Much of the work of a Governing body is conducted in meetings and it is important that they are productive for all concerned.

In addition to the full Governing body, which meets at least once a quarter, there are three standing committees of the Governing body:

  • Resources (Chair Mrs Pat Hunter)
  • Ethos, Welfare & Admissions (Chair Archdeacon Peter Townley)
  • Teaching, Learning, & Curriculum (Chair Mrs Debbie Cartwright)

Committees Terms & Reference

Other committees meet on an ad hoc basis when required:

  • Staff Dismissal Committee
  • Staff Dimissal Appeal Committee
  • Disciplinary Committee
  • Redundancy Committee
  • Redundancy Appeal Committee

Link Governors

There are also working groups of Governors who at least once a quarter link in to various members of the senior and middle managment teams responsible for:

Safeguarding and Child protection Mrs Debbie Cartwright
Special Education Needs Mrs Julia Jones
Finance Mrs Sue Burton
Health and Safety Mrs Pat Hunter
Headteacher Performance Management Mrs Sue Burton, Mrs Jane Willis
Ethos and Spirituality Archdeacon Peter Townley,  Mr Simon Frow
Teaching and Learning/ Mrs Debbie Cartwright
Primary Phase Mrs Sue Burton and Mrs Tracy Cheetham
Pupil Premium Archdeacon Peter Townley
Looked After Children TBC


These link Governors make brief reports to the relevant standing committees and these reports are also circulated to all the governors.
All committee meetings and Ordinary Governing Body meetings are clerked by the Local Authority’s School Organisation and Governance Team.

Please click on the link below for the Committee Membership of the Governing Body as at 1/1/2018

Governing Body Committee Membership


Guidance for anyone considering appointment as a Governor

On 12 January 2017 The Department for Education has published the new Governance Handbook [Ref: DFE-00022-2017] and non-statutory competency framework [Ref: DFE-00021-2017]. The new handbook replaces the November 2015 version and includes updated information on governor roles, ensuring financial propriety, and transparency. The competencies are grouped according to the six features of effective governance.

These two very important documents may be found at: