Governor Personal Statements

Margaret Boardman: Chair of Governors.

Hello and welcome to the Governors’ section of our school website.

My name is Margaret Boardman and it is a privilege to be the current Chair of Governors.

I am a retired teacher, with thirty-two years of experience working with children, the majority of those years with 3–7-year olds.

I love spending time with my family and going for long (and often very muddy) walks with our dogs Peggy and Mabel. I have a life-long love of reading and I love meeting new people.

I was delighted when I retired in 2018, to be appointed by the Archdiocese as a Foundation Governor here at St Columba’s. I was elected Vice-chair in 2019 and Chair at the start of 2022.

I am passionate about ensuring that each individual child is given every opportunity to be the absolute best that they can be and that they are nurtured and challenged to reach their full potential. In order for this to be achieved there needs to be a warm, welcoming, safe and stimulating environment, where children are happy, enjoy learning, grow in confidence and thrive.

As Governors, one of our roles is to support and challenge the Headteacher and all staff, in order to ensure that every child gets the very best education. I am very proud to work alongside such a hardworking and dedicated team of staff, who are always striving to ensure that each and every child in their care receives this.

As Parents, you can be confident that St Columba’s is a family where the children are truly loved, supported and challenged to achieve their full potential. Your children are amazing and it is always uplifting to spend time with them.

Colette Jennings

My name is Colette Jennings. I have been a Governor at St Columba’s Catholic Primary School since December 2020 and have been Vice Chair since early 2022.

I was a teacher in Knowsley for 21 years and in 2021 I joined a Liverpool school as Deputy Headteacher.  I am Mum to two sons and Nanny to three grandsons and a granddaughter.

During the school holidays, I love walking in the countryside or visiting the theatre, as well as spending lots of time with my family.

I am very proud to be a governor at St Columba’s. Everyone in the school really does live out the mission statement. It is a loving, caring school family to belong to, where the children are at the heart of everything that goes on. The children themselves are truly wonderful. They are bright, enthusiastic, talented and articulate. All staff work incredibly hard for each child and their family, going above and beyond every day, setting high expectations and encouraging them to develop into the best version of themselves.

As a governor, I endeavor to support Mrs Evans and her staff in providing the best possible education for the children, nurturing and developing their social and emotional wellbeing as well as enabling them to achieve to their fullest potential academically.

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