Governors

 

 

Mrs Maggie Fearnley  Head Teacher
Mr William Walton Chair of Governors

A retired Senior Manager within Social Services, Bill has been a Governor for 35 years. He was nominated by one of the local Councillors and has seen the transition from Local Authority decision making to the current system which allows the school and governing body to make vital decisions.

Not one to describe himself as academic, Bill has realised through his career the importance of education in all stages of life however feels it is essential to obtain a good grounding at school and hopes to pass on his experience and learnings to support the next generation.

He sees the role as a supportive and challenging one; working with the Head Teacher and leading the governing body in all aspects of running the school. Bill talks passionately about ‘his’ school and his aspirations to take one step at a time, being realistic when supporting children and their families through the education journey.

“We have some real success stories at the school and I’m particularly proud of how the children have achieved at sport; learning that they succeed when they work hard. People often tell me how well behaved our children are and that is something that is reflected whenever I am in the school.”

Mrs Barbara Rolfe Vice Chair of Governors
Mr Keith Davies LA Governor

Keith has enjoyed a fruitful career well and truly fixed within the community. Having served in the Army, been employed at the steel works, where he provided support as a Shop Steward, and also an active member of the local Labor Party; Keith brings a wealth of knowledge and community spirit to the role.

Whilst working for the Local Education Authority, Keith was keen to become involved in Roseberry as it is in his catchment area and he is a believer that primary education is where the seed is sewn for our future generation to thrive.

He brings extensive knowledge to the board and is encouraged by children who commit to make the most of their education. Keith is also a Caretaker at Northfield School giving him the luxury of seeing the results of the foundations set at Roseberry Primary as children progress through their education.

“Roseberry Primary is a friendly place which promotes good behavior and offers encouragement to the children.”

Mrs Trish Murray Staff Governor

When her son attended the school, Trish was keen to become more involved, offer a parent voice and understand why decisions were made. She is motivated by seeing the children grow and progress through their school journey and witness how the decisions made have a positive impact on their education.

In her role as a Governor, she is keen to make a difference, challenge decisions, offer encouragement and support the Head Teacher. She also enjoys her work as a Senior Lunchtime Supervisor, perfectly placing her to provide informed input to the board.
Trish intends to stay in the role as long as she can offer a valuable contribution.

“Roseberry is a lovely school, providing a great environment to encourage our passionate children” 

Miss Cathryn McCabe Community Governor

Becoming a Governor was a natural progression for Cathryn; as Deputy Head of the school, she was keen to play a bigger part within the school and be involved in the decision making process. Driven by her belief that all children should be given the best possible start in life and her desire to ensure everything is done to a high standard, Catheryn is keen to ensure the children have an opportunity to progress and reach their potential. She enjoys being part of the team of staff and Governors and thinks this offers her a unique insight into the importance of making the correct decision, witnessing first hand the difference to the children. She feels privileged to see the children progress through their school career and watch them grow both academically and personally.
“Roseberry offers a safe environment for children to learn in whilst showing them every opportunity possible to expand themselves. It’s a pleasure to be involved.”

Mr Paul Murray Parent Governor appointed as Co-Opted Governor
Mrs Rachel O’Riordan Parent Governor
Mr Paul Bennett Parent Governor
Mrs Kelly Stead Parent Governor
Mrs P Anderson Parent Governor
Mrs Elizabeth Hope Parent Governor

Elizabeth combines her role as Governor with her day job as a Teaching Assistant at Ash Trees Academy. Having two children at Roseberry Primary, she sees her role as bridging the gap between the school and the parents.

She feels it is encouraging to see the enthusiasm of the children and the passion and commitment of the staff to create a school that is forward thinking in its approach.

Keen to share her learnings from working with children with special needs, Elizabeth has been involved with the family forum and hopes to encourage the family link within the school, placing it firmly within the community.

“The school is a fun, inspiring and friendly place to be with pro-active, progressive staff that are committed to providing the best education environment for the children. It’s an exciting place and I am proud to be involved”

 

Governors’ Meetings

From September 2015, Governing Bodies are required to publish on their website, information about their governors:

Name, Category & Appointing Body Term of Office Committees Official Responsibility Attendance at

Governing Body

Attendance at

Committee

Nature of Interest Resignation Date
 

 

 

 

 

 

Pecuniary (you or a close connection – see point 1) Governor in another school/education establishment Spouse, partner or relative working in school or with business interests (see point 2.)  

