Governors work closely with headteachers, school staff and representatives from the local authority (LA).
If any one wishes to see a copy of the governing body minutes they request a copy directly from school.
The main duties and responsibilities of school governors are:
- Setting aims, objectives, targets and a strategic framework for the school and reviewing its progress towards attaining them;
- Monitoring and evaluating how well the policies and plans of the school are working;
- Accounting for the school and governing body’s performance;
- Working with the Head teacher to ensure that teaching within the school is effective and of good quality and that children achieve the highest possible standards;
- Taking general responsibility for the school and its budget;
- Acting as “critical friend” to the school by challenging and supporting the senior management team and by taking opportunities to show interest in and appreciation of the work of staff and pupils;
- Promoting the interests of the school and its pupils in the wider community.
The governing body is made up of the following:
- Head Teacher.
- Parent governors – elected by and from among parents of registered pupils at the school.
- Staff governors – elected by and from the staff at the school.
- Local Education Authority (LA)– appointed by the LA.
- Foundation governors (at voluntary aided, voluntary controlled and some foundation schools) –to preserve and develop the religious character of the school (if applicable) and to see that the trust deed is complied with.
- Co-opted Governor – appointed by members of the Governing Body who are not themselves co-opted. They are intended to be representative of the local community and may add particular kinds of expertise.
|Chair of Governors||Stuart Priestley|
|LA Representative||Stuart Priestley|
|Vice-Chair & Parent Governor||Mrs Katharine Millar|
|Head Teacher||Mr Trevor Watson|
|Parent Governor||Mr Phil Martin|
|Parent Governor||Charlotte Noone|
|Foundation Governor||Mr Malcolm Cundick|
|Foundation Governor||Mrs Sue Sleightholme|
|Clerk to Governors||Mrs Val Brown|
|Staff Governor||Debbie Cheesebrough|
Strategic Plan 2018 - 2021
Collaboration and Federation
Melsonby Methodist Primary School Governors believe that collaboration with other local schools is very important for our small school. We are always open to and looking for ways of collaborating for
a) Financial benefit
b) Educational opportunities
c) Social interaction and development
We are also open to the possibility of federation with another school or schools. This more formal collaborative arrangement allows schools to plan ahead together and benefit from the longer term security this would afford. Our intention is to investigate all possibilities of federation with schools of similar ethos and approach to Primary Education as that of our school.
Annual Governance Statement from the Governing Body of Melsonby Methodist Primary School July 2018
How to become a School Governor
If you require further information on the roles and responsibilities of School Governors or you are interested in becoming one, visit the North Yorkshire County Council website, School Governor section.