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Local Governing Body

Chair of Governors

 

Mr. T. Whitehead

4 Year Term of Office from 01.09.21
Body Appointed P.C.C Member Appointed
 

As an active member of the local Morris Green community, I feel extremely proud to be the Chair of Governors of St Bede Academy. Both of my children have/are attending the academy and I have built on and forged links with the Church and School. I am a licenced Lay Minister at St Bede Parish and as well as lead and teach at Church, I also lead Collective Worship in St Bede Academy. I work closely with the senior leadership team meeting with them weekly to ensure the Local Governing Body are effective in their oversight of the strategic direction of the school which includes Quality of Education, Christian Distinctiveness  Safeguarding, behaviour and attitudes, personal development and Early Years. As a LGB, we are developing skills through online tutorials and ‘on the job’ experiences (i.e. reviews) to provide effective governance.

Vice Chair of Governors

 

Mr D Almond

4 Year Term of Office from 01.09.18
Body Appointed P.C.C Member Appointed
 

My name is David Almond and I am currently the Vice Chair of Governors at the School.

 

I was nominated to serve on the Local Governing Body of St Bede’s Academy (LGB) by St Bede’s Church where I am part of the PCC (Parochial Church Council).

 

My wife was also a pupil at the School quite a few years ago now.

I can see and feel that the School is a great learning environment and I want to help maintain this ethos and help the pupils to thrive.

 

As one of the largest Primary Schools in Bolton we can also strive to be one of the best as well.

 

Head of School

Mrs A. Black

Term of office Ex Officio
 
 

As both a long serving staff member of St. Bede CE Primary and a parent of two pupils who currently attend, I am incredibly proud to be part of the Local Governing Body in my role as Co-Head. 

In my twenty years in education, I have been a class teacher, curriculum leader, Assistant Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher.  All of these roles, including my current role as Co-Head, have been to ensure all our children make excellent progress, regardless of their starting points. We pride ourselves on our safe, caring and engaging learning environment with high standards and expectations. Everyone at St. Bede is passionate about our vision ‘Learning, Caring, Growing Together’. The vision, our core values and the Parable of the Good Samaritan underpin all of our learning experiences. Our links to St. Bede Church and local Pastors further supports our strong Christian ethos.  We are committed to ensure that all our children leave St. Bede having developed the lifelong skills of positivity, resilience and independence. We foster a love of learning and a determination to succeed.

CEO

Mrs S. Bagshaw

Term of office Ex Officio
 
 

Over 25 years’ experience driving successful business operations in a variety of sectors including a £350m turnover FMCG business. Worked within St Bede at a strategic level for over 13 years.

 

Previously performed the role of acting COO covering for both the CEO and COO and understand the unique and successful way things are done at St Bede. embraces the Christian ethos of the Trust and understand the importance of this alongside the educational excellence. Spent a considerable amount of time supporting Heads of School with class observations, recruiting and mentoring staff.

 

Key part of the implementation of the aims and objectives of the MAT, ensuring they are relevant and help fulfil the vision of the Trust. Created project teams to lead the development of the MAT, from St Bede Academy conversion (without the use of external consultants) through to the first sponsorship of a second Academy, Tonge Moor. Network nationally to benefit the Trust and educational sector as a whole. Including advising the House of Commons Select Committee for childcare affordability, being part of the NAHT SBL Committee to challenge the Government on their National Funding Formula, and attending select round table talks with Education Ministers. Created a sound financial base for the Trust within challenging times. Under her financial guidance the Trust has been able to self-fund many capital programs (e.g. additional classroom space) and build reserves to continue to do so in the future.

C.O.O

Mrs S. Rostron

Term of office Ex Officio
 
 

I joined St Bede Academy in 2009 as an Assistant Headteacher and have since been promoted to Head of School in 2018. I love working as part of the St Bede family and have been lucky enough to work alongside inspirational leaders, teachers and a vibrant school community.  As a recognised Specialist Leader in Education, I have been deployed to support other school leaders to develop whole school initiatives . In 2021 I was awarded TES Headteacher of the year, the award was reflective of the hard work and dedication shown by all the staff during the pandemic. I work closely with the Bolton NAHT (National Association for Headteachers) to develop a collaborative approach to education matters at a national level. Currently, I work as  C.O.O (Chief Operational Officer) two days a week at our sister school ‘Tonge Moor’, as part of this role I develop opportunities for collaboration and growth for the St Bede Multi Academy Trust. 

