Our Governors

Abram Bryn Gates Governors

The remit for the Governing Body is to:

  • Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Hold the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
  • Oversee the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

For Pupil Discipline, General Complaints, Staff Dismissal/Grievance/Appeals Committee - 3 Governors with no prior knowledge, will be called alphabetically to form these committees.



Governing Body Composition:

Type of Governor No.
Co opted 6
Headteacher 1
Local Authority 1
Parent 2
Staff 1
Associate Members 0

Headteacher Performance Management Reviewers:

Name Type of Governor
Joanne Buckler Co-opted
Heather Howe Co-opted
Fiona Toner Co-opted

Specific Responsibilities:

Responsibility Name
Safeguarding/Child Protection Governor*, Children Looked After Governor Mrs J Buckler
PPG Governor, Sport Premium Mrs H Howe
SEND Governor* Mrs J Dunn
Website Governor Mrs J Coppell
Health & Safety Governor Mrs K Fara
Remote Learning Mrs E Jennings
Curriculum Governor
Reading focus
Maths focus
Writing focus
Mrs K Chadwick
Mrs E Jennings

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Names of Governors Type of Governor Term of Office Date of Appointment/Term Date of resignation (if resigned in the last 12 months) Appointing Body
Mrs F Toner Co-opted 4 years 07.10.19   The Governing Body
Mrs H Howe Co-opted 4 years 20.06.19   The Governing Body
Mrs J Buckler Co-opted 4 years 2.8.19   The Governing Body
Mrs J Dunn Co-opted 4 years 7.12.20   The Governing Body
Mrs K Fara Co-opted 4 years 7.6.19   The Governing Body
Mrs E Jennings Parent 4 years 17.3.21   Elected by Parents
Mrs K Chadwick Parent 4 years 19.4.21   Elected by Parents
Mrs J Coppell Staff 4 years 24.5.19   Elected by Staff
Cllr Martyn Smethurst     3.3.21   Elected by Wigan Council
Mrs G Talbot Headteacher   1.9.19    

Terms of reference for all committees are available on request from school.

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Asset Committee Curriculum and Standards Committee Pay Committee
Remit: To deal with all matters delegated by the Governing Body regarding, Finance, Personnel and Health and Safety Remit: To deal with all matters delegated by the Governing Body regarding, Standards in school and the curriculum Remit: To make decisions about performance related pay for teachers and the headteacher
Membership Membership Membership
Sharon Goodland (Clerk) Sharon Goodland (Clerk) Joanne Buckler (Co-opted)
Mrs G Talbot (Headteacher) Mrs J Buckler (Co-opted) Heather Howe (Co-opted)
Mrs C Hollis (Parent) Mrs E Jennings (Parent) Fiona Toner (Co-opted)
Mrs H Howe (Co-opted) Mrs F Toner (Co-opted)  
Mrs E Jennings (Parent) Mrs G Talbot (Headteacher)  
Mrs F Toner (Co-opted) Mrs J Dunn (Co-opted)  
  Mrs K Fara (Co-opted)  
  Mrs J Coppell (Staff)  


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Name 25 September 2019 20 November 2019 11 February 2020 20 May 2020 8 July 2020 23 September 2020 18 November 2020 24 February 2021 30 June 2021
F Toner Yes Yes Aps Yes No Yes Yes Yes No
H Howe Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes
J Buckler Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
J Dunn Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes No Yes
K Fara Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes
G Talbot Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
C Hollis Yes AWP Yes Yes Yes NS Yes Yes
E Jennings Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
J Coppell Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
S Goodland n/a n/a n/a Yes Yes n/a n/a Yes Yes
L Green n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a Yes Yes Yes Yes
S Edwards Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
K Chadwick Yes
Cllr M Smethurst Yes


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Name 7 November 2019 13 March 2019 15 May 2019 16 October 2019 29 January 2020 29 April 2020 14 October 2020 3 February 2021
J Buckler n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a Yes
S Edwards n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a Yes Yes
F Toner Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes   Yes No
H Howe Aps Yes Yes Yes Yes   Yes Yes
N Liptrot Yes Yes Yes n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
G Talbot n/a n/a n/a Yes Yes   Yes Yes
C Hollis Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes   Yes Yes
E Jennings n/a n/a n/a Yes Yes   Yes Yes
L Green n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a Yes Yes


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Name 16 October 2019 29 January 2020 29 April 2020 14 October 2020 3 February 2021
J Buckler Yes Yes   Yes Yes
F Toner Yes Yes   Yes  
K Fara Yes Yes   No Yes
J Dunn Yes Yes   Yes No
E Jennings Yes Yes   Yes Yes
J Coppell Yes Yes   Yes Yes
N Liptrot n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
G Talbot Yes Yes   Yes Yes
L Green n/a n/a n/a Yes  


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  30 October 2019 14 October 2020 3 February 2021
Mrs J Buckler n/a Yes Yes
Mrs F Toner Yes Yes No
Mrs H Howe Yes Yes Yes
Mrs S Edwards Yes Yes
Mrs L Green Yes Yes
Mrs E Jennings Yes Yes
Mrs L Green Yes Yes
Mrs G Talbot Yes Yes Yes
Mrs F Toner Yes Yes Yes

Name Details of Pecuniary Interest Details of personal interest Governor Elsewhere
Mrs F Toner Nil Nil  
Mrs H Howe Teacher of English at St Joseph's High School Nil  
Mrs J Buckler Nil Nil Parent Governor Cansfield High School
Mrs J Dunn Nil Nil  
Mrs K Fara TA at Abram Bryn Gates Primary School Nil  
Mrs E Jennings Nil Parent of Children at Abram Bryn Gates  
Mrs J Coppell Nil Wigan and District Harrier and Athletic Club Member  
Mrs G Talbot Nil Nil