The constitution of the Governing Body of Woodlands C. of E. Primary School, September 2017.
Miss K Webster (Head Teacher)
Mrs. S. Gibson (Deputy Head/Co-opted)
Mr G. Denison (Chair of governors)
Mrs. A. Kienlen (Vice Chair of governors)
Mrs M. Newton (Foundation Governor)
Mr I. Jennings (Ex-Officio)
Mrs L. Tempest (Parent Governor)
The Governing Body of Woodlands C of E Primary School is a group of parents, staff and members of the local community who oversee the running of our school. Each is passionate about the school and volunteer their time, away from their busy schedules, to act as a ‘critical friend’ to the school.
In addition to the full governing body which meets twice each term, there are two smaller ‘sub-committees’ to deal with different aspects of school management in more detail:
- The Standards & Effectiveness Committee, which focuses on the academic performance of the school, curriculum and child welfare matters; and
- The Resources Committee, which focuses on the school finances, the upkeep of the premises and staffing issues.
The governors also make regular visits to the school. In this way they get to know the staff, children and parents and are, therefore, better informed about the school they are responsible for overseeing.
The following people have been elected or appointed to represent you on the governing body:
My name is Ian Jennings. I am the vicar of St Andrew’s, Oakenshaw and Holy Trinity, Low Moor and I am an ex-officio governor at Woodlands school. I am married to Sue, who is also a minister in the church of England, and have two teenage children, David and Ruth. I have lived in towns and cities all over England, most recently Stourbridge, but I was very pleased in summer 2014 to move back to the North because I love the Pennines. I am passionate that people come to know and experience God’s love through Jesus Christ, (as you would expect!) and the things I enjoy doing include walking, cycling, and being in the sea.
My name is Gary Denison. Having recently joined the Woodlands Governing body, I am looking forward to some exciting times in the future of the school. I have joined the governing body to share some of my previous experience as a governor, to help the school to continue to develop into an outstanding learning environment. I have 18 years experience as a governor, this includes 11 to 16, primary and special school. Therefore I believe I have plenty to offer the school and the new head. I look forward to helping to move the school forward within a caring and hardworking governing body, I currently Chair the Standards and Effectiveness Committee.
Our family have fostered with Kirklees for 19 years and have had over 70 children through our doors. We are now settled with 2 long term girls. We have 3 grown up children of our own and one grandchild, and if I have time, I enjoy sport, watching my son play rugby, and having regular breaks to the coast.
My name is Louise Tempest and I have lived in Oakenshaw and surrounding areas since birth. I was keen to join the Governors team at Woodlands to gain an understanding of the policies and principals involved in running Woodlands successfully and ensuring that children are receiving the best level of education possible as well as searching for solutions to enhance children's learning further. I have no doubt that this will be an interesting journey and one that is only just beginning. In my spare time I enjoy running but ultimately spending time with my family.
My name is Michelle Newton and I live in Oakenshaw. I am a parent of two children and have a vested interest in supporting the school to achieve its full potential. I am passionate about primary school education. I strongly believe that all children should have the best standard of education, in a friendly, safe and stimulating environment that encourages all children to fulfil their maximum potential. I work with energy and enthusiasm to help the school maintain high standards and meet future challenges, embracing social, ethical and sustainability with regards to children’s education.
I am a registered nurse. I am a responsible caring parent who enjoys spending time with my children and family. I am a busy working mum with a well-planned work life balance. I encourage both my children to flourish in school and at their out of school activities. I am also a carer for my elderly grandparents who are in their late eighties.
My name is Allison Kienlen. My son currently attends Woodlands school and my daughter attended Woodlands also (she is now at secondary school).
I joined the Governors and am currently Chair of governors, as I wanted to ensure my son receives the best possible education in the best possible environment and being involved I feel I am doing all I can to ensure all the children who attend Woodlands receive the best possible start along their educational journey.
I am a Swimming Teacher and teach in Leeds (including numerous schools). My interests include spending time with my family, exercising our horses and dogs, tennis, movie watching with the children and of course swimming.
Governor Business Interests – September 2016
Allison Kienlen - child at school (Vice Chair of governors)
Michelle Newton - child at school (Foundation governor)
Gary Denison - none (Chair of governors)
Louise Tempest - children at school
Ian Jennings - Ex-officio & Church vicar
Karen Webster (staff) - none
Sarah Gibson (staff) - none
Jenny Scothern (clerk) - none
Register of interests of current governors serving, on the board of governors at Woodlands C of E Primary school 2016/2017.
Type of governor/ Appointed by
|Date of Appointment||End date||
Committee membership, voting rights, special roles, chairing responsibilities
Other educational institutes where a governor
Any other material interests arising
Meetings attended previous academic year out of a total applicable meetings
Pupil Premium governor.
|Allison Kienlen||Parent / elected by parent body.||25/03/14||24/03/17||
Chair of FGB,Staff discipline & dismissal, Chair Resources, Pupil discipline, Heads Performance Management
|Rev Ian Jennings||Ex-officio governor||02/06/14||Ex officio||Staff Discipline & Dismissal, Standards & Effectiveness committee. Pupil discipline appeal.||None||None||5/6|
|Michelle Newton||Foundation governor||01/07/15||30/06/19||Standards & Effectiveness committee. Health & Safety Governor.||None||None||4/6|
|Gary Denison||Co-opted FGB||01/07/15||30/06/19||
Vice chair of governors, Chair of Standards & Effectiveness committee. Resources committee.
Pupil Premium governor.
|Fairfield Special school, Batley.||None||5/6|
|Karen Webster||Staff (Head)||01/09/15||N/A||Standards & Effectiveness and Resources Committees.||None||None||4/6|
|Sarah Gibson||Staff - Elected by staff body.||16/03/13||15/03/17||Standards & Effectiveness and Resources Committees.||None||None||5/6|
Copies of the minutes of the meetings and other relevant documents are available at the school on request.
The legal responsibilities of the Governors include responsibilities for the curriculum, appointments and staffing, discipline, financial management, the use and care of the building and reporting to parents.
The Head Teacher is responsible for the internal organisation and management of the school.
Any problem relating to the curriculum or collective worship should be discussed in the first instance with the Head Teacher. Whenever a satisfactory conclusion cannot be reached, a parent can appeal to the Governing body as set out in the school’s Policy for Managing Complaints. The Head Teacher will furnish details of these.
During the school years 2014/2015, 2015/2016 and 2016/2017 the Governors did not claim any expenses to which Governors are entitled.