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Governors

The statutory functions of the Governing Body are to: 

 

  • Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
  • Hold the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff.
  • Oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent.

 

The Structure of the Governing Body:

 

The full Governing Body (FGB) meets six times a year. In addition to this and in order to strengthen the financial running and position of the school, a separate Resources Committee was formed in November 2020. This has already resulted in a deeper understanding of the school budget and enabled more detailed and focused work to begin on much needed long term investment in IT infrastructure. It has provided more time to dedicate to reviewing contracts to ensure best value. 

 

The Governing Body also has the following statutory committees: 

  • Pupil Discipline Committee
  • Staff Discipline Committee
  • Staff Discipline Appeals Committee and Complaints Panel.

 

The current Governing Board is comprised of 9 governors as follows:

 

a. One parent governors

b. One Local Authority governor

c. One staff governor

d. Headteacher

e. Five co-opted governors

 

Meet Our Governors: 

 

Name:  David Linsley (Chair of Governors)

Type of Governor: Co-opted

Term of Office Start Date: 15/02/2022       

Term of Office End Date: 14/02/2026

 

I have been a co-opted governor for the school for two years and taken the role of Chair from the start of the 2019/20 school year.

Originally from the northeast, I live in Easingwold with my wife, Sarah and two boys, Daniel (Year 5) and Benjamin (Year 2). I work in York as Finance Director of a software company.

 

I chose to join the school’s governing body to help it succeed in meeting its strategic, teaching and financial targets. Challenges in all areas have been met with enthusiasm and determination by everyone I have worked with and the passion of those involved in the school is the reason why I try my best to help in whichever way I can. Although my experience in education may be less than other members, I thoroughly enjoy being part of the governing body and are not afraid to ‘ask the stupid questions!’

 

 If you see me in the school playground or in and around Easingwold, I would be more than happy to stop for a chat and answer any questions or concerns you may have.

 

Name: Rachel Proudley (Vice Chair of Governors)

Type of Governor: Co-opted

Term of Office Start Date: 02/04/2019

Term of Office End Date: 01/04/2023

 

I was thrilled to become a Governor for Easingwold Primary School in 2019, I wanted to be more involved with the school that my two children attend, Angus is in Year 5 and Emilia in Year 3.  I have been a teacher for over 15 years I have 5 years of experience as a staff governor. I have teaching experience in every year and therefore have a good understanding of education across the year groups. As a Governor I really enjoy coming into school helping in classes and finding out about all the exciting things that the children are doing.   

 

Name: Vicky Bramma

Type of Governor: Co-opted

Term of Office Start Date: 17/09/2019      

Term of Office End Date: 16/09/2023

 

I have worked at Easingwold Primary School since September 2011. During my time, I have worked in all phases at ECPS and took on the role of English Leader in summer 2015. This role has been an exciting one as I have worked alongside all staff to continue to improve the teaching of English within our school, including leading the redevelopment of our school library.  I have been a governor since October 2015 and this is a role that I enjoy as it provides an insight to the non-teaching side of teaching.  Being part of the Governing Body is rewarding as the work we do ensures the strategic direction of the school is focused, and standards continue to improve. 

 

Name: Alison Cottrell

Type of Governor: Headteacher 

Term of Office Start Date: 01/01/2020      

Term of Office End Date: Permanent 

 

I have worked at Easingwold Primary School since September 2008. I have been a class teacher in KS2 and took on the role of Deputy Headteacher in September 2009. In September 2020 I became the Headteacher. I find my work as a Governor extremely rewarding as it provides a strategic direction for school improvement. The 'critical friend' aspect of the Governing Body ensures the work of the school is quality assured which I believe to be vital in driving standards up. I want the very best for all children in our school and the work of the Governors supports me in achieving this through target setting, data analysis, policy reviews and regular visits to school. 

