WHAT ARE THEIR Roles and responsibilities?
The Governing Board has a strategic responsibility for the school, acting within the framework set by national legislation and the policies of Wakefield Council and the school.
Governors work as a team. They are responsible for making sure the school provides a good quality education for all pupils. Raising educational standards in school is a key priority. This has the best chance of happening when there are high expectations of what pupils can achieve.
Governors promote effective ways of teaching and learning when setting the school aims and policies. They do this together with the head teacher, who is responsible for the day-to-day management of the school.
Head teachers are recruited and selected by governors - and most head teachers choose to be governors themselves.
Governing boards are accountable to parents, the local community and the Local Authority. Appointments are usually for four years. The governing board's main role is to help raise pupils' standards of achievement.
The Governing Board:
- is accountable for the performance of the school to parents and the wider community
- plans the school's future direction
- selects the head teacher
- makes decisions on the school's budget and staffing including the performance management policy
- makes sure the agreed Curriculum is well taught
- decides how the school can encourage pupils' spiritual, moral and cultural development
- makes sure the school provides for all pupils including those with special needs.
WHAT DO THEY DO?
Governors are at the heart of how a school operates. It's important they get things right. How they do their job effects the interests of pupils, staff and the reputation of the school in the community. Governors support and challenge head teachers by gathering views, asking questions and discussing what's best for the school. They are not there to rubber stamp decisions. They have to be prepared to give and take advice and must be loyal to decisions taken by the governing board as a whole.
- Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
- Hold the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
- Oversee the financial performance of the school making sure its money is well spent
They do this by reporting on the objectives through meeting as; a Resource and Finance Committee, Standards and Pupils Committee and a Headteacher's Performance Review Panel. The Full Governing Board meet together 4 times per year.
Over the year governors will undertake a number of activities in order to monitor progress, these include:
- Visiting the school to see the work that is being undertaken to achieve the objectives outlined in the School Development Plan
- Conducting surveys of pupils, parents and staff
- Inviting members of the SLT to meetings to report on and discuss key areas
The governors and school are supported by external advisors who provide an outside view of the performance and report on the school's strengths and areas for improvement. Actions plans are part of development for everyone. Governors undertake a wide range of training to help them carry out their roles effectively.
HOW MANY governors DO WE HAVE?
As a Wakefield Local Authority maintained school, we have a Governing Body that consists of 12 members: 1 Headteacher, 1 Staff representative, 1 LA appointed member, 2 parents and 7 Co-opted governors. Plus our clerk! Scroll down to meet them and find out more about our current vacancies!
INFORMATION ABOUT OUR GOVERNING BOARD
Streethouse Primary School Board of Governors Register of Business and Pecuniary Interests 2020/2021
WHO ARE OUR School governors?
Annamaria Spokes - Co-opted governor
CHAIR OF GOVERNORS
I am very proud to have been elected Chair of the Board of Governors here at Streethouse Primary school earlier this year. Helping children to aspire to be the best they can be is very important to me. My headteacher at junior school helped to me overcome some early setbacks and inspired me to work hard.
I live in the Wakefield district and have worked for many years in and around the area. Through previous roles which included some time in local government I know all too well the challenges the area has and continues to face.
I have had a very varied career, but learning has always been at the core of everything I do. In my current role at a digital education provider, I see first hand the impact that technology can have on our children’s education. In addition I also see how important schools and good teachers are in providing structure and stability for our young people.
I have two children, both now in further education, and I understand the challenges faced by both parents and schools in delivering the best possible outcomes for children. I intend to bring my knowledge, experience and professionalism to this role and will work hard with your teachers to help them provide the best possible environment and opportunities for your children.
Mr Finch - Staff Governor
I am proud to work at Streethouse Primary School, and proud to be Staff Governor. I have been here for six years, and have worked in all areas of Key Stage 2. I love my job, and my mission is to ensure that all children in Streethouse ultimately get the best education possible.
Before working at Streethouse, I had a number of jobs including: delivery driver, optical assistant, high school cover supervisor, learning mentor and teaching assistant. I am from the local area, and know the challenges faced by Streethouse and areas alike.
My day starts at 8am with year 6 boosters; catching up on lost learning, or holding interventions for those children who need to consolidate their skills. After our magic breakfasts, the rest of the class arrive and the learning begins. My class is fast-paced - every minute of every day counts. The days whizz by in an instant, and all children make great progress. I pride myself on creating a team spirit in the classroom, where we work for each other and no one gets left behind.
