Our Governing Body

School governors play a significant role in the life of any school. Their responsibilities include

  • supporting the headteacher and other members of staff;
  • representing the views and interests of parents and children;
  • helping with the management of the school's finances
    monitoring the educational standards achieved by pupils.

The Governing Body of the school is made up of a mix of staff and members of the wider community. There are a total of 12 governors, as follows

  • 2 staff governors, of whom one is the Headteacher
  • 4 parent governors
  • 5 co-opted governors
  • 1 Local Authority governor

Who Appoints the Governors?

Each of the various categories of governor prescribed in the Regulations has its own eligibility criteria and means of appointment.

Once appointed or elected, all governors must operate in the best interest of pupils, not as representatives to lobby on behalf of themselves or others. Their task is to govern the school. This means focusing on the core functions of providing strategic leadership, holding the headteacher to account and making sure the school’s money is well spent. This is a demanding task for which all governors need to have, or develop, relevant and appropriate skills.

The Regulations create an explicit requirement that all appointed governors have the skills required to contribute to effective governance and the success of the school. The specific skills that governing bodies need to meet their particular challenges will vary. It is, therefore, for governing bodies and other appointing persons to determine in their own opinion, having regard to this guidance, what these skills are and be satisfied that the governors they appoint have them.

They may interpret the word skills to include personal attributes, qualities and capabilities, such as the ability and willingness to learn and develop new skills.

Term of Office and Tenure

The term of office for all governors is four years with the exception of the Headteacher who only ceases being a governor when they resign their position as head of the school.

The tenure of the chair and vice-chair of the governing body is two years.  The position is through nominations and election by fellow serving governors.

The tenure of the chair of each committee is one year.  The full governing body, at the beginning of each academic year, elects the chair and vice-chair of the Finance Committee.  Chairs of other committees are agreed by members of each committee in the first meeting of each academic year or the first meeting of the committee.

Parent Governors

Other parents at the school elect parent governors.

Any parent, or carer, of a registered pupil at the school at the time of election is eligible to stand for election as a parent governor. Parent governors may continue to hold office until the end of their term of office even if their child leaves the school.

Schools must make every reasonable effort to fill parent governor vacancies through elections. However, the Regulations make provision for the governing body to appoint parent governors where not enough parents stand for election,

Governing bodies may only appoint as a parent governor a parent who has, in their opinion, the skills to contribute to effective governance and the success of the school.

Staff Governors

Teaching and support staff who, at the time of election, are employed by either the governing body or the local authority to work at the school under a contract of employment, are eligible to be staff governors. An election will be held as soon as an eligible candidate is identified.

Headteacher

The headteacher is a member of the governing body by virtue of their office.

Co-Opted Governors

The governing body appoints co-opted governors. They are people who, in the opinion of the governing body, have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.

Local Authority Governors

Local authority governors are nominated by the local authority but appointed by the governing body.

The local authority can nominate any eligible person as a local authority governor, but it is for the governing body to decide whether their nominee has the skills to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school and meets any other eligibility criteria they have set. Local authorities should therefore make every effort to understand the governing body’s requirements and identify and nominate suitable candidates.

An individual eligible to be a staff governor at the school may not be appointed as a local authority governor.

Name Position Roles and Responsibilities End of Service Term of Service

Mrs Angie Waplington

Headteacher

Headteacher
Link Governor
SEND Governor

None

Ex-officio

Mrs Natalie Smith

Staff Governor

English
PPG

None

March 20 –
to
March 24

Mr Gary Longstaffe

Parent Governor

Health & Safety
Class Three monitoring

None

June 20
to
June 24

Mrs Haley Donaldson

Parent Governor

Chair of Resources
Early Years

None

21/03/2017
to
20/03/2021

Miss Kerry Warburton

Parent Governor

 

None

22/01/2018
to
21/01/2022

VACANT

LEA Governor

 

 

 

Mr Simon Burrows

Co-opted Governor

Safer Recruitment,
Class One Monitoring Governor

None

Jan 20 –
to
Jan 24

Miss Rachael Warren

Co-opted Governor

Assessment

Miss Warren is a class teacher at Hemswell Cliff Primary School

07/02/2017
to
06/02/2021

Mr Paul Norris

Co-opted Governor

Safeguarding including
E-Safety
Class Four monitoring
Looked After Children

None

Feb 20
to
Feb 24

Miss Odette Clarke

Co-opted Governor

 

 

Oct 20 –
to
Oct 24

VACANT

Co-opted Governor

 

 

 

Louise Long

Clerk

 

None