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School Governing Body

School governors are people who want to make a positive contribution to children’s education.  Governors are one of the largest volunteer forces in the country and have an important part to play in raising school standards.  The role of the governing board is crucial to the effectiveness of a school. (National Governors Association)
The Governors at Greenmount Community Primary School are a highly effective, committed group of people who offer support and challenge as part of the effective leadership of the school.  Our role is to oversee the way that the school is run, ensuring that it fulfills all statutory responsibilities and making sure that children get the best education possible.

The key functions of the Governing Body are to:

  • agree the aims and objectives for the school;
  • set the policies to achieve those objectives;
  • set challenging but realistic targets for teaching and monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making;
  • be a source of challenge and support to the head teacher (acting as a ‘critical friend’).
Governors receive regular reports on standards and teaching. They visit the school regularly – covering all classes – to monitor progress, identify any issues and provide an oversight.  They are also responsible for managing the budget of the school.

The head teacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and working to the objectives agreed by the governing board. The Governing Body provides the framework within which he and his staff work.



At Greenmount there are two committees that look at different areas of the school – Leadership and Management including Finance and Staffing and Achievement and Standards.  Governors are also responsilbe for the Pre-school.  A meeting of all Governors is held around every 6 weeks – with meetings of two other sub-committees held in between.
Full Governing Body  
  • Receives reports from each committee (as below) to provide an overview of the work and direction of the school.
  • Monitors the Action Log which feeds into each meeting agenda.
  • Ratifies policies.
 The sub-committees are :
Leadership and Management
  • Provides, in collaboration with the Head, Deputy and staff, strategic direction and vision for the school.
  • Contributes, in collaboration with the Head, Deputy and staff, to establish, monitor and evaluate sections of the School Development Plan and all policies/plans/procedures relating to Leadership, Finance, Staffing and management of the school.
  • Keeps relevant sections of the School Self-Evaluation under review and updates as necessary.
  • Considers all aspects of financial management, including the budget and offers challenge where appropriate.
  • Holds school leadership to account for the performance management of staff and leadership of the curriculum.

Achievement and Standards

  • Audits, monitors and provides strategic direction to improve all aspects relating to the achievement and standards of the school and quality of provision.
  • Considers all policies relating to curriculum, assessment and safeguarding.
  • Reviews pupil progress data including of specific groups of children, for instance those in receipt of Pupil Premium funding, those with additional needs and higher attaining children.
  • Reviews progress towards achievement of objectives in the strategic plan of the school.
 Pupils’ safety and wellbeing is a fundamental issue for all governors to be aware of so is covered on every agenda of the full governors group.

A smaller group oversees and provides management and leadership support to the Pre-school.

If you have any concerns about the school these should always be raised in the first place with the Head teacher, Mr May or his Deputy, Mrs Smallwood-Butler who are responsible for the day to day running of the school.
If you are not satisfied with the result of this or have other matters which you think should be raised with Governors you can contact them at any time via reception at the school. The Chair of Governors Alistair Calder will be happy to discuss any issues you have – but again note that day-to-day issues should be raised first with the school.

The role of the school governor is demanding but very rewarding and is a good way to give something back to your local community.  If you are interested in finding out more about governance or feel you have something to offer please get in touch – again via reception.

Governors are listed below:

Current Constitution and Members
  Date of Appointment Pecuniary Interests

Attendance Full Governing Body Meetings


Attendance at Committee Meetings


10  Co-opted Governors
Alistair Calder (Chair FGB and Leadership and Management) 15.1.15 100% 100%
Canon Graham Morris (Vice Chair) 15.1.15   29% 40%
Ann Ross (Chair Achievement & Standards Committee) 15.1.15   57% 100%
Jane Wilford 15.1.15   71% 100%
Philip Nettleton 12.3.15   100% (from appointment) 100% (from appointment)
Alison Lockey 12.3.15   100% (from appointment) 100% (from appointment)
Jaki Dzuiba 12.3.15   75% (from appointment) 100% (from appointment)
2 Parent Governors
Clare Singer 7.1.16   N/A N/A
Steven Vaughan 7.1.16   N/A N/A
1 Local Authority
Phillip Warren 15.1.15 86% 80%
1 Staff Governor
Ann Wengenmair 24.2.16 100% 80%
1 Headteacher
Richard May N/A 100% 100%
Clerk to   Governors
Katrina Wilson N/A   N/A N/A
Department for Education Governors’ Handbook  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/governors-handbook–3