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Governors

Welcome to our Governors’ section.

 

A Message from our Chair

 

For every school, the role of the Governing body is broadly similar. Governors have three main tasks: to appoint the Headteacher, and to oversee the Head’s leadership of the school: to ensure that the vision, ethos and direction of the school is clearly defined: and to ensure that the school’s finances are managed effectively and soundly.

 

The Governors at Whitefriars Primary School carry out these responsibilities through regular minuted meetings of the full Governing Body, supported by detailed work on standards, finance and premises carried out by three Committees. A small Strategy Group of Committee Chairs has also been set up to oversee the formulation of a long-term Development Plan for the school. In addition to this, individual Governors make frequent visits to the school to monitor subject teaching and other aspects of school life such as safeguarding and special educational needs.

 

A full list of the Whitefriars Governors appears on the website. Our Governors come from a variety of social and professional backgrounds, with individual experience in education, industry, finance and community service. There is a good representation of current teaching staff, and of course some of our Governors are also parents with pupils at the school. If we need further skills and experience we always have the option to co-opt additional Governors. All are volunteers, and unpaid in this capacity.

 

Most of the Governors of the previous Infant and Junior schools have stayed on to serve on the new Primary Governing body. This has ensured continuity of experience, and a determination to retain all that was best about these schools. At the same time, Governors are very positive about the prospects for the new Primary school, believing that even better outcomes will be possible for Whitefriars pupils under this arrangement. It is also felt that the enlarged school will be better placed to respond to future changes in the wider educational environment.

 

If you have any concerns to raise, or issues to bring to our attention, please speak to any Governor you may know, or alternatively e-mail our clerk, Kathryn Berrill at bursar@whitefriars-pri.northants.ecl.gov.uk. And finally, let us know if you would think that you might like to serve as a Governor yourself.

 

With thanks for your time, and your continuing interest in Whitefriars Primary School,

 

David Richens

Chair of Governors

 


Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.


We have also provided a Register of Governor Interests and an Annual Statement of Issues for your information.

Governor Name Governor Type

Governor

Position

Commitee(s)
David Richens Co-opted Chair

Strategy

Premises, H & S

Quality & Standards

HT's Appraisal

Kathryn Berrill Clerk/Ex-officio Clerk

Strategy

Premises, H & S

Quality & Standards

Resources

Lucy Burman Ex-officio Headteacher

Strategy

Premises, H & S

Resources

Quality & Standards

Lionel Lambert Co-opted

Vice-Chair

Chair of Premises, Health & Safety

Health & Safety

Premises, H & S

Strategy

Rev Chris Youngman Co-opted Chair of Resources

Strategy

Resources

Pay

HT Appraisal

Nicola Mizon Parent Pupil Premium 

Strategy

Quality & Standards

Suzanne Parnell Parent Safeguarding

Quality & Standards

Pay

Stacey Bunce Staff   Quality & Standards
Craig Childs Co-opted  

Strategy

Premises, H & S

HT Appraisal

Wendy Yarnall Co-opted

Chair of Quality and Standards

English

SEND

Quality & Standards
Alan Chamberlain Parent   Resources
Andrew Presland Co-opted Maths

Resources

Presimes, H & S

Vacancy  Co-opted    
Kate Brown Associate/AHT   Resources
Sallyann Wright Associate/Office Manager   Resources
Shona Adams Associate/AHT   Quality & Standards
Jennifer James Associate/AHT   Premises, H & S
Ken Pearcey

Associate/Site

Supervisor

  Premises, H & S

 

 

 

School governors are people who want to make a positive contribution to children’s education.

Governors are one of the largest volunteer forces in the country and have an important part to play in raising school standards. The role of the governing board is absolutely key to the effectiveness of a school. Time and time again Ofsted (the national inspection body for schools) has noted that the most effective schools demonstrate effective leadership and management - including by the governing board.

 

What do governors do?

School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. Governors appoint the headteacher and assistant or deputy headteachers. In some schools the site is owned by the governing board. It is governors who hold the main responsibility for finance in schools, and it is governors who work with the head teacher to make the tough decisions about balancing resources. Take a look at our role description, What do governors do?

Each individual governor is a member of a governing board, which is established in law as a corporate body. Individual governors may not act independently of the rest of the governing board; decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing board.

The role of the governing board is a strategic one, its key functions are to:

  1. set the aims and objectives for the school

  2. set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives

  3. set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives

  4. monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives

  5. be a source of challenge and support to the head teacher (a critical friend).

 

We are always looking for people to help us.  If you think that you have skills and experience to offer us, please do not hesitate to contact the Chair of Governors, our clerk or the headteacher for more details. 

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