Details of our Governing Body for 2016 – 2017 Academic Year


Register of Pecuniary Interests for our Governing Body


What is the role of a school governor?

The role of the school governor is demanding but very rewarding and is a good way to give back to your local community.  School governing bodies are responsible for working with the school to ensure that it delivers a good quality education. Together with the headteacher, who is responsible for day-to-day management, they set the school’s aims and policies.

They also carry out a number of other important duties, which include:

  • Determining how the school’s budget is spent
  • The appointing and dismissing of staff
  • Hearing appeals and grievances
  • Forming policy on the school’s curriculum and collective worship
  • Setting standards for pupils’ behaviour and discipline
  • Making sure school buildings are welcoming and safe
  • Setting and monitoring the school’s aims and policies

Who can be a school governor? 

You don’t have to have children at the school to be a governor. However, you do have to be over 18, and pass a formal check for your suitability to be within a school.  No specific qualifications are required but there are certain expectations. What’s really important is that you have energy, enthusiasm, time and a real desire to help provide children with the best possible education.

Governors come from all sections of the community, and all walks of life. They can be parents, staff at the school, residents in the locality or representatives of local churches or businesses. It is important that you can work as part of a team, and can give commitment to the school.

There are usually, depending on the size of the school, between 9 – 20 people who make up the governing body. Advice, support and training for the role is given by the council. Some governors are elected by parents, some are appointed by the governing body itself, the local authority or local churches. This ensures governing bodies reflect the communities they serve.

Term of office and meetings 

The term of office for a school governor is normally four years. Most schools have a full governing body meeting once a term (for approximately 2 hours). At the Autumn term meeting the Chair and Vice Chair are elected and the composition of sub committees is determined. You may also join a committee which usually meets once a term. Most governors find they usually attend meetings or visit a school three or four times each term. You may be invited to special occasions such as assemblies, sports days, plays and presentations.

All Governors may be contacted via School. Home addresses are not published for reasons of security.


Details of our Governing Body for 2015 – 2016 Academic Year 


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Meet the Governors of Barley Mow Primary School

The Governing Body of Barley Mow Primary School is made up of staff, parent, community and Local Authority Governors. Their most important role is to lead the school and to make informed decisions as to the best way forward in learning and the use of finances so that all children get the full benefit of their entitlement to education at our school. The Governing Body are aware of the school’s strengths and areas for development and they ask searching and challenging questions so the school will continue to improve and to provide the best learning experience possible for every child.

The Governing Body is made up of the following people:

Mr B. Skipsey (Chair of Governors- Co-opted Governor)

  • Mr Skipsey has been a Governor since 2015. He works closely with Mrs Watson to support and challenge the school to ensure excellent provision for all children.
  • Mr Skipsey is responsible for strategic planning with the Head Teacher for maths across school.

Councillor P Foy (Co-opted Governor)

  • Mr Foy has been a Governor since 2015.
  • In the school Improvement Plan he is responsible for strategic planning with the Head Teacher of SEND, Pupil Premium and Sport Funding.

Ms E Kirton (Vice Chair, Parent Governor)

  • Ms Kirton has been a Governor since 2014.
  • In the School Improvement plan, Ms Kirton is responsible for Early Years Foundation Stage, Health and Safety, Attendance and Safeguarding.

Councillor C Simcox (Co-opted Governor)

  • Councillor Simcox has been a Governor since 2015.

Councillor N Weatherley (Local Authority Governor)

  • Mr Weatherley has been a Governor since 1999.

Mrs L Watkin (Co-opted Governor)

  • Mrs Watkin is a newly appointed Co-opted Governor. Mrs Watkin is a Deacon within the local Methodist Church. She comes in regularly to school to deliver Open the Book Assemblies.
  • In the School Improvement Plan, Mrs Watkin is responsible for strategic planning with the Head Teacher for English.

Mrs J Hawkins (Parent Governor)

  • Mrs Hay was appointed in September 2016.
  • As a governor she is responsible for Curriculum.

Mr M Timney – Co-opted Governor- Resigned October 2017

Mrs J Hay –Parent Governor- Resigned October 2016

Reverend Dr G Lloyd – Co-opted Governor- Resigned September 2016

Staff Governors

  • Miss J Moons (Ritzema) is a staff representative on the Governing Body.
  • Mrs B Thornton is co-opted member of the Governing Body.
  • Mrs L Oram is an associate member of the Governing Body.
  • As Deputy Head Teacher she has many responsibilities in school including Computing, Staff Mentor, Teaching and Learning.
  • Mrs N Watson also serves on the Governing Body.
  • In the School Improvement Plan, as Head Teacher and Governor she is responsible for ensuring excellent quality of teaching, learning and assessment, good progress in all Key Stages and the development of Leadership of staff and Governors.
  • All 4 Governors, who are also staff, bring knowledge and understanding of teaching and learning, of the school, of the children, families and community to the meetings and they work to improve the school to meet the needs of every child to learn and grow.

How the Governing Body Operates

The Governing Body meets termly to ensure it fulfils its statutory duties to run and manage the school and to provide strategic leadership. There are some matters which only the Governing Body as a whole can decide. Other matters are dealt with by a number of committees which also meet termly and which have been delegated the responsibility to make decision about many aspects of the work of the school.



Main Duties

Resources (including Finance and Staffing, Premises and Health and Safety)

Mr Skipsey

Councillor Foy

Councillor Weatherley

Mrs Watson

Mrs Kirton

Mrs Hawkins

School budget and all financial matters, appoint staff and deal with all matters regarding staff, safeguarding. Health and Safety including fire safety, repairs and maintenance of the school

Curriculum and Standards with Pupil Discipline

Mrs Oram

Mrs Watson

Mrs Moons

Councillor Simcox

Mrs Watkin

Mrs Thornton

Ensure teaching of National Curriculum, Admissions, School Improvement Planning, Understand pupil performance, attendance, exclusions

Head Teacher Appraisal

Mr Skipsey

Miss Kirton

Agree HT performance objectives

Appeals and Complaints

Any governor not on the original committee

Consider appeals against decisions made

Value for Money

Governors ensure value for money in a number of ways:

  • They work closely with school staff as part of the financial team to make financial decisions based on their knowledge of what the school needs to achieve.
  • They take often difficult but necessary decisions. However, they are open to new ideas and work in partnership with all involved in school.
  • They monitor and keep up to date with the school’s financial position, including contracts and Service Level Agreements, and are ready to ask questions, discuss options and take necessary steps to ensure good financial management.
  • They monitor the use of resources which support teaching and learning outcomes for children
  • They review pay policies and appraisal to ensure staff resources are giving value for money in terms of outcomes and achievement of all children.
  • The Governors have ensured that Barley Mow Primary School has achieved the Schools’ Financial Value Standard.
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