Spring Bank Primary School


What is the role of the Governing Body?

Behaviour Statement of Principles 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.

Governance Statement for 2018-19

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

Robin Phelan

Appointed: 6/12/18


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.


Vice Chairs of Governors

Janet Matthews

Appointed: 6/12/18


II have been a governor at Spring Bank for seven years . I am now Vice Chair and Chair of Pupil Support Committee. I also volunteer in school to offer support with reading and have been on several school trips.

Before retiring I had a career in auditing the NHS and local government reviewing accounts, financial systems and value for money.

I am now on the committees of several community organisations but still find time for walking, gardening, reading.

Being a governor is rewarding and challenging .I have come to love Spring Bank school and will do my best to help support the amazing staff and pupils.


Sarah Hawes

Staff Governor

Jo Ward

Appointed: 24/11/16


I have worked as a teacher at Spring Bank Primary School for 26 years. I lead Literacy and Assessment across the school and also am a Key Stage Leader.

Parent Governors

Jonathan James

Appointed 5/12/19

Stephen Davis

Appointed 5/12/19


LEA Governor

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.)

Katy Byford

Appointed: 19/9/18

Amy Houldsworth

Appointed: 6/12/18

I have worked as a primary school teacher for 22 years, the last 16 years in Headingley. I lead the curriculum at Spring Bank Primary School and support Assessment. I am also a trained SLE (Specialist Leader of Education) to support other schools and completed an MA in Education in September 2018.

Mike Bird

Appointed: 6/12/18


Having worked for many years in the community, at Oxfam, Headingley Library and, more recently as Manager of HEART I have gained not just skills around people management and community integration but feel I also have an understanding of the area and the diversity of its people.

Amongst other things I am pleased that HEART is a ‘Mindful’ and ‘Disability Confident’ employer as well as a ‘Safe Place’. Hopefully this understanding of the needs of all our community has a bearing on my role as a governor at Spring Bank and helps me recognise the needs and abilities of all pupils at the school and what the leadership team do within the school to ensure no-one is left behind.

Paul Cockerill

Appointed: 23/11/17

All of our Governors have signed a declaration of governors interests form summarised below

Name Business Interest Other establishments governed Relationships with staff or
other members of the Governing Body
Janet Matthews None None None 2.12.20
Jo Ward None None None 2.12.20
Alison Garthwaite Councillor at Leeds City Council None None 2.12.20
Stephen Davis  None  None  None  2.12.20
Robin Phelan None None None 2.12.20
Katy Byford None None None 2.12.20
Amy Houldsworth None None None 2.12.20
 Jonathan Jacob  None  None  None  2.12.20
Mike Bird None None None 2.12.20
Sarah Hawes None None None 2.12.20
Alice Shackley None None None 2.12.20

The full governing body meets five times a year.  There are three main committees;

 Joint Review Group – Robin Phelan (chair), Sarah Hawes, Amy Houldsworth, Mike Bird

Resources Committee – Paul Cockerill (Chair), Robin Phelan, Jo Ward,  Sarah Hawes, Amy Houldsworth, Jonathan Jacob

Pupil Support Committee –  Janet Matthews (chair), Al Garthwaite, Katy Byford,  Mike Bird, Sarah Hawes, Stephen Davis

There are also special committees, convened only when required;

Headteacher’s Performance Management/Pay Committee – Janet Matthews, Robin Phelan, Deborah Park

Pay Appeal Committee – Al Garthwaite, Paul Cockerill, Mike Bird

Some of our governors also have special responsibilities.

Child protection / LAC  governor: Robin Phelan

SEND governor: Stephen Davis

Training and Link governor: Robin Phelan

Attendance: Katy Byford

Complaints Governor: Janet Matthews/Robin Phelan

Health and Safety Governor: Robin Phelan

Pupil Premium Governor: Deborah Park

EYFS Governor: Stephen Davis

Equalities Governor: Jo Ward

Staff Wellbeing Governor: Robin Phelan

PE and Sports Premium: Jonathan Jacob

Some of our Governors are linked to areas of the curriculum:

Paul Cockerill – English

Mike Bird – Maths

Robin Phelan – Topic

Janet Matthews – Science

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, Mrs Hawes at the school or via  email at  s.hawes@springbankprimary.org


Each class has a nominated governor ‘buddy’ who might join them on school trips and/or attend class assemblies.

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.