School Governors have a range of responsibilities. They help plan the schools future direction and can thereby help raise the standards of pupil achievement.
Governors are accountable to parents and the wider community for the performance of the school.
Governing Boards are established by law as corporate bodies. Responsibility for actions and decisions lies with the whole governing board and NOT with individual members.
Governors' visits should be undertaken as part of a strategic programme to:
  • Improve governor knowledge of school, its staff, needs, priorities, strengths and weaknesses.
  • Monitor and assess the priorities as outlined in the development plan.
  • Assist the governing board in fulfilling its statutory duties.
The Head teacher works closely with the Governing Board as its principal professional advisor. The Governing Board policy decisions will then be implemented by the Head teacher in the day- to – day running of the school.
Governor visits are NOT to assess the quality of teaching provision or to pursue issues that relate to the day to day management of the school other than as agreed with the Head teacher.
The Governing Board comprises representatives from the school staff, Local Authority, Local community, parents and in some circumstances members of churches and other interest groups.
Community Governors
To represent the local community


Local Education Authority Governors (LEA)
Appointed by the Authority that maintains the school


Parent Governors
Usually parents of children attending the school


Staff Governors
Elected onto the Governing Board by staff at the school


Associate Members
Appointed in an advisory capacity to enhance the experience or expertise of a committee


The Role of the School Governor
School Governors perform the most important voluntary role in education.
“A School with governor vacancies is proportionately disadvantaged. By volunteering as a governor you can help secure a positive outlook for future generations.”
As a governor you can build on your skills and learn new ones.
Other than the policy committee (PM Burgess, A White, T Shewring and new member to be elected Autumn term 2015), the Governing Board does not have a committee structure, they meet monthly to discuss all items. Each governor can expect to give approx. 6-8 hours per month to their duties.
There are no associate members on the Governing Board.
Governors do not have Governing Board roles in other schools.
Key issues for 2015 / 2016 will be discussed at the next meeting in Autumn term 2015. This will then be added to the website.


Core responsibilities can be summarised as:
  • Acting as a Critical Friend to the school
  • Ensuring accountability
  • Promoting high standards of education and achievement
  • Providing strategic management
  • Planning the school's long term future
  • Setting the school's aims and values
  • Appointing senior members of staff including the Head teacher
  • Budgetary allocation and control
Who can become a Governor?
Anyone aged 18 or over can become a school governor. No specialist qualifications are needed and people from many different backgrounds volunteer for the role. If you have a desire to help give children the highest possible standard of education, have bags of enthusiasm and commitment, a willingness to ask questions and be a critical friend then welcome to our team.
A Good Governor
The most important quality is the desire to make a difference to children’s lives through education. The ability to work as part of a team and willingness to change assumptions are essential. Confidentiality and the ability to have an external perspective while having the time to get involved would make you a valuable member of our team.
Time and Commitment
You can expect to spend at least six to eight hours a month on your duties.
Governor Expenses
School Governors work on a voluntary basis, they do not get paid. However you may be paid for any expenses incurred while carrying out your duties for example travel or childcare.
 Training and Support for Governors
You will be given an induction into the role of a Governor, you may be asked to attend a training event, observe meetings, and shadow existing governors. Ongoing training will be available to help keep your knowledge and skills up to date.


Dunston Primary and Nursery Academy Governing Board.
Paul Burgess (Headteacher)
Local Authority Governors
Alan Kelly (Literacy Link, Upper School Link)
Tina Shewring (Chair of Governors, SEND Link, Safeguarding Link)
Community Governors
Angela Caulton (Maths Link, Lower School Link) 
Governors are actively seeking to fill this position.
Parent Governors
Fiona Parsons (Vice Chair of Governors, Finance Link)

Staff Governors
Katie Hanson



Appointed By

Register of Interests

Term of Office

Tina Shewring Chair / Local Authority Governor / SEND Link Governor. Local Authority None


Retiring Date

Angela Caulton Co-opted Governor / Numeracy and Lower School Link Governor.  Governing Body

Derbyshire County Council Associate Advisor.

Museum Intelligence (Monitoring of projects HLF and education consultancy).


Retiring Date


Fiona Parsons

Parent Governor / Vice Chair

Finance Link Governor.

Parents Cavendish Learning Trust


Retiring Date

Paul Burgess  Headteacher Through Appointment as Headteacher Curzon Construction, Hoyland Property Services. 05/01/2012
Katie Hanson  Staff Governor Staff None


Retiring Date

Claire Kirwan

 Parent Governor

Health & Safety Governor

Parents None


Retiring Date


GB Attendance 2017

GB Attendance 2016 - 2017

GB Attendance 2017 - 2018

Report from Governing Board 2014-2015 





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