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Meet the Governors

Welcome to our governors' section.

 

The Governors of St. Leonard’s Lower School play an important role and are fully involved in the life of the school, helping to set the school's vision and aims and ensuring accountability.  Our Governors are a committed group of elected and co-opted volunteers who help the school provide the best possible education for its pupils.

The Governing Body meets at least once each term.  Minutes of recent meetings of the Governors are available from the school office.

 

There are currently 14 members on the Governing Body.

 

Should you wish to contact the Governors you may write to them via the school office or email stleonards@cbc.beds.sch.uk

Alan Gomersall, Chair of Governors

Alan Gomersall, Chair of Governors 1

Alan joined the governing body as a Foundation Governor in 2004 and shortly after took over as Chair. He is a Mechanical Engineer and Visiting Research Fellow at King’s College London. Alan has a keen interest in the environmental subjects in the curriculum.

Category Responsibility Committee Membership  Term of Office

 Registration

of Interests

 Relationship

With School 

Staff

St Leonard's

PCC

Vulnerable Children
Curriculum and Standards  
Finance, Premises and Personnel

reappointed 1.11.16 until

1.11.20

None None

Mr Simon Longstaffe, Vice Chair

Simon Longstaffe became a governor in 2013 as a Parish Council representative. He has since been co-opted onto the Governing Body. Simon has two children at the school, both in class 4. He is a Regional Director for Faithful+Gould, an infrastructure cost management company.
Category Responsibility Committee Membership Term of Office

Registration

of Interests

Relationship

With School

Staff

Co-opted Maths

Curriculum and Standards

Finance, Premises and Personnel

reappointed until 2.7.2020 None None

Francesca Sheppard

Francesca Sheppard has been a Diocesan appointed governor since 2009. Her two children previously attended St Leonard's Lower. Her background is in project management in construction and she likes nothing more than a school building project, such as the recent library extension.

 

Category Responsibility Committee Membership Term of Office

Registration

of Interests

Relationship

With School

Staff

Diocesan of

St Albans

Health and Safety Finance, Premises and Personnel  reappointed 1.12.13-30.11.17 None None

 

 

Rev’d Noel McGeeney (ex-officio)

 

Revd. Noel McGeeney is an ex officio member of the Governing Body as vicar of St Leonard’s Parish Church.

Noel delivers Collective Worship weekly at school; he has also participated in RE lessons and accompanied children on faith tours. As a vicar and pastor he enjoys being a resource and support to the teachers, staff and the Governing Body.

Category Responsibility Committee Membership Term of Office

Registration

of Interests

Relationship

With School

Staff

ex officio

Distinctiveness and

Effectiveness as a Church

School

Curriculum and Standards   None None

Mrs Margaret Smithers

 

Margaret Smithers has been a governor for many years. She was re-appointed in 2014 by the PCC. Margaret’s three children previously attended St. Leonard’s Lower. She originally worked in a large financial company as a personnel manager. She re-trained when her children were young and is now the Pre-School Manager at Heath Barn Pre School.

Category Responsibility Committee Membership Term of Office

Registration

of Interests

Relationship

With School

Staff

St Leonard's PCC Early years

Finance, Premises and Personnel

reappointed March 2014 until 19.3.18

Manager of Barn

Preschool

None

Mrs Sally Buttery

Sally Buttery was appointed as a Foundation Governor in 2016 by the PCC of St Leonard's Church and is a regular and active member of St Leonard’s congregation. Sally is an independent business consultant and is a volunteer business consultant for Cranfield University Trust,  supporting charities in Bedfordshire to set out strategies and policies for growth.

Category Responsibility Committee Membership Term of Office

Registration

of Interests

Relationship

With School

Staff

St Leonard's PCC More Able Children Finance, Premises and Personnel until November 2020 None None

Mrs Charlotte Boyce

 

Charlotte Boyce joined the Governing Body in September 2014. Her family regularly attend St Leonard’s Church as she was appointed by the Parish Church Council. She has two children at St. Leonard’s, a daughter in year 2 and a son in year 4. After graduating from university Charlotte worked as an account manager. Since having children she has worked closer to home in an administrative role within the NHS.

Category Responsibility Committee Membership Term of Office

Registration

of Interests

Relationship

With School

Staff

St Leonard's PCC

Religious Education

Collective Worship

Curriculum and Standards

Finance Premises and Personnel

until 01.09.18 None None

Mrs Val Roberts

 

Val Roberts is a Diocesan appointed governor. Her three children attended St Leonard’s when they were younger. She is an active member of the St Leonard’s Church community.  Val has a Diploma in Social Work and Health Care. She has worked in child protection and family placement in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire before becoming an independent social worker for private fostering agencies. Val is the governor responsible for Child Protection and Safeguarding.

