Our Governors are actively involved in many aspects of the life of our school.
They meet regularly in formal meetings at least twice per term to discuss national and local developments, our school curriculum and development plan, finance and budget and any aspects of our own school self evaluation and pupil performance. Many of the Governors also come into school to monitor aspects of the curriculum and meet with members of staff. Our Governors support the Head teacher, staff and children in many of the things that we do every year, but they also provide challenge as to what we are doing and why by asking questions such as,’ How will what we are doing benefit the children at our school and help to further improve the impact on the quality of their learning?’
The Governing body is made up of representatives from the Local Authority, people from the local community and parents of children at our school. Our Governors are also linked to key areas of our School Development Plan each year and regularly make visits into school to see the teachers and children working in various areas of the curriculum. Staff members regularly present reports to members of the governing body.
Witton-le-Wear would like to extend a warm welcome to our four new governors: Christina Davies, James Devlin, Michael Fraser and Lucy Taylor for this academic year. We would also like to thank Linda Coffee, Jenny Horner and Anthony Milburn for their many years of dedicated service as part of our small school governing body.
How To Become A School Governor
If you require further information on the roles and responsibilities of School Governors or you are interested in becoming one, visit the Durham County Council website School Governor section.
Statutory Guidance for Governing Bodies
Witton-le-Wear Primary adhere to the statutory guidance from the Department for Education. This means that governing bodies must have regard to it when carrying out duties relating to the constitution of governing bodies in maintained schools. For further information please view or download the full document below.
Additional Governor’s Information
Governing Body Committee Structure
|Name||Committee||Term of Office Starts/Ends||Representing||Roles & Responsibiliites|
|Mr Mark Stephenson - Headteacher||All relevant |
|01 09 15 / ongoing||Staff|
|Mrs Bridget Watt- Chair||HT. Perf. Management;|
First Pay Review;
Standards & Curriculum;
|23 04 18 / 22 04 22||LA||Child Protection; Safeguarding
|Mrs Sharon Walker - Deputy|
|All relevant||28 09 19 / 27 09 23||Co-opted|
|Miss Sarah Brown||25 10 19 / 26 10 23||Staff|
|Mr Graham Ablett||HT Perf. Management, Appeals, Standards & Curriculum||01 01 18 / 31 12 22||Co-opted||Safer Recruitment|
|Mrs Kate Atkins - Vice Chair||First Pay Review;|
Standards & Curriculum
|01 01 18 / 31 12 22||Co-opted||Health and Safety|
|Ms Hannah Murray-Leslie||HT Perf. Management;|
First Pay Review;
Standards & Curriculum
|13 11 17 / 12 11 21||Co-opted||Premium Funding - Sports Premium/Pupil Premium|
|Mrs Anne Yuill||Finance;|
|01 01 18 / 31 12 22||Co-opted||Safer Recruitment|
|Mrs Christina Davies||Finance; First Pay Review;||05 09 19 / 04 09 23||Parent|
|Mr James Devlin - Vice Chair||05 09 19 / 04 09 23||Parent|
|Mr Michael Fraser||Finance; First Pay Review;||05 09 19 / 04 09 23||Parent|
|Mrs Lucy Taylor||05 09 19 / 04 09 23||Associate|
Governor Roles and Responsibilities, and the Committees upon which they serve are subject to regular change and development as membership of the Governing Body changes. Governors are required to disclose any business and pecuniary interests which may affect their role as a school governor and any material interests arising from relationships between governors or governors and school staff. At present we have no Governors who have any of these relationships or business interests. None of our Governing Body have governance roles in other educational institutions.
Every Academic Year the Head teacher works closely with Governors to link them with various aspects of our current School Development Plan, ( SDP ). These links cover areas such as Curriculum Developments, Policy and Procedure Developments, and aspects of buildings and resources. Governors work closely with the school to discuss and monitor these elements of the SDP as the year progresses and they provide support and challenge in equal measure. These identified Governors provide a valuable link to the full Governing Body in their overall role of ensuring the strategic direction of the school and the quality of educational provision which it provides.
Governing Body Attendance
Schools are now required to display a record of Governor’s attendance at meetings for each school academic year. You can also view previous years attendance on our website.
Record of Attendance 2019-2020
Governing Body Meeting Attendance 2019/2020
|Governing Body||Full Governors Mtg||Finance Committee Mtg||HT Performance Management Review||Pay/Salary Review||Standards & Curriculum Committee|
|2019 / 2020||Autumn 10/10/19||Spring 27/2/20||Summer TBC||Autumn 22/10/19||Spring 3/2/20||Summer TBC||3/12/19||5/12/19||Autumn 14/11/19
|Hannah Murray Leslie||✓||A/A||✓||✓|
|Sarah Brown||not yet appointed|
✓ – Attended meeting
A/A – Apologies sent and accepted by meeting
N – Did not attend
X – Not a member of the committee
Governing Body Register of Interests (Business, Financial or Governance in other school)
Please view Register of Interests information in the table below:
|Governor||Register of Business/Financial Interest or Governance at other schools|
|Mrs B Watt||None|
|Mr G Ablett||None|
|Mrs K Atkins||None|
|Mrs A Yuill||None|
|Ms H Murray-Leslie||None|
|Mrs S Walker||None|
|Mr M Stephenson||None|
|Mr M Fraser||None|
|Mr J Devlin||None|
|Mrs C Davies||None|
|Mrs L Taylor||None|
|Miss S Brown||None|
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