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Governance

The Local Governing Body at Unsworth Primary School is made up of members of the local and school community.

The seven members work closely with Mr Rhodes, the Headteacher, who is responsible for the day to day management of the school, Mrs Reynolds
the Executive Headteacher of Oak Learning Partnership and Mrs Parkinson the CEO of Oak Learning Partnership. The Headteacher is also a member
of the Local Governing Body.

All of the governors listed below act on a voluntary basis. Some are appointed by Oak Learning Partnership, some elected by parents, some by teachers/staff and some are co-opted from the local community.

What do they do?

Local Governing bodies have three core functions:

• Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction inline with Oak Learning Partnership;
• Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff;
• Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

The governors meet each term as a whole group and at least once per term in their committee meetings. Every governor is a member of a committee which deals with specific issues. The other subcommittee is called Curriculum and Performance. They meet regularly and feedback to the full governing body. The governors often visit the school and some governors undertake to support certain areas as link governors and liaise with the member of staff who co-ordinates the area. Examples of this include the designated governor for child protection and safeguarding and the link governor for SEN/D.

The governors maintain and update their skills audit and governor portfolio regularly and in line with the self evaluation activities that they plan to carry out. These activities are linked to the School Development Plan and the analysis of summative assessment outcomes.

Current Local Governing Body

Appointing Body
2 Parent - elected by parents
1 Staff - elected by staff of the school
1 Co-opted - by Governing Body
1 Local Authority - nominated by LA - appointed by Governing Body
Headteacher


*Cllr Joan Grimshaw is also a governor at St. Bernadette’s RC Primary School.
**Mrs Sheila Gaskell is the Chair of Governors at Hazelwood High School.

NameCategory of GovernorOfficeTerm of OfficeBusiness InterestsFinancial Interests
**Mrs Sheila GaskellCo-optedChair01/01/2019 - 31/12/2023NoneNone
Mr Steven HowarthParentVice Chair01/01/2019 - 31/12/2023NoneSpouse works at school
*Councillor Joan GrimshawLocal AuthorityGovernor01/01/2019 - 31/12/2023NoneNone
Mrs Sarah ChannonStaffGovernor01/01/2019 - 31/12/2023NoneNone
Mr Andrew RhodesHead teacherGovernorN/A - ongoingNoneSpouse is a supply teacher
Mrs Alison MobeyParentGovernor01/12/2019 - 01/12/2023NoneNone
NameCategory of GovernorOfficeTerm of OfficeBusiness InterestsFinancial Interests
Mrs Gemma GossCo-optedUntil 01/03/2019nonenone
Mr A CooperParentUntil 01/12/2019nonenone
Mr A StanleyParentUntil 01/07/2018spouse works at the school

Meet our Governors

Sheila Gaskell - Chair of Governors

Category of Governor: Co-opted

Appointed by: Governing Body

Term of office: 01/04/2019 - 01/04/2023

Committees served on: Curriculum & Standards, Pay

Positions of responsibility: Chair of Governing Body, Chair of C&S Committee


Areas of special interest:

Supporting the school in its self evaluation processes in order to secure the best possible outcomes for all the children.

Why did you choose to become a school governor?

I had recently retired from the School Improvement Team in Bury Children’s Services so had some time on my hands!! I felt that I had the relevant skills to help the school, particularly at a time of major change to the National Curriculum and the way in which children would be assessed in the
future.

What do you do when not attending Governors’ meetings?

I visit the school regularly to participate in monitoring activities such as Learning Walks and I love attending events, particularly the Christmas plays. Aside from school, I swim regularly to try and keep fit and love to visit family in Switzerland where my favourite pastime has to be walking in
the Alps.

Steven Howarth

Category of Governor: Parent

Appointed by: Elected by parents

Term of office: 01/04/2019 - 01/04/2023

Committees served on: Curriculum & Standards, Pay

Positions of responsibility: Vice Chair of the Governing Body, Clerk of Curriculum and Standards Committee

Voting rights: 

Areas of Special Interest: Helping to ensure that Unsworth Primary School secures the best value for money it can, so that we maximise the opportunities and benefits for the children.

Why did you choose to become a School Governor?

I volunteered to become a governor because, as a parent I was interested in how the decisions taken by the Board of Governors affected the children’s education. The school is such a great example of how teachers and parents can really secure the best for the children by working together. You see that cohesion and community spirit every time the school hosts an event and through initiatives like this website.

What do  you do when not attending Governors Meetings?     

When I am not attending governors meetings, I’m either busy, managing the finances for the law courts in the North West or I’m operating Dad’s taxi, bank and DIY service!

Councillor Joan Grimshaw

Category of Governor: Local Authority

Appointed by: Local Authority

Term of office: 01/04/2019 - 01/04/2023

Committees served on: Curriculum & Standards

Why did you choose to become a School Governor?

I volunteered to become a governor because as a local councilor I work within the local community and take great pride in ensuring that children get the education that they deserve. 

What do  you do when not attending Governors Meetings?     

When I am not attending governors meetings, I’m either busy supporting the local community or spending time with my family.