Category Responsibility Committee Membership Term of Office

Registration

of Interests

Relationship

With School

Staff

Diocesan of

St Albans

Child Protection and

Safe-guarding

  until 9.10.17 None None

Mrs Esther Dickinson

Esther Dickinson was appointed as a Foundation Governor in 2016. Her daughter is currently in year four. She is a regular and active member of St Leonard’s congregation. Esther lived and worked, for over eight years, alongside adults with learning disabilities within the organisation L’Arche Kent; with whom she is still in touch. She now works for the British Red Cross as a coordinator for the Home from Hospital Bucks service. Her role is to recruit, train and supervise staff and volunteers, assess clients, ensure that the clients receive the best possible service and that the service runs smoothly and meets the standards and targets set by the Red Cross and Bucks County Council. Esther is the governor responsible for RE and Collective Worship. She is a member of the Curriculum and Standards Committee.
Category Responsibility Committee Membership Term of Office

Registration

of Interests

Relationship

With School

Staff

PCC

Religious Education

Collective Worship

Curriculum and Standards until Jan 2019 None None

Mrs Caroline Versallion

Caroline Versallion is an LA representative on the Governing body. She was re-elected in 2013. Caroline has four children. Her eldest two previously attended St Leonard's and she currently has children in year 1 and 2. Caroline has a degree in fashion, and was previously a designer and pattern cutter.

 

Category Responsibility Committee Membership Term of Office

Registration

of Interests

Relationship

With School

Staff

Local Authority SEND Curriculum and Standards reappointed August 2017 until 31.08.2020

Husband is a Councillor

for Central Bedfordshire

None

Mr Steve Barrett

Steve Barrett became a governor in 2016.  He has two daughters at the school, one in year 1 and the other in year 4.  Steve is a qualified accountant and he set up his own accountancy business three years ago, which is based in Leighton Buzzard. 
Category Responsibility Committee Membership Term of Office

Registration

of Interests

Relationship

With School

Staff

Parent Governor

Governor Training

School Sports

Finance, Premises and Personnel until September 2020 None None

Mrs Danielle Lambert

Danielle Lambert was elected as a parent governor in 2015. She has two children and her little girl is currently in year 2. Danielle is a secondary school teacher of French and Spanish. She previously worked in account management in the finance sector.

 

Category Responsibility Committee Membership Term of Office

Registration

of Interests

Relationship

With School

Staff

Parent

Literacy

Safeguarding

Curriculum and Standards until 24.9.19 None None

Staff Representatives

Staff Representatives 1 Mrs Sarah Bowley - Headteacher
Staff Representatives 2 Miss Laura James
Attendance of Curriculum and Standards Meetings

 

20.10.14

10.02.15

21.5.15

11.01.16

07.03.16

11.07.16

01.11.16

11.02.17

 

Alan Gomersall

 

 

 

P

P

P

P

P

 

Sarah Vincent

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

 

Laura James

P

P

P

P

 

P

P

 

 

Simon Longstaffe

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

 

Caroline Versallion

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rev’d Noel McGeeney

 

 

 

 

P

P

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Esther Dickenson

 

 

 

 

 

P

 

P

 

Danielle Lambert

 

 

 

 

P

P

P

P

 

Charlotte Boyce

 

P

P

P

P

P

P

 

 

Attendance of Finance, Premises and Personal Meetings

 

22.10.14

27.01.15

05.05.15

09.10.15

20.11.15

12.02.16

06.05.16

23.06.16

19.10.16

20.01.17

21.04.17

Alan Gomersall

 

 

 

P

P

 

 

 

P

P

P

Francesca Sheppard

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

 

P

P

Sarah Vincent

P

P

P

P

 

P

P

 

P

P

P

Amanda Knibb

P

P

P

P

P

 

 

 

 

 

 

Simon Longstaffe

P

P

 

P

 

P

P

 

 

 

 

Richard Clarke

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

 

 

 

Margaret Smithers

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

Sally Buttery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

P

P

Steve Barrett

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

P

P

Attendance of Full Governing Body meetings

 

30.09.14

19.11.14

24.02.15

06.05.15

01.07.15

28.09.15

23.11.15

29.02.16

10.05.16

05.07.16

28.09.16

21.11.16

27.02.17

09.05.17

04.07.17

Alan Gomersall

P

P

P

 

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

Francesca Sheppard

P

P

P

P

P

 

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

Sarah Vincent

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

Laura James

 

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

Amanda Knibb

P

P

P

P

P

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Simon Longstaffe

P

P

 

 

 

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

Richard Clarke

P

 

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

 

 

 

 

 

 

Margaret Smithers

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

 

P

P

P

P

P

Caroline Versallion

 

 

P

P

P

P

P

P

 

 

P

P

P

P

P

Val Roberts

P

 

P

P

 

P

 

P

P

P

P

P

P

 

 

Rev’d Noel McGeeney

P

 

 

 

P

P

P

P

 

P

 

P

 

 

 

Alison Palmer

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rosemary Forsyth

P

P

P

 

P

P

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Esther Dickinson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

P

 

P

 

P

 

P

 

Danielle Lambert

 

 

 

 

 

P

P

P

 

P

P

 

P

 

P

Charlotte Boyce

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

 

P

P

 

P

 

P

P

Sally Buttery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

P

P

P

P

P

Steve Barrett

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

P

P

P

P

P