Governors


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.

 You can read more documents relating to our Governing body over on our Governance page:

Governance Page

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 Mrs Rebecca Nash, 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:-

 

 

           Mrs Rebecca Nash
               Executive Headteacher, Ex-Officio

After qualifying in Law and French (LLB Hons) from Dundee University, I realised that wasn’t the route my life should take. I decided to study for my PGCE in the West Midlands and have never regretted the move into teaching, or into this part of the country. I have been very fortunate to be part of three wonderful and varied schools across two different local authorities before joining Tibberton and St Lawrence in January 2021.

I believe that all children have a special contribution they can make not only to our schools but to our world. I am passionate about improving opportunities for each and every member of the school communities I serve, and it is an honour to work with a group of such dedicated and professional people in fulfilling this aim.

 


        Mr Paul Evans
       Chair

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
Foundation ( Vice Chair)

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.

 


Mrs Patricia Jones
Foundation

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.

 


Mr Nick Eyles
 Local Authority appointed

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
Staff (elected)
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 Alison Moore
Co-opted

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.

 

Mr Craig Battrick
Co-opted

After a successful career in retail management, I entered the teaching profession in 2009 with a PGCE from Manchester Metropolitan University, gaining a PG Diploma two years later. My teaching career began in Staffordshire and Stoke LAs and since then I have taught in all year groups throughout KS1 and 2. I have been part of a Senior Leadership Team for almost ten years now and with a background in English, I am also an accredited practitioner for the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Having gained great experience as a curriculum lead within a large Multi-Academy Trust, I recently joined a dedicated team with the Tibberton and St. Lawrence Primary School Federation as Head of School at Tibberton. This is a wonderful opportunity to work with a group of practitioners, parents and governors committed to ensure that our pupils can strive to achieve the very best and know that ‘With God, anything is possible’.

Jane Brothwood
Foundation Governor

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
Parent Governor

It is a privilege to be appointed to the role of parent governor of the St Lawrence CE Primary School and Tibberton CE Primary School Federation as I am passionate about giving children maximum opportunities to discover and achieve their full potential whilst being the best they can be. I have recently been appointed as the chair of the Friends of St Lawrence PTFA and have previously served as a parent governor in Wales and community governor in York, and so I have knowledge and understanding of how a governing body can have a positive impact on the whole school community when it works alongside the parents and children.

My experience as a Psychotherapist requires me to be accepting, non-judgemental, supportive and have a sound understanding of safeguarding policies and procedures, which will ensure that the children’s wellbeing will be at the heart of my work as part of the governing body.  I enjoy contributing to developing individuals as well as supporting the learning environment for students.  As a parent governor I offer commitment, determination and enthusiasm to make a difference; striving for student wellbeing, academic excellence and to be a link for communication between parents and governors.

Mrs Sandra Davies
Co-opted

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.

Mrs Caroline Sands
Co-opted

 

Hi I’m Caroline Sands, a retired qualified Accountant. I retired in 2020 after working in Industry for 39 years. My strengths are in finance and related subjects, and people skills, having managed large and small teams over my years in industry. I’m a keen Gardner and animal lover, and enjoy walking my 3 dogs. I’m keen to utilise the skills I have further, to help the development of the school federation.

 

 

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.”