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School Governors

School Governors are drawn from all walks of life and as you will see in this section of the website there are various types of Governors. The first question to ask yourself is, “Are you interested in the education, welfare and opportunities provided for children and young people?”

If the answer to this first question is “Yes”, then have you got enthusiasm and time to spare?  If so, you could consider volunteering as a School Governor.

  • Governors give their service voluntarily and no formal qualifications are necessary although there are eligibility criteria.
  • Governors are ordinary people, aged over 18, with a special commitment to the education and well-being of children.
  • Term of office is normally four years.

There are typically four types of Governors:

  • Staff Governors
  • Parent Governors
  • Community Governors
  • Local Authority Governors

Staff Governors

Staff Governors would normally fall into two categories, firstly Teaching Staff, and secondly Support Staff.  Staff Governors are elected by teaching and support staff who are paid to work at the School.  This category will also include a reserved place for the Headteacher.

Parent Governors

Parent Governors as the title implies are drawn from Parents or Guardians of Children at the School.  Parent Governors normally serve for a period of 4 years and are elected by the Parents or Carers / Guardians of Children at the School.  From time to time the School will send home a letter notifying parents that there is a vacancy for a Parent Governor, and seeking nominations.  If there are more nominations than there are vacancies, then there will be a ballot at which point all of the parents get to vote for the candidate of their choice.  As a Parent Governor, elected by parents, the role of the Parent Governor is to bring a parental perspective to the Governing Bodies decision making rather than represent the parental constituency.

Community Governors

Community Governors are as the title implies people from the local community elected by the governing body.   You will not find this category of Governor on voluntary aided (religious) school governing bodies.  No person is permitted to be a Community Governor in a school where they are employed.  Also, anyone who is an elected member of the Local Authority is not eligible to be a community governor.

If you would like to find out more about being a Community Governor, either at this school or another, you can contact Governor Services on 581191.   It will be helpful when making contact to provide some brief background information, including:

  • Your reasons for wishing to become a school governor.
  • Whether you have any particular skills and / or knowledge which you could bring to a governing body for example
    • Financial
    • Building Works
    • Health and Safety
    • Management
    • Legal
    • Human Resources.

The Governing Body will need to establish that you are either a local resident or have an involvement in the community served by the School.
 

If not, it is always helpful to explain your interest in that particular part of the borough.

Local Authority Governors

Within Lancashire, Local Authority Governors are appointed by the political parties represented on the Council.  The overall number allocated to each political party is proportionate to their level of representation on the Council.

List of Current Governors

If you wish to contact a school governor please do so through the school office on 01524 832747 or email the headteacher at head@westgatesch.com

 

Governors – September 2016

 

Standards Comm                                 SDP Comm                                              Finance Comm

Mrs S Roberts                                      Mr M Jowett  (Chair Govs)                              Mr J Manley (Chair)

Ms H Freschini                                    Mrs L Lewis                                                         Mr S Robinson

Mrs K Stephens                                    Mr J Manley                                                        Mr S Bond

Mrs L Longworth                                Ms L Cullimore                                                    Mrs J Andrew

 Ms L Cullimore                                   Mr S Robinson                                                    Ms H Freschini

Mrs K Caldicott                                    Miss C Bright (Observer)                                 Mr M Jowett

Mr S Wheeler

Mrs L Lewis    

Mr S Bond

Mr J Manley

Mrs A Olde

Mr S Robinson

Mr M Jowett

Miss C Bright (Observer)  

 

Name

Category

Date of Appointment

Appointed By

Term of Office

Other Establishments

Governed

Responsibility

Attendance

At full

Governors

2015/16

Martyn Jowett

Co-Opted

 01/04/2013

Governing Body

31/03/2017

 

Chair and Child Protection

 

3/3

John Manley

Co-Opted

17/06/2010 

Governing Body

15/06/2018

Mossgate Primary School

Vice-Chair and

Chair of Finance

1/3

Steve Robinson

Headmaster

 02/01/2012

 

31/12/2020 

Stepping Stones Short Stay School

 

3/3

Steve Bond

Co-Opted

 12/11/2014

Governing Body

11/11/2018

 

 

3/3

Jayne Andrew

Parent

01/04/2013

Parents

31/03/2017

 

 

3/3

Claire Bright

Observer

 20/10/2012

 

 

19/10/2016 

 

3/3

Kirsty Stephens

Co-Opted

02/03/2016 

Governing Body

02/03/2020

 

SEN

2/3

Anne Olde

Co-Opted

01/04/2013

Governing Body

31/03/2017

 

Literacy

3/3

Neil Emery

Co-Opted

 11/06/2014

Governing Body

10/06/2018

 

 

2/3

Helen Freschini

Co-Opted

02/11/2011 

Governing Body

31/10/2019

 

 

2/3

Vanessa Brown

Co-Opted

01/04/2013

Governing Body

31/03/2017

 

 

2/3

Stephen Wheeler

Co-Opted

 01/04/2013

Governing Body

31/03/2017

 

 

3/3

Kerry Caldicott

Co-Opted

 01/04/2013

Governing Body

31/03/2017

 

 

1/3

Louisa Longworth

Co-Opted

01/04/2013

Governing Body

31/03/2017

 

 

3/3

Sandra Roberts

Parent

23/01/2015 

Parents

22/01/2019

22/01/2019 

 

3/3

Lesley Lewis

Co-Opted

01/12/2012

Governing Body

30/11/2020

Heysham High school

Pupil Premium

3/3

Lisa Cullimore

LEA

30/11/2015 

Governing Body

29/11/2019 

 

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Register of Interests

Governors with an interest:

 

Governors with relationships with other school employees: Kerry Caldicott (Mother works as a TA)

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