Thornton Dale Primary School Governors
I wish you a warm welcome to the Governance section of our school website and thank you for visiting our pages which will introduce you to our team and the important work we undertake.
We aim to ensure that all children at Thornton Dale Primary School are provided with the opportunity to reach their potential, both academically and socially, and as part of a successful learning community demonstrating a strong ethos of care and support for children’s overall development and preparation for the future.
Our Governing Body comprises representatives of the local community, people with national expertise in education public sector leadership, business, parents, and staff. It is extremely beneficial that several governors bring a range of expertise in contexts other than education. [Individual Governor Profiles provide further information].
We use our wide knowledge and experience to help set the direction for our school, provide support and hold the school to account.
We do this through undertaking three core strategic functions:
Establishing the strategic direction, by:
Setting and ensuring clarity
Agreeing the school improvement strategy with priorities and targets
Meeting statutory duties
Ensuring accountability, by:
Appointing the Headteacher
Monitoring the educational performance of the school and progress towards agreed targets
Holding leaders to account for the educational performance of the school
Performance managing the Headteacher
Engaging with stakeholders
Overseeing the financial performance of the school, by:
Setting the budget
Monitoring spending against the budget
Ensuring money is well spent and value for money is obtained
Ensuring risks to the organisation are managed
Our Constitution allows for 10 Governors: 2 Parent Governors, 3 Co-opted Governors, 2 Foundation Governor, 1 Local Authority Governor, 1 Staff Governor and the Headteacher. In addition, we also welcome Associate Members to our Governing Body; people with specific expertise who wish to contribute. Thornton Dale Primary School Instrument of Government.
We meet once a school term as a full Governing Body, as do our two sub committees where a wide range of matters are discussed and important decisions are made. Each Governor holds a specific lead responsibility and undertakes a range of monitoring visits throughout the year to fulfil obligations. We will also hold Away Days where as a group we self-evaluate, plan for the coming year and discuss a range of strategic activities.
The Governing Body is unified with the school workforce in our key task, that of securing high standards of education for our children within a stimulating and interesting environment.
We will produce an Annual Governance Statement at the end of this academic year which will provide further information of our activities and impact.
Feel free to approach any of us at any time, meet us at Parents’ evenings, at assemblies, sports days, school events or anywhere within school you might see us. We are always happy to talk to you about our activities and can point you in the right direction for further information.
Chair of Governors
|Mr Iain Spittal||Chair of Governors|
|Mrs Sally Gough||Foundation Governor and Vice Chair|
|Mr Anthony Towle||Co-opted Governor|
|Mrs Gaynor De Barr||LA Governor|
|Dr Graeme Little||Parent Governor|
|Mrs Natalie Ellis||Parent Governor|
|Mr Matt Seeley||Deputy Headteacher|
|Mrs Nikkie Beniams||Executive Headteacher|
|Miss Camarah Mosey||Staff Governor|
|Ms Penny Fenton||Clerk to Governors|
Mrs Celia Tubbs is an associate members of the governing body with no voting rights.
Feel free to contact us at school if you need any further information or look on the governors web page.
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