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  • Governors

    Our Governing Body

    All schools in England have a Governing Body which is responsible for overseeing many of the strategic decisions of the school. A key role is to act as a ‘critical friend’: to support, to challenge, to ask questions, ultimately to represent the school community.

    The Governing Body works in close partnership with the Executive Head, Head of School, staff and the local authority. Whilst the Executive Head and Head of School are, of course, responsible for the day to day running of the school, the governors are involved with such things as staffing, curriculum, school buildings and finance. It ensures the school functions well and maintains the proper range of academic and social objectives.

    The composition of the present governing body, under the 2012 School Governance Regulations, was decided upon by the governing body and consists of:

     

    • The Executive Headteacher
    • One elected staff governor
    • Two elected parent governors
    • One appointed local authority governor
    • Seven co-opted governors

     

    The standard term of office for a governor is four years. The chair and vice-chair are elected annually at the first meeting of the academic year. We currently have two vacancies.

    The Chair of Governors is Mr Colin Lumbis, who can be contacted via the school office. The Vice Chair is Jayne Littlewood.

    Much of the work of the governing body is done by our Combined Committee and other working groups such as The Achievement and Challenge Working Party, The Finance Working Party and The Pay Committee.

    Parents / Carers can request an appointment to view minutes of Governor Meetings.

    • Governor Vacancies

      We are looking to recruit new governors for both governing bodies within our collaboration of Holgate and Sutton Road Primary Schools.

      We are seeking people with the skills and enthusiasm to engage in the improvement work of the collaboration and ensure leaders are achieving the best outcomes possible for our children. Working under the leadership of an energetic and experienced Chair, our governing bodies meet a minimum of three times per year, once each school term. Combined Committees and smaller groups of governors also meet as working parties once or twice per school term. A governor’s term of office is normally four years, but a governor can resign at any time.

      All you need is a keen mind and a desire to ask challenging questions in the interest of improving the life chances of children. A programme of induction, training and support is provided by the schools as well as through Local Authority Governor Services.

      If you are, or know someone who is, interested in volunteering as a school governor for one of the schools and would like to find out more, please contact Tracy Mullaney by email tmullaney@suttonroad.org or call:

      Holgate Primary & Nursery School on 0115 956 8281

      Sutton Road Primary School & Nursery on 01623 455920

      Alternatively, submit a letter expressing your interest which includes brief details of your experience and how you intend to make a positive contribution to school governance. 

      Please submit this to:

      Tracy Mullaney

      Sutton Road Primary School

      Moor Lane

      Mansfield

      NG18 5SF

      There is no closing date for this opportunity, as we always want to have an open door to good and talented governors. 

      • Governing Body of Sutton Road Primary

        The governing body of Sutton Road Primary School is currently:

        Name

        Appointed by

        Category

        Start date

        End date

        Register of Business, Pecuniary & Material Interests

        Details of Other Educational Establishments They Govern

         

        2016/ 2017 Meeting Attendance

        Full Governing Body Meetings

        Combined Committee Meetings

        Mr Colin Lumbis

        Governing Body

        Co-opt (Chair)

        30/04/2015

        29/04/2019

        No

        Holgate Primary School

        3/3

        3/3

        Mrs Nicola Davies

        N/A

        Executive Head Teacher

        01/09/2001

         

        Yes

        Holgate Primary School

        3/3

        2/3

        Mrs Anita Mehan

        Staff Election

        Staff

        27/09/2013

        26/09/2017

        Yes

         

        3/3

        3/3

        Mrs Donna Bamford

        Parent Election

        Parent

        30/11/2015

        29/11/2019

        No

         

        3/3

        2/3

        Mrs Claire Thorpe

        Parent Election

        Parent

        06/07/2017

        05/07/2021

        No

         

        N/A

        N/A

        Mrs Sally Harvey

        Governing Body

        Co-opt

        30/04/2015

        29/04/2019

        Yes

         

        2/3

        3/3

        Mrs Helen Darwood-Brown

        Governing Body

        Co-opt

        30/04/2015

        29/04/2019

        Yes

         

        3/3

        3/3

        Mrs Lesley Humphrey

        Governing Body

        Co-opt

        30/04/2015

        29/04/2019

        No

         

        1/3

        3/3

        Miss Jayne Littlewood

        Governing Body

        Co-opt

        30/04/2015

        29/04/2019

        No

        Abbey Primary School

        2/3

        3/3

        Dr David Robinson

        Governing Body

        Co-opt

        30/11/2015

        29/11/2019

        No

         

        3/3

        1/3

        Mrs Pennymae Gill-Varney

        Governing Body

        Co-opt

        30/04/2015

        29/11/2019

        No

         

        2/3

        0/3

        Miss Tracy Mullaney

        Governing Body

        Associate

        02/04/2015

        01/04/2019

        Yes

        Holgate Primary School

        3/3

        3/3

        Mr Andrew Parker

        Governing Body

        Associate

        20/03/2017

        19/03/2021

        No

         

        1/2

        2/2

        Mrs Anja Knott

        Governing Body

        Associate

        06/07/2017

        05/07/2021

        No

         

        N/A

        N/A

         

        There is 1 Local Authority Governor vacancy.

        Governors who have left within the past 12 months: 

        • Leigh-Anne Higgins, Local Authority, appointed 01/03/2017, left 27/03/2017, attended 2/2 Combined Committee 2/2 Full Governing Body Meetings
        • Joanne Lord, Associate, appointed 20/03/2017, left 12/10/2017, attended 2/2 Combined Committee & 1/2 Full Governing Body Meetings
        • Paul Scattergood, Parent, appointed 30/04/2013, term of office ended 29/04/2017, attended 0/2 Combined Committee & 2/2 Full Governing Body Meetings