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 Education and 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 2017/18

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 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:  Mrs Tracey Aplin            
  • Vice-chair of Governors:  Mrs Jenny Woodburn
  • Chair of Resources Committee:  Mrs Jenny Woodburn
  • Chair of ESP Committee:  Mrs Tracey Aplin
  • Safeguarding & Inclusion Governor:  Rev Jo Hurst
  • Other Governors:  Rev Rob Saner-Haigh, Miss Julie Brookes, Mrs Natalie Evans, Mrs Zena Cassels + two vacancies.
  • Clerk to Governors:  Mrs Deborah Black who can be contacted at                                    d.i.black@btinternet.com

 

Name:                                  Mrs TRACEY APLIN
                                              CHAIR OF GOVERNORS, CHAIR OF ESP COMMITTEE

Date of appointment:             4 May 2017
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 2015/16:  6 / 6 or 100%
Attendance record at governing body and committee meetings over academic year 2016/17: 11 / 11 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: 8 / 11 or 73%

 

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 2015/16:   4 / 4 or 100%
Attendance record at governing body and committee meetings over academic year 2016/17:  11 / 11 or 100%

 

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:  4 / 4 or 100%
Attendance record at governing body and committee meetings over academic year 2016/17:  9 / 11 or 82%

 

Name:                                Rev ROBERT J 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:  1 / 4 or 25% 
Attendance record at governing body and committee meetings over academic year 2016/17:  5 / 11 or 45%

 

Name:                                  Rev JO HURST
                                              SAFEGUARDING & INCLUSION GOVERNOR
                                       

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:  9 / 11 or 82%

 

Name:                                  Mrs ZENA CASSELS

Date of appointment:             4 May 2017
Term of Office:                      4 years 
Appointed by:                        Elected by Parents,  Parent 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 2016/17:  3 / 3 or 100% 

 

 

 

 

There is currently one vacancy for a Co-opted Governor and one vacancy for a Parent Governor  (September 2017).

 

 

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

 

Name:                                  Mrs Julie Cunningham

Date of appointment:             4 February 2016
Resigned from Office             31 July 2017

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:  3 / 11 or 27%

 

Name:                                 Mrs Kath Pink

Date of appointment:           1 September 2016
Term of Office:                    31 July 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:  5 / 11 or 46%

 

Name:                                  Mrs Frances Watkins

Date of appointment:            2 February 2017 
Resigned from Office            31 July 2017
Appointed by:                      Appointed by the 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 2016/17:  3 / 7 or 43% 

 

Name:                                  Mr ASHLEY MAGEAN

Date of appointment:             4 May 2017
Resigned from Office              15 September 2017 
Appointed by:                       Elected by Parents,  Parent 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 2016/17:  2 / 3 or 67%