Governors

Vicarage Park School Governors

Welcome to the School Governor pages of the website.

 

You will see from the list of Governors that there are 9 governors in total. We are made up of people who are parents, who are members of the teaching or non-teaching staff, people from your local community and because we are linked with the local Anglican diocese, some people who are appointed by the church. In addition we will co-opt further associate governors should we identify any skills shortages on the governing body. We are all voluntary and unpaid.

There are three key areas that we are responsible for: -

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

The full governing body meets twice each term. Any decisions that are made are by the full governing body and we hold collective responsibility for our decisions.

 We also have two other key committees. They are the Educational Strategic Planning Committee that looks at the curriculum and educational developments that are identified and planned for the school and the Resources Committee that considers finance and planning for resource needs. This committee also oversees health and safety issues. Both of these committees report to the full governor body meetings.

We are bound by various Governance regulations and if you want to find out more about what governors are required and expected to do then it is worth looking at the government website about school governance. 

http://www.inspiringgovernors.org/

Another aspect of the school’s and our work is concerned with ensuring the partnership with parents and carers. Families have a lot of commitments on their time and so the school website will continue to develop over the school year alongside other means of communicating with and providing information for families and children. It is our intention to involve parents in developing the areas of information that are available on the school website that are most useful to them.

Safeguarding and the well being of pupils and our school community are an essential part of our governance role. As a part of this, the governors have a key role in monitoring all aspects of e-safety to ensure that both children and adults are not at risk using the Internet. 

 

If you need to contact any of us you can either do it through school or through our Clerk to the Governors Deborah Black at email:

d.i.black@btinternet.com

 

VICARAGE PARK C of E (Voluntary Controlled) Primary School

Information about the Governing Body 2016/17

The Governing Body is made up of nine members, as follows:

2 Foundation Governors                              
1 Headteacher
1 Staff Governor             
2 Parent Governors       
1 Local Authority Governor
2 Co-opted Governors

as set out in the Instrument of Government dated 3 December 2015.

Associate members may also be appointed by the Governing Body, according to their particular skills and experience if required.

The Full Governing Body meets each half-term, with additional committee meetings and working groups as necessary.

The Governing Body operates two committees:  the Resources Committee and the Education & Strategic Planning Committee (ESP).  Committee business is also conducted as separate sections of the Full Governing Body meetings; therefore all governors serve on both committees.

 

Information about our Governors

 

CURRENT GOVERNING BODY:

Chair of Governors:                           Mrs Tracey Aplin            

Vice-chair of Governors:                   Mrs Jenny Woodburn

Chair of Resources Committee:       Mrs Jenny Woodburn

Chair of ESP Committee:                  Mrs Tracey Aplin

Clerk to Governors:                           Mrs Deborah Black who can be contacted at
                                                             d.i.black@btinternet.com

 

Name:                                     Ms Julie Brookes

Date of appointment:          1 September 2016

Term of Office:                     Ongoing, whilst in post as Headteacher of Vicarage Park School

Appointed by:                       Ex-officio, Headteacher Governor

Relevant business and pecuniary interests (as recorded in the register of interests): None

Governance roles in other educational institutions: None

Relationships between other governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): None

Attendance record at governing body and committee meetings over academic year 2015/16:
Ms Brookes was not a governor during this period.

Attendance record at governing body and committee meetings over academic year 2016/17:
4 / 4 or 100%

 

Name:                                  Rev Robert James Saner-Haigh

Date of appointment:          26 September 2010

Term of Office:                   Ongoing, whilst in post as Vicar of Kendal Parish Church

Appointed by:  Diocese of Carlisle / Kendal Parish Church, Foundation Governor

Relevant business and pecuniary interests (as recorded in the register of interests):  None

Governance roles in other educational institutions:  None

Relationships between other governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives):  None

Attendance record at governing body and committee meetings over academic year 2015/16:  
6 / 6 or 100%

Attendance record at governing body and committee meetings over academic year 2016/17:
1 / 4 or 25%

 

Name:                                  Mrs Natalie Evans

Date of appointment:          1 September 2015

Term of Office:                    3 years

Appointed by:                      Elected by Staff, Staff Governor

Relevant business and pecuniary interests (as recorded in the register of interests):  None

Governance roles in other educational institutions:  None

Relationships between other governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives):  None

Attendance record at governing body and committee meetings over academic year 2015/16:  
5 / 6 or 84%

Attendance record at governing body and committee meetings over academic year 2016/17:
4 / 4 or 100%

 

Name:                                  Mrs Jenny Woodburn
                                            VICE-CHAIR OF GOVERNORS, CHAIR OF RESOURCES COMMITTEE

Date of appointment:          15 September 2016

Term of Office:                    4 years

Appointed by:                      Governing Body, Co-opted Governor

Relevant business and pecuniary interests (as recorded in the register of interests):  None

Governance roles in other educational institutions:  None

Relationships between other governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives):  None

Attendance record at governing body and committee meetings over academic year 2015/16:  
5 / 6 or 84%

