Our Governing Body at Cross Gates Primary School
|Name of Governor||Specific Responsibility|
Chair of Governors
Safeguarding & Equalities
Vice Chair of Governors
|Louise Austin||Staff Governor (Teacher)|
|Claire Daniel||Special Educational Needs & CLA|
|Ruth Bentley||Foundation Governor & Early Years|
|Mike Gregory||Parent Governor|
Local Authority Governor
Health & Safety
Committees at Cross Gates Primary
|Teaching, Learning & Pupil Support (TLPS)|
Helen Pemberton (Chair)
Nigel Turner (Chair)
Pay Committee: Nigel Turner, Mike Gregory, Kathryn Wilkinson
Pay Appeals: Helen Pemberton, Ruth Bentley, Claire Daniel
Meeting Dates for 2020-2021
|Full Governing Body||
Monday 14th September 2020
Friday 4th December 2020 (Virtual Away Day)
Monday 1st March 2021
Monday 14th June 2021
|Teaching, Learning, Pupil Support||
Monday 16th November 2020 - 4pm
Monday 1st February 2021 - 5pm
Monday 7th June 2021 - 5pm
Monday 9th November 2020 - 4pm
Monday 25th January 2021 - 5pm
Monday 26th April 2021 - 5pm
Would you like to be a School Governor?
Being a school governor or trustee is a challenging but hugely rewarding role. It will give you the chance to make a real difference to young people, give something back to your local community and use and develop your skills in a board-level environment. You will also be joining the largest volunteer force in the country: there are over a quarter of a million volunteers governing state funded schools in England.
Schools need governing boards that have a balance and diversity of knowledge, skills and experience to enable it to be effective. Ofsted (the national inspection body for schools) has repeatedly noted that the most effective schools demonstrate effective leadership and management - including by the governing board.
Anyone aged over 18 can be a governor or trustee (but there are some exceptions) and you do not need to be a parent. There is no requirement for you to have an understanding of the education system, just the necessary skills, character and time to contribute. There is plenty of training available to help you learn about education. Schools needs and benefit from a range of professional knowledge on their governing board including education, finance, human resources, legal, marketing and public relations, property and estates management, and organisational change.
As a governor or trustee, you will be able to:
What governors and trustees do?
The governing board provides strategic leadership and accountability in schools. It has three key functions:
Governors or trustees set the aims and objectives for the school or group of schools and set the policies and targets for achieving those aims and objectives. They monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making and act as a source of challenge and support to the headteacher.