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Governors

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/LA Governor 

I am a company director, qualified to post-graduate level in Earth Sciences, and a Fellow of the Geological Society. I have been a parent governor since 2013 and Chair of the Governing Body since September 2016. In 2019, I converted from parent to local authority governor, as my son moved to Helsby High.  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 EYFS, data and Pupil Premium, as well as science, history and geography.  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.

Miss H. Coy - Vice Chair Governor

I have been a parent governor at Elton since 2013 and have a daughter who is currently in year 6. 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.

Mrs M. Massey - Parent Governor

I am a working mum and have one child 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 Mr Manning 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.

Mrs Terri Brown - Parent Governor

I became a parent governor in 2019 and currently have two children that attend the school, one in year 2 and one in year 5. I currently work self employed in the education sector and have previously worked in mental health where part of my role was to complete grant applications on behalf of charities, small organisations, and individuals and I plan to use these skills to further support the school with funding opportunities that may arise. My aim is to help ensure that Elton Primary school is an inclusive and safe environment for all and one that offers our children as many opportunities as possible and I am grateful for the opportunity to be involved in school life and look forward to the challenges this may bring. 

Mrs Clare Wright - Co-opted 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. 

Mrs Lynsey Roberts - Co-opted Governor 

I have been a co-opted governor at Elton Primary for around 3 years. I am an Advanced Nurse Practitioner in a busy GP practice. I have 2 children, my son goes to Elton Primary and is currently in year 5 and a toddler. I have lived in Elton all my life. Within my role as governor I over see the schools SEND provision and support the literacy lead. I hopefully bring my experience of working with children and public health, along with a parental voice to the governing body. I aim to support the school to maintain high standards and provide our children with the best possible start in life.

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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Elton Primary School

School Lane, Elton
Chester, Cheshire CH2 4LT

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