Our Governing Board Information

The school governors are a committed team of individuals to whom the headteacher is responsible to with regards to running the schoolMost of the business is conducted through a committee structure. The two main committees that meet regularly are School Improvement and Management.



Full name Date of appointmentWho appointed Term of Office/date stepped down Relevant business and pecuniary interests Governance in other institutions / Relationship to any staff or other governors
Mr Afzal Babariya

9th November 2015

Parent Governor

4 years    
Mrs Christine Baldwin

1st April 2019

Community Governor

4 years Community  Life Champion at Asda  
Mrs Shirley Buckley

1st April 2019

LEA Governor

4 years Company Secretary at Sign Manufacturing  

Mr I Y Omerji 


1st July 2019

Parent Governor 

4 years     
Mr Sazid Gija

25th April 2016

Parent Governor

4 years    
Mrs Janet Samways

1st May 2019

Staff Governor

Acting Headteacher

Mrs Carolynne Susan Kay

20th September 2018

LEA Governor

4 years    
Mrs Jacqueline Owen

1st April 2019

Co-opted Governor

4 years    
Ms Suzanne Shaw

1st April 2019

Co-opted Governor

4 years    
Mr Martyn Slater

10th February 2016

Staff Governor

4 years    
Cllr Mr Paul Wild

1st April 2019

LEA Governor

4 years  

Governor at The Oaks from 2013


Dr Gareth Hughes

16th April 2018

Co-Opted Governor

4 years    



School Improvement Committee
Members: Mrs Shirley Buckley, Mrs Carolynne Kay, Mrs Jacqueline Owen, Mr M Slater, Dr Gareth Hughes
Chair: Mr Gija
Clerk: Janet Shallaker-Gill 
Quorum: 3


Pay Committee
Members: Mrs Shirley Buckley, Mr Babariya, Cllr Paul Wild
Chair: Mrs Shirley Buckley
Clerk: Janet Shallaker-Gill  
Quorum: 3



Management Committee
Members: Mrs Baldwin, Mrs Buckley, Cllr Mr Wild, Mr Babariya, Ms Shaw and Head Teacher
Chair: Ms S Shaw
Clerk: Janet Shallaker -Gill   – Governor Services Team
Quorum: At least 3 Governors


Attendance Record

attendance record Nov 2018

Governors Annual Statement and Impact Report 2017 – 2018

Following guidance from the Department for Education the Governing Body has prepared this annual statement to parents for consideration. The Governing body at our school endeavours to fulfil the role defined by Government supported by the Local Authority. In doing so we hope that we can help to make our school the very best it can be for the benefit of our children and be even better today than we were yesterday.

The Governor role is intended to be strategic in nature offering challenge and support to the Head teacher and the school leadership team who are responsible for the day to day operational running of the school. In reviewing the way the school works, the Governors have gained an enormous respect for all the staff in the school. The amount of effort, care for our children, and “going the extra mile” we see on a regular basis from our staff, is nothing short of inspirational. It is not only academic progress that is in evidence in the school, but all the clubs and out of class learning that show what a broad and fulfilling education our children benefit from in our school. I would like to take this opportunity to give a huge thank you to all our staff for the level of effort and care they all contribute.

Governor MeetingsAt Sharples Primary School members of the governing body have played, and continue to play, a strong role in driving the school forward. The current governors are all listed on the website. Each one of them is a volunteer who gives up their own time to fulfil their role as governor for the benefit of our children.

There have been thirteen formal governor meetings for the year 2017 – 2018. Six of the formal meetings have been full Governing Board Meetings and the other seven have been committee meetings. Governor attendance has, as always, been of a very good level, with any absences having been fully explained, accepted and approved by the governing body. Details of Governing Board membership and attendance at meetings are available on the school website. All meeting were quorate.

We have a clerk that helps us to ensure all the topics we are required to discuss each year are covered, and we have 2 main committees that perform much of the detailed work in accordance with their terms of reference.

School Improvement CommitteeThis committee is responsible for ensuring the curriculum is broad and balanced, that teaching is at least good, reviewing the curriculum related policies of the school, ensuring that the school’s Self Evaluation is conducted appropriately and improvement plans implemented, and overseeing all aspects of Safeguarding and Child Protection. This committee meets once per term.

Management CommitteeThis committee is responsible for setting and monitoring the budget for the school, and overseeing the financial management of the school. This committee is also responsible for the maintenance and health & safely aspects of the school buildings, the selection and recruitment of staff, ensuring recruitment complies with “Safer Recruitment”, and dealing with staffing. This committee meets once per term.

