Local Governing Body

School Governors are the largest group of volunteers in the country who work closely with leaders in school for a period of 4 years from their appointment. Parent Governors are elected by parents of children in the school and are vital to a Governing Body because they are reresentatives of the parents and carers of our school community.

Governors are people who wish to make a positive contribution to the school and the education of its children. They will contribute to the strategic direction of the school and the educational achievements of its pupils. A Governing Body’s overriding responsibility is to work in partnership with the Headteacher to promote continuous strategic improvement in the performance of the school. This involves the establishment of a development plan, the setting of challenging but achievable  targets and the interpretation of information to assess progress and determine appropriate action. Aligned to its improvement role, the Governing Body is there to be a ‘critical friend’ who will provide the right balance between supporting and challenging the performance of both the Headteacher and the school. The Governing Body will  hold the school to account for the standards and progress it achieves.  Governors take an active role in reviewing the Developing Excellence Plan, interviewing new members of the school team, performance management pay decisions and monitor how the budget is spent to provide value for money. 

Parent Governors are an important component in achieving an effective and well-balanced Governing Body. They are in a good position to understand the views of fellow parents but they are not required to carry out the wishes of the parent body, whatever these might be. Parent Governors are essentially representatives of the school’s parent community and have the same powers, duties and responsibilities as all other Governors. Any appointment as a Parent Governor on a Local  Governing Body is subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

We value the voluntary contribution made by our governors and recognise the importance of tinvesting in training which includes safeguarding, induction for new governors, updates from Rose Learning Trust and The National Governance Association. Specific training is accessed for link govenror roles and the Chair of Governors attends termly meetings with chairs from other schools in the trust to ask and answer questions prior to each Local Govenring Body Meeting. Each governor completes a skill audit with their strengths, knoweldge and experience to help shape Link Govenor Roles across the Governing Body. 

Get to know our Governors

Click on the link for each governor to find out more about each person including their role within the governing body, and their personal experiences. .   

Governor Information 

Chair and Vice Chair

Name of Chair  Date of Appointment  Date of Resignation 
Stephen Burnage  23.06.2021  
Name of Vice Chair  Date of Appointment  Date of Resignation 
Katy Parker  23.06.2021  

Local Governing Body

Name

Appointed by:

Governor Board

Elected by school staff

Elected by parents

Category of Governor

Governor, Staff, parent

Term of Office

From

Term of Office

To

Date of Resignation
Emma Cooke Ex-officio Head teacher 01/09/2014    
Stephen Burnage Governing Body Governor 23/06/2021 22/06/2025  
Katy Parker Parents Parent 26/06/2019 25/06/2023  
Ian Straw Governing Body Governor 30/11/2020 29/11/2024  
Niall Balmer  Governing Body Governor 30/11/2020 29/11/2024  
Luke Liddle  Governing Body Governor 30/11/2020 29/11/2024  
Derry Drake Staff Staff Governor 24/02/2021 23/02/2025  

Governors who have resigned over the last 12 months

Name Appointed by Category of Governor

Term of Office

From

Term of Office

To

Date of Resignation
Laura Talbot Staff Staff Governor 20/01/2017 19/01/2021 19/01/2021
Amanda Webster Governing Body Governor 08/11/2017 17/12/2020 17/12/2020
Hannah Freeman Governing Body Governor 13/06/2017 12/06/2021 12/06/2021

Declarations of Interest (to include governance roles in other educational institutions

Governors

Date confirmed on Governor Hub

Entity

(Company)

Nature

(i.e., Director, employee, governor)

Notes From To
Emma Cooke 22/06/2021 None        
Stephen Burnage 23/06/2021 None        
Katy Parker 23/06/2021 None        

Ian Straw 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Derry Drake

25/02/2021

None

 

 

 

 
Niall Balmer 26/02/2021

Teaching Personnel

 

School Business Service

Employee

 

 

 

Supplier of education staffing to schools and academies.

 

 

02/05/2016

 

 

 

 

Helen Wetherall

Clerk

17/11/2020

I am working for Chester Diocesan Academy Trust

 

 

 

 

 Attendance Record (2020-21)

Code  
Y Attended
N Apologies Accepted
NA Apologies not accepted
NS Apologies not sent
N/A Not required

Full Governing Board

Governors invited

Date of Meeting

30.11.2020

Date of Meeting

08.03.2021

Date of Meeting

23.06.2021

Date of Meeting Date of Meeting Meetings Attended Out of a possible
Hannah Freeman Y Y N/A N/A N/A 2 2
Rachel Hodkinson Y Y N/A N/A N/A 2 2
Katy Parker  Y Y Y     3 3
Luke Liddle Y Y Y     3 3
Ian Straw  N/A Y Y     2 2
Derry Drake  N/A Y Y     2 2
Niall Balmer N/A Y Y     2 2
Laura Talbot Y N/A N/A N/A N/A 1 1

 Audit and Risk Meeting

Governors invited

Date of Meeting

 28.04.21

Date of Meeting

07.07.21

Date of Meeting Meetings Attended Out of a possible
Hannah Freeman N N/A N/A 0 1
Rachel Hodkinson Y N/A N/A 0 1
Katy Parker  N Y   1 1
Luke Liddle  Y N   1 2
Niall Balmer  Y Y   2 2
Stephen Burnage N/A Y   1 1
Derry Drake  Y Y   2 2

Pay Committee Meeting

Governors invited

Date of Meeting

11.11.20

Date of Meeting Date of Meeting Meetings Attended Out of a possible
Hannah Freeman Y     1 1
Rachel Hodkinson Y     1 1

2021-22 Dates 

Local Governing Body Meeting  
Autumn Term Wednesday 24th November 2021
Spring Term Wednesday 2nd March 2022
Summer Term Wednesday 22nd June 2022
Pay Committee  
Autumn Term  Wednesday 3rd November 2021
Audit and Risk Meeting  
Summer Term  Wednesday 27th April 2022
Summer Term  Wednesday 6th July 2022

Rose Learning Trust 

Please see the link pages for Rose Learning Trust 

Finance / Gender Pay Gap Click here

Academy Governance Click here

 

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