Governors work closely with headteachers, school staff and representatives from the local authority (LA).
What do Governors do?
The governing body is a group of people from a variety of backgrounds who are responsible for making sure that the school provides a high standard of education and experience for its pupils.
The governing body of the school commit their time voluntarily to offer both support and challenge to the headteacher in the effective running of the school and the continuous drive to always aim higher.
- As a governing body we are proud to be an integral part of shaping the lives and futures of the pupils of West Rainton Primary School.
- We know we provide a safe, happy and welcoming school where everyone is listened to and respected.
- We are committed to delivering the best possible learning experiences alongside character building opportunities that shape children’s moral, social and cultural development.
- We constantly strive to be the hub of our local community and an integral part of our society, making links and joining groups to work together for success.
How To Become A School Governor
If you require further information on the roles and responsibilities of School Governors or you are interested in becoming one, visit the Durham County Council website School Governor section.
Statutory Guidance for Governing Bodies
West Rainton Primary School adhere to the statutory guidance from the Department for Education. This means that governing bodies must have regard to it when carrying out duties relating to the constitution of governing bodies in maintained schools.
For further information please view or download the full documents below.
Our Current Governing Body Committee Structure and Register of Interests
|Name||Position||Committee||Term of Office||Representing||Responsibilities||Appointing Body||Voting rights||Business Interest||Personal Interest|
|Rev Michael Beck||Chair of Full Governing Body||Staffing, |
Headteacher’s Performance Management
|David Blenkiron||Chair of Appeals Committee||Appeals,|
|27/11/17- 27/11/21||Co-opted||Health and Safety|
|26/11/19- 26/11/23||Co-opted||Health and Safety||Governors||Yes||No||No|
|Simon Scott||Vice Chair of FGB|
Chair of Curriculum Committee
Chair of Finance committee
|23/11/17- 23/11/21||Parent||Pupil Premium|
|Parents||Yes||No||Yes- Pupils in school|
|Neil Bennett||Chair of First Committee||First Committee|
|01/09/19- 01/09/23||Co-opted||Sport Premium|
|Helen Forster||Chair of Staffing Committee||Staffing, |
Headteacher’s Performance Management
|25/11/19- 25/11/23||Co-opted||Data Protection||Governors||Yes||No||No|
|Kirstin McGowan||Finance||01/09/19- 01/09/23||Co-opted||Staff||Yes||No||No|
|Claire Maddox||Curriculum||23/11/17- 23/11/21||Staff||Staff||Yes||No||No|
|William Kellett||17/06/19- 17/06/23||LA||Governors||Yes||Yes- DCC councillor||No|
|Christine Charlton||Curriculum||03/02/21- 03/02/25||Co-opted||EYFS|
|Governors||Yes||No||Yes- daughter is a staff member|
|Jodean Dawson||Curriculum||04/02/20- 04/02/24||Parent||Parents||Yes||No||Yes-pupils in school|
|A McDonough||Head Teacher||Curriculum, Staffing, |
|N/A||NA||Yes||No||Yes- husband teacher in school|
Our Current Governing Body Attendance Register
Full governing body meeting held virtually 03/06/20
|Governor briefing-covid update pre-summer 08/07/20||Autumn 2020|
|Rev. Michael Beck||attended||attended||attended||attended||attended|
|Mr Neil Bennett||attended||attended||attended||attended||attended|
|Mr David Blenkiron||attended||attended||attended||attended||attended|
|Mrs Christine Charlton||Newly appointed- attended|
|Mrs Jodean Dawson||attended- newly appointed||attended||attended||attended||attended|
|Mrs Helen Forster||attended||attended||attended||attended||apologies|
|Mr William Kellett||attended||apologies||apologies||attended||attended|
|Mrs Claire Maddox||Maternity leave (Mrs J Kelly represented staff as observer)||attended||attended||attended||attended|
|Mrs Alison McDonough||attended||attended||attended||attended||attended|
|Mrs Kirstin McGowan||attended||attended||attended||attended||apologies|
|Mr Gordon Murphy||attended||apologies||apologies||attended||attended|
|Mr Simon Scott||attended||attended||attended||attended||attended|
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