 

Name: Andrew Neville-Smith

Type of Governor: Co-opted

Term of Office Start Date: 17/09/2019        

Term of Office End Date: 16/09/2023

 

I started teaching at this school in 1974 and as such have seen many changes and served under a number of different head teachers. Although I am now retired, I still enjoy being involved with the children. I run a couple of clubs, organise the Open the Book assemblies once a fortnight and am involved with school trips when requested. I am particularly concerned with the well-being of both the staff and children and that the latter receive a well-rounded and enjoyable education

 

Name: Antoinette Potter 

Type of Governor: Staff Governor 

Term of Office Start Date: 1/09/2020

Term of Office End Date: 1/9/2024

 

I was appointed as a year 5/6 teacher at Easingwold Community Primary School in September 2009. After my first year here, I became Mathematics Leader, which along with sport is my passion. I've continued to lead Mathematics throughout my time here. I have also experienced teaching in year 3/4 for couple of years before returning back to year 6. I'm currently phase leading and teaching in year 1/2, while embarking upon my new role as Acting Deputy Headteacher. I joined the Governing Body March 2020 and look forward to contributing to the successful leadership and development of our wonderful school.

 

Name: Rebecca Cooper

Type of Governor: Parent Governor 

Term of Office Start Date: 15/1/20

Term of Office End Date: 14/1/24

 

I was delighted to have been appointed a Parent Governor at Easingwold Community Primary School in early 2020, and am excited to be able to contribute to an ambitious team who are committed to ensuring the school continues to progress and improve so that we can offer the very best experience to all of the pupils who attend. I have lived in Easingwold for most of my life and have happy memories of attending both the Primary and Secondary schools. I strongly believe that schools should be the heart of the community in which you live and this was a big part in my decision to send my own children here.

 

The first part of my day job, and the one that really keeps me on my toes, is being Mum to Oliver, 7, who will soon to be entering Year 3 and Freddie, 2, a pupil of the future. The second part is working in the Department for Education where I primarily focus on the academic and financial performance of further education colleges. It is a really interesting and fulfilling role and certainly brings a different perspective to how education works behind the scenes. Experience has shown me how important excellent leadership and strong governance is in any educational institution and I hope to ensure that this is what continues to be in place at ECPS.

 

Name: Nikki Rowbottom

Type of Governor: Co-opted Governor

Term of Office Start Date: 22/1/20

Term of Office End Date: 22/1/24

 

I am a recently elected Co-opted Governor and also a parent of children in the school. I live in Easingwold with my husband and children, having moved here 6 years ago. My professional experience is in procurement and contract management most recently in the public sector. I have lots of experience in managing suppliers and contracts and making sure financial savings are managed properly.

 

I opted to join the Governing Body to use these professional skills to support the school in a time of economic austerity but also as a way of supporting our children to receive the best possible start to their education. I'm very passionate about reading and books and believe that the knowledge gleaned from reading can inspire and engender many great things from all ages.

 

I strongly believe that children learn more effectively when they have fun and are engaged in a wide variety of interesting and exciting topics supported by real life examples. I want to help make school an enjoyable experience, so our children can learn how to make friends and deal with social issues and have the opportunities to try a whole range of activities they may not normally have access to. 

 

Name: Margaret Young 

Type of Governor: Local Authority Governor

Term of Office Start Date: 12/12/2020

Term of Office End Date: 12/12/2024

 

I am the local Vicar and have had a long association with different schools from different settings. For many years I used to go into nursery and reception classes to carry out eye tests. Yes, you can accurately check a child's vision without them knowing any letters. As a parent I was initially the parent Governor and then the foundation Governor of a primary school in the suburbs of Manchester. I have an interest in ensuring that children develop to their full potential. 

 

Name: Edward Fenning

Type of Governor: Co-opted Governor

Term of Office Start Date: 24/09/2021

Term of Office End Date: 24/09/25

 

It is a privilege to serve as a Governor of Easingwold Primary school. I am the pastor of Hope Church Easingwold and I long to serve our local community. I loved my time at school and am keen to see that our children are able to enjoy and thrive in their education. I am married to Helen and have four children, two of whom are already in the school (in Year 3 and Year 1) with two more set to join in the coming years, so I have a particular interest in the long term state of the school. I have eight years experience as a teacher of Mathematics in a senior school, and two years experience as treasurer of a charity. I am particularly passionate that education should be well-rounded and enjoyable.

