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Role of the Governing Body

The Government's requirements for all Governing Boards states 3 core functions and they are;

Setting Strategic Direction ;

Clarity of vision and ethos

Engaging stakeholders


Meeting statutory duties

  • Creating robust accountability
  • Accountability for teaching, achievement
  • Behaviour safety
  • Strengthening school leadership
  • Performance management of the headteacher
  • Contributing to school self evaluation
  • Ensuring sound financial management
  • Solvency and effective financial management
  • Use of pupil premium and other resources to overcome barriers to learning


The full Governing Body meets once per term and Governors also meet as committees to consider various aspects of the school in detail.


We have the following committees:

  • Curriculum
  • Business
  • Community


There are also committees that meet, if required, to consider pupil discipline, staffing appeal issues, admission to school and staffing appeals and complaints.


The Governing Body was reconstituted in November 2014 and is made up of the following Governors.


  • Parent Governors =2
  • Staff Governors = 1
  • Local Authority Governor = 1 
  • Co-opted Governor = 8
  • Head teacher = 1


                 Shadsworth Junior School Governing Body Structure


   Register of Interests


NameRelevant Business/Pecuniary InterestsOther Educational Establishments Governed

Les Basnett


Jenny Hetherington

Susan ParkinsonNoneNone

Angela Parry

Kim StinsonNoneShadsworth Infant School
Amanda GainesNoneNone
Cllr Jim ShorrockWard CouncillorNone
Dr Angela ParryNoneNone
Jackie GallagherNoneShadsworth Infant School
Simon GimenoNoneNone
Emmanuel OfosuNoneNone
Noel MurphyNone


Julie BoltonNoneNone


Full Governing Body Committee  Meetings and Attendance.



 Spring Term 2023



Summer Term 2023



Autumn Term 2023


Dr Angela Parry

Vice Chair

Mrs K StinsonAttendedAttendedAttended
Mrs A GainesAttendedAttendedAttended
Mrs S ParkinsonAttendedAttendedAttended

Mrs J Gallagher


Mr E OfosuAttendedApologiesAttended
Cllr Jim ShorrockAttendedAttendedAttended
Mrs J HetheringtonAttendedAttendedAttended
Mr S GimenoAttendedAttendedAttended
Miss D DickApologiesApologiesAttended
Mr L BasnettApologiesAttended


Mr MurphyN/AAttendedAttended


Business Committee meetings/attendance




Spring Term 2024


Summer Term 2023Autumn Term 2023
Mrs J HetheringtonAttendedAttendedAttended
Mrs J GallagherAttendedApologiesApologies
Dr A ParryAttendedAttendedAttended
Mrs S ParkinsonApologiesAttendedAttended
Mrs K StinsonApologiesAttendedAttended


Community Committee meetings/attendance



Spring Term 2024


Summer Term 2023


Autumn Term 2023

Mrs J HetheringtonAttendedAttendedAttended
Mrs J GallagherAttendedAttendedApologies
Mrs S ParkinsonApologiesAttendedAttended
Mr S GimenoAttendedAttendedApologies
Mrs K StinsonN/AAttendedAttended
Mr E OfosuApologiesAttendedAttended
Mr N MurphyAttendedN/AAttended


Curriculum Committee Meetings and Attendance



Spring Term 2024

Summer Term 2023

Autumn Term 2023
Mrs J  HetheringtonAttendedAttendedAttended
Mrs J GallagherApologiesAttendedAttended
Mrs S ParkinsonAttendedAttendedAttended
Mrs K StinsonAttendedAttendedAttended
Ms A GainesAttendedAttendedAttended
Miss D DickApologiesAttendedAttended
Mr L BassnettApologiesAttendedAttended
Dr ParryAttendedApologiesApologies
Cllr Jim ShorrockApologiesApologiesApologies
Mr E OfosuApologiesAttendedApologies
Mr S GimenoAttendedAttendedApologies
Mr N MurphyAttendedAttendedAttended
Mrs J BoltonAttendedN/AAttended


Jackie Gallagher

I have been a Governor at the school for nearly 30 years, I was appointed as Chair of Governors in 1996.  As most of you know I also work at the Infant School for many years and I am also a Governor there.   This means I know most of the children at the Junior school and it has been a privilege to be a part of the Governing Body with them in mind when making sometimes difficult decisions.  The Shadsworth Community also strive for our school to be a success.


