Every school must have a governing body which is made up of volunteers from different walks of life and who bring different skills and qualities to the role. Here is a little information on the responsibilities of governors. Our School’s Governing Body includes parents, individuals appointed by the Local Authority, members of the community and teaching and non-teaching staff.

Together with the Headteacher, who is responsible for the day to day management of the school, and with other staff we carry out a number of duties to ensure that our children get the best possible education during their time in school. Some of the key duties governors have are: Helping to shape the vision, ethos and direction of the school. That is not to take on the role and responsibilities of the Headteacher and Senior Staff but Governors are expected to have a clear vision for the school’s development and an understanding of how change can be used to improve the school. Promoting standards of educational attainment by having a good understanding of the strengths and development needs of the school and being familiar with performance data and how our pupils are achieving compared with similar schools whilst also looking at trends.
Ensuring that the National Curriculum is taught which is broad and balanced. Make decisions on the school’s budget and staffing. Challenging and supporting the Headteacher and Senior staff (often referred to as being a ‘critical friend’) by asking questions about why decisions are made, their advantages and how they fit in with the school’s priorities and importantly how decisions will impact on the teaching and learning of our children. Ensuring that the school fulfils its statutory duties in particular by regularly reviewing school policies. We have an ‘open door’ policy and if you have any questions, thoughts or ideas please let us know.

Richard Moore
Chair of Governors

Our Governors

Below is a list of our current Governors. If you need to contact us please either email office@sandal.bradford.sch.uk  or write to us at the school.  Any communication will be passed directly to us.

Richard Moore (Chair of Governors)

Type of Governor: Co-opted

Appointed by: Governors

Term of Office ends: September 2018

Committee Membership: School Standards, Finance & General Purposes

Special Roles or chairing responsibilities: Chair of Governors, Governors Forum, Middle Leaders

Other Educational Institutes at which a governor: Swain House Primary

Business Interests and date notified: None

Relationship to any member of the school staff including spouses, partners or relatives: None

Other educational institutions at which a governor: None

Business Interests and Date Notified: None

Relationship to any member of the school staff including spouses, partners or relatives: None

Meetings attended over academic year 2015/16 & 2016/17 out of a total number of applicable meetings: 23/24 (at 24th July, 2017)

Brendan Grant (Vice-Chair)

Type of Governor: Co-opted

Appointed by: Governing Board

Term of Office ends: October 2020

Committee Membership: School Standards

Special Roles or chairing responsibilities:  Chair of School Standards Committee, PE/Sports funding

Other Educational Institutes at which a governor: None

Business Interests and date notified: None

Relationship to any member of the school staff including spouses, partners or relatives: None

Meetings attended over academic year 2015/16 & 2016/17 out of a total number of applicable meetings: 8/9 (at 24th July, 2017)

Rayfa Ali

Type of Governor: Staff

Appointed by: Staff/Governors

Term of Office ends: September 2021

Committee Membership: Finance & General Purposes

Special Roles or chairing responsibilities: Year 4 Teacher

Other Educational Institutes at which a governor: None

Business Interests and date notified: None

Relationship to any member of the school staff including spouses, partners or relatives: None

Meetings attended over academic year 2017/18:

Adrian Atkinson

Type of Governor: Parent

Appointed by: Parents

Term of Office ends: September 2021

Committee Membership: Finance & General Purposes

Special Roles or chairing responsibilities: None

Other Educational Institutes at which a governor: None.

Business Interests and date notified: None

Relationship to any member of the school staff including spouses, partners or relatives: None

Meetings attended over academic year 2017/18 out of a total number of applicable meetings:

Matthew Bromley

Type of Governor: Parent

Appointed by: Parents

Term of office: November 2020

Committee membership: Standards Committee, Headteacher Performance Management Committee,

Any special roles or chairing responsibilities on Governing Board: SEND, Pupil Premium

Other educational institutions at which a governor: None

Business Interests and Date notified: Education consultant and journalist. Director of Bromley Education. Associate Director of Autus (Education) Group. Editorial board member at Mark Allen Publishing. Advisor to various education charities and organisations. (November 2016)

Relationship to any member of the school staff including spouses, partners or relatives: None

Meetings attended over academic year 2015/16 & 2016/17 out of a total number of applicable meetings: 4/7 (at 24th July, 2017)

Sue Carris

Type of Governor: Co-opted

Appointed by: Governors

Term of Office ends: September 2018

Committee Membership: Finance & General Purposes, School Standards

Special Roles or chairing responsibilities: Chair Finance & General Purposes Committee, Risk, Governor training,Writing

Other Educational Institutes at which a governor: None

Business Interests and date notified: None

Relationship to any member of the school staff including spouses, partners or relatives: None

Meetings attended over academic year 2015/16 & 2016/17 out of a total number of applicable meetings: 18/20 (at 24th July 2017)

Louise Dale

Type of Governor: Headteacher

Committee Membership: School Standards, Finance & General Purposes

Special Roles or chairing responsibilities: Headteacher

Other Educational Institutes at which a governor: None

Business Interests and date notified: None

Relationship to any member of the school staff including spouses, partners or relatives: None

Meetings attended over academic year 2015/16 & 2016/17 out of a total number of applicable meetings: 24/24 (at 24th July, 2017)

Phil Davis

Type of Governor: Parent

Appointed by: Parents

Term of Office ends: September 2019

Committee Membership:  Finance & General Purposes

Special Roles or chairing responsibilities:,   Health & Safety

Other Educational Institutes at which a governor: None

Business Interests and date notified: Teacher at Dixons City Academy, part of Dixons Academy Trust. Runs a school direct teacher training programme.

