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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 13 members on the Governing Body. We currently have a vacancy for a foundation governor.

 

Could you be a Foundation Governor? The role entails:

 

  • Nurturing, encouraging and challenging the school in living out its Christian foundation;

 

  • Supporting the school to be distinctively Christian, community focussed and to serve the common good

 

  • Working as a team with other members of the governing body to fulfil the functions required of school governors;

 

  • Encouraging the school in supporting and developing the Christian foundation of the school. This can be done by:
  • encouraging positive links between the school, the parish church and the Diocesan Board of Education
  • helping to develop the Christian ethos and character of the school
  • encouraging the high status of quality of Collective Worship and Religious Education
  • ensuring that the development of the school as a Church school is a regular part of school self-evaluation
  • ensuring statutory denominational (Section 48) inspection takes place within the relevant time-frame, and ensuring recommendations contained in the reports are considered and addressed
  • supporting the role of clergy in school
  • reporting back to the Parochial Church Council (PCC appointed governors)
  • promoting Christian values in the way in which the Governing Body conducts its business

 

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
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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

Governance roles in

other institutions

Relationship

School/Staff

Business/Pecuniary

interests

Foundation

PCC

Vulnerable Children

Curriculum and Standards

Finance, Premises and
Personnel

reappointed until

1.11.20

None 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 who previously attended the school. He is a Regional Director for Faithful+Gould, an infrastructure cost management company.

 

Category Responsibility Committee Membership Term of Office Governance roles in other institutions

Relationship School/Staff

Business/Pecuniary interests
Co-opted Maths and Science

 

Curriculum and Standards (chair)

 

reappointed until 2.7.2020 None 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

Governance roles in other institutions

Relationship School/Staff

Business/Pecuniary interests
Ex Officio

Distinctiveness and

Effectiveness as a Church

School

Curriculum and Standards N/A None 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

Governance roles in other institutions

Relationship School/Staff

Business/Pecuniary interests

Foundation

PCC

Early years

Finance, Premises and Personnel

reappointed until 19.3.21

 None

None

Manager Barn

Preschool

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

Governance roles in other institutions

Relationship School/Staff

Business/Pecuniary interests

Foundation

PCC

More Able Children Finance, Premises and Personnel until 01.11.20 None None None
Mr Robert Lamont
Robert was appointed as a foundation governor in February 2018. He originally worked at an international music company and has served as a leader and pastor of local churches.
All four grandchildren have attended the school.

 

Category Responsibility Committee Membership Term of Office

Governance roles in other institutions

Relationship School/Staff

Business/Pecuniary interests

Foundation

DBE

Religious Education and Collective Worship Curriculum and Standards until 24.02.22 None

Daughter is an employee of the school.

Related to Dean Clarke

None

Mrs Caroline Versallion

Caroline Versallion is an LA representative on the Governing body. She was re-elected in 2017. Caroline has four boys, who have all attended St Leonard's. Caroline has a degree in fashion, she previously ran her own couture wedding dress business.

 

Category Responsibility Committee Membership Term of Office

Governance roles in other institutions

Relationship School/Staff

Business/Pecuniary interests
LA SEND Curriculum and Standards until 31.08.2020

None

None

Husband is a Councillor

for Central Bedfordshire

Mr Steve Barrett

Steve Barrett became a governor in 2016.  He has two daughters who have attended the school.  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

Governance roles in other institutions

Relationship School/Staff

Business/Pecuniary interests
Parent   

 

School Sports

Health and Safety

Finance, Premises and Personnel (chair) until 01.09.20 None None None

Mrs Danielle Lambert

Danielle Lambert was elected as a parent governor in 2015. She has one child at St Leonard's. 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

Governance roles in other institutions

Relationship School/Staff

Business/Pecuniary interests
Parent

Literacy

Safeguarding

Curriculum and Standards until 24.9.19 None None None
Mr Dean Clarke
Dean joined as a Foundation Governor in February 2018 and has 2 children who have attended the school. He has served previously within church leadership and actively participated in running a church youth group. Dean manages a business unit within Microsoft that supports their enterprise customers within both the public and private sector.
Category Responsibility Committee Membership Term of Office

Governance roles in other institutions

Relationship School/Staff

Business/Pecuniary interests

Foundation

DBE

Governor Training Computing Finance, premises and Personnel until 24.2.22 None

Wife is an employee of the school

Related to Robert Lamont

Works for Microsoft
Mrs Siobhan Ryan 
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Siobhan has been a teacher at St Leonard's for 15 years. She is also the senior teacher at school and part of the school leadership team. Siobhan is proud to be serving on the governing body as a staff representative. She is also a member of the Curriculum and Standards Committee. Siobhan joined the governing body in September 2017. 
Category Responsibility Committee Membership Term of Office

Governance roles in other institutions

Relationship School/Staff

Business/Pecuniary interests
Staff   Curriculum and Standards until 01.09.21 None Employee of the school None
Mrs Sarah Bowley

Sarah Bowley has been Headteacher of the school since 2010. She is proud of the successes that the school has seen during her time as head. Sarah attends all governors meetings and is a member of all committees. Sarah is a Central Bedfordshire Leader in

Education and has supported other Central Bedfordshire Lower Schools. 

 

 

 

 

Category Responsibility Committee Membership Term of Office

Governance roles in other institutions

Relationship School/Staff

Business/Pecuniary interests
ex officio   All committees N/A None employee of the school None
Br. Bede Christopher Falconer.
 
Bede is a professed Benedictine brother of the Community of Solitude, an international monastic community. He is a Churchwarden of St Leonard's Parish Church and a trained Spiritual Director in the diocese. He joined the governing body in February 2018.
Category Responsibility

Committee

Membership

 Term of Office

 Goverance roles in other institutions

Relationship School/Staff

Business/Pecuniary interests

Foundation

PCC

Eco Schools

Curriculum and Standards

appointed until

24.02.22

None None None

Attendance at Governors Meetings 2017-18

Name of Governor Total number of committee meetings possible Committee meetings attended Total number of Full Governing Body meetings possible Full Governing Body meetings attended
Alan Gomersall 6 4 5 4
Simon Longstaffe 3 3 5 5
Sarah Bowley 6 6 5 5
Laura James 1 0 1 1
Siobhan Ryan 2 1 4 3
Margaret Smithers 3 3 5 4
Caroline Versallion 3 3 5 3
Sally Buttery 3 3 5 4
Steve Barrett 3 3 5 5
Danielle Lambert 3 2 5 2
Charlotte Boyce 6 6 5 5
Bede Falconer 0 0 3 1
Dean Clarke 1 1 3 3
Robert Lamont 0 0 3 2
Noel McGeeney 3 3 5 1