Governing Body | Rainhill High School

Governing Body

The governing body is the school’s accountable body. It is responsible for the conduct of the school and for promoting high standards. The governing body aims to ensure that children are attending a successful school that provides them with a good education and supports their well-being.


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Foreword from the Chair of Governors

As Governors we act as a ‘critical friend’ and give our time voluntarily to support the school. We are responsible for ensuring that a high quality of leadership, teaching, and student performance are provided and maintained.

Out aim is to make Rainhill High School the best it can possible be for staff and students, enabling each to reach their full potential. We also want to be a good neighbour in the community we reside in and welcome comments from all stakeholders.

In the year to come we aim to build on the improvements we have made and focus on:

  • Continuing to provide and excellent education for all of our students.
  • Support out teachers to enable them to do their best.
  • Building the capability of the governor team.
  • Manage the growth in pupil numbers, so that every child is given first class pastoral care.
  • Continue to manage the school budget prudently.

Finally, the past year saw Steve Anderson step down from his role of the Chair of Governors after 14 years as a Governor and subsequently Chair.

Rainhill is a popular school. Our students come mainly from the Rainhill and Nutgrove parts of St Helens, but about 30% come from Knowsley, Widnes or Warrington homes. We are consistently oversubscribed. We are proud of our students' achievements in examinations, we are proud of the quality of relationships at the school and we are proud of the opportunities we give our pupils. However, we are not arrogant or complacent. We want to be the best comprehensive in the North West, and to do this we listen, work hard, innovate and are self critical.

During this time the school has improved and Steve’s work and leadership during this period have played an important part in making Rainhill High the good school it is today.

The Governing Body will endeavour to build on this success.

Sylvia Thomson - Chair of Governors

To contact the Chair of Governors, please use the form provided on our Contact page.

Minutes from Governors' meetings are available on request from the Clerk of Governors/Trustees by contacting the school.

Rainhill High School Governing body structure

Sylvia Thomson

Chair of Governors

Term of office start date: 1 March 2017
Term of office end date: 1 March 2021
Interest declared

Governor Role:
Chair of Governors - Link for Disadvantaged Pupils.

Work Title/Company:
Head Teacher, Cronton CE Primary School.

"I have 25 years experience in primary education both in St. Helens and other neighbouring local authorities. I became a governor as I wanted to understand more about transition from primary to secondary and support education in my local community".

David Boyer

Vice Chair of Governors

Term of office start date: July 2002
Term of office end date: 1 March 2021
Interest declared

Governor Role:
Vice Chair of Governors - Chair of Achievement and Teaching Committee.

Work Title/Company:
Assistant Director for Transport, Environmental and Operational Services Warrington Borough Council.

"I attended Rainhill High School from 1976 to 1983 and received an excellent education. I became a Governor to put something back into the school I received so much from. I passionately believe in comprehensive education and the right of every child to have access to a good / outstanding school. My two children attend the school".

JANET SMITH

PARENT GOVERNOR

Term of office start date: 1 March 2017
Term of office end date: 1 March 2021

Governor Role:
Parent Governor - Personal Development & Wellbeing

Work Title/Company:
Teaching Assistant, St. Annes Primary School

"I became a school Governor because I want to make a positive difference to the life changes of our children by ensuring they have the best possible education. I believe my background as a Teaching Assistant will help me in this role".

CAROL GORDON

PARENT GOVERNOR

Term of office start date: 1 March 2017
Term of office end date: 1 March 2021

Governor Role:
Parent Governor - CLA & SEND

Work Title/Company:
Practice Education Facilitator, Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust

"I became a governor because I am care about children and young people and I want to see them achieve their dreams. I enjoy being a governor because it’s a great way to put something back into the local community".

BARRY MAKEPEACE

Community Governor

Term of office start date: 1 March 2017
Term of office end date: 1 March 2021

Governor Role:
VICE chair for Personal Development, Behaviour & Welfare committee. Link Governor for Maths.

Work Title/Company:
Senior Power & Control Engineer at ESSAR Oil UK

"I am proud to be part of an enthusiastic hard working governing body. Ensuring the school provides the high quality of leadership, teaching, support and performance that we expect from Rainhill High. I believe I act as a friend to the whole school: Providing support and working through the challenges we are experiencing with so many changes to the curriculum, external financial pressures and ensure we support & protect our most vulnerable children".

