Summerhill Governors

A Message from the Governors

The Governing Body believe in children receiving the best possible Primary School education. At the heart of its thinking, the Governing Body aims to provide the most suitable resources and learning environment, both inside the building and surrounding grounds, to support the children’s learning. The Governors share the same ethos as the School Management and work in partnership to achieve these aims. We hope this website will provide you with the information you need about the School and that you find it useful.

We believe we have appointed governors who have the skills to contribute to effective governance and the success of the school.

We review our effectiveness regularly, including the extent to which our size and structure is fit for purpose and our members have the necessary skills.

Our governors are encouraged to commit to training and a budget is set aside for this.

Governors hold an important office and we share their identity with the wider community. Within these pages you will find up to date details of our governance arrangements in a readily accessible format.

A code of conduct is maintained and there is an explicit agreement to the code of conduct which means there is a common reference point should any difficulties arise. All our governors have signed the code of conduct.

Governor Attendance
Governors 2020-2021

Mr David Stamper

Coopted Governor - Chair of Governors

Mrs Kath Coyle

Coopted Governor - Vice Chair of Governors

I have been in Primary Education since qualifying as a teacher in 1979. I retired as Headteacher of Aintree Davenhill in 2014 and became a governor of Summerhill shortly afterwards. It’s a delight to work with the wonderful staff at this fabulous school, particularly on the numerous International projects we’ve been involved in over the years.

Mr Ivan Guy

Coopted Governor

I am currently a School Management Consultant and a Health and Safety advisor to schools.

Previously employed by Sefton Council for 15 years as a school organisation manager, previous background in Construction and Architecture.

Degree in Organisation and Management.

Hobbies, campervans and adventures.

Mrs Marie Bennett

Coopted Governor

I have worked in Maghull for the last fifteen years as part of the leadership team at Maghull High School. I have been a teacher for thirty years and am passionate about education. My specialism is modern foreign languages and my current responsibilities centre around safeguarding and wellbeing. I am the mother of two grown up children and in my spare time, I love to read, go for long walks and when I have the energy, run.

Mr Rob Cragg

Coopted Governor

I retired 9 years ago and before I finished work as an accountant in the NHS, I became a governor at Summerhill. It's one of the best things that I have ever done, and interacting with the children is an endless joy and privilege. I can often be seen helping out in Forest School where the children get a chance to gain an appreciation of their environment and get very dirty. I can see me being here for many years yet.

Mr Peter Rafferty

Coopted Governor

A Google Certified Trainer with many years primary school teaching experience in Maghull and currently working at a school near Lake Windemere. I have a strong and continuing enthusiasm for technology and digital skills to be at the heart of teaching and learning. I have worked creatively and innovatively with educators in the UK, Europe as well as America and South Africa.

Mr Boby Raja

LA Governor - pending cabinet

"I'm Boby and I am the Local Authority Governor at Summerhill Primary School. I am very impressed with the school’s ethos and approach to learning and very excited to be working with the school. I am keen to ensure the children are able to achieve to the best of their abilities and are happy and confident . My professional background is in the NHS and Healthcare and my current job involves programme managing key mental health transformation programmes for Greater Manchester. Although my focus is on adult mental health, I can bring knowledge and resources related to children's mental health. I also bring a range of other skills such as service improvement, analysis and problem solving and I believe I can bring a fresh perspective to the school. I also have two young children and in my free time I like to exercise and spend time with my family."

Mr Steve Forrest

Parent Governor

My name is Stephen Forrest and I was delighted at being appointed as a parent governor at Summerhill School in October 2015.

I have 2 sons who attend Summerhill who are in Year 6 and Year 2.

I have an in depth knowledge of Education with being a teacher of Computer Science and ICT at a local secondary school for over 13 years. In my role as parent governor, I have gained a valuable understanding of the Primary curriculum and how Summerhill operates on a daily basis alongside many other areas. I have also drawn upon my experiences in education and as a parent to have a positive impact on the school.

In the years I have been associated with the school both as a parent and a governor, I can appreciate the wonderful things that Summerhill School and staff do for their students and all the hard work and commitment the staff put in and I am very thankful for their efforts.

Mrs Dawn Beaumont

Parent Governor

My name is Dawn Beaumont and I am a Parent Governor at Summerhill Primary School. I have been a Governor for a number of years and I strive to enrich the school through my experience of working in higher education and within the local community. Summerhill Primary School has long held a special place in my heart having been a former pupil and with my children now attending the school. I feel very lucky to be a part of such a great school community and I am delighted to have an opportunity to contribute to this through my role as Governor.

Miss Jane Lyons

Parent Governor

I am Jane and I am a parent governor at Summerhill.

I have a little boy in year one and a younger boy in nursery who will soon be a Summerhill child too!

When I’m not running about after my boys I am a Chartered Accountant.

I loved the school from the moment I stepped inside for my first visit.... it is a wonderful and caring environment.

Miss Heather Roche

Parent Governor

I am Heather and I was appointed as a parent governor in 2015 and have one son who attends the school who is in year 5. I am a fully qualified HR Professional with over 20 years experience working in Human Resources and am currently employed as a Senior HR Consultant. I am very thankful to be able to contribute to the school in the role of Parent Governor and continue to gain valuable insight into Summerhill and the wonderful school that it is!

Mrs Ann Kavanagh

Staff Governor

Mrs Cathy Padilla

Associate Governor

My name is Cathy Padilla I am Year 6 teacher and also one of the Assistant Headteachers at Summerhill. I started working as a teacher in 2018 which was when I joined Summerhill and have taught in Year 1, Year 3 and this will be my 8th year working in Year 6. Prior to working as a teacher, I worked in a bank – a very different career and certainly nowhere near as fulfilling!

As part of my role I am responsible for overseeing the Curriculum and am also a coordinator for Mathematics, Music, History and Geography.

In my spare time I enjoy walking, travelling and trying to keep fit! As my husband is half Spanish I also enjoy learning languages.

Mrs Lindsay Rannard

Associate Governor

My name is Lindsay Rannard I am the Year 3 teacher, Sendco and also one of the Assistant Headteachers at Summerhill. I qualified as a teacher in 2020 which was when I joined Summerhill as a teacher in Year 2. Prior to working as a teacher, I worked in a bank in a variety of roles latterly being a project manager.

As part of my role I am the co-ordinator for English, Educational visits and student teachers.

I have two boys who are currently studying Mechanical Engineering and Maths and Economics at University. In my spare time I enjoy walking, baking and travelling.

Mrs Yvonne Bennett-Gleig


I started my teaching career in Seaforth where I taught for 14 years. During this time I taught in KS1 and Foundation Stage. I feel privileged to have spent most of my early career teaching in the Reception class.

I moved to Summerhill in September 2005 and am proud to say I have been the Headteacher of our impressive school since January 2018.

I am the proud mum of two beautiful grown-up children who are twins. We also have a gorgeous called Alfie.

In my spare time I love to read, cook and bake, go on long walks and spend time with my family and friends. I am also a keen Liverpool supporter!