The separate governing bodies of Tibberton CE Primary School & St Lawrence CE Primary School agreed in July 2019 that the two schools would become a federation. The result of this was that, in September, the two schools – under the executive headship of Miss Helen Osterfield – formed one joint governing body and agreed to call itself the Tibberton CE Primary School & St Lawrence CE Primary School Federation. Both schools have kept their separate names and identities, and each has a head of school, but they work in partnership to share resources and best practice to give all the children the best possible start in their educational life.
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The separate governing bodies of Tibberton CE Primary School & St Lawrence CE Primary School agreed in July 2019 that the two schools would become a federation. The result of this was that, in September, the two schools – under the executive headship of Miss Helen Osterfield – formed one joint governing body and agreed to call itself the Tibberton CE Primary School & St Lawrence CE Primary School
Federation. Both schools have kept their separate names and identities, and each has a head of school, but they work in partnership to share resources and best practice to give all the children the best possible start in their educational life.
All schools have a Governing Body. This Body is responsible for overseeing the strategic decisions and direction of the school whilst being a ‘critical friend’, offering support, constructive advice, a second opinion on proposals and help where needed, along with challenge, questions, and ideas to so arrive at the best solution for the pupils, staff and whole school community.
Our Governing Body works in close partnership with the Executive Head teacher, staff at both schools, Church and the Local Authority. Whilst the Head teacher is responsible for the day to day running of the school, the governors are involved with monitoring the curriculum, health and safety management, safe guarding, school buildings and finance. It ensures the school functions well and maintains the proper range of academic and social objectives. The Governing Body works as a team with shared responsibilities.
Governors never make decisions on their own, nor do they act as individuals. Membership of the Governing Body includes parents, school staff, representatives from the local community including the Church and the Local Authority. The Full Governing Body meets twice a term: first to set the activities for that term and secondly to review the progress and impact of those activities.
In September 2019, we reconstituted the Governing Body in line with the new DfE regulations. The Federated body requires 13 Governors of which 1 is a LA Governor, 2 Parent Governors (One from each School), 2 Staff Governors, 5 Co-opted Governors and 3 Foundation Governors, appointed by the Lichfield Diocese.
Governors are appointed for a four year period of office and are from a wide range of professions to bring expertise to the leadership and management of our school. If you are interested in becoming a governor or finding out more about the role, please contact Miss H. L. Osterfield, Executive Headteacher, on 01952 387790.
As a Governing Body we work alongside the Headteacher to ensure that our children have the best education possible, within the safest environment and achieve the best that they possibly can. Tibberton is a great school, in fact officially an ‘outstanding school’, but we continually strive to make it even better.
Should you wish to speak to any member of the Governing Body about our role in more detail, or wish to discuss an aspect of St Lawrence CE School then we can be contacted via reception at the school.
We will be only too happy to talk to you.
The Governing Body:-
Miss Helen Osterfield
Executive Headteacher, Ex-Officio
I have 35 years of experience in education, beginning my teaching career in Liverpool. I later moved to Shropshire and taught in Newport before joining the team at Tibberton CE Primary in 1990. I have been a Governor of the school since becoming Deputy Head in 1998 and Headteacher from September 2005. Over the years I have seen many changes to the education system and the requirements of the DfE, but one thing I know for sure is that teaching is a great job and teaching in small schools is the best of all.
I look forward to leading the new Federation of Tibberton and St Lawrence as Executive Headteacher, with the aim for all of us to be ‘The Best We Can Be’.
I am delighted to support our Executive Head in leading two wonderful rural schools. I have been a governor now for many years and my own children attended St Lawrence’s for 7 years. Both Tibberton C of E and St Lawrence C of E are super little schools that strive to do their best for their pupils. The school environment at both locations is excellent and the teaching standards are very high.
Personally I have a strong Finance, HR and Leadership background and these skill sets help us lead a strong governing body, which in turn helps both schools grow and be the best they can be. The schools are a privilege to work with and we are very proud of the offering we provide to nurture and allow your children to grow.
Rev Helen Morby
I am Rector of All Saints Church, Tibberton along with five other churches in this area and have been here since July 2018. As Rector I am ex-officio Foundation Governor and it is a pleasure for me to serve Tibberton CE Primary School & St Lawrence CE Primary School in this role. Previous to this I have been a governor in Shropshire for six years and in Widnes for 8 years previous to that. I have also served as Chair of Governors for three years.
It is a privilege to support the Staff of Tibberton C of E Primary School and St. Lawrence’s C of E Primary School Federation, to ensure that our children are given the best possible way of learning to equip them for the future. I am a committed Christian and active member of St. Lawrence Church. As a Foundation Governor, I will be a link between the school and the church and the wider Community.
