Shire Oak Governing Body - Who we are and what we do.
All schools have to have a Governing Body to:
Represent different parts of the school community
Make sure that the school fulfils all its legal duties, including keeping children safe
Challenge and support the school staff to constantly make improvements
Provide strategic direction to help move the school forward.
Who are the governors at Shire Oak?
Meet our governors here.... .
At present, none of our serving governors have any business interests that are relevant to their role on the governing body. None are related to staff members of Shire Oak CE Primary School. A full register is kept in school.
Parent governors (elected by the parents of children in school)
Julia Kelly (Chair)
Antonia Nicholls (Vice Chair)
Foundation governors (appointed by the Diocese)
Rev. Tony Whatmough
Co-opted governors (appointed by the Governing Body to ensure that we have the right skills to do our job).
Councillor Neil Walshaw (LA Governor)
Senior Leadership Team
Jane Astrid Devane (Headteacher)
Marcelle Maver (Deputy Headteacher and Associate Governor)
Jane Turner (Childrens Centre manager and Associate Governor)
The Governing Body is supported by a clerk from Leeds City Council’s Governors Support Unit.
How does the Governing Body do its work?
The Full Governing Body meets every half term to plan and review the work of the school. Each year we develop a workplan so that our work is organised and systematic. You can see a copy of the current workplan here.
It considers reports and information from:
the Headteacher and other members of staff
advisors and other people who visit the school
Governors who have visited school to look at particular aspects of school life
parents (through issues they raise and the annual survey)
Governors will then reach conclusions on how well the school is doing and how we might do better.
Governing Body Committees
A lot of the Governing Body’s work happens in Committees.
At Shire Oak we have three main committees (and another one to work with the Children’s Centre).
To keep an eye on the school budget; checks that the building and grounds are safe; and makes sure that we have enough teachers and other staff and they are working to the highest standards. The Resources Committee is chaired by Sally Dyster.
The Teaching and Learning Committee makes sure that the curriculum is exciting; that all children are making good progress; and that we have good quality teaching in school. The chair of the Teaching and Learning Committee is Julia Kelly.
The Pupils, Parents and Partnerships Committee checks that all children and adults in school feel valued and respected and their views are heard; and that children attend school and behave well. It also makes sure that parents are involved in school life and that we have good links with the local community. The chair of this committee is Kathi Kelly.
Governors with special responsibilities
Some of the governors have special responsibilities, as follows:
Chair of Governors Julia Kelly
Vice-chair Antonia Nicholls
Child Protection Rev. Tony Whatmough
Inclusion/SEND Gill Eastabrook
Buildings/Health & Safety Sally Dyster
How do I get in touch with the governors?
Children can talk to School Council representatives. Governors are sometimes invited to School Council meetings and the Governing Body receives the minutes of School Council meetings.
Parents can raise issues with one of the parent governors.
Staff can raise issues through the staff representative on the Governing Body.
Anyone is very welcome to contact the chair of Governors – Julia Kelly. You can email her at , write her a letter (and give it to the office to pass on) or leave a message in the office and she will contact you.