Welcome to our Governors' section.
Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.
Annual Governance Statement for the Governing Body of Wigton Moor Primary School
Chair: Lynda Wightman Vice Chair: Simon Williams
The governing body of Wigton Moor Primary School conducts its business to take account of the three roles of the governing bodies as outlined in the Governors’ Handbook:
The day to day management of the school is the responsibility of the head teacher and senior leadership team.
The governing body also ensures that the school complies fully with statutory safeguarding procedures. All staff have signed a record to confirm they have read Part 1 of the DfE statutory guidance “Keeping Children Safe in Education”. The governing body has familiarised itself with the document and are working with the safeguarding lead in school to complete the annual safeguarding audit.
The composition of the governing body
The governing body re-constituted in October 2014 and comprises 12 governors in total. Every governor appointed to the governing body is appointed on the basis of the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school. The number of governors in each category is determined through the Instrument of Government and is currently:
1 head teacher
1 elected staff governor
2 elected parent governors
1 local authority governor
7 co-opted governors
There are currently two vacancies for governors (1 local authority and 1 co-opted) with knowledge and skills in education.
The Governing Body operates with the following committees
Resources Committee – responsible for staffing including the appointment and role of the SENCO, equality and diversity, finance, property management, health and safety and nutritional standards. Committee Chair: Mark Bourne
Teaching & Learning and Pupil Support – responsible for teaching and learning matters including target setting, standards and achievement, SEN (including reporting annually on the success of the SEN policy), monitoring teaching and learning and curriculum provision. It is also responsible for behaviour, safeguarding, attendance, children’s SMSC development, parent and staff voice, extra-curricular activities and cluster and other partnerships. Committee Chair: Sylvia Craven
Pay Committee – responsible for the Headteacher performance management and ensuring the implementation of the School Pay Policy and Teacher Appraisal Policy.
Pay Appeal Committee – responsible for hearing pay appeals and ensuring a fair and proper process has been followed.
Attendance at meetings
Governors have good attendance at meetings overall. Apologies for non-attendance are considered on an individual basis; governors are aware through the code of conduct that non-attendance, which includes apologies not being accepted, will result in the removal of a governor six months from the date of first non-attendance. See the Wigton Moor Website for details of individual governors’ attendance at meetings.
The remit of the governing body and its committees
The governing body and senior leadership team completed a self-evaluation of the school in 2017 taking into account the July 2017 SATs results the school’s internal monitoring of pupil progress and attainment, changes to the assessment of pupils and the curriculum and the recent Ofsted report. The self-evaluation then informed our school improvement plan which has prioritised the following three areas:
Maintain the proportion of outstanding teaching across school
Quality of teaching
Increase independence and resilience of all pupils.
The behaviour and safety of pupils in school
Quality of teaching
Review assessment and standardisation of maths and English across school
Quality of teaching
The monitoring and evaluation of progress towards the priorities will be through the committees as indicated in the table below:
The following is an attendance record for individual Governors at meetings of the FGB and Committees.
The effectiveness and impact of the governing body 2016/2017
At Wigton Moor Primary School our Governing Body meets all its statutory duties and Governors are fully informed about all aspects of school governance.
All new Governors are required to undertake induction training when joining the Governing Body to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to effectively undertake their role. They are also allocated a specific area of responsibility appropriate to their skills with ongoing training provided in that area. The school also provides training to all Governors in safeguarding and the analysis of school progress and attainment data, which is regularly updated. A strong emphasis is placed on the training of our Governors to ensure they can develop their skills and knowledge on key topics and carry out their duties and responsibilities in accordance with legislation and best practice.
All Governors visit school regularly and report on their areas of responsibility. Governors actively involve themselves in the wider aspects of school life such as children’s performances, educational visits or in providing volunteers for special events and activities. This strengthens our engagement with the whole school including staff, children and parents and provides a deeper insight into wider school life.
The Resource Committee is responsible for finance, staffing, premises and health and safety of our school. We approve the school budget annually and monitor expenditure throughout the year to provide a balanced, sustainable budget that can continue to deliver the outstanding teaching expected at our school. We manage an increasingly challenging budget while retaining high quality staff. We also maintain the building and grounds to ensure it is fit for purpose and can provide adequate resources for the modern curriculum and needs of all pupils.
Teaching and Learning (and pupil support) Committee
This committee monitors the curriculum and the attainment and achievement of all pupils as well as behaviour and pastoral care. Governors check that the curriculum is broad, balanced, stimulating and relevant to the needs of all pupils while fulfilling the statutory requirements. By rigorously examining school performance data, including data relating to different groups of pupils, we identify areas of focus to make sure all pupils make appropriate progress. Governors also ensure that resources are targeted where needed. We have particularly focused on the provision for children with specific needs by investing further in learning mentors and other support staff and agencies. We also place a strong emphasis on maintaining high attendance levels by closely monitoring attendance and promoting measures to reduce unauthorised absences.
Governor Action Plan 2016/18
Review took place Autumn 2017. Progress and attainment show improvement over the last three years as evidenced through RAISEonline data. Areas of improvement have been identified and included in the school development plan.
