What do School governors do?

The responsibility of the governing board is to hold the school to account for the curriculum, school finances, staffing, resources and standards at the school. The governing board shares the strategic vision for the school and monitors all aspects of school life.

The full governing board meets together each term and has two main sub committees, Resources to look after staffing, premises and finances and Teaching and Learning which looks at curriculum, safeguarding , behaviour, attendance etc. These two sub-committees meet at least once a term.

We have 12 governors who are appointed by different methods, as specified by the government.

Windlehurst Governors
Windlehurst Governors

Governors

The governors at Windlehurst are:

Type of governor

Name

Current Period of appointment

Area of responsibility

Local authority appointed

Eloise Scroggie *

2017 - 2021

Chair of Teaching and Learning; Safeguarding; LAC

Parent governor

Lisa Prior

2014 - 2018

 

Parent governor

Vacancy

 

 

Staff governor

Kevin Webb

2015 - 2019

 

Co-opted Governor

Diana Horrocks

2015 -2019

Chair of Governing Board; Chair of Finance

Co-opted Governor

Rob Elvin

2015 - 2019

Vice chair of Governing board; Health and Safety

Co-opted Governor

Margaret Burns

2015 - 2019

IT

Co-opted Governor

Alison Bettles

2015 - 2019

SEN; School food, Medical Needs

Co-opted Governor

Sophie Chadwick

2017 - 2021

Governor development

Co-opted Governor

Caroline Lumsdon

2017 - 2021

Diversity

Co-opted Governor

Phillip Worthington

2017 - 2021

Data; website compliance

Headteacher

Lesley Abercromby

 

 

 

* Eloise Scroggie is also the Chair at Oak Grove School

 

 

Each of the governors has provided a brief statement about themselves.

Diana Horrocks:  “I am delighted to have been appointed as the Chair of Governors at Windlehurst School. I joined as a co- opted governor in 2015 and am keen to use my experience as a past School Business Manager as well as my business and commercial background.”

 

Margaret Burns:  “I have been a governor for 10 years at Windlehurst and was Chair of Governors for 8 years, having previously been a headteacher in Stockport. I am pleased to have had the opportunity to be part of the positive developments at Windlehurst.”

 

Kevin Webb: "I am elected by the school staff and have been a staff governor for 8 years. I bring my professional experiences of working within the school to help the governing body in its duties."

 

Alison Bettles: “I was a Stockport headteacher for over 20 years, with a particular interest in young people with behavioural difficulties. On retiring I was delighted to be given the opportunity to support Windlehurst School, its staff and pupils, as a governor.” 

 

Lisa Prior: “I was elected as a parent governor and am pleased to be able to support the school, where my son is a student."

 

Eloise Scroggie: “I am delighted to be have been appointed as the Local Authority Governor at this school, supporting and challenging them to make progress and deliver effective provision for its pupils. I have been a Governor in a number of Schools both Primary and Secondary since 1988 and have been a Headteacher of a similar school to Windlehurst.”

 

Robert Elvin: “I am the Vice Chair of the Governors and am the Office Managing Partner at Squire Patton Boggs’ Manchester office. I am a lawyer with expertise in regulatory matters including health and safety. I live in Davenport Park with my wife and 2 sons.”

 

Sophie Chadwick “I am delighted to have been appointed as a co-opted governor for Windlehurst school giving me an opportunity to support the pupils, staff and governing board. I work in the banking industry with expertise in finance, budgeting and resourcing.”

 

Caroline Lumsdon “ I feel very privileged to be appointed as Diversity Governor at Windlehurst School.  I have been working within Social Housing for 10 years, with a specialism in Anti-Social Behaviour.  I am looking forward to working alongside and supporting Windlehurst school, its students, parents and the staff.”

 

Phillip Worthington “I have been supporting communities in Stockport for over 5 years through my role in housing, currently working as a Team Leader for Stockport Homes. As a qualified youth worker, I understand the challenges facing young people living in Stockport and hope to contribute to the good work of the Governing Board through my local knowledge and experience.”

 

Record of Governor attendance at meetings in 2017-2018 can be found here.

 

Declaration of Interests

 

Governors are required to make an annual declaration of interests which may have a bearing on their governance of the school.

All governors completed this form in October 2017. Mrs Eloise Scroggie declared that she is the Chair of Governors at Oakgrove School. No other governors had any interests which conflicted with their duties as a governor of the school.

How to become a Governor

 

Being a Governor is a great way to be part of Windlehurst whilst putting something back into the community.

Who can be a Governor?

  • Parents who have been elected by parents at the school
  • Staff elected by the Head, teachers and support staff at the school.
  • The headteacher is invited to be on the Governing Body
  • Persons appointed by Stockport Council know as the LA Governors
  • Persons from the community usually appointed by the other members of the Governing Body, known as co-opted governors

 

How long can you be a Governor for?

Usually a governor is appointed for a period of four years but may subsequently be eligible for re-appointment or re-election.

 

How can I become a Governor?

If you are interested in becoming a Governor at Windlehurst School please contact either the Headteacher or the School Business Manager at the school. Then you can come along and meet us and help make a difference.