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The Governors

What is the role of the Governing Body?

Governors have a key role in the management of the school. They are not responsible for the day to day running of the school, that is the Headteacher’s responsibility. However, they are responsible for policy setting, monitoring, supporting the Headteacher and holding them to account. Our governors have a wide range of business, employment and voluntary experience and there are sometimes opportunities for new  Governors to get involved. Training and induction is offered to all Governors. Please contact the school if you would be interested in becoming a Governor should a vacancy arise.

The main ways in which the Governing Body carries out its role is by - 

  • setting the aims and objectives for the school.
  • setting the policies for achieving those aims and objectives.
  • setting the targets for achieving those aims and objectives.
  • monitoring and evaluating the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives.
  • being a source of challenge and support to the Headteacher.

 

What types of governors are there?

Ripley School Governing Body is made up of 12 people, a combination of different types of Governors  –

  • 3 parent governors – elected by the parents and carers from the school.
  • 3 Foundation governors – put forward by the local Church and including the Vicar of the United Benefice.
  • 1 Local Authority governor.
  • The Headteacher.
  • A staff governor.
  • 3 co-opted governors – chosen specifically for their relevant skills.

We carry out an annual skills audit to ensure we have the skills needed to carry out our role effectively and to identify training needs. This also helps us to be clear about the skills we need when we have a vacancy.

How is the Governing Body organised?

The Full Governing Body meets 3 times a year. In addition, all governors are members of the Resources Committee which is responsible for staffing, finance, buildings and health and safety. They are also all members of the Teaching and Learning Committee, which monitors pupil progress and attainment, together with issues related to curriculum. Both of these committees meet 3 times per year. There is also a Strategic Development Committee which oversees the collaboration with Burnt Yates School and a joint Collective Worship group which monitors and evaluates worship across Ripley and Burnt Yates Schools. These committees also meet termly. There are a number of other committees which only meet as required. In addition, all governors have responsibility for specific curriculum areas and other key areas within the school. The full list of our governors, their roles and responsibilities, financial and business interests, and governance roles in other schools is below.  

 

Type of Gov. / Category

Elected by:

Name

Term of Office - End Date

Committee Membership

Positions of Responsibility

Declaration of Business and Financial Interests

Governance roles in other schools

Parent

Parents

Mrs Jenny Walmsley

20/06/2013-

20/06/2017

Teaching and Learning, Resources

Science, Maths, Eco Governor

Partner in farming business - JS and J Walmsley

None

Parent

Parents

Mrs Bethan Thomson

20/06/2013

-

20/06/2017

Teaching and Learning, Resources

SEND, Gifted and Talented, Inclusion, Data, Music

Supply Teacher at Partner School

None

Parent

Parents

Mrs Jill Atkinson

16/06/2014

-

16/06/2018

Teaching and Learning, Resources, Collective Worship, Strategic Development Committee, Staff Appeals

Vice Chair of Governors, Foundation Subjects Governor

NYCC employee - Cook at the school

None

Foundation

Diocese

Mr Anthony Cascarino

10/11/2016

-

30/10/2017

Teaching and Learning, Resources, Pupil Discipline, Staff Discipline

ICT, E Safety,

Chair of Resources Committee

Director of own project management business

None

Foundation

Diocese

Mrs Patricia Bishop

10/11/2016

-             27/09/2021

Teaching and Learning (Chair), Resources, Collective Worship, Collective Worship

English, Chair of Teaching and Learning Committee.

None

None

Foundation

Diocese

Rev Paul Harford

23/01/2014

-

23/01/2018

Teaching and Learning, Resources, Collective Worship, Strategic Development Committee, Staff Appeals

RE

Vicar of United Benefice, which includes Ripley. Trustee of Ripley Educational Trust.

None

LA

Nominated by LA, agreed by Gov’s.

