What do school governors do?

Governors work as a team. They are responsible for making sure the school provides a good quality education. Raising educational standards in school is now a key priority. Governors also promote effective ways of teaching and learning when setting the schools aims and policies. They do this together with the Head Teacher, who is responsible for the day to day management of the school.

The governing body’s main role is to help raise standards of achievement. It:

  • Is accountable for the performance of the school to parents and the wider community
  • Plans the school's future direction
  • Selects the Head teacher
  • Makes decisions on the school’s budget and staffing
  • Makes sure the National Curriculum is taught
  • Decides how the school can encourage pupils’ spiritual, moral and cultural development
  • Makes sure the school provides for all its pupils, including those with special needs

Our Governing Body:

There are 14 governors who serve as part of our Governing Body.

Chair of Governors:  Adam Friend (Vicar - ex-officio)
Vice-Chair: Catriona Davenport (Parent Governor)

Governors' Register of Interests

Teaching and Learning
Children & Community

A big welcome from the governors here at Duddon St Peter’s Primary School. The Governing Body is an elected group including teachers, support staff, parents and members of the local community. We work as a team with the Head teacher for the benefit of all the pupils and staff at Duddon.

We are all volunteers and have a diverse background. We are here to give the school a strategic direction and to act as ‘a critical friend’, helping to guide the school to improving the standard of education for all our children. We do not get involved in the day-to-day operation of the school, but set the criteria by which the school is managed.

We ensure that local and national government legislation and targets are met, that we spend our school budget wisely, that the safety of everyone is paramount, and that the curriculum is delivered to benefit all children. Governors take an active role in the school, not only attending meetings but undertaking visits to classrooms and accompanying school trips too.


Further details of our governors

Mark Barlow: Parent governor

I am a parent governor and run my own business supporting older and vulnerable people in their own homes.  I hope to be able to bring some of my business skills to the role of governor, particularly the skills of policy development and implementation, performance reviewing and quality assurance.  I became a Governor to assist in any way I can in helping the school to always provide our children with the best possible educational environment and opportunities and for them all to be the best they can be.

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Angela Carter: Associate governor

I have worked in busy finance environments for over 32 years: in retail, social care and most recently in the education sector.    As School Bursar, I oversee financial matters and was appointed as an Associate governor to attend all finance committee meetings to offer support/provide information as required by the Governing Body.   My role involves working closely with the Admin Team and Head teacher to prepare, monitor and review the school budget and produce finance reports for discussion by governors and to ensure the school meets its financial obligations.

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Helen Chapman: Parent governor

I am a parent governor and have worked in the education sector for 18 years. I relocated back to Cheshire in August 2017 and my two boys, joined Duddon School. Before the move I worked for 16 years within a global education charity, providing project management expertise, support and training for a wide range of education and business improvement projects. I now have an SEN clerical role at a specialist school for children with a broad range of physical disabilities, medical needs and associated learning difficulties. I became a governor in order to use my project management skills (Leadership, planning, communication, problem solving, risk & budget management) to provide support to the school. I am also gaining a better understanding of a range of special educational needs in my current role. I especially enjoy seeing children learning and discovering their own individual talents in a supportive school environment.

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Catriona Davenport: Parent governor

I am a parent governor with two children at the school.  As a lawyer I have significant experience in safeguarding, and I am also patient representative on a standard body that supports the NHS.  I currently run a local Beaver colony which is a refreshing change from my day job!  Having had previous experience as a governor at another local school I wished to become   a   governor at Duddon to make use of my skills and to help and support the staff in providing our children with the best possible education. 


Claire Entwistle: Co-opted governor

I am a teacher at Duddon St Peter's Primary School where it has been my pleasure to teach for 15 years and in total, I have taught for 21 years, starting my teaching career in inner-city Liverpool.  In school, I am part of the Literacy team alongside Mrs Smith, with my expertise lying within EYFS and KS1, including Year Three. I lead the Maths team with Mr Hudson, and am the Humanities lead, enabling me to share my passion for both History and Geography.  I also have the responsibility of being the Pupil Premium governor and More Able Lead. I have played an active role on the Teaching and Learning Committee and regularly attend all governor meetings throughout the year.  

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Adam Friend: Vicar & Foundation governor

Having been a governor at four different schools over the past 17 years, I bring with me a wealth of experience as well as general governor knowledge base. I have been a chair of governors in the past and recognise how much time and effort this takes. As a governor, children always come first, with staff and parents a close second. As a foundation governor for St Peter’s, I bring with me a solid church background (I’m sure you would expect nothing more), keeping the moral ethos of the school in all things and a basis of how the church can partner the school for the well-being of the children.




Lesley Garnham: Staff governor and Health & Safety governor

I have worked for many years at Duddon St. Peter’s as a teaching assistant.  I presently work with Class Two but have also worked with a variety of different age groups across the school and have a Level 2 qualification in listening and counselling (CPCAB).  Apart from my role in the classroom, I have the responsibility of supporting children with nurture groups and with ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support), which covers social and emotional needs, bereavement and loss, autism and challenging behaviours. This includes 1:1 support for some individual children and I am always happy to discuss any of these issues with parents.