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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

Our Governors 1 Jane Whittaker, Chair of Governors.
Our Governors 2 Sinead Hesp, Vice-Chair of Governors
Our Governors 3 Cathryn Downing, Headteacher

    Jane Whittaker, Co-opted Governor                Sinead Hesp, Parent Governor                          Cathryn Downing,  Headteacher

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

    11 May 2020 - 10 May 2024                            29 Nov 2016 - 28 Nov 2020                                                           

Picture 1 Nicholas Broughall, Parent Governor.
Picture 2 Emily DeAbaitua. Parent Governor.
Picture 3 Martin Dolce, Parent Governor

    Nicholas Broughall,                                            Emily DeAbaitua                                               Martin Dolce

    (Elected by Parents)                                          (Elected by Parents)                                         (Elected by Parents)

    20 Oct 2017 - 19 Oct 2021                                18 Nov 2019 - 17 Nov 2023                              29 Nov 2016 - 28 Nov 2020                       

Picture 1 Cllr John Lamb, Local Authority Governor
Picture 2 Kate Murdock, Co-opted. Safeguarding Governor
Picture 3 Richard Odell, Co-opted Governor

Cllr John Lamb                                                   Kate Murdock                                                  Richard Odell Asst Headteacher

(Appointed by the Local Authority)                     (Appointed by the Governing Body)                (Appointed by the Governing Body)

17 Sept 2019 - 16 Sept 2023                             29 Nov 2016 - 28 Nov 2020                            18 June 2018 - 17 June 2022                       

Picture 1 Nuala Powell, Co-opted. SEND Governor.
Picture 2 Sarah Price, Staff Governor
Picture 3 Maria Ratnarajah, Parent Governor

    Nuala Powell                                                          Sarah Price - Head of School                      Maria Ratnarajah

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

    30 Jan 2019 - 3 Feb 2022                                      9 Oct 2019 - 8 Oct 2023                             19 Nov 2019 - 18 Nov 2023                                          

Picture 1 Pippa Ravenscroft, Co-opted Governor.
Picture 2 Deborah Hughes, Retired Governor.
Picture 3 Richard Smith, Retired Governor.

    Pippa Ravenscroft                                             Deborah Hughes                                             Richard Smith

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

    3 Oct 2018 - 7 Oct 2022                                    Retired  March 2019                                        Retired Nov 2019      

 

 

Committee Structure & Remits 2019-10 

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, Mrs Sinead Hesp (Chair), Cllr John Lamb & 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, 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
Mr Nicholas Broughall Parent  3/4 2/2
Mrs Emily DeAbaitua Parent N/A 1/1
Mr Martin Dolce Parent 4/4 2/2
Mrs Cathryn Downing Headteacher 4/4 2/2
Mrs Sinead Hesp Parent 4/4 2/2
Ms Debbie Hughes Parent  2/3 N/A
Cllr John Lamb Authority  1/2 0/2
Mrs Kate Murdock Co-opted 4/4 1/2
Mr Richard Odell Co-opted 2/2 2/2
Mrs Nuala Powell Co-opted 4/4 2/2
Mrs Sarah Price Staff 4/4 2/2
Dr Maria Ratnarajah Parent N/A 1/1
Ms Pippa Ravenscroft Co-opted  1/2 2/2
Mr Richard Smith Parent  3/4 1/1
Mrs Jane Whittaker Co-opted 4/4 1/2

 

 

Declaration of Interests 2019-20

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

Parent Governor

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

Vice-Chair/Parent Governor

University of Manchester

University

Employee

2010

Campaign for Science & Engineering

Charity promoting Science & Engineering

Director/Trustee

2019

Ms Deborah Hughes

Retired

March 2019

Nothing to Declare

N/A

N/A

N/A

Cllr John Lamb

Local Authority Governor

Nothing to Declare

N/A

N/A

N/A

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 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

Ms Pippa Ravenscroft

Co-opted Governor

Nothing to Declare

N/A

N/A

N/A

Mr Richard Smith

Retired

November 2019

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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