Governors

By law[1], the Governors of Stafford Manor High School are required to discharge three core strategic functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; and

  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

 

The composition of the Governing Board is regulated by the School’s Instrument of Government which provides that it shall consist of:

 

  • 2 Parent Governors

  • 1 Local Authority Governor

  • 1 Staff Governor

  • 1 Headteacher Governor (where the Headteacher chooses to be a Governor)

  • 2 Foundation Governors

  • 5 Co-opted governors

All have voting rights on the Full Governing Board.

 

Parent and Staff Governors are elected.   The Local Authority Governor is nominated by Staffordshire County Council and the Foundation Governors are appointed by the School’s legal foundation which is the Stafford Community Learning Trust.

 

Co-opted Governors are chosen from a variety of backgrounds in order to ensure that the Governing Board collectively possesses the range of skills necessary to perform its statutory duties and are appointed by the Full Governing Board.   These skills are regularly audited and augmented by a programme of ongoing training and development.

 

The Board 2019-2020 is made up of:-

 

Viv Evans

Chair of Governors, Co-opted Governor

I have worked in secondary education for thirty seven years, until I retired as Head of a large, inner city academy in the West Midlands.  I have worked on a wide range of school improvement initiatives including the development of new schools both as a governor and a teacher.

In retirement, I continue to support education projects in the Midlands and further afield. I now enjoy spending more time with my family in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales and my friends here in Stafford at Rising Brook Community Church Centre. 

I have been involved with Stafford Manor High School since 2014 and became a Governor in 2015, I am Chair of the Board of Governors and also Chair of the Progress and Learning Committee. I am currently the Designated Link Governor for Child Protection and Safeguarding.

Warren Dix

Vice Chair of Governors

I have lived in Stafford since 2012 and I have been a Governor at Stafford Manor High School since 2015.  I currently have one step-son at Stafford Manor High School.  I also have two other children, born in 1997 and 2007.  I, therefore, have a good understanding of the journey a student goes through whilst in school and in further education, and am keen that every student gets the best opportunity we can give them at Stafford Manor High School.

 

I have held Senior Board level positions for over 20 years, in a number of Blue Chip companies across the UK, Europe and in Asia, leading large teams across many sites. During this time, I have been responsible for the financial results, commercial activities, investments and operational performances of these businesses. I am also experienced in safety, planning and challenging the norm! I currently run my own consultancy business, specialising in Board level operations and supply chains.

 

I have been Chair of the Finance Committee since 2016 and enjoy working with the other Governors and the school Leadership team in trying to maximise the ever challenging landscape of school funding, yet deliver the best facilities and equipment we can afford to enable them to succeed. I am proud to have played a part in helping the school achieve outstanding progression recently and I welcome any communication from parents wanting to know more about the school.

Emma Philpott-Watkin

Parent Governor

I am a Parent Governor, with three children, one joined Year 7 in 2017 and one completed the Sixth Form summer 2019.  This means I have already had the experience of supporting one child through secondary education right up to GCSE level and I am now ready to accompany my younger daughter through this vital journey.  I have lived in Stafford and the local area all my life. I work part time as a Support Worker for the deaf, assisting and interpreting for them in their day-to-day lives, which I find most rewarding. 

 

I take a very keen interest in all that my children do and strive to encourage them wherever I can.   I am keen to contribute to the Governing Board and bring my own particular skill set to ensure that the group has a wide spread of experience.

Paul Flounders

Parent Governor

My background is in catering; I learnt my trade whilst serving in the Army.   After leaving the services I have been in Operational Management since 1999, working in both the private and public sector.  I currently run my own consultancy business.

 

I have 2 daughter’s currently in the education system.  One, who has been attending Stafford Manor High School since starting in Year 9 in 2018 and the other who started University in Portsmouth in Autumn 2019.  Having two daughters in various stages of education has given me great experience of school life and the challenges that face students to succeed whilst at school and in further education.  I have been living in the area since October 2018 and reside in Gnosall. 

 

I served as a Parent Governor at a Primary School in Huddersfield for 3 years, being a member of the Finance Committee and as Chair of the Board of Governors for 1 year.

Carolyn Trowbridge

LA Governor

I have lived locally since 1994 when my husband ended his career in the RAF.  I left a career working for Hilton Group to become a full time mother in 2003.

Along with my husband we set up a business and I also work part time as MD for Trowbridge Developments Ltd, gaining great knowledge on house building and project management.

I have worked for a few MP’s and still work 2 days a week for Jeremy Lefroy MP, which connects me to Stafford Manor High School with the High School Parliamentary Debating Competition we run together.

My Duties as a Borough Councillor are;

  • Cabinet Member for Sports and Leisure at Stafford Borough. On all sports and leisure forums.

  • Crime Prevention Panel Committee Member.

 

My Duties as County Councillor for the local area are:-

  • Vice Chair for Audit and Standards Committee.

  • Corporate Parent.

  • Health Select Committee Member.

  • Trustee for the William Salt Library.

 

I have 2 children born in 1999 and 2003, while they were growing up I was active in everything that they have been involved with including;

  • Brownie Leader

  • Treasurer of the PTA

  • PTA member at 3 local schools and have supported most local groups and events.