 

 

Mr W Walton

Co-Opted

Governor

26/09/2011 to 25/09/2015

26/09/2015 to 25/09/2019

Resources/School Improvement/ Pay Review Chairman/

Chair of Resources

 

3/3

SIC:          3/3

RES          3/3

PAY          2/2

 

None

 

No

 

None

 

 

Mrs B Rolfe

Co-Opted

Governor

08/07/2015 to 07/07/2019 School Improvement Pay Review/Resources

 

Vice Chairman/

Chair of School Improvement

 

3/3

SIC: 3/3

PAY: 1/1

RES 1/3

 

None

 

No

 

None

 

 

Mrs R O’Riordan

Parent

Governor

20/05/2014 to 19/05/2018 Resources

 

 

1/3

SIC 1/1

RES 0/3

 

 

None

 

No

 

None

 

 

Mrs Kelly Stead

Parent Governor

27/04/2016 to

26/04/2020

 

 

 

1/1

 

None

 

No

 

None

Mrs E Hope

Parent

Governor

30/05/2014

To

29/05/2018

 

 

School Improvement/Resources

 

 

 

3/3

 

SIC: 0/2

Res 0/2

 

 

 

 

Mrs P Anderson

Parent Governor

03/07/2015 to 02/07/2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

2/3/ Sic 1/3  

None

 

No

 

None

 

 

Mrs P Murray

Co-Opted Governor

 

29/04/2015 to 28/04/2019  

 

 

 

3/3 SIC 3/3

Pay 2/2

 

None

 

No

 

 

 

 

Mr P Murray

Parent Governor

 

04/10/2012 to

03/10/2016

Apptd as Co-Opted Governor:

08/11/2016 to 17/11/2020

School Improvement/ Pay Review 3/3 SIC: 2/3 None  

No

None
Mr Paul Bennett

Parent Governor

04/01/2017 to

03/01/2021

 

None

 

No

 

None

Mrs C McCabe

Staff Governor

6/11/15

to 5/11/19

Resources 3/3 RES 3/2 None  

No

 

None
Mr K Davies

LA Governor

26/10/2011 to 25/10/2015 Resources RES: 1/1

 

None  

No

 

None 25/10/2015
Mrs M Fearnley

Headteacher

School Improvement/ Resources  

Headteacher

3/3 SIC: 3/3

RES 3/3

PAY 1/1

None  

No

None

REGISTER OF GOVERNOR INTEREST GUIDANCE

Governors must declare any relevant business interests as well as the details of any other educational establishments they govern.  The register must also set out any relationships between governors and members of the schools staff including spouses, partners and relatives.  It is important to address any perception of a conflict of interests by making clear where such potential personal or pecuniary interests might apply; this might be a conflict between personal interests and the interests of the school or the Council when dealing with outside organisations or individuals.

Note 1.           Pecuniary interest includes current employment, businesses (of which partner/proprietor), company directorship, charity trusteeship and other conflict.

Note 2.           Personal Interests can also include business involvement/company directorship or trusteeships or family or close connections to the governor (for example a company the school might have contracts with).

Examples (potential conflicts):

  • A governor whose spouse/partner is employed by the school – Should not take part in discussion regarding the school’s pay policy or any staffing matter that might impact on their partner. Both direct and indirect decisions might impact on the salary range of senior staff e.g. increasing pupil numbers.
  • A governor involved with any committee group, business or after school club who hire part of the school – Should not be party to discussion involving the use of the school or their charging policy.
  • A governor who is a supplier of goods or services to the school – Should not take part in decisions regarding the letting of contracts for that type of goods or services where a sub-contract relationship might exist.

The register of governor interests must also include details of attendance record at the governing body meetings and committees over the year and reviewed and updated on an annual basis indicating also when a governor steps down.

Associate governors must be included on the register and it should be clear when they have voting rights.

The school is required to maintain a similar register of staff interests that should also be reviewed annually – as specified in the NCC code of conduct.  Staff had previously been included with the governor’s declarations but in light of the governing body register of interests being required to be published on the school web site, a separate register should be drawn up.  Staff governors will need to be included on both registers.