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Governors are one of the largest volunteer forces in the country and have an important part to play in raising school standards. The role of the governing body is absolutely key to the effectiveness of a school.

School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools alongside the Headteacher. Governors hold the main responsibility for finance in schools, and it is governors who work with the Headteacher to make the tough decisions particuarly around balancing resources.

The role of the governing board is a strategic one with three key functions:

* Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

* Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and it's pupils.

* Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.

In order to make sure this is done well, we believe that training is essential. In January 2017, the DfE released a new Competency Framework for Governance, structured around the DfE’s newly identified “six features of effective governance”. The governance handbook 2017 states that “Boards should carry out regular audits of the skills they possess in the light of the skills and competences they need, taking account of the department’s Competency framework for governance”. The DfE suggest one way governing boards can use the competency framework is to inform how they carry out a skills audit. Our Governing Body did this in Autumn 2016 and have repeated the process in light of the training they have had and the experience in school in the last year.

Governing Body

Mr A. Canham - Chair & Parent Governor 

I am a company director, qualified to post-graduate level in Earth Sciences, and a Fellow of the Geological Society, and my son attends the school here at Elton.

I have been a parent governor since 2013 and have been Chair of the Governing Body since September 2016. I am involved in monitoring school finances and resources, particularly budgeting, provide support and advice to school leaders particularly on business matters and am also the link Governor for SEN provision.

I am keen to see the school maintain and, where possible, improve on the high standards currently achieved and to ensure that students from all backgrounds and abilities can look back on their school days as amongst the most enjoyable and rewarding of their lives.  I would love to see our school given the Outstanding rating it so thoroughly deserves.

Mrs M. Massey - Parent Governor

I am a working mum and have two children at Elton.
I have a background in Safeguarding with the charity work I'm involved in and have been for the past 20 years.  I use these skills in my role as lead Governor for Safeguarding of the children in school and meet regularly with Mrs Carr to ensure policy & processes are being met.
I also have an overview of the Sports Funding and how that is supporting the childrens wellbeing & creating interest in the varied different sports activities that School now incorporate in the children's everyday learning such as all aspects of dance & gymnastics, along side competitive sports such as netball, basketball, football, tennis and more.
I studied Business & Finance at college and I am a Personal Adviser for a Bank. I sit on the Resources committee and have an interest in the budgeting requirements.  My aim is to help maintain a happy, safe environment and I value the opportunity to support the school in its everyday life in order for all children to achieve their full potential.

Miss H. Coy - Parent Governor

I have been a parent governor at Elton since 2013 and have a daughter who is currently in year 4. In Sep 2016 I was delighted to take on the role of Vice Chair of the Governing Body.   I am a working mum who has lived in Elton for over 20 years. I have a degree in chemistry with business studies from De Montfort University in Leicester. As a qualified and experienced Health Safety and Environmental Manager at a local chemical company I am familiar with the legislation and standards in this often challenging and confusing area.  I use these skills in my role as lead governor for premises, health and safety and behaviour.   My aim is to help maintain the current high standards and to look for opportunities to drive continuous improvement for the school and its pupils.

Rev Ruth Ackroyd - Community Governor

I've been a school governor for a year now, having previously been a governor at a secondary school in Ellesmere Port. My background is in education; I taught RE and PE at three different secondary schools for over twelve years before coming to Chester to work at the college which then became the University of Chester. I retired from being Head of Theology and Religious Studies and a staff governor in 2009. 

I'm really pleased to be a governor at the school , and to take assemblies and even be invited in to take RE. I'm looking forward to this year because Elton Primary is such a great school. made so good by the children, all the staff, the parents and the Friends of Elton Primary (and the governors help too!)


Mrs Clare Wright - Community Governor

I am a mother of three and as a family we run two successful local businesses.

I am also Chair of my local Parish Council. 

My children have all attended Elton Primary School, so I have been involved with the school since 2002. 

For many years I have had an active role in the PTA and I've been chair person for over three years. In this time we've raised many thousands of pounds which has helped improve our childrens educational experiences and raise the profile of the school within our local community. 

I believe in a no nonsense, common sense, hands on approach to governance which I hope will encourage other parents to become interested and involved in our school for the benefit of our children.

As a new governor I am ready to embrace the challenges ahead, improve my own knowledge and skills in order to help the school attain high standards in all areas. 


Ex Governor Information

Miss V Carr - Resigned Autumn 2018 due to post at another school.

Mrs L Roberts - Resigned Spring 2018 due to family commitments. 

Cllr S Smith - Resigned Autumn 2016 due to work commitments.

Dr D Waugh - Resigned Autumn 2016 due to a moving house of out the area.

Dr A-M Wright - Resigned August 2016 due to work commitments.

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