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Who are the governors at Cherry Burton CE Primary School?

 

We have three foundation governors appointed by the parish and diocese. One governor is appointed by the local authority and three governors are parents, elected by the parents and one members of staff chosen by the rest of the school staff. There are also 3 co- opted governors. All members of the governing body are appointed for a period of four years except the head teacher who is an ex-officio member.

The Chair of Governors is Mr M Ralphs.

 

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What do governors do?

 

Governors oversee the development of the school but don’t manage it day-to-day. Governors are responsible for providing strategic management, being a ‘critical friend’ and making executive decisions.

 

The governing body makes sure the school provides a good quality education, and sets the school aims and policies together with the Head teacher. There are different categories of governor on a governing body, some elected and some appointed. This mix ensures a diversity of views and experience, but doesn’t mean that governors of a particular category “represent” that group. For example, parent governors don’t act as representatives of the parents of the school and don’t report back to them – rather, they bring a broad parental perspective to discussion and debate.

 

Governors are responsible for promoting high standards of educational achievement and enabling the head teacher and the staff to deliver these, as well as planning the school's long-term future, overseeing its aims, values and ethos, and monitoring its performance.  This involves:

  • setting the school’s vision and aims
  • establishing & maintaining the school’s ethos
  • setting the school’s plans and policies
  • monitoring and evaluating school performance
  • agreeing budgets, policies and objectives and making sure these are met

 

Meetings of the full governing body are held at least once a term, normally in an evening, with governors normally giving up around 6-8 hours per month. Governors can also sit on some of the committees that look at things like finance, curriculum, staffing and premises. Occasionally, being a governor can be hard work. There may sometimes be a lot of papers to read, meetings to attend and, sometimes, difficult decisions to be made. 

The Governing Body January 2017

 

Local Authority Governor                 Mr M Ralphs (Chair of Governors)

Headteacher                                       Mrs D Joy

Foundation Governors                      Rev. R Parkinson, Mr. B Fitzgerald, Mr. P Simpson 

Parent Governors                               Mrs A Cowey, Mrs K Thackray, Mrs R Mortimer  

Co-opted Governors                          Mrs K Hotham (Vice Chair), Mr P Granger

Staff Representative                           Mrs B Rowley
                                     
 

 

None of  the Governors have registered any business or pecuniary interests.

 

There are no material interests arising from relationships between governor or governors and school staff.

Governor Pen Portraits

 

 

Mike Ralphs – Chair of Governors

Local Authority Governor

Appointed by The Governing Body

Date of Appointment 3/11/2015

Term of office ends 2/11/2019

 
I live in Cherry Burton and was appointed a Parent Governor in 2011. I became Chair of Governors in September 2015. I see my role as one of supporting and encouraging the school to perform to the best of its ability whilst ensuring that every pupil has an opportunity to reach their full potential.  I support the school in as many ways as possible. I meet regularly with the head teacher and work closely with other governors and the leadership team to ensure that the strategic direction of the school will enable all children to enjoy school and learning. We are a good school with outstanding ambitions and have a governing body with a wide range of interests, knowledge and experience.  I am confident that the teachers, staff and the leadership team are well prepared for the challenges ahead to allow all pupils make good progress within a happy, safe and Christian school environment.

 
I have two school age children who both loved their time at Cherry Burton Primary School.  I was previously treasurer for Friends of the school for four years and greatly enjoyed helping with their various fund raising activities. My career background is in Banking, Finance and HR which are all skills relevant to today's important role of being an effective school governor.

 
In my spare time I play village tennis, enjoy running and rear sheep, poultry and bees.

 

 

Dawn Joy - Head Teacher

Staff Voting Head

Ex-Officio

Date of Appointment 1/1/2017

 

Pen portrait to follow

 

 

Katrina Hotham – Vice Chair

Co-Opted Governor

Appointed by The Governing Body

Date of Appointment 23/3/2015

Term of office ends 26/3/2019

 

I have been on the governing body at Cherry Burton for three years, first as a Community Governor and now as a Co-opted Governor (term of office ends 2019). I am Vice–Chair of Governors and sit on the Finance and Personnel Committee. I spend time in school each week supporting the children with their reading and have governor responsibility for Gifted and Talented and Modern Foreign Languages.

 

Following a career in magazine publishing in London, we moved to Yorkshire about 10 years ago and have three young children. I’m currently overseeing the comprehensive renovations and development of the Dalton Hall gardens and run a weddings and events business in the grounds. 

 

 

Rev. Richard Parkinson

Ex Officio Governor

Appointed by The Diocese

Date of Appointment 24/01/2014

Term of Office Ends 23/01/2018

 

I have been the Rector of St. Michael and All Angels here in Cherry Burton, Curate for St. Mary’s Etton and Dalton Holme, and Chaplain to Bishop Burton College since November 2013 having served as Curate at All Saints in Ilkley for three years in West Yorkshire.

