The Governing Body

 If you would like to contact our school governors regarding any aspect of school, please contact our Chair of Governors on the following email address :


Carolyn Brown
LA Governor
Christine Burgess
Co-opted Governor

Tracey Cole-Brownlee
Parent Governor

Caroline Milne
Parent Governor

Mrs R Wolfe
Staff Governor

Andrea Spensley
Foundation Governor


Sarah Taylor
Executive Headteacher

Sarah Webster
Foundation Governor

Laura Wild
Co-opted Governor

Instrument of Governance
Staff Governor
2 Parent Governors
LA Governor
 2 Foundation Governors
3 Co-opted Governors

Link Governors
Standards: Laura Wild and Tracey Cole-Brownlee
Business: Andrea Spensley, Sarah Webster, Carolyn Brown
Safeguarding / SEND / Child Protection / Central File: Chris Burgess and Carolyn Brown 
Ofsted/SIAMS and other inspections: Sarah Webster and Chris Burgess
Community Engagement: Becky Wolfe, Andrea Spensley and Laura Wild
Governor Training: Becky Wolfe
Induction: Carolyn Brown
Staff Discipline Committee: Sarah Webster, Andrea Spensley and Chris Burgess
Staff Discipline Appeals Committee: Governing Board of Grewelthorpe C. of E. Primary School
Pupil Discipline Committee: Tracey Cole-Brownlee, Carolyn Brown and Sarah Webster
School Complaints Panel: Sarah Webster, Andrea Spensley and Carolyn Brown
The E.H.T. Performance Management Panel: Sarah Webster, Andrea Spensley and Carolyn Brown


The Role of the Governors:

Our Governing Body is made up of parents, staff members, members of the community and representatives from the church. A governing body’s overriding responsibility is to work in partnership with the head teacher to promote continuous improvement in the performance of the school. This involves the establishment of a development plan, the setting of challenging but achievable targets and the interpretation of information to assess progress and determine appropriate action. Aligned to its improvement role, the governing body is there to be a critical friend who can provide the right balance between supporting and challenging the performance of both the head teacher and the school.

How do we do this?

* Self-Evaluation, we look at what we do and what we can do to improve.

* Agree the School Development Plan and monitor its implementation.

* Ensure that the school meets its statutory and professional responsibilities as an employer and a provider of services to children.

* Plan how the school budget is to be used and monitor compliance with the Budget.

* Authorise the policies and strategies required to provide the best available education to children.

* Ensure the children have a safe and supportive environment.

* Review how the school meets its statutory responsibilities to provide for the needs of every individual child.

* Agree the appropriate staff structure for the school and ensure that staff is managed in a way that holds them to account for their performance and develops their potential for the future.

* Confirm that the voice of the children, parents and others with a legitimate interest in the school are heard and taken into account.

* Resolve any serious conflict within the school or between the school and parents.

* Appoint and support the staff of the school.

How do we work?

We have five committees/panels:
1. Staff Discipline Committee 
- to consider issues relating to staff discipline
2. Staff Discipline Appeals Committee
- to hear appeals relating to intial decisions of the Staff Discipline Committee
3. Pupil Discipline Commitee
- to consider the actions of the Headteacher in excluding a pupil and representations made by parents and the LA
4. School Complaints Panel
- to determine an appeal of any formal complaint made in relation to the school's complaint policy
5. The E.H.T. Perfomance Management Panel 
- to prepare, adopt and review arrangements for the E.H.T's Performance Management

We also have ‘link’ governors.  A link governor is a governor appointed by the governing body to act as the link or liaison between the governing body and a specific subject, curriculum area or aspect of the work of the schools.  Link governors are a source of support to the school and a source of information for the governing body.   We currently have link governors to monitor:
1. Standards 
- curriculum, quality of teaching, leadership, progress
2. Business 
- income and expenditure, maintenance and development of buildings and grounds, health and safety and staffing
3. Safeguarding/Child Protection/SEND/Central File 
- SEN needs and provision, child protection through national curriculum
4. Oftsed/SIAMS and other inspections 
5. Community Engagement 
- school’s publicity, public presentation and relationships with the wider community
6. Governor Training 
- co-ordination of training and development to meet the identified needs of the governing body
7. Induction 
- to prepare and facilitate the induction process for new governors

We meet as a full Governing Body at least eight times per year. Extraordinary meetings are arranged if circumstances warrant such action. Every year we elect a Chair and Vice-Chair from amongst the existing members of the Governing Body (employees at the School cannot be elected to these positions). The Governing Body also has a Clerk who arranges its meetings, circulates the agenda and papers, takes minutes of full meetings of the Governing Body, and circulates information to Governors from the Local Authority. Governors also have responsibilities for particular aspects of the school, these include Literacy, Numeracy, IT, Health & Safety, Child Protection, Special Needs and Finance.

Members of our Governing Body 2020-21

Mrs Carolyn Brown - Local Authority Governor

Mrs Christine Burgess - Co-opted Governor

Mrs Tracey Cole-Brownlee - Chair of Governors - Parent Governor

Jill Cooper - Clerk 

Becky Wolfe - Staff Governor

Caroline Milne - Parent Governor

Mrs Andrea Spensley - Foundation Governor

Mrs Sarah Taylor - Headteacher

Mrs Sarah Webster - Vice Chair - Foundation Governor

Mrs Laura Wild - Co-opted Governor

Please click here to read the governance statement for the year 2019-2020

Here are the full membership details of our governing body 2019-2020 
Membership of Federation Governing Body  
Here is the structure of our Governing Body and the link roles for Governors for the 2019 - 20 academic year
Full Governing Body Structure and Links  

If you would like to contact our school governors regarding any aspect of school, please contact our Chair of Governors on the following email address :

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