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The Role of the Governors

Our Governing Body is made up of parents, staff members and representatives from the church. A governing body’s overriding responsibility is to work in partnership with the head teacher to promote continuous improvement in the performance of the school. This involves the establishment of a development plan, the setting of challenging but achievable targets and the interpretation of information to assess progress and determine appropriate action. 

Aligned to its improvement role, the governing body is there to be a critical friend who can provide the right balance between supporting and challenging the performance of both the head teacher and the school. Governors also have some specific roles such as Child Protection and Health and Safety.

How do we do this?

  • Self Evaluation, we look at what we do and what we can do to improve.

  • Agree the School Development Plan and monitor its implementation.

  • Ensure that the school meets its statutory and professional responsibilities as an employer and a provider of services to children.

  • Plan how the school budget is to be used and monitor compliance with the Budget.

  • Authorise the policies and strategies required to provide the best available education to children.

  • Ensure the children have a safe and supportive environment.

  • Review how the school meets its statutory responsibilities to provide for the needs of every individual child.

  • Agree the appropriate staff structure for the school and ensure that staff is managed in a way that holds them to account for their performance and develops their potential for the future.

  • Confirm that the voice of the children, parents and others with a legitimate interest in the school are heard and taken into account.

  • Resolve any serious conflict within the school or between the school and parents.

  • Appoint and support the staff of the school.

How do we work?

  • We meet as a full Governing Body at every half-term. Extraordinary meetings are arranged if circumstances warrant such action.

  • Every year we elect a Chair and Vice-Chair from amongst the existing members of the Governing Body (employees at the School cannot be elected to these positions).

  • The Governing Body also has a Clerk who arranges its meetings, circulates the agenda and papers, takes minutes of full meetings of the Governing Body, and circulates information to Governors from the Local Authority.

  • In order to delegate and share the responsibilities of the Governing Body more effectively, we have sub-committees for things such as finance, premises and performance management. Governors meet with the Headteacher, separately from the full Governing Body meetings and provide reports back to the full governors. Governors also have responsibilities for particular aspects of the school, these include Literacy, Numeracy, IT, Health & Safety, Child Protection, Landscape and Special Needs.

Our Governors

      

  • Karen Butler is the head teacher of Grewelthorpe and Fountains Primary Schools; she is also a consultant head teacher for the local authority.

   Kay Hickingbotham

  • Kay Hickingbotham has been co-opted onto the governing body. She teaches key stage one at Grewelthorpe School. She is on the resources committee, the complaints and the academies working party.

  • Rachel Bain is our Chair of Governors, she is a parent governor. She is on the resources committee, school improvement, staff discipline appeals panel and has specific responsibility for SEN.

  • Joanne Martin is a parent governor. She is on the resource committee, the complaint panel and the staff discipline appeal panel. She is also the pupil premium champion

 

  • Margaret Driffield is our Clerk to Governors she is also the administrator at Fountains CE Primary School.

  

  • Dawn Conrardy is one of our Foundation Governors. Dawn will also ensure that we uphold the Christian ethos in the school. 

  • Katie Barker is an associate member of the governing body, she teaches upper key stage two at Fountains School.

  • Georgina Wray has been co-opted onto the governing body, she is the assistant head teacher at Fountains School and teaches key stage one. Georgina is part of the school improvement committee.

  • Anne Collins is our LEA Governor and Vice Chair. As well as being a teacher for many years she has also carried out extensive volunteer work including leading local scouting groups for many years. Anne is on the school improvement committee and the complaints panel. Anne is the named governor for Child Protection she is also heavily involved in all aspects of Health & Safety and Safeguarding at Grewelthorpe School.

  • Sue Thomas is one of our Foundation Governors. She is on the School Improvement Committee and the staff discipline panel. 

 

 Governor attendance and declarations of interest for 2016-17

 Click here to view Governor meeting minutes  30th November  2016

Click here to view Governor meeting minutes  8th February 2017

Click here to view Governor meeting minutes 5th April 2017

Click here  to download an enlarged PDF version

Click here to see Governor attendance and declarations of interest for 2017-18