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Role of the Governors



At Wolsey House Primary, we believe that school is a place of learning for everyone and that people learn best when they feel safe, and when we work as a team.  Good relationships and friendship are important to us, and we strive to build effective learning partnerships with our parents and carers to help us reach the best possible outcomes for all of our pupils. We recognise that we are all on a journey of learning. We want our pupils to enjoy coming to school and we want them to be challenged and inspired to learn. The work of our Governing Body helps realise these aims and ensure our school sets itself even higher goals on its journey of improvement. 


The Governing Body

What is the role of the Governing Body?

Governing Bodies exist so that schools are publicly accountable to local people for what they do, for the results they achieve, and for the way in which the resources are allocated.

Each year the Governing Body produces an Annual Report which is sent to all parents, and there is an opportunity for parents to discuss the report and raise other issues with the governors at the annual general meeting.

What are the duties of a school governor?

Governors are expected to:

1. Establish and agree the aims and values of the school

2. Establish and agree policies relating to the aims, purposes and practices of the school (e.g. National Curriculum, SEND, Safeguarding, Behaviour, Attendance, Sex Education, e.t.c.)

3. Influence and approve the school improvement plan, and monitor and review the school's progress

4. Ensure delivery of the National Curriculum and R.E.

5. Advise and monitor the school budget


6.Ensure individual pupils’ needs are met, including those with additional learning needs e.g. those with special needs

7. Assist in the recruitment and selection of staff

8. Give parents information about the school

9. Produce action plans for improvement following school inspections

10. Establish and maintain positive links with the local business community

11. Support the day to day operational decisions taken by the headteacher

12. Promote the effectiveness of the governing body


13. Provide and external perspective, advice and skills


14. Appoint and support staff


15. Deal with complaints and exclusion appeals


School Governing Body Information

All state maintained schools, whether they are primary, secondary or special schools, are accountable to their Governing Bodies. They in turn are accountable to parents and the community. Parent and staff representatives are elected to the governing body; the local authority may appoint governors to the governing body and faith bodies appoint foundation governors in faith schools. Whatever the background or reason for appointment for individual Governors, the Governing Body as a whole fulfils a critical role in the effective leadership and management of a school.

The governors' role is vitally important. It is not about rubber stamping decisions or about fundraising. School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability. Governors appoint the head teacher and are responsible for the performance management of the head teacher.  It is governors who are responsible for the finances in schools and in ensuring that these are used to the maximum benefit of all pupils.


Governors have three key roles in raising and maintaining standards in school:

1. Setting strategic direction.

Responsibility for the day to day management of the school lies with the Headteacher or Principal. The Governing Body is responsible for working with the leaders in school to ensure there is a longer term view, or strategy, for school improvement.

2. Ensuring accountability.

The Governing Body holds the school to account via:

Undertaking the Performance Management of the Head teacher. This is normally allocated to three Governors who carry out a review in the autumn term (beginning of the academic year) often with external professional support. An over-view is reported to the full Governing Body.

Referring to the Headteacher’s Report to Governors. This is normally a termly agenda item and will follow a set format. It is an opportunity for Governors to then seek clarification, offer challenge and refer information in the report to the School Improvement/Development Plan. The report should contain information on school developments; any staffing changes; assessment procedures, test and exam results; records of bullying and any safeguarding issues.

The Governing Body also holds the school to account via:

Using the School Improvement Plan to monitor developments and ensure actions are carried out on schedule. This should be referred to regularly in Governing Body meetings

Monitoring and checking the budget and allocation of funds. Often a sub-committee will have an over-view of finances and will report to the full Governing Body.

Visiting the school to monitor the work that goes on, normally with a focus on specific issues linked to school improvement.

Using data produced by the school and from RAISE online to compare attainment and achievement against national standards.

The Governing Body plan to further develop our methods of communication with parents/carers by sharing information about our work and respond to their concerns or ideas:

  • Regular newsletter

  • Governing Body page on the school website, perhaps with minutes of meetings

  • Governor presence at events such as parental consultation evenings, school productions, sporting events and assemblies

  • Twitter or Facebook account

  • Posters around school about any major developments

    3. Monitoring and evaluating school performance.

    Our Governing Body has assigned  Governors to  specific curriculum areas, aspects or subjects.

    There are a number of ways that monitoring can take place:

  • Observing lessons (with other staff so it can be discussed afterwards?).

  • Meeting with subject leaders and teachers.

  • Looking through examples of pupils’ work (work scrutiny).

  • Analysing relevant exam or test results (attainment).

  • Analysing and discussing the progress pupils make from their starting points (achievement).


    Governors’ duties towards children with SEND

Legal duty

The Education Act 1996 s. 317 requires Governing bodies of schools to use their best endeavours to: 

• Ensure that for any pupil who has SEND the special educational provision which his/her learning difficulty calls for is made.

