Eatock Primary School Governors
Welcome to the Governors’ page of Eatock Primary School. As governors, we are very proud of our school – the children work hard and are very well behaved, but they are also recognised as being individuals and given plenty of opportunities to have fun when learning. The teaching staff work long hours preparing and delivering lessons while also giving the children the care and attention they need.
What are School Governors?
Legally-appointed volunteer advisors, helping schools be the best they can be. Governors work alongside staff as a joint team, rather like directors of a business and trustees of a charity.
There are a number of different types of governor – Parent, Staff, Co-opted and Local Authority. Governors are appointed for terms of 4 years.
Who are School Governors?
- Parents or carers of pupils
- The Headteacher
- Another teacher
- A member of the non-teaching staff
- People interested in our school who live or work in the local community
- People who are already known to the Education Authority, such as councillors or experienced governors.
- People connected with other local schools especially linked or partnership schools.
What do Governors actually do?
We decide where the school is going and how it will get there. We are responsible for the conduct of the school and have to ensure that the education provided, and the way in which the children, staff and parents are treated, are in accordance with the law and with the various regulations laid down by the authorities. But that does not mean we try to interfere with the day-to-day running of the school – our role is that of, as they say, a ‘critical friend’. So we ask for reports on how literacy and other subjects are being taught and how this is reflected in the children’s progress; we ensure that every subject is taught for at least the minimum required hours; we check the finances are correctly managed and we set aside funding in the budget for new projects – but we are not teachers nor school inspectors and do not try to behave as such. The role of a governor is interesting and varied and we are always keen to get involved in the day to day life of the school e.g. joining interview panels and helping to make decisions about people, being visible (support events),seeing classes in action, going on school trips with pupils and much more.
Much of the work of the governing body is done by committees. At Eatock Primary School, we have the following committees:
Personnel (Chair – Cllr Mrs Linda Thomas)
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Finance, Premises and Community (Chair – Mr Alan Kaufman)
Curriculum and Inclusion (Chair – Mr Stephen Harrington)
How to become a Governor
We actively encourage our parents to become governors and when a vacancy arises all parents are notified and given the opportunity to volunteer. Elections are held if more than one person is interested for each vacancy. We have a great relationship with parents and there are always people who are prepared to give their time to join us on the governing body.
You don’t need any special skills to become a governor, apart from a wish to help the school, but if you do have any particular talents that you think might be useful then please let us know. Training is provided for all governors.
If you are reading this and live nearby, but are not a parent of one of our pupils, that doesn’t prevent you from being a governor – if you let us know of your interest then we can keep your contact details in the school office. All governors must be able to pass a Disclosure and Barring Service check.
Parent Governors are appointed by Eatock Parents/Carers, all other Govenors are appointed by the Governing Body.
Interested in being a school governor?
If you are interested in becoming a school governor and you would like to find out more, you can contact Linda Thomas (Chair of Governors) through the school office email : email@example.com
Current Governor Roles
- Cllr Mrs Linda Thomas – Chair – LEA Governor Start date: 1/09/2014 End date: 31/08/2018
- Mr Alan Kaufman – Vice-Chair – Co-opted Governor Start date: 1/04/2015 End date: 31/03/2019
- Mrs Ann Flannery – Headteacher Governor Start date: 01/09/2007
- Cllr Mr David Chadwick – Co-opted Governor Start date: 01/04/2015 End date: 31/03/2019
- Cllr Anne-Marie Watters – Co-opted Governor Start date: 01/04/2015 End date: 31/03/2019
- Mr Stephen Harrington – Co-opted Governor Start date: 01/04/2015 End date: 31/03/2019
- Mrs Debbie Hunt – Co-opted Governor Start date: 26/09/2015 End date: 25/09/2019
- Mrs Victoria Hickman – Co-opted Governor Start date: 01/04/2015 End date: 31/03/2019
- Mrs Hannah Sanderson – Parent Governor Start date: 15/01/2018 End date 15/01/2022
- Mr Nick Taylor – Parent Governor Start date: 09/12/2015 End date: 08/12/2019
- Mrs Katie Au – Co-opted Governor Start date: 02/11/2016 End date: 01/11/2020
- Miss Elizabeth Heaton – Staff Governor Start date: 16/12/2016 End date: 15/12/2020
- Mr Stephen Wynn-Kelly – Parent Governor Start date: 11/09/2017 End date: 11/09/2021
- Miss Shelley Duncan – Parent Governor Start date: 11/09/2017 End date: 11/09/2021
Previous Governor Roles
- Mrs Kim Buczak Barlow – Parent Governor Start date: 03/12/2013 End date: 22/06/2015
- Mrs Debbie Hunt – Staff Governor Start date: 01/04/2015 End date: 25/09/2015
- Miss Leanne France – Staff Governor Start date: 01/04/2015 End date: 25/09/2016
- Mrs Lynda Gallimore – Co-opted Governor Start date: 18/06/2015 End date: 17/06/2016
- Mrs Sharon Flanagan – Co-opted Governor Start date: 01/04/2015 End date: 31/03/2019
- Mrs Angela Blakestone – Parent Governor Start date: 22/04/2013 End date: 21/04/2017
- Mrs Karen Wood – Parent Governor Start date: 22/04/2013 End date: 21/04/2017
Governors with relevant business and pecuniary interests (as recorded in the register of interests)
- Cllr Mrs Linda Thomas – Chair of Governors at Oxford Grove Primary School.
- Cllr David Chadwick – Governor at St Thomas Chequerbent Primary and Westhoughton High School.
- Mr Stephen Harrington – Governor at Scared Heart Primary School.