Canon Aidan Prescott - Chair of Governors
As parish priest, pastoral concern for St Clare’s Catholic Primary School is one of my prime responsibilities, so it is not surprising that this concern should be manifested not only in a chaplaincy role but also as a foundation governor of the school. I was fortunate to receive all my school education in Catholic schools and I am very grateful for the opportunities that education has given me in life. Therefore I want to do all I can to foster the Catholic ethos of the school and to improve standards throughout the school, so that today’s children can have great opportunities as well.
It has been my privilege to chair the governing body at St Clare’s School since 2001 and so I now have many years’ experience as a Governor – here and in other schools.
I did teach very briefly myself at secondary level (Mathematics and Religious Education), but most of my postgraduate studies have been in ecclesiastical disciplines such as philosophy, theology, Church history and canon law. Having a very positive attitude to learning myself, and the opportunities that it brings, I hope that I bring that same positivity to my role as a school governor.
Richard Cassidy - Chair of Finance and Resources Committee
I am Richard Cassidy, I was appointed a Foundation Governor in 2012 and became Chair of Finance in 2013. My role as a Foundation Governor is to uphold the Catholic ethos through the curriculum in St Clare's School.
My background is in finance, I worked in a bank for 26 years in a variety of roles primarily supporting businesses. I now run my own business consultancy company, working with businesses by supporting them as a friendly critic and developing plans to grow their businesses.
I am an ex-pupil of St Clare's (way back in the 70's) and a practicing Catholic at my parish of choice, St Clare's. I am married and have two teenage daughters, the eldest is studying Medicine at Leeds University and the youngest is studying for her GCSE's in 2017.
Why am I governor at St Clare's? I am passionate that children achieve as much as they can. The opportunity to come back and support the management and staff at St Clare's, which gave me a solid foundation for my working life, was something I embraced wholeheartedly. I consider myself very fortunate, and put this down to a number of factors. My family, hardwork, but also the support I received from many people when I was a youngster....this is why I am involved....to give something back and support the hardworking team at St Clare's in whatever way I can.
Jim Clarke - Foundation Governor
I’ve been a foundation governor at St Clare’s for the last 12 years.
All three of my children - Jane, Saran and Patrick – attended the school. All three of them received a great education and were really happy at the school. They are all long gone from St Clare’s but I’ve stayed on as a governor because I want all the children following them to have the same experience.
I have been a journalist for 30 years working as a newspaper reporter in various places before joining the BBC. I now work for the BBC news programme Northwest Tonight.
Jeanette Davies - Safeguarding Governor
I have been a Foundation Governor at St Clare's since 1991. I am a Playworker and manage a Breakfast and Afterschool club. I spent many years running play schemes in South Liverpool. I have also worked as a Tutor and Assessor. My work and the training I have undertaken has led me to focus on special needs, safeguarding and staffing
on the governing body. I am committed to helping children to get the best out of their school days and am proud to be part of the St Clare's community.
My children attended St Clare's and many of their former classmates are now parents of children in school. I share their hopes for their children and hope that in my role as a Governor I am an advocate for them.
Christine Kirk - Chair of Curriculum Committee
My name is Christine Kirk and I am a Foundation Governor at St. Clare’s. I am a retired headteacher
with 12years of headship in Liverpool and almost 15 years of teaching experience in a number of Knowsley schools. I am currently working part-time as a tutor at Hope University, visiting students while they are on teaching practice in schools around Liverpool and the surrounding districts. Thus my career has involved many different aspects of education.
I am very passionate about children’s learning and want all pupils at St. Clare’s tobecome the very best they can be in a school where all staff are caring and supportive. St. Clare’s should have a warm, inviting environment where everyone is challenged and encouraged to reach their potential in all areas of the curriculum.
My role in the governing body is two fold:
1. As a Foundation Governor, I help to ensure our Catholic ethos is maintained and promoted throughout the curriculum and is evident in all aspects of school life.
2. As Chair of the Curriculum committee, I am able to come into school regularly to talk to the headteacher and staff about the learning in all areas of the curriculum and how this impacts on pupils’ achievements. I can also see how new initiatives are working and discuss how this is challenging pupils’ to improve their knowledge and skills. Governors can then be confident that the school is doing its best to improve pupils’ education thus enabling them to make excellent progress, through inspiring and challenging lessons, by talented and committed teachers.
This all helps to give me an awareness of the progress of St. Clare’s. It also enables me to ensure that pupils’ time in school begins to prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life whilst also inspiring them to do their very best while they are still here.
Darren Murphy - Parent Governor
I became a governor of St. Clare's to help the school and all its pupils reach their full potential. I hope to be able to give the board of a Governors a parents viewpoint and to support the Headteacher and all other staff at the school in their work and to ensure that we all address the areas for improvement highlighted at the last OFSTED inspection.
Working in higher education for over 20 years I am used to reacting to complex government policies and changing legislation. Hopefully this and my experience of many quality, policy, compliance and financial audits will help ensure that St. Clare's can improve its OFSTED rating.
I am happy to speak to other parents about the work of the Governors and to listen to their views.