Mrs Sarah Channon

Category of Governor:  Staff

Appointed by: Elected by staff

Term of office: 01/04/2019 - 01/04/2023

Committees served on: Curriculum & Standards

Positions of responsibility: Safeguarding Governor

Why did you choose to become a School Governor?

I volunteered to become a governor because I have a keen interest in supporting the development of the school. As the staff governor, I feel t is important that I represent the staff and share their views.

What do  you do when not attending Governors Meetings?     

When I am not attending governors meetings, I enjoy spending time with family and keeping fit.

 

Mrs Alison Mobey

Category of Governor:  Parent

Appointed by: Elected by parents

Term of office: 01/12/2019 - 01/12/2023

Committees served on: Curriculum & Performance, Staff Dismissal Committee, Performance Management

Why did you choose to become a School Governor?

I volunteered to become a governor because as a parent, I was interested in giving something back to the school and being able to provide a parents perspective on the impact of different decisions that might be made.

What do  you do when not attending Governors Meetings?     

When I am not attending governors meetings, I enjoy spending time with my family and  I am a volunteer supporting Bury Hospice.

Governor Attendance at Meetings

Use the drop down menus below to view the Attendance at meetings for each Governor Committee.

Full Governors Meetings 2018-2019

Name 18/10/18 19/02/19 27/06/19
Mrs Sarah Channon Attended Attended Attended
Mr A Cooper No Apology Sent  N/A  N/A
Mrs Sheila Gaskell Attended Attended Attended
Mrs Gemma Goss Attended No Apology Sent No Apology Sent
Cllr Joan Grimshaw Apology Sent Attended Attended
Mr Steven Howarth Attended Attended Attended
Mr Andrew Rhodes Attended Attended Attended
Mrs Christine Reynolds Attended Attended  N/A

Full Governors Meetings 2019-2020

 Name  17/10/19 Covid 19 Closure:
Governor email updates
fortnightly put in place
02/07/20
Mrs Sarah Channon Attended   Attended
Mr A Cooper N/A   N/A
Mrs Sheila Gaskell Attended   Attended
Mrs Gemma Goss N/A   N/A
Cllr Joan Grimshaw Attended   Apology Sent
Mr Steven Howarth Attended   Apology Sent
Mrs Alison Mobey N/A   Attended
Mr Andrew Rhodes Attended   Attended
Mrs Christine Reynolds Attended   Attended

Full Governors Meetings 2020-2021

 Name 22/10/19 18/3/21 24/6/21
 Mrs Sarah Channon      
 Mrs Sheila Gaskell      
 Cllr Joan Grimshaw      
 Mr Steven Howarth      
 Mrs Alison Mobey      
 Mr Andrew Rhodes      
 Mrs Christine Reynolds      
       
       

 

Attainment & Progress Meetings 2018-2019

Name 2/10/18 26/02/19 23/04/19 16/07/19
Mrs Sarah Channon Attended Attended Attended Attended
Mrs Sheila Gaskell Attended Attended Attended Attended
Mr Steven Howarth Attended Attended Apology Sent Attended
Mr Andrew Rhodes Attended Apology Sent Attended Attended
Mrs Christine Reynolds Attended Attended N/A N/A

Attainment & Progress Meetings 2019-2020

 Name  12/11/19 21/01/20 05/05/20
Mrs Sarah Channon Attended Attended Attended
Mrs Sheila Gaskell Attended Attended Attended
Mr Steven Howarth Attended Attended Attended
Mr Andrew Rhodes Attended Attended Attended
Mrs Christine Reynolds Attended Attended Attended
Cllr Joan Grimshaw Attended Attended Attended
Mrs Alison Mobey N/A Attended Attended

Resources Meetings 2018-2019 & 2019-2020

Name 13/11/18 15/12/19 16/07/19 01/10/19
Mr A Cooper Apology Sent N/A N/A N/A
Mrs Gemma Goss Attended No Apology Sent No Apology Sent N/A
Cllr Joan Grimshaw Attended Attended Attended Attended
Mr Steven Howarth Attended Apology Sent Attended Attended
Mr Andrew Rhodes Attended Attended Attended Attended
Mrs Christine Reynolds Attended Attended Apology Sent Attended
Mr A Stanley N/A N/A N/A N/A
Mrs Sarah Channon N/A N/A N/A Attended

PLEASE NOTE: Disbanded due to Academy structure and merger of tasks with other committee

Performance Management Meetings 2018-2020

Name 10/12/18 03/12/19 03/12/20
Mrs Sheila Gaskell Attended Attended  
Mr Steven Howarth Attended Attended  
Mrs Christine Reynolds Attended Attended  
Mr A Stanley N/A N/A N/A

Curriculum and Standards Meetings 2020-2021

 Name 1/10/20 (via Zoom)  10/12/20 14/1/21 13/5/21
 Mrs S Channon  Attended      
 Mrs S Gaskell  Attended      
 Mr S Howarth  Attended      
 Cllr J Grimshaw  Apology sent      
 Mrs A Mobey  Attended      
Mr A Rhodes  Attended      
Mrs C Reynolds Apology sent