Over thirty years ago I was a pupil at Tibberton Primary which gave me an excellent footing for my future career. Since then I have been a Primary School teacher for around 25 years, most of which has been spent in Telford. This background has helped me tremendously in serving the school as Governor and assist in giving the children of Tibberton and St Lawrence the best possible education to help them in the future.
Outside of work and school I have been a Parish Councillor in Tibberton for over twenty years and this helps bring community links to the Governing body.
Mrs Rachel Wright
I have 20 years of experience in education. I began my teaching career by teaching English as a Foreign Language to adults and children in countries as far flung as South Korea and Indonesia. I became a Primary School teacher in 2002 and joined the team at Tibberton CE Primary in 2008. In that time, I have had the pleasure of teaching every year group in the school and currently teach the youngest members of our school in Class One. I have been a Teacher Governor of the school since 2011.
Mrs Rachel Baugh
Parent Governor (elected)
I feel it is an honour and a privilege to be Parent Governor of Tibberton C E Primary School and St Lawrence C E Primary School Federation. I offer my support to the staff, who are committed to providing a nurturing and safe environment for all our children, at both of our schools. I hope that with my experience in teaching within higher education and my vocational skills as a veterinary nurse I will be able to make a valuable contribution to the Governing Body and also provide a parental perspective on the issues we discuss. I am delighted to be able support the federation, staff, pupils and parents over the coming years of my term.
I qualified from Chester University in 1999 with a BEd (hons) degree and began my teaching career in Shropshire teaching in Key Stage One. During my teaching career I have had experience teaching in all Key Stages and been part of the Senior Leadership team in all of the schools where I have worked including being a Deputy Head for many years in a large first school.
I started working at St. Lawrence Primary School in the Autumn of 2015 and have been part of the school’s journey going from strength to strength. I am delighted to be part of the Tibberton and St. Lawrence Federation and feel very lucky to be working with such a wonderful community of pupils, supportive staff, parents and governors whose shared goal is to make the primary years the ‘best they can be’ by fostering a love of learning within a nurturing, caring environment.
My journey in teaching started after 20 years in the Civil Service, raising a family, being chair of Hinstock Parish Council and still remain an active member of St Oswald’s Church. I have been a primary school teacher within the Telford and Wrekin local authority since September 2011. During this time, I have taught all year groups in KS1 and KS2 and taken on many leadership roles including acting Assistant Head.
As Head of School and Year 6 teacher at Tibberton, I am honoured to be part of a closely-knit team; working closely with the Executive Headteacher, Head of School and staff at St Lawrence CE Primary School. Together we are committed to providing the very best care, education and opportunities for the children in our schools.
I am a former Civil Servant, and for the last 9 years as a Senior Civil Servant have been engaged in strategic leadership across a number of different roles and disciplines – operational delivery, policy, project and programme management. I am also an experienced non-executive and am currently a member of two other governing bodies:
- an Independent Observer for the Council of the Chartered Institute of Taxation – a non-executive type role, sharing experience in leadership and managing change with the Executive and Council members;
- a member of the Waterways Ombudsman Committee – providing strategic leadership and oversight for the Waterways Ombudsman scheme
- and was previously chair of the Ombudsman Association casework interest group
- I have a strong Christian ethos and have been a regular member of St Lawrence Church, Preston for over 40 years. As a Foundation Governor I have a range of relevant experience and skills to support the Governing Body and wider school community
Mrs Julie Jones
Mrs Sandra Davies
I was a parent at Tibberton School for nine years, teacher of Class 1 for five and I currently have a grandchild at the school. I’m now honoured to serve both St. Lawrence and Tibberton CE schools as a governor.
I graduated from Loughborough University with a BSc in PE and Sports Science. My first years working in education were as a PE teacher. When I became a mother and helper at the local playgroup I became interested in early years education and gained a Certificate in Professional Studies in Early Years Education. I have since worked in both areas being passionate about both. This includes running my own pre-school for five years, being a class teacher for six, and working as a school sports co-ordinator for thirteen. This took me into the area of S.E.N.D. running PE sessions and a club for children with disabilities and heading up Shropshire’s Project Ability, organising inclusive sporting opportunities for children across the county. I enjoyed being an Active Schools Consultant for Energize County Sports Partnership for four years.
I had the privilege of tutoring a student with cerebral palsy for six years and tutoring Maths to pupils who find the subject difficult for two.
I have just become churchwarden at Tibberton having spent years as a member of the congregation and running children’s groups there.
Ofsted 2013 said…
“The Governing Body is led extremely well. It provides strong support for leaders and managers and challenges them to ensure that the school continues to improve and move forward.”