Meet the Governors

The Role of the Governing Body

All schools in England have a Governing Body which is responsible for overseeing many of the strategic decisions of the school. The Governing Body works in close partnership with the Headteacher, staff and the Local Authority. Whilst the Headteacher is, of course, responsible for the day to day running of the school, the governors main three roles include:

Strategic - The governing body sets the general direction of the school, looking at how it should best develop. This is done by reviewing and agreeing policies, targets and priorities and monitoring and reviewing aims and objectives.

Critical Friend - A governing body should work with the Headteacher and create a clear understanding of the challenges face in managing a school.

Accountability - A school is a business and its stakeholders are the learners. The governing body must have a professional attitude and use its collective skills to benefit the learners. It must gather views, ask questions and decide what is best for the school. The governing body is answerable to parents, the wider community and the local authority.

School governors are drawn from different parts of the community. This helps to ensure that the governing body has sufficient diversity of views and experience but does not mean that governors of a particular category "represent" that group on the governing body. The different categories of governor are as follows:

Parent governors

Elected by parents to serve on the Governing Body

Staff governors

To include the Head Teacher if they wish to be a governor. Remaining staff (both teaching and non-teaching are represented) governors are elected by other members of staff at the school via elections.

Authority governors

Local Education Authority ( LEA ) governors are appointed by the LA . LAs can appoint any eligible person as a LEA governor.

Co-opted governors

Appointed by the Governing Body to represent community interests. They can be persons who live or work in the community served by the school, or persons who do not work or live close by, but are committed to the good governance and success of the school.

Further Information

Please click here for further information on the Rochdale council website about a governors role.

Please click on the link to go to Governors Website www.governornet.co.uk

 

Members of the Govening Board 2017 - 2018

Mrs Linda Cotton
Headteacher from 1st January 2006

Mr David Britner
Staff Governor 27th March 2017 to 26th March 2021

Cllr. James Gartside
Local Authority Governor 1st September 2014 to 31st August 2018

Mrs Sue Moore-Holmes
Co-opted Governor 1st September 2015 to 31st August 2019 (Chair of Governors)
Mrs Janet Simmons
Co-opted Governor 1st September 2015 to 31st August 2019 (Vice-chair of Governors)
Mr Nigel Morrell
Co-opted Governor 1st September 2015 to 31st August 2019
Mr Stuart Willis
Co-opted Governor 27th March 2017 to 26th March 2021
Cllr. Peter Winkler
Co-opted Governor 1st September 2015 to 31st August 2019
Mr Jonny Richardson
Co-opted Governor 1st September 2017 to 31st August 2021
Mrs Samantha Stephenson
Co-opted Governor 1st September 2017 to 31st August 2021

Mrs Lisa Gerrard
Parent Governor 18th October 2016 to 17th October 2020
Mrs Nicola Rothwell
Parent Governor 18th October 2016 to 17th October 2020
Mr Adrian Thomson
Parent Governor 6th January 2014 to 5th January 2018
Mr Adam Verity
Parent Governor 6th October 2017 to 5th October 2021

 

Governing Board Class Links

At Norden Comunity Primary we do encourage governors to get to know the class they are linked to and suggest the following:

A picture and a brief autobiography of the governor are on the wall in the classroom so that the children recognise him/her and know something about him/her.

The governor is invited to class assemblies, Christmas/Eid parties, sports days and outings where s/he joins in the activities and gets to know the children.

On occasions the teacher gets children to write to their link governor telling him/her about things that the class is doing and enclosing samples of work e.g. poems, pictures and writing that the children have done. The governor keeps the work in an album/file.

Please find below a link to download a full list of governing boar class links:

Governing Board Class Links