Governors

Senior Leadership Team

Head of School:  Julie Caddell

Deputy Headteacher: Fiona Lee

Deputy Headteacher: Karly Wallace

Assistant Headteacher: Angela Milne

Associate Assistant Headteacher: SBM Vanessa Smallwood

SENCO: Richard Anderson

 

Executive Principal: Helen Dowds

 

The Governing Body

All state maintained primary, secondary and special schools, are accountable to their governing bodies, which in turn are accountable to parents and the community. Parent and staff representatives are elected to the governing body; the local authority appoints governors to the governing body. In addition the governing body can appoint its own community governors, and it is traditionally these posts which the governing body uses to cover skills gaps, hence these posts often being offered to governors from the business community. Increasingly local authority appointment panels also look to the skills set of their appointees.

The Value of School Governance

Governing bodies make decisions which are in the best interests of the children and young people. Keeping the decision making as close as possible to those that are affected by the decisions makes for sound and efficient leadership and governance. Fulfilling the role of a school governor is, therefore, both a serious undertaking and enormously rewarding. Not only do governors bring their own knowledge and skills to the role, but, in learning how schools are run, they often develop their understanding of leadership. The majority of employers appreciate this and are supportive of their staff taking on the responsibility. In addition, contributing to the growth and development of a school and seeing tangible improvements in the attainment and well-being of the children is a satisfying and important contribution to the local community.

The Role of the Governing Body

The governing body is responsible for the conduct of its school, and must promote high standards of educational achievement at the school. It is the school’s accountable body and as such:

  • provides a strategic view of the school by establishing a vision and setting the purpose and aims of the school within an agreed policy framework.
  • It appoints and performance manages the Headteacher, agreeing the school improvement strategy which includes setting statutory targets with supporting budgets and staffing structures;
  • monitors and evaluates the work of the school by reviewing the performance of the Headteacher, the effectiveness of the policy framework, progress towards targets, and the effectiveness of the school improvement strategy;
  • signs off the self-evaluation process and responds to school improvement service and Ofsted reports as necessary. In addition it holds the Headteacher to account for the performance of the school and ensures that parents are involved, consulted and informed as appropriate, with information to the community being made available as required.
  • In order to do this, governors need to gain knowledge of how their school operates through training, by attending meetings and by getting to know their school community – for example through a small number of visits to the school during the school day.
  • Governors need to work together as a team, under the leadership of the Chair of the governing body. Most governing bodies require their governors to sign a code of practice.

Committee Structure

The governing body has three sub committees who each have responsibility for holding senior and middle leaders to account for various aspects:

Leadership and Management Committee

This committee is responsible for staffing, HR, finance and all aspects of leadership.  They meet on a regular basis to ensure financial accounting is appropriate and schools budgets are managed well.  This includes reviewing and approving start and revised budgets and the overview of the school fund charity account.  They review all requests for pay and progression considering outcomes, evidence and impact as well as attendance.  They lead on any restructure recommendations from the HT and other senior leaders and participate in disciplinary/redundancy and attendance panels as appropriate (with the exception of staff governors).  They consider safeguarding matters and the link Safeguarding Governor is also on the L&M Committee.

Achievement Committee

The governors review and challenge all aspects of achievement for the students at Barlby High School.  They consider data provided by the senior leadership team at all levels of KS3 & KS4 including investigating key groups such as Most Able, boys v girls, disadvantaged, SEND and others.  Governors also participate in book scrutiny, lesson drop-ins, Faculty Area Reviews and visit school to link with individual faculties/aspects.  They consider attendance and behaviour due to their strong links and impact on outcomes and achievement of students.

Skills and Training

Governors do not need specific skills, but many of the tasks they are required to undertake can benefit from general business knowledge such as understanding management systems, budget planning and HR functions.

Local authorities are required to ensure that training for governors is available and most governing bodies buy into their local authority training packages (which may include online learning) to ensure that governors are properly inducted to their role and trained for specific tasks such as appointing the Headteacher and then carrying out the Headteacher’s performance review.

Barlby High Governor information

The governing body is made up of:

The Headteacher, 3 Parent Governors, 1 Local Authority Governor and 1 Staff Governor.  The remaining governors are co-opted and all the above governors have full voting rights at Full Governing Body meetings and on their relevant sub-committees.  There is one associate governor who has limited voting rights.  Information on the governors is below with detail of committee membership, business interests and terms of office.

There are two governors employed by Barlby High School, Tony Rawdin, Headteacher and Sandra Chambers. There are no relationships between governors and any members of staff in school (in terms of spouse, partners or relatives).

