Birkenshaw CE (C) Primary School

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Governor Information

Welcome to the Governors Page

The Governing Body of Birkenshaw CE (C)  Primary School is a group of parents, staff, members of the diocese and members of the local community who oversee the running of your school. The school is very fortunate to have a hard working and supportive Governing Body which meets regularly to discuss all areas of school activity in order to ensure that the school is fulfilling its duties and to forward new developments and other improvements. Each Governor is passionate about the school and volunteers their time, away from their busy schedules, to act as a ‘critical friend’ to the school.

In addition to the full Governing Body which meets four times a year, there are three ‘sub-committees’ who meet three times a year to deal with different aspects of school management in more detail:

  • Resources Committee, which focuses on the school finances, the upkeep of the premises, projects and staffing issues.
  • Standards and Effectiveness Committee, which focuses on the academic performance of the school, curriculum and child welfare matters; and
  • Children, Families and Communities Committee, which focuses on pastoral needs, behaviour, links with parents and the local community

The Governors also make regular visits to the school.  Through doing this they get to know the staff, children and parents and are, therefore, better informed about the school they are responsible for overseeing.

The following people have been elected or appointed to represent you on the governing body:

 

Name

Type of Governor

Body who appointed

Date Appointed

Term of Office

Stepdown

Governance role in another school

Mr Neil Auty

(CHAIR)

Co-opted

Governors

July 2019

4 years

Jul 2023

 

No

Cllr Elizabeth Smaje

 

Local Authority

Local Authority

March 2015

4 Years

Mar 2023

 

No

Mr Phillip Thornton

 

Co-opted

Governors

Oct 2017

4 years

Oct 2021

 

No

Mrs Rebecca Martin

 

Headteacher

Ex- Officio

Sept 2012

Ex- Officio

 

No

Mr Michael Fielder

 

Staff

Staff

Sept 2020

4 years

Sep 2024

  No

Mrs Joanne Frost

Co-opted Staff

Governors

Oct 2017

4 Years

Oct 2021

 

No

Mrs Pamela Ganfield

Foundation

Diocese

 Nov 2016

 4 years

Oct 2020

 

No

Mr Ian Tobin

 

Associate Governor

Ex -Officio

Dec 2016

Ex-Officio

 

No

Mrs Amanda Mahoney

(VICE CHAIR)

Parent

Parents

July 2019

4 years

Jul 2023

 

No

Mr Malcolm Gwyn

Foundation

PCC/Diocese 

June 2019

4 Years Jun 2023

  

No

 

 Mr David Walton

 Co-opted

Community

 Governors

 Nov 2016

 4 Years

Nov 2020

 

No

Mrs Katherine Hainsworth 

 Associate Governor

 Ex -Officio

 Nov 2016

 Ex- Officio

 

No

Dr Clare Nolan  

 Parent

 Parents

 Nov 2016

 4 Years

Nov 2020

 

No

Vacancy 

 Foundation

Ex- Officio

 

 

 

 

 

PDF icon Please click on this link to view Governors  Register of Business & Financial Interests and Attendance 2019-20

PDF iconPlease click on this link to view Governors Register of Business & Financial    Interests 2020-21

PDF iconPlease click on this link to view the Governing Body Code of Conduct

 

Governing Body  Committees

As well as being on the main Governing Body, Governors are also members of different committees. The committees for 2020 / 2021 are -

Standards and Effectiveness Committee (main)

PDF icon Please click on this link to see the Terms of Reference

Mr N Auty

Head Teacher

Mr P Thornton

Mrs J Frost

Mr D Walton

Mr I Tobin (Associate)

Mr M Gwyn

 

Resources Committee (main)

PDF icon Please click on this link to see the Terms of Reference

Mr N Auty

Head Teacher

Cllr E Smaje (Chair)

Mr M Fielder

Mrs A Mahoney

Mrs K Hainsworth (Associate) 

 

Children, Families and Community Committee (main)

PDF icon Please click on this link to see the Terms of Reference

Mr N Auty

Head Teacher

Mrs P Ganfield

Dr C Nolan

Mrs K Hainsworth ( Associate)

