School Governors

School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools.  Governors appoint the head teacher and deputy headteacher.  It is governors who hold the main responsibility for finance in schools, and it is governors who work with the headteacher to make the tough decisions about balancing resources.

The role of a school governor is to contribute to the work of the governing board in ensuring high standards of achievement for all children and young people in the school by:

· ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction

· holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff

· overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent

Each individual governor is a member of a governing board, which is established in law as a corporate body. The role of the governing board is a strategic one, its key functions are to:

  • set the aims and objectives for the school;
  • set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives;
  • set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives;
  • monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives; and
  • be a source of challenge and support to the headteacher (a critical friend).

The headteacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the governing board.

Strategically, our Governing Board is responsible for ensuring that the Headteacher and staff have the best possible facilities and environment in Tattenhall in which to deliver an excellent education for our children.

Keeping children safe and happy at school is a top priority for the Governing Board.

We are a small team of only 8, so we work together to ensure that new directives in connection with the curriculum are implemented in a timely manner and that school policies are robust and regularly updated to keep abreast of current legislation

We are proud of our school, its staff, Headteacher and students and strive to meet the many challenges which arise during each school year to ensure that Tattenhall remains an ‘Outstanding school’.

 

Who is on the Governing Body?

Our current governors are:

Name

Date of Appointment

Term of Office

End of term of Office

Method of Appointment

Other Responsibilities

Jo Hawkins

01/09/2016

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Ex-officio by virtue of office as Headteacher

Headteacher

Freda Davies

01/01/2017

4 years

31/12/2020

Elected by Staff

Deputy Head and SENCO

Elisabeth Oats

19/05/2015

4 years

18/05/2019

Elected by Parents

Chair of Governors.

Mathematics Lead

Sam Evans

17/10/2016

 

 4 years

(30/09/2020)

16/10/2020

Elected by Parents

Health and Safety Governor

Chair of Resources sub committee

Tim Whitehill

03/07/2017

4 years

02/07/2021

Governing Body

Chair of Community Engagement Sub Committee

Steven Williams

13/03/2017

4 years

12/03/2021

Governing Body

Chair of Performance and Pupil Welfare

English Governor

Pupil Premium Governor

Leanne Wheeler

03/07/2017

4 years

02/07/2021

Governing Body

Vice- Chair.

Data and Information Governor

Lisa Andrews

03/07/2017

4 years

02/07/2021

Governing Body

Safeguarding/ Child protection and Pupil Premium Governor

Vacancy for an LA governor

 

 

 

Nominated by LA and appointed by the Governing Body

 

Sarah D’Albert-Dodd

21/11/2016

2 years

20/11/2018

Associate Member -appointed by Governing Body

Voting rights at subcommittee level

Jacqui Critchley

01/09/2017

1 year

31/08/2018

Clerk (Edsential) – appointed by Governing Body

 

Sue Trevor

 

 

 

Clerk (School) – appointed by Governing Body

School Business Manager

 

Any other Governor that has served in the past 12 months

Pat Black

13/10/14

4 years

16/05/2017

Governing Body

Former Chair of Governors

Parish Councillor

Tony Nuttall

13/10/14

4 years

30/06/17

Governing Body

 

Graham Spencer

24/09/2013

4 years

23/09/2017

Nominated by LA and appointed by the Governing Body

Former Vice Chair of Governors

Parish Councillor

We also have a clerk at each meeting.

What do Governors at Tattenhall Park Primary School do?

  • Together with the Head teacher we set the future direction for the school and decide how the school’s budget should be spent.
  • As a Governing Body we make decisions collectively on matters such as performance targets, school policies and the school’s development plan.
  • We monitor the impact of policies and oversee the use of the school’s budget.
  • We report to parents on the school’s achievements and respond to inspection recommendations.
  • We hear appeals from pupils and staff, and consider any complaints that may arise.
  • As Governors we provide the Head teacher with support and advice, drawing on our own knowledge and experience.
  • We ask searching questions and respect the Head teacher’s position as the professional leader of the school.

This role is often called ‘being a critical friend’.

The Sub-Committees

The Governors also have individual responsibilities within areas of the school, for example being part of one or more of the sub-committees mentioned below.

