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.
I have over 25 years’ experience as a governor in a number of different schools and settings and am a member of the Leeds Safeguarding Children Partnership (LSCP) Education Reference Group. I have experience of teaching both at primary and secondary level and am currently manager of the Governor Support Service (GSS) at Leeds City Council where I have worked for 20 years. GSS is responsible for ensuring effective governance across all maintained schools in the authority through providing training and development opportunities, a clerking service and advice and support from governance professionals.
I am delighted to have been appointed as the LA governor at Wigton Moor Primary School in July 2021 and look forward to working with the rest of the governing body, the headteacher and the senior leadership team to ensure the best outcomes for all children.
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 the market research industry for 18 years and am currently employed as a Senior User Researcher at the Department for Work and Pensions. My day-to-day involves speaking to the general public and DWP staff to understand needs and wants with regards to DWP online systems, analysis and interpretation of data, project management, line management of junior personnel and presenting findings. Through working in research I have developed skills in leadership, problem solving and strategic planning which I look forward to bringing to my role as School Governor at Wigton Moor Primary School. I passionately believe that all children can achieve great things with the right conditions and with teachers that are able to focus on helping them grow. I am excited about the opportunity to assist the team in securing the best possible outcomes for pupils.
I live locally with my husband and two young children. Outside of work I enjoy family time, seeing live music and running.
I am an experienced finance professional, having qualified as a Chartered Accountant nearly 25 years ago. I have enjoyed roles in private practice and industry, at home and abroad, and have held senior leadership roles in corporate and commercial banking for the last 19 years. I am also a member of the Leeds City Region LEP's Business Investment Panel, advising the West Yorkshire Combined Authority on grant and loan applications.
I have two children at Wigton Moor and my wife is a former pupil, so as a family we are very invested in the school, hence my desire to use my experience to assist the governing body. My pastimes outside of work and family revolve around sport, playing football and road cycling on a weekly basis.
I have spent the majority of my career working in the NHS working in various areas including managing student clinical placements for medical students in Leeds and York, working in the National Institute for Clinical Research Network Coordinating Centre in Leeds, before moving to become Chief Operating Officer for a regional clinical research network across the North East and North Cumbria, and most recently as Chief Operating Officer for a business support unit in primary care. I have previously held the role of school governor for a primary school in Harrogate where I live, and am looking forward to bringing some of that experience with me as well as learning more about Wigton Moor through working with the governing body and teaching staff. I'm a keen swimmer, walker and avid reader as well as enjoying travel, good food and wine in good company.
I have worked in education all my working life and I am dedicated to supporting teachers, children and schools to improve and develop their learning. I trained as a teacher and taught in Suffolk, and then I was a consultant and Lead Advisor for Essex County Council schools where I provided extensive support for schools and professional development and training for teachers. Since 2012, I have worked at a number of universities on their Initial Teacher Training programmes as a Senior Lecturer. I was previously a governor at a primary school in Northampton. I have recently moved to Leeds and am keen to work with the team at Wigton Moor Primary School to support the staff and children, and in my spare time explore the lovely countryside in Yorkshire.
My whole career has been in Finance, initially with Arcadia Group for 3 years and subsequently Hermes Parcelnet Ltd for the last 15 years during which time I have held a wide range of roles which has included managing various sized teams and dealing with wide ranging topic areas including supporting non-financial stakeholders and ensuring their decision making is based on accurate financial data which needs to be translated to them in a way that is easily understood.
I have a son currently in Year 4 at Wigton Moor and a daughter who is now in Year 7 but also attended Wigton Moor through her whole primary school education. This link to the school has given me a desire to give what I can back to a school that has provided so well for my two children and I am hoping to share some of my skills and expertise as I take up the Parent Governor role.
As a family we are always out walking, cycling or exploring the local community.
I began my career as a criminal solicitor in private practice. I was then invited to join the judiciary part time in the social entitlement chamber. A further invitation came to become a Deputy County Court Judge before in 2003 being appointed a full time Immigration Judge. During my past part time appointments in the judiciary I also work as a part time lecturer in the law department at Park Lane College. After my retirement in 2015 I was invited by Bradford Council to talk to primary children both in schools and in the synagogue about the Jewish religion. I am an avid bridge player and cricket spectator. I am still involved in the education system as I have 6 grandchildren all in various stages of education and the youngest two still live with me.
Annual Governance Statement for the Governing Body of Wigton Moor Primary School
September 2021 – July 2022
The role of the governing body
Our role is to ensure there is clarity of vision, that the ethos of the school is well developed, and that long term strategic direction is clear and owned by everyone. We ensure this is done successfully by holding the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils and making sure the school budget is well spent by our overseeing financial performance.
We work very closely with the head teacher and the senior leadership team, who are also members of the governing body, and who are responsible for the day-to-day management of the school.
We are very proud of the school whose ethos is captured in the statement “at Wigton Moor School everyone learns, everyone achieves, everyone matters”.
The constitution and membership of the governing body
The constitution of the governing board is:
1 Local authority (LA) governor, recommended by the LA and approved by the governing board
2 parent governors, formally elected through a ballot of parents unless the election is uncontested
6 co-opted governors, nominated and appointed by the governing board
1 staff governor, formally elected by staff employed at school
3 associate members, appointed by the governing board for the particular expertise they bring to meetings (can vote in committee meetings)
We currently have vacancies for 1 x co-opted governor and 1 x parent governor and are in the process of recruiting. We are confident that these will be filled for the 22/23 academic year.
