What is the role of the Governing Body?
The governing body have responsibility for raising school standards through their three core strategic functions of:
a. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
b. holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;
c. overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money well spent.
It works in close and balanced partnership with the Headteacher, who is responsible for day to day management issues. There are 14 governors including the Head teacher, 1 staff governor, two parent governors, a LA governor and nine co-opted governors.
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Who are the School Governors?
There are different types of governors listed on the governing body.
The Headteacher always has the choice to be a member of the governing body. Our Parent Governors are elected by parents and carers of pupils registered at school. Our LEA governor is appointed by the Local Education Authority. Our Staff governor is a paid member of staff who has been elected by the staff.
Governors at our School.
Chair of Governors Vice Chair of Governors
Janet Matthews Deborah Park
Appointed: 27/11/14 Appointed: 24/9/11
Al Garthwaite Appointed: 26/11/15
Co-opted Governors (Governors who have been appointed as they have particular skills and expertise to bring to the Governing Body.)
Marcella Manfredonia Appointed: 27/11/14
Amy Houldsworth Appointed: 27/11/14
Robin Phelan Appointed: 27/11/14
Mike Bird Appointed: 27/11/14
Neal Edwards Appointed: 22/1/15
Rosie Hanley Appointed: 12/3/15
Malheia Saleem Appointed 17/3/17
All of our Governors have signed a declaration of governors interests form summarised below
|Name||Business Interest||Other establishments governed||Relationships with staff/members of the Governing Body||Date|
|Deborah Park||None||Thorpe Primary School, Leeds||None||24.9.15|
The full governing body meets five times a year. There are three main committees;
Teaching and Learning – Deborah Park( Chair) Jo Ward, Janet Matthews, Amy Houldsworth, Mike Bird, Rosie Hanley, Michael Brawley, Lizzie Simpson
Resources Committee – Robin Phelan ( Chair ), Jo Ward, Janet Matthews, Neal Edwards, Malheia Saleem, Michael Brawley
Pupil Support Committee – Paresh Rathod (chair), Marcella Manfredonia, Michael Brawley, Al Garthwaite
Headteacher’s Performance Management/Pay Committee – Janet Matthews, Robin Phelan, Al Garthwaite
Pay Appeal Committee – Paresh Rathod,Neal Edwards
Please click on the link below to check our governor’s attendance at meetings.
Some of our governors have special responsibilities.
Child protection/ LAC governor: Deborah Park
SEN governor: Paresh Rathod
Training and Link governor: To be announced
Extended Services/Attendance: Marcella Manfredonia
Complaints Governor: Janet Matthews
Health and Safety Governor: Robin Phelan
Pupil Premium Governor: Neal Edwards
EYFS Governor: Amy Houldsworth
Sports Premium Governor: Lizzie Simpson
Equalities Governor: Jo Ward
Governor to accompany school advisor on visits: Mike Bird
Now find out a bit more about our Governors
I am a Parent Governor with a career background in the IT profession, working as a Business Analyst and Project Manager. I am able to manage Projects and Teams, chair meetings, analyse information, design solutions and facilitate and formulate strategy.
I am a trained primary school teacher. I taught in a small village school and then at GSAL Juniors, but I decided to leave teaching when my first son was born. I enjoy discussing all the teaching and learning aspects of Spring Bank Primary. I am now a full-time mum to two boys. I love reading, watching films and spending time with my family.
I have lived in the local area for over 25 years & have worked in the Finance industry for over 20 years. I Currently work for a major bank in the Governance & Control business area.
My role covers Incident Management including customer remediation, Business Continuity Management & Bank Risk Policies I am the Bank’s Go Green site Leader and work in Partnership with BEAT ( Bradford Environmental Action Trust ) supporting environmental projects they run with local business & schools in the West Yorkshire area. I am also a member on the Leeds Citizen Panel .
I have lived in the local area for nearly 40 years. I have two grown up children. I retired three years ago after a career auditing in the public sector which involved reviewing governance, internal control, financial management, accounting, performance management and value for money.
I am now just as busy as when I was at work including being on the board of several organisations in Leeds but still having time for reading, walking and going on holidays.
I work as an Actuarial Advisor for an insurance company in York. I have a culturally and linguistically diverse background as I have lived in four countries including France, Spain, Pakistan and the UK. I am happy that I can use my skills to make a positive contribution to Spring Bank Primary School as a governor.
I have almost 15 years experience working in Financial Services with a background in Banking, Insurance and Learning & Development. I currently work as a consultant with a range of companies providing guidance about how to achieve their strategic goals through learning and development interventions.
We have a rolling program of reviewing all the school policies. Some policies are available on this website and all policies can be viewed by contacting the Headteacher, Mr Brawley at the school or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Each class has a nominated governor ‘buddy’ who might join them on school trips and/or attend class assemblies.
Reception – Al Garthwaite
Year 1 – To be announced
Year 2 – Mike Bird
Year 3 – Robin Phelan
Year 4 – Lizzie Simpson
Year 5 – Paresh Rathod
Year 6 – Janet Matthews
How can I become a School Governor?
If you think you have what it takes to be a school governor there are a number of ways of finding schools that have vacancies:
- You can contact the school to ask if they need a new governor
- You can contact SGOSS – Governors for Schools, which recruits Governors nationally
- You can contact Leeds City Council.
If you wish to contact the governors, you can speak to them directly or leave a message for any of them at the school office on
0113 204 3120.
Future Meetings of the full Governing Body are Thursday 22nd September, 2016 Thursday 24th November 2016, January 19th 2017, 17th March 2017,