All school governors contribute to the work of the governing body in ensuring high standards of achievement for all children and young people in the school by:-

• Setting the school’s vision, ethos and strategic direction;

• Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; and

• Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

A co-opted governor is a person appointed by the governing body and who, in the opinion of the governing body, has the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school. As a co-opted governor, the incumbent may have an area of specialist knowledge or experience or bring a wide range of skills and experience to your role as a governor.
As a co-opted governor, the incumbent will act in the best interests of the school and wider community and cannot be mandated to take a particular stance on issues.

As an effective Co-opted governor the incumbent will:

• support the aims of your school;

• visit and get to know your school;

• work in partnership with the headteacher, senior leadership team and other governors to raise standards and improve outcomes for all children;

• prepare for meetings by reading papers beforehand;

• take responsibility for their own learning and development as a governor including attending training;

• attend full governing body and relevant committee meetings promptly, regularly, and for the full time;

• read briefings and newsletters for governors;

• be loyal to the decisions made by the governing body;

• respect the confidentiality of governing body affairs;

• declare an interest and withdraw from any meeting where the incumbent, a partner or close relative or associate stands to gain, or where he/ she is so close to a matter discussed it is difficult to be impartial;

• have regard to the broader responsibilities as a governor of a public institution in regard to promoting accountability for the actions and performance of the governing body.

Membership Overview

• Ann Clark – Chair of Governors
• Richard Farbon – Vice Chair and LA Governor
• Helen Dunbavin – Head Teacher
• Mike Forshaw – Link Governor
• Tracey Irwing – Parent Governor
• John Irwing – Parent Governor
• Mark Miller – co-opted
• Bill Hodgson – co-opted
• Lucy O’Kane – Teacher Governor

Governor Profiles

Name: Ann Clark

Position: Chair of Governors

I joined the Governing body of Hope High School in Spring 2017.

As a retired Headteacher of a secondary Lancashire Pupil Referral Unit I am extremely interested in education and in particular the education of those students who, for whatever reason, are unable to attend mainstream provision. I passionately believe that all students are entitled to the very best in terms of curriculum and opportunity.

More recently I have worked with a small number of schools, including Hope High School, on a consultancy basis and this I have enjoyed very much. The time I spent at Hope High School was very rewarding and for this reason I agreed to join the school’s governing body.

I love to travel, visiting my family in California, Madrid and London, and enjoy reading and listening to music.

I also take an interest in the football and cricket seasons despite my teams not being very successful.

Name: Richard Farbon

Position: Vice Chair and LA Governor

I have recently been elected as Chair of the Standards and Achievement Sub Committee. I have no business interests that relate to Hope HS and am not related to any of the staff and pupils.
I took on the roll of Governor to support the the Headteacher and her staff on their positive journey of achievement.
My whole professional career has involved Special Needs. I was promoted from Deputy to be Headteacher of Pontville School a Non Maintained Special School, after 9 years in this role I went to work for Lancashire CC and was SENDO for the school for manyyears. I was more than aware of the difficulties the school was experiencing and made this clear to my managers
I also made clear the improvements and progress the school was making when Helen Dunbavin became Headteacher
As I was approaching retirement I did not want to lose all contact with an educational environment and felt with my experience I still had something to give and volunteered my services to Helen.
With good management the schools progress has been remarkable and I want to remain part of the continuing journey.

Name: Mike Forshaw

Position: Link Governor

I first became a Governor in 1999 at Burscough Priory High School, which later became Burscough Priory Science College, initially serving as an elected Parent Governor and latterly as a Community Governor. I was Chair from 2002, until my resignation in 2012. I have also been Chair of the Premises Committee, and Link Governor. I joined the Board of Governors at Hope in 2013. I have two grown up daughters. I am a director of a local coach company.

Name: Tracey Irwing

Position: Parent Governor

I have been a parent governor for 4 years at Hope High and was a governor for 2 years at Elm Tree Primary School. I became a parent governor to ensure the parental viewpoints are acknowledged making sure the school provides a good quality education for all pupils.

I have many years experience with the education system as I have children in both mainstream and special settings, including experience with ASD and ADHD as 4 of my 12 children have a diagnosis with these conditions and 3 are still attending special schools.

In the past I have volunteered to listen to the children read in hope high to boost there reading skills and enjoyed my time spent with the children. I have worked as a career to elderly in the community on an agency as I enjoy interacting with new people.

