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Governors

What do governors do?

 Every school has a legal requirement to have a governing body. The governors’ role is strategic; the head teacher is responsible for the day-to-day management of the school. The governors are there to support the school in providing the best education for the pupils and we do this by:

  • setting the school’s values, vision and strategic aims together with the staff
  • agreeing plans and policies and ensuring resources are used effectively
  • monitoring and evaluating performance
  • providing support and constructive challenges to the head teacher as she leads the school
  • ensuring that Western is accountable to all stakeholders.

 

Who are the governors at Western?

The governing body was reconstituted on 6th February 2015 and now has 9 members.

Membership is -      

 1 Head Teacher 

 

Cheryl Smith 

 1 Staff governor (elected) 

 

 Sarah Jones

 1 Local Authority governor (appointed by NYCC)

 

 Teresa Brooke - Chair until 31st August 2017

 2 Parent governors

 

 Sian Marsh   

 

 

 Claire Smith

 4 Co-opted governors

 

 Stuart Hall

 

 

Claire Edwards

 

 

 Ian Rainbow - Vice Chair from 1st September 2017

 

 

 Jayne Sorrell - Chair from 1st September 2017

 

The co-opted governors are invited and appointed by the other governors based on the skills that are needed and that they can bring to the governing body. Our aim is to have a good mix of skills, experiences and perspectives to contribute to the school. All the governors give their time on a voluntary basis. 

All the governors serve a statutory term of four years but some of Western´s governors have been elected to serve for further terms, thus providing invaluable experience and continuity. The Full Governing Body (all the governors) meets at least each half term; we have appointed lead governors to deal with specific areas who liaise with members of staff in that capacity. We also have an excellent clerk, Mark Stephenson, who helps us communicate with each other efficiently.

At the first Full Governing Body meeting of the year, governors are required to complete a Register of Business Interest. The register sets out the relevant business interests of governors and details any other educational establishments they govern. For the current year, the return for each governor is nil. 

 You are welcome to speak to any of the governors - either catch a parent governor in the playground or ask at the school office.

Curriculum and SEN

 The governors have strategic oversight of the delivery of the National Curriculum and that every child has access to a wide and varied curriculum which is delivered in ways that meets their learning styles. Western has established SUCCESS groups to achieve these aims: Stimulating, Understanding, Creating, Committed, Educating, Striving & Supporting. Each area has a lead staff member and their aims are reported to us at the beginning of the school year, with their achievements reported at the year end. 

Data on pupil progress is collated by the staff and each Team Leader reports back to the governors each term on the progress of the children. They also report on the interventions used and their impact.

 All curriculum areas are monitored throughout the year; in particular, the Lead governor for SEN, meets regularly with the team leader for inclusion to ensure our responsibilities are being met - this includes consistency across classrooms, access to the quiet room, targeted provision, and the spending of the pupil premium and sports grants, including their impact.

 We have an overview of the opportunities, challenges and costs of new technology for use in schools, and are kept fully informed of technological partnerships with other schools and businesses to achieve the best provision for Western pupils.

 Finance & Staffing

 Western is delegated an annual budget from central government via NYCC which is currently just over £1.8 million. The school is very large for a primary; including our nursery provision we have around 500 pupils and over 60 teaching and non-teaching staff. Appropriate distribution of limited resources and the appointment of staff are both vital to the success of the school. The work of the governors includes:

  • agreeing and monitoring budgets, policies and objectives
  • reviewing the work of senior staff
  • helping to interview and appoint staff.

We have a part-time bursar, who works with the head teacher to manage the budget. With careful planning and expertise, the school is in a strong position to cope with the likely significant reduction to our funding in the years to come due to changes in resource allocation being set by central government.   

Buildings/Health & Safety

  • The governors ensure that through the implementation of the rigorous procedures that are in place, all of the school community and visitors enjoy a safe and secure environment which promotes the best use of facilities, resources and accommodation.
  • Although the governors constantly have to face the challenges that the constraints of the school site and its Victorian architecture impose, we have been successful in finding ways in which to make best use of our space.
  • However, with the curtailment of funding from central government, any large-scale developments in the future are unlikely. The current project is the refurbishment of the railings and gates to the front of school.
  • The day-to-day work continues, and through regular inspections the governors ensure that all the many and diverse statutory requirements concerning the school premises are maintained and monitored.

The future

 The climate within which schools operate is rapidly changing. The governing body is following these developments closely and continues to work with staff to ensure that Western is best prepared for how any changes may impact on our children. We are grateful for the leadership of Mrs Smith and her team, the dedication of all the staff, the support of Western Family and Friends and the involvement of parents in aiming to ensure that every child has the opportunity to achieve their potential, as they create their own success stories.

  To find out more

  • you are welcome to speak to one of the governors
  • the minutes of all full governing body meetings are available on request.

Teresa Brooke

Teresa Brooke

Chair of Governors (Staffing Governor)

LA Governor to 31/08/17

Claire Smith

Claire Smith

Elected Parent Governor - 15/2/2021

Claire Edwards

Claire Edwards

Health and Safety Governor

Co-opted Governor to 06/02/19

Sarah Jones

Sarah Jones

Governor

Elected Staff Governor to 31/08/19

Sian Marsh

Sian Marsh

Elected Parent Governor - 15/2/2021

Cheryl Smith

Cheryl Smith

Governor

Headteacher

Jayne Sorrell

Jayne Sorrell

Vice Chair and SEN Governor

Co-opted Governor to 06/02/19

Ian Rainbow

Ian Rainbow

Co-opted Governor to 02/12/19

Stuart Hall

Stuart Hall

Co-opted Governor to 12/2020

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Contact

Any Governor may be contacted through the School office. Click here

We are happy to provide copies of any of the information displayed on the school's website.

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