Our Governors

Who are the governors?

Katy Medway (Chair of governors and Chair of Teaching and Learning Committee)

Kris Clayton (Chair of Finance and Appeals Committees)

Nigel Marshall (Science Link governor)

Hannah Kitson (Pupil Premium governor)

Koré Nield (Literacy link governor)

Tina Daniels (Associate Finance Governor)

Laura Shepley (SEND governor)

Reece Waring (Teacher governor)

Traci Good (Vice Chair of governors and Chair of Safeguarding Committee)

Carol Taylor (Headteacher)

Christine Harding (Clerk to Governors)


What do the governors do?

The Governing Board holds 3 Full Governing Board meetings and 9 sub-committee meetings each year to help to run the school. The sub-committee meetings are split into 3 sections – Curriculum and Policies, Finance and Personnel and Safeguarding.  Each member of the governing board will be on different committees, best suited to their skills and abilities and everyone is expected to attend the Full Governing Board meetings.

The three core functions of a governing board are:

Setting vision, ethos and strategic direction, engaging stakeholders, and ensuring statutory duties are met;
Holding heads to account for teaching, achievement, behaviour and safety; challenging and strengthening leadership; contributing to school self-evaluation; and
Ensuring financial solvency and probity with effective management of financial resources, including the Pupil Premium, to raise standards.
They are also responsible for specific actions such as ensuring that there is a procedure in place for handling complaints; approving the school budget; and appointing the Headteacher.

The governors are a team of volunteers who discuss all aspects of school life.  They are responsible for school policy and finance, as well as the employment of staff. The role of the parent governor is to represent the views of the parents.  Therefore, it is important to speak to a governor if you have any concerns or suggestions. There is also a suggestion box located in the playground, which is emptied prior to each meeting.

Governors are one of the largest volunteer forces in the country and have an important part to play in raising school standards. The role of the governing board is absolutely key to the effectiveness of a school.

Andrew Wild – Chair of Finance & Appeals Committee

Having lived in the village for over 37 years I’m officially no longer classed as a newcomer! Furness Vale School has been a part of my life for most of those years and of all the governors I believe my connection with the school goes back the furthest. My first contact with the school was …

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Stacey Titterton – Health & Safety Governor

Being a parent of two children at Furness Vale school I wanted to support the school and make a positive contribution to my children’s education so I decided to become a school governor. The head teacher and all staff are committed to the schools success, this makes it a brilliant school to be involved in …

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Laura Shepley – Pupil Premium / Parent Governor

I am one of the parent governors at a Furness Vale. My first child started Furness Vale primary school in 2013 and from the outset I knew it was a very special place. My daughter joined the nursery earlier this year. I joined the governing body of the school to offer my support and experience. …

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Nick Marshall – Science Link Governor

I am the Science Link governor and also sit on the Curriculum and Policies committee. My background is in Science education; although I have retired from formal teaching, I still teach Astronomy at New Mills High School and am an examiner for GCSE and BTEC Science. The school garden was designed by my late wife; …

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