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The Role of the Governing Body

All schools in England have a Governing Body which is responsible for overseeing many of the strategic decisions of the school. The Governing Body 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:

  1. Strategic - The governing body 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.
  2. Critical Friend - A governing body should work with the Headteacher and create a clear understanding of the challenges face in managing a school.
  3. Accountability - A school is a business and its stakeholders are the learners. The governing body 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 body 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 body has sufficient diversity of views and experience but does not mean that governors of a particular category "represent" that group on the governing body. The different categories of governor are as follows:

Parent governors

Elected by parents to serve on the Governing Body

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 a LEA governor.

Co-opted governors

Appointed by the Governing Body 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.

Pleaseclick on the link to go to Governors Website


Members of the Governing Board

September 2016    

Co-opted Governors                                                 Appointed                   Expiry date

Mrs Sue Moore-Holmes (Chair)                                   9.5.2013                        8.5.2021

Mrs Janet Simmons (Vice-chair)                                 25.9.2014                    24.9.2018

Mr Nigel Morrell                                                           10.10.2015                  9.10.2019

Mr Peter Winkler                                                         10.7.2013                     9.7.2021

Mrs Samantha Stephenson                                        17.10.2016                  16.10.2020

Revd. Stephen Nolan                                                  17.10.2016                  16.10.2020

Mr Jonny Richardson                                                  17.10.2016                  16.10.2020

Local Authority Governor

Cllr. James Gartside                                                   1.9.2014                      31.8.2018

Staff Governors

Mrs Linda Cotton (Headteacher)                                 1.1.2006

Mr David Britner                                                          1.10.2016                    30.9.2020

Parent Governors

Mr Adam Verity                                                           7.10.2013                    6.10.2017

Mrs Nicola Drummond                                                17.10.2016                  16.10.2020

Mr Adrian Thomson                                                    6.1.2014                      5.1.2018

Mrs Lisa Gerrard                                                         17.10.2016                  16.10.2020


Governing Board Class Links

September 2016        

Teacher Year Group/Class Named Governor

Miss Amy Tyreman                 Nursery           Sue Moore-Holmes

Mrs Vicky Whelan                   Reception        Nicola Drummond

Mrs Louise Binns                    Reception        Sue Moore-Holmes

Mrs Clare Barratt                     Y1                    Lisa Gerrard

Miss Herra Shaikh                   Y1                    Jonny Richardson

Mrs Gillian Hodgson/

Mrs Helen Martin                     Y2                    Cllr. James Gartside

Mrs Cath Boughton                 Y2                    Revd. Stephen Nolan

Mrs Joanne Harrison               Y3                    Janet Simmons

Miss Gemma Sutcliffe             Y3                    Janet Simmons

Mrs Samantha Stephenson    Y4                    Adam Verity

Miss Amy Fenwick                  Y4                    Adam Verity

Miss Fiona White                    Y5                    Nigel Morrell

Mrs Chris Smallwood              Y5                    Nigel Morrell

Mr David Britner                      Y6                    Cllr. Peter Winkler

Mrs Katie Ellam                       Y6                    Adrian Thomson

Ideas for class governor links

A picture and a brief autobiography of the governor are on the wall in the classroom so that the children recognise him/her and know something about him/her.

The governor is invited to class assemblies, Christmas/Eid parties, sports days and outings where s/he joins in the activities and gets to know the children.

On occasions the teacher gets children to write to their link governor telling him/her about things

that the class is doing and enclosing samples of work e.g. poems, pictures and writing that the children have done. The governor keeps the work in an album/file.

The link governor gets to know the class well.

Ideas for curriculum area governor links

Information regarding Governing Board Members

Name Term of Office Committee Member Position of Responsibility Business Interests
  Commenced Ends     Relevant Other Educational any relationships
          Business  Establishments between governor
          Interests Governed and members
              of school staff
Mrs L Cotton 1.1.06 ongoing Resourses Headteacher None None None
Headteacher     Curriculum & Pupils        
Staff     Personnel & Pay        
Mrs S Moore-Holmes              
Chair of Governors 1.9.15 31.8.19 Resourses Chair of Governors None None None
      Headteacher appraisal Safeguarding Link      
      Personnel & Pay SEN link      
      Implementation (N & Mrs Binns) R link      
      Curriculum & Pupils Nursery link      
      Complaints Governors Forum Substitute      
      Personnel Appeals        
Mrs J Simmons 1.9.15 31.8.19 Resourses Vice chair of governors None None None
Co-opted Governor     Headteacher appraisal Communication, Language &       
      Curriculum & Pupils Literacy link      
      Complaints Eco-link      
      Personnel Appeals Safer Recruitment      
        Y3 link      
Mrs Nichola Drummond 17.10.16 16.10.20   (Mrs Whelan) R link None None None
Parent Governor              
Cllr J Gartside 1.9.14 31.8.18 Personnel & Pay Communication, Language &  None None None
Local Authority       Literacy link      
Governor       Y2 (Mrs Hodgson/Martin) link      
Mr N Morrell 1.9.15 31.8.19 Resourses Y5 link None None None
      Personnel & Pay        
      Pupil Discipline        
Mr A Thomson     Complaints Committee Y6link (Mrs Ellam) None None None
Parent Governor     Pupil Discipline        
Mr A Verity 7.10.13 6.10.17 Complaints Committee Y4 link (Mrs Stephenson)      
      Curriculum & Pupils Headteachers Appraisal None None None
      Headteacher appraisal        
      Personnel Appeals        
Revd S Nolan 17.10.16 16.10.20   Y2 link (Mrs Boughton) None None None
Co-opted Governor              
Mr J Richardson 17.10.16 16.10.20   Y1 link (Miss Shaikh)      
Co-opted Governor              
Cllr P Winkler 1.9.15 31.8.19 Personnel & Pay Y6 link ( Mr Britner) None Caldershaw None
Co-opted Governor              
Mrs L Gerrard 17.10.16 16.10.20   Y1 link (Mrs Barrett) None None None
Parent Governor              
Mr D Britner 1.10.12 30.9.16 Curriculum & Pupils   None None None
Staff Governor              
Mrs S Stephenson 17.10.16 16.10.20 Curriculum & Pupils   None None None
Staff Governor              



Attendance at Governing Board 2015/2016

  Autumn 2015 Spring 2016 Sumer 2016
Linda Cotton x x x
Steve Haslam (Chair) x x x
Sue Moore-Holmes (Vice) x x -
Janet Simmons x x x
Nigel Morrell - x x
Adrian Thomson x x x
Adam Verity x x x
Cllr. James Gartside x - x
Peter Winkler - - x
Sarah Hudson x x -
Revd. Stephen Nolan x - -
David Britner x - x
Lindsay Woods x x x
Peter Cloran x x x
Attendance at Governing Board 2016/2017
  Autumn 2016 Spring 2017 Sumer 2017
Linda Cotton x x x
Sue Moore-Holmes (Chair) x x -
Janet Simmons (Vice) x x x
Sam Stephenson - - x
Nigel Morrell - x x
Adrian Thomson x x x
Adam Verity x x x
Cllr. James Gartside x x x
Peter Winkler - x -
Revd. Stuart Willis - - x
David Britner x - x
Nicola Drummond - x x
Lisa Gerrard - x x
Jonny Richardson - - -