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Welcome to our Governors' section. 

 

 


 


Please see below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.


We have also provided a Register of Governor Interests and an Annual Statement of Issues for your information.

Constitution & Committees 2019/20

 

 

 

Governor Attendance to Meetings 2019/20

 

Meet Our Governing Body

Mark Sobczak - Chair of Governors - Co-opted Governor

Term of Office - 27/9/2017 to 26/09/2021

 

 

 

"I try to maintain a balance between my family and my work, as well as enjoying a bit of running every now and then!!! I am proud to be from Criftins and indeed a former pupil of the School, so I simply want to support the school as much as possible and its pupils to achieve their full potential. My main objective is to be a critical friend to both Schools in so much as fully supporting the decisions made by the Federation Governing Body whilst challenging those decisions are in the best interest of the School, its pupils, parents and staff, as well as the wider community".

 

Meetings attended in previous academic year:  7 of 7 

 

Declaration of Business Interests

 

John Dickin - Vice Chair of Governors

Co-opted Governor - 27/9/19 to 14/10/19

Foundation Governor - Term of Office 15/10/19 to 14/10/2023

 

 

Meetings attended in previous academic year:  5 of 7 

 

Declaration of Business Interests

 

Mandy Jones - Executive Headteacher

Term of office 1/9/2017 to 31/08/2021

 

 

"I am the Executive Headteacher of Criftins C of E Primary School and Cockshutt C of E Primary School & Nursery. I consider it a privilege to be a part of such an effective, skilled Governing Body. The Governors like to challenge me and constantly provide the support the school needs to maintain its drive forward to becoming an ‘Outstanding School’ where children love to learn.​ It is encouraging to sit beside people who are fully committed to the school and the community; we benefit from the historical picture and passion Governors bring to every meeting."

 

Meetings attended in previous academic year:  7 of 7 

 

Declaration of Business Interests

 

 

Mr. Gino Ruston - Staff Governor

Term of office 26/9/2017 to 25/09/2021

 

 

"As an experienced teacher I thoroughly enjoy working at Criftins. Having worked for 3 different authorities I have gained vast experience across a wide range of  Primary Schools teaching a variety of classes. I live locally and place great emphasis on supporting the local community and our school.

As senior leader within the school I speak on behalf of staff but also represent parents as I have a child myself here in the school. The role of a governor is a huge undertaking which involves many meetings throughout the year which shape the future of our school.  

In my spare time I enjoy working on my collection of modern, classic and vintage cars. I also have a passion and talent for DIY and am currently renovating our cottage".

 

Meetings attended in previous academic year:  6 of 7 

 

Declaration of Business Interests

 

Kim Baker - Co-opted Governor

Term of office 27/9/17 to 26/9/2021

 

 

 

" I have been teaching for 12 years and I have worked at Cockshutt for 3 of these. Prior to this I have worked in two small rural schools and a large primary, teaching in all year groups. As a governor I am keen to support and develop both schools to create strong and successful learning environments for all of the children and staff. In my spare time I enjoy walking, reading and gardening".

 

Meetings attended in previous academic year:  7 of 7 

 

Declaration of Business Interests

 

 

Dominica Kunz - Co-opted Governor

Term of office 27/9/17 to 26/9/2021

 

 

"My name is Dominica but most people know me as Minnie. A Cockshutt resident since 2011, I have always seen the village school as a vital cog in the life of our community. The first time I entered the school I was impressed by its happy atmosphere and by how confident and articulate the children were. In January 2014 I decided to offer my services as a volunteer reader/helper and I consider this to be one of the best things I have ever done.

 

I take an active part in village life - the regular community coffee mornings, the W.I., the annual horticultural show, CADS, and the church - and I would love to encourage even more interaction between the school and some of these diverse groups as I feel it can only benefit all involved, young and old.

 

During my working years I was initially involved in manufacturing, working mainly in production planning and scheduling, then as PCs were becoming more widely used within the workplace I changed direction and worked first as a programmer and then as an IT trainer teaching computing skills to adults. My main subjects were spreadsheet and database at all levels from basic up to and including programming."

 

Meetings attended in previous academic year:  4 of 7 

 

Declaration of Business Interests

 

 

Louise Reeves - Co-opted Governor

Term of office 24/10/18 to 23/10/2022

 

 

Meetings attended in previous academic year:  5 of 7 

 

Declaration of Business Interests 

 

Mike Thomas - Co-opted Governor

Term of Office 24/10/18 to 23/10/2022

 

 

Meetings attended in previous academic year:  5 of 6 

 

Declaration of Business Interests

 

 

Rev. Simon Airey - Foundation Governor

Term of office 1/9/2017 to 31/8/2021

 

 

"I am the Vicar of Criftins, Dudleston, and Welsh Frankton. Besides looking after 3 churches my life is taken up with an amazing wife, a delightful son and daughter, both wanting to come to Criftins School when they’re old enough, two disreputable rescues dogs, one rather plump cat, a bunch of chickens and a motorbike. The local vicar is automatically on the governing body of a Church of England School. My role is to encourage a Christian Ethos and positive spirituality within the school and also to offer pastoral care to the school community. My own school days weren’t the happiest and my real desire is that Criftins and Cockshutt children will wake up looking forward to another day at school".

