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Feniscowles Primary School

Feniscowles Primary School

Striving for Excellence


Our school Governors are a crucial component of our school’s leadership. The Feniscowles Primary School's governors are there to ensure the standards of our school are the best that they can be and to provide strategic oversight to the development of 'A Feniscowles Child' who can 'live life in its fullest'.  They are there to represent the views of parents on how to best improve the school.


If you would like to speak to the governors or raise any concerns that you may have, please contact the school office and they will pass on your request.  


Minutes of Governors' meetings can be requested from the school office.


Cllr D Hardman (Chair) - Local Authority Appointed Governor












Julian Arnold (Vice Chair) - Co-opted Governor


I joined our governing body a number of years ago, and am currently our Vice Chairman. I am a former pupil of the school. I am a local businessman with a number of varying interests in the local community and I bring my business skills and expertise to our school. I am involved in a number of local charities as an ambassador and am currently Vice Chairman of Livesey Parish Council. I have four children and have lived in the area all my life.




Jennifer Taylor - Staff Governor


I have worked at Feniscowles Primary School for over 16 years as a class teacher and I am passionate about providing our children with the best possible education so that each individual strives for excellence both academically and socially. I have worked in several year groups in Key Stage 2 and am currently based in Year 6. I am excited about my role as Staff Governor as I know it will provide me with further opportunity to work alongside staff, families and our community to ensure our pupils receive an enriching and inspiring curriculum.




Daniel Lord - Parent Governor

I am an experienced secondary school PE teacher and year lead with Designated Safeguarding Lead responsibilities, where I also help lead on behaviour and student welfare. Previously I have been Head of Education at a Football club for 4 years, after 6 years of being a PE teacher in Accrington. Having been a governor at a successful local high school for 5 years, until September 2020, my expertise in the governor role has been with safeguarding and curriculum while also having sat on different sub committees including finance/resources. I have a passion for a high standard of education for all.


Link Governor: English


Catherine Woodhouse - Co-opted Governor


I am proud to have been a parent governor at Feniscowles Primary School since 2019. My daughter joined the school in 2017 and hopefully my youngest daughter will be joining the Feniscowles community in the next year. Outside of this governing role, I work within the field of Child Protection. Prior to this, I oversaw an anti-bullying project for several years and initially started my career as a primary school teacher.  Child protection is my strength and so I was glad to be asked to become the safeguarding and online safety governor for the school. I am really enjoying this challenge and am excited at seeing how the school is developing and growing! 




Link Governor: Safeguarding 



Paul Doherty - Parent Governor


I have a son currently in Year 6 at the school. I work as a Logistics Planner and live in Cherry Tree. I was elected as a parent governor in 2019 and I sit on both the Finance and Curriculum committees. I was a part of the team which recruited the Headteacher and I always put the needs of the children in my rationale when in discussions at committee and full governor meetings. 




Jennifer Strahan - Co-opted Governor


My name is Jennifer Strahan and I have been a parent governor at Feniscowles Primary School since November 2019. My current areas of responsibility are Maths and Special Educational Needs and I form part of the Curriculum and Finance Committees. I am a qualified teacher myself and teach in another school in the local area. I am passionate about and committed to supporting the school in providing the very best      education for its pupils to ensure the ‘Feniscowles Child’  lives life in its fullest.


Link Governor: SEN



Margaret Banks - Co-opted Governor


I am an ex-pupil of Feniscowles and have lived in the area all my life, and therefore have a string connection to the school and the community. Through my involvement in Girl Guiding I have always been interested is supporting children to develop and grow. When I was invited to be Governor of the school many years ago, I felt very honoured and have always supported the school to adapt and develop in line with government changes. I enjoy being a 'reading buddy' in school, helping children to learn and I also enjoy working with the staff and other Governors to move the school forward. 



Revd. David Roscoe - Co-opted Governor


The reason why I am proud and honoured to have the role of Governor at Feniscowles School is very simple, it’s because I’m the vicar.  The school, being of such huge influence on the lives of so many young people, makes it in my view by far the most important place in the parish of Immanuel Feniscowles.  I see my role as vicar to be available and to care for all people in the parish, regardless of whether or not they come to church and whatever faith or none they might have.  I’m privileged to have had the role of Governor at Feniscowles for the last 12 years, and look forward to the next chapters in the life of the school. On a personal note my own five children have all received so much as pupils at the school I hope to be able to give something back in supporting all that is part of the community of Feniscowles School. 


Jason Snelling - Co-opted Governor


I have been a Governor at Feniscowles for over 5 years.  I am currently Chair of the Finance Committee and have visited a number of classes to observe and understand how we as Governors can support the school better.  I have also helped with maths development for the Year 6 children under the supervision of Mrs Taylor. In my time as a Governor I feel I have gained the knowledge and understanding of the statutory and strategic responsibilities that come with being a Governor and look forward to contributing to the governance and future success and development of the school.


Link Governor: Maths


Vicky Guest- Co-opted Governor

I have recently been co-opted as a governor at Feniscowles.  I currently work as a Safeguarding Consultant for schools and prior to this I was a Designated Safeguarding Lead at a large primary school for 7 years.  I qualified as a Social Worker 13 years ago and my initial background was within Youth Offending and Substance Misuse.  Therefore I feel I will be an asset to the governing body supporting with safeguarding and CIOC in school and I am excited to see how the school progresses over the coming years.



Link Governor: Early Years & Safeguarding



Carley Metcalfe (Deputy Head)

Robyn Turner (School Business Manager)

On 18 March 2016 the School Governance Constitution Regulations 2012 was amended so that all serving governors in maintained schools will be required to have an enhanced criminal records certificate (ECRC). This means that, by 1 September 2016, all serving governors must have an enhanced CRC and, from April 1 2016, governing bodies must have applied for an ECRC within 21 days of the election or appointment of a new governor.
We can confirm that all governors at Feniscowles Primary School have had this completed.

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