Our Governors

Meet Our Governors:

Mrs S. Midgley

Term of Office: Permanent member

As Head teacher at Park Primary School I am expected to be a member of the Governing Body. I find this role very interesting and it allows me to gain a clear perspective of other peoples views. Governors meet termly for a full governors meeting but committees meet more regular. At Park we have a Resources Committee who look at building, staffing and finance. The Curriculum Committee look at Teaching and Learning. Our Standards and Effectiveness Committee focus on the progress children are making. If anyone is interested in finding out more about being a governor I would love to talk to them.  

Mrs C. Tindle

Term of Office ends: 20-06-2023

A retired NHS Diagnostic Radiographer and Student Tutor/Mentor, I became a member of the Board of Governors at Colne Park Primary School in 2019. With a caring nature I take a keen interest in the provision of pastoral care within school and am the designated Link Governor for the Health and Wellbeing of staff and pupils, Attendance and Anti-bullying. As the Vice Chair of the Governing Board I sit on both the Resources and Curriculum and Standards Committees thus maintaining a broad overview of, and playing an active role in, all areas of governor responsibilities. I am delighted to be part of the hardworking Board, working alongside the strong and dedicated Senior Leadership Team, here at Colne Park Primary

Mrs D. Shaw

Term of Office ends:  10-06-2023

I have been a Governor at Park Primary for just over a year and enjoy the involvement and being a part of the school community.  I have previous experience of being a school governor and was a governor at a local high school for a number of years.  I work as a teacher in Blackburn and live in Colne.  I feel that my experience in education will benefit the children of Park Primary School.

Mr I Hindle
Chair of Governors

Term of Office ends: 25-02-2023

During 2018 I was requested to become a Co-Opted Governor for Park Primary School, my background is 45 years in the Aerospace Industry holding Director and Managing Director positions for the majority of that time. The intent behind the appointment was to bring a different or non-educational perspective to the issues facing the school and to assist the Governing body in discharging its responsibilities.
I will have a focus on the effective deployment of "pupil premium" monies.

Mr J. Ainsworth

I have been a teacher at Park for three very enjoyable years. Being a teacher Governor for Park is an immense privilege. Working with people from different professional backgrounds is a great way to bring new insight into school and drive us forward. As the leader of Science in school I am able to share my experiences as a subject leader and classroom teacher to help inform decisions the governing board makes.
 

Mrs S. Cross

Term of Office ends: 27/11/2024

My name is Sarah Cross. I am proud to be a governor of Park Primary School, having been a pupil myself in the 1980s. My 2 children were also both 'proud to be Park Primary'.  I am passionate about supporting children who have special educational needs, and this links with my day job as a Speech and Language Therapy Assistant.  I love spending time with family and friends, music, singing and ice-skating.

Mrs J. Greenwood

Term of Office ends: 20-06-2022

I thoroughly enjoy my role as a community governor at Park Primary School. It is interesting meeting people from different professions and working together to ensure that the vision at Park is to give the very best education to every child. As the deputy headteacher I am responsible for progress and assessment so I am in a good position to share this information with other Governors and ensure they understand the strategies that are involved in raising standards. 

Mrs R. James

Term of Office ends: 

My name is Ruth James and I’m a Parent Governor here at Park Primary. I’m very new to this role but it’s certainly very interesting, rewarding and I look forward to the journey it’s going to take me on. My family and working life certainly keep me busy. I enjoy the outdoors; walking, cycling and with the addition of a little puppy to our family I am having to quickly develop some dog training skills too!
What do Governors do?

Governors are responsible for overseeing the management and strategic direction of our school.  Governors are unpaid volunteers who give their time freely to benefit the school and its community, often spending around 8 – 10 hours each month on school matters. They are accountable to Ofsted, the Local Authority, Pupils and Parents for the performance of the school.

It is the Governors role to work with the Headteacher to ensure the accountability of the school and that the school uses its resources to benefit the school and its pupils.

Governors duties include:

  • Overseeing the schools financial performance and making sure the money it receives is well spent.
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
  • Leading the Ethos and Strategic direction of the school
  • Setting of policies to effectively manage the school
Governors Strategic Vision

Quality of Education
Our teachers have excellent subject knowledge and deliver an ambitious curriculum that meets the needs of all learners where wider reading and language underpin and support creative and critical thinking across our school community.

Behaviour and Attitudes
Our pupils consistently demonstrate positive attitudes and are intrinsically motivated and persistence in the face of difficulties. Pupils behave consistently well and demonstrate high levels of self-control ad positive attitudes to their education.

Personal Development
At Park we strive to provide a variety of rich experiences where pupils contribute positively to the life of the school and the wider community. We equip our pupils with ambition and aspiration, so they become happy and successful members of society and life long independent learners.

Leadership and Management
Leaders have a clear and ambitious vision for providing high quality education for all pupils. They enhance the delivery of the enriched curriculum where assessment is used to drive standards across school. Leaders are held to account by an effective and challenging Governing Board.

EYFS
Leaders adopt an ambitious curriculum so that children are highly motivated and eager to learn; showing self-control and respect to all. The language rich curriculum strives to foster the social and emotional development of the unique child as well as laying a firm foundation for the best possible outcomes.

How do governors carry out their role?

The governors meet all together once each term at the Full Governing Body Meeting.  There are 4 further committees where more detailed discussions take place:

  • Curriculum Development
  • Resources
  • Committee of Appointed Governors
  • Pay

They are also called upon from time to time to form other committee as necessary.

All governors visit the school regularly to ensure they have a good understanding of the school, its staff and its pupils.  The Chair of Governors will meet with the Headteacher at least once a week or more often when necessary.  Each governor is linked to a specific areas in the school, meet regularly with staff in their link area and receive bi-weekly updates from staff on their area. Findings from the updates and meetings are fed back into the full governing body meetings at regular intervals.

How is the Governing Body made up?

The governing body is made up of a representation of skills from a range of different backgrounds.

  • Head Teacher (1)
  • Staff (1)
  • Parent (2)
  • Local Authority Governor (1)
  • Co-opted Governors (10)
How to become a governor

When a vacancy arises on the governing body, an election tales place.

Parent Governor – When a vacancy for a Parent governor arises, all parents/carers of children at the school are notified of the vacancy in writing and the vacancy is also advertised on the school website. Parents interested in becoming a parent governor are asked to nominate themselves, by write a short piece about themselves.  Following this an election takes place where all parents of children in the school are invited to vote for a candidate of their choice.Staff governors are elected from the staff body by the staff of the school. The vacancy is advertised internally to all staff and nominations invited.  An election is held with each member of staff being invited to vote for the candidate of their choice.
Co-opted Governors are selected for the skills that they can offer to the governing body.  If you are interested and think you might have skills that would be invaluable to our school, applications are invited at any time by contacting Clerk to the Governors. When a vacancy arises for a Co-opted governor, candidates applications are reviewed and invited to speak to the link governor.  The governing body considers the applications against the skills required and a vote takes place on their election to the governing body.Local Authority Governor – Applications for LA governor are reviewed and discussed by the governing body and a vote takes place on their election to the governing body.

More information about becoming school governor and what the role might involve is available on the website of the National Governors Association http://www.nga.org.uk/Be-a-Governor.aspx

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Governors Declaration of Interest
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Governing Body Committee List 2021/2022
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Record of attendance at meetings

If you would like a copy of the Governors minutes of meetings please contact the school office. These will be issued as paper copies and there may be a small charge for photocopying.

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