Cllr E Smaje

 

Pay Committee

PDF icon Please click on this link to see the Terms of Reference

Mr N Auty

Head Teacher

Cllr E Smaje

Mr P Thornton 

 

Staff Dismissals Committee

Cllr E Smaje

Dr C Nolan

Mrs A Mahoney

 

Dismissal Appeals Committee

Mr D Walton

Mr P Thornton

Mrs P Ganfield

 

Pupil Discipline Committee

Mr N Auty

Dr C Nolan

Mrs A Mahoney

 

Teacher Appraisal Committee

Mr N Auty

Cllr E Smaje

Mr P Thornton

 

Teacher Appraisal Appeals Committee

Dr C Nolan

Mr M Gwyn

Mrs P Ganfield

 

Complaints Committee

Mrs A Mahoney

Mr P Thornton

Mr D Walton

 

Governors Responsibilities

All our school Governors are linked to a priority or focus area in school. Each term, Governors meet with the relevant member of school staff to discuss their area in further detail. Governors look at action plans, data and impact of actions linked to each area. They hold the school to account as well as becoming well informed about a particular priority in school. Each Governor shares visit information with the other Governors so that all Governors are well informed. Below is a list of the priority areas for 2020 / 2021 -

 

Priority Area

Staff Lead

Link Governor

Assessment

Ian Tobin / Becci Martin

Jo Frost

Curriculum Review

Becci Martin/Ian Tobin

Cllr Liz Smaje

English

Sarah Margetts

Amanda Mahoney

Maths

Helen Jackson

Amanda Mahoney

Teaching and Learning

Becci Martin

Dave Walton

RE

Claire Dickens

Malcolm Gwyn

British Values

Rachel Fox

Pamela Ganfield

PE/Sports Premium

Ian Tobin

Phil Thornton

Pupil Premium/LAC

Becci Martin / Katherine Hainsworth

Neil Auty

Health and Safety

Sara Mitchell

Mike Fielder

Covid 19

Becci Martin

Phil Thornton

SEN

Katherine Hainsworth

Dr Clare Nolan

Early Years

Claire Dickens/Rachel Fox

Amanda Mahoney

Safeguarding

Becci Martin

Dr Clare Nolan

Behaviour and Attendance

Becci Martin

Dr Clare Nolan

Emotional Wellbeing

Dawn Kershaw/ Helen Farmer

Pamela Ganfield

Governor Class Links

Each of our Governors is linked to a class. During the year Governors visit and write to their link classes. They get to know the children and all about the curriculum in their year group. At the end of the year, each Governor moves up to the next year group with their link class. This ensures that the Governors continue to build relationships with specific groups of children.  The links for 2020/ 2021 are –

 

Class

Year Group

Teachers Name

Linked Governors Name

Nursery

Early Years

Mrs Elliott & Mrs Dickens

Dave Walton

Galaxy

Early Years

Miss Bottomley

Malcom Gwyn

MilkyWay

Early Years

Miss Fox

Malcolm Gwyn

Mercury

Year 1

Miss Chipchase

Neil Auty

Venus

Year 1

Miss Wilcock

Mike Fielder

Earth

Year 2

Miss Mackrill / Mrs Hainsworth

  Pamela Ganfield

Mars

Year 2

Miss Owens

Pamela Ganfield

Saturn

Year 3

Mr Fielder

Amanda Mahoney

Jupiter

Year 3

Mrs Hare / Mrs Convery

Amanda Mahoney

Pluto

Year 4

Mr Tobin / Mrs Walker

Dr Clare Nolan

 

Neptune

Year 4

Mrs Charrosin

Dr Clare Nolan

Callisto

Year 5

Miss Hawkes

Cllr Liz Smaje

Hydra

Year 5

Mrs Walsh

Cllr Liz Smaje

Triton

Year 6

Miss Jackson

Jo Frost

Europa

Year 6

Mrs Margetts

Phil Thornton

 Contact details for the Chair of Governors Mr N Auty 

 Email: chair.birkenshawprimary@kirkleeseducation.uk