School Committee Pen Portraits

Margot D'Arcy - Chair of Governors, Co-opted Governor

I am delighted to be the Chair of Governors at St Mary and St Thomas. I am married to Mike and we have six grandchildren between the ages of 5 and 12. We also enjoy being temporary ‘step grandparents’ to different children fostered by one of my sons and his wife.

I am driven by a belief that all children are entitled to a high quality and happy education. My passion draws on many things, not least my own primary school experience in inner city Liverpool back in the 1960s. Regrettably, that was not a particularly positive experience. I was, however, very fortunate to go to an amazing secondary school. It was there that I was inspired to become a teacher. While circumstances meant that I was not able to follow that route immediately, eventually I realised my dream.

I have now worked in education for over 25 years. I started my teaching career teaching Reception children. After a spell as an early years and key stage 1 leader, I became a deputy headteacher and later a headteacher. During that period I also became an Ofsted inspector. I have many years experience of leading inspections in primary and nursery schools and have been privileged to see much wonderful practice. I know too that I have influenced improvements where these were needed.

Currently I am a self-employed education consultant. I provide training and support for school leaders, teaching staff and governors. I continue to work as an Ofsted inspector.

I am immensely looking forward my governor role at Saint Mary and Saint Thomas, especially getting to know the school’s staff, pupils and parents.

Reverend Harry Wood - Vice-Chair of Governors, Ex-Officio (Incumbent) Governor

Based at St Thomas Church, I am currently interim team vicar within the St Helens Town Centre team. I served my Curacy at St Helens Parish Church, and before that worked in Engineering for some 28 years. I’m delighted to be at St Thomas Church, and equally so to be involved with St Mary and St Thomas School. I’m was born in St Helens, serving my apprenticeship at Beecham's in the town centre and I have seen the landscape of the town change over the years. I’m totally convinced that the part our schools play in the lives of young people goes beyond solely academic achievement, and I’m delighted to support staff and governors wherever possible in the immeasurably valuable work they do.

Lyndsey Lewis - Ex-Officio (Headteacher) Governor

I am thrilled to have been appointed Headteacher at St Mary & St Thomas in September 2016. Having worked for the school for two years as Assistant Headteacher, I know what a wonderful school we have and am so excited to take the school forward and carry on the successful work of our Executive Principal.

Melissa Fiendley - Staff Governor

I have been a teacher at St Mary & St Thomas for 5 years and am delighted to be given the opportunity to be a Staff Governor. I have currently taken up the role as Key Stage 2 Leader and take great pleasure in working with our children to ensure they enjoy school life and make the most out of every opportunity we can provide. I enjoy and thrive on the challenge that comes with every aspect of school life and am passionate about high quality education with each and every child reaching their full potential.

Sally Jones - Parent Governor

I am delighted to be able to have the opportunity to be a parent governor at St Mary and St Thomas CE Primary School. I have two children who have attended the school, one who has successfully finished and moved to higher education, and one who is currently in the juniors. My career is completely separate from education which I feel is beneficial as a parent governor as I can be influential from an outside experience. I feel that St Mary and St Thomas has certainly been a successful school for both educational and life lessons for children and the values my children have learned here are irreplaceable. I am looking forward to being part of and seeing the school progress and shine.

Helen Davis - Parent Governor

I am delighted to have been appointed as Parent Governor at St Mary & St Thomas in March 2019. My daughter in in KS2 and my youngest daughter will be joining reception class in September. We have been very impressed at the standards of education at school and how well our daughter integrated and has flourished since starting Mid way in year 1.

The school's clear mission statement is reflected and implemented well throughout the school to ‘Believe, Achieve and Shine’ and our experience has been wholly positive. As newly appointed parent governor I hope to offer my perspective from a parents point of view and also apply my career and business background.

I started my career 15 years ago working across schools with children and families who faced challenges and barriers to their learning and since moved on to running my own businesses. As a business owner I hope to add value from an objective perspective and support where I can the continued success of the school moving forward.

Geoff Almond - Foundation Governor

I have been a governor of various schools for over forty years and have been a governor at our school for a umber of years. I am a former primary school teacher and was headteacher of an outstanding primary school for over eighteen years until retiring. I am currently the Deputy Chair of the Liverpool Diocesan Board of Education and was the Mayor of St.Helens from 2012 to 2013.