Governors

The strategic direction of the school is determined by a group of volunteers who represent different aspects of our community.  

We are proud of our achievements. An annual governance statement was distributed to all parents and is also available here (2014). Since then, a termly statement has been produced. Autumn term 2015 is available here and Spring 2016 is available here.

We  reviewed the structure and composition of our Board of Governors and its committees in 2014. This recommended moving to a leaner committee structure with two main committees - education and business -  supported by various working groups and sub-committees:

Education Committee

- ensuring that children make good progress and that the curriculum continues to develop to meet the children's needs.

- ensuring that children's guidance and welfare is the best it can be; promoting positive relationships with parents, local schools and the community.

Business Committee

- ensuring that the business aspects of the school are maintained and developed (including the statutory returns to the Department for Education, Education Funding Agency and Companies House). Specifically, the school budget is allocated and spent wisely, an appropriate staffing structure is in place and the building is safe and fit for purpose.

We have 10 governors, as follows:

Mrs Sarah Parker (Chair of Governors - co-opted by the Governing Body until March 2020) 

Mr Ian Shackleton (Head - ex-officio governor)

Mrs Laura Smallwood (Elected by staff until July 2020)

Mrs Rebecca Hayter (SEN and Safeguarding Link Governor - elected by parents until December 2020)

Mr Les Hodgkison (Elected by parents until January 2021)

Mr Tim Marsden (Vice-chair of Governors - co-opted by the Governing Body until March 2020)

Mr Richard Morgan-Wynne (Chair of Business committee - nominated by St Chad's PCC until November 2020) 

Mrs Gillian Tucker (Nominated by Chester Diocesan Board of Education until November 2019)

Mr Matthew Vickers (Elected by parents until December 2020)

Mrs Jane Welsh (Elected by staff until September 2017)

 

Governors' attendance information can be found here.

Governors' pecuniary interests can be found here.

 

What do Governors do?

An academy governor acts as the critical friend of the headteacher and senior leadership team, and provides support and challenge. The key responsibilities of the governing body include:

  • ensuring the quality of educational provision;
  • challenging and monitoring the performance of the academy;
  • ensuring good financial health and probity;
  • supporting the SLT in management of staff.

In fulfilling these responsibilities an effective governing body will:

  • help the school to set high standards by planning for the school’s future and setting targets for school improvement;
  • be a critical friend to the school, offering support and advice;
  • help the school respond to the needs of parents and the community;
  • make the school accountable to the public for what it does;
  • work with the school on planning, developing policies and keeping these under review;
  • exercise its responsibilities and powers in partnership with the headteacher and staff; and
  • not intervene in the day-to-day management of the school unless there are weaknesses in the school, when it then has a duty to take action.