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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.

 

The instrument of government states that the governing body shall consist of:

  • 2 parent governors
  • 1 local authority governor
  • 1 staff governor
  • 1 headteacher
  • 7 foundation governors

 

In a Voluntary Aided School, a majority of the governing body is made up of Foundation Governors, who are appointed by the Church with a duty to include maintaining the Church of England character of the school in their overall governance. One of these Foundation Governors is always identified as the ex-officio governor. There is a legal and ecclesiastical expectation that the parish priest should assume this role unless there are particular reasons against. Parent governors are elected by the parents of the school. A person is disqualified from being a parent governor if they are an elected member of the Local Authority or paid to work at the school for more than 500 hours. Local authority governors are nominated by the local authority but appointed by the governing body.  All full-time and part-time members of staff employed by the governing board are eligible to be elected as a staff governor. Staff governors are appointed by the governing board.

The headteacher of each school is ex-officio a staff governor, but he or she can decline to take up the position. Should they decide not to become a member of the governing body, their place is left vacant.

 

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

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Governing Body 2020-21

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

 

Mr M Derry

 Chair of Governors: Local Authority Governor

Appointed 10 October 2019

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

Dr S Lee

Local Authority Governor

Safeguarding Governor

Chair - Finance Committee

Appointed: 21 January 2019

End of term of office: 20 January 2023

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

Meetings attended in previous academic year: 4/6

Mr P Saunders

 Foundation Governor

Appointed: 19 November 2018

End of term of office: 18 November 2022

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

Meetings attended in previous academic year: 4/6

Mrs R Underwood 

Headteacher

Ex Officio

No business or pecuniary interests. 

Meetings attended in previous academic year: 6/6

Mrs R Fearnyough

Staff Governor

Appointed 04 April 2019

End of term office: 03 April 2023

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

Meetings attended in previous academic year: 2/2

 

Mrs J Dixon

Foundation Governor

Ex Officio

Appointed 10 July 2020

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

Meetings attended in previous academic year: 6/6

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

Meetings attended in previous academic year: 5/6

 

Mr Mark Kidd

Parent Governor

GDPR governor

Appointed: 21 November 2019  

End of term of office: 20 November 2023

Meetings attended in previous academic year: 

 

Mr Malcolm Lamb

Foundation Governor

Appointed: 18 March 2019   

End of term of office: 17 March 2023

Meetings attended in previous academic year: 1/1

Mr Dave Harvey

Vice Chair of Governors

Foundation Governor

Appointed: 9 September 2019

End of term of office: 8 September 2023

Meetings attended in previous academic year: 

Mrs Karen Coates

Foundation Governor

Appointed: 03 December 2019   

End of term of office: 02 December 2023

Meetings attended in previous academic year: 6/6

 

Ms Jennie Hill

Foundation Governor

Appointed: 03 December 2019   

End of term of office: 02 December 2023

Meetings attended in previous academic year: 

 

Mr Barry Heslop

Clerk to the Governors

 

Revd G Wrigley

Foundation Governor

Ex Officio

End of term of office: 12 April 2020

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

Meetings attended in previous academic year: 4/6

 

Mrs M Strydom

Foundation Governor

End of term of office: 03 November 2019

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

Meetings attended in previous academic year: 1/6

 

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