I spend a lot of my time looking after my family, and I also have dogs which take up my spare time. I have started a new hobby going to the gym and swimming to increase my fitness levels.

Name: John Irwing

Position: Parent Governor

I worked in banking for 16 years, Lancashire County Council Leisure Dept for 3 years, a Private Community Care company for 5 years and a major UK Supermarket for 14 years. A Trade Union representative during my banking career becoming a senior lay official during this time. I have had various roles up to and including Managerial during my employment.

I currently have two children attending Hope High School, although one is in the current year 11 and due to finish in summer 2017, I applied for the role of parent governor be able to contribute in some way to my children’s education.

Name: Mark Miller

Position: co-opted

Name: Bill Hodgson

Position: co-opted

Name: Lucy O’Kane

Position: Teacher Governor

I have been a teacher at Hope High school since October 2012 and a member of the Senior Leadership team since January 2015. I have taught a variety of subjects across the curriculum in my time at Hope High school promoting an active and varied learning environment where pupils enjoy learning, are engaged and achievement is celebrated.

I am a passionate school leader and act as a point of contact for all colleagues and support new colleagues as coach and mentor. I lead by example and promote excellence and resilience in the classroom, maintaining high professional standards and leading on behaviour management across the school.

I also take the lead on transitions and support new pupils and families joining the Hope High School community. I liaise with various other professionals to ensure a strong Team Around the Family.


Governor NameRelationship to other Governor / school staffGovernor at another schoolBusiness and Pecuniary
Ann ClarkN/AAcorn's PRUN/A
Richard FarbonN/AN/AN/A
Helen DunbavinN/AN/AN/A
Mike ForshawN/AN/AN/A
Tracey IrwingWife of John IrwingN/AN/A
John IrwingHusband of Tracey IrwingN/AN/A
Mark MillerN/AWoodlands, Elm TreeN/A
Bill HodgsonN/AElm TreeN/A
Luck O'KaneN/AN/AN/A

Standards and Effectiveness 2016 – 2017

Governor NameAutumn (19.09.16)Spring (23.1.17)Summer (08.05.17)
Mike ForshawYesNoYes
Richard FarbonYesYesYes
Helen DunbavinYesYesYes
Ann ClarkN/AN/AYes
Tracey IrwingYesYesYes
John IrwingN/AN/AN/A
Mark MillerNoYesYes
Bill HodgsonN/AYesYes
Lucy O'KaneYesYesYes


Governor NameAutumn (19.09.16)Spring (25.01.17)Summer (08.05.17)
Mike ForshawYesNoYes
Richard FarbonN/AN/AN/A
Helen DunbavinYesYesYes
Ann ClarkN/AN/AYes
Tracey IrwingN/AN/AN/A
John IrwingYesYesYes
Mark MillerN/AN/AN/A
Bill HodgsonNoYesYes
Lucy O'KaneYesN/AN/A

Full Governors Body

Governor NameAutumn (21.09.16)Spring (06.03.17)Summer (19.03.17)
Mike ForshawYesYesNo
Richard FarbonYesYesYes
Helen DunbavinYesYesYes
Ann ClarkN/AYesYes
Tracey IrwingNoNoYes
John IrwingNoYesNo
Mark MillerNoNoYes
Bill HodgsonYesYesNo
Lucy O'KaneYesYesYes

Responsibility, Term and Membership

Governor NameRole of ResponsibilityTerm of OfficeCommittee Membership
Mike ForshawChair of Governors01-JUN-2013 - 31-MAY-2017Standard and Resources
Richard FarbonVice Chair28-APR-2016 - 27-APR-2020Chair of Resources
Helen DunbavinHead Teacher04-JUL-2012 -Standards and Resources
Ann ClarkCo-Opted06-MAR-2017 - 05-MAR-2021Resources
Tracey IrwingParent15-MAY-2013 - 14-MAY-2017Standards
John IrwingCo-Opted08-DEC-2014 - 07-DEC-2018Chair of Resources
Mark MillerCo-opted 26-JAN-2015 - 25-JAN-2019Standards
Bill HodgsonCo-opted 01-JUN-2013 - 31-MAY-2017Resources
Lucy O'KaneTeacher18-DEC-2015 - 17-DEC-2019Standards