Governors at Nook Lane

Structure of Governing Body

Nook Lane has a team of up to 12 people who make up the school Governing Body.

They are responsible for making sure the school provides a good quality education. Raising educational standards in school is now a key priority and governors set high expectations of what the school, its staff and pupils can achieve. Governors also promote effective ways of teaching and learning when setting the school aims and policies. They do this together with the head teacher, who is responsible for the day to day management of the school.

The governing body consists of:

  • 3 Governors who are Parents and are elected by parents at the school
  • The Headteacher
  • 1 Staff Governor elected by the teachers and support staff at the school
  • 1 'LEA' Governor who is appointed by Sheffield as the local education authority
  • 5 Co-opted Governors who are appointed by other members of the Governing Body for their skills, knowledge and expertise
  • 2 Associate Governors assist the Governing Body. They are appointed by other members of the Governing Body because of the specific expertise and experience they can contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.

School Governors

Name Role Date of Appointment & Term of Office Appointed by Relevant Business & Pecuniary interests
Mrs D.Shaw Chair of Governing Body;
Co-opted Governor
January 2015
for 4 years
Governing Body Nil
Miss M. Foster Vice Chair of Governing Body;
Co-opted Governor
January 2017
for 4 years
Governing Body Nil
Mr S. Arbon-Davis Headteacher January 2010
On going
Governing Body Nil
Mr J. Bell Co-opted Governor January 2017
for 4 years
Governing Body Nil
Dr C Carter Parent Governor March 2017
for 4 years
Parent Election Nil
Mrs L. Harris LEA Governor January 2015
for 4 years
LEA Stannington Infant School - Deputy Headteacher
Mr M Hampton Parent Governor March 2017
for 4 years
Parent Election Nil
Mrs T Harrison Co-opted Governor June 2016
for 4 years
Governing Body Sheffield City Council - Governor Support
Mr A. Kerr Co-opted Governor January 2015
for 4 years
Governing Body Nil
Mr P Naldrett Parent Governor March 2015
for 4 years
Parent Election Nil
Mrs D. Wilkinson Staff governor April 2015
for 4 years
Staff Election Nil
Mrs L. Ireland LEA Governor Stepped down May 2017 LEA Nil

School Associate Governors

Associate governors have full voting rights on the committee meetings that they attend.

Name Role Date of Appointment & Term of Office Appointed by Relevant Business & Pecuniary interests
Mrs L Bullen Associate Governor;
Upper Key Stage 2 Leader & Teacher;
Assessment Lead
July 2013
for 4 years
Governing Body Nil
Mr J Chadbourne Associate Governor;
Deputy Headteacher
July 2013
for 4 years
Governing Body Nil

What do Governors do?

Governing bodies are responsible to parents, funders and the community. The governing body's main role is to help raise standards of achievement. It:

  • is accountable for the performance of the school to parents and the wider community.
  • plans the school's future direction.
  • selects the head teacher.
  • makes decisions on the school's budget and staffing.
  • makes sure the national curriculum is taught.
  • decides how the school can encourage pupil's spiritual, moral and social development.
  • makes sure the school provides for all its pupils, including those with special needs.

Governors are at the heart of how a school operates. It is important they get things right. How they do their job affects the interests of pupils, staff morale and how the school is seen by parents and others in the community.

Governors support and challenge the headteacher by gathering views, asking questions and deciding what's best for the school. They are not there to rubber stamp decisions. They have to be prepared to give and take and be loyal to decisions taken by the governing body as a whole.

A governing body is not a supporters club. Governors are responsible for how the school is performing. Following up inspection reports is an important job. Governors should try to be ahead of the game - identifying problems and tackling them in advance.

Governing Body Committee Structure

The work of the governing body is managed through a series of committees. One meeting is held each term for each committee, along with a full governors meeting. Occasionally additional meetings are arranged where there is something specific to cover or discuss.

Each governor is a member of at least 1 committee and all governors attend the full governors meeting.

Committee Name Chair Responsibility
Strategic Diane Shaw To manage the business of the Governing Body and ensure the committee work is co-ordinated
Curriculum To be appointed To identify key issues and monitor progress related to:
  • Curriculum
  • Attainment
  • Parents
  • Community
Finance & Premises Marie Foster To identify key issues and monitor progress related to:
  • Finance
  • Premises
  • Health & Safety
Personnel Diane Shaw To identify key issues and monitor progress related to:
  • Staffing
  • Performance Management
  • Pay
Inclusion Diane Shaw To identify key issues and monitor progress related to:
  • Inclusion
  • Safeguarding

Meeting Attendance for Academic Year 2016/17

Governors are members of at least 1 committee, with some attending more than 1, so few governors will have attended all committee meetings. Two governors were elected mid-year.

Governor Full Governor Meetings Committee Meetings
Mrs D Shaw 3 10
Miss M Foster 2 9
Mr S Arbon-Davis 3 10
Mr J Bell 2 5
Dr C Carter 2 3
Mrs L Harris 3 3
Mr M Hampton 1 1
Mrs T Harrison 3 9
Mrs L Ireland 1 0
Mr A Kerr 3 2
Mr P Naldrett 3 7
Mrs D Wilkinson 2 5
Mrs L Bullen 1 3
Mr J Chadbourne 3 4

Link Governors

Many governors have a link role looking at specific areas of the school or curriculum and report to the full governing body.

Link Area Governor
Computing Mr M Hampton
Data Mr A Kerr
Integrated Resource Miss M Foster
Literacy Mr P Naldrett
Maths Mrs D Shaw
Safeguarding Dr C Carter
Special Education Needs and Disabilities Mrs M Foster
Sport Mr J Bell

There are other roles that governors hold within the structure of the governing body.

Governor Role Governor
Governor Training Tracey Harrison
Head Teacher Performance Management Marie Foster
Diane Shaw
Pay Committee Marie Foster
Diane Shaw

What governors have been doing in school recently ...

  • Setting the school's budget for the new financial year 2017-2018.
  • Completing the school's financial value standard.
  • Governors have participated in a health and safety tour of the school.
  • Reviewing the 2017 SATs results.
  • Reviewing progress across all year groups.
  • Governors have been reviewing school subject plans presented by the subject leaders throughout the school year.
  • The Literacy Link Governor has been liaising with members of staff concerning the recent revamp of the school library.
  • The Literacy Link Governor has run a book club for Year 3 and Year 4 children where they read Time Travelling with a Hamster during lunchtimes.
  • The Maths Link Governor has been liaising with the School Maths lead on how Maths is being taught in school.