Meet the Governors

"Governance is a strength of the school. Governors' mix of relevant experience and expertise combines well to ensure that the drive towards excellence is relentless." (Ofsted, December 2015)

Sandra Morris, Chair of Governors.

Sandra has been a Community Governor for over 4 years and was appointed Chair of Governors in July 2017. She is also a governor at Grange Valley Primary School. She is the Youth Pastor at Christ Church URC and has two sons, one of whom is currently studying Education and SEN Education and the other at A level.

She chairs the Community sub-committee and is a member of all four committees. Sandra has a particular interest in Safeguarding policies and procedures throughout the school and is the Safeguarding Governor for the school. As a founding member of Lansbury Make it Happen, she takes a keen interest in school affairs and is currently attempting to learn Makaton.

Sandra is available to staff and families if they wish to speak to her about Pastoral matters and those relating to the Christian Faith. She believes that all children should have the opportunity to lead a fulfilled life.

Anthony Buckley, Vice Chair.

Tony was appointed as Vice Chair of Governors in July 2017. Tony worked in industry before becoming a teacher in 1983. He has experience of senior leadership in several primary schools and has been a SENCO, Literacy and Maths Leader and Deputy Head before serving as Headteacher in two mainstream primary schools in different Local Authorities.

Having successfully completed the Leadership Programme for Serving Headteachers and the Head for the Future programmes delivered by the National College, Tony worked with the LA to support schools in special measures by developing School Improvement Plans, Action Plans and Self Evaluation Forms.

Since 2007, he has worked with Ofsted as an Additional Inspector (now retired) and has been a Moderator and Quality Assurance tutor on the Schools Direct programme (previously the Graduate Teacher Programme) supporting trainee teachers since 2004.

Tony is a member of the Standards & Resources sub-committees, taking a special interest in Lansbury Bridge’s Sports College status and PE provision.

Jonathan Battye

Jonathan started as a  Parent Governor in 2010. He is a Legal Executive and also a parent of a child with special needs. He is now a Co-opted Governor and a member of the Community sub-committee.

Paul Birkinhead

Paul is a Co-opted Governor and member of the Estates sub-committee. He was previously a Parent Governor for 3 years at University Academy, Warrington, where his son attended.

He has worked for the last 15 years as a Transport Coordinator for an international company which has a strong Health and Safety ethos and uses this experience to contribute to Estates matters.

Outside work, he has been involved in the charity Operation Christmas Child in the Liverpool area for over 16 years, working both in the warehouse and out collecting shoeboxes from schools.

Collette Devonport

Collette has been a Staff Governor from 2009 to 2015 and is now a Co-opted Governor. She is a member of the Premises and Standards sub-committees.

She has worked at Lansbury Bridge as a teacher since December 2005 on supply and permanently since 2006. Throughout her career, Collette has taught children with a range of learning difficulties from moderate to severe, profound and multiple learning difficulties and Autism.

Bill Dutton

Bill is a Co-opted Governor and member of the Standards and Community sub-committees. Since 1987, he has worked at Carmel College, where he was Head of Department for Foundation Studies until 2013. He currently teachers Ethics and Values at Carmel.

Bill has worked closely with young people with learning difficulties throughout his teaching career, including a close partnership with Lansbury Bridge to facilitate the transition of pupils on to appropriate post-16 provision.

He was a member of the SEN Strategic Planning Committee for St Helens until 2013 and is passionate about equality of opportunity for all young people. He takes a special interest in secondary curriculum and equal opportunities at Lansbury Bridge.

Marie Evans

Marie has been a Governor since 2007, first as Parent Governor and, since 2011, as a Community Governor. She is a member of the Community and Resources sub-committees.

She worked for St Helens Council for 36 years until her retirement, including the last 8 years within the Children’s Disability Service at the Star Centre and then the Bridge Centre, working with pre-school children with Special Needs.

She has a special interest in seeing children grow in confidence as they progress from Pre-School to Lansbury Bridge School and is involved in ensuring that the school’s record-keeping for Safeguarding is maintained to a high standard.

Jan Leybourne

Jan had 24 years retail experience prior to the arrival of what she describes as the most precious gift she has ever received – her son.

She has been a Parent Governor since 2009 and is a former Chair of Governors. She is a member of the Community and Standards sub-committees, and has a particular focus on the EYFS provision and curriculum on behalf of the governors.

Jan is a very familiar face around school supporting all events and many educational visits. She also plays a key role in staff recruitment and is highly experienced in all aspects of the process.

Jan is committed to encouraging good communications between parents and school and is a founder member and proactive campaigner for Lansbury Make It Happen. She attends many external events with pupils, including accompanying our pupils to the Make a Wish Campaign celebration in Liverpool.  

Tom Jackson

Tom is a Co-opted Governor and Chair of the Resources sub-committee.

With 24 years of service for the NHS, he works as Chief Finance Officer for the NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group which secures health services for the people of Liverpool.

Other interests include being Chair of Liverpool St Helens Rugby Club and Chair of a local charity, St Helens Autism Support.

As a parent with special needs children, Tom is committed to ensuring his skills and experiences, along with those of fellow governors, can contribute to making Lansbury Bridge an outstanding school. His particular focus is to support the finance aspects of governance.

Sue Goldsworthy

Sue is the Headteacher of an Outstanding special school in another Local Authority in the north west. Her experience of over 25 years as a special school teacher in a variety of special schools and settings across the north west, includes supporting children with autism in mainstream schools, and teaching in schools for children with severe learning difficulties and autism. Sue established and chairs the successful Greater Manchester Special School moderation group.

Passionate about achieving truly outstanding outcomes for all young people with Special Educational Needs, Sue is particularly interested in ensuring the curriculum is exciting and motivating for all young people and enables all pupils to achieve their goals. She is interested in raising standards of attainment and ensuring successful outcomes for all young people and takes a lead for Governors at Lansbury Bridge on matters relating to assessment of pupil progress.

Libby Woods

Libby Woods was voted for Staff Governor in December 2017. She has worked at the school since it opened, initially as a Level 3 Teaching Assistant and now as Curriculum Enrichment Coordinator.
She has previously been a governor at her children's primary school and enjoyed helping the school make decisions and plan for the future, so when the opportunity came up for Staff Governor she put herself forward. Libby is passionate about our school, its pupils and staff and the work we all do. She aims to support the Governors to move the school forward to be the best it can be, with the children and staff priority.

Emma Nelson

Emma started as Parent Governor in April 2018. After working for 10 years in Business Support and Administration, she gave up work to be a full time mum to her 2 boys with special needs. She states the best thing to ever happen to them as a family was both boys starting at Lansbury Bridge. As a result she wanted to give back to the school in any way she could including being Chairperson for the Lansbury Make It Happen charity and helping with events and fundraisers within school. Emma is a member of the Estates Committee, Resource Committee and Community Committee.  

Craig Kaye joined the Governing body in 2018, his pen picture will be updated shortly.

Chair: Mrs Sandra Morris
Representative on Governors’ Forum: Mrs Sandra Morris



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