Caldew School is fortunate to be supported by a dedicated and well qualified governing body. Governors all work voluntarily to ensure the school delivers the highest possible standards of education for our community.
“Governors bring a good range of skills and experience to their roles. They understand how well the students are performing in relation to all schools. They hold leaders closely to account.”
Ofsted April 2013
The Role of the Governing Body
The main aim of the governing body is to maintain and improve the school’s standards of education. Its work can be divided into three key areas:
- Setting the school’s vision and strategic aims, agreeing plans and policies, and making creative use of resources.
- Monitoring and evaluating performance, acting as a critical friend to the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team to support and challenge them in managing the school.
- Ensuring that the school is accountable to the children and parents it serves, to its local community, to those who fund and maintain it, as well as to the staff it employs.
The Responsibilities of the Governing Body
The responsibilities of the governing body are defined by legislation.
‘The Governors’ Handbook addresses governors’ responsibilities and can be viewed through the Department for Education website.
The main areas addressed in the guide are as follows:
- The role of governing bodies
- Constitution and procedures
- Education and inspection
- Pupil wellbeing
- Teachers and support staff
- Organisational changes and the use of school premises
- School finance
- Information sharing
List of Governors
Chair of Governors
- Jennie Wilkinson MBE, JP.
Clerk to the Governors
- Mrs Sarah Connolly - Email the Clerk
- Dave Foulkes
- Tazeem Abbas
- Bryan Craig
- Johanne Doherty
- Michael Smillie (Vice-Chair)
- Jennie Wilkinson (Chair)
- Victoria Lawson
- Stuart Cooper
- Keith Ross
- Vicki Jackson (Headteacher)
- Karen Cavanagh (Associate Staff Governor)
- Brendan McArdle (Teacher Governor)
- Carrie Wallace (Teacher Governor)
- Louise Atkinson
- Lucy Morrison
- Grant Smith
- Steven Tweedie