Governor

Rev V. Whitworth

4 Year Term of Office from 01.09.19
Body Appointed Foundation

I am currently the Vicar of St Bede Church, and have been part of the St Bede family since 2019. I love being part of St Bede Academy; I am a Member of the St Bede Multi-Academy Trust as well as serving on the Local Governing Board. I have many years experience of governance in education; having served as a governor, trustee and member of other schools and MATs within the Bolton area. I have a particular role and interest in developing the school vision and the distinctive Christian Ethos of St Bede Academy and I regularly lead collective worship within the school and support the amazing pupil Ethos group. I am immensely proud of the relationship that St Bede Church has with St Bede Academy and I am committed to developing this further in the years to come

Staff Governor

Mrs C. Woods

4 Year Term of Office from 01.01.22
Body Appointed Staff Governor
 

Hi, I’m Claire Woods; I’m the Office Manager at St. Bede C.E. Primary Academy, Clerk to the Directors of the St. Bede Multi Academy Trust (MAT) and I have recently been appointed as Staff Governor on the LGB.  I have worked at St. Bede now for almost nine years, having previously worked in Marketing and Internal Communications for a large corporate company.  Each day I just love coming to work; our amazing children are the very heart of this school, as they should be, and I am passionate and proud to be part of a team helping our children to Learn, Care and Grow Together. 

Governor

Miss L. Jennings

4 Year Term of Office from 01.04.21
Body Appointed Foundation
 

St Bede CE Primary Academy will always have a special place in my heart as this was where I started my career in education as a Year 3 teacher in 2014. Whilst at St Bede, I taught across Key Stage Two for seven years which allowed me to develop a secure knowledge of the curriculum and end of Key Stage expectations. I also held a number of curriculum leadership responsibilities whilst there, including Science and RE. 

 

The support and guidance of the dedicated staff at St Bede led me to my current role as an Assistant Headteacher at St Bede’s partner school: Tonge Moor Primary Academy. Here, I lead a passionate, hard-working team who are dedicated to making a positive impact on children’s learning, increasing their desire to learn and enabling them to become independent life-long learners.  

 

I am very excited and proud to be a member of the St Bede Governing Body. This is my first time being a Governor, but I am eager to learn more about the role and ensure that both schools work collaboratively to provide the very best for all children within the Multi Academy Trust.  

 

Governor

Mrs G. Whitehead

4 Year Term of Office from 01.09.18
Body Appointed Foundation
 

I have two children, one of which is still attending St Bede Academy, so I have had an interest in the school since my son joined in 2010.

 

I have worked in education myself for the last 25 years. I am currently working as a year 5 teacher at a local primary academy. I have enjoyed many roles within primary education over the years.

 

Therefore it is a pleasure to be involved in the governance of the Academy and I bring a wealth of experience as an educator and a parent to support the school, staff and pupils to achieve what St Bede are striving for as a school.

Governor

Mrs J. Brooks

4 Year Term of Office from 01.02.21
Body Appointed Foundation
 

I have two children at St Bede, one in year 2 and the other in year 4 so have a keen personal interest in the school and it operates.

I’ve been in education for 13 years and am currently working as a Teaching and Learning Manager for the maths department in a Wigan borough high school.  I have extensive experience of leading curriculums and mentoring other teachers to reach their best.  

I believe all my experience as a teaching manager and as a parent of two will help me support the school and the rest of the governing body to reach their full potential.

Governor

Mrs J. Phillips

4 Year Term of Office from 01.02.21
Body Appointed Foundation
 
I have just retired and for the last 20 years I worked as a medical receptionist/secretary at a GP’s practice. I attend St Bede’s Church and have been  churchwarden there for the last 7 years.
 
