Governors

What Do Governors Do?

The Governors’ work affects most aspects of the school’s life and work.  Governors establish a long-term strategic plan for the school, which is then put into practice by the Headteacher.  They establish how many staff are employed in the school and take part in interviewing and appointing candidates, including appointing a Headteacher.  The Governors also deal with school Finances and Premises matters, including Health and Safety,

Governors also have responsibilities such as ensuring the National Curriculum is taught in accordance with the regulations, including drawing up policies relating to Sex Education and charging for School visits.  Collectively they monitor the curriculum and provision for Special Educational Needs and all governors have a duty to ensure that all aspects of safeguarding are sound.

More generally, Governors are expected to be in touch with the local community and to help guide the school to meet the community’s educational needs. They are also expected to help the school explain to the community what the school is trying to achieve for their children.

If you have any matters which you would like to bring to the Governors attention please approach them or write to the Chair of Governors: cofg@goathland.n-yorks.sch.uk, or via telephone to the school on 01947 896230.

Do Parent Governors Have Special Responsibilities?

No.  Parent Governors do not have ‘extra’ duties.  All governors are equally responsible and discharge their responsibilities as a body, not individually.  The Parent Governors speak as parents: they can’t speak for all parents.

Record of Governors’ Work

Minutes of all Full Governing body meetings are available on request from the school office. If you would like to see one or more sets of Minutes, please email admin@goathland.n-yorks.sch.uk or telephone 01947 896230 to request a copy by email or a hard copy.

How is our Governing Body organised?

Goathland School has a “circle model” of governance, where the governing body works as a ‘whole team’ without any committees, and meets every half term, or more if required. This means that all governors have up to date information regarding the school, and can offer timely support and challenge, as well as take action should the need arise. The governing body may commission assignments or projects arising from the business of any particular meeting which will be recorded in the minutes. The governing body will also at times delegate monitoring activities to either individual or pairs of members. This delegation could relate to statutory functions or to priorities identified in the School Development Plan (SDP). Any delegated decisions will be reported back to the Full Governing Body (FGB).

To support this we have Link Governors (see below) to take a focussed oversight of key areas, and a Pay Committee which convenes twice a year. There are also are committees which only function on an ad hoc basis, including the Complaints Committee and the Disciplinary Committee.

Information about the formal complaints procedure is available on this website together with details of other Goathland school policies.

Link Governor for Safeguarding & Attendance (Including filtering & monitoring): Mrs Nicola Atkinson

Link Governor for Inclusion (SEND & Pupil Premium): Mrs Nicola Atkinson

 

 

 

Governor Visits Policy –  click here Governor Visits Policy

Governor Allowances Policy –Governor Allowances Policy

   Meeting Dates 2023-24

4.30 pm on Tuesday 3rd October 2023 

4.30 pm on Tuesday 21st November 2023 

4.30 pm on Tuesday 23rd January 2024 

4.30 pm on Tuesday 12th March 2024 

4.30 pm on Tuesday 7th May 2024 

4.30 pm on Tuesday 9th July 2024

Penny Fenton Clerk 01/09/2022 – 31/08/2026 penny.fenton@northyorks.gov.uk Co-opted

Nicola Atkinson 20/04/2021 – 19/04/2025 natkinson@goathland.n-yorks.sch.uk Co-opted

Kelly Sinclair 09/05/2023 – 08/05/2027 ksinclair@goathland.n-yorks.sch.uk Co-opted

Nick Chambers Chair of Governors 22/11/2023 – 21/11/2027 cofg@goathland.n-yorks.sch.uk Local Authority

Lisa Armstrong Headteacher 01/09/2022 – 31/08/2026 headteacher@goathland.n-yorks.sch.uk Head 

Angus Nicholson Vice Chair 01/02/2018 – 31/01/2026 anicholson@goathland.n-yorks.sch.uk Parent

Hannah Oakley  30/11/2022 – 29/11/2026 hthurston@goathland.n-yorks.sch.uk Parent

Victoria Bordoli 22/11/2022 – 21/11/2026 vickie.bordoli@goathland.n-yorks.sch.uk Staff

Jason Wood 05/02/2018 04/02/2026    jwood@goathland.n-yorks.sch.uk Co-opted

 

Full Governing Body 2023-24

Name Email Category Start Date End Date Position Business Interest & Pecuniary interest Relative to Staff members
Nick Chambers cofg@goathland.n-yorks.sch.uk LA 22/11/2023 21/11/2027 Chair None No
Jason Wood jwood@goathland.n-yorks.sch.uk Co-opted 05/02/2018 04/02/2026   None No
Angus Nicholson  anicholson@goathland.n-yorks.sch.uk

Parent

By nomination – elected unopposed by parents

01/02/2018 31/01/2026   None No
Hannah Oakley  hthurston@goathland.n-yorks.sch.uk

Parent

By nomination – elected unopposed by parents

30/11/2022 29/11/2026   None No
Lisa Armstrong headteacher@goathland.n-yorks.sch.uk

Headteacher

Ex officio

01/09/2022        –   Headteacher Staff
Vickie Bordoli  v.bordoli@goathland.n-yorks.sch.uk

Staff

By nomination – elected unopposed by staff

17/09/2018 16/09/2026   Teacher Staff
Nicola Atkinson  natkinson@goathland.n-yorks.sch.uk Co-opted 20/04/2021 19/04/2025  Inclusion (SEND and Pupil Premium) /Safeguarding & Attendance (Including filtering & monitoring) Link Governor None No
Kelly Sinclair  ksinclair@goathland.n-yorks.sch.uk Co-opted 09/05/2023 08/05/2027  EYFS Link Governor None No
Clerk to Governors

 Penny.Fenton@northyorks.gov.uk

 

Clerk      Clerk  None No

 

Link Governors

The role of the Link Governor is to provide a link between the Governing Board and the school. When Link Governors visit the school and report back to the Governing Board they help to deepen all governors’ understanding of how the school operates, how the strategic objectives are being pursued, how financial resources are being used and what extra support the school may need to meet its objectives. Without Link Governors, the Governing Board is totally reliant on the Headteacher, or other staff governors, for their understanding of the school. The presence of Link Governors provides an additional source of evidence upon which governing decisions can be made. This additional evidence should enable the Governing Body to better challenge information presented by the school and also better support the school to meet its strategic objectives.

At Goathland School, we ask our Link Governors to:

  • Gain insight into the life of the school
  • Create and develop relationships with staff, children and where appropriate parents
  • Better understand the Governors roles in raising standards
  • Enable a deeper understanding of the school’s current performance, practice, strengths and areas for further development.
  • Observe policies and plans being implemented on a day-to-day basis 

Governor Attendance at Meetings Academic Year 2022-23.

Forename

Surname

Governors category

Meetings

Attended

Not Attended

Apology not sent

Apology not accepted

Lisa

Armstrong

Headteacher

6

6

0

0

0

Nicola

Atkinson

Co-opted

6

6

0

0

0

Victoria

Bordoli

Staff

6

5

1

0

0

Scott

Grason-Taylor

Local Authority

2

0

2

0

0

Angus

Nicholson

Parent

6

6

0

0

0

Kelly

Sinclair

Co-opted

1

1

0

0

0

Hannah

Oakley

Parent

4

3

1

0

0

Jason

Wood

Chair

6

6

0

0

0