School Governance

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

Disclosure of Financial Interests

Governor or Trustee of other establishments

Relationship with member of School Staff or Governing Board

Jo Hawkins

01/09/2016

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Ex-officio by virtue of office as Headteacher

Headteacher

N/A

N/A

N/A

Freda Davies

11/02/2021

4 years

10/02/2024

Associate Governor

Deputy Head and SENCO

Joint partnership in A&F Davies Farming

Husband has Joinery business

N/A

N/A

Elisabeth Oats

19/05/2015

4 years

30/4/2019

29/04/2023

Co-opted

Chair of Governors.

EYFS Governor

N/A

N/A

N/A

Sam Evans

17/10/2016

 4 years

30/09/2020

29/9/2024

Co-opted

Vice Chair of governors

Health and Safety Governor

Finance Governor

N/A

N/A

N/A

Tim Whitehill

03/07/2017

4 years

02/07/2021

Co-opted

SEN Governor

Governor Overseeing School Extension

N/A

N/A

N/A

Andy Freeman

3/12/18

4 years

2/12/2022

Co-opted

Safeguarding Governor

HR Governor

 

 

 

Brenda St John Brown

21/1/2019

4 years

20/01/23

Co-opted

English and Curriculum Governor

N/A

N/A

N/A

Ruth Morgan

11/2/21

4 years

10/02/2025

Nominated by LA and approved by FGB

Maths and Curriculum Governor

N/A

N/A

N/A

D Jenner

01/01/20121

4 years

31/12/24

Staff Governor

KS2 Data, Geography and Maths.

Best Of Us Cheshire Ltd. (Holiday Child Care Club)

Director

N/A

Anna Comish (teacher)-  Partner

Becky Wright

9/11/20

4 years

8/11/24

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Peter Brown

9/11/20

4 years

8/11/24

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Jacqui Critchley

01/09/2017

1 year

31/08/2018

Clerk (Edsential) – appointed by Governing Body

 

 

 

 

Yvonne Morgan

     

Clerk (School) – appointed by Governing Body

School Business Manager

 

 

 

Any other Governor that has served in the past 12 months

 

 

 

We have a clerk from Edsential at each FGB 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’.

 

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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