Governors

Governors are one of the largest volunteer forces in the country and have an important part to play in raising school standards. School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. The role of the governing board is key to the effectiveness of a school.

Following a recent audit and reconstitution, we are fortunate to have a range of skills from our governing body and a wealth of experience. All members have agreed to serve a term of four years.
The role of the governing board is to:

  • set the aims and objectives for the school
  • set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  • monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
  • be a source of challenge and support to the Head teacher (a critical friend)

Name

Role

Re-election date

Finance and

Staffing

Committee

Buildings,

Health, Safety and

Safeguarding

Committee

Standards and

Curriculum

Committee

Mr Gary Birkett

Head teacher

N/A

X

X

X

Ms Fiona Wilson

Deputy Head (Associate member – no voting rights)

N/A

 

X

X

Mrs Margaret Walker

Staff governor

12/11/16

 

 

 

Mrs Susan Tippins

LA appointed

8/3/16

X

 

 

Mr Martin Bates

Co-opted

20/5/19

X

X (Chair)

 

Mrs Pat Burton

Co-opted

20/5/19

 

 

X

Mr Peter Docker

Co-opted

20/5/19

 

 

X

Ms Debbie Holt  (Stepped down January 24th 2017)

Co-opted

20/5/19

 

X

 

Mr Matthew Messenger

Co-opted

20/5/19

 

X

 

Mrs Rita Perkins

Co-opted

20/5/19

 

 

X

Mr Nick Roberts

Co-opted

20/5/19

 

 

X (Chair)

Mr Ian Downward

Parent

11/2/17

X (Chair)

 

 

Mrs Carol Pascoe

Parent

10/6/17

 

 

X

Mrs Kath Benson

Clerk

N/A

 

 

 

Mr Shaun Gaskell

Site Manager (Associate member – no voting rights)

N/A

 

X

 

Mrs Deborah Burrow

Business Manager (Associate member – no voting rights)

N/A

X

X

 

 

BREAKDOWN OF ATTENDANCE RECORDS

OF ALL COMMITTEES FOR THE LAST ACADEMIC YEAR

 

Full Governors Committee Meetings are held on Tuesday evenings.  Mr M Bates is Chair of Governors.  Mr I Downward is Vice Chair and declares a pecuniary interest as Co-owner of Centric Office Supplies.  Deputy Headteacher Ms F Wilson attends as a non-voting Governor.  Mrs P Burton is also a governor at Brisbane Park Infant School.

 

Meetings were held on the following dates.  Apologies and reason for non-attendance were recorded and accepted by all members  8 Nov 2016 - non-attendance – Mr P Docker and Ms D Holt 

24 Jan 2017 - non-attendance – Mr I Downward, Mr P Docker and Mrs M Walker

(Ms D Holt resigned as Governor)) 

13 Jun 2017 - non-attendance - 

 

Buildings, Health & Safety and Safeguarding Committee Meetings are held on Friday afternoons.  Mr M Bates is Chair of Committee.  Mr S Gaskell attends as Grounds Maintenance Manager.

Meetings were held on the following dates - 

19 Sept 2016 - non-attendance - Mr M Messenger

16 Jan 2017 - non-attendance – meeting cancelled due to lack of quorum

24 April 2017 - non-attendance – Mr M Messenger

 

Curriculum Committee Meetings are held on Friday after afternoons.  Mr N Roberts is Chair of Committee.  It was agreed by members that although Mrs M Walker is unable to attend due to school commitments she stay a member. 

Meetings were held on the following dates - 

21 Oct 2016 - non-attendance - Mrs M Walker

13 Jan 2017 - non-attendance - Mrs M Walker and Mrs C Pascoe

5 May 2017- non-attendance - Mrs R Perkins, Mrs C Pascoe and Mrs M Walker

 

Finance Committee Meetings are held on Wednesday evenings.  Mr I Downward is Chair of Committee.  Mr A Baker is the Bursar and Mrs D Burrow is an associated member.  It was agreed by members that although Mr M Bates is unable to attend due to work commitments he stay a member.

Meetings were held on the following dates -

12 Oct 2016 - non-attendance - Mr M Bates 

11 Jan 2017 - non-attendance - Mr M Bates and Mrs S Tippins

10 May 2017 - non-attendance – Mrs S Tippins

 

Newbarns Primary and Nursery School
  • Newbarns Primary and Nursery School
  • Risingside,
  • Barrow-in-Furness,
  • Cumbria,
  • LA13 9ET
  • Tel: 01229 877442
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