Believe, Grow, Achieve

Governors

What is the role of the Governing Body?


Our work is organised through two committees:

  Pupil Achievement & Teaching
  
  Leadership & Management

Each committee meets at least once termly to monitor, review and plan the various aspects of their remits. Their work feeds into the Full Governing Body termly meeting, at which all governors are present. Governors make visits into school so that we are able to see for ourselves what is happening in the school. We are closely involved in the Ofsted inspection process and in monitoring action plans put in place to improve standards in school.

The role of governor is rewarding and challenging. It is all about the children.

Our role is strategic not operational; non staff governors are not involved in the day to day running of the school. We are there as a 'critical friend', especially for the leadership of the school, and are a source of advice, support and challenge, providing accountability. We have strong support from the Local Authority and receive training on what is expected of us as governors. 

 How could you become a governor?

The school will make the school community aware if there are vacancies on the governing body. However, there is further information on the National Governors Association (NGA) website on both the role of a governor and how you can become a governor if you are interested.

Governor

Commence Date

End of term

Committees Attended

Link Roles

Register of governor interests

Mrs L Hoyle

Chair

Co-opted

Governor

9.11.2016 9.11.2020

Pupil Achievement

and Teaching

(PAT)

Leadership and Management

(L&M)

Safeguarding and e-Safety

 

 Educational Visits

 

Pupil Premium

 

LAC

 

Church School

 

STEM team

 

None

Mrs K Peacock

Vice Chair and Chair of PAT

Co-opted 

Governor

9.11.2016 9.11.2020 PAT

EYFS

 

 Training Link

 

 Communication Team

 

SLT at ERYC primary

Mr S Picken

Chair of L&M

Co-opted Governor

 

8.11.2015 8.11.2019 L&M

Finance

 

Health and Safety

 

Sports Premium

 

Sports, Arts and Culture team

 

None

 

Co-opted Governor

 

C Hyde

Co-opted Governor

 01.03.2017  01.03.2021 L&M

EYFS 

 

Sports, Arts and Culture team

Owner of Kiddies Corner Nursery

Revd Aysha St. Giles

Foundation Governor

- - PAT

 SEND

 

RE/ Collective Worship/Church Group

 

Communication Team

None

Mrs V White

Foundation Governor

31.08.2016 31.08.2020 L&M

RE/ Collective Worship

 

Church School

 

Sports, Arts and Culture team

 

None

 

Foundation Governor

 

Mrs M Cartmail

LA Governor

25.4.2017 25.4.2021 PAT STEM Team Teacher employed by school

 

Mr J Ripley

Parent Governor

20.12.2017 20.12.2021 PAT

Mental Health and Wellbeing

 

STEM Team

None

Mrs L Thurston

Parent Governor

19.6.2018 19.6.2022 L&M

School Council

 

Mental Health and Wellbeing

 

Communication Team

None

 

Mrs A Drinkall

Co-opted Governor

19.6.2018 19.6.2022 PAT

Mental Health and Wellbeing

 

Sports, Arts and Culture team

Chair of FOWS

 

Mrs M Brennan

Staff Governor

19.6.2018 19.6.2022

PAT

STEM Team None

 

Mr K Henderson

Staff Voting Head

09.04.2018 -

PAT

L&M

- None

 

 

Governor Biographical Information

 

Mrs L Hoyle

Chair or Governors

I joined the governing body in October 2016 and was elected Chair in November 2016. Married for 36 years we have 3 daughters with 2 of them teachers. I retired from work in 2016 after being a teacher and then headteacher for a total of 37 years. My background in education and experience as a governor in a variety of roles (Parent, teacher, foundation and headteacher) has played a huge part in me wanting to give something back to the village I live in.

I want the best for all children and want to use my knowledge and understanding to provide support to the school. As a parent, grandparent and educator I want the education experience to be happy, safe and fulfilling.

 

Mrs K Peacock

Vice Chair of Governors

 

Mr S Picken

Co-opted Governor

I joined the governing body as a co-opted governor in 2015 and began my second 3 year term in November 2018. I currently chair the Leadership and Management Committee which has responsibility for oversight of the school's finances, estate, facilities and workforce.

