Governing Board Information
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.
Jan Linsley (Chair of Governors)
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:
- 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)
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.
The Full Governing Board (FGB) currently meet 8 times per year. A Joint Review Group (JRG) including members of the Governing Board, the Local Authority and Diocese meet 6 times per year to provide further support and challenge school leaders with a particular focus on attainment and progress data.
Register of Governors
Co-opted Governor (NLG)
I’m delighted to have been asked to support the governing body at Middleton St Mary's CE Primary School as interim chair. I’m looking forward to getting to know the school and the community better. Recently, I was designated by the Department of Education as a National Leader of Governance (NLG). I am the Chair of Governors at Richmond Methodist School and have been the chair of the finance and resources committee in the past. I was instrumental in developing our collaboration with Arkengarthdale CE Primary School, a small rural school in the Yorkshire Dales. I am the interim chair of governors at Hawes Primary School, part of the Yorkshire Collaborative MAT. Additionally, I am a governor at Alwoodley Primary School, taking in a keen interest in the effective use of Pupil Premium funding. I have a background in education as a teacher, school leader, civil servant and latterly, as an independent education consultant. I have a keen interest in ensuring all children get the best education they can, and that they enjoy doing so.
Rev Andy Myers
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.
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.
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.