Governors work as a team. They are responsible for making sure the school provides a good quality education for all pupils. Raising educational standards in school is a key priority. This has the best chance of happening when there are high expectations of what pupils can achieve.
Governors promote effective ways of teaching and learning when setting the school aims and policies. They do this together with the head teacher, who is responsible for the day-to-day management of the school.
Governing boards are accountable to parents, the local community and the Local Authority. Appointments are for three or usually for four years. The governing board's main role is to help raise pupils' standards of achievement.
The Governing Board:
- is accountable for the performance of the school to parents and the wider community
- plans the school's future direction
- selects the head teacher
- makes decisions on the school's budget and staffing including the performance management policy
- makes sure the agreed Curriculum is well taught
- decides how the school can encourage pupils' spiritual, moral and cultural development
- makes sure the school provides for all pupils including those with special needs.
Governors are at the heart of how a school operates. It's important they get things right. How they do their job effects the interests of pupils, staff and the reputation of the school in the community. Governors support and challenge head teachers by gathering views, asking questions and discussing what's best for the school. They are not there to rubber stamp decisions. They have to be prepared to give and take advice and must be loyal to decisions taken by the governing board as a whole.
Chair of Governors (LA Governor) - Lynn Alvy
I am Chair of Governors of the governing body of Windmill Church of England Primary School. I started as a school governor at the Infant School in 2004 and became Chair in 2005. I was Chair of the temporary governing body overseeing the formation of the new school.
I have lived in the local area for nearly forty years and am an active member of St. Saviour’s Church. Both my children attended the infant and junior schools, then our local high schools, before going to University.
My background is in primary education and I was headteacher of a large nursery, infant and junior school before becoming an Ofsted inspector and tutor for teachers in training at the University of Leeds. I was also a church school inspector in the former Wakefield Diocese for some years. During my career, I taught children from Early Years through to Year 6 and I have a Master’s Degree in Education. Although now retired, I am still passionate about education and believe strongly in the importance of ensuring that all children are provided with high-quality opportunities to succeed.
I am excited about the changes that are taking place at our new school. Our motto ‘Inspire, Believe, Achieve,' effectively encompasses the vision we share. As part of the school team, I will continue to work hard to give every child the best chance to achieve their potential.
Foundation Governor - Revd Lesley Mattacks
I am pleased to be on the Governing Body of Windmill School as Vicar of St Saviour's Parish. Before ordination into the Church of England, I was a Secondary School teacher specialising in Religious Education. In my pastoral role, I have been involved in transfer arrangements between primary and secondary school. Since moving into Parish ministry I have enjoyed being more involved with younger children and seeing their sense of awe and wonder develop as they grow. I have a Master's Degree in Religious Education.
The link between Windmill School and St Saviour's Church is very important and I want to encourage this to flourish as we work to make our school welcoming to all children in our community.
Foundation Governor - Naomi Bracewell
Foundation Governor - Justine Young
I am pleased to join the governing body in 2017 as a Foundation Governor. As a former pupil of the school, I now live locally with my husband Paul and our two children, my son, who is currently in Key Stage 1, and my youngest child who will begin school in 2018.
As well as being Mum, I am also a Project & Process Manager and since having my boys I work part-time for a financial organisation in Leeds. From my business experience, I bring skills to the governing body in data/financial management, process analysis and design, risk and change management and project governance.
I am an active member of St. Saviour’s Church and have been volunteering as the Sunday School leader there since 2011. In this role, I endeavour to inspire our young people (from babies to teenagers) to enjoy participating in a Church community and to learn how to apply their Christian faith to their everyday lives. I hope that I can support the school in affirming its similar vision and values and help to maintain an enduring relationship between school and church.
Co-opted Governor - Janet Beighton
Co-opted Governor - Daniel Blyth
I am a former pupil of the school and have lived in Birstall and Howden Clough all my life. I am married with two children, both of whom attend Windmill Church of England Primary School.
