Whitegate Primary and Nursery School


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.


Stewart Powell

Chair of Governors


Governor Vision


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.


By the next Ofsted inspection (expected 2019), we expect Whitegate to be rated as Good with outstanding features, and outstanding across all areas by 2023.



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 - Amy Jamieson

Parent Governor - Mark Lonsdale

Trust Governor - Mark Lowe

Staff Governor - Miss Rooney

National Leader of Governance - Claire Smith


Executive Head Teacher - Mr Noble (in attendance)

Head of School - Mr Forshaw (Ex officio)



FGB Meetings 2021 -2022

All meetings will be at 4.00pm


  • Tuesday 12 October 2021

  • Tuesday 23 November 2021

  • Tuesday 18 January 2022             

  • Tuesday 23 March 2022

  • Tuesday 18 May 2022 (including Budget recommendations)

  • Tuesday 13 July 2022

Minutes are available on request from the Clerk, Sheila Laithwaite.

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 Headteacher 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;


  • Working on improving writing within the school
  • Reviewing behaviours within the school
  • Supporting the delivery of the innovative iPad project with the senior lead



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

Lead Governors

School Lead

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


Amy Jamieson

Lizzie Fisher, Andrew Forshaw

3. Outcomes


Disadvantaged pupils, pupil premium, SEND


Stewart Powell

Lee Noble

Lizzie Fisher


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.



Transform Trust


Whitegate Primary and Nursery is part of the Transform Trust. More information about governance within the Trust can be found below.


Contact the Governors

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