School Governors

The Role of the Governing Body

Every school in the country has to have  a Governing Body.  This is a group of people representing the interests of parents (P), staff (S), the Local Authority (L) and the wider Community (C) who volunteer their time to work with the school, particularly the Headteacher, to:

  • ensure that all statutory requirements are met;
  • provide strategic direction for the school;
  • set policies and procedures;
  • set and manage the school budget;
  • recruit and appoint new staff;
  • share ideas for development and evaluate the school’s work;
  • set development targets and monitor progress;
  • deal with serious complaints.

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The Governing Body’s role is to provide support and act as a ‘critical friend’ to the school and to the Headteacher in moving the school forward and ensuring its success.  The Governing Body of a school is accountable for its performance, its finances and the safety and well-being of pupils and staff.  All of the above is done by governors on a voluntary basis, some of whom may not have a background in or work in education.  Governors bring a wide range of experience to the school, including business and finance, parenting experience, further and higher education and administrative expertise.  Above all, they bring energy, commitment, enthusiasm and ideas to share with senior staff in shaping the future of the school. The roles and responsibilities of governing bodies are clear in law and there is a clear distinction between the responsibilities and powers of the Headteacher and those of the governors.  The Governing Body should take an overview of school development, and support and challenge the Headteacher and other senior staff.  The Headteacher is responsible too for forward planning but has paid responsibility for this and the overall running of the school.

The role of a governor involves: 

  • taking an interest in the life of the school;
  • taking an interest in pupils and staff;
  • attending meetings, usually in the early evenings (4.30pm – 6.45pm)
  • attending training and other meetings;
  • sharing viewpoints and ideas;
  • sharing collective responsibility for decisions;
  • taking a role as a named governor for an area of the school’s work, e.g. Safeguarding, Mathematics
  • ensuring that discussion are held in the strictest confidence;
  • working with the Headteacher and other staff;
  • coming into school to find out more about provision, quality, plans and evaluation;
  • offering their time, where possible, for school events.

Governing Body Meetings

The main way in which governors contribute their time to the school is by attending Governing Body meetings throughout the school year.  The full Governing Body meets at regular intervals throughout the year (usually twice per term to discuss the school’s performance, issues, policies, budget and the school’s plans for forward development. The Headteacher provides governors with a termly report on the school’s activities, successes and challenges.  This report often forms the basis for discussion at governors’ meetings.

Governing Body Committees

Smaller groups of governors meet in two committees (‘Resources’ and ‘School Improvement’) three times each year (usually prior and reporting to a full governing body meeting) to discuss, in more detail, curriculum development, assessment, standards, attendance, extra-curricular activities, finance, staffing, safeguarding, and other aspects of the school’s work.  

The SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE has oversight for:

  • School Development and Improvement
  • The curriculum, its development and its assessment
  • Educational and Residential Visits
  • Subject Leadership and Development
  • Pupil attainment and progress
  • Pupil Attendance
  • Behaviour and Exclusions
  • Learning Environment
  • Special Educational Needs
  • Extra-Curricular Activities
  • Leadership and Management
  • Social, Cultural, Moral and Spiritual (SMSC) Development
  • Promotion of Fundamental British Values
  • Looked-After Children
  • Internet and Media Safety
  • Website
  • Anti-Racist Policy
  • Anti-Discrimination Policy
  • SEND Policy and Information Report *
  • Equality Policy (Public Sector)
  • Sex and Relationships Education
  • Collective Worship
  • Healthy Schools and related policies

The RESOURCES COMMITTEE has oversight for:

  • The School Budget
  • Financial Management
  • School Financial Value Standard
  • Financial and Risk Audit
  • Charging and Remissions
  • The school premises and its development
  • Health and Safety
  • Staffing Review and Budget
  • Staff recruitment, retention and pay
  • Staff Performance Management
  • Staff Development
  • Pupil Premium and its effectiveness
  • PE and Sports Premium and its effectiveness
  • Safeguarding and Child Protection
  • The website and its content (particularly statutory)
  • Accessibility and Disability Plan
  • Wrap-Around Care
  • Service Level Agreements
  • Value for Money
  • School Meals
  • Complaints Policy

Terms of Office

Governors are usually appointed for a period of four years.  Governors will join the governing body at different times and each governor has a ‘term of office’ which determines when they must stop being a governor, unless, of course, they are re-elected (by parents or staff) or re-appointed by the Governing Body (Co-opted Governors) or Local Authority.

