Chair of Governors
My name is Margaret Pearson and I have been a Governor at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Primary School for 14 years and the Chair of Governors for approximately 8.
Both my daughters came here and that is how I became involved in Governance, something I was keen to do at the time.
I am employed in the civil service and have taken on a number of roles during my 30 years service, my most recent being as a complaint resolution manager, which brings some challenges on a daily basis.
The skills I have gained through work, such as interviewing, project management, dealing with difficult situations, interpreting statistics and team leading, have all served me well in my role as Governor.
The role of Governor is a collaborative one but also one of great responsibility. I have employed various members of staff, attended training courses, met with school inspectors and continue to support the Headteacher in the strategic management of the school.
I have worked with three Headteachers and three Deputy Heads. I was directly involved with recruiting two of the Headteachers and one Deputy. I have participated in three successful OFSTED inspections and two Section 48 inspections where we have been judged as outstanding in the Religious Education aspect of school life. In addition, I am also a Governor at Ellesmere Port Catholic High School and feel that my efforts have served me well in this new role.
I have seen the role of Governance change over the years with much more emphasis on the strategic role and greater responsibility for when things don't go as well as we would have hoped.It is vital that I challenge and support the Headteacher to ensure that we get the best possible outcomes for all our children. I need to understand school data as this tells us how the children are progressing, what efforts are being made to ensure pupils receive at least good teaching, that every child is known, that interventions are in place when required, that behaviour is good, that the curriculum is rich and interesting and standards and expectations for pupils are set high. I do this by being a part of every Governor committee, attending training, asking challenging questions, visiting the school and meeting with the Headteacher and the School Improvement Partner on a regular basis.
I hope this helps to give you an insight into my role.