 My children attended a local primary school where I was a governor for many years and also had the privilege of been Chair of Governors for several  years.
 
I shall do my very best for all the children who attend St Bede’s Academy’ and  hope I can bring some of my previous experience to the governing body and to make sure that  we continue to make sure ‘Every Child Matters’ is at the heart of all we do.

I have 20 years of experience in Education and first-hand experience of working in every Key phase from early years to key stage 2. I have been working as a primary school teacher since 2001. I have worked in many primary schools in the North West along with teaching in an international primary school in both Madrid and Dubai. During my teaching career, I have held a variety of curriculum leadership responsibility roles, including History, Geography and MFL. I have a wealth of experience which I feel would be beneficial to both the school and the children. I have first-hand experience of being part of the St Bede Academy team as both a Teacher and as a PTA member.

I am passionate about ensuring that the provision and education of each child is the best it can be regardless of ability, additional needs, race, gender or religion. Every Child Matters.

Working as part of a team who has worked to improve the life chances of all children has been an integral part of my career.

I have always lived locally and have always believed in the importance of maintaining links between the school and the local community.

Being a Parent Governor at St Bede Academy will give me the chance to give back to the community, progress my skills set and ultimately benefit the strength of the school’s Governance

Governor

Mrs S. Atcha

4 Year Term of Office from 01.04.21
Body Appointed Parent Governor
 

As a past pupil and a parent to 2 daughters attending St Bede Academy, I feel extremely proud to be a Parent Governor. I am really looking forward to my involvement in taking the school forward.

 

I have 20 years of experience in Education and first-hand experience of working in every Key phase from early years to key stage 2. I have been working as a primary school teacher since 2001. I have worked in many primary schools in the North West along with teaching in an international primary school in both Madrid and Dubai. During my teaching career, I have held a variety of curriculum leadership responsibility roles, including History, Geography and MFL. I have a wealth of experience which I feel would be beneficial to both the school and the children. I have first-hand experience of being part of the St Bede Academy team as both a Teacher and as a PTA member.

 

I am passionate about ensuring that the provision and education of each child is the best it can be regardless of ability, additional needs, race, gender or religion. Every Child Matters.

Working as part of a team who has worked to improve the life chances of all children has been an integral part of my career.

I have always lived locally and have always believed in the importance of maintaining links between the school and the local community.

Being a Parent Governor at St Bede Academy will give me the chance to give back to the community, progress my skills set and ultimately benefit the strength of the school’s Governance

Governor

Mrs N. Isherwood

4 Year Term of Office from 01.04.21
Body Appointed Parent Governor
 

I am passionate about our children’s safety, care and education. 

 

I have been a part of St Bede’s family for 14 years. I have worked at Baby Bede nursery and volunteered within St Bede Academy whilst completing my Level 3 TA qualification and I am currently and very proud to be the manager of Morris Green out of school club. 

I feel because of my role within club, I already have a fantastic connection with the school, parents and pupils. My daughter absolutely loves attending St Bede Academy. 

 

I will bring an honest opinion and fresh ideas to support the governing board to continue their amazing work here at St Bede Academy. 

Governor

Rev. B. Brady

4 Year Term of Office from 01.09.21
Body Appointed Foundation
 

My name is Reverend Ben Brady, I am currently the curate at St Bede’s Church. I arrived in the summer of 2021. As part of my role as a curate is to be a foundation governor. It is such a privilege to be a part of  St Bede Academy; working alongside staff and students. The school vision and christian ethos of the academy is outstanding and something which I am proud of. The academy has a committed interest in maintaining close links with the Church and I am privileged to play a part in leading collective worship and working alongside the school as an ordained minister. My hope and my prayer is that as a foundation governor and church leader, I am able to bring to the table all I have to offer and to make Christ visible.

Former Governors

Mrs P. Allison 

Date of Step Down- 31.12.21

Mrs Michelle Drake

Date of Step Down- 17.03.21

Mrs Lisa Cohen

Date of Step Down- 16.09.20

Mrs Gillian Turner

Date of Step Down- 16.09.20

Mrs Natalie Cummins

Date of Step Down- 08.02.21