Governors

Northolmes Junior School is part of Greenfields Federation with Littlehaven Infant School. There is a shared Governing Body across both schools.

What is a School Governor?

Our governors come mainly from our local community and consist of three staff and two parents from across the federation schools, a governor representing the local authority and eight governors who are co-opted on by the governing body for the skills and experience they bring. No governor can act on their own without the authority from the full governing body and all governors carry equal responsibility for decisions made.

Our governors support the schools within Greenfields Federation by:

  • contributing to developing and monitoring the strategic development plan for the federation.
  • determining the vision, ethos, aims, priorities and policies of the federation, together with the headteacher and other senior leaders.
  • ensuring all children, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities, have access to a broad and balanced curriculum.
  • using relevant data, feedback from leaders and external sources and the outcomes from self-evaluation to inform school priorities.
  • overseeing the staffing structure and schools’ budgets, including additional funding, to ensure value for money and that staff have the resources, training and support they need to do their jobs well.
  • when required, serving on a panel, e.g. appointing the headteacher and other senior leaders, headteacher appraisal, pay recommendations, complaints, grievances and exclusions.
  • ensuring appropriate procedures and policies are in place to safeguard pupils.
  • setting expectations for high levels of attendance and good and consistent standards of pupil behaviour across the federation.
  • ensuring the health and safety and wellbeing of pupils and staff.
  • listening and reporting to the schools’ stakeholders.


Who can be a school governor?

All governors are volunteers. You don’t have to be an education expert, but effective governors have the skills to challenge and support senior leaders and time to carry out their role, including preparing for and attending meetings and participating in visits to get to know the schools and monitor progress against school improvement priorities. To assist in their role, governors are expected to undertake face to face/online training provided by the local authority and other partnerships. The role does not stop at governing the schools; governors are an active part of the school community and regularly attend assemblies and performances, support school PTA events and help at parents’ evenings.  For more information on what the role involves and skills needed to be a governor, please see the Governor Job Description and Code of Conduct below. If you would like to express an interest in becoming a governor, please contact the clerk, Becky Atkinson, c/o Littlehaven School office.

 

 

GREENFIELDS FEDERATION GOVERNING BODY – 2023-2024

Our Governing Body consists of 14 members and operates with one committee.

Full name of Governor Governor Category Date of current Appointment or Election Source of Appointment (where appropriate) Term
of
office/
Roles within GB
Attendance at Full GB Meetings
(Sep 2022 to Aug 2023)
Committee membership Attendance at committee meetings
(Sep 2022 to Aug 2023)
Declarations on register of business & pecuniary interest Remarks  
Meriel Boyle Parent 12/12/23 Elected by parents 4 years n/a          
Sam Cox Headteacher 01/09/23   Ex-officio n/a Resources Committee n/a      
Gemma Hall Co-Opted 10/02/23   4 years 3/3          
Natalie
Highfield
Co-Opted 23/07/20   4 years 3/6 Resources Committee 3/3      
Janine
Kelly
Co-Opted 05/03/22   4 years 3/6          
Robert Mayes Co-Opted 06/07/23   4 years 1/1          
Julie Messenger Staff 12/12/22 Elected by Staff 4 years 6/6       Was Associate Member prior to election  
Helen Oakley Authority 23/09/23 Nominated by Local Authority 4 years 6/6 Resources Committee 3/3   Chair of Governors until Sept 24  
Linda Pettitt Co-Opted 01/09/23   4 years n/a   n/a      
Vacancies 1 x Parent Governor                  
Vacancies 3 x Co-Opted Governors                  
Vacancy Staff (Headteacher) This post has to be kept vacant because of the federation and there currently being only one headteacher.
Full name of Associate Member Committee Membership Voting rights Yes/No Date of Appointment Term of Office/ Role on committee Attendance at committee meetings
(Sep 2022 to Aug 2023)
Attendance at Full GB meetings (Sep 2022 to Aug 2023)* Declarations on register of business & pecuniary interest Remarks
Lyndsay Woodland Resources
Committee
Yes, at committee level 17/11/19 4 years 1/3 3/6   Currently on maternity leave
Kathryn Saunderson Resources Committee Yes, at committee level 26/09/23 4 years 3/3 5/6   Previously on the board as Acting Headteacher from Sept 22
Previous Governors  
Full name of Governor Governor Category Date of Appointment or Election Source of Appointment (where appropriate) Term
of
office/
Roles within GB
Attendance at Full GB Meetings
(Sep 2022 to Aug 2023)
Committee membership Attendance at committee meetings
(Sep 2022 to Aug 2023)
Declarations on register of business & pecuniary interest Remarks
Dave Hodges Co-Opted 28/06/19   4 years 3/5 Resources Committee 3/3   Term ended
Kate Leyshon Co-Opted 24/09/22   4 years 2/6 Pay Committee     Resigned 7/2/24
Mark Parton Co-Opted 24/08/20   4 years 1/5       Resigned 30/6/23

 

* Associate members are not required to attend FGB meetings

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