Relationship to any member of the school staff including spouses, partners or relatives: None

Meetings attended over academic year 2015/16 & 2016/17 out of a total number of applicable meetings: 13/17 (at 24th July, 2017)

Nicola Empson

Type of Governor: Parent

Appointed by: Parents

Term of Office ends: 17th May, 2020

Committee Membership: Finance & General Purposes

Special Roles or chairing responsibilities: Headteacher Performance, Teaching Assistants

Other Educational Institutes at which a governor: None

Business Interests and date notified: Practising Barrister (Sept. 2015)

Relationship to any member of the school staff including spouses, partners or relatives: None

Meetings attended over academic year 2015/16 & 2016/17 out of a total number of applicable meetings: 14/17 (at 24th July, 2017)

Laura Fairburn

Type of Governor: Co-opted

Appointed by: Governors

Term of Office ends: September 2018

Committee Membership: School Standards

Special Roles or chairing responsibilities: Science Leader, Reception Teacher

Other Educational Institutes at which a governor: None

Business Interests and date notified: None

Relationship to any member of the school staff including spouses, partners or relatives: None

Meetings attended over academic year 2015/16 & 2016/17 out of a total number of applicable meetings: 13/17 (at 24th July, 2017)

James Howgego

Type of Governor: Parent

Appointed by: Parents

Term of Office ended: October 2017

Committee Membership: Finance & General Purposes

Special Roles or chairing responsibilities: Curriculum, PE

Other Educational Institutes at which a governor: Allerton Primary, Associate Governor.

Business Interests and date notified: None

Relationship to any member of the school staff including spouses, partners or relatives: None

Meetings attended over academic year 2015/16 & 2016/17 out of a total number of applicable meetings: 14/17 (at 24th July, 2017)

Tracey Lister

Type of Governor: Co-opted

Appointed by: Governors

Appointed: 9 January 2016

Term of office ends: 9 January 2020

Committee Membership: Financial & General Purposes

Special roles or chairing responsibilities: None

Other educational Institutes at which a governor: None

Business Interests and date notified:   None

Relationship to any member of the school staff including spouses, partners or relatives:  None

Meetings attended over academic year 2015/16 & 2016/17 out of a total number of applicable meetings: 10/12 (at 24th July, 2017)

Natalie Robertshaw

Type of Governor: Staff

Appointed by: Governors

Term of Office ended: January 2017

Committee Membership: School Standards

Special Roles or chairing responsibilities: Year 3 Teacher

Other Educational Institutes at which a governor: None

Business Interests and date notified: None

Relationship to any member of the school staff including spouses, partners or relatives: None

Meetings attended over academic year 2015/16 & 2016/17 out of a total number of applicable meetings: 7/8 (at 24th July, 2017)

Paul Sharkey

Type of Governor: Local Authority

Appointed by: Governors

Term of Office ends: January 2021

Committee Membership: School Standards

Special Roles or chairing responsibilities: Safeguarding/Child protection, Looked after Children

Other Educational Institutes at which a governor: None

Business Interests and date notified: None

Relationship to any member of the school staff including spouses, partners or relatives: None

Meetings attended over academic year 2015/16 & 2016/17 out of a total number of applicable meetings: 3/4 (as at 24th July, 2017)

Committees

We currently have two committees:

 School Standards

Members of the committee meet at least termly and it has the following key areas of focus:

 Overall Roles of the Committee

  • To assist the Governing Body to ensure the overall aim and focus of the school is to provide the highest quality of provision, both human and physical, to support the development of students in school.
  • To assist the Governing Body in fulfilling its school curriculum responsibilities and its responsibilities in relation to the implementation of any nationally agreed curriculum and other associated courses.

The full remit of this committee can be downloaded below.

Finance & General Purposes

Members of the committee meet at least termly and it has the following key areas of focus:

 Overall Roles of the Committee

  •  To assist the Governing Body in fulfilling its statutory responsibilities for all staff employed in school and to generate the best possible professional environment, within which all staff can contribute to the raising of pupil performance and attainment.
  • To assist the Governing Body in directing the management of the school budget in support of the School Improvement Plan and ensuring sound financial management practices.
  • To assist the Governing Body: to fulfil its responsibilities in providing the best possible physical environment within which students learn, and to ensure all the Governing Body’s statutory responsibilities for the health and safety of all students and adults on site are met.

The full remit of this committee can be downloaded below.