Who are our Governors?
Welcome to the new Governors’ page of the school website!
Here you will be able to find out who we are and what our role is as part of the Canon Popham CofE Primary Academy family.
The statutory information that we must provide can be found here.
What is the role of Governors?
Governors act as the school’s ‘critical friend’. We do this by:
- Working at a strategic (planning) level to help raise standards
- Supporting and challenging the Headteacher and staff
- Monitoring and evaluating the school’s progress towards priorities and targets
- Being accountable to everyone connected to the school for the school’s performance and the decisions we have made
We have responsibility for all key areas of school such as Safeguarding, Finance, Health and Safety, Human Resources, Pupil Progress and School Improvements.
Who are the Governors?
We are a group of people who voluntarily give our time, effort and skills to try to ensure that Canon Popham is the best that it can be and that everyone in the school has the opportunity to achieve their God-given potential. Collectively the individual governors make up what is called ‘The Governing Body’.
The current members of the Governing Body (not including the headteacher) at Canon Popham are:
Christopher Mitchell, Chair of Governors
“I have two grandchildren who attend the school. I have lived in the village of Edenthorpe for 40 years; with my own two daughters attending Canon
Having initially worked in Engineering, I had a change of career and went in to Education, having taught at a Doncaster Secondary School for almost 25 years.
Having just recently retired, I am able to give more time to what can be a demanding role, and one which I take very seriously. This is my way of giving something back to the community and I would like to make a difference. Primary education is the most important building block to ensure every child has the opportunity to thrive and reach their full potential.”
David Milnes, Vice Chair of Governors
“I’m a serving police officer of 14 years with West Yorkshire Police, working in the safer roads and neighbourhoods team at Wakefield. Prior to this I served in the Royal Navy Submarine Service for 15 years in the catering branch. I enjoy community work and was involved the erection of the Edenthorpe War Memorial and planning for Remembrance Sunday services.
I have two daughters at Canon Popham; their school life is very important to me. I wish for my daughters to succeed academically and learn to be responsible members of our community. This is something I am committed to see for all the children that attend Canon Popham school. As a parent, I firmly believe that we should work in partnership with the school for the benefit of every child who attends Canon Popham.
As a governor, I work hard attending meetings, training, Local authority governor forums, Lesson visits, aspects of school safeguarding, supporting the PTA and the running the parent voice Facebook page. My high point was the recent Ofsted inspection where we achieved a strong “good” from the inspectors.”
Rev. Steve Beck
“I have been a governor since I became Rector of the Church of the Good Shepherd in June 2016. Prior to be ordained as a vicar I worked as a specialist physiotherapist in a busy hospital outpatients department, where I also took on the role as children’s lead. For a short period I also trained and worked as a primary school teacher too.
I am passionate about children’s all-round development and in helping them to identify and grow in their God-given qualities and talents. In my role as governor I seek to ensure that the school helps all children to develop in all aspects of their lives. I will work towards the school being a place which continually fosters an environment where children more fully understand their own worth and value and their worth and value in the eyes of God and recognise their responsibilities to others, especially those who have least.”
“I am a manager at Communication Specialist College – Doncaster. I have worked with young people with additional complex needs since I graduated in 2006.
I work closely with the Pastoral Manager, whose role it is to support our students with any emotional and behavioural issues they may have. My main focus is outcomes for our students and ensuring successful transition out of college and in to their future adult lives. This involves working closely with the young person to ensure their voice is heard. Also working closely with parents and carers, social services and other agencies.
I am passionate about meaningful education and opportunities for all children. I hope to use my knowledge and experience to enrich the educational journeys of all children at Canon Popham.”
“I have lived in Edenthorpe for over 40 years and have been a Governor since 2004. I am a former pupil of the school having attended between 1975 and 1982. All three of my children have attended Canon Popham. My youngest Daughter is still at the school. I was also married at the Church of The Good Shepherd and my children baptised there also. I care deeply about the school and all the children. Canon Popham is a very good school with a caring family feel, I see my role as a Governor to ensure that the high standards and school ethos are maintained for the benefit of all pupils and the wider community.
I am a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and I have been heavily involved in the numerous building projects that have made a tremendous difference to the school and greatly enhanced the learning environment.”
All that goes on within Canon Popham is founded on six key Christian values:
- justice and
The Governors are really keen to recognise and celebrate when these key values are particularly owned and displayed by pupils at Canon Popham; it is for this reason that the governors have launched the “Governors Awards”.
Every half term six awards, one for each value, will be presented to those pupils who have particularly owned and displayed one of these values.
All staff (teachers and support staff) can nominate those pupils who they believe have gone ‘above and beyond’ in displaying a particular value.
The pupils winning an award will each receive a special certificate and also a trophy which will be displayed, along with their name, in the school entrance hall.