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Meet the Governors



All school have Governing Bodies. The governors are responsible for the policies and running of the school, with its day to day organisation and administration being delegated to the Head Teacher. There are opportunities for governors to undertake training to support their responsibilities in their role.


The Governing Body works in three main areas:

  • Strategic Planning - Working with the staff, the Governing Body engages in long term planning that ensures the school maintains its ethos and promotes actions that assist its long term successful development.
  • Acting as a 'Critical Friend' - The Governing Body monitors and evaluates the work of the school and asks challenging questions if it has any concerns. It also celebrates the school's successes and supports the children and staff in the school.
  • Monitoring and Evaluation - Being accountable for ensuring good quality education in the school the Governing Body notes improvements identified through the staff's substantial monitoring and evaluation work and feeds this information into its strategic planning.


Individual governors do not have any power but the Body acts collectively once decisions are made. Governors are elected from different parts of the community and share a common interest in the education and development of children in their school. They are not paid for their work but give up their time because they want to support the children and the school.  

Who are school Governors?

The governors are drawn from different parts of the school community which ensures that a sufficient diversity of views and experience is represented:

– Parent governors are selected by election and are drawn from parents and carers of pupils at the school.

– Staff governors are selected by election from teaching and support staff paid to work at the school.

- Foundation governors are appointed by the Diocesan Education Board

- Co-opted governors are appointed by the governing body


Our School Governors are:                            




Attendance Over Past 2 Years


Expiry of Term of Office

Mr Paul Galvin

(Head Teacher)








While in post

Mrs Anne Sawford (Chair)

Foundation Governor





4 years


Mr Jeff Lickess



Foundation Governor




4 years


Mrs Hannah Steggles


Parent Governor




4 years


Mr Onkar Korotana


Parent Governor





4 years


Mr Andrew Gilford





4 years


Mrs Hanna Padam

Staff Governor




4 Years


Mr Stewart Murray






4 years


Rev Rob Miles







Clerk to the Governing Body




Governors who have stepped down in the previous 12 months

Mr Patrick Sanderson September 2017
Mr Richard Skelton September 2017

Rev Jon Barrett

October 2017


St Luke’s Primary School’s Register of Pecuniary Interests

What do the school Governors do?

Governors have a range of duties and powers and a general responsibility for the conduct of the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement. This includes setting targets for pupils achievement, managing the school’s finances, making sure the curriculum is balanced and broadly based, the learning environment is safe, appointing staff and reviewing staff performance and pay and many more. There are three sub-committees of the governing body which facilitate its work and they are:

The Curriculum Committee


The Curriculum Committee ensures that a wide range of experience and viewpoints are taken into consideration when we meet to discuss the following aspects that impact on teaching and learning and the opportunities that are available to pupils. The committee has responsibility for:



– Monitoring & reviewing information on School Performance to include Raise Online, Inspection Dashboard, Closing the Gap for all groups of pupils

– Monitoring & reviewing school targets

– Monitoring and reviewing in year progress for all year groups and all groups of pupils

– Comparing school performance against national data

– Reporting to parents according to statutory requirements

– Monitoring achievement for all groups of pupils (inc. pupil premium)

– Monitoring pupils work and carry out pupil conversations

– Monitoring school target setting systems and how this is reported to parents.


Teaching, Learning and Assessment:

– Reviewing Raise Online / Inspection Dashboard, ensuring the school is meeting standards

– Monitoring and reviewing quality of teaching across the school.

– Monitoring teaching for groups of pupils (inc. pupil premium)

– Monitoring intervention groups for all groups of pupils

– Monitoring assessment/AfL and impact in class/groups



– Ensuring the school is meeting National Curriculum requirements and to review the Curriculum ensuring it meets all pupils needs

– Monitoring and reviewing the curriculum with a focus on basic skills and greater depth – Monitoring skills coverage of curriculum and the wider curriculum

– Parental engagement

– Reviewing & updating SEF (Self Evaluation Form)

– Monitoring & reviewing School Development Plan

– Monitoring how school are developing pupils spiritual, cultural, social and moral awareness.

– Monitoring of PHSE and British Values

-Monitoring the impact of PE and Sport funding

- Monitoring the expenditure and impact of Pupil Premium funding


Behaviour & Attendance:

– Review Behaviour Policy and monitor school behaviour. Review and Monitor attendance data against school and national targets

The Finance and Staffing Committee


The Finance provides guidance to the governing body and Headteacher on all matters relating to finance as outlined in the School’s Financial Regulations & Standing Orders. These will include:


– Producing & approving the annual budget and present it to the full Governing Body for ratification.

– Reviewing the actual expenditure and monitoring statements at least once a term.

– Receiving & Reviewing financial projections.

– Approving expenditure and virements of sums over £5000, sums below that amount are delegated to the Head Teacher

– Conforming to the Schools Financial Value Standards in Schools.

– Assessing the financial progress towards achieving the objectives in the School Development Plan.

– Reviewing of leases & contracts – including traded services.

– Ensuring Best Value principles apply.

– Reviewing the financial implications on the budget of the Pay & Conditions document.

– Receiving LA Budget and Out turn Statement (Section 122) – Receive the annual accounts and certificate of audit of the School Fund Account and other voluntary funds held within school

– Assessing the schools insurance cover to ensure that it provides adequate protection against risks.

– Ensuring LA financial procedures are complied with.

– Obtaining quotations with a view to placing contracts./.orders, once the relevant Committee has drawn up a specification.

-Monitoring the financial audit

-Monitor statement of internal control


– Considering applications from staff for variation to contract (secondments, early retirements, leave of absence, reduced working hours etc.)

– Ensuring all personnel records are held securely.

– Reviewing annually the staffing structure of the school ensuring that it meets the requirements of the curriculum and is in line with the School Development Plan.

– Reviewing staff work / life balance, working conditions and well-being, including the monitoring of absence.

– Monitoring the Performance Management for all staff ensuring rigour, fairness and transparency and related to pay progression.

– Equal Opportunities – Establishing & maintaining a rolling programme for Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Checks. – Staff training and CPD

– Staff Grievance and Discipline (in line with school policies) – Staff dismissal, redundancy and redeployment

The Health, Safety and Property Committee


Premises Health & Safety:

– Review the schools Health & Safety Policy on an annual basis.

– Receive a regular report on accident statistics, near misses and incidents of violence or aggression.

– Comply with current fire safety legislation & regulations: ‘level one’ fire risk assessment should be carried out by the school on an annual basis; ‘level 2’ or technical fire risk assessment is reviewed bi-annually.

– Ensure Risk Assessments are carried out and reviewed on a regular basis.

– Inspect the school site and buildings to enable maintenance and improvement, including security. (Site visit)

– Review and Authorise upcoming offsite activities, ensuring that the health and safety planning and risk assessments have been undertaken for them.

– Receive reports and audits from Health & Safety representatives (to include Premises Officer & Cleaning)

– Ensure staff & Governors undertake appropriate Health & Safety Training.

– Monitor all safeguarding procedures. – Ensure that Health & Safety documents and records are up to date:

– Fire log book

– Asbestos on site

-Legionnaires/water testing report

– Premise log book (PAT Testing, Glazing Inspections, An annual check of PE Equipment / Playground Equipment

– Establish & review an Accessibility Plan

– Review e-safety policy & procedures

-Monitor all external inspection recommendations have been implemented

If you would like to speak to a Governor, understand more about the Governing Body, or are interested in becoming a Governor yourself then please contact the Chair of Governors (Stewart Murray) by leaving a message in the School Office.