The Governing Body 2018 2019

The school’s governing body operates a fully delegated budget under the local education authority’s scheme for the local management of schools.  It is also responsible for the management and delivery of the national curriculum and for improving and maintaining the quality of teaching and learning in the school.


We reconstituted our governors in September 2015. We have nine governors as listed below and three vacancies.

Chair of Governors
Mr Dave Sweeney appointed 01.09.18

Mr J. Donnelly appointed 01.09.18
Mr Peter Reed appointed 01.09.18
Mr Simon Smith appointed 01.09.18
Mrs Joy Potter appointed 01.09.18

Parent Governors
Mrs E. Watson appointed 01.05.17 (4 years office)
Mr M. Grieve appointed 01.05.17 (4 years office)
Mr D. Lewis appointed 01.09.18

Staff Governors
Mrs Joely Gibbons appointed 06.03.19
Mrs Sarah Clarke appointed 06.03.19

Miss S. Greer appointed 01.09.08

Mrs J. Davies appointed 01.06.14 (4 years office) Resigned 30.09.16
Mrs S. Hargreaves appointed 11.02.14 (4 years office) Resigned 20.02.17
Mrs D. Hassall (resigned 31.10.15 )
Mr R. Pritchard appointed 01.09.15 Resigned 01.09.18
Miss R. Evans appointed 01.09.18. Resigned October 2018

Associated Members (advisory no voting rights)
Mrs J. Gibbons (Assistant Headteacher)
Mrs K. Sears (Pastoral lead)

Governor Profiles

Mr D. Sweeney
I am the Corporate Change Manager at Produban UK, a wholly owned subsidiary of Santander UK. My responsibility is to ensure standardised methods, processes and procedures which are used for all IT Infrastructure and Software changes, facilitate efficient and prompt handling of all changes, and maintain the proper balance between the need for change and the potential detrimental impact of changes.
I started working for Girobank in 1977 and have seen many changes in IT on the Bootle site in the last 40 years. I have staff across two sites, here in Bootle and in Carlton Park, Leicester.
I started as a governor at Litherland Moss in September 2002 and I am currently Chair of Governors. My chief motivation is to try and ensure that every child is able achieve their full potential and leave our school confident and well prepared for the next stage in their education.

Peter Reed
“I have been married for forty years to my dear wife Alex, I have three tremendous sons, and two wonderful grandchildren; our third is imminent. I retired from teaching four years ago, and now spend five months a year ‘chilling out’ in Portugal; I also provide new induction training for newly appointed governors in Cheshire.
I taught for 36 years; 27 as a Senior Manager; 18 as a secondary Headteacher. I have run one of the most socially disadvantaged secondary schools in the North West of England, and, also, one of the most successful. I loved both schools, and relished the role I fulfilled.
I have been a governor at five secondary schools and three primary schools; and an Interim Executive Board member at two secondary schools and two primary schools. I enjoy the opportunity to work with committed Heads to improve the life opportunity of our exceptional youngsters as they move through the four key stages from infant to young adult, and hope that I can offer some experience to enrich their journeys.”

Jim Donnelly
Jim Donnelly grew up in Belfast and started teaching in 1968.  His early teaching career was spent in Belfast, Halewood and Nottingham before he became headteacher of Litherland High School.  He says: “I consider it a great privilege to be a school Governor.  It is a great way to put something back into the education system, after 46 years in the classroom.  School was important to my life and I believe that it is no less important to children now.”

Simon Smith

Mr M. Grieve
I am a full-time engineer working for a brewery. In my spare time I enjoy scuba diving and spending time with my family. I keep fit in the gym and walk my 8 year old labrador Millie.
I became a governor because my daughter is currently in year 1 and I felt that it would be in her interest for me to be involved in the school. I am keen to ensure that Litherland Moss provides a high standard of education, not just to my child but, to every child in school.

Mrs E. Watson
I have been part of Litherland Moss for the past eight years, my children attend Litherland Moss.
I enjoy doing charity events and helping the local community. I run my own support group for people who have children with additional needs.

