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Governors

Welcome to the Governors page

Following several years of successful collaboration, on April 1st 2016  Bainbridge, Askrigg and West Burton Primary Schools (BAWB) became a federation. This means that we now have ONE Governing Board instead of three.

Please click here to read our Annual Governance Statement 2017

Please click here to read the covering letter for our Annual Governance Statement

Please click here to read our Annual Governance Statement

Please click here to see our governors structure prior to federation

What is our role?

Our role is to govern the federation without bias or preference towards any individual school. We all have a shared moral purpose and collective responsibility for the children, staff and quality of education in each school.

  • We set the strategic direction of the schools. We have a shared vision, values and ethos for our federation of schools. We make strategic decisions that are in the best interest of every child in each school.
  • We ensure every child achieves their best by rigorously holding the headteacher to account for the standards in each school.

  • We ensure the school finances are well spent and monitored.

What are our long-term priorities?

In planning the strategic direction of our schools, in 2015 governors produced a 5-year plan which remains in place for the federation.

Our key priorities are:

  • Leadership and Management, including Governance is outstanding
  • The quality of Teaching, Learning and Assessment is outstanding
  • Personal development, behaviour and welfare of pupils is outstanding
  • The proportion of pupils making expected and better-than expected progress is at least in-line with national averages.
  • Establish a sustainable model of school organisation beyond Collaboration.
  • Strategically address the outcomes of the Government’s White Paper (2016) – ‘Educational Excellence Everywhere’, including the academy agenda.
  • Maintain an outstanding Church School ethos in Bainbridge and West Burton.
  • Pupils, parents, staff, governors and the community have a voice which contributes to cohesion and school improvement.

If you would like to read more, you can do so by clicking here.

 

Who are we?

 

Here are the members of our BAWB Schools Governing Board

Name

Date of Appointment

Term of office

Category

Chair/vice-chair

responsibility

Committee

Membership

Business

interests

Relationships

Governing other places

Attendance

Record

(Sept. 2016-

July 2017)

Date

Stepped down (if applicable)

Appointed by

Charlotte Harper

 

 

Ex officio

N

School Improvement

Resources

None

N

N

13/13

 

 

Georgina Pickard -Sparne

27/4/16

4 years

Parent

N

School Improvement

Resources

None

N

N

12/13

 

 Parent Ballot

Derek Walpole

20/9/16

4 years

LA

Y

School Improvement

Resources

None

N

N

13/13

 

 NYCC

Richard Nolan

27/4/16

4 years

Co-opted

N

School Improvement

Resources

None

N

N

11/13

 

Elected by GB

Martin Garside

27/4/16

4 years

Co-opted

N

School Improvement

Resources

None

N

N

10/13

 

Elected by GB 

Cathy Bergs

20/9/16

4 years

Co-opted

N

School Improvement

Resources

None

N

N

11/13

 

Elected by GB

David Madley

14/12/16

4 years

Foundation

Y

School Improvement

Resources

None

N

N

7/8

 

Yorebridge Foundation

Heather Limbach

14/12/16

4 years

Foundation

N

School Improvement

Resources

None

N

N

8/8

 

 Diocese of Leeds

Mary Rose Kearney

27/4/16

4 years

Foundation

N

School Improvement

Resources

None

N

N

10/13

 

Diocese of Leeds 

Eleanor Harrison

27/4/16

4 years

Staff

N

School Improvement

Resources

None

N

N

13/13

 

 Staff Ballot

Laura Alderson

19/7/17

4 years

Parent

N

School Improvement

Resources

None

N

N

1/1 

 

Parent Ballot

 

 

 The clerk to the governing board is Dominique Adams and can be contacted via clerk@b-a-wb.co.uk

 We have a Code of Conduct which we have all signed up to. 

What do our Governors do?

Some of us are link  governors for specific areas:
•    SEND (Special Educational needs and Disability)
•    Safeguarding (including Child Protection)
•    Health and Safety
We get to know all 3 schools and the staff by vis-iting regularly, and attending assemblies and various events
We work in focus groups on a specific project (eg Federation)
We attend termly Full Governing Board meetings and other meetings that focus on resources and school improvement.
We take part on panels eg; Headteacher Appraisal, Pay Review, Pupil Discipline, Staff Discipline

We also undertake an annual monitoring programme of visits to the school which enables us to:-

•     shape the direction of the school in partnership with senior and middle leaders;

•     have an enhanced understanding of areas of strength and weakness so we are able to effectively support and hold senior leaders to account;

•     improve pupil outcomes;

•     secure statutory compliance.