Lowerplace Primary School

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Meet the Governors

The Role of the Governing Board

All schools in England have a Governing Board which is responsible for overseeing many of the strategic decisions of the school. The Governing Board works in close partnership with the Headteacher, staff and the Local Authority. Whilst the Headteacher is, of course, responsible for the day to day running of the school, the governors main three roles include:

  • Strategic: The governing board sets the general direction of the school, looking at how it should best develop. This is done by reviewing and agreeing policies, targets and priorities and monitoring and reviewing aims and objectives.
  • Critical Friend: A governing board should work with the Headteacher and create a clear understanding of the challenges face in managing a school.
  • Accountability: - A school is a business and its stakeholders are the learners. The governing board must have a professional attitude and use its collective skills to benefit the learners. It must gather views, ask questions and decide what is best for the school. The governing board is answerable to parents, the wider community and the local authority.

School governors are drawn from different parts of the community. This helps to ensure that the governing board has sufficient diversity of views and experience but does not mean that governors of a particular category "represent" that group on the governing board. The different categories of governor are as follows:

Parent governors

Elected by parents to serve on the Governing Board

 

Staff governors

To include the Head Teacher if they wish to be a governor. Remaining staff (both teaching and non-teaching are represented) governors are elected by other members of staff at the school via elections.

 

Authority governors

Local Education Authority ( LEA ) governors are appointed by the LA . LAs can appoint any eligible person as an LA governor.

 

Co-opted governors

Appointed by the Governing Board to represent community interests. They can be persons who live or work in the community served by the school, or persons who do not work or live close by, but are committed to the good governance and success of the school.

Further Information

Please click here for further information on the Rochdale council website about a governors role.

Please click on the link to go to Governors Website www.governornet.co.uk/

Meet the Governors

Name of Governor Type Declared Business Interest Sub Committee Details Link Governor Appointed and Expiry Date
Fatima Athar
- Vice Chair
Co-opted None Complaints Committee
Headteacher Appraisal Committee
Personnel and Pay Committee
Standards and curriculum committee
Maths
English
Parent and Pupil Voice

 

15 Nov 2022 to
14 Feb 2026

Victoria Fee Co-opted None Personnel and Pay Appeals Committee
Standards and curriculum committee
Resources Committee
Finance
RHE/PSHE
12 Nov 2022 to
11 Nov 2024
Katie Gee Co-opted None Personnel and Pay Appeals Committee
Standards and curriculum committee
Resources Committee
Community
Marketing
Website
20 Apr 21 to
29 Apr 2025
Barry Hobson
- Chair
Co-opted None Complaints Committee
Headteacher Appraisal Committee
Personnel and Pay Committee
Standards and curriculum committee
Resources Committee
English as an
additional Language
Safeguarding
29 Apr 2020 to
28 Jun 2024

Mohammed Imran

Local Authority None Complaints Committee
Headteacher Appraisal Committee
Personnel and Pay Committee
Standards and curriculum committee
Resources Committee
Attendance
Health and Safety
09 Jul 2021 to
08 Jul 2025
Karen Martin
- Headteacher
School None Standards and curriculum committee
Resources Committee
(not eligible) 20 Apr 20
until not in post
Ghulam R Shahzad Co-opted None Complaints Committee
Headteacher Appraisal Committee
Personnel and Pay Committee
Pupil Discipline Committee
Standards and curriculum committee
Resources Committee
Community
Governors Forum Rep
30 Jun 2020 to
29 Jun 2024
Sharon Tighe Staff None Standards and curriculum committee
Resources Committee
Health and Wellbeing 12 Nov 2018 to
11 Nov 2022
Dave Watson Co-opted None Personnel and Pay Appeals Committee
Standards and curriculum committee
Resources Committee
Standards
SEND
01 Apr 2021 to
31 Mar 2025
Susan Lawton
- Deputy Headteacher
Associate Member Standards and curriculum committee
Resources Committee
(not eligible) 15 Jun 2020 to
14 Jun 2024

Governor Information

Governor Attendance at Meetings

Date

Number of Governors Attending (out of 9 in post)

Any apologies

9th September 2021

8

 

14th October 2021 (FGB)

9

 

9th December 2021

7

 

13th January 2022

7

 

10th February 2022 (FGB)

7

 

7th April 2022

 

 

9th June 2022 (FGB)

 

 

14th July 2022

 

 

 

Governor Line of Enquiry Days

The purpose of a line of enquiry day:

  • Focus on a single area identified for improvement through data and linked to the SDP
  • Governors to gain an understanding of the issue and use this to consider how to support the school forward in moving this aspect forward
  • Thereby contribute to governor development plan, identifying future areas for exploration

People responsible:

  • Governor Standards lead in partnership with Headteacher

Date

11th November 2021

10th March 2022

12th May 2022

 

Name and address of the Clerk to the Governing Board

Nicola Barrett

Governor Support Team

Number One Riverside

Smith Street

Rochdale

OL16 1XU

Name and address of the chair of the Governing Board

Barry Hobson

c/o Lowerplace Primary School

Kingsway

Rochdale

OL16 4UU