LIPA Primary School is a Free School. Free Schools are new state-funded schools that are free from Local Authority (LA) oversight. The governance model we have chosen is the Single Academy Trust.
As the school's governing body is independent and has responsibility for operating and directing the affairs of the school, good governance is particularly important. Achieving it requires not only talented individuals willing to serve as governors, but also a governance model which allows for effective and informed decision making.
The levels of responsibility within the Trust are as follows:
Members - who are drawn from the LIPA Members - establish the trust and set out the constitution of the school, through signing its memorandum and articles of association. They appoint and dismiss members of the governing body;
Governors/Directors/Trustees – who oversee the running of the school, determine its strategic direction and who are accountable to both the Members and the Secretary of State through the governing body;
The Head Teacher of the School – who is responsible for the day-to-day running of the school and who is accountable to the governors/directors/trustees.
Flo Clucas OBE LL.D(hc), Cavaliere, was first elected to Liverpool council in 1986 and held a number of portfolios including that of Deputy Leader of the Council. Flo was a board member of Tate Liverpool and Liverpool Science Park and did extensive work on EU Funding programmes for Liverpool and the North West. She founded Hands Across the Sea after the Asian Tsunami which did extensive work in Sri Lanka. She retired from the City Council in 2012, though she continued to work on EU programmes.
Flo was a member of the Committee of the Regions 2002 to 2012, and was both President of the ALDE group and President of the CoR Commission on the EU Budget post 2013. She is currently Finance Spokesperson for the Council European Municipalities and Regions. Flo is mentor for women in politicians in Africa with the Westminster Foundation for Democracy and has been a Consultant for the National Democratic Institute in the US.
Flo moved to Cheltenham in 2012 and became a councillor in 2014. She is currently a Cabinet member and has Culture as one of her responsibilities.
A teacher by profession Flo’s range of experience covers primary, secondary and tertiary education. She was a LIPA Council member and later became Chair of LIPA from 2000-2009. Flo is a LIPA Member and is Chair of the LIPA Primary School. Flo is a former visiting Fellow at the Heseltine Institute.
Flo was appointed OBE in 2005, awarded the Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity in 2009 and an honorary doctorate by the University of Liverpool in 2013.
Mark Featherstone-Witty: Founder, LIPA
Mark is devoted to teaching and learning and, for example, recently joined the ‘Reassessing Assessment’ initiative. His background includes acting, editing and journalism. He has the usual clutch of qualifications, including a Master in Education. He was responsible for a variety of start-ups either on his own or with friends, which included three private vocational FE colleges and a TV production company for C4. After watching Alan Parker’s film Fame, he decided his next step was to start a performing arts high school without appreciating quite how hard it was going to be and the years it took. With the support of Richard Branson, the British Phonographic Industry and the UK government, he created The BRIT School, near London, with its fresh, institute-wide curriculum. George Martin had introduced Mark to Richard and went on to introduce him to Paul McCartney, who was concerned about the empty, decaying building that once housed his secondary school in Liverpool. So, with Paul’s help, he restarted the arduous job of raising money to turn a 19th century building into a facility that could house the major skills that needed to be taught to put on an event. He went on to be Principal/CEO of LIPA’s HE provision since inception. He then created LIPA Primary School and then LIPA Sixth Form College. His hope is to create a LIPA High School to complete a youngster’s learning journey from 4 to 22 and to realise again the dream he had when he first saw Alan’s film.
Greg Parker: Head Teacher, LIPA Primary School
Greg has worked in Primary and Early Years Education for over 20years. He has worked as a teacher in three schools across two local authorities. He has held an Early Years advisory role within Warrington Local Authority and has held Deputy Head Teacher and (Acting) Head Teacher roles in school. Most recently, Greg has worked in Initial Teacher Training at Edge Hill University. Greg has held Programme Leader positions for Primary and Early Years undergraduate programmes and has led school improvement and partnership working for the Primary and Early Years Area and Faculty as a whole.
