School Governors

Who can be a School Governor?

No special qualifications are needed to become a school governor. Governors need to be interested in the work of schools, their teachers and students. They should also have enthusiasm for education processes.

Governors can be:

• Parents – elected by parents with children on the school roll
• Staff – elected by staff at the school
• Appointed – appointed by existing members of the Governing Body to embolden links with the local community or to aquire a skill set not currently represented amongst existing Governors for example

The way in which governors are appointed or elected varies with each category. However, once appointed, all governors have the same rights, powers and responsibilities.

What do School Governors do?

There are three main reasons why governors are necessary:
• They make sure the school is run according to the needs and wishes of the local community.
• They support, promote and protect the interests of the school, its students and staff.
• They are a visible form of accountability.

School governors come from a variety of backgrounds. They are not expected to be experts in educational matters. That’s the responsibility of the Headteacher and staff.

The role of the school governor and governing body is:

• to take a strategic overview of school related issues
• to set a broad framework within which the Headteacher can work
• concerned with the general oversight of the conduct of the school

The Headteacher is responsible for the organisation and management within the school.

School governors are expected to:

• Work as a member of the governing body for the best interests of the school
• Attend the regular meetings and special meetings of the governing body
• Serve on committees which deal with the governing body’s legal obligations
• Become familiar with general educational issues and developments
• Take an interest in school activities
• Promote the school within the local community
• Commit time to the duties and responsibilities of a governor

Governors are expected to be involved in:

• staff appointments and discipline
• student discipline
• the school curriculum
• the financial management of the school
• the school development plan and action plan
• health and safety matters
• governor training

So….how can we help?

If you would like to consult the governors about anything mentioned on this sheet please contact Gill Kesteven, Clerk to the Governors on 01270 765031 or mail office@sandhigh.cheshire.sch.uk and she will pass on your request without delay.
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Chair of Governors

Miss Ginny Wynn (Term of Office July 2015 – July 2019)

I first walked through the door of Sandbach High School in January 1980 as a teacher of PE and later as teacher of Mathematics. I eventually became Deputy Headteacher with oversight of the school’s pastoral provision and take great pride in having been involved with shaping our school such that it is the caring and well-ordered community that we know today. After retiring from teaching in July 2014 I was delighted to be appointed as a school governor and more recently as Chair of Governors. My passion for the girls of Sandbach High School remains as strong as ever and I am proud to still be part of this outstanding school after 35 years!

Vice Chair of Governors

Mrs Janet Astins (Term of Office May 14 – May 18 –  Appointed FGB meeting 1/4/14)

Parent Governors

Mr Alan Bell (Term of Office September 14 – September 18 – Appointed FGB meeting 16/10/14)

Mrs Julie Bailey (Term of Office October 14 – resigned 6/1/16)

Mrs Ella Brett (Term of Office September 14 – September 18  – Appointed FGB meeting 16/10/14)

Mrs Deborah Broad (Term of Office September 14 – September 18 – Appointed FGB meeting 16/10/14)

Mrs Anna Condliffe (Term of Office December 16 – December 20 – Appointed FGB meeting 06/12/16)

Mrs Cathryn Houghton (Term of Office December 15 – December 19 – Appointed FGB meeting 1/12/15)

Mr Ben Hunt (Term of Office December 15 – December 19 – Appointed FGB meeting 1/12/15)

Mrs Sharon Joyce (Term of Office September 14 – September 18 – Appointed FGB meeting 16/10/14))

Mrs Stephanie Owen (Term of Office October 14 – October 18  – Appointed FGB meeting 16/10/14))

Mr Dig Woodvine (Term of Office October 14 – resigned 6/1/16)

Appointed Governors

Mr Alan Bradley (Term of Office September 14 – September 18 – Appointed FGB meeting 16/10/14)

Mr Gerard Heath (Term of Office May 14 – May 18 – Appointed FGB meeting 1/4/14)

Mr Tom Jones ( Term of Office April 14 – April 18  – Appointed FGB meeting 1/4/14)

Miss Joanne Wilkins (Term of Office December 13 – December 17 – Appointed FGB meeting 12/12/13)

Mr Max Leese (Term of Office April 15  – resigned 31/8/16)

Staff Governors

Mr John Leigh (Headteacher)

Mrs Julie Flaherty (Term of Office October 14 – October 18)

Mr Andrew Ford (Term of Office May 14 – May 18 – Appointed FGB meeting 15/05/14)

Miss Alice Whalley (Term of Office September 14 – September 18)

Clerk to the Governing Body

Mrs Gill Kesteven

 

Meeting Attendance for Academic Year 2015-2016
Governor Name Full Board Meetings  Resigned
 Mrs J Astins 5/5
 Mr A Bell 5/5
 Mr A Bradley 2/5
 Mrs E Brett 5/5
 Mrs D Broad 4/5
 Mrs J Flaherty 3/5
 Mr A Ford 4/5
 Mr G Heath 5/5
 Mrs C Houghton 2/3
 Mr B Hunt 2/3
 Mr T Jones 4/5
 Mrs S Joyce 4/5
 Mr M Leese  3/5  31/08/2016
 Mr J Leigh  5/5
 Mrs S Owen  5/5
 Mrs M Thompson  0/1  20/11/2015
 Miss A Whalley 1/5
 Mrs J Wilkins  3/5
 Mr D Woodvine  0/2  06/01/2016
 Miss G Wynn  5/5
 Mrs J Bailey  0/2

Attendance at sub-committee meetings 2015-16

Finance & Leadership sub-committee – Sharon Joyce (Chair)

Environmental & Premises sub-committee – Ben Hunt (Chair)

Learning & Teaching sub-committee – Tom Jones (Chair)

Pupil Progress sub committee – Debbie Broad (Chair)

Staffing sub-committee – Steph Owen (Chair)

 

REGISTER OF BUSINESS INTERESTS

Mr Gerry Heath has made a declaration of business interest – further details on request to the Clerk

REGISTER OF PERSONAL INTERESTS

The Following Governors have children/grandchildren at Sandbach High School & Sixth Form College

Mrs E Brett, Mrs D Broad, Mr T Jones, Mrs S Joyce,  Mrs S Owen, Mrs J Wilkins,  Mrs C Houghton, Mr B Hunt, Mrs A Condliffe, Mrs T Edwards, Mr D Graham