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What is a School Governor?

 

School governors are people who want to make a positive contribution to children’s education.

 

Governors are one of the largest volunteer forces in the country and 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.

 

What Does a School Governor Do?

 

School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools.  Governors also appoint the head teacher and deputy head teacher.

 

Each individual governor is a member of a governing board, which is established in law as a corporate body.  School governing bodies are responsible for working with the school to ensure that it delivers a good quality of education.  Individual governors may not act independently of the rest of the governing board; decisions are the joint responsibility of the whole governing board. 

 

The role of the governing board is a strategic one, together with the head teacher, who has day to day responsibility of running the school, its key functions are to:

 

  • set the aims and objectives for the school;
  • agree 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; and
  • be a source of challenge and support to the head teacher (a critical friend).

 

They also carry out a number of other important duties, which include:

 

  • Determining how the school's budget is spent;
  • The appointing and dismissing of staff;
  • Hearing appeals and grievances;
  • Forming policy on the school's curriculum and collective worship;
  • Setting standards for pupils' behaviour and discipline; and
  • Making sure school buildings are welcoming and safe.

 

A governor does NOT:

 

  • Write the school policies;
  • Undertake audits of any sort – whether financial or health & safety - even if the governor has the relevant professional experience;
  • Spend much time with the pupils of the school – if you want to work directly with children, there are many other voluntary valuable roles within the school;
  • Fundraise – this is the role of the PTA – the governing body should consider income streams and the potential for income generation, but not carry out fundraising tasks;
  • Undertake classroom observations to make judgements on the quality of teaching – the governing body monitors the quality of teaching in the school by requiring data from the senior staff and from external sources;
  • Do the job of the school staff – if there is not enough capacity within the paid staff team to carry out the necessary tasks, the governing body need to consider and rectify this.

 

Who can be a school governor? 

 

You don't have to have children at the school to be a governor.  However, you do have to be over 18, and pass a formal check for your suitability to be within a school.  No specific qualifications are required but there are certain expectations.

 

What's really important is that you have the skills, time and commitment to help drive school improvement and the passion and ambition to achieve the best possible education for children and young people. 

 

Effective governance will include these core features:

 

  • Commitment to ongoing development and to getting to know the school well, including effective induction;
  • Commitment to playing an active part whilst working as part of a team;
  • Ability to provide robust challenge and hold school leaders to account whilst listening to and respecting the views of others;
  • Focus on a strategic role rather than involvement in operational matters

 

How much of my time will being a Governor take up?

 

Under usual circumstances, you should expect to attend 6 evening meetings per year and a maximum of 5 days (usually part days/evenings) on training, policy review, School Development Plan review, meeting and learning walks of the school per year.  However, there may be periods when the time commitment may increase, for example when recruiting a head teacher or being involved in an OFSTED inspection. 

A letter from our Chair of Governors

 

Dear Parents / Carers,

 

Governor Update                              

 

My name is Sarah Bailey and I am the Chair of Governors at Aldwyn Primary School. I have been on the governing body for 8 years. I have one child who attended Aldwyn who has now moved on to High School. I have worked in education for the last 11 years and enjoy working with children and their families. In my role as Chair of Governors I am happy to respond to any questions or queries you may have.

 

Our Governing Body consists of the following people:-

 

Sarah Bailey - Chair of Governors (Co-opted Governor)

Jeanette Thorpe - Parent Governor

Chris Rose - Co-opted Governor

Lynette Harkins - Co-opted Governor

Jason Moore - Co-opted Governor

Caroline Charnock - Head Teacher 

Anna Tierney - Co-opted Governor 

Tracey Sutton - Staff Governor

Steve Clark - Associate Governor 

Tricia Burnside - Associate Governor

Arthur Hindle - Associate Governor

 

The aim of a governing body within a school is to support the Headteachers and the staff in the smooth running of the school and act as a critical friend - as a governing body we aim to  build good working relationships and work towards the future success of Aldwyn.  None of our governors have a pecuniary (financial) interest in the school.  I am very determined to make a positive impact and hope that both my contributions and actions, and those of the Governing Body, make a difference to the school.

