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Governing Body

Governors are volunteers who want to make a positive contribution to children's education.  They have a wide range of responsibilities, with priority being the strategic direction of the school and, with fellow governors, being accountable for the performance of the school.  On 15th October 2015 our school federated with Follifoot Primary School, a decision approved by the Governing Bodies of both schools in July 2015.  The joint Governing body has a range of duties and a general responsibility for the conduct of the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement.  It's responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • setting and monitoring the strategic direction of the school
  • managing the school's finances
  • making sure the curriculum is balanced and broadly based
  • appointing new staff
  • reviewing staff performance and pay

The structure and makeup of the federated Governing Body is set in statue:

-2 Parent Governors-(elected by the parents of the federation)
-1 Staff Governor- (elected by staff from both schools)
-1 Local Authority (LA) Governor (appointed by the Local Authority)
-1 Head teacher Governor
-2 Foundation Governors (appointed by the Diocese)
In addition there are 3 Co-Opted Governors (appointed by the governing body) so that the total number of Governors is 10. 

Co-Opted Governors can include parents at the schools, staff at either school and other members of the community.  They are co-opted by the seven appointed and elected Governors.  The number of elected Parent and Staff Governors is set in statue, however this does not prevent parents or staff becoming Co-Opted Governors.  In addition the Governing Body has the ability to bring on board parents, staff or members of the local communities as Associate Governors if necessary.  The Full Governing Body meets at least 4 times each year but sometimes more often than this, as well as separate termly meetings for the School Development and Resources committees together with individual Governors also conducting monitoring and evaluation visits to the schools regularly.

2018-2019 Federation Full Governing Body

TOTAL OF 10 GOVERNORS: 2 Foundation Governors; 2 Parent Governors; 1 Authority Governor; 1 Headteacher; 1 Staff Governor; and 3 Co-opted Governors.

 

Category of Governor

Name

Appointment details

Term end date

Resignation date

Attendance

Parent

 

(Chair)

David Harrington

 

15 October

2015

 

4 years

Elected

14 October

2019

 

100%

Parent

 

Natalie Atkinson

 

1 January

2018

 

4 years

Elected

 

31 December

2021

 

60%

Foundation

 

(Vice Chair)

 

Samantha Corderoy

 

15 October

2015

 

4 years

By the Diocese

 

1 October

2019

 

100%

Co-opted

Sandra Dewey

17 November

2016

 

4 years

By the GB

 

1 November

2020

 

67%

Authority

Sue Foster

27 September

2017

 

4 years

By the GB

 

31 August

2021

 

88%

Staff

(Head Teacher)

 

Paul Griffiths

Ex-officio

Ex officio

 

100%

Co-opted

Simon McInerney

15 October

2015

 

4 years

By the GB

 

1 October

2019

 

67%

Co-opted

Steve Milner

1 January

2018

 

4 years

By the GB

 

31 December

2021

 

50%

Staff

 

Rebecca Simpson

 

 

 

 

 

22 September

2016

 

4 years

Elected

21 September

2020

 

M/L

Foundation

Chris Winspear

 

15 October

2015

 

4 years

By the Diocese

1 October

2019

 

100%

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clerk to the Governors

Mark Stephenson

Governors

N/A

 

n/a

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Committee / Specific Responsibility 2018/19

Committee

Members

No. of Meetings

per year

School Development

Simon McInerney (Chair), David Harrington, Sue Foster (Clerk), Natalie Atkinson, and Paul Griffiths.

3-4

Resources

 

Samantha Corderoy (Chair), Steve Milner, Sandra Dewey (Clerk), Chris Winspear, and Paul Griffiths. Bursar to be in attendance.

4-5

Headteacher Performance Management

David Harrington (Chair), Chris Winspear, and Samantha Corderoy, plus a GB appointed independent adviser (Julie Lyon)

2

Pupil Discipline and Appeals

Simon McInerney, Sue Foster

As required

Staff Discipline / Dismissal

Sandra Dewey, Simon McInerney, Sue Foster

 

As required

Staff Discipline / Dismissal Appeals

Chris Winspear, Samantha Corderoy, David Harrington

As required

General Complaints - Investigation

David Harrington, Chris Winspear,

 

General Complaints – Appeals

 

Sandra Dewey Sue Foster, Samantha Corderoy

As required

 

Individuals with specific responsibilities:

  • Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL): Paul Griffiths
  • Deputy Designated Safeguarding Officers: Amy Bearman (Spofforth); Katie Barnett (Follifoot)

Health & Safety:                        Chris Winspear, Simon McInerney

Safeguarding / CP / Prevent:       Sue Foster       

SEND:                                       Simon McInerney

LAC:                                          Sue Foster

Governor induction/training:         Sam Corderoy

  

2017-18 Federation Full Governing Body

Name of Governor

Type of Governor

 

Appointed/

Elected/ Co-opted

Term of Office

Step down date if applicable

Responsibility

/Committees

Declared Business Interests

Declared other governor roles & relationships with staff/ governors

Attendance at previous Year FGB meetings

Mr David Harrington

Parent Governor

Elected by parents of Spofforth School

Oct 15 to Oct 19

 

Chair of FGB

Oct 15 – Sep 18,

School Development Committee

Partner in Simpson Millar Solicitors

 

full

Mr Paul Griffiths

Head Teacher

Appointed by Governing Body

Duration of Headteacher appointment

 

Headteacher, Resources & School Development Comittees

 

 

full

Mrs Samantha Corderoy

Foundation Governor  Appointed by the Diocese

Oct 15 - Oct 19

 

Vice Chair of FGB Sep 17- Sep 18,

Resources Committee

 

 

full

Mrs Sandra Dewey

Co-opted Governor Appointed by Governing Body

Nov 16 – Nov 20

 

Resources Committee

 

 

1 x apology

Mrs Sue Foster

Local Authority Governor

Appointed by the LA

 Sep 17 - Sep 21

 

School Development committee,

Child Protection Governor

 

 

1 x apology

Mr Simon McInerney

Co-opted Governor

Appointed by Governing Body

Oct 15 – Oct 19

 

Premises

H & S,

SEND Governor

Housekeepers of Harrogate - cleans school windows

 

3 x apology

Mrs Rebecca Simpson

Staff Governor

Elected by staff

Sep 16 – Sep 20

 

 

Teacher at Spofforth School

 

full

Mrs Natalie Atkinson

Parent Governor

Elected by Federation Parents

Jan18 – Dec 21

 

School Development committee

 

 

n/a 

Mr Chris Winspear

Foundation Governor  Appointed by the Diocese

Oct 15- Oct 19

 

Resources Committee

 

 

1 x apology

Mr Steve Milner

Co-opted Governor Appointed by the Governing Body

Jan 18-

Dec 21

 

Resources Committee

 

 

1 x apology

 

 

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