This is my first experience of working within the public sector and I look forward to bringing fresh ideas and unbiased opinions to the school governing body. My background comes from owning and operating a fireplace company, which I co-founded in 2001. Although new to education and the practices within, I am very experienced in Human Resources, finance, purchasing, Health and Safety and day to day operations, all of which I have performed in my career within the private sector, and still implement today.
As well as sitting on the governing body, I have accepted the responsibility of Health & Safety and have joined the Resources Committee, which is responsible for the finance and operation of the school. It is this area where I believe I can be best utilised and I am enthusiastic about driving Windmill Primary forward to provide the best possible education for all our children.
Staff Governor - Naomi NeulI am the staff governor of the governing body of Windmill Church of England Primary School. I joined the school in September 2015, in the first instance as Year 5 Class teacher and Curriculum Leader. I am now a Year 6 Class Teacher and lead Maths, Science and Curriculum. I came to Windmill from another school within the partnership, where I also held the position of staff governor. During my time as a teacher, I have taught from Early Years to Year 6 and have had varying experience in leadership including Computing and P.E alongside the positions I hold now. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Windmill so far; it is a pleasure to work for a school and be a part of a governing body which strives so hard to provide the best opportunities for its children.
Co-opted Governor - Jacqueline White
Co-opted Governor - Ann Midgley - Vice Chair of Governors
I am the governor with responsibility for the learning and progress of ‘Pupil Premium’ and disadvantaged pupils. I retired on 31st March 2012 from the headship of a large primary school in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire. The school was host to a Resourced Provision Unit for 20 pupil with significant special educational needs. I had been at the school for 12 years and had previously worked in a wide range of schools for a total of 35 years in different local authorities.
I have a great deal of experience within the area of school improvement, when I took up my headship the school was categorised as a 'failing school', there were no areas of strength. The final judgment made by the Local Authority school improvement partner July 2011 was that the school fitted the Ofsted description of ‘Outstanding’.
In addition to my headship, I have supported a range of schools over the last 17 years. This support has been both formal, as a Consultant Leader and School Improvement Partner and informal as a mentor to head teachers with a particular need. I have worked with schools from ‘Inadequate’ to ‘Outstanding’ and all have had challenges which I believe I played a part in tackling.
I have been a governor for more than twenty years, as a teacher governor, a headteacher governor and a Local Authority governor. I am currently a governor at two other schools and am on ‘Standards and Effectiveness’ committees. I believe passionately that ‘schools are for children’ and that every child must be given all support necessary to become confident, resilient and successful.
Parent Governor - Anna Mann
I am delighted to join the board of governors at Windmill C of E Primary school. My son is currently in Year one and my daughter will begin school in 2019. We live, with my husband, Fraser, in Birstall and attend St Saviours Church.
Since graduating from university I have worked in substance misuse services and I am currently a Lead Practitioner at the adult treatment service in Calderdale. I am the operational safeguarding lead, supporting staff to identify risks around safeguarding, share information appropriately and contribute to multi-agency plans. As part of the management team, my role involves ensuring the service that is delivered is of high quality, safe and adheres to our governing bodies regulations. I have an MSc in Public Health and Health Promotion which has given me many skills including a thorough understanding of research processes and the importance of using evidence-based approaches.
I hope that I can bring skills that will support the school to continue to grow in ever challenging times. I believe a firm foundation in education is pivotal for children to reach their potential. I endeavour to support the school to continue embedding its ethos in all it does and achieve even higher standards in all areas.
Parent Governor - Gareth Archer
I have lived in the area since 2001 and believe that a good school with good leadership has a positive impact on the community. My children attend Windmill and I have already witnessed changes to improve the school since James first attended in 2013.
Since qualifying as a solicitor in 1999 I have worked in private practice, primarily dealing with dispute resolution and property matters. I am head of a litigation team in a Yorkshire firm. I also have experience in employment law.
I welcome the opportunity to contribute to the work of the school in ensuring a high standard of achievement is met for the current pupils and future generations.