The governing body has a general responsibility for seeing that the school is run effectively so that it provides the best possible education for its pupils.  This has to be done within the framework set by legislation and the policies of the Local Education Authority.

Governors are not expected to take detailed decisions about the day-to-day management of the school.  That is the job of the headteacher.  A good headteacher will discuss all the main aspects of school life with the governing body and expect them to offer general guidance and challenge.

Governing Bodies include:

  • Parent Governors
  • Staff Governors (including the Headteacher unless they choose not to be a governor)
  • Local Education Authority Governors
  • Co-opted Community Governors
  • Foundation Governors

Governing bodies vary in size from 9 to 22 people. Governing bodies may also have Associate Governors and may invite observers (with or without speaking rights) or co-opt non-governors onto committees (with voting rights)

The responsibilities of the governing body include:

  • Promoting high standards of education and achievement
  • Planning the school’s long-term future
  • Setting the school’s aims and values
  • Appointing senior staff including the Head Teacher
  • Budgetary allocation and control
  • Safeguarding

The full governing body meets every term. We always receive a report from the headteacher and discuss key issues arising from this. We have 3 committees, which also meet every half term. Our Finance and Personnel committee ensures that the resources we have are used in the most effective way. Our Standards committee ensures that the teaching and learning is of the highest standard possible. Our Safeguarding committee ensures that appropriate systems are in place to ensure all children, staff and visitors are safe. We also have Governors with specific responsibilities; this includes Health and Safety, Foundation Stage and Special Educational Needs and Disability

As well as the governing body meetings and committee meetings, we visit school to see and hear about the things we discuss in our meetings. We meet with staff to look at particular areas of work that is being carried out in the school. A small group of governors is also involved in the performance management of the headteacher, which further adds to our understanding of how the school is being managed.

Sharrow School’s governing body is currently (September 2019):

Role Name Term of Office Responsibility
Chair Co-opted Governor Emily Pickles 8.11.16 – 7.11.20 Chair of Governing body, member of Safeguarding and Standards Committees
Headteacher Evelyn Abram Ex Officio
Parent Governor Miriam McAuley 22.09.16 – 21.09.20 Member of Standards Committee, Parent Council link governor, and
Early Years Link Governor
Parent Governor Jane McPhillips  1.09.17 – 31.08.21 Chair of Safeguarding Committee
Parent Governor Megan Kime
 1.01.18 – 1.01.22
Member of Standards Committee and SEND Link Governor
Staff Governor John Goodwin
1.09.18 – 1.09.22 Member of Standards Committee
Foundation Governor Ailsa Barr 1.06.16 – 31.05.20 Chair of Finance and Personnel
Foundation Governor Sally Green 31.08.19– 30.07.23 Vice chair, member of Finance and Personnel Committee
Co-opted Governor Lucinda Wakefield 1.06.16 – 31.05.20 Chair of Standard Committee, Parent Council link Governor and Governor with responsibility for Governor Training
Co-opted Governor Angela Reading 8.11.16 – 7.11.20 Link governor for Early Years and member of Finance and Personnel committee
Co-opted Governor Alejandro Ferrando-Gamir Member of Finance and Personnel committee
LEA Governor Hannah Boneham Member of Finance and Personnel committee
Associate Governor Steven Edwards 9.11.06 – 8.11.18 Deputy Headteacher, member of Standards committee
Previous Governors
Kevin Fletcher March 2015 – August 2019
Colin Havard Sept 2015 – Aug 2019
Russell Cutts         Nov 2016 – August 2018
Tory Harle        July 2014 – May 2016
Adam Whitworth Feb 2013 – July 2016
Dan Sequerra       Nov 2012 – July 2016
Lee Gordon      Sept 2016 – April 2017
Name Pecuniary / Business interests Other educational establishments where Governor/Trustee Relationships with school staff
Emily Pickles None Trustee of Sheaf Trust None
Evelyn Abram None Trustee of Sheaf Trust None
Miriam McAuley None None None
John Goodwin
None None None
Ailsa Barr None None None
Sally Green None None None
Lucinda Wakefield None None None
Angela Reading None None None
Hannah Boneham None None None
Alejandro Ferrando-Gamir None None None
Steven Edwards None None None
Megan Kime
None None None
Jane McPhillips None None None

Attendance at meetings

Name Full Governing Body meetings Standards Committee
27.9.18 – Outcomes
22.11.18 21.03.19 14.11.18 30.01.19
Emily Pickles X X   Apol     
Evelyn Abram XX   X     
Miriam McAuley Apol
X   Apol     
John Goodwin
XX   X    
Ailsa Barr X Apol  
Sally Green X X   
Lucinda Wakefield X X   X    
Angela Reading X X   
Colin Havard Apol
Kevin Fletcher Apol
 X   X     
Jane McPhillips X X       
Steven Edwards X X  X    
Megan Kime   X X   X     
Name Finance and Personnel Committee Safeguarding Committee
 06.12.18    28.11.18  
Emily Pickles
Evelyn Abram X
Ailsa Barr X
Jane McPhillips

Sally Green X
Angela Reading Apol
Colin Havard X
Kevin Fletcher X
Tory Harle


Last years attendance

Name Full Governing Body meetings Standards Committee
20.9.17 – Outcomes 22.11.17 28.03.18
 20.06.18 09.11.17  01.02.18 22.03.18
 23.05.18 12.07.18
Emily Pickles X  X X
X X  X
Evelyn Abram X X  X X
X X  X
Miriam McAuley X X X X
X X  X
Russell Cutts X X X Apol
X  Apol
Ailsa Barr X  Apol X
Sally Green X X X X
Lucinda Wakefield X X  X
 X X X  X
Angela Reading X X  X
Colin Havard Apol X  Apol
Kevin Fletcher Apol X  X X X Apol
Jane McPhillips X X X
X X Apol
Steven Edwards X X X  X X  Apol X X
Susan Atkinson X X X X
X  X
Megan Kime     X X X  X XApolX 
Name Finance and Personnel Committee Safeguarding Committee
4.10.17 26.10.17 Pay matters  29.11.17  31.1.18  26.03.18  21.05.18 11.07.18 8.11.17  07.03.18  13.06.18
Emily Pickles   X  X
Evelyn Abram X X X  X
X X X  X
Ailsa Barr X X Apol   X
 Apol  Apol Apol  X  X
Sally Green   X X  X
Angela Reading X X X  Apol X X
Colin Havard X X X X  X
X  X
Kevin Fletcher X X X  X
Susan Atkinson   X X  X

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