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Our Role

The Governing Body consists of fourteen governors.

Name

Governor seat

Appointment date

End of office date

Vicky Crane

Chair / Co-opted

06/12/2018

06/12/2022

Sarah Parkinson

Head Teacher 01/09/2018 N/A

Kate Blacker

Parent Governor 01/03/2016 01/03/2020

Sarah Barrass

Co-opted 01/09/2017 01/09/2021

Lisa Seton

Associate 09/05/2018 31/08/2019

Karl Sinclair

Vice Chair

Parent Governor

12/12/2016

11/12/2020

Karen Holder-Benjamin

Co-opted

01/09/2017

01/09/2021

Michael Walker

Staff 06/12/2017 06/12/2021

Adrian Fleming

Co-opted

06/12/2018

06/01/2022

Hilary Iles

LA governor 6/12/2018 06/12/2022

Dr Chris Ford

Co-opted 13/09/2018 13/09/2022
Ben Allchin Parent Governor 13/09/2018

13/09/2022

 

Past governors (last 12 months)

Name

Governor seat

Appointment date

End of office date

Amy Russell Chair/Parent 19/1/15 17/4/18
Alex Goodwin Vice Chair/Parent 14/12/16 4/5/18
Sue McCann Staff Governor 9/1/15 4/5/18
Awa Lynch Staff Governor 1/3/16 4/5/18
Ahn Lu Parent Governor 1/10/16 4/5/18
Sarah Clayton Co-opted 1/9/16 4/5/18
Alex Firth Co-opted 8/1/18 4/5/18
Phil Cook Co-opted 19/01/2015 06/12/2017

Current structure

The governing body is currently set up as follows:

The full governing body meet 4-6 times a year.  In addition, each committee meets three times a year.  During the year there are also various working parties which take a closer, more in-depth look at specific issues.  The focus of these working parties relates to the governor's development plan, school priorities and local/national issues.  Governors also meet to train together, e.g. understanding the new Ofsted framework, and attend central training courses, e.g. induction training for new governors.  The governing body work in a strategic capacity.  They support and challenge leaders to ensure Gledhow remains on a journey of continuous improvement.  To achieve this aim, communication with all stakeholders is extremely important, as is having a really good understanding of the school.  We work closely with leaders in the school and each governor is linked to various aspect of school life.  

Resources committee Pupil Support Committee Teaching and Learning committee

Sarah Barrass (committee chair)

Adrian Fleming

Karl Sinclair

Sarah Parkinson

 

 

Kate Blacker (committee chair)

Karen Holden-Benjamin

Michael Walker

Karl Sinclair

Sarah Parkinson

 

Vicky Crane (committee chair)

Hilary Iles

Ben Allchin

Chris Ford

Sarah Barrass

Lisa Seton

 

Governors meet with a wide range of staff:

To gather information and provide an opportunity for two-way dialogue – meetings provide a direct conduit between individual members of staff and the governing body. 

To monitor – meetings help governors to understand what the current picture is in the school and what progress is being made towards a particular goal.

To support – governors bring a wide range of expertise into the school that can be very helpful to members of staff.  Professional dialogue can be very helpful to leaders in reflecting on actions and can support forward thinking. 

To challenge – governors are responsible for the quality of education being provided and will challenge colleagues to ensure the school is the very best it can be. Governors will help leaders to reflect on any barriers to achieving the goals set out.

The governing body is also responsible for reviewing the performance of the headteacher.  This is via performance management, regular headteacher reports to governors, questions and discussion in governing body meetings, review of various monitoring activities, external reviews by school improvement consultants and advisers, and regular meetings with the Chair of Governors, etc.

If you wish to contact the Chair of Governors, email Vicky Crane through ChairofGovernors@Gledhowschool.org or send written correspondence to the school.

Governor Code of Conduct
The governors operate in accordance with the terms of the Governor Code of Conduct (see PDF below).

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