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Foundation governors are only to be found on the governing bodies of voluntary schools and some foundation schools. They are appointed by the body or bodies named in the Instrument of Government. They are appointed to preserve and develop the religious character of the school, if it has a religious character, and to secure compliance with the trust deed. Normally, foundation governors serve for a four year term of office.



Ryan Dixon

I was originally voted as a parent governor in 2007 and all 3 of my children have attended Balderstone School. I am currently on the Buildings, Health & Safety Committee and the Committee for Grievances and Pay Appeals.   I am a former pupil of Balderstone School and have lived in the parish for over 30 years. I am highly involved with the local events and on St Leonard’s Church Parochial Church Council.  I have a keen interest in the running of the school and its future development.  


Maureen Britcliffe

Our family have connections with Balderstone School for almost 40 years. All three children attended both School & Church as children. My two daughters were choir members for many years.

My Grandchildren attended Balderstone School and I was again involved in school functions and parents’ assemblies.


Previously I became Ladies Fellowship leader and then a member of the Parochial Church Council.

I am and always have been a regular Churchgoer and am now involved in Mothers Union as a committee member.

I visit school regularly helping children with their reading in yrs.4/5.


Scott Foster

I was appointed as a foundation governor in 2012 and sit on the Buildings, Health & Safety Committee. I am Sales Director for a multinational industrial textiles manufacturer. Married to Tracy, we have three children, all of whom have attended Balderstone School.

Judith Askew

I was appointed as a foundation governor in March 2017 and sit on the Finance Committee as I have a background in business and finance.

Our two children attended Balderstone School when we previously lived in the area some years ago. I have recently retired and I enjoy supporting and being involved with the church and school.

I visit school on a regular basis and enjoy listening to the children read in Years 3 and 4.



Sara Seedall – I was elected as a governor by the PCC in September 2013 and sit on the Finance Committee. My husband and I run a dairy farm in Mellor and I also work as a veterinary surgeon. I have two boys who both attend Balderstone School. George, in year 6 and William in year 3. I enjoy being involved with the school as a governor and through FOBs and also with the church


Jonathan Greenwood

I was appointed as a foundation governor in 2015 and sit on the Curriculum & Standards Committee and I am the nominated governor for ‘Gifted, Able & Talented’. I also enjoy being involved with FOBS and currently act as Treasurer. I am a former pupil of the school and both my daughters currently attend Balderstone school. My family has a long relationship with both St Leonard’s Church and the School and I look forward to becoming more actively involved in their future development.


Alice Taylor

I have lived in Mellor Brook for 22 years and have attended Balderstone St Leonard’s church since moving into the area.  I have served on the PCC in the past and have been PCC secretary for the last 5 years.  I have worked in education for most of my adult life and welcomed the opportunity to become involved in supporting the school when I was appointed as a foundation governor in March 2017. As a governor I sit on the Standards and Effectiveness Committee and also visit school each week to support individual children in developing their literacy skills. I remain committed to helping staff and children in school and am keen to further develop links between church and school.  


Janet Leaver

I was appointed as a Foundation governor in May 2019. I have lived in Mellor Brook for over 36 years and have been actively involved in Balderstone school and church during that time. My own children, John and Kathryn , attended Balderstone school, during which time I became a school governor, staying for about 20 years. Now my granddaughter Matilda is in Y2 and her sister Florence attends the weekly Toddler group, which I help to run. I have been an infant school teacher all my career and look forward to continuing my links with children through being a governor and member of FOBS.




Both teaching and support staff paid to work at the school are eligible to stand for election for staff governorship.  Upon ceasing to work at the school, the staff governor is disqualified from holding this post.  One staff governor position is reserved for the Headteacher and other staff governors are elected by the school staff.  At least one staff governor must be a teacher, but if no teacher stands for election a member of the support staff can be elected to take that place.


Janet Banks

I took up my post as Headteacher on 1st September 2013. I will be a school governor for as long as I am Headteacher. Prior to working at Balderstone I have worked with Governors as staff Governor for 22 years, in 3 different schools. My teaching career has been quite varied, I trained at Charlotte Mason College in Ambleside and gained a B Ed honours in Primary Education. Once qualified I worked in 3 different large multi-cultural primary schools in the London Borough Of Redbridge. I returned to Lancashire 12 years ago and before coming to Balderstone worked as Deputy Head in a one form entry church school.


