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Cross Gates

Primary School

Respecting Others, Learning Together, Moving Forward

Cross Gates

Primary School

Respecting Others, Learning Together, Moving Forward

Governors

Our Governing Body at Cross Gates Primary School

 

Name of GovernorSpecific Responsibility
Kathryn Wilkinson

Chair of Governors

Child Protection &Safeguarding

Equalities

Nigel Turner

Vice Chair of Governors

Early Reading & Phonics

Early Years

Training & Development Governor

James GardenHeadteacher
Louise AustinStaff Governor (Teacher)
Helen PembertonCurriculum - English & Maths
Ruth Bentley

Foundation Governor

Early Years

Early Reading & Phonics

Mike Gregory

Parent Governor

Government Grant Funding (Pupil Premium/Sports Premium)

David Page

Local Authority Governor

Health & Safety

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Diana Mann

Co-opted Governor

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CLA

Paul Appleton

Co-opted Governor

Child Protection & Safeguarding

Parent GovernorVacancy

 

 

Committees at Cross Gates Primary

Teaching, Learning & Pupil Support (TLPS)

Helen Pemberton (Chair)

Kathryn Wilkinson

Nigel Turner

Ruth Bentley

Louise Austin

James Garden

Resources

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, 

Meeting Dates for 2021-2022

 

Full Governing Body

Monday 13th September 2021

Friday 10th December 2021 (Strategy Day)

Monday 28th February 2022

Monday 20th June 2022

Teaching, Learning, Pupil Support

Monday 22nd November 2021

Monday 7th February 2022

Monday 20th June 2022

Resources

Monday 15th November 2021

Monday 31st January 2022

TBC following 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: http://www.nga.org.uk

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