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

Governance role in another school

Mr Neil Auty

(CHAIR)

Parent

Parents

July 2015

4 years

July 2019

 

No

Cllr Elizabeth Smaje

(VICE CHAIR)

Local Authority

Local Authority

March 2015

4 Years

March 2019

 

No

Mr Phillip Thornton

 

Co-opted

Governors

Oct 2017

4 years

Oct 2021

 

No

Mrs Rebecca Martin

 

Headteacher

Ex- Officio

Sept 2012

Ex- Officio

 

No

Mr Michael Fielder

 

Staff

Staff

May 2016

4 years

May 2020

  No

Mrs Joanne Frost

Co-opted Staff

Governors

Oct 2017

4 Years

Oct 2021

 

No

Mrs Pamela Ganfield

Foundation

Diocese

 Nov 2016

 4 years

Oct 2020

 

No

Mr Ian Tobin

 

Associate Governor

Ex -Officio

Dec 2016

Ex-Officio

 

No

Mrs Amanda Mahoney

Co-opted Parent

Governors

Nov 2015

4 years

Nov 2019

 

No

Reverend Danny Walker

Foundation

Ex- Officio

June 2014

Ex- Officio

 September 2018

 

Yes 

 Mr David Walton

 Co-opted

Community

 Governors

 Nov 2016

 4 Years

Nov 2020

 

No

Mrs Katherine Hainsworth 

 Associate Governor

 Ex -Officio

 Nov 2016

 Ex- Officio

 

No

Dr Clare Nolan  

 Parent

 Parents

 Nov 2016

 4 Years

Nov 2020

 

No

 

PDF icon Please click on this link to view Governors Attendance and  Register of Business & Financial Interests

PDF iconPlease 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 2018 / 2019 are -

Standards and Effectiveness Committee (main)

PDF icon Please click on this link to see the Terms of Reference

Mr N Auty

Head Teacher

Mr P Thornton

Mrs J Frost

Mr D Walton

Mr I Tobin (Associate)

Vacancy

 

Resources Committee (main)

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Mr N Auty

Head Teacher

Cllr E Smaje (Chair)

Mr M Fielder

Mrs A Mahoney

Mrs K Hainsworth (Associate) 

 

Children, Families and Community Committee (main)

PDF icon Please click on this link to see the Terms of Reference

Mr N Auty

Head Teacher

Mrs P Ganfield

Dr C Nolan

Mrs K Hainsworth ( Associate)

Vacancy

 

Pay Committee

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Mr N Auty

Head Teacher

Cllr E Smaje

Mr P Thornton 

 

Staff Dismissals Committee

Cllr E Smaje

Dr C Nolan

Mrs A Mahoney

 

Dismissal Appeals Committee

Mr D Walton

Mr P Thornton

Mrs P Ganfield

 

Pupil Discipline Committee

Mr N Auty

Dr C Nolan

Mrs A Mahoney

 

Teacher Appraisal Committee

Mr N Auty

Cllr E Smaje

Mr P Thornton

 

Teacher Appraisal Appeals Committee

Dr C Nolan

Mr D Walton

Mrs P Ganfield

 

Complaints Committee

Mrs A Mahoney

Mr P Thornton

Mr D Walton

 

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 2018 / 2019 -

Subject Area / School Priority

Linked Governor

In School Lead

Safeguarding

Dr C Nolan

Mrs R Martin

SEN

Dr C Nolan

Mrs K Hainsworth

RE

Mrs P Ganfield

Mrs C Dickens

PE / Sports Premium

Mr P Thornton

Mr I Tobin

Pupil Premium/LAC

Mr N Auty

Mrs R Martin & Mrs K Hainsworth

Assessment

Mrs J Frost

Mrs R Martin & Mr I Tobin

Teaching and Learning

Cllr E Smaje

Mrs R Martin

Early Years

Mrs A Mahoney

Mrs C Dickens & Miss R Fox

English 

Cllr E Smaje

Mrs S Margetts 

Maths

Mrs A Mahoney

Miss H Jackson

British Values

Mrs P Ganfield

Miss R Fox

Training

Mr D Walton

Mrs R Martin

Behaviour and Attendance

Dr C Nolan

Mrs R Martin

GDPR

Mr P Thornton

Mrs J Frost & Office Team

Health and Safety

Mr D Walton

Mrs S Mitchell 

 

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 2018 / 2019 are –

 

Class

Year Group

Link Governor

Nursery

Early Years

Mr M Fielder

Galaxy

Early Years

Mrs P Ganfield

MilkyWay

Early Years

Mrs P Ganfield

Mercury

Year One

Mrs A Mahoney

Venus

Year One

Mrs A Mahoney

Earth

Year Two

Dr C Nolan

Mars

Year Two

Dr C Nolan

Saturn

Year Three

Cllr E Smaje

Jupiter

Year Three

Cllr E Smaje

Pluto

Year Four

Mrs J Frost

Neptune

Year Four

Mrs J Frost

Callisto

Year Five

Mr D Walton

Hydra

Year Five

Mr D Walton

Europa

Year Six

Mr P Thornton

Triton

Year Six

Mr A Auty

 Contact details for the Chair of Governors Mr N Auty 

 Email: chair.birkenshawprimary@kirkleeseducation.uk