Our Governors

Our School Governors want to make a positive contribution to children’s education.

Governors have an important part to play in raising school standards. The role of the governing board is absolutely key to the effectiveness of a school. Time and time again Ofsted have noted that the most effective schools demonstrate effective leadership and management - including by the Governing Body.

School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. The role of the Governing Body is a strategic one. Its key functions are to:

  • set the aims and objectives for the school
  • set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  • monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
  • be a source of challenge and support to the headteacher (a critical friend)

The headteacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the Governing Body.

Attendance at Governors meetings is available on Governor Hub and can be accessed upon request.

Pen portraits of our Governors are below and information about their term of office can be found here.


Chair of Governors

Our Chair of Governors is Revd. Peter Dawkin.

Revd. Peter Dawkin – Chair of Governors

(Pecuniary Interests N/A)

Roles and Responsibilities Certficates held
Chair of GovernorsREMaths C1, 2 & 3 Safeguarding Certificate from the Diocese of LiverpoolCRB CertificateWRAP TrainingProviding challenge for governorsHays safeguarding

Peter has been on the Governing Body at All Saints Upton CE Primary School since his arrival as the Vicar of St. Basil and All Saints Church, some 12 years ago. Peter has recently been appointed as Chair of Governors at All Saints Upton. He has been on two other Governing Bodies in previous Parishes in Liverpool. He tries to come into school each Wednesday to lead worship.

He is married to Linda, the Vicar of St. Michael with St. Thomas, Ditton and they have three children – Beth, James and Ben.

He likes sport, music, science fiction and trains! His particular areas of responsibility for the Governors are RE and Maths.




Staff Governor - Rachel Cho

Eileen Stein

(Pecuniary Interests - Governor for Aspiring Foundations Federated Nursery Schools)

Roles and Responsibilities Certificates held
EYFS Providing Challenge for Governors

Co-opted Governor All Saints Upton CE Primary School

I was appointed to the Governing body at All Saints Upton in 2017. Alongside this, I am a Governor at Aspiring Foundations Federated Nursery Schools (previously Warrington Road Nursery School) since 2011 and have special responsibility for SEN and Looked After children. I also sit on the Curriculum & Standards Committee.

I have worked in Halton since 1990, initially in community centres and community development and then since 2002 in Sure Start and later children’s centres. Currently I am the Principal Manager for the 4 Widnes Children’s Centres, including Upton which is part of the school building.

Through my roles in Halton, I feel I have a good knowledge of the local community and some of the challenges facing our families locally. I believe that with the right support all children can achieve their full potential and flourish.

My interests revolve around my family, our 2 daughters still live at home and are at university and just starting an apprenticeship. Most of our extended family live in Scotland so we are often visiting at the weekends. Other than that my spare time is spent walking our very excitable Labrador and trying to keep the allotment weed free.

DATE OF END OF OFFICE – 08/03/2026

Tracey Dean

(Pecuniary Interests N/A)

Roles and Responsibilities Certificates held
EYFS Providing Challenge for Governors

I have very recently joined the Governing body at All Saints Upton as I felt I wanted to be part of a committed team of people who want to share knowledge and experiences to enhance the quality of services for children.

I am currently enjoying retirement after working with children and their families for the last 35 years. I am passionate about services for children. I have worked in both local authority and voluntary sectors. I have a range of childcare related qualifications and have a management degree.

I am a carer for an elderly auntie and enjoy spending time with my lovely family and friends. I also love going on holidays.

DATE OF END OF OFFICE – 29/10/2026

Helen Denton

(Pecuniary Interests N/A)

Roles and Responsibilities Certificates held
Foundation subjectsScience WRAP TrainingProviding Challenge for Governors

My background is as Head of Care in a residential EBD school supporting children with SEBD in both Residential and day settings, working closely with parents, schools and other professionals to ensure children reach their personal and academic potential. I have a HNC in Social Care Management.

I have also worked as a CSW in Halton for the past 10 years. I now work for the Behaviour Support Service as a Family Liason Officer, supporting parents of children with early signs of SEMH and I work collaboratively with schools and any relevant agencies. I am trained in Nurture practice and the SOLIHULL approach to learning.

In addition, I am currently involved with training Midday Assistants to up skill them in managing pupil behaviour, understanding the importance of play and raising their profiles within the school.

DATE OF END OF OFFICE – 08/03/2026

Jeanette Davies – Headteacher

(Pecuniary Interests N/A)

Roles and Responsibilities Certificates held
Headteacher Working Together Safer Recruitment 

I became a member of the Governing Body when I joined All Saints Upton as Deputy Head in February 2019. I have worked as a teacher for many years in Liverpool, having had responsibility for Maths and being Deputy SENCO. I was delighted to become head at All Saints Upton in September 2022.

I have two adult daughters, one of whom is an EYFS teacher, and enjoy spending time with them and my family and friends. I am a member of my local church and I am on the Church Council.

Rev. Les Moss:

I recently retired from Cheshire College South & West where for the last twelve years I have worked on managing projects financed by the European Social Fund as well as other externally funded initiatives. Prior to this I have worked in Finance for two multinational corporations and a medium sized charity providing care for young people with autism.

Since retirement I have continued to serve as an Ordained Local Minister (OLM), working with the Vicar and wider ministry team St. Michael with St Thomas Church Ditton and am currently an elected member of both Deanery and Diocesan Synods. I have also served on the Diocesan Board of Education. I was ordained in 2002.

I am a relatively new Governor, pleased to be appointed, and look forward to making a positive contribution to the school as part of the team.

I am married to Susan and have a daughter Ruth and my interests are Theology, reading and cooking.


Certificates Held:

C1,2 & 3 Safeguarding Certificate from The Diocese of Liverpool

CRB Certificate

NCFE Level 1:

Award in Safeguarding in a Learning Environment

Certificate in Mental Health Awareness

Certificate in Drug Awareness

Award in Substance Abuse Awareness

NCFE Level 2:

Certificate in Equality & Diversity


Katie Edwards: Parent Governor

My name is Katie Edwards and I am a parent governor here at All Saints Upton. My daughter Emily is currently in year 5. I am a Primary School teacher and have been for the past 15 years, I currently teach year 2 and I am KS1 Lead. I also really enjoy my role as PE coordinator which enables me to visit other schools with the children taking part in competitions and playing friendly matches to help the children to gain in confidence.

I have always held the teaching staff and Senior leadership team in high regard and cannot praise them enough for the hard work we all see going on and what I as a parent governor see happens behind the school doors.

Darren Williams Parent Governor

Appointed 11/10/2022