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Arbourthorne Community Primary School


What are School Governors?

Schools have a Governing Body, made up of a group people who have a passion for education and to see that pupils receive the very best education they can.  A Governing Body is representative of the schools staff, parents, local authority and others who provide the skills the Governing Body needs to carry out its functions.  They work as a collective group to meet the three statutory requirements: to ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction; hold the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and it's pupils; oversee financial performance and to ensure money is well spent.

The Governing Body work with the school leadership to assist in improvement and are driven to deliver the best education for all pupils.  Our Governing Body is responsible for the overall strategic management of our Federated schools, both financially and academically.  We monitor progress towards targets set, contribute to robust planning for school improvement and take part in learning walks and school monitoring linked to our school priorities identified in the school improvement plan. 

The Governing Body of the Federation consists of : 2 parent governors (elected by the parents), 1 Local Authority governor, 1 staff governor (elected by the staff), Executive Head Teacher and up to 16 Co-Opted governors (one of whom will be a member of staff from the other school).  In addition we have Associate Members who are appointed to work with the governing body from time to time.   A governor’s term of office is 4 years. 

The Governing Body carries out its work under a system of committees and full meetings.  Our committees consist of: Strategic; Teaching, Learning and Attainment; Finance, Premises and Personnel and Data.  All governors are invited to attend all full meetings, the Data meeting and must serve on at least one of the committees.  In addition governors attend additional meetings and training as required and come into school to represent the Governing Body at formal monitoring and events.

If you are interested in knowing more about school governance, then please contact the Chair of Governors through either school office.



Caroline Beattie - Chair of Governors

Paul Douglas - Vice Chair of Governors 

Vanessa Langley - Executive Headteacher

Mandy Fenech - Co-opted Governor (non-teaching staff)

Lianne Ward - Associate Governor

Lisa Shackleton - Co-opted Governor (parent)

Dave Tagg - Co-opted Governor

Sinead Gaffney - Headteacher

Lucy Hanson - Staff Governor

David Connor - Co-opted Governor

Sharon Revitt - Co-opted Governor

Parent Governor- vacancy

Parent Governor- vacancy

Governors hold important public office and their identity should be known to their school and wider communities. Under new regulations (September 2015) governing bodies are required to publish the following information to help with this transparency.  A full register of personal and business interests are held in school. 

Governor Attendance 2019- 2020

Please click the link below to download the governors attendance at meetings document. 

Governors attendance document