Angela Barton, Chair of Governors
I am a retired School Business Manager and have been involved in school governance for over 28 years. I was appointed as Local Authority Governor at St. Thomas in November 2017. During my time on the board I have been Vice Chair for 12 months and I am currently in my 2nd year as Co-Chair. I have specific responsibilities for Safeguarding, Health and Safety and GDPR as well as being Link Governor and a member of the Headteacher Performance Management committee.
I’m married to Paul and we have 3 adult children between us and a 4 year old Grandson. Early retirement enables me to undertake the role of an Independent School Appeal Panel member on School Admission Appeals for a number of Local Authorities and Liverpool Archdiocese. My hobbies include gardening, home décor, cooking, reading and keeping fit.
I have always been passionate about contributing to the development of young people, particularly recognising the need to ensure that every single pupil has access to an enriching and exciting broad and balanced curriculum to develop their love for learning to carry them successfully through life.
I look forward to continuing to be part of a team that works in partnership with staff and parents for the benefit of all the children.
Cath Boswell, Foundation Governor
I am a primary school teacher, currently working in a local Church of England school in Wigan. I was appointed by the Diocese of Liverpool in May 2019 to serve as a Foundation Governor for four years. I am a member of the pay committee and also one of the governors responsible for RE and SIAMS.
I am married to David and we have three teenage children. My hobbies include swimming, dog walking, reading and history.
I became a school governor because I wanted to serve the local community and work as a team member to support the development of future generations.
Ann Chantler, Foundation Governor
I became a foundation governor at St Thomas’ in 2013 after retiring from over 35 years teaching in primary schools, the last 20 years of which I spent at St Thomas’. I was nominated by St Thomas’ PCC and appointed by Liverpool Diocese. I thoroughly enjoy my role, which I combine with looking after my grandchildren and helping out at St Luke’s Church in the Lowton and Golborne Team Ministry. Any spare time I have is spent reading, gardening and doing Tai Chi.
As Governors our duties are to support and encourage the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team who are responsible for the day to day running of the school. I have an interest in the Curriculum, particularly in reading, having spent some years as a Reading Recovery teacher. My priority, as a governor, is to ensure the welfare and education of the children and staff is the very best it can be.
Karen Campbell, Parent Governor
I am Karen Campbell a Parent Governor at Golborne St Thomas’, I have been part of the St Thomas’ family for over 7 years whilst my son attended the school and continuing my role as Parent Governor. I’m sure the journey will continue when my youngest son joins in 2024.
I work for Wigan Council as a Youth and Community Worker a job I have loved for 20 years; I take pleasure from being part of the local community and Borough of Wigan. My job is different every day but extremely rewarding. The main principle of my work is to ensure the voice of the child is heard which links perfectly with being a Governor at St Thomas’ and I am proud to say Golborne St Thomas’ do listen to the children and put them at the heart of the school. There are many times when the jobs overlap, for example National Make your Mark Campaign which links nicely with democracy, citizenship and British values.
My hope for the school is that it will continue to nurture the children through their education, and to celebrate the children as individual identities.
Hopefully I will see Parents around at different celebrations in School and Church and the children on our visits into school.
Beth Haxby, Staff Governor
I am the Year 1 teacher at Golborne St Thomas’ and I am entering my third year of working at the school. I am very excited and honoured to be the staff governor as I am looking forward to making a positive contribution to the wider ethos of the school.
Sandra Boocock, Vice-Chair
Hi……I am Sandra Boocock and I have been a Foundation Governor since 2017. I am an active member of Lowton St Luke’s Church, where I have previously been the Sunday School Lead and PCC Secretary.
My working life and skills I bring to the Governing Body: I am a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, having working in Human Resources for over 30 years. During this time I have worked in a range of organisations, including a Local Authority, Further Education College and an Examination Board. Throughout my HR career, I have developed strong leadership skills, extensive employment law knowledge, expertise in pay, reward and performance management, together with many other administrative skills and abilities. All of these I bring to my role on the Governing Body.
Aspirations for the Children and St Thomas’s: I believe all children deserve access to quality education, which provides the foundations for life. I want to see the children at St Thomas’s grow and flourish in a supportive, safe and enjoyable environment, which will enable them to reach their full potential. This can only be achieved with children, parents, school staff and Governors all playing their part.