My background lies in corporate governance and Board development, over the past 7 years I have worked with over 200 Boards in both the public and private sectors to advise them on improving all aspects of their governance. I have 2 children who both currently attend the school and as both a parent and a member of the local community am hugely invested in ensuring  that the school is a success, and provides it's children with an excellent and well rounded education.

 

Mrs M Cartmail

LA Governor

 

Revd Aysha St Giles

Foundation Governor

I have been a Foundation Governor of Wilberfoss CE Primary School, since I arrived here in October 2004 to serve as Priest in Charge of this Parish. (Officially, I am half time, but am still trying to work out what that means).

Prior to ordination, my experience was as a Carer, working mostly with adults with physical disabilities and children and adults with special needs.

 

Mrs V White

Foundation Governor

I joined as a Foundation Governor at Wilberfoss in the autumn term 2016. I am a parent of a child in the Foundation Stage and a member of FOWS. I have lived in the village for over ten years, with a short spell living in York. My main job is as a Consultant for Building Control which is very varied. In this line of work I can be involved with expansion and growth as well as trying to maintain character and identity, and I hope the skills I bring from outside of education will be a positive to the school. 

 

Mr J Ripley

Parent Governor

I worked for 11 years as a primary school teacher in the East Riding until 2015 and have three children - one in KS1 at the school and two who are in their twenties. I am passionate about education and can offer the governing body support and ideas based on my varied teaching and parenting experiences. I can also draw upon my 20years in the pharmaceutical industry, which I returned to after my teaching role. I am eager to be involved in supporting the school in any way I can.

 

Mrs A Drinkall

Co-opted Governor

I attended primary and secondary schools in the local area and feel strongly about a school being a key part of the community. 

I am interested in promoting a secure and happy environment within Wilberfoss School as I feel this will enhance the memorable educational experiences for children that will create a lifelong love of learning. Two of our three children currently attend Wilberfoss School.

I work in PR and Communications supporting and advising organisations in promoting themselves, their products and protecting their reputation. 

 

Mrs L Thurtson

Parent Governor

I joined the Governing Body as a Parent Governor in June 2018. I have a five year old son in F2, who is really enjoying his school experience so far. I am a Strategic Project Manager at the University of York, leading on activities to support the development of students’ employability and their graduate employment prospects.

I have worked in the higher education sector for 15 years in a range of roles working with students, schools and employers. Outside of work I enjoy time with my family, baking, walking and running - I recently completed my first half marathon.

Previously, I have served eight years as both a charity trustee and a secondary school governor in York. I am now delighted to be involved with Wilberfoss Primary.

 

Mrs M Brennan

Staff Governor

 

 

REGISTER OF GOVERNOR INTEREST GUIDANCE

Governors must declare any relevant business interests as well as the details of any other educational establishments they govern.  The register must also set out any relationships between governors and members of the schools staff including spouses, partners and relatives.  It is important to address any perception of a conflict of interests by making clear where such potential personal or pecuniary interests might apply; this might be a conflict between personal interests and the interests of the school or the Council when dealing with outside organisations or individuals.

Note 1.    Pecuniary interest includes current employment, businesses (of which partner/proprietor), company directorship, charity trusteeship and other conflict.

Note 2.    Personal Interests can also include business involvement/company directorship or trusteeships or family or close connections to the governor (for example a company the school might have contracts with).

Examples (potential conflicts):

  • A governor whose spouse/partner is employed by the school: Should not take part in discussion regarding the school’s pay policy or any staffing matter that might impact on their partner.  Both direct and indirect decisions might impact on the salary range of senior staff e.g. increasing pupil numbers.
  • A governor involved with any committee group, business or after school club who hire part of the school: Should not be party to discussion involving the use of the school or their charging policy.
  • A governor who is a supplier of goods or services to the school : Should not take part in decisions regarding the letting of contracts for that type of goods or services where a sub-contract relationship might exist.

The register of governor interests must also include details of attendance record at the governing body meetings and committees over the year and reviewed and updated on an annual basis indicating also when a governor steps down.

Associate governors must be included on the register and it should be clear when they have voting rights.