 

Meetings attended in previous academic year:  1 of 7 

 

Declaration of Business Interests

 

 

Rev. Karen Davies - Foundation Governor

Term of Office 1/9/2017 to 31/8/2021

 

 

"In my career I have been a Head of Department for English; A Manager of Community-based Adult Basic Skills Education (Literacy and Numeracy) and for over 10 years I led a company specialising in national development work for the DFE; the Home Office; the Prison and Probation Services and the TUC. I carried out national and international  research (published) into the links between literacy achievement and future employability. I have authored over 25 publications in Literacy, Numeracy and Special Educational Needs. Since 2008 I have worked as a member of the team at St Matthew's Church, Criftins and was Ordained in 2011. I served as Associate Priest for the Benefice of Criftins, Dudleston and Welsh Frankton until my retirement in December 2016 and was Rural Dean for the Ellesmere Deanery from 2015 - 2017. I have many interests including archaeology, travel, gardening, music, reading and cooking. I have enjoyed over 10 years as a Governor and supporter of Criftins School."

 

Meetings attended in previous academic year:  3 of 7 

 

Declaration of Business Interests

 

 

Elizabeth Edwards - Foundation Governor

Term of Office 1/9/2017 to 31/8/2021

 

 

"I am a temporary Ex-officio Foundation Governor appointed by the Diocese of Lichfield.  I am the mother of two children aged 7 and 12 years old. We regularly attend Messy Church at Cockshutt and Criftins Church Youth club. My role is to encourage the Christian ethos within both schools which I am committed to doing . I am a qualified Solicitor working for The Ministry of Justice. I will use my legal knowledge and advocacy training to help the Federation in all aspects of compliance".

 

Meetings attended in previous academic year:  7 of 7 

 

Declaration of Business Interests

 


 

Sally Harris - Parent Governor

Term of Office - 26/9/17 to 25/9/2021 

 

 

"My name is Sally Harris, many of you may know me as 'Anna and Emily's mum'. Like any other parent /carer, I want the best education possible for my children, and I want to help support the school and the staff to provide the best learning environment for them and all the children at the school.

I have been impressed by Criftins ever since Anna started reception and I feel honoured to have been elected as a Parent Governor. With its friendly, vibrant, inspiring environment, together with its outstanding standards and high expectations of the children, I can't imagine my girls attending any other primary school.

My professional background is within education and design. For 8 years I taught young adults with learning difficulties and / or disabilities at a local college. My role has since changed to Marketing Designer for the college. When not at work or rallying around being a mum, I like to cycle, swim and do arty crafty things."

 

Meetings attended in previous academic year:  5 of 7 

 

Declaration of Business Interests

 

 

Olwen Owen - Parent Governor

Term of Office - 26/9/17 to 25/9/2021

 

 

"I am a parent of two children at Cockshutt School and I know many people at Criftins. I genuinely care about the opportunities for all children at both schools. I believe we can help every child enjoy their education, increase their confidence and achieve their potential.

 

Through being a biology teacher at a college I have had recent training in safeguarding, Prevent, e-safety, and gifted and talented. I have also had placements in primary and secondary schools and a support centre, and I run outreach sessions. My interests outside science and nature include playing the piano, reading, gardening and sports".

 

Meetings attended in previous academic year:  7 of 7 

 

Declaration of Business Interests

 

Mrs. Janet Gargiulo - Local Authority Governor

Term of office 27/9/2017 to 26/9/2021

 

 

"I have lived in Criftins all my life and indeed attended Criftins Primary School as a Child as my children did and my grandchild does today. I work as a Senior Lecturer at Glyndwr University where I am programme leader for the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing programme. Living in a rural community and working in a public health capacity has meant that my interests have engaged me in the pursuit of supporting health and well-being. It is true to say that one of the main factors that increase a person’s ability to achieve their optimum health and well-being is a good education.
Therefore, by taking a particular interest in the quality of education the children receive who attend this primary school, feel that I can offer my knowledge and experience to support the school to enable it’s pupils to care and achieve through their live course as a school governor and parish councillor."

 

Meetings attended in previous academic year:  4 of 7 

 

Declaration of Business Interests

 

David Davies - Associate Member

Term of office 27/9/17 to 26/9/2021

 

 

Meetings attended in previous academic year:  1 of 7 

 

Declaration of Business Interests

 

 

Catherine Wilson - Associate Member

Term of office 24/10/18 to 23/10/2022

 

 

Meetings attended in previous academic year:  1 of 3 

 

Declaration of Business Interests

 

Helen Baldwin - Foundation Governor - Resigned

Term of Office 1/9/2017 to 14/10/19

 

 

"I am a retired teacher with 36 years experience both in the classroom and in school management. The Diocese of Lichfield first asked me to be their representative for the Benefice which Cockshutt and Petton are part of and with the federation with Criftins their representative of both schools. I have been part of the team at Petton Church for 26 years and also work with Cockshutt Church helping to run the Messy Church. I enjoy volunteering at Cockshutt school on a weekly basis which keeps me in touch with both staff and pupils and hope to become more involved with Criftins in the future. As with the other foundation governors I look forward to encouraging and maintaining the Christian ethos with in the schools".

 

Meetings attended in previous academic year:  4 of 7 

 

Declaration of Business Interests

 

 

 

Contact our Chair of Governors

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Every year our Governors report to parents during our July celebration assembly. Have a look at the slides below from July 2019.

A very well done to Mrs Owen for completing the Governor Leadership Development Programme.

A very well done to Mrs Owen for completing the Governor Leadership Development Programme.  1
A very well done to Mrs Owen for completing the Governor Leadership Development Programme.  2

Our Governors like to meet with staff at least annually to reflect on our schools and they also enjoy looking at pupil progress in books. Food cooked by our federation kitchen is always a welcome treat.

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