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 members, for a fixed term, 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 Education and Strategic Planning Committee (ESP) 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 using the Admin email address: admin@vicaragepark.cumbria.sch.uk  

 

VICARAGE PARK C of E (Voluntary Controlled) Primary School

Information about the Governing Body 2020/21

As set out in the Instrument of Government dated 3 December 2015, 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 and 2 Co-opted Governors.  Associate members may also be appointed for a fixed term, 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.

 

CURRENT GOVERNING BODY:

  • Chair of Governors:     To be confirmed         
  • Vice-chair of Governors:  To be confirmed
  • Chair of Resources Committee:  To be confirmed
  • Chair of ESP Committee:  To be confirmed
  • Safeguarding, SEN & Inclusion Governor:  Mrs Zena Cassels
  • Other Governors:  Ms Julie Brookes, Mrs Natalie Evans,  Mr Kelvin Nash, Mrs Tracey Aplin, Mrs Zena Cassels, Rev. Shanthi Thompson, Mr Ashley Henderson, plus 2 parent governor vacancies.
  • Clerk to Governors:  Mrs Sian Taylor

 

Name:                                  Mrs TRACEY APLIN
                                             

Date of appointment:             5th May 2021
Term of Office:                      4 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 2020/21: 11/11 or 100%

 

 

Name:                                 Miss 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 2020/21: 8/11 or 72%
 

 

Name:                                  Mrs NATALIE EVANS

Date of appointment:            17 October 2018
Term of Office:                     4 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 2020/21: 10/11 or 90%
 

 

Name:                                Rev SHANTHI THOMPSON
                                                

Date of appointment:           6th October 2021
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 2020/21: N/A 
 

 

Name:                                  Mrs ZENA CASSELS
                                              SAFEGUARDING, SEN & INCLUSION GOVERNOR

Date of appointment:             4 May 2017
Term of Office:                      4 years 
Appointed by:                        Elected by the 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 2020/21: 11/11 or 100%

 

Name:                                  Mr ASHLEY HENDERSON
                                              FOUNDATION GOVERNOR

Date of appointment:            6th October 2021
Term of Office:                      4 years 
Appointed by:                        Elected 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 2020/21: N/A 

 

Name:                                  Mr Kelvin Nash
                                              

Date of appointment:             6th October 2021
Term of Office:                      4 years 
Appointed by:                        Elected by the governing body,  Co-opted Governor

Relevant business and pecuniary interests (as recorded in the register of interests):  Principle and CEO and sit on board of Governors for Kendal FE college
Governance roles in other educational institutions:  Kendal College
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 2020/21: N/A

There are currently vacancies for two parent governors.  

 

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

Mrs Sarah Jones

Mrs Rachael Leigh

Rev Mat Ineson

last updated 19th January 2022