• Ensure that where a pupil has special educational needs, those needs are made known to all who are likely to teach them

• Ensure that the teachers in the school are aware of the importance of identifying and providing for, those registered pupils who have special educational needs

• Designate a member of the staff at the school (to be known as the “special education needs co-ordinator”) as having responsibility for co-ordinating the provision for pupils with special educational needs and make sure they are suitably qualified

• Consult the local education authority and the governing bodies of other schools to ensure co-ordination of Special Educational Provision

• Inform the child’s parent that special educational provision is being made for him/her there because it is considered that he has special educational needs.

• Shall secure, so far as is reasonably practicable and is compatible with – 

a. the child receiving the special educational provision which his/her learning difficulty calls for,

b. the provision of efficient education for the children with whom he/she will be educated, and

c. the efficient use of resources ensure that the child engages in the activities of the school together with children who do not have special educational needs.




Position of Responsibility

Category of Governor

Term of Office

Committee Membership

Curriculum Area links

Register of Business Interests

Mrs Helen King




Finance & Premises

Achievement & Standards


No interests to be declared

Mr Steven Powell

Deputy Head

Staff Governor

term ends 30.11.2020

Finance & Premises

Achievement & Standards


No interests to be declared

Mrs Jenny McHugh

Chair of Governors

Authority Governor

Term ends 20.9.17

Finance & Premises

Staff & Pupil Welfare






No interests to be declared

Mrs Hayley Jackson


Parent Governor

Term ended 15.07 2016

Achievement & Standards



No interests to be declared

Mrs Beth Kitchin

Vice Chair of Governors

Parent Governor

Term ended

April 2017

Achievement & Standards

Staff & Pupil Welfare





No interests to be declared

Mrs Sancha Wallis


Parent Governor

Term ends 17.10.17

Staff & Pupil Welfare


No interests to be declared

Mrs Carole Walker

Chair of Finance & Premises Committee

Community Governor

Term ended 15.07.16

Finance & Premises




No interests to be declared

Mrs Liz Freer

Chair of Achievement & Standards Committee

Co-opted Governor

Term ended

April 2017

Achievement & Standards





No interests to be declared

Mr Paul Mowbray


Co-opted Governor

Term ends 2.12.18




Design & Technology

No interests to be declared

Mrs Lynne Cornelia


Co-opted Governor

Term ends 20.2.18




No interests to be declared

Mr Paul Ticher

Clerk to the Governors







  Mrs J McHugh                         Chair of Governors


I have been associated with Wolsey House Primary School for over thirty seven years. I have been Chair of Governors for four years and have previously been a staff governor before my retirement as a teaching assistant of twenty years.

Both my children attended the school during which time I was employed as a lunch time supervisor.

I am the governor responsible for Safeguarding, Music and PE.

Wolsey House has dedicated and caring staff both teaching and non teaching.

My hobbies are reading, card making and gardening.


Lynne Cornelia


I qualified as a teacher in June 1973 and started my career at Wolsey House in August 1973.  In July 2008 I retired from teaching having taught in Key stage 1 and the foundation Stage.  I also organised after school activities with Key stage 2 pupils.

I now work  two days a week in a secondary school organising and delivering the literacy intervention BRWP.


Liz Freer


I became a Governor here at Wolsey House a few years ago now, and it was a decision I am so glad I made. Being a part of the vibrant nurturing and child centred school brings both a sense of pride and accomplishment, especially when, as a Governor, you feel you have made a difference.

  As well as being a Governor,   I am also proud to be working with Speech and Language and Phonics intervention groups at the school, so get to be part of the wonderful people who support the children on a day to day basis. My background is MSc in Human Psychology with experience in community engaging projects, data analysis and the best job in the world, being a parent.

  I believe wholeheartedly that as a support worker, Governor, and a parent of a child attending the school, that everyone here is committed to creating an environment where children, staff and the whole community can be part of the great things that Wolsey house has to offer.



Picture 1 Paul Mowbray

Paul Mowbray


I am a father who is trying to figure out how to be a good parent but who cares deeply about the success and happiness of his children and their peers. Professionally I have spent the last 13 years creating award-winning educational science films for audiences of all ages which are screened in planetariums around the world and inspire the next generation of big thinkers and makers.


As a proud parent governor since November 2014 I use my drive and motivation to challenge and encourage the Wolsey House team to attain and maintain excellence in all areas of the school. My particular curriculum interests are in Computing, Design & Technology and Science, which is where I can offer the most insight from my professional experience.


I have a BA (Hons) degree in Computer Animation and Visualisation from Bournemouth University. I was born in Derbyshire, raised in Nottinghamshire, with grand parents from Yorkshire and have lived in Leicestershire since 2003 with my beautiful wife Helen, strong minded daughter Edi (4) and lively son Falcon (1).


I always give honest and constructive critique but maintain a positive outlook. I have both a creative and technical background, areas that I think must be combined in an ever-complicated world to be successful and make the most of the opportunities around us.