Trish Follows

Staff Governor

I am a member of the Progress & Learning Committee and was appointed as a Staff Governor in 2016.  I have been employed at SMHS for over 20 years as a Teaching Assistant (Additional Needs).  I am committed to assisting our students to achieve their full potential in everything they do.  I am passionate in dedicating my time as a governor to help ensure that SMHS students continue to achieve at the highest level and to create an environment whereby each child is valued.

Richard Lycett

Headteacher

I have been a teacher at Stafford Manor High School since September 2001.

I was appointed as Headteacher in 2018.  I attend all committees and groups of the Governing Board.

My subject is Geography, although with Leadership responsibilities I currently do not have a teaching commitment.

I am a keen runner and actually enjoy entering half and full marathons!

Roy Williams

Foundation Governor

I am a member of the Finance & Staffing Committee and have been associated with what was formerly Rising Brook High School since 1966, when I joined Rising Brook YC to play for their football team. Over the years I trained as a youth club leader and became an active volunteer, supporting teaching staff in a vast number of school residential events and sports tours.  I am a retired police officer with 32 years’ service, and I am currently still serving Staffordshire Police as a police staff member.

Craig McKenzie

Co-opted Governor

I am the Vice Chair of both the Finance and Staffing and Progress and Learning Committee.  I teach ICT in a Secondary school and have supported SMHS in the successful delivery of the subject during the academic year 2016-17; enabling many students to achieve their European Computer Driving Licence.  I am active in the Baseline centre and am currently the Chair of their committee.

Catherine Phillips

Co-opted Governor

I am a member of the Progress & Learning Committee.  I have taught as a primary school teacher since 2010, and became a co-opted governor in 2017.  I am an experienced primary school senior leader and have a particular interest in the teaching of English and the social, moral, spiritual and cultural development of pupils.   I grew up in Stafford and now live locally to Stafford Manor High School.

Becky Dix

Co-opted Governor

I have been working in Finance since 2000, supporting a variety of Businesses ranging from local to worldwide.  I have a vast skill set that has enabled me to be successful in Business and also to help support my son and guide him through his life.

I have one son who has attended Stafford Manor since September 2015, undertaking his G.C.S.E’s during the summer 2020.

I have lived in Stafford my entire life and always been geographically close to Stafford Manor High school.  I was a student at this school and completed both G.C.S.E’s and A levels to a high level while here.

I would now love to put back into the school the skills I have been taught and support the school in its growth.

The students at Stafford Manor are our future and it is vital that they have the opportunity and support to shine in all areas possible.   This is something that I feel very passionate about as every student should have this chance.

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The Full Governing Board meets at least once each term and more frequently when required.  Detailed work is delegated to specialist committees/groups which report to the FGB, all members have full voting rights:

 

  • Strategic Group:-

 

Consists of the Chair and Vice Chair of the Board, Chairs of Committees and the Headteacher.  It meets 3/4 times per term on an informal basis.

  • Progress and Learning:-

 

Viv Evans (Chair)

Richard Lycett

Ali Summers

Trish Follows

Craig McKenzie (Vice Chair)

Catherine Phillips

Emma Philpott-Watkin          

 

  • Finance

 

Warren Dix (Chair)

Richard Lycett

Paul Flounders

Roy Williams

Craig Mckenzie (Vice-Chair)

Carolyn Trowbridge

 

These committees usually meet four times per term.

 

Members of Staff are welcome to attend and observe the work of the FGB or any of these committees at any time (subject to being asked to withdraw for part of a meeting should any sensitive or restricted business need to be discussed).

 

Other Governors’ Committees dealing with matters such as Headteacher’s Performance, HR issues and Pupil Discipline meet as required.

 

It is not the role of the Governors to deal with the daily operational running of the School – this is for the Headteacher, the SLT and the Staff.   However, in order to discharge their strategic responsibilities, it is important that Governors engage closely with staff and pupils.

 

Individual Governors are appointed as ‘Link’ Governors with special responsibility for each of the following areas:

 

  • Safeguarding & Prevent (to include SEND, Pupil Premium, and Looked after Child)

  • Business& Industry Link (added value, information and guidance)

  • Health & Safety

  • Quality Assurance

  • SMSC

  • Careers

  • Governor Training

 

The contact details of each current Link Governor can be obtained from the Clerk (see below).

 

Governors regularly attend meetings of the School Council and other events and frequently hold meetings of the Full Governing Board and the various Governors’ Committees in School.   They are always available to staff for discussion on these occasions.   Governors are happy to support staff when required.  Governors can be contacted at any other time and meetings between Members of Staff and Governors will be arranged when requested. 

 

In order to do so, please contact the Clerk to Governors through governors@smhs.staffs.sch.uk.  The Clerk works in the Governors’ Room (H2).  

Should you require any further information with regard to the work of the Governing Board or any matter relating to the governance of Stafford Manor High School, please feel free to contact the Clerk.

 

The Chair can be contacted via email at v.evans@smhs.stsffs.sch.uk.

The Vice-chair can be contacted via email at vice-chair@smhs.staffs.sch.uk.

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