 

 I am married with three children, two still at Cherry Burton Primary and the eldest at Longcroft Secondary School.

 

Before becoming a priest in the Church of England I was a business leader in retail – mainly in independent bookshops – and latterly working in I.T. specialising in network infrastructure. Originally from Northern Ireland and having lived in various parts of the UK such as Belfast, Swansea, Leeds and Durham (studying theology and the formation of religious doctrine on the way) I have a broad perspective on community and a passion for education.

 

 

Kirsty Thackray

Parent Governor

Appointed by Parent Election

Date of Appointment 24/11/2014

Term of Office ends 23/11/2018

 

I was appointed as a Parent Governor to our lovely school in September 2014. I have two children at Cherry Burton Primary school and they are thriving here.  I applied for Parent Governor as an interested parent, passionate that Cherry Burton Primary School reaches its full potential and that in turn our pupils do too.  I am chair of the Friends of Cherry Burton School (FOS) and I really enjoy working with the school and the FOS team, raising money for resources for school.

 

I am now a stay at home parent.  My previous career was in the Court Service.  I served 23 years in a variety of roles mostly in management.  I now re-upholster chairs and upcycle old furniture.  In my spare time I like to keep fit.

 

As well as being on the Finance and Personnel committee, I am the SEN, Art & DT and LAC governor.

 

 

Andrea C

Parent Governor

Appointed by Parent Election

Date of Appointment 7/5/2013

Term of office ends 6/05/2017

 

I have lived in Cherry Burton for 21 years and have one child at the school and another who left Year 6 in July 2015. Having previously been on The Cherry Burton Pre School committee, it felt a natural progression to move on to our school as my children had done and I am passionate about this provision in our village. 

 

I work full time and have a professional background in child protection and inter agency working and am the parent governor for child protection. I also have governor responsibility for school visits and am looking forward to joining Years 5 & 6 on their residential trip this term. During my spare time I enjoy being outdoors, which usually involves children, dogs, horses or a mixture of the three. I have worked in America on summer camps for deprived inner city children, camps in the uk and also escorted children to PGL activity weeks, which I hope will stand me in good stead for this adventure! 

I am on the curriculum committee and also have responsibility with Year 3 and music and performing arts. 

 

 

Bev Rowley

Staff Governor

Appointed by Staff Election

Date of Appointment 10/6/2014

Term of office ends 9/06/2018

 

I have worked in an admin role at Cherry Burton School for sixteen years and, since 2009, have fulfilled the role of School Business Manager. In addition to my management of all aspects of the school’s finances, I enjoy a pastoral role, supporting both staff and pupils in any way that I can. I feel a deep commitment to Cherry Burton School and like to take an active role in all aspects of its life. Out of school, I enjoy family-life and looking after my two black Labradors, Alfie and Lily.

 

 

Ruth Mortimer

Parent Governor

Appointed  by Parent Election

Date of Appointment 5/1/2015

Term of office ends 4/01/2020

I am an experienced teacher and department head.  My experience includes working in an international school in Madrid and in challenging inner city schools in Birmingham and Trafford.  My educational focus is staff development and teacher training.  I hope to use my educational experience to improve teaching and learning and increase pupil progress.   I am a member of the curriculum committee with a focus on literacy and physical education.  Personally I enjoy playing tennis, hockey and netball.

 

 

Patrick Granger

Co-Opted Governor

Appointed by The  Governing Body

Date of Appointment 25/1/2016

Term of office ends 4/01/2020

 

I have lived in the Cherry Burton area for 15 years and don’t think I will ever leave, despite working in London.  I work for a large investment fund management company that is based in the Gherkin in the City, so spend a lot of my time on trains!  I have been married to Sally for 4 years and have a young son, so most of my spare time is taken up with the family.  I was previously a keen rugby player and raced motorbikes, although life is now a bit more sedate.  Sally and I recently restored a 1972 VW camper van, and family Granger now regularly attend music festivals in it.  I am passionate about ensuring the young people at Cherry Burton Primary School have the very best opportunities open to them.

 

 

Brian Fitzgerald

Foundation Governor

Appointed by The Diocese

Date of Appointment 1/6/2012

Term of office ends 31/05/2016

 

I became a governor because I was keen to continue my involvement in school education at a local level, and to play a part in ensuring that the pupils in Cherry Burton VC Primary School continue to get the very best education.

 

My background has been in education: first as a teacher in London, Kent and Lancashire and then as one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors of Schools for some 20 years during which I was involved in inspections of many primary and secondary schools.  Since retirement I have continued to inspect and edit inspection reports.  I was also involved in publishing several geographical textbooks, and books and articles on residential care and education in collaboration with social services inspectors.  I believe that my experience is useful in performing as a governor.

 

 

Denis Healy

Foundation Governor

Appointed by The Diocese

Date of Appointment 1/9/2016

Term of office ends 31/8/2020

 

I have been involved with the school since the early 1990s when my two elder children went through the school. For part of that time I was a member of the Friends of the School.

More recently, my youngest daughter attended the school from 2011 to 2015.

 

I have a business development and marketing background, with  manufacturing companies. I currently work for the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, helping engineers at all levels to reach their potential. I am particularly keen to see primary schools recognise the importance of science, maths, engineering and technology in helping to shape future careers.

 

I also have a political aspect to my life, and in October 2016, I was elected for the Liberal Democrats as an East Riding of Yorkshire Councillor in the Beverley St Mary’s ward. I hope that my work as an East Riding councillor will provide a particular insight to my role as a governor of our school.

 

When I’m not doing the day job or being a Councillor, I enjoy learning the piano (I am working towards Grade 3) and relaxing with the family.

 

 

Val Holmes

Associate Governor (Voting Rights Curriculum Committee)

Appointed by The Governing Body

Date of Appointment 14/7/2016

Term of office ends 13/7/2020

 

I have lived in Cherry Burton since 1969, and my three children grew up here and gained a firm educational foundation at Cherry Burton School. I was a school governor here and later a Longcroft as they grew, and then returned to the chalk face myself as teacher of secondary English working in Key Stages 3, 4 and 5, and in the SEN Department. I am now retired but still an educationalist at heart.

 

As a long time member of the St Michael’s congregation I expressed an interest in becoming a Foundation Governor, with the reservation that as my family are now spread across the globe I spend as much as 4 months a year abroad. As an associate governor, I can serve on the Curriculum Committee, with a special interest in Literacy and Modern Foreign Languages. I don’t have voting rights in a full governors’ meeting, but can share the benefit of my experience and expertise.

 

My personal interests include creative knitting, reading, travel and family history.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laura Jackson

Co-Opted Governor

Appointed by Governing Body

Date of Appointment 23/3/2015

Date Stepped Down 25/04/2016

 

Phil Simpson

Foundation Governor

Appointed by The Diocese

Date of Appointment 16/4/2013

Date Stepped Down 31/7/2016

 

Julia Fielder

Staff Voting Head

Ex-officio

Date of Appointment 1/9/2014

Date Stepped Down 31/8/2016

Attendance Record at Committee Meetings for the Academic Year 2015/16

 

Finance and Personnel Committee Members

Attended

Autumn 2015

3rd November

Attended

Spring 2016

29th February

Attended

Summer 2016

23rd May

Mike Ralphs

Y

Y

Y

2 Katrina Hotham

Y

Y

Y

3 Rev Richard Parkinson

 

Y

 

4 Kirsty Thackray

Y

Y

Y

5 Patrick Grainger

 

Y

 

6 Denis Healey

 

 

 

7 Bev Rowley

Y

Y

Y

8 Sue Monkman

 

Y

Y

9. Julia Fielder

Y

 

 

 

Curriculum Committee Members

Attended

Autumn 2015

28th Sept        7th Dec

Attended

Spring 2016

7th March

Attended

Summer 2016

13th June   18th July

1 Andrea Cowey 

                                         Y

 

                              

2 Ruth Mortimer

 

Y

Y                              Y

3 Brian FitzGerald

Y

Y

                                Y

4 Val Holmes

 

 

                                

5 Donna Sandbach

 

 

                                

6 Sue Monkman

 

Y

Y                              Y

7. Phil Simpson

Y                                     Y

 

Y                              Y

8. Julia Fielder

Y                                     Y

 

 

9. Laura Jackson

Y                                     Y

 

 

Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings 2015/16

 

Name of Governor

Cat.

Autumn 2015

Spring 2016

Summer 2016

Percentage Attendance

Mr Mike Ralphs

A

Y

Y

Y

100%  3/3

Mr Patrick Granger

C

N

 N

Y

 67%   2/3

Mrs Katrina Hotham

C

Y

Y

Y

100%  3/3

Mr Brian Fitzgerald

F

Y

N

Y

 67%   2/3

Rev Richard Parkinson

F

Y

N

Y

 67%  2/3

Mrs A C

P

Y

Y

Y

100%  3/3

Mrs Bev Rowley

S

Y

Y

Y

100%  3/3

Mrs Kirsty Thackray

P

Y

Y

Y

100%  3/3

Mrs Sue Monkman

SVH

N

Y

Y

 67%   2/2

Miss Laura Jackson

S

N

N/A

N/A

  0%     0/1

Mrs Ruth Mortimer

P

Y

Y

Y

100%  3/3

Mrs Valerie Holmes

A

N/A

N/A

N

  0%     0/1

Mr Denis Healy

F

N/A

N/A

Y

100%  1/1

Mr Phil Simpson

F

Y

Y

N/A

100%  2/2

Mrs Julia Fielder

SVH

N

N

N/A

   0%   0/2