Dr Parry

I now work as a G.P at Bentham Road, Health Centre but I was a G.P in Shadsworth for 23 years, from 1992-2015.  I have lived in Lower Darwen since 1988, am married and have 2 step-children.  I am a Christian and an active member of  Community Church, Blackburn. 

It is an honour to be a governor at Shadsworth Junior School and to see such an amazing team at work amidst significant challenge and change over the years.  Shadsworth Junior School is very special and I'm glad that even the Ofsted Inspectors could see that.


Susan Parkinson

I am a staff governor at Shadsworth Junior School.  I have been a teacher here for 19 years in September and a governor for several years.  In 2012 I achieved the NASC Special Needs Co-ordinator qualification and took over the role as SENCo.  I am currently teaching in year 3 for one and a half days.

I am married with 2 daughters who are both teachers and have 2 grandsons.  I regularly attend full governors meetings and committee meetings.  If you would like to contact me to ask me questions or to give me your views regarding school, you can contact me via email: 


Mrs Amanda Gaines

My Name is Amanda Gaines; I'm a Staff Governor at Shadswoth Junior School.  I am married to my husband Peter , and we have one son.  Prior to teaching at Shadsworth Junior school, I worked as a Family Law Solicitor, practising at a local firm in Blackburn, Lancashire.  In 2005, in decided to have a change of career and started my teaching degree at the University of Cumbria.  During this time , I worked at Shadsworth Junior School as a Teaching Assistant.  In 2009, I returned to Shadsworth Junior School as a teacher.  In 2011, I successfully completed a Master's Degree in Teaching and Learning, and I have been involved in the schools Outstanding Teaching Project.  More recently, I have enrolled to study towards a middle leader's qualification with the Teaching Programme.  I am also the school's Computing Curriculum Coordinator; my responsibilities are to support and assist Teachers in the delivery of the National Computing Curriculum in a fun and exciting way and have the responsibility for ensuring that pupils are taught to stay safe online.


Cllr. Jim Shorrock

It is a pleasure to continue to represent the good people of Shadsworth and that includes my position as a Governor of the excellent Shadsworth Junior School. With twenty years' experience as a Councillor and School Governor, I see at first hand the hard work undertaken by the Headteacher and staff of this school, and it's a privilege to be involved.


Kim Stinson
I have been a member of a governing body for almost 30 years and I have had the pleasure of being a governor at Shadsworth Junior School for 16 of those years.
My working life has been mainly in education and I am fortunate to have been employed both at the Infant and Junior schools in the Shadsworth community. The majority of my career has been spent as a Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) Advisory Teacher.
Although, I recently retired from full time employment, I intend to continue with my professional development and utilise my skills and knowledge to support the young people, schools and families that I am involved with.


Noel Murphy

I am new to the governing body and looking forward to using my skills and knowledge to support the school. I am married and a father of one, I reside in Blackburn and work locally on Shadsworth Industrial Estate; my career has predominantly been in manufacturing. 

I am committed to Shadsworth Junior School and willing to ask questions, which will challenge and support the Senior Leadership Team. 


Dacya Dick 

My Name is Dacya Ann Dick, i am a parent who has a daughter that attends Shadsworth Junior School in year 5.  It will be an honour to be on the Shadsworth Junior School Governing Body.  In the interest of making the school more relevant to the needs of all-round development. 

I hope to be a team player with other parents and the school authority as well as the pupils to get the best for Education and all-round performance.  I look forward to being an asset for this Governing School Body. 


Simon Gimeno

Being a Governor at Shadsworth Junior School is a real privilege. I'm the Assistant Pastor at The Beacon Church which serves the communities of Shadsworth and Blackburn centre. A large part of my role is to engage, support and connect with the children, young people and families in the Church and surrounding communities.

I'm a big football fan and help to run The Beacon Football Academy which is aimed at children attending the Junior School.  As a governor I want to see children exceeding their potential and shining in the community.