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Job Description

Code of Practice for our Governors

The Governing Board of Saxton CE Primary School is a committee of the trustees. It is formed jointly across the federation with Saxton CE Primary School and has representation from both schools. It has delegated authority to oversee the running of the school under the Scheme of Delegation as defined by the Trust Board of the STAR Multi-Academy Trust.  Click here for the STAR MAT website

We have members who are Parents (elected by the parental body); Foundation (nominated by the Parish and appointed by the Diocesan Board of Education), Staff (elected by the staff), (Trust Board appointments who are Co-opted, selected by the Governing Body to bring specific skills or expertise), as well as those with a role that entitles them to be a governor (Rector or their deputy and Headteacher).

The governing board has the following core strategic functions:

Establishing strategic direction, by:

  • setting the vision, values, and objectives for the school;
  • agreeing the school improvement strategy with priorities and targets;
  • meeting statutory duties.

 Ensuring accountability, by:

  • monitoring progress towards targets;
  • performance managing the headteacher;
  • engaging with stakeholders;
  • contributing to school self-evaluation.

 Ensuring financial probity, by:

  • setting the budget;
  • monitoring spending against the budget;
  • ensuring value for money is obtained;

and ensuring risks to the organisation are managed.

Our current Governing Body is:

Mrs

Tracy Pickles (Chair)

Parent Governor 4-year term of office;
Appointed October 2016; Term ends 8/10/2020
No pecuniary or business interests The Bungalow
Betteras Hill Road
Hillam
LS25 5HD
Mr Peter Roberts Rector Ex-officio The Benefice of Monk Fryston and South Milford (Diocese of York)  
Mrs Sarah Fawcett Foundation Governor 4-year term of office; Appointed September 2018; Term ends 1/9/2022 Netball coach  
Mrs Katie Taylor Trustee appointment 4-year term of office; Appointed September 2018; Term ends 1/9/2022 Private music teacher  
Mr Rick Weights (Executive Headteacher)

ex-officio

No pecuniary or business interests  
Ms Jan Marshall Foundation Governor ex-officio No pecuniary or business interests  
Mrs Val Law Staff Governor 4-year term of office;
Appointed October 2019; Term ends 1/10/2023
No pecuniary or business interests  

Mr Nick Burdon

Parent Governor

4-year term of office;

Appointed September 2021; Term ends 2/10/2021

No pecuniary or business interests  
Mrs Ann Jesty (Vice-Chair) Trustee appointment 4-year term of office; Appointed September 2018; Term ends 31/8/2022 No pecuniary or business interests  
Mrs Laura Southern Parent Governor 4-year term of office; Appointed May 2019; Term ends 31/5/2023 No pecuniary or business interests  
vacancy Trustee appointment      
vacancy Trustee appointment      
vacancy Trustee appointment      

The register of business interests can be found here – 2020-21 MFS Governor’s Register of Business Interests

Attendance information for 2019 – 2020 can be found here – Governor Attendance reg 2019- 20

Governors undertake specific responsibilities on behalf of the Full Governing Body. The current list of these is:

Governor roles & responsibilities 2020-21

Chair Tracy Pickles
Vice Chair Ann Jesty
Health & Safety  
Safeguarding Ann Jesty (Peter Roberts supporting)
Pay Panel Katie Taylor (Chair)
Ann Jesty

EYFS Laura Southern
SEND Sarah Fawcett (Tracy Pickles supporting)
Pupil Premium Sarah Fawcett (Tracy Pickles supporting)
Headteacher Appraisal Tracy Pickles,
Ann Jesty,

Church School Effectiveness Tracy Pickles
Jan Marshall
Peter Roberts
School Curriculum Katie Taylor
Ann Jesty

Laura Southern

Finance Jan Marshall (Laura Southern supporting)

All governors must declare interests that may conflict with the work that they do. Currently, no governors have declared conflicting interests. A full register of business interests is maintained in the school office.
No governors are governors in other schools, and none have relationships with staff or employees of the school.

We have developed a ‘Governor Job Description‘  so that you can see the expectations of the role. If you are interested in becoming a governor when we have a vacancy, please contact the school office or the Chair of Governors.

Our governors operate within the guidelines of an agreed Code of Practice for our Governors, and are expected to operate within the ‘Nolan Principles of Public Life’ at all times.