There are 12 governors, all from different backgrounds, who help and support the school:
Some are Foundation Governors – who are appointed by St Stephen's Church
Some are LA Governors – who are appointed by the Local Authority in Bolton
Some are Parent Governors – who are elected by the parents of the children who attend our school
There is one Teaching Governor – who is chosen by the staff
Many of our Governors have been in Office for a number of years and have long-standing connections with the school and the church. Some of them attended the school themselves as children and later sent their own children. In November 2017, Mr Grant (Chair of Governor until July 2018) and Mr Miller (retired 2020) attended a service at Manchester Cathedral delivered by Bishop Stephen, Bishop of Ely, to recognise the contributions of long serving Church of England Governors. Both Mr Grant and Mr Miller have been Governors at St Stephen's for over 20 years.
How do Governors help and support the school?
They are involved in planning our school's future development and direction.
They have high expectations of what our pupils can achieve.
They listen to our staff and support them in all areas of teaching and learning.
They encourage our pupils' spiritual, moral and social development.
They ensure the school is providing for all our pupils, irrespective of background, including those with special needs.
They are accountable for the performance of our school to parents and to the wider community.
They listen to advice from the Senior Leadership team as to how the school's budget should be spent, and make decisions.
They challenge by gathering views and asking questions.
They analyse the school's data.
They visit our school and talk to our pupils.
The two main Committees which Governors attend are as follows:
Resources - R Branchflower (Chair of Committee), P Puckey, N Turner, K Gregson, D Jones
School Effectiveness - S Nolan (Chair of Committee), P Puckey, S Savage, A Hall, J Seggie, D King, B Tighe
We have Governors assigned to each Key Stage in school:
Early Years/Foundation Stage - D King
Key Stage 1 - S Savage & S Nolan
Key Stage 2 - D Jones & K Gregson
Our Governors also have specific areas of responsibility, as follows:
Equal Opportunities - All Governors
SEN - S Savage
Looked After Children - J Seggie
Child Protection - J Seggie
Safeguarding - J Seggie
Health and Safety - R Branchflower & N Turner
Safer Recruitment - S Savage
Head Teacher Performance Review - D King, B Tighe, D Jones
English - S Savage & B Tighe
Maths - D Jones & N Turner
Phonics - D King & K Gregson
Eco - J Seggie
Link for Training - A Hall
Partnership - D King
Mental Health - R Branchflower, K Gregson
RE - S Savage & A Hall
There are no relevant business interests or family relationships between Governors and members of staff.