Dawn Burton

I have been associated with Balderstone School for a number of years, firstly as a parent then parent helper, teaching assistant and governor. I have been employed at the school since 1998 and I am currently the chair of the Buildings & Health & Safety Committee. I have had two children attend the school. I work closely with the school council and Eco schools.


Victoria Gow (Co-Opted)

I was thrilled to be appointed to join our school in September 2016. I have been teaching since 1998, in a number varied settings, first beginning my teaching career as a secondary English, Drama and Media teacher. My love of teaching flourished during my training at St Martin’s college and I knew then that I wanted to work with young people, in education, for the rest of my career. As a parent of three children, I know first-hand, just how important inspirational teaching at primary school is to instilling a love of learning. I am a church council member at Hillside Methodist church in my home village and help lead the church’s children’s ministry team. I am committed to our school family and look forward to actively getting to know the staff, governors, children and families of our school.




Parents, including carers, of registered pupils at the school are eligible to stand for election as a parent governor.  They are elected by other parents at the school. Parent governors do not have to stand down if their child leaves the school during the period they serve, though they may do so if they wish.  They may stand for re-election at the end of their term of office if they still have a child on the school roll.


Louise Dixon

I was appointed as parent governor in October 2015 and sit on SEND, physical education/sport and academic committee’s. I live within the parish and have a strong commitment to the church and school. I have 3 children, Austin is in year 3 and Georgia is year 1,  and Adah attends the weekly toddler group at Balderstone.


Yasmin Riaz

I became a parent governor in February 2017 and I have one son Deen who is in Year 2. I have been working for the last 13 years as a Housing Officer/Anti Social behaviour Officer. I was awarded a national award and was shortlisted for another for the work I had done within communities in Burnley. I am also on the health & safety group at work. I am looking forward to getting to know the staff and the governors and being able to play a more active role in the development of the school.



LEA governors are appointed by the LEA, in our case, Lancashire. Lancashire invites nominations for LEA governors from governing bodies, minor authorities and individuals and will appoint candidates irrespective of any political affiliation or preference.  In making appointments to particular schools, LEA’s should have regard to the skills and experience of which those schools have the greatest need, and to candidates’ support for the schools’ ethos and mission.  Once appointed, those governors’ first priority is to contribute to raising standards at the school; they cannot be mandated by the Authority to take any particular course of action. Anyone who is eligible to be a staff governor cannot be appointed as an LA governor.


Emma James

Hi, I'm Emma James and my son, Samuel King, is a  former pupil of Balderstone School. I was originally a parent governor and then in 2015 I was elected as Chair of Governors.  I think Balderstone is a great school. I enjoy supporting the whole school community through my work on the Finance & Staffing  Committee, by assisting in class and also by helping to run Friends of Balderstone School (FOBS) events.





The governing body has adopted the following principles and procedures.  Each member of the governing body is bound by the Code of Conduct.




We will:


  • Make a significant commitment to the work of the governing body including:


  • Attending governing body meetings regularly
  • Accepting our fair share of responsibility, including service on committees or working parties
  • Getting to know the school well and involving ourselves in school activities


  • Act fairly and without prejudice


  • Monitor and evaluate our effectiveness as a corporate body


  • Participate in appropriate training and development both individually and collectively




We will:


  • Fulfil our strategic, accountability and critical friend roles


  • Maintain and develop the ethos and reputation of the school


  • Support the school and Headteacher in:


  • Promoting high standards of educational achievement
  • Promoting and securing the welfare of pupils at the school
  • Monitoring and keeping under review its aims and objectives, policies and targets


  • Have a clear scheme of delegation to individuals and committees


  • Act with due regard for the well-being of children in other schools and community


  • As foundation governors in our Church of England school we will preserve and develop the school’s religious character and ensure that the school is conducted in accordance with the trust deed of the Diocese and religious order




Conduct and Confidentiality


We will:


  • Develop effective working relationships with community and parent groups, the local authority and other relevant agencies including Diocesan/Church Education Authority, where appropriate


  • Establish a clear procedure through which concerns and complaints can be addressed


  • Actively use the skills and talents of all members of the governing body


  • Encourage the open expression of views within meetings


  • Accept that all decisions are the collective responsibility of the governing body