  • Community Engagement
  • Resources
  • School Expansion
  • Performance & Pupil Welfare Committee

The sub-committees usually meet once termly or as required and do the majority of the work. The Full Governing Body (FGB) meets once every term.  The FGB makes its’ decisions based on the advice of the sub-committees.

 

Resources:

Sam Evans (Chair)

Lisa Andrews

Tim Whitehill

Leanne Wheeler

Mrs. Hawkins

 

 

Performance & Pupil Welfare Committee:

Elisabeth Oats

Lisa Andrews

Steve Williams (Chair)

Mrs. Davies

Mrs. Hawkins

Community Engagement:

Tim Whitehill (Chair)

Leanne Wheeler

Elisabeth Oats

Mrs. D’Albert-Dodd (Associate Member)

 

School Expansion:

Sam Evans

Elisabeth Oats (Chair)

Mrs. Davies

Mrs. Hawkins

 

2017/18 - Register of Interests:

Name

Current Employment

Other Business interest(s):

Charity Trusteeships or other governance roles

Professional Membership

Any other conflicts or interests or gifts received

Immediate family/ close connections with other governors of staff members including spouses and partners

Jo Hawkins

Headteacher

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Freda Davis

 

Deputy Head

 

 

 

 

 

Elisabeth Oats

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sam Evans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tim Whitehill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steven Williams

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lisa Andrews

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sarah D’Albert-Dodd

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leanne Wheeler

Solicitor and Partner- Manleys Solicitors

N/A

Save the Family (Trustee)

Law Society

None

None

Any other Governor that has served in the past 12 months

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pat Black

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tony Nuttall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Graham Spencer

 

 

 

 

 

 

Information Prior to this academic year.

 

 Category

      Name        

Start date

of Office

End Date

of Office

Committee membership

Special Responsibilities

Pecuniary

Interest and other Governor appointments

Parent Governor

Sam Evans

1/10/16

30/9/20

  • Teaching and Learning

 Accountant           

Parent Governor

 

Chris Larkin

25.02.13

24.02.17

  • Looked After Children
  • Safeguarding

Stepped Down

July 2016

Parent Governor

Elisabeth Oats

19.05.15

18.05.19

  • TASC Governor
  • SEND Governor

TA at Ashton Hayes Primary School

LA Governor

Graham Spencer

24.09.13

23.09.17

  • Vice Chair of Governors
  • Training
  • Leadership and management committee
  • Appeals
  • Pay Panel & HT Appraisal

Member of the Parish Council

Governor (associate)

Sarah d'Albert Dodd

21/11/16

20/11/18

  • Teaching and Learning committee
  • Curriculum
  • Assessment

Employed at the school

Staff Governor

Freda Davies

1/1/17

31/12/21

  • Teaching and Learning committee
  • Curriculum
  • Assessment

Employed at the school

Headteacher

Jo Hawkins

01.09.16

 
  • Leadership and management committee
  • Pay Panel
  • Curriculum
  • Assessment

Employed at the school

Co-opted Governor

Patricia Black

13.10.14

12.10.18

Stepped down 12/5/2017

  • Chair of Governors
  • Child Protection/ Safeguarding
  • Appeals
  • Pay Panel & HT Appraisal

 Vice Chair of the Parish Council

Co-opted Governor

Tony Nuttall

13.10.14

12.10.18

Stepped down September 2017

  • Health and Safety
  • Leadership and Management committee
  • Pay Panel
  • Teaching and Learning Committee

 

 

Teaching & Learning

Leadership & Management

Mrs P Black

Mr G Spencer

Mrs J Hawkins

Mr S Evans

Mr T Nuttall

Mrs E Oats

Mrs P Black

Mr G Spencer

Mr T Nuttall

Mrs J Hawkins

Finance (sub committee of Leadership and Management)

Staffing/Pay Panel

Mrs P Black

Mr G Spencer

Mrs J Hawkins

Mrs P Black

Mr T Nuttall

Mrs J Hawkins

Full Governing Board Attendance Register for the Academic Year 2016/17

Name

Category

Position

Start

End

21/11/2016

13/03/2017

10/05/2017

22/05/17

03/07/2017

Mrs Pat Black

Co-opted

Chair to 16/5/17

13/10/2014

16/05/2017

Y

Y

Y

 

 

Mr Tony Nuttall

Co-opted

 