Relevant business and pecuniary interests – None to declare
Simon Williams is married to one of the schools teachers Louise Williams.
Who we are:
Lynda Wightman - Chair
I worked as a primary teacher in a variety of Leeds schools for over 30 years. My last post was as Assistant Headteacher at Wigton Moor Primary School. I retired from full-time teaching in 2007 but continue to have a great interest in education generally and the work of the school in particular. I am enjoying retirement now with time to see friends, care for grandchildren, sew and explore Britain in our caravan!
Simon Williams - Vice Chair
I have been a governor at Wigton Moor for many years. I have worked in the retail sector for 20 years and worked for Morrisons in their buying team. Global sourcing; financial management; end to end supply chain; electrical goods, gardening ranges, Fireworks and Babycare are my areas of buying expertise. I am now freelance.
I have been married to Louise Williams many many years and we have a young son. Louise is a teacher at Wigton Moor.
As a governor I take an active part and I am proud to be part of an excellent governing body and team of educational practitioners who have played a significant role in ensuring that Wigton Moor is and continues to be an 'Outstanding' school providing a safe, rich learning environment for over 400 pupils.
Mark Bourne - Chair of the Resources Committee
I was elected to the Governing Body in 2016 as a parent Governor. This is my first appointment as a governor and I am looking forward to a long involvement with the school and the chance to develop the skills to enable me to become an effective governor.
I have two children at the school and Wigton Moor will be a large part of our lives for the foreseeable future. As such I value the opportunity to contribute towards its continued improvement and development.
I work for an architectural practice and have extensive experience in the design, construction and management of buildings. I am kept busy with work and family life, with a lot of my weekends involving either Lego-playing or DIY-doing; however, when I get the chance I like finding big hills to walk up!
Sarah Dal Pozzo
I joined as a co-opted governor at Wigton Moor in 2015. This is my first governor post and I'm very excited about it! I decided to become a governor because I wanted to contribute something substantial to my local community. Having been a young person's mentor, I have seen first-hand the importance of a rich early education for a child to go on to become a thriving young person.
In my day job, I'm a Regulatory Risk Consultant at KPMG. I work with financial services firms when they're implementing new legislation or trying to put right their past mistakes. Governance is a large part of this and, whilst it's a very different sector, I hope this experience will prove valuable to the Wigton Moor governing body.
I live in Roundhay with my husband, daughter and springer spaniel and I spend a lot of time going for walks, trying to tire the dog! Other than that, I like films, boxsets and having meals out. I am also a keen music fan and I particularly enjoy watching live music.
I am a co-opted governor and have been part of the governing body since 2013. I am a father of three. I have young twin girls and a daughter who attends Wigton Moor. Previously I have been a management consultant and I now work for NHS England integrating health and social care provision. I enjoy singing as well as zonal marking of the twins!!
I am the staff governor. I have been teaching at Wigton Moor Primary School for a number of years. My role as part of the governing body is to represent the voice of the staff. I am excited about this new challenge and I am looking forward to working with an outstanding team and improving the school even further.
I have worked in education in schools and FE colleges since 2007. I am committed to promoting high quality learning, progression and equality for all young people. I currently work for Leeds City College as a Project Officer and have recently joined Wigton Moor as a governor.
My experience includes: managing projects and their budgets; analysing data that affects the student experience; planning and organising events for students; working with internal and external stakeholders to support students with progression and employability; implementing initiatives to support staff and students with behaviour, attendance and retention; supporting with business planning, performance review and staff training and development.
I hope these skills will be useful in contributing to the governing body at Wigton Moor.
Sylvia Craven - Chair of the Teaching and Learning Committee
I started my working life as a teacher and then worked in Further Education when my three sons were small. I became Chair of a school governing body at that time but things have changed a great deal and I am now very much enjoying new learning at Wigton Moor where I hope my experience and skills will be helpful to the school.
Most of my career has been spent working as an NHS manager at Leeds Teaching Hospitals, both running clinical services, supporting services to become more patient focussed and managing both major budgets and major building schemes.
In my spare time I love gardening and spending time with my friends and family.
I have very recently become a parent governor at Wigton Moor and I am very excited by this opportunity. Both of my children are here at Wigton Moor after my daughter was allocated a place in the "bulge class" of 2015. We feel extremely lucky to be here and I want to contribute what I can to help support Wigton Moor to continue to be the excellent school that it is.
I live in Roundhay with my husband, two children, cat and a recently acquired crazy puppy. I am a GP and also have 4 years of paediatric experience in hospitals and the community, which provides a good background for taking on the role of Safeguarding Lead. I was also part of the team who attempted to bring a local Free School to Roundhay to address the local shortage of primary school places. This was a huge piece of work and I learned a great deal about education and innovative learning techniques which I hope I can now put to good use as a governor here!
I enjoy spending time with my family and walking the dog. We especially like our camping and walking adventures in the Yorkshire Dales.
The minutes of Governing Body meetings can be read by contacting the office.