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The Governing Body

Welcome to our Governors’ section. 


Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.

If you wish to contact the Governors, then please email scarcroft.primary@york.gov.uk in the first instance, making it clear in the subject header that you wish to contact the Chair of Governors. Your email will then be forwarded on receipt. Alternatively, you may hand a letter into the school office marked 'For the Attention of Chair of Governors' and this will be delivered as soon as possible.

 

The current composition of the school’s Governing Body is 12 members:

 

  • One Headteacher
  • One elected Staff Governor
  • Two elected Parent Governors
  • Eight Co-opted Governors

 

Apart from the Headteacher, all governors are volunteers. Parent governors are elected by the parent body, staff governors are elected by the staff (with the exception of the Headteacher), and community governors are nominated by governors and approved by the full Governing Body. Each post is held for a maximum of four years, at which point a governor must stand for re-election.

The position of Chair and Vice-Chair of Governors is elected by the full Governing Body at the start of each school year in September. These roles are re-elected each year.

The Governing Body delegates the everyday management of the school in its entirety to the Headteacher, including its discipline, the well-being of staff and pupils, the organisation of classes, learning and teaching, and the curriculum.

The Governing Body is responsible for the strategic planning of the school, the budget, staffing and legislative responsibilities. The Governing Body works closely with the Headteacher and staff to ensure that Scarcroft School is an effective and successful school for the children.

All Governors are asked to fill in a ‘Declaration of interests’ form annually. This provides us with a ‘Register of interests’, maintained by the Clerk. This will be used to ensure that Governors declare an interest, where appropriate if an item under discussion relates directly to their business, personal or family interests. An opportunity to declare a conflict of interest is provided on the agenda of every Full Governing Body meeting and every Committee meeting.

 

All governors have equal status. Although governors are appointed and elected by different groups, their central concern is the welfare of the school as a whole.

 

Parent Governors

 

It is important to remember that each parent governor is “a representative parent, but not a parent representative.” In other words, a parent governor has a role in sharing views and concerns that they hold as a parent, and yet remaining independent of the other parents that they represent. It is important that parents of children at the school use the appropriate channels to voice any concerns (i.e. to talk to the class teacher or the Head) rather than expecting a parent governor to take their views to a Governing Body meeting. If their concerns are not met by these usual means, they have the right to put their views to the Governing Body, but this should be done in writing via the Chair.

Governing Body 2018-19 - The Chair of the Governing Body is Ms Connie Cullen

Category of Governor

Appointing body

Governor’s name

Term of Office

Committee membership

Additional responsibilities

Headteacher

In post by virtue of their office

Mr Paul Edwards

01/09/2018

Staffing and Personnel; Finance and Extended Services; Inclusion

 

Staff

Staff body

Ms Alison Dennis

01/10/2016-30/09/2020

Finance and Extended Services; Health, Safety and Premises

School Business Manager

Parent

Parent body

Cllr Jonathan Crawshaw

23/09/2016-22/09/2020

Inclusion; Reading Link Governor

 

Parent

Parent body

Mrs Sapna Fitzgerald

18/09/2015-17/09/2019

Inclusion; Health, Safety and Premises; Safeguarding Link

 

Co-opted

As above

Miss Emily Robinson

11/12/2018- 10/12/2022

Inclusion

 

Co-opted

As above

Vacant

     

Co-opted

As above

Mr Nick How

09/10/2017-08/10/2021

Staffing and Personnel; Appraisal; Health, Safety and Premises (Chair)

Vice-Chair

Co-opted

As above

Mr Sam Healy

08/02/2017-07/02/2021

Staffing and Personnel (Chair); Health, Safety and Premises; Headteacher Appraisal

 

Co-opted

As above

Mrs Becca Welch

20/06/18- 19/06/2022

Finance and Extended Services; Maths link governor

 

Co-opted

As above

Ms Connie Cullen

14/03/2018-13/03/2022

Staffing and Personnel; Finance and Extended Services; Headteacher Appraisal; Writing Link Governor

Chair

Co-opted

As above

Mr Phil Cooke

14/03/2018-13/03/2022

Staffing and Personnel; Finance;(Chair)

 

Co-opted

As above

Mr David Rowsell

14/03/2018-13/03/2022

Inclusion; Maths and History link governor

 

Staff Staff Body Mrs Jennifer Holton

28/01/2015-27/01/2019

Health, Safety and Premises

Term Complete
Staff Staff Body Mrs Ruth Wanless

28/01/2015-27/01/2019

Finance and Extended Services; Inclusion

Term Complete
Clerk to the Governing Body is Debra Wilcock

Register of Business Interest 2018/19– Scarcroft Primary Academy

Name of Governor

Nature of any business interests including details of the company or organisation

Date of start of interest

Details of governor membership at another school or academy

Details of any relationship between a governor and a member of the school staff

(eg spouse)

Mr Phil Cooke

Vodaphone Shareholder/Employee

Verizon Shareholder

Brewdog Shareholder

125 Group Limited - Volunteer

October 2007

September 2014

October 2017

September 2014

Woodthorpe Primary School

N/A

Cllr Jonny Crawshaw

CYC Councillor

01/06/2017

N/A

N/A

Ms Connie Cullen

Universities Superannuation Scheme – Pension Provider

July 2010

Governor at Lord Deramore’s Primary School

N/A

Ms Alison Dennis

Domestic and Commercial Joinery Services (Co-Secretary for spouse’s business)

September 2008

N/A

N/A

Mr Paul Edwards

Headteacher, Scarcroft Primary Academy

01/09/2018

N/A

Adam Cooper – Knavesmire Headteacher – Brother-in-Law

Mrs Sapna Fitzgerald

LSL Property Services PLC

January 2001

N/A

N/A

Mr Sam Healy

Dere Street Barristers

January 2000

N/A

N/A

Mrs Jennifer Holton

Purcell Architects

January 2010

N/A

N/A

Mr Nick How

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Ms Emily Robinson

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Mr David Rowsell

Shadow Governor York Creative Arts Academy

Associate Director High Performance Learning

September 2017

 

August 2017

York Creative Arts Academy

N/A

Mrs Ruth Wanless

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Mrs Becca Welch

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

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