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The School Governors

In a Foundation School such as ours, the Governors are responsible for the whole management of the school, in all its aspects. They give the Headteacher general principles to follow in determining the day-to-day running and discipline of the school.
The school is accountable to its parents, the local community and Rochdale MBC Education Department, and is open to inspection by the Office for Standards in Education (OFSTED) and the National Audit Office.

The Governors aim to keep parents informed about these wide-ranging activities, and their business meetings are open to the parents to attend.

Governors' Information Documents

Governors' Letters to Parents/Carers

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The Governing Body is made up of
:

  • 5 parent governors elected by the parents of the school
  • 4 Co-opted governors

  • 1 LA governors
  • 4 Partnership governors

  • 1 staff governors

  • The headteacher (ex officio)

The Governors meet frequently to carry out their many tasks, normally as Committees, but meeting together each term to hold at least one formal business meeting. The latter meetings are open to the public.

Should any parent wish to contact the Chairman of the Governors, communications can be left for him/ her, in the school office, and they will be passed on promptly. The Clerk to the Governing Body can be contacted through the school office. The full list of school governors is posted in the front entrance hall outside to the school office.

Vacancies on the governing body are normally advertised both in the local press, and also to all parents via pupil post.


Governors of Smithy Bridge Foundation Primary School

The following table of governor information is being updated to include the new mandatory details required by the government to be displayed on school websites.

Governor Information
Mrs Susan M Temperley Mrs Karen J Gordon (Vice Chair)
category Partnership Governor category Co-opted
term of office 26/02/2017 to 25/02/2021 term of office 01/09/2014 to 31/08/2018
committees Complaints
Curriculum & pupil issues
Headteacher appraisal
Personnel & pay implementation
Personnel appeals
Pastoral Support
Pupil Discipline
Stategic
Standards
committees Admissions
Complaints
Personnel & pay implementation
Personnel appeals
Pupil Discipline
Stategic
Standards
responsibilities Safeguarding &
Child Protection
responsibilities Vice Chair
Headteacher appraisal
review officer
Looked-After Children
Mr Peter Clegg Mr Terry Allan
category Co-opted category Authority
term of office 20/11/2014 to 19/11/2018 term of office 13/03/2017 to 12/03/2021
committees Personnel & pay implementation
Personnel appeals
Stategic
Standards
committees  
responsibilities   responsibilities  
Mr Stephen Ruddy (Chair) Mrs Stephanie Ward
category Co-opted category Partnership Governor
term of office 14/09/2017 term of office 14/11/2013 to 13/11/2017
committees   committees Admissions
Complaints
Curriculum & pupil issues
Headteacher appraisal
Personnel & pay implementation
Personnel appeals
Stategic
Standards
responsibilities Chair responsibilities  
Mrs Jane Shearsmith Mrs Natalie White
category Parent category Parent
term of office 09/02/2015 to 08/02/2019 term of office 22/09/2016 to 21/09/2020
committees Personnel & pay implementation
Personnel appeals
Stategic
Standards
committees Personnel & pay implementation
Personnel appeals
Stategic
Standards
responsibilities   responsibilities  
Karthik Kanchi Govarthanam Mrs Gillian Price
category Parent category Partnership
term of office 24/11/2015   to 23/11/2019 term of office 07/07/2016   to 06/07/2020
committees Personnel & pay implementation
Personnel appeals
Pupil Discipline
Stategic
Standards
committees Complaints
Personnel & pay implementation
Personnel appeals
Stategic
Standards
responsibilities   responsibilities Special Educational Needs
and Disabilities
Mrs Susan Bermingham-Ward Jane George (Head-Teacher)
category Parent category Ex Officio (Staff)
term of office 20/10/2017 to 19/10/2021 term of office  
committees   committees Admissions
Curriculum & pupil issues
Stategic
Standards
responsibilities   responsibilities  
Mrs Gail Russell Mrs Kay Bentley
category Staff category Co-Opted
term of office 20/09/2017 to 19/09/2021 term of office 16/01/2017 to 15/01/2021
committees   committees  
responsibilities   responsibilities  
Mr Alan Rigg Mrs K Garforth
category Partnership category Parent
term of office 06/06/2016 to 05/06/2020 term of office 12/10/2016 to 11/10/2020
committees Admissions
Personnel & pay implementation
Personnel appeals
Stategic
Standards
committees Personnel & pay implementation
Personnel appeals
Stategic
Standards
responsibilities   responsibilities  
Non-Governors
Mr M Brown Observer
Mrs K Burman Observer
Mr P Owen School Improvement Officer
Mrs A Walker Clerk (925161)

information above updated June 2017

Governor-Class Links & Areas of Responsibility (2016-17)
Class
Teacher
Governor

Nursery

Miss Copeland

Alan Rigg

Class 1

Mrs Birch

Class 2

Mrs Greenwood

Class 3

Mrs Bentley

Steph Ward

Class 4

Mrs Ramsbottom

Steph Ward

Class 5

Miss Rauf

Natalie White

Class 6

Miss Ford

Jane Shearsmith

Class 7

Miss Lord/Mrs Clarke

Karthik Govartharnam

Class 8

Mr Lazenby/Ms Masanjika

Kara Garforth

Class 9

Mrs D Taylor

Gillian Price

Class 10

Mrs Chesworth

Sue Temperley

Class 11

Mrs A Taylor

Peter Clegg

Class 12

Mrs Treaton

Jane Prince

Class 13

Mr Royston

Glynis Ives

Class 14

Mrs Burman

Responsibility

Staff member

Governor

Safeguarding

Mr Brown

Sue Temperley

SEND

Mrs D Taylor

Gillian Price

LAC

Mr Brown

Karen Gordon

Health & Safety

Mr Marron/Mrs Dean

David Schofield

PSHCE

Mr Brown

Jane Shearsmith

Pastoral Care

Ms Young

Sue Temperley

The clerk to the full Governing Body is Ms Nicola Barrett

Governors can be contacted via their email address: office@sbs.rochdale.sch.uk
or by letter to the following address.

FAO The Governors
c/o Smithy Bridge Primary School
Bridge North Drive
Littleborough
Lancashire
OL15 0DY

Meetings

Instead ofdividing Governors between Curriculum & Pupil Issues Committee and Resources Committee, Governors decided that in order to gain a more strategic view of how the school operates, and in order for the entire Board to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the school as a whole,all meeting are full board meetings. These will take place 4 times per term:
(a) ‘Standards’ (b) Strategy (c) LA business (d) Informal

In addition, the following committees meet as required

Admissions Jane George
Karen Gordon
Jane Prince
Alan Rigg
Stephanie Ward

Complaints Karen Gordon
Glynis Ives
David Schofield
Ann Stott
Susan Temperley
Stephanie Ward
Gillian Price

Head Teacher Appraisal Glynis Ives
Susan Temperley
Stephanie Ward

Personnel and Pay
Implementations
All Eligible governors
(i.e. not staff)

Personnel Appeals All Eligible governors
(i.e. not staff)

Pupil Discipline Karen Gordon
Karthik Govartharnam
Susan Temperley

Strategic All governors
Standards All governors


Safeguarding children & Child Protection

At Smithy Bridge Foundation Primary School we feel strongly that the principle of being
and staying safe should underpin our approach to the care and education of pupils. All school staff and Governors have a responsibility towards the safeguarding and protection of children.

The Governor with specific responsibility for Safeguarding & Child Protection
is Sue Temperley. She liaises regularly with Mark Brown, Deputy Head, who is the Designated Safeguarding Lead and reports back to the Governing Body.

The Governor with specific responsibility for Looked-After Children is Karen Gordon who liaises with Mark Brown and reports back to the Governing Body.

The Governor with specific responsibility for Health & Safety is David Schofield who liaises with Mr T Marron (site manager) and reports beck to the Governing body.
(for more information see the school’s Safeguarding and Health & Safety documents

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

It is the responsibility of the Governors and the Staff of the school to ensure that ALL children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities receive maximum opportunities to develop their full academic, social and personal potential by fostering a caring and supportive environment which utilises all available appropriate resources.

All children, at some time or other in their education, experience a degree of difficulty over some aspect of the curriculum. Smithy Bridge Primary School recognises that children need to be helped over such hurdles and that it should be safe for a child to make mistakes as this is the way we all learn.

The Governor with specific responsibility for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities is Gillian Price and she liaises regularly with Mrs D Taylor (SEND co-ordinator), and reports back to the Governing Body.
(for more information see the school's Special Educational Needs documentation

 

 

 

 

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