Tony Currie: Head Teacher, Trinity School
Mr Currie has been teaching since gaining his honours degree with Qualified Teacher Status in Primary Education and Religious Studies from Edge Hill University in 2001. Since then, he has taught in three very different schools and lectured in a leading university. In 2009, Mr Currie gained the National Professional Qualification for Headteachers (NPQH), and became Headteacher of Mawdesley St. Peter’s CE Primary School. In 2014, he became Head of Primary Education at Edge Hill University, leading the design and delivery of innovative programmes providing an exciting opportunity for students to train to teach in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. In September 2015, Mr Currie secured his third headship which at All Saints Church of England Primary School. It was at All Saints that Mr Currie worked with the team to launch high quality school based Nursery provision for the families of the village. In 2019 Mr Currie was delighted and honoured to be offered the post of headteacher at Trinity School. Mr Currie loves the buzz and challenge primary and early years education in schools. His approach is centred around creating an inspirational curriculum, full of opportunities and experiences, coupled with innovative teaching and learning. He works to ensure children receive the very best education which inspires them and prepares them for later life.
John Mather: Parent Governor
For the past two years, John has been Chief Executive of Drug Free, a Liverpool-based charity, and has extensive experience of working with disadvantaged people in the community. He is also a carer advocate for the Brain Charity and Liverpool City Council, working with parents and carers of children with physical, mental or behavioural difficulties. John also spent several years working at Toxteth Citizens Advice Bureau.
Ruth Murphy: Parent Governor
Ruth is a Parent Governor. She has a daughter in Year 6, a son in Year 3 and another son due to start in Reception next September. She is a primary school teacher and has taught from Reception up to Year 6.
Nichola Grimshaw: Assistant Head, DCEC, Edge Hill Faculty of Education
Nichola is Assistant Head of the Department for Children, Education and Communities at Edge Hill University, and teaches on the Primary PGCE and on the BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS. Among other tasks, she maintains a strategic overview of developments in teaching, learning and assessment in line with Faculty and University policy and practice.
Jacqueline Neve: Professional Tutor, School of Teacher Education, Liverpool Hope University
Jacqueline teaches on the Primary BAQTS and Primary PGCE. She has worked in education for the past 30 years, teaching within the Primary and Higher education sectors. She is the lead EAL and Primary Geography co-ordinator responsible for writing curriculum frameworks, delivering lectures and enhancement opportunities for all BAQTS trainees and NQTs. As a Placement Lead, she is responsible for the management and coordination of placements for current Year 3 trainees. In her role of EAL coordinator she has delivered EAL specialist days for BAQTS and PGCE students. She has also led several action research based projects such as Hope Challenge projects including EAL, Meta-cognition and Attendance with a cross phase range of students.
Revd Canon Dr Neal Barnes: Canon for Mission and Faith Development at Liverpool Cathedral
Following a career in industrial research and development, Neal served his Curacy in the Bedfordshire market-town of Biggleswade. In 1999 he moved north to become Vicar of Anlaby, a suburban village on the outskirts of Hull. In 2010, Neal became the Vicar of Holy Trinity which in 2017 became Hull Minster. He is currently Canon for Mission and Faith Development at Liverpool Cathedral where part of his responsibility is the Education Department. Neal enjoys music-making and plays the flute and piano. Other interests include ecology - he is a member of The British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), Butterfly Conservation and the local Wildlife Trust. Neal is married to Stella and they have two grown-up children.
Joseph Merivale: School Teacher with Liverpool and Sefton Councils
After leaving school Joe worked for nearly 20 years in various departments of the Civil Service, two of which included the Inland Revenue and the Health and Safety Executive. Before becoming a teacher he worked for 12 years as a part time youth worker in Knotty Ash. Joe qualified as a primary school teacher in 1995 and initially worked in Liverpool. After two years he moved to Sefton where he taught in a number of primary schools, as a supply teacher and on a full time basis. As a teacher Joe was the PE and History co-ordinator, and was responsible for overviewing all the after school sports clubs. This involved liaising with Everton and Liverpool football clubs along with the local high schools to provide school club provision.
Martin Isherwood: Head of Music, LIPA
Martin has 37 years’ experience within the music industry as a self-employed professional songwriter and producer (with UK top 15 chart success), performer, sound engineer, gig promoter, music TV producer, label owner, artist manager, performance poet and DJ. He has extensive experience of leadership and management in a variety of organisations and challenging settings. Martin has 37 years’ professional work and voluntary experience in a range of music, HE, arts, charitable, public, private and not for profit organisations, including many positions at board level.