Welcome to our Governors’ section.
A message from the Chair of Governors
Hello and welcome from the governing body at Whitegate Primary School.
We are a very committed and active governing body, enjoying being involved in day to day events at Whitegate as well as fulfilling our duties of supporting and challenging the Executive Headteacher and Head of School and monitoring the impact and progress within the school.
All staff and governors work collaboratively with a common aim to provide a safe, effective and enjoyable learning environment.
As parents and carers, you are very valued as part of the school and your opinions and comments are very valuable to us.
Chair of Governors
To create an outstanding school where all children will enjoy learning through excellent teaching, be supported to achieve their potential and helped to excel in all aspects of the curriculum.
Who we are
The governing body comprises a blend of different skills, expertise and experience to help support, develop and enrich the experiences at Whitegate.
We are currently made up of;
Chair of Governors - Stewart Powell
Parent Governor - Mark Lonsdale
Community Governor - Esther Hutchinson
Trust Governor - Mark Lowe
Staff Governor - Donna Gardiner
Staff Governor - Rebecca Adamson
National Leader of Governance - Claire Smith
Executive Head Teacher - Mr Noble (in attendance)
Head of School - Mr Forshaw (Ex officio)
Minutes are available on request from the Clerk, Ruth Palmer.
What we do
The governing body is there to oversee the success of the school, the day to day running of the school is the job of the Head of School and senior staff.
Governors provide support and challenge to the school leaders to deliver the best outcomes for everybody at Whitegate. We oversee the key functions of the school and set targets for improvements and outcomes.
This year, we are focusing on a number of key areas;
Governor Roles and Responsibilities
The governors work to core link areas to ensure that the school is working well in these areas meeting and exceeding national and locally set expectations;
Governor Link Areas
1. Quality of teaching, learning and assessment
Maths, English and Curriculum
Stewart Powell, Mark Lowe
Andrew Forshaw, Sophie Wan
2. Personal development, behaviour and welfare
Safeguarding and CIC, attendance, SRE, and behaviour management
Lizzie Fisher, Andrew Forshaw
Disadvantaged pupils, pupil premium, SEND
Governors will visit the school to assess the impact and progress with staff, children and outcomes.
Governors agree to visit a minimum of 3 times per year (once per term). The visits will be pre-planned and co-ordinated by the school lead with the link governor. Observations will be made against the Ofsted criteria.
Visits are then reported back to the full governing body and this information is used to develop future targets and strategies.
Whitegate Primary and Nursery is part of the Transform Trust. More information about governance within the Trust can be found below.
If you would like to contact the governors, please use the form below.