Our governors bring real strength to the strategic leadership of the schools through their skills and experience which include:
Type of Governor
Relevant financial, personal and governance interests
Governor at Cross Gates Primary School
Trustee at Owlcotes MAT
Members of the governing body work through two main committees. Attendance at these meetings and at the full governing body meetings can be seen in the appendix to this statement.
Teaching, Learning and Pupil Support Committee
The teaching, learning and pupil support committee has delegated authority for monitoring and evaluating the quality of education, including ensuring a broad and balanced curriculum is being taught. The committee holds the headteacher and senior leaders to account for target setting, pupil assessment and outcomes, and the quality of teaching.
The committee also has delegated authority for holding the school to account for pupil behaviour, safeguarding, attendance, children’s spiritual moral social and cultural development, children, parent and staff voice, equality and diversity, extra-curricular activities and cluster and other partnership work.
The resources committee has delegated responsible for staffing including the SENCO being suitably qualified, performance management, finance, property management, health and safety and risk management, including GDPR.
The current committee membership is:
Governors: Mike Allen (Chair), Elaine Bown, Nadine Bleasby, Julie Taylor, Kathryn Wilkinson.
Associate Members: Jon Goodall, Pete Hadfield.
Teaching, Learning and Pupil Support Committee
Governors: Jessica Mellor (Chair), Elaine Bown, Julie Taylor, Sharon Kelly, Andy Atkins and Kat Jury.
Associate Members: Gillian Dudley
Pay Committee/Performance Management Committee
Governors: Kathryn Wilkinson, Julie Taylor, Nadine Bleasby
Pay Appeal Committee
Governors: Mike Allen, Nadine Bleasby. Another member would be sought at the next FGB meeting.
This academic year governors have also been allocated additional responsibilities according to their skills experience and interests, and the priorities of the school, as below:
Impact of the governing body September 2020 – July 2021
The focus of these meetings was on the health and well-being of the staff and children and actions by the school were regularly reviewed. Governors played a key role in continuing to ensure that the school remained safe and able to function to the best possible provision during restrictions.
Governors were confident that in response to Covid-19, plans were in place to ensure all children accessed the curriculum remotely or face to face, with a wealth of information for parents on the school website. Engagement with remote learning was good.
Given the challenging circumstances, no Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2 assessments were taken this academic year. However, governors were able to monitor pupil progress. The school prioritised establishing the extent of any lost learning during the previous academic year through initiatives such as daily in class assessments and use of TLR’s recognising and picking up those not on track. Discussions between the SLT and governors worked to evaluate the impact of lockdown and respond to the needs of school, reviewing and agreeing the catchup funding and responding to future plans to support those pupils in who had been most affected by lockdown and bubble closures. Writing development in Years 1 and 2 and writing longer pieces in KS2 were identified as areas for focus. Interventions such as the National Tutoring Programme and using additional staff to support in this area were utilised. This focus on writing continues into the next academic year.
Governors welcomed two new members to the Governing Body this year and they have undergone the LEA induction training to obtain a grounding in the role and responsibilities of a Governor. We recognise the importance of training in equipping Governors for the complexities of education and changes to procedures and the ways teaching is delivered. In 20/21 governors attended a number of online training sessions including:
Where it was possible and respecting the pressure that teachers were under, governors did try and have some catch up meetings (mainly remotely) covering the following:
Through governors’ attendance at Teaching, Learning and Pupil Support meetings we have been able to ensure that all our pupils, amongst other qualities, could:
To ensure the curriculum was delivered successfully, each school governor had a special interest in a particular area of the curriculum. This involved focussing on subject areas such as maths or English or developing an understanding about areas such as the management of children with special educational needs and child protection.
Our Resources Committee focuses on school finances, staffing and health and safety. Working closely with the SBM, the committee reviewed and agreed the Schools Financial Value Standard, ensuring this was completed comprehensively before submitting to the LEA.
We have been able to set a balanced budget and realistic three year plan. This year, we have benefited from the change in National Funding Formula and seen an improvement in income, alongside an increase in Covid Catch up Funding. The Resources Committee has scrutinised budget setting and are confident that spending plans reflect the investment in children’s learning. Such investments include a refurbishment to the KS1 library and an upgrade in IT provision which will make the school more robust when accessing the Curriculum and supporting children during remote learning should this come into play.
Due to the age of the building Wigton Moor requires a schedule of maintenance and building improvements moving forward. This year we were able to undertake a substantial, £100,000 building work and have replaced the KS2 playground retaining wall and undertaken structural repairs and replaced roofing where necessary. Our aim now is to maintain the general maintenance of the school whilst also undertaking a programme of improvements to the school environment.
Members of Resources have, as part of their role, monitored the use of the statutory ring fenced grants of both the sports and pupil premiums. All members of the Resources committee have taken part in a self-assessment financial skills audit.
The year may not have gone according to plan but we couldn’t be prouder of pupils and how they adapted and handled such an unprecedented situation. We would also like to take this opportunity to commend Mrs Bown on how she guided the school through such a challenging period. In the coming year we look forward to being able to get back to some normality and being back in the school on a more regular basis.
Governors support the schools future focus on:
The minutes of Governing Body meetings can be read by contacting the office.