The Roles and Responsibilities of Governors

The Roles and Responsibilities of Governors


School governors are drawn from different parts of the community and can be parents and staff or from the local authority (LA), the community and other groups. This helps ensure the governing body has sufficient diversity of views and experience.

The main role of the governing body is to have a strategic role for school improvement in order to continue to raise the standards of education and pupil achievement.


The governing body has a range of duties and powers and a general responsibility for the conduct of the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement. Its responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Monitor and review the performance of the school and pupil achievement
  • Managing the school's finances and recruitment of staff
  • Making sure the curriculum is balanced and broadly based
  • Reviewing staff performance and pay.


Roles and actions

There are a range of roles and actions the governing body or individual governors need to consider:

1. Parent governors: selected by election

2. Staff governors: selected by election from teaching and support staff paid to work at the school

3. Co-opted governors: appointed by the governing body to represent community interests

4. Authority governors: nominated by the Local Authority and appointed by the Governing board

5. Associate members (not governors): appointed by the governing body to attend committee meetings and/or full governing body meetings due to their particular skills or experience.



Crossflatts Primary School has the following sub committees:

  • Resources Committee : dealing with finance, staffing and premises
  • School Improvement Committee – curriculum and school improvement


 Mary  Morgan

Mary Morgan

Chair of Governors

I have two children who have both attended Crossflatts Primary School.

I wanted to become a school governor as I wanted to help the school develop and improve so that the children, my own included, would receive the best education available.

Being a governor isn’t just about turning up for meetings, it’s about being supportive and sometimes, asking awkward questions but always wanting to make the school a better place for the children so that they can achieve their potential. I enjoy coming into school to meet the children and teachers – talking and listening to what they have got to say and taking this back to the governing body.

I try to get to as many of the Parents Forum meetings as I can so that I can share information from the governor’s meetings with parents. I am usually in the play ground before and after school, so if you have any comments or questions about the school or the governing body, please speak to me and I will do my best to get an answer for you.

 Alycia  Dray

Alycia Dray

Parent Governor

I have two children who have both previously attended Crossflatts. I have a long standing connection with Crossflatts as it is the school I attended as a child.

I have worked as a teacher in a primary school in Halifax for the last 18 years and felt I would like to share this experience, as well as learning about the governor side of school life. I am looking forward to working alongside staff and pupils to make our school the best it can be.

I am part of the school PTFA where I help out at many of our school events. Although I work part time I can always be found in and around the school playground at the beginning of the week. If there is anything you would like to find out, please ask and I will do my best to help you.

 Leslie Gore

Leslie Gore

Co-opted Governor

I was born at the beginning of the war, having a younger brother and an older one who unfortunately recently died from cancer. My father was the eldest son of James Gore who started a haulage and coal merchants business in Crossflatts in 1927 and continues today managed by his great grandsons. I was married to Thelma in 1962 and was blessed with a son Ian who attended Crossflatts school whilst we lived in Micklethwaite and then later we built our new home in East Morton.

I have enjoyed a lifetime career in building management having spent my early years with local building company Drummond, Neate and Co Ltd and later as the Clerk of Works managing the Trustees of The Chatsworth Settlement Historic Buildings and Services at The Duke of Devonshire’s Bolton Abbey Estate.

I was invited to join Rotary in 1979 and chaired many committees. After my wife died in 2007, I agreed to take on the office as President. 

I am inspired by Rotary’s ambitious plan for a Polio free world and I have just returned from my third visit to India in support of the immunisation of children under five years old. 

Rotary supports Crossflatts School along with others in district and takes an active part in supporting the community at large. I am also the Chairman of The Airedale Agricultural Society which engages with the organizing of the Bingley Family Show day.

My appointment as Community Governor of your School will provide an opportunity to support and sustain an environment of educational development, in a happy, friendly school that is reaching out to be a centre of outstanding leadership. Let’s make it happen!

 Gavin Ingham

Gavin Ingham

Parent Governor

I am passionate about life-long learning and spend my working life giving motivational talks and helping CEOs and MDs to build world-class organisations.

I have three small children. The eldest currently attends Crossflatts and the second is enjoying nursery. They love the school, often bring home photos of them playing together, and our youngest cannot wait to get started in a few years too!

I am a Governor because I want to make a difference; to help the dedicated and committed team at Crossflatts to create the most outstanding education experience for our children; and to inspire our children to be passionate about becoming the best that they can be.