13/10/2014

30/06/2017

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Mr Steve Williams

Co-opted

 

13/03/2017

12/03/2021

 

 

Y

Y

Y

Mr Graham Spencer

LA

Vice Chair

24/09/2013

23/09/2017

Y

Y

Y

A

Y

Mrs Elizabeth Oats

Parent

Chair from 3/7/17

19/05/2015

18/05/2019

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Mr Sam Evans

Parent

 

17/10/2016

16/10/2020

Y

Y

A

Y

Y

Mrs Freda Davies

Staff

 

01/01/2017

31/12/2020

 

Y

Y

Y

Y

Mrs Joanne Hawkins

Headteacher

 

01/09/2016

 

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Mrs Sarah D’Albert-Dodd

Associate Member

 

21/11/2016

20/11/2018

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FGB Reconstituted from 7 governors to 9 on 13th March 2017

Y

Attended meeting

A

Apologies sent and accepted by meeting

N

Did not attend

 

Not a member of the Board on that date

 

Governor Attendance at Meetings

 

Full

8/6/15

Informal

13/10/15

Full

9/11/15

Informal

2/3/16

Full

14/3/16

Informal

23/5/16

Full

13/6/16

Informal

17/10/16

Full

21/11/16

P Black

G Spencer

C Larkin

E Oats

L Noble

E Clark

P Black

G Spencer

C Larkin

T Nuttall

L Noble

 

P Black

G Spencer

C Larkin

E Oats

T Nuttall

L Noble

 

P Black

G Spencer

C Larkin

E Oats

T Nuttall

L Noble

E Clark

 

P Black

G Spencer

E Oats

T Nuttall

L Noble

E Clark

 

P Black

C Larkin

E Oats

T Nuttall

L Noble

E Clark

 

P Black

G Spencer

C Larkin

E Oats

L Noble

E Clark

 

P Black

G Spencer

T Nuttall

 L Oats

S d’Albert -Dodd

Jo Hawkins

 

P Black

G Spencer

T Nuttall

L Oats

S d’Albert Dodd

Jo Hawkins

Informal

17/10/16

Full

21/11/16

Informal

8/3/16

 

 

 

 

 

 

P Black

G Spencer

T Nuttall

 L Oats

S d’Albert -Dodd

Jo Hawkins

 

P Black

G Spencer

T Nuttall

L Oats

S d’Albert Dodd

Jo Hawkins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sub Committee & Other Meetings

School Expansion

28/9/15

Pay Panel

28/9/15

Leadership & Management

13/10/15

Leadership & Management

19/11/15

Pay Panel

19/11/15

School Expansion

26/1/16

Leadership & Management

03/03/16

Leadership & Management

27/5/16

P Black

G Spencer

C Larkin

E Oats

T Nuttall

L Noble

E Clark

P Black

T Nuttall

L Noble

P Black

G Spencer

T Nuttall

L Noble

P Black

G Spencer

L Noble

P Black

L Noble

P Black

G Spencer

C Larkin

E Oats

T Nuttall

L Noble

E Clark

P Black

G Spencer

T Nuttall

L Noble

P Black

G Spencer

T Nuttall

L Noble

 

HT Performance Management

28/9/16

Pay Panel

13/10/16

Leadership and Management

15/11/16

 

 

 

 

 

P Black

G Spencer

J Hawkins

SIP S Palin

P Black

T Nuttall

J Hawkins

P Black

G Spencer (Apologies)

T Nuttall

J Hawkins

 

 

 

 

 

 

Files to Download

Our Aims

For children:

  • Experience a broad and exciting curriculum that fosters creativity, independence, a passion and enjoyment for learning that continues throughout their lives.
  • Learn to value and respect themselves and others as individuals with equal rights and responsibilities.
  • Be given a strong foundation in their ethical and spiritual life to prepare them to be active and responsible citizens.
  • Be inspired by the environment in which they live and learn and to become stewards of it.
  • Be fit and healthy in body, mind and spirit and understand how to make good choices to keep safe and healthy.
  • Believe in their own abilities to develop resilience and a determination to achieve their potential.

Tattenhall Park Primary School, Chester Road, Tattenhall, Chester, CH3 9AH

Tel: 01244 981260 | Email: admin@tattenhallpark.cheshire.sch.uk