Governors

The School Governing Body 

 

Chair: Andrew Scopes (Parent governor)

Vice Chair: Karen Shotton (Co-opted governor)

The constitution of the governing body:

  • Headteacher
  • One Local Authority (LA) governor (recommended by the LA and appointed by the governing body)
  • Two parent governors formally elected through a ballot of parents.
  • Seven co-opted governors, nominated and appointed by the governing body
  • One staff governor formally elected by staff employed at school
  • Two partnership governors from the local community
  •  Any number of associate members as required to bring specific skills into the governing body (they are not governors but appointed by the governing body)

 

The governing body operates with the following committees:

Resources committee - responsible for staffing including the appointment and role of the SENCO, equality and diversity, finance, property management, health and safety and nutritional standards.

Committee chair: Andrew Scopes

 

Teaching and learning committee  - responsible for teaching and learning matters including target setting, standards and achievement, SEN (including reporting annually on the success of the SEN policy),  monitoring teaching and learning and curriculum provision and ensuring that the governing body is represented at school improvement discussions.

Committee chair: Karen Shotton

 

Pupil support - responsible for behaviour, safeguarding, attendance, children’s spiritual moral social and cultural development, children, parent and staff voice, extra-curricular activities, cluster and other partnerships.

Committee chair: Lindsey Hegarty

 

Pay Review committee – responsible for ensuring the implementation of the school Pay Policy and Teacher Appraisal Policy

 

Pay Appeal committee – responsible for hearing pay appeals and ensuring a fair and proper process has been followed.

 

Current and recent governors and business/other interests declared are provided in the table below. 

Name of governor

 

Category of governor and committees served

 

Date appointed and term of office

Relevant business/personal interests

Any other educational establishments governed

Relationships with the school staff including spouses, partners and relatives

Andrew Scopes

Parent governor.

Resources committee.

Strategic committee.

Perfomance Management and Pay Committee.

Maths.

18/10/2012

Local Councillor

n/a

n/a

Karen Shotton

Co-opted governor

Teaching and Learning committee.

Strategic committee

Pay appeals committee

Pupil Premium

Early Years.

English.

7/01/2015

4 Years

Employee of Governance Clerking Service within Governor Support

Wykebeck Primary School

n/a

Nicholas Edensor

Headteacher

Resources committee.

Teaching and Learning committee.

Strategic committee

09/2015 n/a Gledhow Primary n/a
Louise Evans

Co-opted Governor

Pupil Support committee

Special Educational Needs

Sex and Relationships.

09/2018

4 Years

n/a Gledhow Primary n/a
Lindsey Hegarty

Co-opted Governor

Resources committee

Pupil Support committee

Pay appeals committee

British Values and Equality

Child Protection.

Health and Safety.

Sex and Relationships.

24/6/2015

4 Years

Business Development Manager at Robertson Yorkshire & East Midlands n/a n/a
Maureen Jones

Co-opted Governor

Resources Committee

Perfomance Management and Pay Committee.

Curriculum.

Formal Complaints.

05/2017

4 Years

n/a n/a n/a
Claire Carter

Parent Governor

Resources committee.

Teaching and Learning committee.

Pupil Support committee

Sports Premium.

Sex and Relationships.

Pupil Voice.

Attendance.

10/2016

4 Years

n/a n/a n/a
Sarah Baird

Co-opted Governor

Pupil Support committee

Children Looked After.

02/2018

4 Years

n/a n/a n/a
Beth Tidey

Associate Member

Resources committee.

Teaching and Learning committee.

Pupil Support committee.

Sex and Relationships.

       
Rebecca White

Associate Member

Teaching and Learning committee.

Pupil Support committee

Sex and Relationships.

Training.

       
Sean Nicholson

Staff Governor

Teaching and Learning committee.

12/10/2015

4 Years

n/a n/a n/a
Julia Ruane Pay appeals committee        

 

