Governors work closely with headteachers, school staff and representatives from the local authority (LA).
Governors offer highly effective support and robust challenge to the school. The Chair of the Governing Body is very knowledgeable and experienced and offers clear, extremely well-informed leadership’ Ofsted 2014.
Welcome to Willington Primary School governing body. We are a team of voluntary elected staff, parents and other interested parties. We are responsible for making sure the school provides a good quality education for all children. As governors we promote effective ways of teaching and learning when setting the school aims and policies.We do this together with the headteacher, who is responsible for the day to day management of the school.
Here is a list of our current governors. For further information about each of our governors please view below.
- Councillor Gunn – (Chair)
- Miss Hine – (Vice Chair)
- Mrs Watson
- Mrs Wilson
- Mrs Reid
- Mr Read
- Mrs Harker (Deputy Headteacher)
- Mrs Walker (School Business Manager)
What do Governors do?
Willington Primary School governing body has a strong focus on three core strategic functions:
- 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.
Statutory Guidance for Governing Bodies
Willington Primary School adhere to the statutory guidance from the Department of Education. This means that governing bodies must have regard to it when carrying out duties relating to the constitution of governing bodies in maintained schools.
For further information please view or download the full document below.
Governing Body Committee Structure
|Name||Position||Committee||Term of Office Ends||Representing||Responsibilities|
|Councillor O E Gunn||Chair of Governors||Children's Committee, Finance Committee, First/Pay Review Committee.||14.04.2017||Authority||Chair of Governing Body|
|Miss S Hine||Vice Chair of Governors||Children's Committee, Finance Committee, First/Pay Review Committee||28.04.2020||Co-opted||Vice Chair of Governing Body|
|Mrs H L Wilson||Governor||Appeals Committee,Finance Committee, Children's Committee||01.06.2018||Parent||Chair of Finance Committee|
|Mrs L Reid||Governor||Children's Committee, First/Pay Review Committee, Finance Committee||28.09.2019||Co-opted|
|Mrs J L Walker||Governor / School Business Manager||Children's Committee, Finance Committee||31.08.2019||Co-opted||Finance|
|Mrs K B Harker||Governor, Deputy Headteacher||Children's Committee, Finance Committee||08.01.2019||Staff||Curriculum|
|Mrs J Watson||Governor||Children's Committee, Finance Committee, Appeals Committee||16.11.2019||Co-opted||Chair of Children's Committee|
|Mr M C Read||Governor||Children's Committee, Finance Committee, Appeals Committee||16.03.2020||Co-opted|
Record of Governor’s Attendance 2016 – 2017
Schools are now required to display a record of Governor’s attendance at meetings for each school academic year. You can also view previous years attendance on our website.
✓ – Attended meeting
A/A – Apologies sent and accepted by meeting
N – Did not attend
X – Not a member of the committee
|Name||Finance Committee Meeting |
12th October 2016
|Children's Committee Meeting |
12th October 2016
|Full Governing Body Meeting |
19th October 2016
|Pay Review Committee Meeting|
23rd November 2016
|Full Governing Body Meeting|
15th March 2017
|Children's Committee Meeting 7th June 2017||Finance Committee Meeting 7th June 2017||Full Governing Body Meeting 21st June 2017|
|Councillor O E Gunn||A/A||A/A||✓||✓||✓|
|Miss S Hine||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Mrs H L Wilson||✓||✓||A/A||X||A/A|
|Mrs L Reid||✓||✓||A/A||✓||✓|
|Mrs J L Walker||✓||✓||✓||X||✓|
|Mrs K B Harker||A/A||A/A||✓||X||✓|
|Mrs J Watson||✓||✓||A/A||X||✓|
|Mr M C Read||✓||✓||✓||X||✓|
|Mr S J Cornforth||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
How To Become A School Governor
In simple terms the Governing Body has three main roles. Firstly, to provide a strategic overview that ensures the pupils learn most effectively and achieve the highest standards. Secondly, to act as a “critical friend” of the school by providing the headteacher and staff with support, advice and information. We monitor and evaluate to school’s effectiveness and promote the interests of the school and pupils. Thirdly, to ensure accountability. We are accountable to parents, pupils, the community, the Local Authority and Ofsted.
Together Everyone Achieves More (TEAM), as part of a team Governors play an important role in improving children’s education and supporting the school’s staff. The post also allows you to develop new skills as well as applying existing ones that make a positive contribution to the community. Do I need special qualifications? No! You need interest, enthusiasm, time and genuine desire to support our students. Schools need people from their local community who can offer energy, experience and fresh ideas. However all your existing skills and experience will be very welcome and as you acquire more, you will be able to apply these to other areas of your life.
Can I become a school governor? Yes, anybody over 18 who has a child of school age. All applicants are subject to checks to ensure the safety and protection of the young people in our school. How much time does it take? Meetings are held once every term at the end of the school day and usually last and hour and a half. However, this may vary depending on the amount of committee work that you choose to do. Governors act as a team and support each other by taking on additional roles in order to be as effective as possible. How do I find out more? You can contact the headteacher or Mrs Walker in the school office who will support you in your application.
If you require further information on the roles and responsibilities of School Governors or you are interested in becoming one, visit the Durham County Council website School Governor section.
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