Attendance record at governing body and committee meetings over academic year 2016/17:
4 / 4 or 100%

 

Name:                                  Mrs Tracey Aplin
                                            CHAIR OF GOVERNORS, CHAIR OF ESP COMMITTEE

Date of appointment:           February 2017

Term of Office:                     3 years

Appointed by:                       Local Authority, LA Governor

Relevant business and pecuniary interests (as recorded in the register of interests):  None

Governance roles in other educational institutions:  None

Relationships between other governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives):  None

Attendance record at governing body and committee meetings over academic year 2015/16:  
6 / 6 or 100%

Attendance record at governing body and committee meetings over academic year 2016/17:
4 / 4 or 100%

 

 

Name:                                  Rev Jo Hurst

Date of appointment:          February 2017

Term of Office:                   4 years

Appointed by:                     Appointed by the Governing Body,  Foundation Governor

Relevant business and pecuniary interests (as recorded in the register of interests):  None

Governance roles in other educational institutions:  None

Relationships between other governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives):  None

Attendance record at governing body and committee meetings over academic year 2015/16:  
4 / 6 or 67%

Attendance record at governing body and committee meetings over academic year 2016/17:
4 / 4 or 100%

 

Name:                                  Mrs Julie Cunningham

Date of appointment:           4 February 2016

Term of Office:                     4 years

Appointed by:                      Appointed by the Governing Body,  Co-opted Governor

Relevant business and pecuniary interests (as recorded in the register of interests):  Mrs Cunningham is Head of Ghyll Head Outdoor Centre, which has been used for a residential camp by school; her husband runs a first aid training company, which has provided first aid training for staff and students at school.

Governance roles in other educational institutions:  None

Relationships between other governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives):  None

Attendance record at governing body and committee meetings over academic year 2015/16:  
5 / 6 or 84%

Attendance record at governing body and committee meetings over academic year 2016/17:
1 / 4 or 25%

 

NB:

A number of governors were appointed under the previous Instrument of Governance and had 3 year terms of office on appointment.  Under the new Instrument of Government, governors who remain in the same category continue this term of office to its conclusion; however, all new governors will have 4 year terms of office from the date of appointment.

 

ASSOCIATE MEMBERS:

There is currently one associate member of the governing body as listed below. 

 

Name:                                 Mrs Kath Pink

Date of appointment:          1 September 2016

Term of Office:                   To the end of summer term 2017

Appointed by:                    Appointed by the Governing Body,  Associate Member

Relevant business and pecuniary interests (as recorded in the register of interests):  None

Governance roles in other educational institutions:  Mrs Pink is also a governor at another school.

Relationships between other governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives):  None

Attendance record at governing body and committee meetings over academic year 2015/16:
3 / 4 or 75%

Attendance record at governing body and committee meetings over academic year 2016/17:
1 / 4 or 25%

 

GOVERNORS WHO HAVE LEFT THE GOVERNING BODY IN THE LAST 12 MONTHS:

 

Name:                                          Mrs Norma Bates

Date of appointment:               22 October 2014

Resigned from office:                1 September 2016

Appointed by:                             Diocese of Carlisle / Kendal Parish Church, Foundation Governor

Relevant business and pecuniary interests (as recorded in the register of interests): None

Governance roles in other educational institutions: None

Relationships between other governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): None

Attendance record at governing body and committee meetings over academic year 2015/16:
5 / 5 or 100%

 

Name:                                            Miss Bernadette Calvey

Date of appointment:                 23 May 2014

Resigned from Office:                 31 August 2016

Appointed by:                              Ex-officio, Headteacher Governor

Relevant business and pecuniary interests (as recorded in the register of interests): None

Governance roles in other educational institutions: None

Relationships between other governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): None

Attendance record at governing body and committee meetings over academic year 2015/16:
4 / 6 or 67%

 

Name:                                          Mrs Elizabeth Elliott

Date of appointment:              30 September 2015

Resigned from Office:              1 September 2016

Appointed by:                            Nominated by the LA, (which has the power to remove this governor from office), LA Governor

Relevant business and pecuniary interests (as recorded in the register of interests): None

Governance roles in other educational institutions: None

Relationships between other governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): None

Attendance record at governing body and committee meetings over academic year 2015/16:
4 / 6 or 67%

 

Name:                                          Mr John Goodwin

Date of appointment:              4 February 2016

Term of Office:                          To 31 August 2016.

Appointed by:                            Governing Body, Associate Governor

Relevant business and pecuniary interests (as recorded in the register of interests): None

Governance roles in other educational institutions: None

Relationships between other governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): None

Attendance record at governing body and committee meetings over academic year 2015/16:
3 / 4 or 75%

 

Name:                                           Mrs Penny Hollander

Date of appointment:               16 March 2016

Term of Office:                           To 31 August 2016.

Appointed by:                             Governing Body, Associate Governor

Relevant business and pecuniary interests (as recorded in the register of interests): None

Governance roles in other educational institutions: None

Relationships between other governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): None

Attendance record at governing body and committee meetings over academic year 2015/16:
2 / 3 or 66%