disciplinaries and grievances. I was in a pilot management role until fairly recently but am now employed as a Training Captain whereby I train new-entrant Co-Pilots and new Captains. This background in leadership, education, industry, management and HR issues gives me many tools to enable me to lead the governing body to the best of my ability.

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Julie Novak: Associate governor

As Business Manager overseeing all finance and personnel matters, I was appointed as an Associate Governor to offer support/provide information as required by the Governing Body.  I prepare finance documents for discussion by governors, attend all finance committee meetings and work closely with Mr Hudson on managing the school budget.

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Liz Smith: Co-opted governor /Training governor, Chair of Teaching & Learning Committee

I teach Year Five and Six pupils in Class Four and have been employed at the school for nearly 20 years.  As a local resident, my son attended the school and I have been involved in school life ever since.  As a teacher, I am passionate about children achieving their best and as a governor, I hope to help ensure that the learning experience that all children receive at school is of the highest quality.  I chair the Teaching & Learning Committee, which meets termly to discuss the progress and attainment of pupils, and aims to help all governors understand how the curriculum is delivered across the school, monitoring priorities in the School Development Plan and considering how to support staff in their teaching roles.