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Meet the Governors

The Governing Body 

The Governing Body has responsibility to oversee the effective performance of the school, to give strategic guidance, to allocate resources and, above all, to support the school in its work. We keep a close eye on pupils’ achievement and targets; we monitor the curriculum; we visit the school throughout the year to meet staff and observe lessons. We manage the school’s finances in conjunction with the Head Teacher. We also help to appoint teaching staff and are involved in the staff performance and pay system.   For further information, please see the Department for Education (DfE) website:

http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/leadership/governance

Our committees include:

 Curriculum

 Finance

 Personnel and General Purposes

 Premises

For details of the structure and remits of our committees, please see further down this page. 

 

Governors also undertake Link Governor roles. This means that they take a special interest in a key area such as literacy, mathematics, SEND/Inclusion, Safeguarding, Communication, IT, Pupil Premium, Science and Gifted and Talented. These Governors visit the school regularly to liaise with staff members involved and report back to the Board of Governors regularly.

 

Current areas of Focus for Governors

At the moment the Governing Body are particularly involved in the following:

 Curriculum development including intent, implementation and impact of all subject areas;

 Further development of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and maths);

 Effective delivery of SEND support across the school to promote progress for all.

Our Governors

    Jane Whittaker, Co-opted Governor                Emily DeAbaitua, Parent Governor                     Cathryn Downing,  Headteacher

    (Appointed by the Governing Body)                 (Elected by Parents)                                           (Ex-officio)

    11 May 2020 - 10 May 2024                            18 Nov 2019 - 17 Nov 2023                                                           

 Nicholas Broughall,                                  Cllr John Lamb                                                       Kate Murdock                                 

 (Elected by Parents)                                (Appointed by the Local Authority)                         (Appointed by the Governing Body)    20 Oct 2017 - 19 Oct 2021                       17 Sept 2019 - 16 Sept 2023                                29 Nov 2016 - 28 Nov 2020         

                                                    

                                                             

Richard Odell Asst Headteacher                            Sarah Price, Head of School

(Appointed by the Governing Body)                       (Appointed by staff)

18 June 2018 - 17 June 2022                                9 Oct 2019 - 8 Oct 2023                  

Nuala Powell                                                            Maria Ratnarajah                                   Pippa Ravenscroft

(Appointed by the Governing Body)                         (Appointed by Parents)                          (Appointed by the Governing Body)

30 Jan 2019 - 3 Feb 2022                                        18 Nov 2019 - 17 Nov 2023                   3 Oct 2018 - 7 Oct 2022   

 Martin Dolce  (Retired Nov 2020)                   Sinead Hesp (Retired Nov 2020)

(Elected by Parents)                                        (Elected by Parents)                                   

29 Nov 2016 - 28 Nov 2020                            29 Nov 2016 - 28 Nov 2020

 

 

Committee Structure & Remits 2020-21 

Curriculum

All Governors are automatically members of the Curriculum Committee.

Chair - Ms Pippa Ravenscroft   

Finance

Membership of the Finance Committee is as follows;

Mrs Cathryn Downing, Cllr John Lamb, Mrs S Price, Dr M Ratnarajah (Chair) & Mrs Jane Whittaker

Personnel & General Purposes

Membership of the Personnel & General Purposes Committee is as follows;

Mrs Cathryn Downing, Mrs Kate Murdock, Mrs Nuala Powell (Chair), Ms Pippa Ravenscroft & Mrs Jane Whittaker

Premises

Membership of the Personnel & General Purposes Committee is as follows;

Mr Nicholas Broughall, Mrs DeAbaitua, Mr Martin Dolce, Mrs Cathryn Downing, Mr Richard Odell & Mrs Nuala Powell (Chair)

   Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings  
         
Governor Governor Type 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21
Mr Nicholas Broughall Parent 3/4 3/3 1/1
Mrs Emily DeAbaitua Parent N/A 2/2 1/1
Mr Martin Dolce Retired Nov 2020 (Parent) 4/4 3/3 1/1
Mrs Cathy Downing Headteacher 4/4 3/3 1/1
Mrs Sinead Hesp Retired Nov 2020 (Parent) 4/4 3/3 1/1
Cllr John Lamb Authority  1/2 1/3 1/1
Mrs Kate Murdock Co-Opted 4/4 2/3 0/1
Mr Richard Odell Co-Opted 2/2 3/3 1/1
Mrs Nuala Powell Co-Opted 4/4 3/3 1/1
Mrs Sarah Price Staff 4/4 3/3 1/1
Dr Maria Ratnarajah Parent N/A 2/2 1/1
Ms Pippa Ravenscroft Co-Opted  1/2 3/3 1/1
Mrs Jane Whittaker Co-Opted 4/4 2/3 1/1

 

Declaration of Interests 2020-21

 

Name of Governor

Role

Name of Business/ Associated Interest

Nature of Business

Nature of Interest

Date Interest Commenced

Mr Nicholas Broughall  

Parent Governor

Nothing to Declare

N/A

N/A

N/A

Mrs Emily DeAbaitua

Parent Governor

Nothing to Declare

N/A

N/A

N/A

Mr Martin Dolce

Retired Nov 2020

Nothing to Declare

N/A

N/A

N/A

Mrs Cathryn Downing 

Headteacher

Mrs Christine Higgins

Sister-in-Law is employee

Sister-in-Law is employee

2015

Mrs Sinead Hesp

Retired Nov 2020

University of Manchester

University

Employee

2010

Cllr John Lamb

Local Authority Governor

Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council

Local Authority

Councillor

2003

Raising Performance

Management Consultancy

Managing Director

2005

New Leadership Foundation

Public Sector Leadership Organisation

Director

2010

West Trafford Learning Partnership

Governing Board for Ashton on Mersey & Broadoak Schools

Chairman

2015

Mrs Kate Murdock

Co-opted Governor

Trafford LCO

NHS

Employee

2010

Mr Richard Odell

Co-opted Governor

Stamford Park Junior School

Assistant Headteacher

Employee

2008

Mrs Anne Nuala Powell

Co-opted Governor

Nothing to Declare

N/A

N/A

N/A

Mrs Sarah Price

Staff Governor

Stamford Park Junior School

Head of School

Employee

2015

Standards & Testing Agency

Education

Assessment Advisor

2014

Dr Maria Ratnarajah

Parent Governor

Ratnarajah Medical Services Ltd

Provider of GP Services

Director

2014

Extracellular

Private GP & Lifestyle Medicine Co

Director

2018

Ms Pippa Ravenscroft

Co-opted Governor

Nothing to Declare

N/A

N/A

N/A

Mrs Jane Whittaker

Chair/Co-opted Governor

Nothing to Declare

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to contact the Governors 

You can contact the governors via the school office. If you wish to contact the Chair of the Governing Body please leave your details with the school office and she will get in touch.

 

Clerk to the Governors

Trust GS, 28-32 Greenwood Street, Altrincham, WA14 1RZ.  Contact: Julie Lawson, 0161 348 7188

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