Mrs J Owen Headteacher
Rev R Clarke Ex-Officio
Mr T Cropper Foundation/Vice Chair
Mr L O'Brien LA
Mr R Sharples Parent/Chair
Vacancy Foundation
Mrs M Mussell Deputy Head/Observer
Miss E McQuirk Staff
Vacancy Parent
Vacancy Parent
Mr C Abram Parent
Mrs S Robinson Community


Banks St. Stephen’s CE Primary School

“Belonging, Serving, Succeeding”


Banks St Stephen’s is a VC (Voluntary Controlled) Church of England primary school within the Diocese of Liverpool. We are maintained by Lancashire County Council and, as a voluntary controlled school, a minority of our governors are Church of England Foundation governors.

Vision for Banks St. Stephen’s Church of England Primary School

“We actively promote a sense of pride in belonging to the community of Banks. Leading by example, we seek opportunities to serve God by serving others.  We are ambitious for each individual and determined to enable every member of the school community to flourish and succeed.” 

What Governors Do


The School Governance (Roles, Procedures and Allowances (England) Regulations 2013 state that:


“The board should avoid its time being consumed with issues of secondary importance, and focus strongly on three core functions:


  1. setting the vision and strategic direction of school;
  2. holding the headteacher to account for its educational performance; 
  3. ensuring financial resources are well spent.”


We work in partnership with the Headteacher and staff, being supportive and encouraging, but challenging when necessary. We meet together termly as a governing board, and also in committees. Our FGB, SEC and Finance Meetings are all professionally clerked by Mrs F. Clague of LCC.


Governorship is a demanding role and all governors undergo regular training. A comprehensive training programme is provided by the local authority. For example, before completing SFVS (Schools Financial Value Standard), four governors attended SFVS training. For further details of the governor training programme please contact Mr R Sharples, the training link governor, via the school office. 


Full Governing Board Meetings

All the governors meet each term to receive reports from SEC, Resources Committee  and Curriculum Committee. They review key policies, discuss the implementation of school’s Christian vision and set the strategic direction of the school. 




Standards and Effectiveness

The SEC (Standards and Effectiveness Committee), which includes local authority advisers, meets termly. We scrutinise key data and monitor pupils’ progress and attainment. We aim to ensure that all children have the opportunity to succeed, regardless of their starting points.



The Resources Committee meets each term. We scrutinise the school budget for approval by the Full Governing Board. We ensure that public money is spent wisely and for the benefit of the children at Banks St. Stephen’s.


Curriculum Committee

The Curriculum Committee is responsible for monitoring the quality of the school curriculum. We ensure that the school fulfils its requirements to deliver an ambitious curriculum, giving all pupils the opportunity to flourish and succeed according to our vision.



Click here for complete list of Governor Committees 

(The committee lists will be updated after FGB meeting Autumn 2021. Please note that Mr Marsden, Miss Menis and Mrs Berrill have now retired as governors.

Click here for full governor details

Click here for governor attendance register Autumn 2019-Summer 2021

Click here for Governors' Register of Interests 2020-2021 Due for update Autumn 2021



Register of Interests

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