The purpose of this page is to provide an overview of the role and structure of the Calverley C of E Primary School Governing Body and what is expected of governors in performing their role. This document is specific to the school and should be read in addition to the Governance Handbook and Competency Framework published by the Department for Education.

The Constitution of the Governing Body

The constitution of the governing body is:

  • Headteacher
  • 1 x Local Authority (LA) governor, recommended by the LA and approved by the governing board
  • 2 x parent governors, formally elected by a ballot of parents unless the election is uncontested
  • 7 x foundation governors, appointed by the foundation ( Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales)
  • 1 x staff governor, formally elected by the staff employed at the school
  • 2 x associate members , appointed by the governing body (cannot vote in committee meetings)

The Composition of the Governing Body:

There are currently no vacancies on the governing body, we recently recruited two new governors  and 1 associate governor to replace two retiring governors to bolster the resources committee all of them have significant accounting or business experience.

The Role of the Governing Body

The governing body has three core strategic functions:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  2. Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

Governing body powers

The governing body is recognised in law as a corporate body, which means it has a legal identity separate from that of its governors. It also means that individual governors have no power or right to act on behalf of the governing body except where the whole governing body has delegated a specific duty to that individual. The governing body can also decide to delegate certain responsibilities to committees that it has established. Governors will, therefore, take collective responsibility for the decisions reached by the governing body to publicly support decisions.

Effective Governance

The purpose of governance is to provide a confident, strategic leadership and to ensure that there is robust accountability, oversight and assurance for the educational and financial performance for the school.

Effective governance is based on six key features:

  1. Strategic leadership that sets and champions vision, ethos and strategy.
  2. Accountability that drives up educational standards and financial performance.
  3. People with the right skills, experience, qualities and capacity.
  4. Structures that reinforce clearly defined roles and responsibilities.
  5. Compliance with statutory and contractual requirements.
  6. Evaluation to monitor and improve the quality and impact of governance.

The first two features are the core pillars of the board’s role and purpose. The second two are about the way in which governance is organised, and the last two are about ensuring and improving the quality of governance.

Structure of the Calverley CE Primary School Governing Body

The Governing Body of Calverley Church of England Primary School meets once or twice a term in a full governing body.

In addition, each governor will be allocated to a sub-committee and/or a Specialist Governor Role to support delivery against the school improvement plan and to oversee specific areas of learning or focus.

Outputs from sub-committee and Specialist Governor meetings should be shared with the Governing Body at least 1 week prior to the next full governing body meeting.

Committees operated by the Governing Body

Teaching and Learning  and Pupil Support Committee (TLPS)

This committee is responsible for teaching and learning matters including target setting, standards and achievement, SEN( including an annual report on the success of the SEN policy, monitoring teaching and learning and curriculum provision, ensuring that the governing body is represented at school improvement discussions. It is also responsible for the behaviour, safeguarding, attendance, children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, children, parent and staff voice, extra-curricular activities, cluster and other partnerships

The TLPS will meet 5 times a year in school. Each meeting will focus on a subject area and then on the SAT’S results. In addition, at every meeting, there will be a review of the progress of Disadvantaged (Pupil Premium) children and the More and Most Able children.

After each meeting, some members of TLPS may take part in a visit to school to do an evidence walk. This should take place within 4 weeks of the original meeting.

Output from the meetings will be fed back to the main governing body, where most of the teaching and learning policies will be reviewed.

Resources Committee

Responsible for staffing including the role of SENCO, equality and diversity, finance, property management, health and safety and nutritional standards. Members of resources committee are also responsible for pay review.

Resources meet once or twice termly normally before governing body meetings. It will be the resources committee’s responsibility to review all policies relating to the above at their meetings, as well as review the budget.

The Strategy Committee

This meets as required and is comprised of the Chairs of the Teaching and Learning and Resources committees, the SEND governor, the Chair and Vice Chair. It looks at the overall strategy of the school to meet its long-term goals.

The Admissions Committee

As a Voluntary Aided School, the school is responsible for its own admissions. The committee is there to:

  1. Implement any changes that may be required to the admissions policy
  2. To review the admissions criterion of each child who applies for a place in Reception class. The rankings of applicants are independently checked at least 3 times to ensure accuracy.

The Performance Management Committee

This committee is responsible for target setting and evaluating the performance of the Head teacher on achieving those targets. This is done with the help of the School Improvement Advisor, who reviews evidence provided and helps evaluate the success of the HT. Members of the PMC committee meet with the HT on a rolling termly cycle to review progress and address any issues.

A member of the Performance Management Committee will meet with the Head teacher termly to discuss progress and issues arising in relation to the targets set.

Specialist Governor Roles

SEND Governor

Oversees the provision throughout school for children identified as having addition educational needs, both physically and academically. This Governor has to undertake relevant training and be able to familiarise themselves with the SEN provision in school. Ensure that the website is fully up to date and compliant. Termly meetings with the teacher with SEN responsibilities to discuss progress and impact. Ensure that there is a report to Governing Body annually summarising the above.

Safeguarding Governor

Oversees the safeguarding provision in the school. Undertake mandatory training every 3

years and ensure that the staff training procedures are rigorous and compliant. Ensures

that all governors have undertaken basic Safeguarding and PREVENT training.  They will also check the website and make sure we are compliant. Liaise with the Safeguarding Lead in school and ensure that any cases that arise are dealt with appropriately and effectively.

School Council Governor

Attends the school council meetings half termly at the 3pm and feedbacks to the governing body at each meeting.

