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 Committee)

Koré Nield (Literacy Link)

Tina Daniels (Associate Finance Governor)

Laura Shepley (SEND)

Reece Waring (Teacher governor)

Thea Cameron (EYFS Link)

Caroline Mole (Maths Link)

Kayleigh Gill (Science Link)

Samantha Atkins (Humanities/RE Link)

Carol Taylor (Headteacher)

Toni Kania (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.

Laura Shepley – SEND / 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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