Governor Paul photo PP Mr Paul James Cannovan Term of Office 8th Jul 2015 – 7th Jul 2019

CO-OPTED GOVERNOR – Chair of Governors, Leadership & Management Committee (Chair), SEN link governor and Safeguarding governor

Declaration of Interest: None

Attendance at FGB Meetings – 100% since September 2017 – July 2018

GenericFemaleSilhouetteMiss Julie Caddell, Head of School Term of Office May 2017 – 31 Aug 2019

HEADTEACHER GOVERNOR – Leadership & Management Committee & Achievement Committee

Declaration of Interest: Employed by Hope Learning Trust, seconded to Barlby High School

Attendance at FGB Meetings – 100% since September 2017 – July 2018

GenericFemaleSilhouetteMrs Helen Dowds, Executive Head Term of Office May 2017 – 31 Aug 2019

COMMUNITY GOVERNOR – Leadership & Management Committee & Achievement Committee

Declaration of Interest: Employed by Hope Learning Trust, supporting within a NSS contract.

Attendance at FGB Meetings – 100% since September 2017 – July 2018

Liz Ridley photo Mrs Elizabeth Jane Ridley Term of Office 25th Nov 2015 – 24th Nov 2019

CO-OPTED GOVERNOR – Acting Vice-Chair, Achievement Committee

Declaration of Interest: Employed at Selby College.

Governor at Whitley and Eggborough Primary School (Vice Chair)

Attendance at FGB Meetings – 100% since September 2017 – July 2018

Govenor Sandra Photo PP Mrs Sandra Joy Chambers Term of Office 1st Sept 2016 – 31st Aug 20

STAFF GOVERNOR – Achievement Committee & Staff member

Declaration of Interest: None

Attendance at FGB Meetings – 100% since September 2017 – July 2018

Governor Shan photo PP Mrs Shan Elinor Brough-Jones Term of Office 25th May 2016 – 24th May 2020 (former Parent Governor)

CO-OPTED GOVERNOR – Achievement Committee (Chair) and PP link Governor

Declaration of Interest: Independent Education Consultant (March 2016 onwards)

Attendance at FGB Meetings – 100% since September 2017 – July 2018

Governor Becci photo PP Mrs Rebecca Wilson Term of Office 12th Oct 2016 – 11th Oct Nov 2020

PARENT GOVERNOR –  Communication Group & Creative Faculty Link

Declaration of Interest: None

Attendance at FGB Meetings – 100% since September 2017 – July 2018

GenericMaleSilhouette Mr Karl Arthur Term of Office 8th Jul 2015 – 7th Jul 2019

CO-OPTED GOVERNOR – Humanities Faculty Link

Declaration of Interest: Selby District Councillor (2015 onwards)

Attendance at FGB Meetings – 100% since September 2017 – July 2018

GenericMaleSilhouette Mrs Caroline Margaret Rogerson Term of Office 1st Sept 2016 – 31st Aug 2020

LOCAL AUTHORITY GOVERNOR – Science Faculty Link

Declaration of Interest: Governor at Hill House School, Doncaster

Attendance at FGB Meetings – 100% since September 2017 – July 2018

GenericMaleSilhouetteMr Daniel Bugg Term of Office 24th Nov 2016 – 23rd Nov 2020

PARENT GOVERNOR – Achievement Committee & Creative Faculty Link

Declaration of Interest: None

Attendance at FGB Meetings – 0% since December 2017 – July 2018

 

We currently have two parent governor vacancies.

Governors who have left the Governing Body in the last 12 months:

Mrs Victoria Elizabeth Fillingham Term of Office 14th Sept 2016 – 13th Sept 2020

CO-OPTED GOVERNOR – Leadership & Management Committee, Communication Group (Chair), Humanities Faculty Link

Declaration of Interest: None

Attendance at FGB Meetings – 63% since September 2016 – July 2017

Mr Brian Samuel Marshall Term of Office 8th Jul 2015 – 7th Jul 2019

ASSOCIATE GOVERNOR (No voting rights) – Sport Faculty Link

Declarations of Interest: Barlby Town Councillor (2015 onwards)

Selby District Councillor (2015 onwards)

North Yorkshire County Councillor (2014 onwards)

Governor at Barlby Bridge Primary School

Attendance at FGB Meetings – 75% since September 2016 – July 2017

Mr Paul Convey  Term of Office 24th Nov 2016 – 26th Apr 2017

PARENT GOVERNOR – Leadership and Management Committee

Declaration of Interest: None

Mr Anthony Rawdin, Interim Headteacher Term of Office January 2016-April 2017

HEADTEACHER GOVERNOR –Leadership & Management Committee and Achievement Committee

Declaration of Interest: Education Consultant

Mr Adrian Haigh  Term of Office 10th Feb 2016 – 31st Oct 2016

PARENT GOVERNOR – Leadership and Management Committee

Declaration of Interest: None

Governors wear an orange lanyard with a photo identification card when present in school so students know who they are for safeguarding purposes. This information is shared with students via the student bulletin and assemblies.

Contact:

You can contact the Chair of Governors by email on cofg@barlbyhigh.n-yorks.sch.uk or by hard copy letter via the school addressed to Mr Paul Cannovan.