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Welcome to the Governors' section.

Below you can find out information about being a governor at Riddings Infant and Nursery School.

What is the role of a governor?

The role of a school governor is to contribute to the work of the Governing Body in raising standards of achievement for all pupils.

This involves:
 Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
 Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and
 Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent

The individual governor has a responsibility, working alongside other members of the Governing Body, to the staff and pupils of the school and the school's wider community.
Governors must have an interest in our children's future, be willing to contribute and make a difference, respect the need for confidentiality and be able to work as part of a team. Governors must act with integrity, objectivity and honesty and in the best interests of the school.

What do governors do?
Governors are volunteers who attend meetings and work to further the school's development. Together with the headteacher, responsibilities of governing bodies include:
 Developing the school's strategic plan
 Determining aims, policies and priorities
 Setting targets
 Monitoring and evaluating
 Deciding the number of staff
 Overseeing the use of the school's budget
 Securing high levels of attendance and good standards of pupil behaviour
Governors provide the headteacher with support and advice, drawing on their knowledge and experience. They ask searching questions and respect the headteacher's position as the professional leader of the school.

How many school governors are there at Riddings Infant and Nursery School and how are they appointed?
The governing body consists of 10 governors:
1 headteacher
2 parent governors
1 Local Authority governor
1 staff governor
5 co-opted governors

Parent governors are a parent with a child at school elected by the parents.

The Local Authority governor is nominated by the Local Authority and is appointed by the Governing Body.

The staff governor is a member of staff at the school and is elected by the staff.

A co-opted governor is a person who is appointed as a governor by the Governing Body and who, in the opinion of the Governing Body, has the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the School.
At the moment we have a vacancy for a co-opted governor.

What committees do we have?
There are three committees: Resources - Finance, Health and Safety, Premises
Curriculum - Curriculum, SEN&D, Home/School and Community Links, Admissions and Appeals
Personnel – Staff and pupil discipline, pay policy, discipline
When do we meet?

There are seven full Governing Body meetings throughout the year plus committee meetings at relevant times.

What do I do if I would like more information about the role of a governor or how to become a governor?

Please contact the school in the first instance: 01773 602767

Who are the School Governors? September 2017


Name Governor Category Responsibilities Start Date of Office End Date of Office Committee Membership Declaration of Interests Attendance
Mrs Ann Politowski Headteacher Headteacher 1.1.2005 -


None declared To be confirmed
Mr Alan Wilson Co-opted governor
  • Chair of full Governing Body
  • HeadteacherPerformance management
  • Named governor for Prevent
16.6.15 15.6.19


None declared To be confirmed
Mrs Jill Woodthorpe Local Authority
  • Vice chair of Full Governing Body
  • Named governor for safeguarding,

anti-bullying, SEN&D, LAC, pupil premium, phonics, assessment

  • Headteacher Performance Management
  • Chair curriculum committee
17.04.18 16.04.22



None declared To be confirmed
Mrs Emma Fyffe Parent Governor Resigned 17.10.15 21.7.17      

Mrs Shellie


Parent Governor   09.10.17 08.10.20



None declared  
Mr Chris Frost



Resigned 04.10.16 23.01.18      
Miss Katie Marshall Staff   09.10.17 08.10.21



None declared To be confirmed
Mrs Michelle Woodin Co-opted

Link for PE and sports

Named governor for Science
16.6.15 15.6.19



None declared To be confirmed
Mrs Hazel Twynham Co-opted Resigned 16.6.15 29.6.17   None declared To be confirmed
Mr Mark Akehurst Co-opted   25.04.17 24.04.21



Interest declared  
Mr Michael Hays Co-opted Resigned 16.6.15 15.6.19 Resources None declared To be confirmed






The following is not a definitive statement of responsibilities but is concerned with the common understanding of broad principles by which the Governing Body and individual governors will operate.


The Governing Body accepts the following principles and procedures:




1. We have responsibility for determining, monitoring and keeping under review the broad policies, plans and procedures within which the school operates.


2. We recognise that our Headteacher is responsible for the implementation of policy and day-to-day management of the school and the implementation and operation of the curriculum.


3. We accept that all governors have equal status, and although appointed by different groups (i.e., parents, staff, LA) our overriding concern will be the welfare of the school as a whole.


4. We have no legal authority to act individually, except when the Governing Body has given us delegated authority to do so.


5. We have a duty to act fairly and without prejudice, and in so far as we have responsibility for staff, we will fulfil all the legal expectations as, or on behalf of, the employer.


6. We will encourage open government and should be seen to be doing so.


7. We will consider carefully, how our decisions may affect other schools.




8. We acknowledge that accepting office as a governor involves the commitment of significant amounts of time and energy.


9. We will each involve ourselves actively in the work of the Governing Body, attend regularly, and accept our fair share of responsibilities, including service on committees or working groups.


10. We will get to know the school well and respond to opportunities to involve ourselves in school activities.


11. We will consider seriously our individual and collective needs for training and development.




12. We will strive to work as a team.


13. We will seek to develop effective working relationships with our Head, staff, parents, the LA, and other relevant agencies and the community.




14. We will observe confidentiality regarding proceedings of the Governing Body in meetings and from our visits to school as governors.


15. We will observe complete confidentiality when required or asked to do so by the Governing Body, especially regarding matters concerning individual staff or students.


16. We will exercise the greatest prudence if a discussion of a potentially contentious issue affecting the school arises outside the Governing Body;




17. We will encourage the open expression of views at meetings, but accept collective responsibility for all decisions made by the Governing Body or its delegated agents.


18. We will only speak or act on behalf of the Governing Body when we have been specifically authorised to do so.


19. In making or responding to criticism or complaints affecting the school we will follow the procedures established by the Governing Body.


20. Our visits to school will be undertaken within the framework established by the Governing Body, in agreement with the Head and staff.


21. In discharging our duties we will always be mindful of our responsibility to maintain and develop the ethos and reputation of our school.




22. If the need arise to use the sanction of suspending a governor, we will do so by following the Procedures Regulations so as to ensure a fair and objective process.




23. We recognise that removing a governor from office is a last resort, and that it is the appointing bodies which have the power to remove those they appoint.


If the need arises to use the sanction of removing a governor, we will do so by following the Constitution Regulations so as to ensure a fair and objective process.

Governors' Action Plan 2018-2019