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Governors
The Governing Board of Primrose Lane consists of parents, staff, appointees of the Local Authority and members co-opted from the local community. This helps ensure the governing board has sufficient diversity of skills, views and experience but does not mean governors of a particular category represent that group on the governing body. For example, parent governors do not represent the parents at the school and do not report back to them.

How do I contact the governors?
In order to contact the governors you will need to get in touch with the school in the first instance and they will make the contact on your behalf. You will not be able to contact the governors directly, but the school will treat your contact in confidence where appropriate and act as a mediary. If you need to make a complaint about the school and involve governors you will need to follow the school's complaints procedure.

The Governing Board of Primrose Lane
The Governing Board of Primrose Lane is made up as follows:

 

CATEGORY

END OF TERM OF OFFICE

COMMITTEE

BUSINESS or FINANCIAL INTERESTS

GOVERNANCE ROLES IN OTHER SCHOOLS

Beverley Lyn

Foundation

21.9.23

Resources

none

none

Bryony Boyle

Parent

26.9.24

Teaching & Learning

none

none

Catherine Holmes

Headteacher

-

Resources,

Teaching & Learning

none

none

Dawn Daly

Local Authority

24.9.22

Teaching & Learning

none

none

Fiona Meeson
(Co-Chair)

Co-opted

26.9.22

Resources

none

none

Jennifer Dalton

Parent

23.11.24

Resources

none

none

Michael Simpson

Co-opted

10.5.25

Resources

none

none

Paul Kurring

Co-opted

23.9.23

Teaching & Learning

none

none

Sarah Lord

Staff

22.1.24

Teaching & Learning

none

none

Shelagh O'Leary
(Co-Chair)
Co-opted 21.10.24 Teaching & Learning none none
Rachel Lewis Parent 1.9.24 Teaching & Learning none none
Majorie Boorman Co-opted 1.9.24 Resources none none


The role of governors
Governors serve for four years and the best way to sum up the role of the Governing Board is ‘eyes on, hands off’ and it is carried out through three main approaches:

  • being strategic – for example target setting, agreeing the ethos of the school, setting the priorities in the School Development Plan (SDP), ensuring that the standards of teaching and learning are as high as possible, setting the budget to support the SDP and approving policies
  • being a critical friend – including understanding school self-evaluation, monitoring and evaluating school performance, delegating decisions, recognising and celebrating the achievements of the school, being prepared to ask challenging questions in a supportive way, thereby securing improvement and being an ambassador for the school in the local community
  • being accountable – this includes being prepared to account for the school's overall performance and to explain its decisions and actions to anyone who has a legitimate interest, ensuring that all statutory obligations are met and reporting to parents and others on the work of the school including the achievements of the pupils.


The chair and vice-chair are elected annually by the governors at the first meeting of the autumn term. The full Governing Board and its two committees: Resources and Teaching and Learning, meet every half term. Minutes of these meetings are available from the school office. The Headteacher produces a report for the governors each term and these are also available from the office.
 

Governing Boards do:

Governing Boards don’t:

Set the overall budget for the school

Inspect the school

Decide on the level of pay for the school’s teachers

After visiting the school, report back on the quality of teaching

Decide on the number of staff

Authorise all expenditure

Help to decide the priorities for improving the school when the school development plan is being drawn up

Decide on how pupils are taught different subjects

Ensure the National Curriculum is taught to all pupils

Have the right to exclude a pupil

Compare the performance of their school to similar schools

Write the school’s policies on their own

Receive information about the quality of teaching in the school

‘Rubber stamp’ recommendations from the head teacher

Have a published strategy for dealing with parental complaints and concerns

Fund raise – this is the role of the PTA

Ensure health and safety issues are addressed

Run the school on a day-to-day basis – this is the job of the headteacher

Our governors don't just sit in meetings! They are proactively involved in the life of the school, many through their class link: visiting the class, going on school trips and celebrating special events, such as Nativity and the KS2 Production. To fulfil their various responsibilities, governors also undertaken focused visits to monitor a specific aspect of school life, before reporting back to their fellow governors.

Annual Governance Statement 
At the end of the academic year, the Governing Board undertakes a review of its work and this forms the basis of the Annual Governance Statement, which can be found here. It’s hoped this statement will help parents, carers and staff to gain a better understanding of what the work of the governing board entails.

Effective governance
At Primrose Lane we are fortunate to have such a dedicated and hardworking board of governors. Our governors are effective because they:

  • care about improving children's educational experiences and achievement
  • want to contribute to the local community
  • are able to work as part of a team and value the contribution made by different people
  • are willing to get the necessary training for the role
  • are willing and able to ask questions and offer healthy and constructive challenge
  • are open to ideas and willing to learn.


Thank you!
We thank our governors wholeheartedly for all that they do for our school! The additional time, thought and effort they put into being a governor is all on a voluntary basis and often in addition to their own work commitments and busy home life.
 

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