Joy Potter
I graduated from Leeds University, St Johns College, with B.Ed. in primary and middle school education. I have since obtained a specialist qualification in early years from Edgehill University and the NPQH qualification for school leadership.
The majority of my career has been in early years as a teacher, key stage leader, local authority officer and independent consultant. I have worked in St Helens, Bolton, and Sefton local authorities in a wide variety of schools, including a number with children’s centres.
My passion is for the highest quality provision, and continuous improvement. Our children deserve the very best from their time with us.
I feel privileged to be part of the leadership team of a school and children’s centre that is committed to the children and families of this community.

Sarah Greer
I graduated from Edge Hill University in 1992 with a BSc (hons) in Mathematical Studies with Qualified Teacher Status. I was awarded the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) in 2001. I have worked in 5 primary schools. I started my career at Linaker Primary School in Southport and took my first deputy head post in 1997 – at Christ Church CE School in Bootle. I have held two deputy headteacher posts in contrasting schools and this is my second headship.

During my time at Litherland Moss we have seen many changes and developments; it has been quite a journey. We have a tremendous staff team who are individually and collectively determined to create a school climate that promotes great learning. We are determined that every pupil who walks through our doors has the best care and education with equal chances for all within a framework of high expectation.

All members of the governing body are individually skilled – the balance of both their challenge and support has always been a key strength in driving improvement.

I love coming to work each day and being part of this community. It is a privilege to be working with the Litherland children, parents and families that we have got to know so well.

The governing body meets at least once a term to consider the headteacher’s report, finance and all matters relating to the running of the school.

Governor Committees 2018 2019

We have two committees which meet termly made up as follows:

Performance and resources
Terms of reference: performance terms of reference 2018 2019
Mr P. Reed
Mr S. Smith
Mr D. Sweeney
Mr J. Donnelly
Mrs J. Potter
Miss S. Greer
Mrs J. Gibbons

Safeguarding and Inclusion
Terms of reference: TOR safeguarding and inclusion
Mr Sweeney
Mr Reed
Mr Donnelly
Mrs J. Potter
Mrs E. Watson
Mr M. Grieve
Mr D. Lewis
Miss S. Greer
Mrs S. Clarke

In addition
Governors are allocated to the following areas of school life:

Attendance: Mr J. Donnelly
Safeguarding: Mr J. Donnelly
Health and safety: Mr Pritchard
EYFS: Mr D. Sweeney

Governor attendance 2018 2019

 Scheduled meetingsMeetings attendedApologies acceptedAbsent
Sarah Clarke11
Jim Donnelly88
Sarah Greer88
Mark Grieve 541
Joely Gibbons11
Daniel Lewis514
Joy Potter88
Peter Reed862
Dave Sweeney853
Simon Smith77
Emma Watson55

Governor Register of Business Interests 2018 2019

2018 2019 register of business interestCompletedDeclare interest
Jim DonnellyYesInterested party self - photography and educational consultant
Rachael EvansYesNil
Sarah GreerYesGovernor at Sefton Virtual School for LAC
Mark GrieveYesNil
Daniel LewisYesSefton Council: Planning Committee; Overview and Scrutiny Regeneration and Skills.
Joy PotterYesNil
Peter ReedYesGovernor at Thomas Gray Primary School
Simon SmithYesNil
Dave SweeneyYesNil
Emma WatsonYesNil

Governor attendance 2017 2018 

 Scheduled meetingsMeetings attendedApologies acceptedAbsent no apologies
Jim Donnelly151320
Rachael Evans6420
Sarah Greer151410
Mark Grieve8710
Daniel Lewis 4112
Joy Potter151410
Rob Pritchard15780
Peter Reed151230
Dave Sweeney151320
Emma Watson8620
Simon Smith1173 1

Governor attendance 2016 2017

 Scheduled meetingsAttendedApologies acceptedAbsent
Emma Watson11
Joanne Davies (resigned 30.09)1011
Jim Donnelly181622
Rachael Evans7611
Sarah Greer18180
Sarah Hargreaves4034
Daniel Lewis7413
Rob Pritchard151045
Joy Potter18180
Peter Reed15867
Simon Smith9712
Dave Sweeney 15141
Mark Grieve11