Collective Worship Governor

The Collective Worship Governor oversees the delivery of the school’s religious education. As Calverley C of E is a Voluntary Aided Church school it is assessed on the quality of this provision. The governor should attend a number of assemblies annually and also liaise with the RE curriculum leader.

Phase 1 (Reception and Year 1) Governors

Meets with the Phase 1 Leader once a term to discuss specifically developments and data for this particular cohort.

Phase 2 (Years 2, 3 & 4) Governors  Meets with Phase II Leader once a term to discuss developments and data for this particular cohort.

Phase 3 (Years 5 & 6) Governors

Meets with Phase III Leader once a term to discuss developments and data for this cohort.

Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare

It must be understood that the position of Governor is one of confidentiality and all Governors are required to sign a Code of Conduct to confirm they understand this.

A Declaration of Interest must be signed annually.

Each Governor at Calverley C of E would ideally be required to:

  • Undertake Induction training within 6 months of being appointed.
  • Attend meetings which are planned yearly in advance. If 2 consecutive meetings are missed the Governing Body may decide not to accept apologies and the Chair should have a meeting with that Governor to discuss their continued membership of the Governing Body.
  • Read all relevant documents prior to the meeting to ensure that robust conversations can take place regarding the information provided to the Governing Body.
  • Understand the School Improvement Plan.
  • Join a committee and attend regular committee meetings.
  • Visit school during school hours, know the staff and be interested.

The remit for the governing body and its committees for 2018/19

The Governing Body and its committees, with the school agreed an extensive School Improvement to work on areas to highlighted by both our Ofsted results and issues raised whilst embedding the new national curriculum. The main focus for teaching and learning was an improvement in the school’s results in writing, preparation and implementation of the new SIAM’s curriculum, which we will be audited on in the 2019/20 academic year. In addition, closer attention was being paid to both the development of the wider curriculum throughout the whole school and the development and enrichment specifically for pupil premium children.

The Resources committee continued to look at ways to manage the school finances and provide the best provision we can for the children, whilst dealing with continued central budget reductions.

The effectiveness and impact of the governing body for 2018/19

The governing body feels that it has had significant impact this year, by working with the school to ensure that the outcomes from the school improvement plan have been positive. This summer we were monitored in year 2 and Year 6 for our writing. This review showed very clearly that the school has an excellent understanding of the level and expectations for children and that our staff’s assessment was very close to that of our outside observers. Our year 6  and 2 SATs results were once again excellent and internal monitoring has showed that our children continue to work at a high level.

The school has made good strides on the wider curriculum and with the help of the tireless efforts of our parents association and generous donations from parents we now have an outdoor class room up and running for the next academic year. The progress and development of the wider curriculum will continue to be reviewed and assessed.

A number of foundation governors have been involved in meeting with our SIP to develop our SIAM’s plan, implementation of which has already begun. We expect an inspection in the next academic year and will continue to monitor this nest year. Parent surveys show high levels of satisfaction with the school and we feel this reflects well on the staff, the leadership and the governing body.

Resources Committee

N. Longden (Chair), HT, J. Wright (Vice Chair),  R. Westwood, V. Wainwright, A. Kendall Jones, J Surtees (Clerk), A. Upton in attendance.

Pay Committee

N. Longden (Chair), J. Wright, V. Wainwright, HT,  
J. Surtees (Clerk)

Pay Appeals Committee

P. Arnold, R. Rudman, A. Kendall Jones

Teaching Learning and Pupil Support Committee (TLPS)

R. Rudman (Chair), HT, S. Littlejohns (Clerk), P. Arnold, M.  Barnes, L. Hastings, R. Westwood, C. Minett  with D. O’Hara in attendance.

Strategy Committee

S Littlejohns (Chair), HT, R Rudman, N. Longden,  R Westwood (Clerk)

Head Teacher’s Performance Management

L. Hastings (Chair), R. Rudman, R.Westwood, S.Littlejohns


P. Arnold, N. Longden, S. Littlejohns (Chair), R. Westwood


The specific monitoring roles were reviewed and allocated.
Resolved: that governors’ specific monitoring roles be allocated
as below:

Complaints: S. Littlejohns

Safeguarding: L. Hastings

SEND/Pupil Support: R. Rudman/M. Barnes

School Council: J. Wright

Health and Safety: N. Longden

Collective Worship: P. Arnold

Sport’s Premium and PE: J.Wright and A. Kendall-Jones

Phase link governors:

 Phase 1 -  R. Rudman & M. Barnes

 Phase 2  - R. Westwood & N. Longden

 Phase 3  - S.Littlejohns, L.Hastings & J. Wright


Contact details

Years of term


Sally Littlejohns


[email protected]

28/04/2019 -28/04/2023


Rachel Westwood

Vice Chair

21/09/2016 - 20/09/2020


Bob Curran


[email protected]

01/01/2016 -


Mal Barnes

11/06/2018 -10/06/2022


Rachel Rudman

01/09/2017 -01/09/2021


Jeremy Wright



Neil Longden

14/11/2017 - 13/11/2021


Chris Minett

23/09/2019 - 23/09/2023


Lesley Hastings

02/05/2018 - 01/05/2022

Local Authority

Rev Phil Arnold

01/09/2017 - 30/09/2021


Victoria Wainwright

31/05/2019 - 31/05/2023


Andrew Kendall -Jones

02/07/2019- 01/07/2023


Andrew Upton


Dawn 0’Hara

Deputy Head


Jane Surtees

Business Manager