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 GovernorSpecific Responsibility
Kathryn Wilkinson

Chair of Governors

Safeguarding & Equalities

Nigel Turner

Vice Chair of Governors

Pupil Premium

James GardenHeadteacher
Louise AustinStaff Governor (Teacher)
Helen PembertonCurriculum
Claire DanielSpecial Educational Needs & CLA
Ruth BentleyFoundation Governor & Early Years
Mike GregoryParent Governor
David Page

Local Authority Governor

Health & Safety



Committees at Cross Gates Primary

Teaching, Learning & Pupil Support (TLPS)

Helen Pemberton (Chair)

Kathryn Wilkinson

Nigel Turner

Ruth Bentley

Louise Austin

Claire Daniel

James Garden


Nigel Turner (Chair)

Ruth Bentley

Mike Gregory

Kathryn Wilkinson

David Page

James Garden


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:

  • 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: