Knutsford Primary Academy
Jan 9 15

Meet the Governors


The Role of the Governing Body

The governing body has overall responsibility for ensuring the school provides a high quality education for all its children through working with the headteacher and members of staff to maintain high standards. The main roles of governance are:

Strategic:Long term plans and direction of the school; aims and ethos of the school; operational policies

Support & Challenge: Be a ‘critical friend’ by being supportive but challenging; monitor and evaluate performance against targets; hold the school to account

Accountability: Ensure the National Curriculum is delivered; responsibility for the school budget; accountable to the whole school community for the school’s overall performance

The full Governing Body meets five times a year, plus a school improvement planning meeting, committee meetings, an in-house governor training session and governor visits to school. In addition governors attend training courses to develop their knowledge in specific areas of school governance.


The Structure of the Governing Body

The Governing Body of Knutsford School re-constituted in December 2012 and now consists of twelve governors and two Associate Members, supported by a clerk to the governors. The categories of governors are as follows:

  • The Headteacher
  • One member of staff elected from and by paid members of the school staff
  • Four parent governors elected from and by parents and carers of children attending the school and nursery
  • One local authority governor appointed by the local education authority
  • Five co-opted governors appointed by the governing body
  • The INCo (Inclusion Co-ordinator) and the School Business Manager are associate members each reporting on their work to a committee. They do not have voting rights.

The governing body is led by a chairperson elected by the governing body. The current Chair of Governors is Richard Hogg.

The main work of the Governing Body is conducted by two committees:

Resources Committee Curriculum and Standards Committee
The Resources Committee meets five times a year to oversee the school budget, the premises, health and safety and personnel matters.
The members of this committ are:
Eileen Anderson
Nicola Beaumont
Maria Bishop
Richard Hogg
Ebraz Khan (Committee Chair)
Anthony Wilson
The Curriculum and Standards Committee meets three times a year to monitor curriculum delivery, pupil achievements, SEND and equality matters.
The members of this committee are:
Eileen Anderson
Sue Baker
Laura Gonsalves (Committee Chair)
Susan Heaver
Catherine Hutchinson
Jackie Sansom


Other committees and working groups are formed as required from those governors with the appropriate training or experience (e.g. Appeals, Complaints, Pupil or Staff Discipline).

Schools are obliged to publish details of all governors who have served at any point over the last 12 months.
Each governor is linked to a focus area related to the School Improvement Plan (SIP).

Governor Start Date Term of Office Stepped Down Category* Relevant Business or Financial Interests Responsibilities Link Area Committee Regular (80%+) Attendance
Eileen Anderson 15/04/2014 n/a HT None Curriculum & Standards
Nicola Beaumont 20/12/2013 4 years COP None   Resources Yes
Laura Gonsalves 07/02/2017 4 years PAR None Maths Curriculum & Standards Yes
Tracy Griffiths 29/09/2014 4 years PAR None Chair of Curriculum and Standards Committee PE Curriculum & Standards Yes
Richard Hogg 08/10/2015 4 years COP None Chair of Governors Finance & Audit
Middle Leaders
Resources Yes
Ebraz Khan 29/09/2014 4 years PAR None Chair of Resources Committee   Resources Yes
Harsha Moore 29/09/2014 4 years PAR None Vice Chair of Governors Health & Safety Resources Yes
Jackie Sansom 22/11/2015 4 years STF None Pupil Premium & Children Looked After Curriculum & Standards Yes
Sue Baker 05/10/2017 4 years   COP  None   Safeguarding Curriculum & Standards  Yes
Susan Heaver 05/10/2017 4 years   COP  None   Inclusion Curriculum & Standards Yes
Anthony Wilson 30/11/2017 4 years   COP  None      Resources  Yes
Catherine Hutchinson 01/09/2016 n/a AM Inclusion Coordinator Curriculum & Standards Yes
Maria Bishop 01/10/2015 n/a AM School Business Manager Resources Yes


* COP: Co-opted Governor
HT: Headteacher
LA: Local Authority Governor
PAR: Parent Governor
AM: Associate Member
STF: Staff Governor

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