Much of the work of a Governing body is conducted in meetings and it is important that they are productive for all concerned.

In addition to the full Governing body, which meets at least once a quarter, there are three standing committees of the Governing body:

  • Resources (Chair Mrs Pat Hunter)
  • Ethos, Welfare & Admissions (Chair Archdeacon Peter Townley)
  • Teaching, Learning, & Curriculum (Chair Mrs Debbie Cartwright)

Committee Terms & Reference

Other sub-committees meet on an ad hoc basis when required.

Link Governors

There are also working groups of Governors who at least once a quarter link in to various members of the senior and middle management teams responsible for:

Safeguarding and Child protection Mrs Debbie Cartwright
Special Education Needs Mrs Jane Willis
Finance Mrs Sue Burton
Health and Safety Mrs Pat Hunter
Headteacher Performance Management Mrs Sue Burton, Mrs Jane Willis, Mrs Pat Hunter
Ethos and Spirituality Archdeacon Peter Townley & Fr Declan Brett
Teaching and Learning Mrs Debbie Cartwright
Careers Mrs Debbie Cartwright
Pupil Premium Mrs Jane Willis
Looked After Children TBC
Behaviour & Attendance Mrs Jane Willis
Governor Training Mrs Pat Hunter


These link Governors make brief reports to the relevant standing committees and these reports are also circulated to all the governors.
All committee meetings and Ordinary Governing Body meetings are clerked by the Local Authority’s School Organisation and Governance Team.

Governing Body Committee Membership as at April 1 2019

Teaching, Learning & Curriculum Ethos, Welfare & Admissions Resources
Mrs Debbie Cartwright (Chair)

Mrs Sheila Armitage

Mrs Anna Dickson

Mrs Lucy Hayes

Mrs Jane Willis

Archdeacon Peter Townley (Chair)

Mrs Rebecca Asquith

Fr Declan Brett

Mrs Sue Burton

Mrs Debbie Cartwright

Mrs Anna Dickson

Mrs Pat Hunter

Mrs Pat Hunter (Chair)

Fr Brian Bell

Mrs Sue Burton

Mrs Anna Dickson

Mrs Sonja Walker


Guidance for anyone considering appointment as a Governor

The government has published a handbook for Governance and also a competency framework for anyone considering becoming a governor at an academy, which can be accessed by following the link below.