The Governing Body is made up of nine people who represent different aspects of our school life: school staff, the head teacher, family members, members of the wider community, and representatives of the Local Authority Lancashire County Council.
The full Governing Body meets once a term and its role is to ensure the smooth running of the school. The Governor’s Handbook, which offers guidance on the role of the school governor, is available on the gov.uk website.
We encourage all the governors to be as involved in the life of the school as they can be. That’s easy for those who work here, but others come in to visit children and staff in the classrooms, and also meet with the Headteacher.
Being a school governor is very rewarding but sometimes quite demanding. Most governors say that what they find most rewarding is knowing that their time and effort has made a real difference to the school. That means that the children have as positive and valuable a time as possible.
It is true that you only have one chance to be a child – we work hard to make it as good as possible for children at Ridge Community Primary School.
As at January 2019 our Governing Body is made up of:
Co-opted Governor and Chair of Governors – Rev’d Phil Hudd,
Co-opted Governor and Vice-Chair of Governors – Mr David Law.
Co-opted Governor – Mr Tim Hamilton-Cox.
Co-opted Governor – Mrs Carole O’Hare.
Local Authority Governor – Ms Lisa Richardson.
Headteacher and ex officio Staff Governor – Miss Claire Bright.
Staff Governor – Mrs Pauline Wilkinson.
Parent Governor – Mrs Gemma Wylie.
Parent Governor – Mrs Sarah Gogsu.
Our governance details are also available on the DfE’s Get Information About Schools website.
Our governing body membership and committee structure (as at 01/01/2019) is available here.
Our governors’ register of interests (as at 07/03/2019) is available here.
Our governors’ meeting attendance register (as at 01/11/2018) is available here.
If you wish to contact our governors about a concern or complaint please see the information about the complaints procedure, on the Policies page, including the contact details to use.
Lancashire County Council is looking to recruit people from a diverse range of backgrounds and with a wide range of experience to undertake the key role of a Local Authority School Governor.
School governors have a fundamental role in determining the success of a school. They are volunteers who work together with the head teacher of the school and the local authority to improve outcomes for all pupils and education in local schools.
Governors are appointed for a term of four years, although there may be differences at individual schools. Some of their responsibilities include:
• planning for the school’s long-term future
• setting the aims and objectives for the school
• setting the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
• monitoring the overall performance of the school
• allocating and monitoring budgets
• making sure that the school provides for all pupils including those with disabilities and special needs
• being a source of challenge and support for the Head teacher, and
• appointing senior members of staff.
The role would give you the opportunity of using existing skills, and developing new ones and people from as wide a range of backgrounds as possible are invited to apply.
No formal qualifications are required but you must be:
• Aged 18 or over
• Keen to make a positive difference to the education of local children
• Able to get on with other people and work as part of a team
• Willing to attend regular meetings and to read necessary papers
• Ready to learn and be open to new ideas
• Willing to put something into your local community
Full training and support will be given to make sure people are fully equipped to carry out the role successfully.
Becoming a governor is a great way to contribute to your local community and improve the lives of local children.
If you have an interest in education, schools and young people, there is no reason why you can’t be a governor at a Lancashire school and make a real difference.
To find out more visit www.lancashire.gov.uk/schools or please contact the Lancashire Governor Services Central Team on 01257 516150 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.