Annual Statement of Governance

Meeting Attendance 2017-18

Meeting Attendance 2018-19

The role of a School Governor and how to become one

Mrs Louise Evans
Having previously been employed by Beeston Primary for a decade, I am now a co-opted Governor, with monitoring responsibility for SEND and a member of the Pupil Support Committee. I currently work as a SENCO at Gledhow Primary School and am Mum to my little boy; Alfred. I have been a Primary School teacher since 2007 and a SENCo since 2010, having completed the Post Graduate Certificate in SEN Co-Ordination, and been a Lead Primary SENCo nationally for NASEN. I believe passionately in ensuring the best possible provision and progress for all children, including those from vulnerable groups and understand the importance in being an advocate for children, parents and staff who work with children with additional needs. I am SENCO at Gledhow Primary School and attend Governors meetings annually to share SEND reports.
Sarah Baird
Co-opted Governor
I became a Governor at Beeston Primary because I wanted to be a part of wider school life in a local primary school that also serves the community in which I grew up. Beeston Primary School also has links with Lane End Primary School where I currently teach in Year 2. I was delighted to become part of the governing body at Beeston Primary School as I have a deep interest in all aspects of Education and saw the opportunity to help the futures of children and families in the community. I understand the barriers that children may face in an inner city environment and hope to use my first-hand experiences within my role on the governing body. My role as a governor allows me to share my professional knowledge and skills with another school aside of my own whilst also building new skills that are important for my professional development.
Maureen Jones
I have worked with Leeds City Council for over 30 years, through my role in Human resources I worked with a number of Head Teachers across the city, where I began to understand the importance of the role of the Governing Body in supporting the Head Teacher to provide an excellent educational provision to the children, and to hopefully start a journey of lifelong learning. As a mature student in 2005 I returned to education to study Chartered Institute of Professional Development (CIPD), I obtained my degree in 2008. Studying helped me to understand the importance of having the opportunity to continue learning. I became a Governor Beeston Primary because I wanted the opportunity to become involved in building a positive learning environment for children. Staff provide an exciting and supportive place for children to learn, with a welcoming environment for visitors to school. Although I am not part of Beeston community, I felt my work experience and skills would be able to support the excellent work of the Head Teacher and his team. Having visited the school I felt that this was a place where the children feel safe, and parents can be supported to help their child achieve their full potential. I welcomed the opportunity to become Governor. From my work experience I am able to support in ensuring school follows effective practise in recruiting and retaining the staff team. I am part of the Resources Committee; this group supports the efficient running of the Finance and Resources of the school, supporting the Head Teacher to continue to raise educational standards and to encourage our children to be positive members of the community.
Mr Andrew Scopes
Chair of Governors (Parent Governor)
I became a Governor Beeston Primary because I value education, and believe that primary schools have the ability to engender a life-long love of learning that will see our children grow throughout their time in formal education, but also beyond! In addition, my three children attend Beeston Primary and I want the best possible opportunities for them. My previous experience in the financial services industry and my current role as a local councillor for Leeds City Council gives me the skills and knowledge to work with the senior leaders in the school to ensure it is the best it can be.
Mr N. Edensor
Headteacher
I became a Governor at Beeston Primary because… I am the Headteacher of this lovely school. I am an experienced Headteacher, now 3 years into my second Headship. I have also taught at five different primary schools during my 22 year career. I passionately believe that primary education should be engaging and memorable; where possible based on first-hand experiences. I know high expectations and aspirational targets motivate children. And, challenging, quality teaching ensures all pupils can become independent learners, thinkers and problem solvers; skills needed throughout adulthood. Chair of Governors at Gledhow Primary School.
Lindsey Hegarty
Co-Opted Governor
I became a Governor Beeston Primary because I wanted to continue my professional development in areas that I would not normally become involved in within my career. At the time of joining the Governing Body, I was looking ahead for primary provision for my now 4-year-old son. Beeston seemed the perfect fit to address both aspirations! My role as Business Development Manager at Robertson Yorkshire & East Midlands is to support the Managing Director as part of his core team for the delivery of the Company’s Regional Budget and management of the business. Key business interests involve construction opportunities valued up to £25 million through the Yorkshire & East Midlands areas across a variety of sectors including Commercial, Education, Elderly Care, Leisure and Residential.
Mrs Karen Shotton
Co-Opted Governor
I became a Governor Beeston Primary because… I believe that primary schools should provide the building blocks for learning together with wonderful memories and opportunities. My vision for Beeston's children is that they have a solid foundation in education and develop a love of learning that will prepare and serve them well through the rest of their lives. I firmly believe that children learn best when they are happy, feel safe and understand the purpose behind their learning. I know the importance and value of involving parents and the community in supporting the education of Beeston children. I recognise the importance of professional development for our extensive staff to support them in providing the best education for our children in the ever changing educational landscape. I value their hard work and commitment to this school. I previously worked in education for 29 years, specialising in the social and emotional development of children and promoting behaviour for learning and latterly school governance. I am married to Richard, have two sons and two grandsons.
Mrs Claire Carter
Parent Governor
My name is Claire Williamson. I was born and raised in Beeston and attended Beeston Primary as a child. I am passionate about the school as well as Beeston as a community. My eldest is currently in Year 2 and also attended both Foundation Stages, my youngest hopefully will follow. My focus is to see Beetson Primary continue to improve. I am keen to get involved in school and being a full time Mother, I have the time to fully commit to the role of Parent Governor. I have studied to a degree level, obtaining a Bmus and have recently gained an ITEC diploma showing that I have the relevant skills required along with a drive to learn and further my knowledge. I have eagerly trained in many areas needed as governor. In the past I have been part of the Family Forum team for my child's Children's Centre and also attended the quarterly Advisory Board meetings representing parent issues. I am enthusiastic about improving outcomes for our children and enjoy connecting with other parents. It is an honour to positively participate in the future direction of our school and I am committed to improving this school for our children.