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Meet the Board of Governors

Board of Governors

 

A school's Board of Governors has three core functions:

  • ensuring that the vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school are clearly defined;
  • ensuring that the Headteacher performs his or her responsibilities for  the educational performance of the school; and
  • ensuring the sound, proper and effective use of the school's financial resources.

 

The Board of Governors at The Firs consists of nine governors from different areas of the community.

  • The Headteacher
  • One Staff Governor
  • One Local Authority Governor appointed by the Local Council
  • Two Parent Governors, appointed by the Board of Governors from self nomination
  • Four Co-opted Governors appointed by the Board of Governors

Please see the document below that details the names, roles and terms of office for the current year.

 

Governors are encouraged to attend training sessions held by the Local Authority Governor Services so that we are able to assess our own ability and make sure we have the necessary skills to fulfil the role to which we are assigned.

 

From time to time there will be a vacancy for a Parent Governor. When this happens parents will be informed and nominations will be considered by the Board of Governors.

 

Board of Governors 2016/17

 

Name

Appointed

Finance, premises, pay and personnel

Curriculum and Educational Standards

Special Responsibility

Type of Governor

Term Of Office

Nerys Hitchcock

 

01.01.11

 

x

x

 

HT

n/a

Laura Taplin

04.05.16

x

 

 

Staff Governor

03.05.20

Gary Kennedy

 

07.03.16
 

x Chair

x

SEND

Co-opted

06.03.20

Garry Marshall

06.10.15

 

 

x

Maths

Co-opted

05.10.19

Paul Howarth

05.03.15

x Pay Committee

 

Health and Safety

Parent Governor

04.03.19

Cllr Rob Chilton

03.03.16

x Pay Committee

 

English

LA Governor

02.03.20

Daniel Taylor

12.11.15

 

 

 

Associate (no voting rights)

15.06.20

 

Katie Pentith

16.06.16  

x

 

Co-opted

11.11.19

 

Marilyn Reynolds

28.06.16

 

 

x Chair

Safeguarding

Co-opted

27.06.20

David Springate

31.3.17

 

x

 

Parent Governor

31.3.21

 

 

Clerk: K Smythe External Finance Officer

Independent clerk: G Warburton

 

 

 

Attendance at Board of Governors Meetings Sept 2016 - July 2017

Name

Finance, pay, premises and personnel

11.10.17

Curriculum and educational standards

Full Board meeting

17.11.17

Finance, pay, premises and personnel

17.1.17

Curriculum and educational standards

26.1.17

Full Board meeting

9.3.17

Curriculum and educational standards

11.5.17

Finance, pay, premises and personnel

23.5.17

Full Board meeting

15.6.17

Mrs N Hitchcock

ü

ü

ü

ü

ü

ü

ü

ü

ü

Miss L Taplin

ü

N/A

ü

ü

N/A

ü

N/A

ü

ü

Mr G Kennedy

 

ü

ü

ü

ü

ü

ü

ü

ü

Mr G Marshall

N/A

ü

ü

N/A

ü

ü

ü

N/A

ü

Mr P Howarth

ü

N/A

ü

ü

N/A

ü

N/A

ü

ü

Cllr R Chilton

ü

N/A

ü

ü

N/A

ü

N/A

ü

ü

Mr D Taylor

N/A

ü

ü

N/A

ü

ü

ü

N/A

ü

Mrs K Pentith

N/A

ü

ü

N/A

ü

ü

ü

N/A

ü

Mrs M Reynolds

N/A

ü

ü

N/A

ü

ü

ü

N/A

ü

 

Attendance at Board of Governors Meetings Sept 2017 -  July 2018

Name

Full Board meeting

12.10.17

Finance, pay, premises and personnel

14.11.17

Curriculum and educational standards

23.11.17

Full Board meeting

25.1.18

Finance, pay, premises and personnel

20.2.18

Curriculum and educational standards

1.3.18

Full Board meeting

10.5.18

 

Finance, pay, premises and personnel

12.6.18

Curriculum and educational standards

21.6.18

Mrs N Hitchcock

ü

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miss L Taplin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr G Kennedy

ü

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr G Marshall

ü

N/A

 

 

N/A

 

 

N/A

 

Mr P Howarth

ü

 

N/A

 

 

N/A

 

 

N/A

Cllr R Chilton

ü

 

N/A

 

 

N/A

 

 

N/A

Mr D Taylor

ü

N/A

N/A

 

N/A

N/A

 

