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Calder Vale St John C of E Primary School

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School Governance


School governors form the largest volunteer group in the country. They are people from all walks of life, who care about children’s education and are prepared to work as a team to support their school and local community.

More than 9,000 people volunteer to be governors in Lancashire, bringing to their role experience of everyday life and a wish to help children and schools. They support schools in raising standards, by determining the conduct and direction of the school.

Effective governors do not need educational expertise but do need to be committed to their school, willing to ask questions and act as a critical friend. They also need to be able to work as an enthusiastic member of the governing body team. The headteacher works closely with the governing body as its principal professional advisor. Governing body policy decisions will then be implemented by the headteacher in the day-to-day running of the school.

They will be supported by other governors on the governing body as well as by Lancashire County Council, through the Governor Services Team.

A Message from the Chair of our Governing Body


Welcome to the governors page of our school website. As you’ll have seen Calder Vale is a happy and vibrant community set in the beautiful Forest of Bowland, providing unique opportunities for our children.

As a governing board we work with the headteacher to set the school’s vision, ethos and strategic direction and oversee the school’s financial performance. We have a strong relationship with the headteacher and staff to ensure we provide the very best education and care, so children can develop as individuals ready to move on to the next stage in their lives. To help us do this we have a governing board with a variety of skills and experiences. Also our unique collaboration with Scorton Primary School allows us to share expertise and resources to the benefit of the children of both schools. Both governing boards meet together on a regular basis.

We welcome anyone who is interested in joining us to contact the school. I look forward to hearing from you.


Mrs. Kim Carlyle


School Governors

Mrs Kim Carlyle - Chair (Foundation)

Mr Stephen Elliott - Vice Chair (Foundation)

Mrs Helen Peters - Chair of Standards and Effectiveness Committee (Foundation)

Mr Graham Peters - Chair of Resources and Finance Committee (Foundation)

Miss Nicola Kitchen (Foundation)

Rev Anton Muller (ex-officio Foundation)

Mrs Karen Mills (Foundation)

Mrs Rebecca Scholz (Headteacher)

Miss Gaynor Arnold (Parent)

Vacancy (Parent)

Vacancy (Staff)



NameGovernor CategoryDate of AppointmentTerm of OfficeRelevant Business & Pecuniary InterestsGovernor role in other educational constitutionsRelationship between governor or local staff
Mrs Rebecca ScholzHeadteacher20/04/20204 yearsNoneNoneNone
Mrs Kim Carlyle


21/05/20184 yearsNoneGarstang Community AcademyNone
Mr Stephen Elliott


01/09/20174 yearsNoneNoneNone
Mrs Helen PetersFoundation13/06/20174 yearsNoneNoneMarried to Mr Graham Peters
Mr Graham PetersFoundation08/01/20204 yearsNoneNoneMarried to Mrs Helen Peters
Miss Nicola KitchenFoundation29/10/20184 yearsNoneNoneNone
Rev Anton MullerEx-officio Foundation15/06/20194 yearsNoneScorton Primary SchoolNone
Mrs Karen MillsFoundation11/06/20204 yearsNoneNoneNone
Miss Gaynor ArnoldParent14/09/20204 yearsNoneNoneNone


Governors who have left the Governing Body during 2019-20

Mrs Helen Hesketh (Headteacher)


Governors who have left the Governing Body during 2020-21

Mr Colin Eley (Parent)

Mrs Laura Gerrard (Parent)

Mrs Liz O'Brien (Staff)

Mrs Bryony Mather (Staff)

Mrs Dawn Elliot-Smith (Parent)


Governors who have left the Governing Body during 2021-22

Mr Jamie Colluney (Local Authority)

Governing Body Committees

Click here to see the committee structure of the current governing body.

The following committees meet termly. Other committees meet as required.


Standard and Effectiveness Committee

Mrs Helen Peters - Chair

Miss Nicola Kitchen

Mrs Karen Mills

Rev Anton Muller

Mrs Kim Carlyle

Mrs Rebecca Scholz


Finance Committee

Mr Graham Peters - Chair

Mr Stephen Elliott

Miss Gaynor Arnold

Rev Anton Muller

Mrs Kim Carlyle

Mrs Rebecca Scholz