Governing Body

What is a Governor?

School governors have a varied and important role, helping the school to run effectively.  They have 3 core functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and ensuring its money is well spent
  • Holding the head teacher or school leadership to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils

The governor role is strategic rather than operational

Governors don’t get involved with the day to day running of a school, instead supporting and challenging the school’s leadership team to drive school improvement

Governors must also ensure that the governing body complies with all legal and statutory requirements. Governors should seek the advice of the clerk to the governing board and other professional advice as appropriate.

How do we do this?

Governors set the aims and objectives for the school as well as 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 head teacher. In action, this means:

  • Appointing and performance reviewing the head teacher and making decisions about pay
  • Managing budgets and deciding how money is spent
  • Engaging with pupils, staff, parents and the school community
  • Sitting on panels and making decisions about things like pupil exclusions and staff disciplinary
  • Addressing a range of education issues within the school including disadvantaged pupils, pupils with special needs, staff workload and teacher recruitment
  • Looking at data and evidence to ask questions and have challenging conversations about the school
  • Governors must be prepared to adopt the Nolan principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership

For more information please follow the link below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/get-involved/take-part/volunteer-as-a-school-governor

 

GOVERNOR RECRUITMENT

Local Authority Governor needed

The full Governing Body (FGB) meets six times a year and its various committees discharge their duties as appropriate. Governor Contact information is displayed below:

Chair of Governors – Sian Shenton

Email Address: chairofgovernors@cookridgeprimaryschool.org.uk

Governors:

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Lynne Hunter (Headteacher)

Head Teacher
Register of Business and Personal Interests

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Sian Shenton (Chair)

Parent Representative with responsibility for Child Protection and Safeguarding, SEND, EYFS
Register of Business and Personal Interests

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Katie Stewart (Vice-Chair)

Co-opted Representative with responsibility for Pupil Premium and PSHE
Register of Business and Personal Interests

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Faye Thompson (Vice-Chair)

Foundation Governor with responsibility for Pupil Premium, PSHE, SATs Monitoring
Register of Business and Personal Interests

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Peter Wilkinson

Co-opted Representative with responsibility for Health and Safety
Register of Business and Personal Interests

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Scott Hoath

Parent Representative with responsibility for Sports Premium
Register of Business and Personal Interests

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Ben Kerr

Teaching Staff Representative
Register of Business and Personal Interests

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Nick Kershaw

Co-Opted Representative
Register of Business and Personal Interests

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Elio Biondo

Foundation Representative
Register of Business and Personal Interests

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Sarika Dhanjal

Parent Representative with responsibility for Finance and Website Compliance
Register of Business and Personal Interests

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Vacancy

LEA Representative/Foundation

Upcoming Governor Meetings

Governor's Roles, Responsibilities and Attendance at Meetings

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Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct for the Governance Board and the Register of Governors’ Business and Personal Interests:

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Our Governing Body in Action

The governing body make regular visits into school to meet staff, ask questions and discuss new developments with SLT and subject leaders. 

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Contact Us

Tinshill Drive
Cookridge
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS16 7DH

0113 386 2500

info@cookridge.leeds.sch.uk

Phone Lines

 
On Monday 25th March we may experience some disturbance to our phone line and internet. If you are unable to contact school on our regular number please contact us on07874998487.
Many thanks