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Governing Body

The role of the Governing Body is to help Willow Tree School provide the best possible education for our pupils.  We do this by:

  • Working with the Head teacher in setting the school’s values, vision and strategic aims, agreeing plans and ensuring resources are used effectively;
  • Monitoring and evaluating performance of pupils and staff;
  • Acting as a ‘critical friend’ to the Head teacher and providing support and challenge;
  • Ensuring that the school is accountable to the pupils it serves, the local community and the staff it employs.  The Head teacher and Governing Body work in close partnership, acknowledging that the Governors’ role is strategic and the Head teacher is responsible for the day-to-day management of the school. 

The headteacher of the school is responsible for day-to-day management of the school. The role of the Governing Body is to provide strategic management.

The school has a delegated budget to cover salaries, running costs, maintenance and equipment; the Governing Body is responsible for managing this budget. They can decide how many and what types of staff to employ, which equipment to upgrade or replace and what the priorities are for implementing new strategies and initiatives.

Governors are responsible for the appointment of the headteacher, and are involved in the appointment of any other staff.

Governors also have a role in monitoring the school's progress, and in setting annual targets for the school's performance and for the headteacher.

Governors are the largest volunteer force in the country.

Roles and responsibilities 2019/20

Name
Type of Governor
Positions held
Phase / Link Governor
Register of Interests
End of 4 year term of Office

Dr Jane Beasley

Local Authority

Chair of Governing Body

 

  • Key stage 1
  • Government Policy Link
  • Director Beasley Associates Ltd

July 2021

Jonathan Spruce

Co-opted

 

  • Foundation Stage
  • Finance Link
  • Teaching & Learning (FS & KS1) Link
  • Governor (Co-opted, Chair) at Woodfield Primary School
  • Director Fore Consulting
  • Spouse teaches at Willow Tree Primary (UKS2)

April 2023

Sarah Allison

Co-opted

Vice Chair of Governing Body

  • Foundation Stage
  • Kagan Link
  • None declared

April 2023

Paul Fogarty

Co-opted

 

  • Lower Key Stage 2
  • Safeguarding Link
  • None declared

April 2023

Damien Smith

Co-opted

Vice Chair of Governing Body

  • Upper Key Stage 2
  • Sports Link
  • Health & Safety Link
  • None declared

March 2020

Julia Grey

Parent

 

  • Lower Key Stage 2
  • Attendance Link
  • External Providers Link
  • None declared

April 2023

Ben Aston

Parent

 

  • Lower Key Stage 2
  • Teaching & Learning KS2 Link
  • None declared

July 2022

Amy Cresswell

Parent

 

  • Upper Key Stage 2
  • Marketing Link
  • None declared

May 2021

Laura McCauley

Staff

 

n/a

  • None declared

September 2020

Helen Davey

Headteacher

 

n/a

  • Director Hebden Adderbury Ltd

n/a

 

Meetings attended
08.10.18
26.11.18
14.01.19
18.02.19
01.04.19
20.05.19
17.06.19
15.07.19
Total

Helen Davey

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

8

Jane Beasley

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

 

7

Paul Fogarty

Approved sabbatical – returned September 2019

N/A

Julia Gray

 

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

7

Damien Smith

1

 

1

1

 

1

1

1

5

Jonathan Spruce

1

1

 

1

1

1

1

 

6

Sarah Allison

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

8

Amy Cresswell

1

1

 

1

1

1

1

1

7

Ben Aston

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

8

Laura Mcauley

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

8