Governing Body Instrument of Government / Membership

The number and types of governors appointed to our governing body is determined by our Instrument of Government and is set in law.  As of Summer 2015, membership of the Governing Body shall be:

  • 3 PARENT GOVERNORS, elected by parents
  • 1 HEADTEACHER (ex-officio)
  • 1 STAFF GOVERNOR (elected by staff)
  • 1 LOCAL AUTHORITY Governor (appointed by the Local Authority) – currently ONE vacancy
  • 6 CO-OPTED GOVERNORS (appointed by the Governing Body) – currently ONE vacancy

Attendance at Governing Body Meetings

Governors are asked to attend

  • all full governing body meetings (usually between 4 and 6 per year)
  • the meetings of the committees (usually only one) of which they are a member

The attendance record of governors at Governing Body meetings during any academic year can be found here: 

CURRENT GOVERNORS (in alphabetical order)

Natalie Baguley (Co-Opted Governor appointed by the Governing Body 22/03/2016, formerly parent governor)

Natalie is now one of our co-opted  governors, having served nearly three full terms as an elected parent governor since 2005.  She currently has two children at the school.  Her older child, who also attended Northenden Community School, is now at secondary school.  Natalie is a dedicated governor and has served on both of our committees over the years.  She takes a keen interest in curriculum and financial matters and now serves as our named governor for Safeguarding, which includes Child Protection.  Natalie works as an office manager at a secondary school.

Class Link : Reception
Named Responsibility : Safeguarding, including Child Protection
Committee Membership : Resources Committee
Business Interests : None
Material Interests/Relationships: None
Other Educational Governance : None
Meeting Attendance during 2015 – 2016 : 4/4 (Full meetings), 3/3 (Committee Meetings)

Ian Beard (Headteacher, Ex-Officio)

Ian is the Headteacher of the school and is the only member of the Governing Body who has a statutory right to be a governor without being elected or appointed to the Governing Body.  Ian was appointed Headteacher of the school in September 2006 and has overall responsibility for the leadership, management and day-to-day running of the school, including the management of all staff.

Committee Membership : Resources Committee, School Improvement Committee
Business / Charity Interests : Trustee, The School Journey Association (Educational Travel Company)
Material Interests/Relationships : None
Other Educational Governance : None
Meeting Attendance during 2015 – 2016 : 4/4 (Full meetings), 6/6 (Committee Meetings)

Lisa Beattie (Co-Opted Governor appointed by the Governing Body 22/03/2016, formerly parent governor)

CHAIR OF GOVERNORS

Lisa is now one of our co-opted governors, having served nearly two full terms as an elected parent governor since 2008.  Lisa has been Chair of Governors since 2010 and runs the business of the Governing Body and its meetings.  She serves on both of our committees, Resources/Finance (Chair) and School Improvement.  Lisa currently has two children at the school.  Her older child, who also attended Northenden Community School, is now at secondary school.  Lisa is a secondary school Mathematics teacher so has a keen interest in the teaching of Mathematics across the school and the school budget. 

Class Link : Year 1
Named Responsibility : Mathematics
Committee Membership : School Improvement Committee, Resources Committee
Business Interests : None
Material Interests/Relationships :
Other Educational Governance : None
Meeting Attendance during 2015 – 2016 : 4/4 (Full meetings), 6/6 (Committee Meetings)

E-Mail : chairofgovernors@northenden.manchester.sch.uk

Anna Bunney (Co-Opted Governor, Appointed by Governors in March 2009, March 2013)

Anna is one of six co-opted governors who are invited to join the governing body by governors.  Anna is serving her second term as a community governor.  Anna takes a keen interest in all areas of school life and has served on both committees.  She is currently a member and chair of the Resources/Finance Committee.  Anna is a Northenden resident and an active member of the Northenden Civic Society, taking an interest in all things to do with Northenden village and its development.  Anna is Curator of Public Programmes at Manchester Museum and is responsible for family learning events at the museum.

Class Link : Nursery
Named Responsibility : Pupil and Parent Voice / Local Issues
Committee Membership : Resources Committee (Chair)
Business Interests : None
Material Interests/Relationships : None
Other Educational Governance : None
Meeting Attendance during 2015 – 2016 : 4/4 (Full meetings), 4/6 (Committee Meetings)

Melanie Cetinbas (Parent Governor, elected by parents 27/05/2016)

Melanie is one of our three parent governors.  She has two children attending the school.  Melanie works as a Human Resources Specialist for Manchester City Council and therefore has an interest in all things related to personnel, pay and staff development.  As our named governor for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), Melanie has some stragegic oversight for SEND at the school and the effectiveness of the school’s policies and support for children with SEND.