Mrs Laura Reynolds

Mrs Laura Reynolds

Assistant Head - Staff Governor

I have taught here at Crossflatts since 2009, having worked across key Stage One and Lower Key Stage Two. As well as teaching in Year 4, I also currently lead Art for our school and am one of our Assistant Headteachers, as of September 2021.

My own two children have been Crossflatters – with my youngest now in Year 5, and my eldest leaving in 2018. I am extremely grateful for the education, care and experiences they have had at our school and really do believe in the magic of Crossflatts.

As both a member of staff and a parent, I feel very fortunate to have seen our school from both perspectives and am well placed to utilise these experiences in my role as Staff Governor.

It was a great privilege to be elected by colleagues onto our Governing Body and I am delighted to serve as a Governor for School Improvement. In my role as an educator, I believe passionately in giving all of our children the opportunity to be the very best version of themselves and relish the opportunity to contribute to our whole school commitment to this as a Governor.

Mrs Anna Shaw

Mrs Anna Shaw

Parent Governor

I am a Solicitor and have worked in the legal profession for the past 20 years.

I have twin children who attend Crossflatts, both of whom I have seen flourish and thoroughly enjoy the first years of their education whilst being there.

I am a Governor as I believe the voice of the parent is important in the running of a school.

I am sure the Crossflatts vision to “Come as you are and leave at your best” is something all parents hope for their children and so I am keen to support the continued growth and success of Crossflatts to ensure that our children continue to receive the highest level of education possible.

Mr Sean Barker

Mr Sean Barker

Parent Governor

My Daughter has attended Crossflatts Primary school for the past 5 years, all of which has been happy and successful. To see the way the school overcame the challenges of Covid and the way they are dealing with RAAC makes me feel immensely proud to be part of the Crossflatts family. I am delighted to have been elected as parent Governor and as Head of Estates at a Local Multi Academy Trust I will use my expertise and passion for education to support Crossflatts Primary School as they continue the journey to ensure all students have the opportunity to succeed and 'leave at their best'
Mr Adrian Lumb

Mr Adrian Lumb

Parent Governor

Crossflatts primary has been a big part of our lives since 2012 when my eldest son walked through the gates in a jumper 3 sizes too big in reception, his brother then joined him and left in 2022, my youngest son Matthew is currently in year 2, We have valued the care and support given to all 3 boys during the Crossflatts journey.

I have enjoyed being a guest in assemblies to several year groups about what I do and the world of engineering as part of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) program. I volunteered to run a year 6 activity after they had completed their SATS and seen some budding engineers, there were bottle rockets flying all over the playground. I was a founding member of the East Morton Beavers and Cubs until recently. This involved organising and risk assessing camps and activities and the planning and organisation of running a successful group. 

I have a degree in mechanical engineering and management and have been working as an engineer for over 20 years. During this time I have gained a broad range of skills and specialised experience that can directly help the school in its redevelopment.

My current role is as a senior engineer at a large multinational engineering company specialising in large, complex and safety critical engineering projects. Over the 10 years I have work there I have worked on many projects and have been directly responsible for running projects around $30 million. My engineering experience is varied and includes project management, design work from concept to final design, interpreting and creating drawings, performing and checking calculations, risk assessments and risk mitigation for both project risks and HSE risks, project planning, contracts and budgets, writing and interpreting standards and specifications. I have presented to large audiences both in person and virtually. From previous jobs I have experience in pipework design for plant rooms and pressurised systems

Mr C Barnes

Parent Governor

Mrs Nicola Bennett


How to Contact the Governors


If you would like to contact governors, please email the Chair of Governors: for any information you may require, or any questions you have regarding school and governance.  

All parents are informed regarding any possible parent governor vacancies via the blog, so please ensure to read this each week. 

If you need to make a complaint our policy can be found on the website please click  the link: Complaints Policy

Complaints Procedures 

If a problem arises for your child with regard to their education - there is a procedure which must be followed:

Step 1:

Make an appointment to meet with the class teacher to discuss the issue and strategies to resolve the issue

If the issue is not resolved-

Make an appointment to meet the Headteacher to discuss possible solutions and time frame

Step 2:

If the issue is not resolved-

Step 3:

Write to the Chair of Governors (via the school office or by email). All correspondence will be treated as private and confidential.

A Complaints Committee will consider the issue.

The Complaints Committee will respond in writing within 5 working days.