The major concern of the governors is ensuring that our pupils progress appropriately in their education and appreciate that for this to happen the pupils must be supported by a well led, enthusiastic, professionally competent and motivated staff all working together within a safe, supportive, expectant but yet relaxing environment.

Governors appreciate too the requirements of our children’s parents and carers and their need to be satisfied about the overall leadership and management of the school and how it affects safety, learning and enjoyment of their children.

To achieve their objectives governors too must continually evaluate the role they have played within the life of the school, and publish relevant information to all interested parties. This statement and report are part of that evaluation and publication process.

School Improvement Plan (SIP) and Three Year Development Plan:Governors work co-operatively with the head teacher and senior management in the writing and monitoring the School Improvement Plan. The School Improvement Plan sets aims for the forthcoming year starting in September. The SIP for 2017-8 was based on priorities identified from data, school self-evaluation and Ofsted priorities. The SIP is set out with clear aims, the key tasks which will be completed in order to achieve these aims and the success criteria in order to measure outcomes.

The main targets of the school improvement plan 2017-18 were:• To ensure that all senior leaders and middle leaders have maximum impact in maintaining a quality education and in raising standards.• To ensure that all staff have knowledge and skills to deliver the curriculum to all levels of ability with appropriate challenge and support that will enable children to make progress.• To ensure that children are safe, happy, able to achieve in school and are well rounded individuals.• To build on good practice by enhancing teaching, deepening parental links and refreshing outdoor learning.• To ensure that the progress of all children and all groups of children in core subjects will be as consistently good as the best examples in school

Co-operative working on preparation and implementation of the school improvement plan follows considerable research, preparation and input from the school leadership team and all other members of staff. The impact of the improvement plan has been to raise the quality of teaching and learning and to raise outcomes for children.

Governor visits:The governors visit the school as part of their monitoring of the SIP and of specific areas. These visits are considered a valuable opportunity for governors to be able to work closely with staff members across the school. Link governors aim to monitor specific aspects of the curriculum. Guidance in terms of the roles and responsibilities of governor during their visits are provided and regular training is available in order to up skill our team. The impact of visits to school has been to give governors a clearer understanding of the schools self-evaluation – particularly with regard to reading – and to have greater input in the School Improvement Plan.

Data analysis:Data is made available to governors through termly meetings with verbal and written presentations followed by question and answer sessions with the Head teacher, Assessment Leader and members of the Senior Leadership Team. By doing this the governors are able to benchmark their data against similar schools, the Local Authority and schools nationally to ensure the schools standards and expectations are high. Governors can then monitor and scrutinize the school’s performance from an informed point of view.Particular scrutiny is placed on pupil progress across all ability groups including vulnerable groups and on the effective use of the Pupil Premium.

Policies:Governors review all policies annually to ensure that all guidance is current and up to date. Specific attention is paid to ensure that the school complies with the Department of Education mandatory policy list and the Local Authority recommended list.

Financial management:The governors have worked closely with the Head Teacher, LYNDSAY, School Business Manager and Senior Leaders to monitor the school budget. The impact of the governors’ role in the school has ensured that the budget is managed effectively, that limited resources have had maximum impact, the school has been well resourced and improvements have been effective and continuous.

Governor expertise:At Sharples Primary School the governors bring a wide variety of expertise to the school and this in turn helps to ensure the school continues to move forward and develop.Examples of the impact of governor expertise on school improvement includes working in the classroom to support more able/less able, legal expertise, ICT expertise to help in monitoring the school’s website, building community relations, and recruitment.

Impact statement – review:The governing body, the head teacher and senior leadership team and indeed all members of staff are constantly striving to improve and develop the school.

OFSTED Visit June 2018:During the recent OFSTED inspection key areas for improvement were identified in order to maintain the school’s current Good judgement. These include inconsistencies in the quality of education in some classes, achievement of most able pupils in reading, and attainment of children in receipt of Pupil Premium Grant.

Future and Continuous improvement:The governors support and challenge the school towards maintaining a Good judgement from OFSTED by ensuring that the development points from OFSTED remain a high priority for the coming year.• they quickly eliminate inconsistencies in the quality of teaching across the school,so that pupils make consistently good progress in all year groups and across allsubjects• the pupil premium funding is used more effectively to improve the attainment of disadvantaged pupils• the current decline in pupils’ attendance and rise in persistent absenteeism are reversed• governors improve their skills in holding school leaders fully to account for the achievement of all groups of pupils, including the most able and disadvantaged pupils.

The Ofsted report is available on the school’s website or on OFSTED’s website.

The Governing Board would welcome any feedback or comments that our families would care to make.

Shirley BuckleyChair of Governors