In addition to their statutory duties, our Governing Board likes to get stuck in!

Top L-R: 1. Working party digging our new pond (Cropper's Pond) 2. Children pond-dipping in Cropper's Pond 3. New poly tunnel "A Place To Grow", part of the facilities for our Gardening Club

Bottom L-R: 1. Rev'd Rebecca and the Mayor of West Lancashire planting a tree for the Queen's Green Canopy 2. The Governors' Christian Values Trophy, awarded each week to a child who has demonstrated a Christian Value in action 3. Governors accompanying school visits 

Mrs J Owen Headteacher
Rev R Clarke Ex-Officio
Mr T Cropper Foundation/Vice Chair
Mr L O'Brien Appointed by LA
Mr R Sharples Parent/Chair
Miss A Wallbank Foundation
Mrs M Mussell Deputy Head/Observer
Miss E McQuirk Staff
Mrs J Hodgkinson Parent
Mrs C Kessler Appointed by GB
Mr C Abram Parent
Ms S Sturges Appointed by GB
Mrs S Robinson Appointed by GB
Mrs L Marsden Parent


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 this community. 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. 





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.

We also scrutinise key data and monitor standards, including pupils’ progress and attainment. We aim to ensure that all children have the opportunity to succeed, regardless of their starting points.









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