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Meet the Governors

Welcome to our Governors' section. Here you can find information on the role of the Governing Board, who the governors are and find minutes of previous meetings. You will also find a summary of key actions the governing board have taken each term and their planned activities for the next term.

The Governing Board consists of 11 individuals who are committed to improving the education of all pupils at Langdale Primary School.

 

School governors are drawn from different parts of the community and can be parents and staff or from the Local Authority, the community and other groups. This helps ensure the governing body has sufficient diversity of skills, views and experience but does not mean governors of a particular category represent that group on the governing body. For example, parent governors do not represent the parents at the school and do not report back to them.

 

Governors are the strategic leaders of our schools and have a vital role to play in making sure every child gets the best possible education. For maintained schools such as ours this is reflected in the law, which states that the purpose of maintained school governing bodies is to ‘conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement at the school’.

 

In all types of schools, governing bodies should have a strong focus on three core strategic functions:

 

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  2. Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

 

When a school is inspected by Ofsted, its governing body will be required to show evidence that governors conform with their three core functions.

 

As part of these three core functions governors have to:

 

  • Ask the right questions
  • Be aware of the importance of objective data and their sources
  • Set policies, targets and priorities for achieving those objectives
  • Monitor performance and progress towards those objectives
  • Review achievements against the set aims and objectives
  • Enable better governance through training, review and planning

 

Another aspect of the governors role has traditionally been referred to as being a ‘critical friend’ of the school, whereby, in addition to the duties laid out above, governors can and should also:

 

  • Offer support
  • Provide constructive advice
  • Act as a sounding board - for the headteacher’s ideas
  • Give a second opinion on proposals - which includes asking questions and challenging assumptions
  • Help in arriving at the best solution - to further the best interests of the school

 

If you have any queries about the school please contact the Headteacher in the first instance, but the governors will be keen to hear from any parents who wish to provide feedback. You can contact the governors by email at chair@langdale.staffs.sch.uk

 

Meet the team:

 

Jenny Herbert: Foundation Governor - serving until 2018

Jenny has been a governor at the school since moving to the area in 2012 and is currently the chair (from October 2016). Jenny has two small children and lives in Clayton. She is employed by Staffordshire County Council to support teams to become more effective and efficient. Jenny sits on the Staffing Committee and is link governor for the Curriculum, and governor training and development.

Business or pecuniary interests: Employee of Staffordshire County Council

Membership of other school governing boards: None

 

Richard Kirk: Co-opted Governor - serving until 2020

Richard is a co-opted member of the Governing Board and is currently the vice chair. Richard is the link governor for Finance and a member of the Pay Committee.

Richard currently works for Michelin Tyres as a training instructor/system manager. He has 2 children at Langdale Primary School.

Business or pecuniary interests: None

Membership of other school governing boards: None

 

Rachael Green: (Acting Chair) - Parent Governor - serving until 2018

Rachael is an elected parent governor with one child at the school, following her oldest child recently moving onto High School. Racheal joined the governing body to give the schools children the desire to learn and grow into positive and conscientious members of the community. She works in the public sector in Human Resources and is fully CIPD qualified. Rachael chairs the Staffing Committee and is the link governor for Safeguarding, child protection, staff wellbeing and governor training and development.

Business or pecuniary interests: Employee of Staffordshire County Council

Membership of other school governing boards: None

 

Rachel Worrall: Staff Governor - serving until 2018

Rachel is a staff governor who teaches year 6 at Langdale Primary School.

Rachel is the link governor for Pupil Well-being

​Business or pecuniary interests: Employee of Langdale Primary School

Membership of other school governing boards: None

 

Michael Shenton: (Vice Chair) Local Authority Governor - serving until 2019

Michael is a Local Authority Governor, the link governor for premises, health and safety, and member of the Pay Committee. Michael works for local government and holds many voluntary community roles including being the founder member of “the friends of Lyme Valley Parkway”. Michael joined the governing body to have the opportunity to help shape children’s future in both learning and as a foundation block for life.

Business or pecuniary interests: None

Membership of other school governing boards: None

 

David Fahey: (Vice Chair) Foundation Governor - serving until 2020

Business or pecuniary interests: None

Membership of other school governing boards: None

 

James Clewlow: Co-opted Governor - serving until 2020

Business or pecuniary interests: None

Membership of other school governing boards: None

 

Vickie Keeling: Co-opted governor - serving until 2020

Vickie is currently employed as the Trust Director at United Endeavour Trust. Qualifications include Association of Accounting Technician, a School leader of Education (working in partnership with Blackfriars Teaching School) and also a holder of Certificate of School Business Manager qualification. Her current role includes responsibility for Finance, Human Resources, IT, Data, Marketing and Estates functions across the schools within the Multi Academy Trust

Business or pecuniary interests: Trust Director at United Endeavour Trust

Membership of other school governing boards: None

 

Alison Tinning: Parent Governor - serving until 2021

Business or pecuniary interests: None

Membership of other school governing boards: None

 

Mrs Russell: Headteacher

​Mrs Russell automatically became a member of the Governing Board when she became Headteacher in September 2015, and will remain a member throughout her employment in this role. She is also a member of the Staffing Committee

​Business or pecuniary interests: Employee of Langdale Primary School

Business or pecuniary interests: None

Membership of other school governing boards: None

 

Vacancy: Co-opted Governor

 

Associate Governors:

​When the Governing Board have a skills gap or require additional capacity they are able to appoint Associate Governors to help fulfil their duties. Associate Governors attend meetings and receive all paperwork but do not have voting rights. Our current Associate Governors are:

 

Mrs Nadin: Deputy Headtacher

Mrs Cartwright: Deputy Headteacher

 

Former Governors

Below you can find a list of all governors who have resigned in the past 12 months:

 

Laura Bloor: Co-opted Governor - until 07/01/2017.

Business or pecuniary interests: Local councillor

Nichola Glover-Edge: Parent Governor (and chair) until 2016.

Business or pecuniary interests: Employee of Staffordshire County Council

Gemma Hanmer: - appointed in 2016.

Gemma is a Solicitor and brings legal expertise to the Board. She also has a child at the school. No business or pecuniary interests.

Sebastian Aston-Deaville: Co-opted Governor - serving until 2018

Paul Trinder: Parent Governor - serving until 2017

 

 

Attendance Record of Full Governor Board Meetings

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