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Welcome from our Chair of Governors

As Chair of Governors, I am delighted to welcome you to the Governor’s section of Earlsheaton Infant school website.

Earlsheaton Infant school has an involved and active Governing Body who works very closely with the Headteacher.  At the heart of the Governing Body ethos is the education, development and well being of our children and staff; that each and every person in school may achieve their full potential and that the education and safety of every child matters.

School Governors are one of the largest voluntary organisations in the country. A school governor is often referred to as a critical friend who provides support and challenge to the Headteacher in their management and effectiveness of the day to day running of the school, alongside striving to increase standards and attainment.

The law requires Governing Bodies and for the Governing Body to fulfil 3 core functions:

  • To ensure the vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school are clearly defined, including reviewing and agreeing policies written by the school;
  • To ensure the Headteacher performs his/her responsibilities for the education performance of the school;

  • To ensure the sound, correct and effective use of the school’s financial resources.

However, there are things the Governors are not responsible for:

  • The internal organisation, management and control of the school;
  • The educational performance of the school.

These are the responsibility of the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team (SLT) and the governors offer support and advice to the Headteacher, drawing on knowledge and experience from outside the school.

Governors are appointed for a 4 year term. Each governor volunteers and undertakes their duties in accordance with the governor code of conduct and commit to attend Governor Meetings, read Governor Information, undergo Governor training and make termly visits into school

The Governors of Earlsheaton Infant school are delighted the School is recognised as ‘good’ (May 2016) a tremendous achievement by everyone involved and as a Governing Body we are working alongside the Senior Leadership Team to build on this success and are committed to improving the learning outcomes of all our pupils as we aspire for them and our school to become ‘outstanding’.

There are 9 governors Earlsheaton School Governing Body:

1 staff governor: Mrs Alex Noble 

1 LA governor appointed by Kirklees Council; Ms Rachel Hemmingway

2 Parent governors; Mrs Nicola Hirst, Mr James Denison

5 co-opted Governors: Revd Ann Pollard (Chair of Governors), Mrs Becki Beaumont(Vice Chair of Governors), Mrs Nicola Hill, Mrs Tracey Laycock and Ms Amy Smith

Mrs Wendy Kelly, our Head Teacher, also attends each meeting in an ex-offico capacity. 

Please visit our Governor profile page to view our roles and responsibilities.

We are always pleased to hear from any parent who has questions or feedback and your Governors can be contacted via Mrs Burgess in the school office on 01924 460969

Full governing body meetings at Earlsheaton are held once every half term. Our Resources Committee meetings and Standards and Effectiveness Committee meetings gather approximately 3 weeks prior to full governor meetings.

Kind regards,

Revd Ann Pollard

November 2018

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