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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 – January 2018

 

Standards Comm                                 SDP Comm                                              Finance Comm

Mrs S Roberts                                            Mrs L Lewis                                                   Mr J Manley (Chair)

Ms H Freschini                                          Mr J Manley                                                  Mr S Robinson

Mr J Manley                                              Mr S Robinson                                               Ms H Freschini

Mr S Robinson                                         Miss C Bright (Observer)                              Mr S Bond

Mrs V Rigby                                              Mrs S Roberts   (Chair)                                Mrs J Andrew

Ms M Lynch                                                                                                                        Mrs L Lewis                                                                                                    

Tom Clarke                                                                                                                         Mr N Emery

Mrs L Lewis                                                                                                                       Miss C Bright (Observer)  

Mr S Bond

Ms Kelly Lightfoot

Miss C Bright (Observer)  

 

 

Name

Category

Date of Appointment

Appointed By

Term of Office

Other Establishments

Governed

Responsibility

 

 

Sandra Roberts

 

Parent

 

23/01/2015

 

Parents

 

22/01/2019

 

Chair and Child Protection

 

 

John Manley

Co-Opted

17/06/2010 

Governing Body

14/06/2022

Mossgate Primary School

Vice-Chair and

Chair of Finance

 

Steve Robinson

Headmaster

 02/01/2012

 

31/12/2020 

Stepping Stones Short Stay School

 

 

Steve Bond

Co-Opted

 12/11/2014

Governing Body

11/11/2018

 

 

 

Jayne Andrew

Parent

01/04/2013

Parents

31/03/2021

 

 

 

Claire Bright

Observer

 20/10/2012

 

 

19/10/2016 

 

 

Kelly Lightfoot

LEA

06/06/2018

Governing Body

05/06/2022

 

 

 

Lesley Lewis

Co-Opted

01/12/2012

Governing Body

30/11/2020

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Neil Emery

Co-Opted

 11/06/2014

Governing Body

09/06/2021

 

 

 

Helen Freschini

Co-Opted

02/11/2011 

Governing Body

31/10/2019

 

 

 

Tom Clarke    

Teacher

Govenor

 07/06/2017

Staff

 06/06/2021

 

 

 

Michelle Lynch

Co-Opted

 07/06/2017

Governing Body

06/07/2021

 

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 Vanessa Rigby

Parent

 11/12/17

Parents

10/12/21

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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