 

Name: Gill Nowell 

Type of Governor: Parent Governor

Term of Office Start Date: 24/09/2021

Term of Office End Date: 24/09/25

 

I was very pleased to be appointed a Governor at Easingwold Community Primary School towards the end of 2021.  As well as being a mum to 2 boys (one of whom currently still attends ECPS in year 4) I am also a clinical psychologist currently practising within an NHS community team with Deaf children and young people living across the whole of Yorkshire.  I work with children and adolescents who are struggling with their mental health, or who have behavioural difficulties and I also work closely with their parents and/or carers.  Another part of my role involves liaising with schools around educational provision and support for children referred to our service - some of whom have Education and Health Care Plans due to their additional needs. 

I applied for the role of Governor because I felt that with my mental health background and understanding of the needs of vulnerable pupils and their families, that I had something different to offer to the Governing Body and subsequently the children attending ECPS.  I am passionate about children’s emotional wellbeing and am keen to support ECPS to continue to provide the positive, inclusive and dedicated environment for our children to develop in both educationally and personally.

 

To support the effective monitoring of the school's work and impact, link governors have been established. They meet with leaders in school to see first hand, how the work we are doing is making a difference to the children who come to Easingwold Primary School. 

 

Governor Link Roles: 

 

Safeguarding and Health and Safety: Rachel Proudley

SENCO/PP/Vulnerable Children: Gill Nowell

Early Years: Nikki Rowbottom

Risk Management of Residential Visits: David Linsley and Rachel Proudley 

Headteacher Performance Management and Wellbeing: David Linsley and Rachel Proudley

Leadership and Management: David Linsley

Quality of Education, Personal Development Behaviour and Attitudes: Andrew Neville, Edward Fenning, Margaret Young, Rebecca Cooper. 

 

FGB Meeting Dates 2021-2022

Thursday 23rd September 2021

Monday 6th December 2021

Tuesday 1st February 2022

Tuesday 16th March 2022

Thursday 19th May 2022

Thursday 14th July 2022

Register of Business Interests: 

 

It is important that governors and staff not only act impartially, but are also seen to act impartially. The governing body and school staff have a responsibility to avoid any conflict between their business and personal interests and affairs and those of the school. There is a legal duty on all governors to declare an interest likely to lead to questions of bias when considering any item of business at a meeting and for the governor concerned to withdraw, if necessary, whilst the matter is considered. To help put this duty into practice, a governing body is required to establish and maintain a register of pecuniary interests indicating, for all governors and the headteacher, any business interests. This should include, if appropriate, the company by whom they are employed, directorships, significant shareholdings or other appointments of influence within a business or other organisation which may have dealings with the school. They should include their own interest and those of any member of their immediate family (including partners) or other individuals known to them who may exert influence. The register sheet should be signed by the governor. The register will enable governors to demonstrate that in spending public money they do not benefit personally from decisions that they make. See our register below.

 

No member of staff receives a salary over £100,000. 

 

Governors' Written Statement of Behaviour Principles. 

 

Under the Education and Inspections Act, 2006, the Governing Body is charged with the duty to set the framework of the school’s policy by providing a written statement of general principles relating to behaviour and discipline, taking into account the needs of all pupils. The purpose of this statement is to give guidance to the Headteacher in drawing up the behaviour policy by stating the principles which Governors expect to be followed. The policy aims to underpin the Governors’ duty of care to pupils and employees; promoting teaching and learning and high standards of attainment and preserve the reputation of the school. The statement is available upon request from the school and can be viewed by opening the PDF document below. This statement will be reviewed on a three yearly basis, unless changes at national or local level necessitate an exceptional review. This statement is informed by our mission statement, core values and vision.

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