 

You can contact me by letter, phone or e-mail via school.

 

Kind regards,

 

Sarah

Meet our Governors

 

 

My name is Sarah Bailey and I am Chair of Governors.  I have been a governor at Aldwyn for the last 9 years.  I have worked in both private industry and education and have been working in education for the last 14 years.  I enjoy working with children and their families and find it extremely rewarding.

 

Details of any pecuniary/business/financial interests that should be disclosed:

 

None.

 

Details of any other governance roles in other schools:

 

None.

 

End of Term:

 

14/11/2020

 

 

My name is Caroline Charnock and I am the Associate Head Teacher at Aldwyn and also a teacher governor, I have worked at Aldwyn since I was newly qualified.  Both my children attended Aldwyn and I live in the local area.  I was very happy to become SENCO and then Deputy Head here at Aldwyn and now I work alongside Mr Clark to encourage and help all our pupils and staff to be their best.  I support the emotional wellbeing of everyone and strive to help people become life long learners.  I live and breathe Aldwyn, it’s an integral part of my life and I enjoy every minute working here.

 

Details of any pecuniary/business/financial interests that should be disclosed:

 

None.

 

Details of any other governance roles in other schools:

 

None.

 

 

End of Term:

 

31/08/2019

My name is Janette Thorpe.  I have been a Governor at Aldwyn since September 2014 I welcomed this exciting opportunity to be involved in the school and to watch the children progress and develop through learning in a safe and stimulating environment. I have a child at Aldwyn and work full-time so being a Governor helps me to be more involved in her school life. I have been a pupil mentor for year 11 pupils at a Salford school to improve truancy and explore career opportunities. I am Treasurer of a Residents Committee and we have donated two planting beds to Aldwyn for all pupils to make use of.

 

Details of any pecuniary/business/financial interests that should be disclosed:

 

None.

 

Details of any other governance roles in other schools:

 

None.

 

End of Term:

 

31/08/2019

My name is Chris Rose and I am the director of rugby and school sport co-ordinator at Audenshaw School.  I have taught at Audenshaw School since 2007 and teach Physical Education and Religious Studies.

I also work in professional rugby league as the assistant coach of Halifax RLFC and was head coach of England rugby league at under 16’s level between 2007 and 2011.  I have worked in professional and semi-professional sport for 13 years with positions at Leeds Rhinos, Warrington Wolves and Salford Red Devils.  My other interests include cricket and swimming and I founded the Audenshaw Sharks swim team in 2012 who are the reigning champions of both Tameside and Greater Manchester.

I look forward to serving Aldwyn and continuing to increase and improve the connections with Audenshaw School.

 

Details of any pecuniary/business/financial interests that should be disclosed:

 

None.

 

Details of any other governance roles in other schools:

 

None.

 

End of Term:

My name is Tracey Sutton and I have been part of the Aldwyn family for 12 years.  I am currently a year 3/4 teacher but I have also had experience teaching foundation stage and key stage 1.  I have served on the board of governors since 2008.  During this time I have seen many changes implemented throughout the school.  I am proud to be a governor and a member of the Aldwyn community.

 

Details of any pecuniary/business/financial interests that should be disclosed:

 

None.

 

Details of any other governance roles in other schools:

 

None.

 

End of Term:

 

31/08/2019

My name is Lynette Harkins.  I am a parent governor and have been on the governing body for 7 years.  I attended Aldwyn as a child and my two children have followed in my footsteps.  I work in the Foundation unit in the Reception classes and have been involved in the school PTA for many years.

 

Details of any pecuniary/business/financial interests that should be disclosed:

 

None.

 

Details of any other governance roles in other schools:

 

None.

