Governors

Welcome to the section of the website where you can find out more about the school’s governors, and the work that we do. You can also read the minutes of our meetings and the annual statement which we prepare for parents at the end of the school year.

Our main role is to support the Head Teacher and staff. The phrase often used to describe this is ‘a critical friend’. We help them to set and reach targets and to strive for excellence across the whole spectrum of school life. The two key documents used for this are the School Self Evaluation (SEF) where we analyse our effectiveness against national standards and the School Development Plan (SDP) which identifies those areas which require improvement and how we will improve them.

In accordance with the Government’s requirement for all governing bodies, the three core strategic functions are:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding the Head Teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

The Governing Body was reconstituted in September 2014. It consists of eleven governors:  one Local Authority Representative Governor, two Foundation Governors, four Parent Governors, two Co-opted Governors, the Head Teacher and one Staff Governor. There is one Associate Governors. Associate Governors may not vote.

There are six full Governing Body meetings each year, one each half term and the majority of business is conducted at these meetings. Panels of Governors will deal with duties such as the performance management of the Head Teacher.

All meetings are minuted by the Clerk to Governors, Mrs Val Brown.

In addition governors may take on monitoring roles in school, for example, Special Educational Needs, Safeguarding or a curriculum subject.

Governors attend training sessions to keep up to date with changes in schools and education. They visit school regularly to meet with the Head Teacher, members of staff and pupils.

Experience in education, finance, personnel, management and health are valuable to the Governing Body, however, the key attributes that Governors need are time, enthusiasm and an interest in education.

If you are interested in becoming a school governor please contact the Head Teacher or Clerk to Governors.

Governors

September 2019

Name Type of Governor

Date of Appointment

 

Term of Office Responsibilities Business or Pecuniary Interests/  Governance roles in other schools Relationship to other Governors/ school staff
Mrs Alison Russell

Co-opted

Appointed by GB

September 2019

 

1 Year Chair of Governors.  Link Governor for SEND, Healthy Schools, Pupil Premium, Performance Pay and Curriculum Governor Carnagill Primary School None

Vacancy

 

 

Foundation

Appointed by Diocese

         
Mrs Viv Waugh

Foundation

Appointed by Diocese

December

2017

 

4 Years Link Governor for RE and Collective Worship and Performance Pay None None

Mrs Julia Clarke

 

 

Parent

Elected by parents

October 2017 4 Years

Vice Chair of Governors

Link Governor for Performance Pay, Attainment & Progress and Curriculum

None None
Vacancy Parent Elected by parents          
Mrs Julia Preston

Parent

Elected by parents

October 2019 4 years Link Governor for English None None
Mr Nicholas Potts

Parent

Elected by parents

October 2019 4 years Link Governor for Computing None None

Vacancy

 

 

Local Authority          
Mr Derek Blenkharn

Co-opted

Appointed by GB

 

September 2017 4 Years Link Governor for Buildings, Health & Safety, PE and Sports and Safeguarding. Architect None
Mr Simon Robson Headteacher

January

2015

 

Ongoing Overarching responsibility for Resources, Pay Performance and School Development None None
Miss Nicola Bleasby

Staff

Elected by staff

September 2019 Annual Link Governor for Quality of Teaching, Learning and Assessment None

None

 

             
Rev Jenni Lane

Foundation Ex Officio

Appointed  by Diocese

September 2014

 

Resigned February 2016 Link Governor for RE and Collective Worship None

None

 

Mr Philip Thompson

Parent

Elected by parents

September 2013

 

4 Years

Resigned August 2016

Vice Chair of Governors. Link Governor for Global Dimension. None None
Mr David Smith

Parent

Elected by parents

March

2013

 

4 Years

Resigned August 2016

Link Governor for Special Educational Needs. None

None

 

Ms Susan Thornton

Parent

Elected by parents

September 2013

 

4 Years

Resigned April 2017

Link Governor for Quality and Standards of Education. None None
Mrs Jean Evans

Associate Governor

Appointed by GB

September 2015

4 Years

Resigned

September 2017

Link Governor for Literacy and Early Years None None
Ms Georgie Sale

Associate Governor

Appointed by GB

April 2016

4 Years

Resigned January 2017

Co – Chair of Governors , Link Governor for Quality and Standards of Education and Pupil Data. None

None

 

Mr Paul Knapp

Parent

Elected by parents

September 2014

 

4 Years

Ended August 2018

Link Governor for Safeguarding, SRE and Drugs Education and PSE None None
Mrs Kath Jones

Associate Governor

Appointed by GB

January 2018

1 Year

Resigned March 2018

Link Governor for RE and Collective Worship None None
Mrs Denise Wilson Bainbridge

Parent

Elected by parents

September 2016

4 Years

Resigned January 2019

Link Governor for Special Educational Needs, Pupil Premium and Early Years None None
Mrs Luci Jewkes

Parent

Elected by parents

September 2018

4 Years

Resigned April 2019

Link Governor for School Improvement None None
Mrs Gemma McManus (Mr Tony Williams)

Staff

Elected by staff

September 2013

Annual

End of term August 2019

Link Governor for Quality of Teaching, Learning and Assessment None

None

 

Mrs Michelle Pattison

Parent

Elected by parents

September 2016

4 Years

Resigned January 2020

Link Governor for Finance, Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare None Yes

Governing Body attendance at meetings 2018 – 2019

Governor Full Governing Body (6)
Alison Russell 6
Michelle Patterson 4
Denise Wilson- Bainbridge 2 (Resigned January 19)
Julia Clarke 6
Luci Jewkes 1 (Resigned June 2019)
Derek Blenkharn 6
Viv Waugh 4
Simon Robson 6
Gemma McManus 3 (Maternity Leave April 18)
Tony Williams 2 (Appointed March 19)

 

You can contact the Chair of Governors by email Cofg@croft.dalesmat.org or by post to the school address.