Birkenshaw CE (C) Primary School

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Governor Information

Welcome to the Governors Page

The Governing Body of Birkenshaw CE (C)  Primary School is a group of parents, staff, members of the diocese and members of the local community who oversee the running of your school. The school is very fortunate to have a hard working and supportive Governing Body which meets regularly to discuss all areas of school activity in order to ensure that the school is fulfilling its duties and to forward new developments and other improvements. Each Governor is passionate about the school and volunteers their time, away from their busy schedules, to act as a ‘critical friend’ to the school.

In addition to the full Governing Body which meets four times a year, there are three ‘sub-committees’ who meet three times a year to deal with different aspects of school management in more detail:

  • Resources Committee, which focuses on the school finances, the upkeep of the premises, projects and staffing issues.
  • Standards and Effectiveness Committee, which focuses on the academic performance of the school, curriculum and child welfare matters; and
  • Children, Families and Communities Committee, which focuses on pastoral needs, behaviour, links with parents and the local community

The Governors also make regular visits to the school.  Through doing this they get to know the staff, children and parents and are, therefore, better informed about the school they are responsible for overseeing.

The following people have been elected or appointed to represent you on the governing body:

 

Name

Type of Governor

Body who appointed

Date Appointed

Term of Office

Stepdown

Mr Neil Auty

(CHAIR)

Parent

Parents

July 2015

4 years

July 2019

 

Cllr Elizabeth Smaje

(VICE CHAIR)

Local Authority

Local Authority

March 2015

4 Years

March 2020

 

Mr Phillip Thornton

 

Co-opted

Governors

Nov 2013

4 years

Nov 2017

 

Mrs Rebecca Martin

 

Headteacher

Ex- Officio

Sept 2012

Ex- Officio

 

Mr Michael Fielder

 

Staff

Staff

May 2012

4 years

May 2016

 

Mrs Julie Hilton

 

Co-opted Staff

Governors

Oct 2012

4 Years

Oct 2016

 

Mrs Margaret Andrew

 

Foundation

PCC

Dec 2014

4 years

Dec 2018

 

Mrs Pamela Ganfield

Foundation

Diocese

 Nov 2016

 4 years

Oct 2020

 

Mr Ian Tobin

 

Parent

Parents

July 2015

4 years

July 2019

 Dec

 2016

Mrs Amanda Mahoney

Co-opted Parent

Governors

Nov 2015

4 years

Nov 2019

 

Mr Alan Frost

 

Co-opted

Parent

Parents

June 2015

4 years

June 2019

 Nov

  2016

Reverend Danny Walker

Foundation

Ex- Officio

June 2014

Ex- Officio

 

 

 Mr David Walton

 Co-opted

Community

 Governors

 Nov 2016

 4 Years

Nov 2020

 

Mrs Katherine Hainsworth 

 Associate Governor

 Ex -Officio

 Nov 2016

 Ex- Officio

 

Dr Clare Nolan  

 Parent

 Parents

 Nov 2016

 4 Years

Nov 2020

 

 

PDF icon  Please click on this link to view Governors Register of Business Interests

PDF icon Please click on this link to view the Governing Body Code of Conduct

 

Governing Body  Committees

As well as being on the main Governing Body, Governors are also members of different committees. The committees for 2016 / 2017 are -

Standards and Effectiveness Committee (main)

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Mr N Auty

Head Teacher

Mrs P Ganfield (Foundation)

Mr M Fielder

Mrs J Hilton

Mr I Tobin (Chair)

 

Resources Committee (main)

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Mr N Auty

Head Teacher

Cllr E Smaje (Chair)

Mr P Thornton

Mrs A Mahoney

Mrs K Hainsworth (Associate) 

Chidren, Families and Community Committee (main)

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Mr N Auty

Head Teacher

Reverend D Walker (Chair)

Mrs M Andrews

Mrs J Hilton

Mrs K Hainsworth ( Associate)

 

Pay Committee

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Mr N Auty

Head Teacher

Cllr E Smaje

 

Staff Dismissals Committee

Cllr E Smaje

Reverend D Walker

Mrs A Mahoney

 

Dismissal Appeals Committee

Mrs M Andrews

Mr P Thornton

 

 

Pupil Discipline Committee

Mr N Auty

Reverend D Walker

Mrs A Mahoney

 

Teacher Appraisal Committee

Mr N Auty

Cllr E Smaje

Mr P Thornton

 

Teacher Appraisal Appeals Committee

Mrs M Andrew

Reverend D Walker

Mrs A Mahoney

 

Complaints Committee

Mr N Auty

Mr I Tobin

 PDF icon Please click on this link to view the Governor Attendance Registers

 

Governors Responsibilities

All our school Governors are linked to a priority or focus area in school. Each term, Governors meet with the relevant member of school staff to discuss their area in further detail. Governors look at action plans, data and impact of actions linked to each area. They hold the school to account as well as becoming well informed about a particular priority in school. Each Governor shares visit information with the other Governors so that all Governors are well informed. Below is a list of the priority areas for 2016 / 2017 -

Subject Area / School Priority

Linked Governor

In School Lead

Safeguarding

Mrs M Andrews

Mrs R Martin

SEN

Cllr. E Smaje

Mrs K Hainsworth

RE

Rev. D Walker

Mrs R Martin 

PE / Sports Premium

Mr P Thornton

Mr M Fielder

Pupil Premium

Mr N Auty

Mrs R Martin & Mrs K Hainsworth

Assessment

Mrs A Mahoney

Mrs R Martin & SLT

Teaching and Learning

Mrs P Ganfield

Mrs R Martin

Early Years

Mrs J Hilton

Mrs K Hainsworth

Reading

Mr M Fielder

Mrs S Margetts & Miss S Mackrill

Writing

Rev. D Walker

Mrs S Margetts

Maths

Mrs A Mahoney

Miss H  Jackson

Behaviour

Dr C Nolan

Mrs R Martin

Health and Safety

Mr D Walton

Mrs S Mitchell & Mrs R Martin

 

Governor Class Links

Each of our Governors is linked to a class. During the year Governors visit and write to their link classes. They get to know the children and all about the curriculum in their year group. At the end of the year, each Governor moves up to the next year group with their link class. This ensures that the Governors continue to build relationships with specific groups of children.  The links for 2016 / 2017 are –

 

Class

Year Group

Link Governor

Nursery

Early Years

Mrs A Mahoney

Galaxy

Early Years

Dr C Nolan

MilkyWay

Early Years

Dr C Nolan

Mercury

Year One

Cllr E Smaje

Venus

Year One

Cllr E Smaje

Earth

Year Two

Mrs M Andrew

Mars

Year Two

Rev D Walker

Saturn

Year Three

Mrs M Andrews

Jupiter

Year Three

Mrs J Hilton

Pluto

Year Four

Mr N Auty

Neptune

Year Four

Mr P Thornton

Callisto

Year Five

Mr D Walton

Hydra

Year Five

Mr M Fielder

Europa

Year Six

Mrs P Ganfield

Triton

Year Six

Mrs P Ganfield