Cross Gates

Primary School

Respecting Others, Learning Together, Moving Forward

Cross Gates

Primary School

Respecting Others, Learning Together, Moving Forward


Our Governing Body at Cross Gates Primary School


Name of Governor Specific Responsibility
Kathryn Wilkinson

Chair of Governors

Safeguarding & Equalities

Nigel Turner

Vice Chair of Governors

Pupil Premium

James Garden Headteacher
Louise Austin Staff Governor (Teacher)
Helen Pemberton Curriculum
Emily Moffat



Colin Moran Pupil Premium 
Claire Daniel Special Educational Needs & CLA
Ruth Bentley Foundation Governor & Early Years
Clare Grant

Co-opted Governor

Governor Training & Development

Mike Gregory Parent Governor
David Page

Local Authority Governor

Health & Safety


Picture 1 Helen Pemberton
Picture 2 James Garden
Picture 3 Kathryn Wilkinson
Picture 4 Claire Daniel
Picture 5 Colin Moran
Picture 6 Emily Moffat
Picture 7 Nigel Turner
Picture 8 Ruth Bentley
Picture 9 Louise Austin
Picture 10 Clare Grant
Picture 11 Mike Gregory
Picture 12 David Page

Committees at Cross Gates Primary

Teaching and Learning

Helen Pemberton (Chair)

Nigel Turner

Ruth Bentley

Louise Austin

James Garden

Pupil Support

Claire Daniel (Chair)

Colin Moran

Emily Moffat

Kathryn Wilkinson

James Garden


Nigel Turner (Chair)

Ruth Bentley

Mike Gregory

Clare Grant

David Page

James Garden


Pay Committee

Nigel Turner, Clare Grant, Kathryn Wilkinson

Pay Appeals

Helen Pemberton, Ruth Bentley, Claire Daniel

Headteacher Performance Management

Kathryn Wilkinson, Nigel Turner, Claire Daniel (& External School Improvement Advisor)


Forthcoming Governor Meetings


Resources Committee Monday 21st October @ 5pm
Teaching & Learning

Monday 11th November @ 5pm

Pupil Support Monday 18th November @ 5.30pm
Full Governor Away Day Friday 29th November @ 10.30am

Forthcoming Governor Meetings


Full Governors

24.02.20 @5pm

18.05.20 @5pm

13.07.20 @5pm (Data update)

Pupil Support

10.02.20 @5pm

04.05.20 @5pm

Teaching & Learning

10.02.20 @6pm

04.05.20 @6pm


03.02.20 @5pm

27.04.20 @5pm (Budget setting)


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:

  • Use your own experience of education and life beyond school to inform conversations
  • Develop and utilise your skills in a board-level environment
  • Make a valuable contribution to education and your community
  • Support and challenge the school so that it improves for pupils and staff
  • Bring your unique experiences, perspectives and insights in to decision-making in the interests of the school community

What governors and trustees do?
The governing board provides strategic leadership and accountability in schools. It has three key functions:

  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction


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. 

Good schools have strong governance

The National Governors' Association has produced this short film with ITN to showcase what outstanding school governance looks like. For more information and to find out how to join the NGA visit our website: