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Meet the Governors

Welcome to the Governors' section. In this section you will find details of:

  • the roles of the governors as stated by the Department for Education
  • some links to useful websites to give more details of the generic role of being a governor
  • how to contact the governors
  • who the governors are (names and photographs)
  • the code of conduct that the governors follow
  • governor roles specific to Gilded Hollins and the attendance record of governors at meetings of the full governing body and subcommittee meetings

You will also find photographs of governor award assemblies.

Finally, at the end of this governor section, are copies of the Governor Newsletter. This was produced to share some of the work of the governors with parents, to give an insight into what the governors do. This has now been replaced by messages from the governors on the school newsletter, as these are more regular snapshots, but the Governor Newsletters are saved here as they contain more detail of some of the governors which you may find interesting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Governing body is responsible for:

  • ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • holding the head teacher 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

 

 

More information on the role of the Governors can be found on the DfE website.

 

The Governor's Handbook can be found here

 

The roles and responsibilities of the Governors can be found here 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact the Governors

To contact the governors please contact the Chair, Liz Haworth, via her email address, lizhaworth@yahoo.co.uk. Alternatively, contact the school office who will ask Liz to ring you to arrange a meeting.

Gilded Hollins Governors 2019 to 2020

Mrs Liz Haworth, Chair of Governors
Mrs Sue Mair
Mrs Lyndsay Johnson
Mrs Snezhana White
Ms Natalie Bateson
Mrs Beth Thornley
Mrs Joanne Crombleholme
Mrs Chris Burns - Headteacher
Miss Nicola Dickson - Staff governor

Governor Code of Conduct 2019 to 2020

 

The Code of Conduct sets out the expectations of and commitment required from

Governors’ in order for the Governing Board to properly carry out its work within the school and the community. The Governing Board can amend the Code to include reference to the aims and ethos of the school.

 

The Governing Board has the following three strategic functions:

· Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

· Holding the executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and

· Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.

 

As individuals on the board we agree to the following:

 

Role and Responsibilities

1. We understand the purpose of the board and the role of the Headteacher and will ensure that the work of the board remains focused on the three strategic functions.

2. We accept that we have no legal authority to act individually, except when the board has given us delegated authority to do so, and therefore we will only speak on behalf of the governing board when we have been specifically authorised to do so.

3. We accept collective responsibility for all decisions made by the board or its delegated agents. This means that we will not speak against majority decisions outside the governing board meeting.

4. We have a duty to act fairly and without prejudice, and in so far as we have responsibility for staff, we will fulfil all that is expected of a good employer.

5. We will encourage open government and will act appropriately.

6. We will consider carefully how our decisions may affect the community and other schools.

7. We will always be mindful of our responsibility to maintain and develop the ethos and reputation of our school and ensure that the fundamental British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect, and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs are upheld within the school. Our actions within the school and the local community will reflect this.

8. In making or responding to criticism or complaints affecting the school we will follow the procedures established by the governing board.

9. We will actively support and challenge the headteacher.

 

Commitment

10. We acknowledge that accepting office as a governor involves the commitment of significant amounts of time and energy.

11. We will each involve ourselves actively in the work of the governing board, and accept our fair share of responsibilities, including service on committees or working groups.

12. We will make full efforts to attend all meetings and where we cannot attend explain in advance why we are unable to.

13. We will get to know the school well and respond to opportunities to involve ourselves in school activities.

14. We will visit the school, with all visits to school arranged in advance with the staff and undertaken within the framework established by the governing board and agreed with the headteacher.

15. We will consider seriously our individual and collective needs for training and development, and will undertake relevant training.

16. We accept that in the interests of open government, our names, terms of office, roles on the governing board, category of governor and the body responsible for appointing us and the register of interests will be published on the school’s website.

 

Relationships

17. We will strive to work as a team in which constructive working relationships are actively promoted.

18. We will express views openly, courteously and respectfully in all our communications with other governors.

19. We will support the chair in their role of ensuring appropriate conduct both at meetings and at all times.

20. We are prepared to answer queries from other governors in relation to delegated functions and take into account any concerns expressed, and we will acknowledge the time, effort and skills that have been committed to the delegated function by those involved.

21. We will seek to develop effective working relationships with the headteacher, staff and parents, the local authority and other relevant agencies and the community.

 

Confidentiality

22. We will observe confidentiality regarding proceedings of the governing board in meetings and from our visits to school as governors.

23. We will observe complete confidentiality when required or asked to do so by the governing board, especially regarding matters concerning individual staff or students.

24. We will exercise the greatest prudence if a discussion of a potentially contentious issue affecting the school arises outside the governing board.

25. We will not reveal the details of any governing board vote.

 

Conflicts of Interest

26. We will record any pecuniary interest (including those related to people we are connected with) that we have in connection with the governing board’s business in the Register of Interests, and in any such conflicted matter arises in a meeting we will offer to leave the meeting for the appropriate length of time.

27. We will also declare any conflict of loyalty at the start of any meeting should the situation arise.

28. We will act in the best interests of the school as a whole and not as a representative of any group, even if elected to the governing board.

 

Social Media

29. We will not identify ourselves as governors of the school at which we are a governor on any social medium.

30. We will not engage in activities involving social media which might bring the school at which we are governors into disrepute.

31. We will not represent our personal views as those of the school at which we are a governor on any social medium.

 

Breach of this code

If we believe this code has been breached, we will raise this issue with the chair and the chair will investigate; the governing board will only use suspension or removal as a last resort after seeking to resolve any difficulties or disputes in more constructive ways.

Should it be the chair that we believe has breached this code; another governor such as the vice-chair will investigate.

 

All governors will sign to say they have read and understand the Code of Conduct at the first governing board meeting each school year.

Governing Body Roles and Attendance 2019 to 2020

 

The Governing Body is responsible for:

 

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • 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

 

Subcommittees

Curriculum and Staffing

Finance, Buildings and Grounds

Pay

Deals with all matters delegated by the Full Governing Body regarding the curriculum and staffing

Deals with all matters delegated by the Full Governing Body regarding finance, school buildings and grounds

Delegated by the Full Governing body to make decisions about performance related pay for the headteacher, teachers and support staff.

 

Any committees required on an ad-hoc basis, to deal with issues such as complaints, will be drawn from those governors available at the time who have no relevant prior knowledge or personal interest in the situation being looked at

Information about the Governing Body (currently no vacancies)

  • Two elected parent governors appointed by parents of children at Gilded Hollins
  • Headteacher appointed by Gilded Hollins Full Governing Body
  • One staff governor appointed by Gilded Hollins staff
  • One Local Authority governor appointed by Wigan Council
  • Five co-opted governors appointed by the Governing body
  • One associate governor appointed by the Governing body and who takes a full part in the work of the governing body

Eleven governors in total

The reconstitution came into effect from 7th March 2019

Details about the Governors

 

All terms of office are 4 years, except for the Headteacher, but governors can remain on the governing body for consecutive terms of office if reappointed.

 

Names in alphabetical order

 

Category of governor

Date of appointment

Current term of Office

Positions of Responsibility

Other Responsibilities

Ms Natalie Bateson

Parent

2.2.18

2.2.18 – 1.2.22

 

Reception governor

D and T Subject Governor

RS Subject Governor

2nd Safeguarding governor

Health and Wellbeing

Mrs Judith Boardman

Appointed 1.11.03

Co-opted

Current term of office started 25.2.19

Resigned 21.11.19

 

Year 4 Class Governor

PE Subject Governor

Health and Safety

Mrs Chris Burns

Headteacher

7.1.19

7.1.19 onwards

 

Pay Committee member

Mrs Joanne Crombleholme

Co-opted

23.11.18

23.11.18 – 22.11.22

 

Year 2 Class Governor

ICT Subject Governor

Pay Committee member

Miss Nicola Dickson

Staff

1.9.19

1.9.19 – 31.7.20

 

 

Mrs Samantha Grainey

Co-opted

14.1.20

14.1.20 –

13.1.24

 

Year 1 Class Governor

PSHE Governor

Mrs Elizabeth Haworth

Local Authority

~Sept 1992

18.4.16 – 17.4.20

18.4.20 –

17.4.24z

Chair of Governors

 

Year 6 Class Governor

Year 1 Class Governor until 14.2.20

Reception Class /EYS Governor

Maths Subject / Numeracy Governor

Art and Design Governor

Humanities Governor until 14.2.20

Science Governor from 8.3.20

Safeguarding Governor

School Council Governor

Governor Reviewer/Target setting

Link Governor

Pupil Premium Governor

Health and Safety Governor

Health and Wellbeing (including mental health)

SMSC/British Values/Equality/Community 

Single Central Record

GDPR

Pay Committee member

Member of Governor Bid-writing Group

Mrs Lyndsay Johnson

Co-opted

15.6.16

15.6.16 – 14.6.20

1st Vice-chair of governors

Chair of Pay Subcommittee

Was Year 3 Class Governor- Swapped to Year 4 13.2.20

PFL Governor

PE / Sports Premium Governor

Governor Reviewer/Target setting

2nd Pupil Premium Governor

Health and Wellbeing

Member of Governor Bid-writing Group

Mrs Susan Mair

Associate

10.3.09

8.11.16 – 7.11.20

 

Year 5 Class Governor

Music Subject Governor

Dr Wesley Tensel

Appointed 29.5.18

Co-opted

Resigned 8.3.20

 

Year 2 Class Governor

Science Subject Governor

2nd Maths Governor

Health and Wellbeing

Mrs Beth Thornley

Co-opted

2.7.18

2.7.18 – 1.7.22

2nd vice-chair of governors

Vice-chair of Pay Committee

 

Year 3 Class Governor

English Subject /Literacy Governor

Humanities Governor

Website Governor

Governor Reviewer/Target setting

Member of Governor Bid-writing Group

Mrs Snezhana White

Parent

30.10.17

30.10.17 – 29.10.21

 

Year 4 Class Governor

PSHE Subject Governor

 

Meetings also attended by Mrs Cathy Malley, Deputy Headteacher and Observer

 

Register of Interests

 

Name

Details of business interests or connections to other Wigan Council educational establishments

Personal interest

Ms Natalie Bateson

 

Parent

Mrs Judith Boardman

Caretaker, Gilded Hollins

 

Mrs Chris Burns

Headteacher

 

Mrs Joanne Crombleholme

 

Parent

Mrs Nicola Dickson

Teacher, Gilded Hollins

 

Mrs Samantha Grainey

 

Parent

Mrs Elizabeth Haworth

Member of Westleigh Start Well Family Centre Advisory Board

National Leadership of Governance

 

Mrs Lyndsay Jones

 

 

Mrs Susan Mair

Office, Gilded Hollins

Breakfast Club, Gilded Hollins

 

Dr Wesley Tensel

 

Parent

Mrs Beth Thornley

 

Parent

Mrs Snezhana White

 

Parent

 

Attendance Record

YES = attended

APOLS = apologies offered and accepted

NO = didn’t attend and no apologies offered prior to meeting / apologies offered but not accepted

N.A = Not applicable e.g. not a governor at that time

Name

Full Governing Body Meetings

 

1.10.19

2.10.18

7.1.20

14.1.20

3.3.20

28.4.20

Lockdown

23.6.20

Ms Natalie Bateson

YES

APOLS

APOLS

YES

APOLS

Cancelled

 

Mrs Christine Burns

YES (also pay)

YES

YES

YES

YES

Cancelled

 

Mrs Judith Boardman

YES

APOLS

No longer a governor

Mrs Joanne Crombleholme

YES

APOLS

YES

YES

YES

Cancelled

 

Miss Nicola Dickson

YES

YES

N.A.

YES

APOLS

Cancelled

 

Mrs Samantha Grainey

Not yet a governor

YES

Cancelled

 

Mrs Elizabeth Haworth

YES (also pay)

YES

YES

YES

YES

Cancelled

 

Mrs Lyndsay Johnson

YES (also pay)

YES

YES

YES

YES

Cancelled

 

Mrs Susan Mair

YES

YES

N.A.

YES

YES

Cancelled

 

Dr Wesley Tensel

APOLS

YES

YES

YES

YES

No longer a governor

Mrs Beth Thornley

YES (also pay)

YES

YES

YES

YES

Cancelled

 

Mrs Snezhana White

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

Cancelled

 

 

Mrs Cathy Malley (observer)

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

Cancelled

 

   
     

 

Governing Body Roles and Attendance 2018 to 2019

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