Governance at Westgarth
Westgarth Primary School is part of the Galileo Academy Trust.
The Westgarth Governing Committee is made up of a number of individuals who represent the different stakeholders in the successful running of the school.
The Full Governing Committee (FGC) meets at least once a term, and has committees which meet more regularly to deal with specific issues. The Chair of Governors (John Adams) or the governor with responsibility for Safeguarding (Annette Clayton) can be contacted via the school office if you have any specific queries or issues you wish to raise.
At present there are three sub-committees;
Pupil Welfare, Standards & Curriculum Committee (Chair Ruth Bolton)
Human Resources, Finance & Facilities Committee (Chair Linda McCalmont)
Pay Review & Performance Management Committee (Chair John Adams)
A full list of governors;
Name Position/role Committee membership
Vacancy (Mrs McCalmont acting) Chair (FGC) FGC, HRFF, PWSC, PRPM
Linda McCalmont Vice-Chair (FGC) Chair (HRFF)
Ruth Bolton Chair (PWSC) FGC, PWSC, PRPM
Richard Atwood Vice-Chair (PRPM) FGC, HRFF, PRPM
Annette Clayton Safeguarding FGC, HRFF, PWSC
Ellen Bissell Parent Governor FGC, PWSC
Ed W Parent Governor FGC, PWSC, HRFF
Mrs L McCalmont L.A. Governor
Andrew Duncan Staff Governor FGC, PWSC
Dave Woodhouse Co-Opted Staff Governor FGC, HRFF
Angela Livingstone Clerk FGC
FGB Full Governing Body
HRFF Human Resources, Finance & Facilities Committee
PWSC Pupil Welfare, Standards & Curriculum Committee
PRPM Pay Review & Performance Management Committee
The purpose of having a governing body is to
help the school to set high standards by planning for the school's future and setting targets for school improvement
keep the pressure up on school improvement
be a critical friend to the school, offering support and advice
help the school respond to the needs of parents and the community
make the school accountable to the public for what it does
work with the school on planning, developing policies and keeping the school under review
exercise its responsibilities and powers in partnership with the headteacher and staff
not intervene in the day-to-day management of the school unless there are weaknesses in the school, when it then has a duty to take action.
From time to time vacancies for new governors become available. These are advertised through the school newsletters and on the website.
“Once appointed or elected, all governors must operate in the best interest of pupils, not as representatives to lobby on behalf of their constituency. Their task is to govern the school. This means focusing on the core functions of providing strategic leadership, holding the headteacher to account and making sure the school’s money is well spent. This is a demanding task for which all governors need to have, or develop, relevant and appropriate skills”.
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