N/A

N/A

Mrs K Pentith

ü

N/A

N/A

 

N/A

N/A

 

N/A

N/A

Mrs M Reynolds

ü

N/A

N/A

 

N/A

N/A

 

N/A

N/A

Mr D Springate

 

N/A

N/A

 

N/A

N/A

 

N/A

N/A

 

Register of business interests

 

Councillor Robert Chilton - none

Miss Laura Taplin- none 

Mrs Katie Pentith - none

Mrs Marilyn Reynolds-  none

Mr Paul Howarth - none

Mrs Nerys Hitchcock- none

Mr Garry Marshall - none

Mr Gary Kennedy - none

Mr David Springate - none

Mr Dan Taylor - none

 

Register of other establishments governed and/or other interests declared

 

Mr Robert Chilton - Councillor for Trafford Council and Governor at All Saints R.C. Primary, Sale

Miss Laura Taplin- none 

Mrs Katie Pentith - none

Mrs Marilyn Reynolds-  none

Mr Paul Howarth - none

Mrs Nerys Hitchcock- husband Headteacher at St Mary's C of E Primary, Sale

Mr Garry Marshall - none

Mr Gary Kennedy - none

Mr David Springate - none

Mr Dan Taylor - none

 

 

Meet the Governors

Meet the Governors 1 Mr G Kennedy

Hello, my name is Gary Kennedy and I am Chair of Governors here at The Firs.

 

I am the proud father of twins who have prospered from a fantastic education at our school. I joined the Governing Body in 2012 and became Chair in 2014.

 

All children are entitled to the best education available, delivered at the highest level by the finest teachers in an ideal learning environment. The teaching staff, assistants, volunteers and many parents at The Firs actively contribute to ensure this is delivered on a daily basis.

 

Having the opportunity to assist in providing a positive contribution to our children’s education is a privilege I do not take lightly.

 

Outside of school, I am a Director of a Manchester based engineering company.

 

I enjoy cooking with our children often trying out new recipes and attempting to emulate some of the more challenging dishes.

 

I remain available to discuss any matters you may have regarding school, please contact me via the school office.

If you wish to contact Mr G Kennedy, please ring school (0161 973 7350) or email  (firs.admin@trafford.gov.uk) and we will pass your contact details on to him.
Picture 1 Mrs M Reynolds

Hi. My name is Marilyn Reynolds and I am a co-opted Governor at The Firs. I worked happily at The Firs myself for 33 years in Key Stage One and then in the Early Years.  Previously I was a Staff Governor.  Having taught in Trafford for 40 years, I recently retired from The Firs in July 2014. Not wishing to break my ties with the school, I offered to continue being a governor and help support the school in any way I could.

Over the years I have witnessed many changes of staff and leadership, but the one thing that has remained constant is the concept of “The Firs Family” and the desire to nurture and challenge the children to be the best they can be. The current SATS results are outstanding and reflect the hard work and motivation of all the staff working at The Firs.

Since retiring I have had more opportunity to attend Governor training and have recently become Safeguarding Governor. Safeguarding is an area of school life which has become increasingly more challenging and very much on the Ofsted agenda.

Helping with class trips, supporting small groups with Rapid Writing and being part of the successful “Teapot Talks” gives me a wonderful overview of everyday life at The Firs and an opportunity to interact with children, staff and parents.

Councillor Robert Chilton

 

I am Sale born and bred, live near the school, and work for a medical regulator in Manchester. I serve as the local Councillor for St. Mary’s Ward, and am Chairman of Sale Civic Society and the Friends of Dainewell Park. I have served on the Governing Body of Firs Primary School since 2011, am proud to serve as Vice-Chairman, and very much enjoy being part of a strong, friendly team of Governors, supporting the Head and staff to make Firs a truly outstanding school.

Paul Howarth

 

I have been a parent governor at the Firs since 2011. I have two children in school currently in nursery & year four. In the past five years of being  a governor, I have seen great development within the school, the teaching staff & of course the children. I myself have had a daughter go all the way through the school & she is making great achievements in secondary education. I believe that is down to the great building blocks that start off at The Firs.

Picture 1

Mrs N Hitchcock

 

I became Headteacher at the Firs in 2011 and have been very lucky to work alongside a dedicated, professional team of Governors throughout this time. Firs' Governors, know the school well and can therefore support and challenge us all. 

 

I have two children of my own who take up most of my time when I am not in school! Most weekends are spent on the sidelines of rugby or football pitches, watching my children play team sports. I also enjoying going to the gym and running.

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