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.
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
Vice Chair - Jackie Colley
Community Governor - Les Sullivan
Parent Governor - Amy Jamieson
Trust Governor - Adele Thackeray
Staff Governor - Miss Rooney
Executive Head Teacher - Mr Noble
Head of School - Mr Forshaw
When we meet
The Full Governing Body meetings for 2018-19 are below;
Autumn Term 2018
Tuesday 27th November 2018 - 4.30pm
Spring Term 2019
Tuesday 22nd January 2019 - 4.30pm
Thursday 26th March 2019 - 4.30pm
Thursday 2nd May 2019 - 4.30pm (Budget)
Tuesday 16th July 2019 - 4.30pm
The governors regularly undertake visits to the school outside of these dates.
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;
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, Adele Thackeray
Andrew Forshaw, Sophie Wan
2. Personal development, behaviour and welfare
Safeguarding and CIC, attendance, SRE, and behaviour management
Jackie Colley, Amy Jamieson
Barbara Allen-Whiley, Karen Brown, Andrew Forshaw
Disadvantaged pupils, pupil premium, SEND
Lee Noble, Liberty Taylor, Abby Gunning
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.