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Governors

Welcome to our governor's section

 

Being a school governor is a challenging but hugely rewarding role. It will give you the chance to make a real difference to our young people, give something back to your local community and use and develop your skills in a board-level environment. You will also be joining the largest volunteer force in the country: there are over a quarter of a million volunteers governing state funded schools in England.

 

Schools need governing boards that have a balance and diversity of knowledge, skills and experience to enable it to be effective. Ofsted (the national inspection body for schools) has repeatedly noted that the most effective schools demonstrate effective leadership and management - including by the governing board.

 

Anyone aged over 18 can be a governor or trustee (but there are some exceptions) and you do not need to be a parent. There is no requirement for you to have an understanding of the education system, just the necessary skills, character and time to contribute. There is plenty of training available to help you learn about education. Schools need and benefit from a range of professional knowledge on their governing board including education, finance, human resources, legal, marketing and public relations, property and estates management, and organisational change.

 

As a governor, you will be able to:

  • Use your own experience of education and life beyond school to inform conversations
  • Develop and utilise your skills in a board-level environment
  • Make a valuable contribution to education and your community
  • Support and challenge the school so that it improves for pupils and staff
  • Bring your unique experiences, perspectives and insights in to decision-making in the interests of the school community
     

The governing board provides strategic leadership and accountability in schools 

It has three key functions:

  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction

Governors set the aims and objectives for the school and set the policies and targets for achieving those aims and objectives. They monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making and act as a source of challenge and support to the headteacher.

 

If you are interested in becoming a school governor, please email chair@langdale.cumbria.sch.uk 

Governing Body 2018-19

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

Mrs K Coates

       Chair Of Governors: Parent Governor  

          End of term of office: 23 September 2019   

                             No business or pecuniary interests or material interests arising from intra-governor or staff relations                                                                                                  

Mr P Saunders

Vice Chair of Governors: Foundation Governor

End of term of office: 01 September 2020

No business or pecuniary interests or material interests arising from intra-governor or staff relations

Mrs R Underwood 

Headteacher

Ex Officio

No business or pecuniary interests. 

Mrs E Thornhill

Staff Governor

Resigned 03 April 2019

No business or pecuniary interests or material interests arising from intra-governor or staff relations

Revd G Wrigley

Foundation Governor

Ex Officio

No business or pecuniary interests or material interests arising from intra-governor or staff relations

Mr N McCririe

Foundation Governor

End of term of office: 01 September 2020

No business or pecuniary interests or material interests arising from intra-governor or staff relations

Mrs M Strydom

Foundation Governor

End of term of office: 01 September 2022

No business or pecuniary interests or material interests arising from intra-governor or staff relations

Mrs V Sykes

Foundation Governor

End of term of office: 25 February 2022

No business or pecuniary interests or material interests arising from intra-governor or staff relations

Ms H Holden

Parent Governor

End of term of office: 01 September 2022

No business or pecuniary interests or material interests arising from intra-governor or staff relations

 

Mrs S Lee

Local Authority Governor

Safeguarding Governor

End of term of office: 24 September 2022

No business or pecuniary interests or material interests arising from intra-governor or staff relations

 

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