The Governing Body is responsible for the overall management of our school. Full Governing Body meetings are held once a term. There are subcommittees that meet to deal with specific issues, for example finance. These committees meet as often as is necessery and report to the whole Governing Body.
Governors at Elm Tree School
Chair of Governors - Mrs D Hodgson
"I became involved in school governance about twelve years ago and currently sit on three special school governing bodies being Chair of two, one primary and one secondary.
Before retiring I was a police officer for over thirty years and then a lecturer in further education.
I am a member of the Executive Committee of the Lancashire Association of School Governing Bodies and of the Lancashire Schools Forum (High Needs Block Working Group)
I am the Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Birchwood Centre, a supported accomodation project for young people, based in West Lancashire and act as an Independant Person for L.C.C. Customer Feedback Services, which deals with complaints, current and historic, lodged against L.A. staff, by vulnerable children, young people and adults.
I hold a Diploma in Applied Social Science, and a B.Sc.(Hons), also in applied Social Science."
Vice Chair of Governors Co- Opt - Mrs A Bamforth - Jenkins
"I have worked within education of children and young people both formally and informally for around 16 years. I have always worked in the more targeted sector and enjoy the reward and satisfaction of seeing children develop and aspire with the correct support in all areas.
I have studied various subjects at degree level including Social Sciences, Sport as well as Religious Education and I have also completed Post Graduate study in Youth and Community Work as well as an MA in Restorative Justice.
I currently work on a day to day basis in educational settings delivering mentoring and counselling as well as teaching. I have been a governor in various schools for the last 8 years and currently sit on 3 different governing bodies.
I have a passion in life to ensure every child has an opportunity to reach their full potential and I believe schools are one of the resources to support this. I aim to support all children to develop, not only in their knowledge and education but also in another key tool that will aid them to fulfil their dreams and that is in the development of their emotional well-being."
Headteacher - Mr D Lamb
"I have worked within education for the past 22 years, taught in both mainstream and special schools throughout Lancashire. I was appointed as Headteacher of Elm Tree in September 2009.
Over the past 8 years the school continues to grow from strength to strength, I am proud to lead a committed and passionate workforce which encompasses our school motto 'Believe to Achieve'."
Co- Opt - Mr B Hodgson
"I am a retired Police Officer that co-ordinated a team of officers working in the schools of West Lancashire and Chorley. For over twenty years I ran courses on behalf of the Health and Safety Department at County Hall, working in over 250 schools and youth clubs in Lancashire. I also spent 10 years working as a part time lecturer at Skelmersdale College. I have been Governor for over 25 years at Hope High school, being the Chair for over twenty years. I have also been a Governor at Massey Hall, and Rose School. I am the Special Schools Governor on the Lancashire Schools Forum since it inauguration. I sit on the special schools committee for the National Governors association, and I am the President of the Lancashire Association of School Governing Bodies representing more than 430 schools and academies in Lancashire. I am a Trustee at the Birchwood Centre in Skelmersdale that supplies accommodation and support for young people in West Lancashire.
I am looking forward to my joining the Governing Body at Elm Tree, which with the team already in place has high ambitions for the future."
Co- Opt - Mr M Millar
"My name is Mark Millar and I am the Headteacher at Woodland Primary School in the town. Woodland is the named Teaching School for the local school alliance – SHARES.
I am a governor at Elm Tree because I feel that the two as a whole should have some joined up thinking around education in all phases and sectors.
The sharing of information between schools means we are constantly building on good and outstanding practice across Skelmersdale. In my opinion, schools learning from each other are improving schools and I am happy to be involved with Elm Tree."
Co- Opt - Miss L Moran
"I have over 15 years experience of working within a variety of educational settings, my main role over the many years I have been working with children with Social Emotional Mental Health difficulties.
I became a school governor a strong interest in the educational development and welfare of children with Social Emotional Mental Health needs. I am very passionate about ensuring that every child is given an equal opportunity."
Staff - Mrs J Brownbill
"I have worked in Education for the past 22 years, in the SEMH sector.
Throughout I had a variety of roles however I am currently the Pupil Support Manager at Elm Tree, through my role I work closely with all staff members allowing me to gain a unique insight into the way we work as a staff team.
I joined the Governing Body to offer opinions and ideas on behalf of the staff as well as ensuring the children are able to pursue any ambitions and dreams they may have."
Parent Governor - Mr A Antoniou
"I volunteer at my local Rugby League Club, Leyland Warriors, as a coach for a team of Y5 children. I also enjoy working with and developing young persons to be coachable and respectful. I support children Autistic Spectrum Disorder and help them to develop through rugby. I occasionally partake in the odd game of Rugby Masters as well!
I am passionate about ensuring all of the children at Elm Tree are given opportunities to succeed, I also attend 'Community Days' regularly to help share ideas and suggestions with staff."
Parent Governor - Miss K Birkett
"I became a Parent Governor at Elm Tree because I truly believe in the ETHOS of the school. I welcomed the opportunity to provide a different perspective to life at Elm Tree.
I have be overwhelmed by the support Elm Tree offer as a school and wanted to be part of the positive influence they make to young peoples lives."
Local Authority- Mr P Trigwell
"My interest/experience of educational matters started when I was a Community Police Officer.
I had a responsibility to to research and deliver classroom based lessons on new legislation that would be pertinent to experienced officers out on the streets.
I retired from all employment in approx 2010, finally moving to Aughton area in 2015 after my wife retired, so we could help our Son and Daughter in Law with their Children, all of whom attend one of the local schools in Aughton.
After retiring I volunteered to help in our local heritage Centre, where I was elected to the position chair."
Clerk - Miss L Nicholson