On behalf of the governing board I am very pleased to welcome you to Middleton St Mary's Church of England Primary School. As the governing board we are committed to working closely with parent/carers, all children and staff to ensure that your child has the opportunity to succeed. As a school we strive to offer a secure and stimulating environment that meets the needs of all our pupils. We acknowledge the importance of strong parent/carer and community links and recognise parent/carers as vital partners in their child’s education.
As governors we visit the school on a regular basis, attend meetings and take part in school events throughout the school year. Part of our task is to ensure that the school achieves the highest standards in all aspects of school life, academic, non-academic, extra curricular and pastoral.
Margaret Hamlet Chair of Governors
The governing board meet as a whole governing board and do not have sub committee groups.
I became a school governor in December 2010 and joined St Mary’s CE Primary School’s governing board in March 2015. During my time as a governor I have been a member of a number of committees and involved in senior leadership appointments.
Before becoming a governor I was a Headteacher in a secondary school. Since leaving that position I have worked as an Educational Consultant working in schools across the country in a support and challenge role. This work also involved me in Headteacher and senior leadership recruitment.
I have delivered national training programmes to prospective Headteachers and middle leaders across Yorkshire and Humberside.
In addition to my work in schools, I have also been an Interim Deputy Director of Children’s’ Service as well as working as a Project Manager within education. This involved me working closely with the DfE.
Currently, I am also vice chair of the governing body of a secondary school.
I decided to become a governor because I wanted to remain actively involved in education. I am very committed to improving the life chances of young people and feel that my background and experiences within education have given me the skills and expertise to support the school.
Since 2002, most of my work has been that of a secondary school improvement adviser with local authorities and with one academy chain. I have, therefore, considerable experience of analysing a range of data, identifying areas for improvement and monitoring progress against agreed action plans. I have also served on IEBs and chaired a School Improvement Board during this time: working with senior leaders and holding them to account for the pace of improvement; working with governors to model good practice. I have experience of different models of governance, have worked closely with LA and academy boards to clarify expectations and have helped governing bodies to evaluate their own impact and develop improvement plans.
As a former headteacher and as an educational consultant, I have experience of performance management. I also have worked with primary colleagues to improve transition to secondary schools.
Whilst I have worked with primary schools as a link adviser and also as the Local Authority representative in area partnership meetings, I am not an expert in primary education. However, since I have recently retired, I have time to learn about the primary sector and am confident I will be able to transfer the skills and knowledge I have acquired in the secondary school.
Rev Andy Myers Foundation Governor
I regard it is a fantastic privilege to serve on the governing board of St Mary’s Church of England Primary School. Our school and church have always been intimately linked, as right from the start education as a right for all the young people of our community has been fundamental to the ethos of the Anglican church.
I myself attended Church schools both at primary and secondary level. As a working class lad from East Leeds I soon discovered the way life can be enriched by education with a faith basis with the values of Christianity at the heart of everything we do.
As part of my first degree in Religious Studies and Theology I also gained a deep appreciation of, and respect for, the role other faiths can play in the enrichment of the lives of young people. This together with a personal commitment to the link which can be made between socialist values and the values of Jesus Christ has made me keen to support our school in its essential role of helping our young people to live lives where they truly flourish as human beings.
Our school recognises the potential of every child and seeks to empower them through education to both individually flourish and enable the communities in which they will grow to flourish. The great vision Jesus had for the building of the Kingdom of God - the perfect community order if you like - was that this belonged to children. My role as governor, Vicar of Middleton and parish priest is to be part of this remarkable process, part of a team consisting of students, teachers, governors and parents, where the potential to equip our young people with all the resources they need to achieve all they need to become for their own happiness, flourishing and for that of their communities is an ever evolving outcome.
Andrea Render - Foundation Governor
Though I have only recently joined the Governing board, my connections to the school go back over 30 years when my own sons started here, to the present day when my grandchildren now attend.
For many years I worked within the banking sector, and hope to bring my financial and team working expertise to the Governors. I was a governor, and vice-chair of governors for several years at a previous middle school, so I understand the level of commitment required for anyone taking on this role. I have been involved in day to day classes, school events and visits, and really enjoy making personal connections with the staff and pupils
I attend St Mary’s church, where I am Churchwarden, and have close ties to the community and will work with the school to forge stronger links between school and church.
Sonia Close- Co-opted Governor
I recently retired from teaching after 39 years in the profession, having taught across the primary range from Year 2 to 6 but mainly in year 6. During that time I developed experience in many areas and therefore wanted to use my enthusiasm for education to support others, hence why I wanted to become a governor.
I’m hoping that I can be of assistance to your school by using the knowledge I acquired in the following roles and responsibilities:-
I am a parent governor. Both my children have attended the school. I work closely with the other governors and attend committee meetings. I have responsibility for Child protection and Attendance. I was also an original member of the P.A.T team which has now grown and organises the children school disco's and summer fairs. I still help the current P.A.T team with disco's and school events.
I enjoy coming into school and seeing how much children enjoy learning and attending in school.
I am a Local Councillor for Middleton Park Ward and have been a Local Authority nominated Governor since September 2012.
I have a passionate belief in the value and importance of education. I see my role as working as part of the Governing Body team to ensure the school uses its human and physical resources to provide the best possible educational experience for the young people who come through its doors. As someone from a working-class background, I know my own primary school played an absolutely vital role in providing a foundation that served me for the rest of my life. My two sons, though now in their 20s, have both been through the Leeds education system, and I understand as a parent the expectations we place on schools. In the past I have worked in the private sector, as well as in the NHS and Social Services. As a local "Health Champion" I want to help to ensure our school does its utmost to address inequalities and to promote the physical, mental and social well-being of our young people.
I have served as a school governor for several periods since 1982. I hope that this - and my local knowledge and experience as a Councillor - has equipped me with the skills to provide a useful contribution in helping our school to fulfil its responsibilities to our young people, their families and the wider community.
What do Governors do?
School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. Governors appoint the head teacher and deputy head teacher. In some schools the site is owned by the governing body. It is governors who hold the main responsibility for finance in schools, and it is governors who work with the head teacher to make the tough decisions about balancing resources.
Each individual governor is a member of a governing body, which is established in law as a corporate body. Individual governors may not act independently of the rest of the governing body. Decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing body.
The role of the governing body is a strategic one, its key functions are to:
The headteacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the governing body.