 

End of Term:

 

19/03/2021

My name is Steve Clark.  I have worked at Aldwyn Primary School as an Executive Headteacher since 2010.  I work very closely with Mrs Charnock the Head of School.

We are proud of the work that our school does with children and within our community.  We feel that we succeed in producing excellent citizens who are always well prepared to move onto their secondary education, socially, emotionally and educationally.

The things that I like most about our school are the people – staff and parents (children too!).  We are proud of the extremely wide range of activities that our children are involved in over their time in our school.

 

Details of any business/financial interests that should be disclosed:

 

Executive Head Teacher at Arundale Primary and Pinfold Primary.

 

Details of any other governance roles in other schools:

 

Executive Head Teacher governor at Arundale Primary and Pinfold Primary.

 

End of Term:

 

31/08/2019

My name is Anna Tierney.  I currently work in school as a welfare assistant and a T.A.  I have completed level 3, My Teaching Assistant role in an afternoon is reading based and I enjoy the scheme and the achievement we see in our KS 1  readers.

As a mum  of 4 and 3 step children ! I have always liked to be actively involved in the school life and hope I can help make decisions to benefit school days at Aldwyn. Working in the school gives me a good insight to take to Governor's meetings.

 

Details of any pecuniary/business/financial interests that should be disclosed:

 

None.

 

Details of any other governance roles in other schools:

 

None.

 

End of Term:

 

31/08/2019

Jason has lived in the local area for 15 years. He is married, with one child who has recently moved up from Aldwyn to high school.
 Jason works as an IT Architect for a large global IT Services business, providing many clients across the UK with IT governance, strategy, and technical leadership. He brings his industry experience and inquisitive analytical nature to the Aldwyn school board of governors.
Jason is actively involved in promoting diversity in his workplace and is part of an internal steering committee for People with Disabilities (PwD).
 For fun, Jason likes to build and expand his Smart Home automation systems in an endless quest to control every electrical device through voice activation (as inspired by Star Trek...).

 

Details of any pecuniary/business/financial interests that should be disclosed:

 

None.

 

Details of any other governance roles in other schools:

 

None.

 

End of Term:

 

14/11/2020

My name is Rachael Berrisford. I currently work for the local authority as a Practice Manager within the Early Help Team. My background is Youth Work.
I have a daughter in Year 6 at Aldwyn, I was a pupil of the school, as was my sister and my auntie.
I have been a member of the PTA for 4 years.
I am passionate about my work with children, young people and families and feel this will help me to support decisions made about Aldwyn.

 

Details of any pecuniary/business/financial interests that should be disclosed:

 

None.

 

Details of any other governance roles in other schools:

 

None.

 

End of Term

 

19/03/2021

 

My name is Jenna Atherley.  My son recently started his first year at Aldwyn Primary in the reception class and he loves it.

We live locally in Audenshaw and my husband also attended Aldwyn as a child so of course our son wanted to follow in his dad’s footsteps.

I am also chairman of a local residents association and a member of a local gathering group for Audenshaw.

I am very passionate about Aldwyn Primary School and want to contribute in helping to make a difference.

 

Details of any pecuniary/business/financial interests that should be disclosed:

 

None.

 

Details of any other governance roles in other schools:

 

None.

 

End of Term

 

19/03/2021

My name is Ciara Airey.  I recently moved to the area, partly to allow my two daughters to attend Aldwyn Primary, and am delighted to be welcomed as a new member of the Aldwyn Family. Since moving here I’ve been so impressed with how the school succeeds academically whilst providing a positive, nurturing and fun environment for the children.

 

I work full time as a scientist for a global biotech company developing diagnostic tests for the healthcare industry. I am passionate about education and have previously been involved in outreach programmes to promote science among young people. I am very proud to be able to play an active role in contributing to the school life and to the community.

 

Details of any pecuniary/business/financial interests that should be disclosed:

 

None.

 

Details of any other governance roles in other schools:

 

None.

 

End of Term

 

19/03/2021

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