I am passionate about maths, and am lucky to be the subject leader for the school. I also lead History, Geography, Science, PE and Computing. Although new to many of these subjects, I will endeavour to ensure they are taught as well as any subject in the school, and that children share the enthusiasm for the subjects that I do.
Dan Teece - Co-opted governor
I joined the Board of Governors of Streethouse Primary School in July 2020. Growing up and living in the Wakefield district, I had always been aware of Streethouse School. I had been looking for the opportunity to become a Governor for some time and when the vacancy came up at Streethouse it was an opportunity too good to miss.
I spent the first 14 years of my working career as a Primary School teacher in Doncaster, specialising in Upper Key Stage 2. I was a member of the Senior Leadership team, focussing on assessment and attainment data and was also the Phase Leader for Years 5 and 6. Although I eventually decided to transition away from teaching, I never lost my passion for education and decided that I still had a lot to offer a school in a Governor role.
My new career path has seen me specialise in data management as a Market Intelligence Analyst in the energy industry. I work closely with my company’s Senior Executive and have lot of experience producing concise reports for them, as well as working with our industry regulator, Ofgem. I feel these are skills that can be useful for any school.
Given my teaching and analytics experience, I have a particular interest in the schools teaching and learning, with a special emphasis on assessment and attainment data. However, I also look forward to getting stuck into other elements of the school’s development.
Gavin Howarth - Co-Opted Governor
As a father of two primary school age children and a husband to a Learning Support Assistant who has worked in a number of local schools, I have become increasingly aware over recent times of the importance of school governance.
I have felt for some time a responsibility to put some of my own life and work skills and experiences into good use in my local community and I am really pleased to have the opportunity to do that as a Governor at Streethouse Primary school.
I have a range of analytical, leadership and decision making skills developed through my role as an asset planning engineer for a large local energy utility company which I feel complements the existing team at Streethouse Primary. I am excited to support to the school in its efforts to provide a safe, enjoyable and effective environment for the children to learn and develop at this very exciting and important time in their lives.
Nikkie Wright, Headteacher (Ex-Officio)
Michelle Hick – Parent Governor
Vice Chair of Governors
Hi I’m Michelle, I am currently Vice Chair of Governors at Streethouse Primary taking up the position of Parent Governor a few years ago when my little boy started at the School. When I had children it changed a whole perspective in life for me, one that understood children so much more and the importance the first years of a child’s life are.
I became a Governor not only for my own personal development but to have a part in supporting the school to deliver a safe, fun-filled supporting future for all its pupils. I currently work for the local authority, undertaking several roles encompassing community and business development and also Governor Support services. These roles give me many transferable skills which I bring to the Governing Board to ensure that the school provides an education where every child can achieve their very best no matter what.
Kim McGreal - Co-opted governor
My first involvement with Streethouse Primary School was many years ago when my daughter, who has now graduated university, started there. Even back then, I saw the dedication of the teaching staff, and the way they cared so much for the children. Now, as a Civil Servant, I’m able to bring some of my skills in communications, mental health and disability back into the school as a governor. My hope is that I can help the school to thrive and grow, in turn helping the pupils to do the same and to get as much out of their time in Streethouse as my own daughter did.
Louise Ladds - Co-opted governor
Mrs Louise Ladds is the new Director of Pastoral Care and Wellbeing at Wakefield Girls’ High School.
I am delighted to have been appointed co-opted governor at Streethouse school. Although I have worked with school governors for many roles as a teacher and most lately as a member of the senior leadership team, I consider this to be an exciting new chapter in my career and an amazing opportunity to give back to the local community.
I am also new to the area as I start a new job this September as Assistant Head, Director of Pastoral Care and Wellbeing and Designated Safeguarding Lead at Wakefield Girls’ High School, after spending eleven years at Giggleswick School, an independent boarding and day school in the north of England for children aged 2 to 18 years. There, I was Assistant Pastoral Lead for 2 years and prior to that was a Housemistress for 6 years. Enabling children to enjoy a happy, enriching childhood with opportunities to reach their potential now and in the future and to feel safe and cared for is key to my values and aims as an educator.
Growing up in the 21st Century has never been so challenging to this generation of children and we must ensure that they have the skills and resilience to deal with modern day challenges such as cyber safety, the impact of Covid and low self-esteem. I hope that my 25 years of teaching experience based in a variety of settings can make a difference at Streethouse School and help the governing body to drive forward new innovations and implement strategies to ensure that the school provides excellence across all areas of school life.
Deborah Morris– Co-Opted Governor
We have NO vacancies on our Governing Board at the moment.
If you would be interested in supporting our school in this way
in the future, please get in touch with us!