Mrs Elizabeth Campbell

01/09/2013

-

01/09/2017

Teaching and Learning, Resources, Pupil Discipline, Staff Discipline

Early Years Foundation Stage, Art

None

None

Staff

Staff

Will Sadler

10/11/2016

-

10/11/2021

Teaching and Learning, Resources,

Senior teacher

Member of staff

 

Head teacher

By virtue of office

Mrs Susan Wass

Ex Officio

Teaching and Learning, Resources, Collective Worship, Strategic Development Committee

Headteacher

Director of business - Exceptional learning

None

Co-Opted

Gov’s.

Mrs Rose Gosling

09/03/2016

-

09/03/2020

Teaching and Learning, Resources, Strategic Development Committee, Pupil Discipline,  Staff Appeals

Chair of Governors, Chair of Strategic Development Committee, Safeguarding, Induction and Training Governor, Child Protection

Trustee of Ripley Educational Trust.

None

Co-Opted

Gov’s.

Mr Ben Ryder

09/03/2016

-

09/03/2020

Teaching and Learning, Resources, Pupil Discipline,  Staff Discipline

Health and safety, sports

Partner in farming business - JB Ryder and Partners

None

Co-Opted

Gov’s.

Vacancy

 -

 -

 -

 -

 -

GOVERNORS WHO HAVE LEFT IN LAST 12 MONTHS

Head teacher

By virtue of office

Mrs Catherine Wilson

Ex Officio

Teaching and Learning, Resources, Collective Worship, Strategic Development Committee

Headteacher

Member of staff

Burnt Yates Primary School

Staff

Staff

Mrs Teresa Fothergill

9/6/2015 – 31/10/2016

Teaching and Learning, Resources

Senior teacher

Member of staff

None

 

Good attendance at meetings is very important for Governors. Our attendance records for main committee meetings in 2015-16 are below –

Full Governing Body meeting

Name

Autumn1 Autumn 2

3.11.16    10.11.16

Spring

8.3.16

Summer

28.6.16

Rose Gosling

√                         √

Tony Cascarino

Absent wc*  Absent wc*

Cath Wilson

√                        √

Teresa Fothergill

√                    Absent wc*

Absent with consent

Absent with consent

Ben Ryder

√                        √

Absent with consent

Jenny Walmsley

√                    Absent wc*

Jill Atkinson

√                       √

Bethan Thomson

√                       √

Elizabeth Campbell

√                       √

Trish Bishop

√                       √

Rev Paul Harford

√                       √

* With consent

Resources Committee

Name

Autumn

13.10.15

Spring

4.2.16

Summer

17.5.16

Rose Gosling

Tony Cascarino

Cath Wilson

Teresa Fothergill

Ben Ryder

Absent with consent

Jenny Walmsley

Jill Atkinson

Absent with consent

Bethan Thomson

Elizabeth Campbell

Trish Bishop

Rev Paul Harford

Absent with consent

Absent with consent

Absent with consent

 

Teaching and Learning Committee

Name

Autumn

29.9.15

Spring

9.2.16

Summer

21.6.16

Rose Gosling

Tony Cascarino

Cath Wilson

Absent with consent

Teresa Fothergill

Ben Ryder

Absent with consent

Jenny Walmsley

Absent with consent

Jill Atkinson

Bethan Thomson

Elizabeth Campbell

Trish Bishop

Rev Paul Harford

Absent with consent

 

Collective worship Committee

Name

Autumn

28.9.15

Spring 2.2.16

Meeting cancelled

Summer

19.4.16

Rose Gosling

-

Cath Wilson

-

Jill Atkinson

-

Trish Bishop

-

Rev Paul Harford

-

 

Strategic Development Committee

Name

Autumn 27.11.15

Spring 1 Spring 2

28.1.16  17.3.16

Summer

23.6.16

Rose Gosling

                         

Cath Wilson

                         

Jill Atkinson

                         

Rev Paul Harford

                         

 

If you would like to find out more about the role of the Full Governing Body or you have any questions, please contact the Chair of Governors, Rose Gosling, via the school office.

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