Class Link : Year 2
Responsibility : Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
Committee Membership : Resources Committee
Business Interests : Human Resources Specialist, Manchester City Council
Material Interests/Relationships : None
Other Educational Governance : None
Meeting Attendance during 2015 – 2016 : 1/1 (Full meetings)

Helen Gollins (Parent Governor, elected by parents 27/05/2016)

Helen is one of our three parent governors.  She has two children attending the school.  Helen works as a consultant for Public Health and therefore has a keen interest  all things related to pupil health and well-being, including Personal, Social and Health Education, mental health and well-being, PE and sport.  As our named governor for these areas, Helen has some strategic oversight for the way in which the school promotes healthy and safe lifestyles.

Class Link : Year 4
Responsibility : Pupil Health and Well-Being, including Health Schools, PE and Sport
Committee Membership : School Improvement Committee
Business Interests : Consultant in Public Health, Trafford Council
Material Interests/Relationships : None
Other Educational Governance : None
Meeting Attendance during 2015 – 2016 : 1/1 (Full meetings), 1/1 (Committee Meetings)

Andrea Gray (Staff Governor elected by staff 29/04/2016)

Andrea is the only staff governor.  As a staff governor, she represents the views of staff and the ‘inside’ view of the school.  Andrea is also the Deputy Headteacher, although the two roles are not connected as any member of staff can be elected as a staff governor.  Andrea has been the school’s Deputy Headteacher since 2009 and was Assistant Headteacher prior to that.   She joined the Northenden team in 1995.  Andrea has a wide range of responsibilities in school, not least the teaching of our Year 6 class (3 days) alongside supporting staff to improve teaching and learning over time and managing the school’s work and development as a member of the school’s Senior Leadership Team.

Committee Membership : School Improvement Committee
Business Interests : None
Material Interests/Relationships : None
Other Educational Governance : None
Meeting Attendance during 2015 – 2016 : 4/4 (Full meetings), 4/4 (Committee Meetings)

Kevin Green (Co-opted Governor appointed by Governors 22/09/2015)

Kevin is one of six co-opted governors who have been appointed to the Governing Body by fellow governors.  Kevin is the Principal at Manchester Health Academy in Baguley, Wythenshawe, where he works alongside the Senior Leadership Team, and has overall responsibility for the leadership of the school.  Kevin is a local resident and has a keen interest in ensuring that Northenden children have the best of opportunities and reach their potential at Northenden Community School.

Class Link : Year 5
Responsibility : Data Analysis / Secondary School Transition
Committee Membership : School Improvement Committee
Business Interests : None
Material Interests/Relationships : None
Other Educational Governance/Leadership : Vice-Principal, Manchester Health Academy
Meeting Attendance during 2015 – 2016 : 4/4 (Full meetings), 3/3 (Committee Meetings)

Peter O’Keefe (Co-opted Governor, appointed by Governors in 03/06/2015)

VICE-CHAIR of GOVERNORS (as of September 2016)

Peter is one of six co-opted governors who have been appointed to the Governing Body by fellow governors.  Peter is a retired teacher and headteacher, having served for the latter part of his career as the Headteacher of Cavendish Primary School in Didsbury.  As a former headteacher, Peter has a wide range of experience and is in a good position to provide advice about how our children can develop and flourish at school.  Peter is our named governor for Health and Safety and also serves on the School Improvement Committee keeping a keen eye on our performance data.

Class Link : Year 6
Responsibility : Data Analysis, Health and Safety
Committee Membership : School Improvement Committee (Chair)
Business Interests : None
Material Interests/Relationships : None
Other Educational Governance : School Governor, King’s Road Primary School (Trafford), Barton Clough Primary School (Trafford)
Meeting Attendance during 2015 – 2016 : 4/4 (Full meetings), 5/6 (Committee Meetings)

Rebecca Shearer (Parent Governor, elected by parents 27/05/2016)

Rebecca is one of our three parent governors.  She has one child attending the school.  Rebecca has more than ten years experience in research project management and a keen interest in maths and science.  As our named governor for English and Literacy, Rebecca has some strategic oversight for the effectiveness of our teaching of reading, writing, spelling, grammar and punctuation.

Class Link : Year 3
Responsibility : English / Literacy
Committee Membership : School Improvement Committee
Business Interests : None
Material Interests/Relationships : None
Other Educational Governance : None
Meeting Attendance during 2015 – 2016 : 1/1 (Full meetings)

FORMER MEMBERS OF THE GOVERNING (within last 12 months as at January 2017)