School Governors

Governance Changes

In late 2021, The Arthur Terry Learning Partnership concluded a review of its governance practice and structures across the Partnership and its individual schools. The primary focus on improving information flows as the ATLP grows and clearly defining the role of local school governance, which up to this point has been provided through Local Governing Bodies. As the governance needs have changed over the last five years, particularly due to impact of the pandemic and the ongoing centralisation of many functions previously managed by individuals schools, the Trust Boards objective was to find a new way to maintain strong, meaningful links with ATLP schools and their communities. The new governance structure to be adopted in the 2022-23 Academic year supports this ethos with the introduction of the Governance and Consultation Network alongside the introduction of local School Advocates, whom will provide specialist and targeted support in an advisory capacity to their school/group of schools and the Trust as a whole.

Each ATLP school / group of schools will be supported by 4 talented individuals, each of whom will provide advice and assistance in one of the specific areas listed below:

• Safeguarding

• Vulnerable Children

• Community engagement

• Support and Challenge

The introduction of the advocate roles and their associated trust-wide committees will replace the historic local school governor role and local governing bodies, and place a renewed emphasis on collective improvement and excellence across our family of schools. Through introducing specific responsibilities and remits for each advocate role, and as a result of advocates liaising with both their local school and their skillset peers in advocate committees; local schools and ATLP as a whole will benefit from increased communication opportunities between the Board and local levels to improve informed decision-making processes.

Greysbrooke Primary School is currently seeking people to work with us as our school Advocates. We are looking for people who are excited to help us deliver the very best for our children, their families and our community. Advocates will be appointed for a term of 4 years and work closely with the school leadership to advance the opportunities for students and their schools, and help ensure the school is as strong as it can be. The roles require a time commitment of approximately 30-40 hours per year, broken down into meeting attendance, preparation, email/telephone communications and training.

If you are interested in taking on one of these role, please contact the school office (notification@greysbrooke.staffs.sch.uk; 01543 480321) for more information and a recruitment pack. 

School governors are one of the largest volunteer forces in the country and have an important part to play in raising school standards.

They are volunteers who help to run the school. They’re involved in decisions about all aspects of managing the school, such as running buildings and budgets, supporting staff and setting standards of school discipline.

School governors also help to make big decisions about the schools long-term goals. They support the headteacher, but also ask questions and make sure the school is heading in the right direction.

It is governors who hold the main responsibility for the finance of the school, and it is governors who work with the headteacher to make the tough decisions about balancing resources.

What does the governing body do?

The role of the governing body is a strategic one. Its key functions are to:

  • set the aims and objectives for the school
  • set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  • monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
  • be a source of both challenge and support to the headteacher

Instrument of Government

Code of conduct for Governors

Who are the governors at Greysbrooke School?

We have a talented and active team of governors, who are involved on a day to day basis with supporting the consistent delivery of our vision to Nurture, Inspire and Grow all the children at Greysbrooke School.

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Ellie Ballinger

Headteacher

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Clare Glandfield

Staff Governor

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Joanne Swinton

Chair of Governors

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Emily Johnston

Co-opted Governor

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Hayley Morris

Safeguarding Governor

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Richard Storer

Associate Governor

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Marisa Hibberd

Associate Governor

Governor Information

Meeting Attendance 2020-21

Full NameRoleDate AppointedMeeting Attendance 2020-21: CommitteeMeeting Attendance 2020-21: Full GovernorsMeeting Attendance: Local Governing Board
Ellie BallingerHead TeacherJanuary 20209/92/23/3
Clare GlandfieldStaff GovernorJune 20183/42/23/3
Joanne SwintonChair of GovernorsNovember 20215/52/23/3
Emily JohnstonCo-opted GovernorMay 20192/22/23/3
Hayley MorrisSafeguarding GovernorNovember 20211/12/22/3
Richard StorerAssociate GovernorJune 20183/42/23/3
Marisa HibberdAssociate GovernorFebruary 20201/22/22/3

Governors who have left over the past 12 months

Full NameRoleDate AppointedDate Resigned
Andy SkidmoreParent GovernorMarch 2019February 2022
Pete HedgesFoundation GovernorOct 2017October 2021
Richard WorthLA GovernorDecember 2019December 2021
Lynda JoesCo-opted GovernorOctober 2017May 2021
Liz ChamberlainCo-opted GovernorJune 2019February 2021
Kate SheehanCo-opted GovernorJan 2018May 2021

Who can I contact if I need to know more about the governing body?

You can contact jswinton@greysbrooke.staffs.sch.uk (Chair of Governors) with any queries relating to the governing body.

Any queries relating specifically to your own child should be directed to the class teacher.