Our Governing Body

The Governing Body has a range of duties and powers and a general responsibility for the conduct of the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement. Its responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • setting targets for pupil achievement
  • managing the school’s finances
  • making sure the curriculum is balanced and broadly based
  • appointing staff
  • reviewing staff performance and pay.

The Remit of the Governing Body

The governing body has considerable discretion as to how to discharge its responsibilities but is required to constitute itself in line with the regulations and to appoint a chair and vice chair. The governing body may delegate certain of its responsibilities to certain governors or committees of governors, although in general, it is not compelled to do so.

The Structure of our Governing Body

Our governing body meets approximately 5 times each year as a full governing body.  Our current chair of governors is Mr. Trevor Starkey (Parent Governor).

It also has two active sub-committees.  The Standards Sub-Committee meets approximately 4 times each year and supports and monitors the school’s improvement agenda.  This includes looking closely at pupil performance data and the performance of all staff.  This committee is currently also chaired by Mr. Trevor Starkey (Parent Governor).

The Resources Sub-Committee focuses its work on health and safety, finance, buildings and personnel/staffing issues.  It also meets approximately 4 times each year.  This committee is currently chaired by Mr. Bob Shepherd (Local Authority Governor).

Mr. Trevor Starkey

Role(s): Parent Governor, Chair of Governors

Committee Membership: Standards Sub-Committee

Date of Appointment: 1st July 2015

Term of Office: 4 years

Appointed by: Parents

Attendance Record for the 2016/17 Academic Year: 100% (10/10 meetings)

Business and/or Pecuniary Interests: None

Governance Roles in Other Schools: None

Relationships between governors and members of staff: Married to Kathryn Starkey, teacher

Mr. Mike White

Role(s): Executive Headteacher

Committee Membership: Resources Sub-Committee

Date of Appointment: September 2017

Term of Office: Ex Officio

Appointed by: Ex Officio

Attendance Record for the 2016/17 Academic Year: Not applicable

Business and/or Pecuniary Interests: Swaledale Alliance

Governance Roles in Other Schools: Brompton-on-Swale CE Primary School

Relationships between governors and members of staff: None

Mr. Adam Firmin (Associate Governor)

Role(s): Associate Headteacher

Committee Membership: Attends Standards Sub-Committee and Full Governing Body meetings (non-voting capacity)

Date of Appointment: September 2017

Term of Office: As required by the Governing Body

Appointed by: Governing Body

Attendance Record for the 2016/17 Academic Year: Not applicable

Business and/or Pecuniary Interests: None

Governance Roles in Other Schools: Brompton-on-Swale CE Primary School (Associate Governor)

Relationships between governors and members of staff: None

Miss Libby Wagstaff

Role(s): Staff Governor

Committee Membership: Standards Sub-Committee

Date of Appointment: 17th October 2016

Term of Office: 4 years

Appointed by: Staff

Attendance Record for the 2016/17 Academic Year: 100% (10/10 meetings)

Business and/or Pecuniary Interests: None

Governance Roles in Other Schools: None

Relationships between governors and members of staff: None

Mr. Bob Shepherd

Role(s): Local Authority Governor, Vice Chair of Governors, Chair of the Resources Sub-Committee

Committee Membership: Resources Sub-Committee

Date of Appointment: 12th October 2013

Term of Office: 4 years (awaiting LA approval for extended term)

Appointed by: Local Authority

Attendance Record for the 2016/17 Academic Year: 100% (10/10 meetings)

Business and/or Pecuniary Interests: None

Governance Roles in Other Schools: None

Relationships between governors and members of staff: Married to Louise Shepherd, HLTA

Dr. Dan Wilkins

Role(s): Foundation Governor, Chair of the Standards Sub-Committee

Committee Membership: Standards Sub-Committee

Date of Appointment: 1/11/17

Term of Office: 4 years

Appointed by: Diocese of Leeds

Attendance Record for the 2016/17 Academic Year: 100% (10/10 meetings)

Business and/or Pecuniary Interests: None

Governance Roles in Other Schools: None

Relationships between governors and members of staff: None

Mr. Peter Gaven

Role(s): Foundation Governor

Committee Membership: Standards Sub-Committee

Date of Appointment: 1st July 2015

Term of Office: 4 years

Appointed by: Diocese of Leeds

Attendance Record for the 2016/17 Academic Year: 100% (10/10 meetings)

Business and/or Pecuniary Interests: None

Governance Roles in Other Schools: None

Relationships between governors and members of staff: None

Mrs. Claire McKinlay

Role(s): Parent Governor

Committee Membership: Standards Sub-Committee

Date of Appointment: 1st July 2015

Term of Office: 4 years

Appointed by: Parents

Attendance Record for the 2016/17 Academic Year: 40% (4/10 meetings)

Business and/or Pecuniary Interests: None

Governance Roles in Other Schools: None

Relationships between governors and members of staff: None

Mr. Phil Benaiges

Role(s): Co-opted Governor

Committee Membership: Standards Sub-Committee

Date of Appointment: 25/5/17

Term of Office: 4 years

Appointed by: Governors

Attendance Record for the 2016/17 Academic Year: 100% (4/4 meetings)

Business and/or Pecuniary Interests: None

Governance Roles in Other Schools: None

Relationships between governors and members of staff: None

Mr. Martin Houlden

Role(s): Parent Governor

Committee Membership: Standards Sub-Committee

Date of Appointment: 1st July 2015

Term of Office: 4 years

Appointed by: Parents

Attendance Record for the 2016/17 Academic Year: 70% (7/10 meetings)

Business and/or Pecuniary Interests: None

Governance Roles in Other Schools: None

Relationships between governors and members of staff: None

Mrs. Dominique Adams

Role(s): Clerk to the Governing Body

 

Attendance Record for the 2016/17 Academic Year: 100% (10/10 meetings)

Business and/or Pecuniary Interests: None

Governance Roles in Other Schools: Local Authority Clerk to the Governing Body at several other local schools (specific schools can be provided if necessary)

Relationships between governors and members of staff: None