Sophie Sudworth

COMMUNITY GOVERNOR

Term of office start date: 1 January 2018
Term of office end date: 1 January 2021

Governor Role:
Community Governor - Citizenship Link.

Work Title/Company:
Design Engineer, SP Energy Networks.

"As a recent engineering graduate progressing through my early career, I am keen to support the school in preparing pupils for a bright future. It is great for me to have an involvement in the local community where I live and work".

LISA ROXBY

Community GOVERNOR

Term of office start date: - 21 March 2019
Term of office end date: 21 March 2023

Governor Role:
Community Governor

"I am a passionate and driven individual who is committed to making a difference in all aspects of my life. I have taken my skills learned at university and within my early career, to the public sector and now to the charity sector with an aim to improve outcomes for the most vulnerable in society.

In my current role as Head of Marketing and Communications for a national charity, I have a great skill set to bring to Rainhill High School and be part of the school family. Up until recently I was a Group Scout Leader for a local scout group in Prescot. For five years I ran the three groups which provided many opportunities to young people in the area which they may not have had the opportunity to experience otherwise. I am passionate about all children and young people having equal opportunities to learn and grow into well rounded and resilient young adults".

Jennifer Critchley

COMMUNITY GOVERNOR

Term of office start date: 19 October 2018
Term of office end date: 19 October 2022

Community Governor - Safeguarding & Child Protection Link.

"I applied for the post of school Governor at Rainhill High as I am new to the area and wanted to make new connections whilst also supporting the local community.

I am a Children's Social Worker and hope to be able to share my knowledge and experience of safeguarding to help support the children and families at Rainhill High. Through my work and my own children I recognise and value the significance that having the right support and encouragement from School can make to a child and there future outcomes. I am excited to get to know and work with the staff, parents and pupils at Rainhill High School".

Jenni Worthington

COMMUNITY GOVERNOR

Term of office start date: 4th October 2018
Term of office end date: 4th October 2022

Governor Role:
Community Governor - English & Literacy Link

"I wanted to become a governor, as young people spend the majority of their days at school and it is one of the most important times of their lives. My children’s education is a passion of mine, alongside Process improvement, so if i can mix the two and support both my children and the children in Rainhill High then I feel privileged to have the opportunity".

Anthony Bennett

Staff Governor

Term of office start date: September 2019
Term of office end date: 4th October 2022

Governor Role:
Staff Governor

"As staff governor I see myself as a dedicated, passionate and committed stakeholder within Rainhill High School. Over the past 9 years I have shown a considerable interest in the wellbeing of all staff, parents and most importantly the pupils within the school. I have been a keen advocate to ensuring links within the local community remain strong and bonded to the schools community values. I see myself as a longstanding, highly valued, member of the Rainhill High School family, who has shown a level of integrity and dedication that is second to none over my teaching career at Rainhill High. I whole hearted believe in the raising of standards for all stakeholders and will always strive for what is best for all concerned within Rainhill High School. I would consider my relationship with all pupils, parents, staff, SLT and wider stakeholders to be exemplary, forging countless positive relationships over the years. I see my role as a vital one, ensuring staff have a considered and valued voice that is heard, allowing for the correct ethos, culture and educational vision to thrive within the school. I represent the staffing body of the school and believe that my journey at the school has ensured I can see the viewpoints of every member of staff at every level."

Aaron Kehoe

Parent Governor

Term of office start date: September 2019
Term of office end date: 4th October 2022

Governor Role:
Parent Governor

"My links to Rainhill High School started over 20 years ago and I’ve been able to witness from afar the massive strides the school has taken in those years.

I live in the community and my eldest son has recently started Year 7.

As a parent of a pupil, I understand the importance of the role that Parent Governors play in helping build a clear vision for the school; as well as helping support the values, ethos and direction of the school for present and future students, staff and parents/guardians.

I am a qualified financial services professional, working in financial services since I left school, with particular expertise in financial advice and project management. I have a vast amount of experience in implementing stringent policy, procedures and compliance as well as financial planning, budgeting and financial performance management.

More recently, I have helped manage small to medium scale transformation projects for some of the biggest brands in the UK. This has enabled me to gain experience in profit and loss management, interpreting and compiling complex data, staffing structures and performance management as well as implementing and rolling out strategic company programmes and initiatives. A major part of this role was to challenge key stakeholders within the business and hold senior stakeholders to account for various performance related elements of the project.

I believe my skills and experience would be of benefit to the school. My current employer is supportive and will sponsor my membership for ‘The Key for School Governors’ service and application."

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