Whipperley Academy Trust - Members and Trustees
Susan Spriggs - Chair of Trustees, Safeguarding
Amelia Whitehouse – Headteacher/Trustee
John Paxton - Vice Chair of Trustees - Chair of Curriculum Committee
Bernie Naughton - Trustee - Chair of Finance, Audit, Personnel and Premises Committee
Margaret Trinder - Trustee
Jane Lipman - Trustee
Dee O'Shaughnessy - Trustee
The role of the school governor is demanding but very rewarding and is a good way to give back to your local community. School governing bodies are responsible for working with the school to ensure that it delivers a good quality education. Together with the headteacher, who is responsible for day-to-day management, they set the school's aims and policies.
Key roles of governors:
- To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
- To hold the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
- To oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent
They also carry out a number of other important duties, which include:
- Determining how the school's budget is spent
- The appointing and dismissing of staff
- Hearing appeals and grievances
- Forming policy on the school's curriculum and collective worship
- Setting standards for pupils' behaviour and discipline
- Making sure school buildings are welcoming and safe
- Setting and monitoring the school's aims and policies
At Whipperley Infant Academy the school can recruit up to three parent governors. No specific qualifications are required but you do have to be over 18. There are certain exceptions to ensure your suitability to be within a school.
What is really important is that you have energy, enthusiasm, time and a real desire to help provide children with the best possible education.
What is a parent Governor?
A 'parent governor' is:
a) a person who is elected as a governor by parents of registered pupils at the academy and who is himself/herself such a parent at the time when elected, or
b) a person appointed as a parent governor. (specific circumstances apply to this)
Registered pupils at the academy include children in Reception and Keystage one.
A parent is defined as;
- all natural parents, whether they are married or not;
- any person who, although not a natural parent, has parental responsibility (as defined in Children Act 1989) for a child or young person
- any person who, although not a natural parent, has care of a child or young person.
Having care of a child means that a person with whom a child lives and who looks after the child, irrespective of what their relationship with the child is, is considered to be a parent in education law.
The following reasons will disqualify you from being a governor:
- No person shall be qualified to be a Governor unless s/he is aged 18 or over at the date of his election or appointment.
- No current pupil of the Academy shall be a Governor.
- A Governor shall cease to hold office if s/he becomes incapable by reason of mental disorder, illness or injury of managing or administering his own affairs.
- Governor may be disqualified from office if s/he fails to attend governing body meetings over a six month period, commencing from the date of the first governing body missed, without the permission of the Governors.
- A Governor shall cease to hold office if s/he would be disqualified from acting as a charity trustee by virtue of section 72 of the Charities Act 1993 (or any statutory re-enactment or modification of that provision)
- A person shall be disqualified from holding or continuing to hold office as a Governor if:
- their estate has been sequestrated and the sequestration has not been discharged, annulled or reduced;
- s/he is the subject of a bankruptcy restrictions order or an interim order.
at any time when s/he is:-
- included in the list of teachers and workers with children or young persons whose employment is prohibited or restricted under section 1 of the Protection of Children Act 1999; or
- disqualified from working with children under section 28, 29, 29A and 29B of the Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000.
- if s/he is a person in respect of whom a direction has been made under section 142 of the Education Act 2002.
- where s/he has, at any time, been convicted of any criminal offence, excluding any that have been spent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 as amended, and excluding any offence for which the maximum sentence is a fine or a lesser sentence except where a person has been convicted of any offence which falls under section 72 of the Charities Act 1993.
- if s/he has not complied with the Trust’s DBS policies. Governors are required to be familiar with the DBS policies and must act in compliance with them.