The Governing Body 2017 2018
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 eleven governors as listed below and no vacancies.
Local authority designated/ Chair of Governors
Mr Dave Sweeney appointed 25.09.2002 (4 years to July 2018)
Mr R. Pritchard (vice-chair) appointed 01.09.15 (4 years office)
Mr J. Donnelly appointed 01.09.14 (4 years office)
Mr Peter Reed appointed 01.09.15 (4 years office)
Mr Simon Smith appointed 01.09.15 (4 years office)
Mrs Joy Potter appointed 01.09.15 (4 years office)
Mrs E. Watson appointed 01.05.17 (4 years office)
Mr M. Grieve appointed 01.05.17 (4 years office)
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
Miss R. Evans (appointed 02.16)
Mrs D. Hassall (resigned 31.10.15 )
Miss S. Greer appointed 01.09.08
Associated Members (advisory no voting rights)
Mrs S. Critchley (children’s centre interim manager)
Mrs L. Woods (children’s centre interim manager)
Mrs L. Bridge (resigned 07.01.17)
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.
Mr Rob Pritchard
Mr Rob Pritchard
BSc(Hons)., DMS., FFireE., CMgr MCMI., MCIEA., NEBOSH., Prince II
Job Title: Group Manager – Head of Engineering, Research and Design
Rob Pritchard is currently a Group Manager with Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service. He has spent 28 years in the Fire Service mainly with an operational response focus but has spent time seconded to the UK Government as part of the Community and Local Government Department and as part of the New Dimension Project post 9/11 and was a member of the Combined Performance Assessment (CPA) review of the Fire Service in 2006 and 2009 Kent FRS and London FEPA for Value for Money with the Audit Commission as well as some specialist postings within Merseyside including Training Manager, COMAH Officer, ICT and Equipment, Fleet, Operational Planning and both as Knowsley and Sefton District Manager. Rob hold a number of National Tactical Advisor skills such as Hazmat and Marine Firefighting.
As Chair of the Merseyside Group of the Institute of Fire Engineers (IFE) he is actively promoting fire engineering and is working with Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service’s Professional Development Department to promote the professional development of fire officers and give them the underpinning knowledge to equip them for operational response. He is a Senior Examiner with the IFE and is working nationally to assist services develop professional examinations. Rob is Chair for the Fire Officers Association Branch in Merseyside and has recently taken up a position on the National Executive Board Member as the National Vice President.
Rob is also Chair of Governors at Litherland High School (which he attended as a student) and is a Board Member of the Heath Family Academy Trust.
“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 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.”
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.
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.
I graduated from Liverpool University in 2010 with a BA Hons in History. Following this, I went on to complete an MA. During this course, I was employed by the University’s educational aspiration team, where our job was to encourage and inspire young children from the area to go to university. It was here I discovered I wanted to be a teacher. I graduate from Manchester Metropolitan with a PGCE in primary education in 2013.
I joined Litherland Moss in 2014 as the year 5 teacher after working a year on supply gaining further experience. I am currently science leader.
I love my job and strive to do my best for the children of Litherland Moss. There is nothing better than seeing children making amazing progress.
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 2017 2018
We have two committees which meet termly made up as follows:
Performance and resources
(planned meetings: 25th September 2017; 22nd January 2018; 14th May 2018; 16th July 2018)
Mr R. Pritchard
Mr P. Reed
Mr S. Smith
Mr D. Sweeney
Mr J. Donnelly
Mrs J. Potter
Miss S. Greer
Safeguarding and Inclusion
(planned meetings: 2nd October 2017; 29th January 2018; 21st May 2018)
Mrs J. Potter
Miss R. Evans
Mrs E. Watson
Mr M. Grieve
Miss S. Greer
Governing body meetings schedule: 18th September 2017; 6th November 2017; 19th February 2018; 4th June 2018)
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 Register of Business Interests 2017 2018
|2016 2017 register of business interest||Completed||Declare interest|
|Jim Donnelly||Yes||Interested party self - photography and educational consultant|
|Sarah Greer||Yes||Governor at Sefton Virtual School for LAC|
|Daniel Lewis||Yes||Sefton Council: Planning Committee; Overview and Scrutiny Regeneration and Skills.|
|Rob Pritchard||Yes||Governor at Litherland High School|
|Peter Reed||Yes||Governor at Thomas Gray Primary School|
Governor attendance 2017 2018 (to date)
Scheduled meetings Meetings attended Apologies accepted Absent
Jim Donnelly 6 4 2 2
Rachael Evans 3 2 1 1
Sarah Greer 6 6 - 0
Mark Grieve 3 3 - 0
Daniel Lewis 2 0 0 2
Joy Potter 5 5 0 0
Rob Pritchard 6 5 1 1
Peter Reed 6 6 - 0
Dave Sweeney 6 6 - 0
Emma Watson 3 2 1 1
Simon Smith 3 3 - 0
Governor attendance 2016 2017
Scheduled meetings Attended Apologies accepted Absent
Emma Watson 1 1 Joanne Davies (resigned 30.09) 1 0 1 1
Jim Donnelly 18 16 2 2
Rachael Evans 7 6 1 1
Sarah Greer 18 18 0
Sarah Hargreaves 4 0 3 4
Daniel Lewis 7 4 1 3
Rob Pritchard 15 10 4 5
Joy Potter 18 18 0
Peter Reed 15 8 6 7
Simon Smith 9 7 1 2
Dave Sweeney 15 14 1
Mark Grieve 1 1