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.

Responsibilities

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. Community governors: appointed by the governing body to represent community interests

4. Authority governors: appointed by the local authority

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.

 

Committees:

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 - Parent Governor

I have two children, one boy at Crossflatts Primary School, and my other boy is now at secondary 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 DrayParent Governor

I have two children in Crossflatts Primary school, Isabelle in year 5 and Sam in year 3. 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.

 

Tracey PaulParent Governor

I’m a mum of two; Kyle aged 13 started Bingley Grammar School in September 2014 after leaving Crossflatts Primary School with great results and memories. Brooke aged 8 currently loves being in year 4. I grew up in Leeds and moved to Oakworth then East Morton some 15 years ago.
I am a bookkeeper by profession and since having my children I have worked for a couple of local businesses, both in their offices or from the comfort of my home. This has enabled me to enjoyed being at every nativity play, assembly, Christmas sparkle etc. that my children have been part of. Looking after finances and spending funds wisely are an important part of any business and I hope to help and share my experiences with our school.
I have volunteered in school for a number of years now, anything from being a Better Reading Partner to helping with school trips, also joining the PTA and helping with school events. I love being helpful and seeing the children’s joy of achieving is priceless. My reasons for becoming a Parent Governor are simple, to help Crossflatts Primary School make a positive difference to all our children. You can normally find me around school so please feel free to seek me out if I can help in anyway.
 
Many thanks
 
Tracey.

Leslie GoreCommunity 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!

Graham ChambersCommunity Governor
 
I have one child who has now left Crossflatts School and is at secondary school.
 
I volunteered to become a school governor as I have spent my whole working life in education and felt that I had something to offer the School. I am really pleased with the way that the School educated and cared for my son; I hope that I can support the School in becoming even better.  I am chair of the School Improvement Committee and Vice-chair of the Governors.
 
I try to visit School as often as I can, for formal meetings and special events. I am more than happy to speak to parents, carers, teachers and other member of the school community about any issues they wish to raise. Don’t hesitate in approaching me. I am particularly interested in the School’s curriculum and see it as important that the children receive a broad and balanced education that is both relevant and challenging.
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 is in year 1 at 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.
Lisa Artis – parent governor
I have two children at Crossflatts Primary School (Lilia in year 5 and Ben in year 2) and I have always strongly believed in the ethos of the school.  I volunteered for this role as I wanted to play a part in determining how all the children could continue to receive the best education, support and experience from the team at Crossflatts.
 
My background is in communications and the sleep/health industry. I am an associate director at a PR and Marketing agency in Skipton looking after company reputations as well being responsible for recruitment and financial budgets. I also work as a sleep advisor and accredited children’s sleep practitioner.  The health and wellbeing of children and teens is something I feel passionately about and over the years I have worked with schools, further education and universities.

Anne Watkinson - Community Governor

am recently retired from my position as School Business Manager at Crossflatts Primary after spending over ten very happy years working with an excellent team of staff and pupils. Prior to this I worked at Copthorne Primary School in Bradford for twenty one years. I started there working as a School Secretary progressing to School Administrator and after doing my qualifications, School Business Manager. During my time working in education on the administrative side I have seen a great number of significant changes and challenges facing schools.

I am the mother of three grown up boys and have a total of seven grandchildren, one boy and six girls! As a parent I was a Governor at my boy’s first and upper schools. Again experiencing the numerous changes and responsibilities involved in being a supportive School Governor.

On retiring I realised that I did not want to lose a close connection or involvement with helping to improve the education of young children, especially the pupils of Crossflatts Primary. As a Governor I hope I can be a part of helping the school continue to be the innovative, successful and happy place it is for children to come to learn to be “the best they can be.”

How to Contact the Governors

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 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.