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 protectionMrs Debbie Cartwright
Special Education NeedsMrs Jane Willis
FinanceMrs Sue Burton
Health and SafetyMrs Pat Hunter
Headteacher Performance ManagementMrs Sue Burton, Mrs Jane Willis, Mrs Pat Hunter
Ethos and SpiritualityArchdeacon Peter Townley & Fr Declan Brett
Teaching and LearningMrs Debbie Cartwright
CareersMrs Debbie Cartwright
Pupil PremiumMrs Jane Willis
Looked After ChildrenTBC
Behaviour & AttendanceMrs Jane Willis
Governor TrainingMrs 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 & CurriculumEthos, Welfare & AdmissionsResources
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.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/governance-handbook