Our Governing Body
The Governing Body has a very important role in the way that our school is run. We are very lucky to have a team of Governors who come from various walks of life and who bring with them a range of skills which, along with both staff and parents enables us to work together to give the children the very best broad and balanced curriculum that we can.
We are responsible for working with the Headteacher, Staff and Local Authority to ensure that each child receives the best possible education which allows them to achieve their full potential. The headteacher is responsible for the day to day running of the school while the Governors have a strategic role- often called a ‘Critical Friend.’ This doesn’t mean that we criticise the Headteacher ,rather that our role is to ask questions, challenge and support her and to set the school’s aims and policies as well as to oversee the Financial Budget to make sure that money is well- spent. The Governing Body also ensures that the school complies fully with statutory Safeguarding procedures.
In accordance with the Government’s requirements the Governing Board has three core functions for our school, as set out in the 2014 Department for Education’s Handbook:
- Setting targets and promoting high standards of educational achievement.
- Setting the strategic framework within which the school operates.
- Management of the school’s delegated budget.
In keeping with statutory guidance from the Department for Education we decided to re-constitute the Governing Body in 2013. This has enabled us to change the number and types of governors and to appoint new governors based on the skills they have which could enhance our Governing Body.
Meet Our Governors
The Governing Body consists of:
- 1 Headteacher
- 1 LA Representative
- 2 Foundation Representatives
- 2 Parent Representatives ( elected by parents)
- 5 Co-opted Representatives
- 1 Staff Representative (elected by staff)
There are 12 Governors in total. The quorum is 6 Governors.
The standard term of office for a governor is 4 years. The Chair and Vice-Chair are elected annually at the first meeting of the year.
The Chair of Governors – Dr Phil Chambers can be contacted through the school office or directly via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Vice Chair of Governors – Mr Rob Dyal can be contacted through the school office or directly via email at email@example.com
Our Governing Body
|Name||Date of Appointment||Register of Interests|
|Mr Rob Dyal||31/03/16||None|
|Mr John Sherbourne||31/03/14||None|
|Mr Paul Smith||30/09/17||None|
|Mrs Anna Ladd||30/09/17||None|
|Dr Najeeb Rahman||25/03/2019||None|
|Mrs Ann Weir||29/09/14||None|
|Rev. Jude Smith||30/09/17||None|
|Mrs Helen Stott||ex-officio||None|
|Dr Phil Chambers||20/10/10||None|
|Dr. Phillip Chambers||17/11/07||None|
|Mr Alex Holt||01/09/15||None|
|Staff Governor Representative|
|Ms Jo Linsley||29/09/13||None|
|Mr. Paul Smith||30/09/17|
Governance of the school is divided into – Full Governing Body meetings which take place 4 times a year and subcommittee meetings where much of our work takes place meet three times a year and have specific remits.
Teaching and Learning
This committee monitors all work around attainment and progress. It ensures that the curriculum is broad and balanced. Subject leaders come to talk to Governors about their subject throughout the year.
This committee ensures that school spending is within budget and all money is spent wisely. There are additional meetings throughout the year with the Finance Officer. Staffing and Buildings as well as Health and Safety come within this committee’s remit.
This committee monitors and looks at all aspects of Pastoral work – behaviour, attendance, health and safety, safeguarding and spiritual, moral, social and cultural provision. Policies such as Child Protection, Inclusion and Health policies are also dealt with in this committee.
Resources ( Staffing, Finance, Buildings)
Chair -Alex Holt
In attendance- Denise Glazer (School Business Manager), Adam Smees (School Superintendant)
Teaching and Learning
Chair– Rev Jude Smith
Chair– Anna Ladd
In addition there is a Head Teacher’s Performance Management Committee which meet several times per year. This committee is responsible for setting objectives for the Headteacher (with assistance form a School Improvement Advisor). They review her performance annually and agree an annual pay rise.
Chair -Phil Chambers
Rev Jude Smith
Pay and Performance Committee
This will be reviewed by the Resources Committee.
Pay Appeals Committee
This committee is responsible for making sure that a fair process following the correct procedure has been followed.
Rob Dyal, Anna Ladd and Rev Jude Smith
|RE and SIAMS||Ann Weir, Jude Smith|
|Pupil Premium||Rob Dyal|
|School Council||John Sherbourne|
|Health and Safety||Rob Dyal|
|Child Protection||Anna Ladd|
|SIA visits||Rev Jude Smith|
Full Governing Body Meetings Attendance
Where a Governor has sent apologies for a FGB meeting- a valid reason has been received and accepted by the G.B.
Pen Portraits of our Governors
Mrs Margaret Hodge
(Year 1 classes link)
Margaret Hodge wanted to be a governor because she thinks that it is important to create an environment where children feel both safe and valued and are given the opportunity to develop confidence so that they achieve their full potential.
She has served as a governor in several schools and spent many happy years teaching Primary age children.
Margaret has lived in Alwoodley for about thirty years and her children attended local schools. In her spare time she enjoys the theatre, films, gardening and holidays – when she is not looking after her four grandchildren!
Dr. Phillip Chambers
(Year 3 classes link)
Philip has been a research scientist at the University of Leeds for a very long time and a school parent governor for a slightly shorter time. He firmly believes that education and learning are essential if people are to achieve their potential and live happy and successful lives.
Philip is originally from Belfast but has lived in Leeds for the last 30 years. He currently has one child at Allerton C of E Primary School and one child who attended the school and is now at Allerton High School.
(Year 5 classes link)
Anna Ladd is a Health Service Manager with 15 years of NHS experience. She currently works with NHS England across Yorkshire and the Humber. Anna is a first time governor, having joined the governing body as a co-opted member in 2017, with a special interest in Child Welfare.
Anna has lived in Leeds since coming to university in the city 18 years ago. She has two children, both of whom attend Allerton C of E Primary School.
Mr Rob Dyal
(Nursery classes link)
Rob Dyal is a Human Resources Manager with over 20 years experience in the private sector. Rob is a first time governor, having joined the Governing Body as a co-opted member in 2016.
Rob has lived in Leeds for 17 years. He has two children that attend Allerton C of E Primary School.
Mr Alex Holt
(Year 2 classes link)
Ms Jo Linsley
Mr. John Sherbourne
(Year 6 classes link)
John Sherbourne is a former staff photographer with The Daily Mail. Now in retirement, John is Chair of Trustees at The Leeds & Moortown Furniture Store, a Management Board member with The Duke of York’s Community Initiative and an active member of Moortown Baptist Church. John and his wife Gwynneth have two grown up children, three grandchildren and have lived locally for over forty years.
Mrs Helen Stott
Mrs Ann Weir
(Reception classes link)
Ann Weir is a retired High School teacher. She taught Child Development, Textiles and was Head of Deptartment for PSHE for 15 years. She has worked with 0-18 year olds at St.George’s Church, Leeds, latterly as Children’s and Families’ Pastor. Since retirement, Ann continues to support, through mentoring and supervision, several adults mainly working within a church/Christian context across the city.
Ann has lived in Alwoodley for almost 50 years and is the mother of four and grandma to nine.
Rev. Jude Smith
(Year 4 classes link)
Jude Smith is an Anglican priest, and serves as the Team Rector of the Moor Allerton and Shadwell Team. She is a qualified secondary history teacher and has worked in school, youth and community work for a number of years.