Meet the Governors

David Spencer – Chair of Governors

I’ve been a school governor for over 32 years.  Vice chair at two schools and chair of the shadow governing body of Pensby Primary, later becoming chair of the actual school.  I’ve attended many training courses e.g. Safeguarding, Prevent, finance, challenging the school, admissions, exclusions etc.

This experience enables me to be an effective governor to lead the school’s board.

As well as being the chair of governors at Stanley I have special responsibility for Safeguarding, CLA and child protection, I also serve on the Health & Safety/Premises and the Finance committees.

 

Within Wirral I’m a member of the Wirral’s school’s forum and the High needs working group.

For over 20 years I’ve volunteered for three local authority’s education admissions and appeals committees chairing for the last 15 years.  I also chair pupil exclusion appeals for the three LA’s.

 

My interests include:

Repairing electronics (my Hons degree is in electronics)

Computers

Photography

Cycling

Walking (especially with my dogs)

Holidays

My four (soon to be five) Grandchildren

Education

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Pensby Primary School – Chair of Governors

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Appointed on Appointed by
17th June 2019 Local
authority
Length of term Date left
1 Year NA

 

Phillip Ashton

I have been in a governance role for several years at my other school where I am the SEND Governor, Chair of Finance and Vice Chair. It has enabled me to know how much is involved in providing effective governance and I have been on various training courses to help me become an effective governor for Stanley School. I have two children with additional needs one in mainstream education and a child I recently adopted who is at Stanley school. I do have interests in safeguarding with being an adoptive parent and foster carer.

In Stanley School I am the chair of the curriculum committee which I am excited to be taking on as Special Schools education is of keen interest especially in with children’s individual needs how the education is tailored for them.

My other interests is hiking where I regularly take my children to explore the environment in Wales (every weekend!) as well as touring historical places (we have explored over 60 castles in the last 4 years!). I am active in the wargaming hobby and the family own a business selling historical wargames. I volunteer for a regionalized adoption agency carrying out talks to encourage people to consider adoption and also run a year Christmas party for adopted children

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Vice-Chair Mount Primary School

Child at school

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Appointed on Appointed by
June 2019

Stanley School
Governing body

Length of term Date left
4 years NA

 

Pippa Wilson

I have been a member of staff at Stanley School for 5 years. After a brief period as a midday assistant I accepted the role of a teaching assistant, which I enjoy immensely.  

Prior to my life at Stanley School I spent 20 happy years as an Intensive Care Nurse working in several large teaching hospitals in London and Essex.  I relocated to the Wirral with my husband and two children 6 years ago and my working life took an unexpected twist! Although I remain a qualified nurse, I am fully committed to supporting the learning and development opportunities for all the wonderful children at Stanley. 

It is a privilege to be given the opportunity to be a member of the governing body and I hope to bring the same dedication and enthusiasm to this role as I do every day within the school. I am keen to make a positive contribution in which the staff and children are challenged to achieve their best. I am looking forward to gaining a deeper understanding of the wider issues in education, promoting the school’s ethos within governance and adding value where I can. 

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Member of school staff.

 

Appointed on Appointed by
Staff and
board
Length of term Date left
4 Years NA

 

Mike Lockwood

Worked in banking for the last 32 years in Barclays. Like to watch football, both my sons and Everton (similair levels!!)

 

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Child at School

 

Appointed on Appointed by
Stanley School
Governing body
Length of term Date left
4 Years NA

 

Phil Coburn

I am a Solicitor working in most areas of Litigation. I am married with three children, two of whom attend Stanley School.

 

Outside of work I love to spend time with my family and be active with the children. I am particularly interested in Autism and have previously sat as a Trustee on a local Autism Charity, before moving to my role as a Governor at the school.

 

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Child at School

 

Appointed on Appointed by
July 2019 Stanley School
Governing body
Length of term Date left
4 Years NA

 

Yvonne Clarke

As a retired Primary school teacher, I believe that all children deserve and experience in school appropriate to their needs which enables them to thrive and develop towards achieving their potential. As a governor of Stanley Special School I aim to achieve the school in achieving this.

 I have two grown up children and one beautiful 5 year old granddaughter.

 

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Pensby Primary School Vice- Chair

Child at School

 

Appointed on Appointed by
June 2019 Local
Authority
Length of term Date left
1 Year NA

 

Peter Froggatt

I have been a governor at a primary school in Rock Ferry and, briefly, at a secondary school in Birkenhead. I visit the school regularly and lead assemblies. 

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Appointed on Appointed by
January 2019 Stanley School
Governing body
Length of term Date left
4 Years NA

 

Holly Barker

 

Appointed on Appointed by
Stanley School
Governing body
Length of term Date left
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