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Governors

Introduction

A school's governing body is there to provide oversight of the management and operation of the school. The governors help the school take a strategic view of its activities and bring experience and expertise from other walks of life into the school. This section will tell you who the governors are, how they are appointed and elected, what they do, what their legal duties are and how you can contact them or seek to get involved as a governor yourself.

What does the Governing Body do?

The Governing Body does not run the school. That is the job of the headteacher and the leadership team.  Rather, the governors provide independent oversight of the school and how it is run. The school is required to report to the governors on various aspects of management and planning and, by acting as 'critical friends', the governors can give the school an invaluable sounding board.

Some aspects of the governors' role in the school are laid down by law. For example, the governors are required to approve the school budget, as well as the school's targets for attainment in SATs. Also, if the school decides to exclude a pupil permanently that decision has to be reviewed by an independent panel of governors.

Major strategic decisions of the school also have to be approved by the governors. Recent examples at YFPS have been the decisions to:

 

  • investigate multi-academy trust partnerships 
  • investigate setting up a community interest company to run the breakfast, after school club and children's centre activities.

 

What sort of people are the governors?

The governors are all volunteers and the role is part-time. Most of them have full-time jobs elsewhere. One of the major benefits of the governing body is that the governors are all able to bring experience and expertise from vastly different walks of life to bear on their work with the school. This can help the school take a more creative and strategic approach to management, problem-solving and long-term strategic planning.   

The current governing body includes governors with experience in education, policy analysis, human resources, diplomacy, health and safety, management, information technology, financial services and business systems.

According to a Government publication, more people in the UK today come forward to be school governors than for any other volunteer activity.

 

How are the governors elected or appointed?

 

There are a number of different routes onto the Governing Body. At YFPS the governing body is made up of:

  • Four parent governors: elected by parents of pupils at the school;
  • Three staff governors: the assistant head teacher, a teaching assistant and a teacher
  • Five community governors: volunteers from the wider community, appointed by the governing body.
  • The headteacher

 

All governors (except the headteacher and assistant headteacher, whose positions are ex officio) serve a four-year term, at the end of which they may stand for re-election or re-appointment.  There is no limit to the number of terms a governor may serve. When a parent governor’s term ends, an announcement is made about an election and all parents or carers of pupils at the school are eligible to stand.

The chair and vice-chair of Governors are elected by the full governing body at its first meeting of each school year. The current chair of governors is Darren Jones.

How is the work of the governors organised?

The full Governing Body meets three times in each academic year.   Much of the 'leg-work' of the governors is carried out by its three committees. These are:

 

  •     Personnel (Chair: Mrs Marilyn Atrill)
  •     Curriculum, Teaching and Learning (Chair: Mrs Kim Irving)
  •     Finance and premises (Chair: Mr Robert Owen)

 

Minutes of the Full Governing Body are made available once they have been approved. Click here to access the minutes.

2016/2017
GOVERNORS
 

Mr Darren Charles Jones Chair/Co-opted Governor)

Appointed:

Appointed by: Parents

Term of Office:   01.09.2014 - 31.08.2018

Business and Pecuniary Interests: None

Attendance 2015/16: 100%

 

Mrs Marilyn AtrillVice Chair/Co-opted Governor) 

Appointed: 

Appointed by: Parents

Term of Office:    17.01.2016 - 18.01.2020

Business and Pecuniary Interests: None

Attendance 2015/16: 100%

 

Mrs Heidi Natasha Price ( Headteacher)

Appointed: Jan 2007

Appointed by: Governors

Term of Office:

Business and Pecuniary Interests: None

Other Governance Roles: Co-opted Governor for Devonport High School for Boys

Attendance 2015/16: 100%

 

Mrs Katrina Day-Baker (Clerk to Governors)

 

Mrs Emma Louise Whiteley (Co-opted Governor)

Appointed: 

Appointed by: Parents

Term of Office:   09.11.2015 - 10.11.2019

Business and Pecuniary Interests: None

Attendance 2015/16: 100%

 

Mr Martin Calvert ( Staff Governor)

Appointed: 

Appointed by: Staff

Term of Office:    05.10.2012 -  04.10.2016

Business and Pecuniary Interests: None

Attendance 2014/15: 100%

 

Mrs Sally Charnley-Smith ( Co-opted Governor)

Appointed: 

Appointed by: Parents

Term of Office:   22.02.2012  - 21.02.2016

Business and Pecuniary Interests: None

Attendance 2014/15: 

 

Mrs Louise Jones (Parent Governor) (Post ended)

Appointed: 

Appointed by: Parents

Term of Office:   11.10.2013  - 17.10.2016

Business and Pecuniary Interests: None

Attendance 2015/16: 

 

Mrs Kim Irving (Staff Governor)

Appointed: 

Appointed by: Staff

Term of Office:     31.03.2014 - 30.03.2018

Business and Pecuniary Interests: None

Attendance 2014/15: 100%

 

Mr Robert Owens (Co-opted Governor)

Appointed:

Appointed by: Local Authority

Term of Office:   01.09.2014  - 31.08.2018

Business and Pecuniary Interests: None

Attendance 2015/16: 

 

Mr Martin Buck (Parent Governor)

Appointed: 

Appointed by: Parents

Term of Office:    11.10.2013 - 10.10.2017

Business and Pecuniary Interests: None

Attendance 2015/16: 

 

Mr Tim Stuart Caird (Staff Governor)

Appointed: 

Appointed by: Staff

Term of Office:   12.10.2013  - 11.10.2017

Business and Pecuniary Interests: None

Attendance 2015/16: 100%

2014/15

 

Ms Jude Louise Pedrick (Co-opted Governor) Post ended

Appointed: 

Appointed by: Parents

Term of Office:    05.10.2011 - 04.10.2015

Business and Pecuniary Interests: None

Attendance 2014/15: 100%

 

Mrs Samantha Ann Platten ( Parent Governor) (Post ended)

Appointed: 

Appointed by: Parents

Term of Office:    11.10.2013 - 10.10.2017

Business and Pecuniary Interests: None

Attendance 2014/15: 100%

 

Mrs Becci Hill (Parent Governor)

Appointed : 30.09.2016 

Appointed by : Parents

Term of Office : 30.09.2016 - 29.09.2020

Business and Pecuniary Interests : None

Attendance 2016/17:

 

Mrs Lizzie Hamilton (Parent Governor)

Appointed : 30.09.2016 

Appointed by : Parents 

Term of Office  30.09.16 - 29.09.2020

Business and Pecuniary Interests : None

Attendance 2016/17:

 

The chair of governors can be contacted on governor@yfps.co.uk

Governors Linked to Plan
 
 

A. The achievement of pupils at school

B. The quality of teaching in the school

 

Emma Whiteley (CG)

Louise Jones (PG)

Martin Calvert (SG)

Sally Charnley-Smith (CG)

Robert Owens (CG)

C. The behaviour and safety of pupils at the school

                                                     

Tim Caird (SG)

 

 

D. The quality of leadership and management

 

Darren Jones (CG)

Marilyn Atrill (CG)

 

 

 

          PHASE LINK GOVERNORS

PHASE LINK GOVERNORS

 Foundation and Key Stage 1

Key Stage 2

Kim Irving (SG)

 

Martin Buck (PG)

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