Welcome to the Governor’s page!
As Chair of Governors, I am delighted to welcome you to the Governor’s section for the Federation of Savile Town CE (C) I & N and Thornhill Lees (VC) I & N School websites.
We have an involved and active Federated Governing Body who work very closely with Mrs Douglas and all the staff in the schools. At the heart of the Governing Body ethos is the education, development and well-being of our children and staff; that each and every person in school may achieve their full potential and the education and safety of every child matters.
School Governors are one of the largest voluntary organisations in the country. A school governor is often referred to as a ‘critical friend’ providing support and challenge to the Headteacher in managing the school. Essentially they are responsible, in collaboration with the head teacher, for managing the effectiveness of the school.
The law requires governing bodies and for the governing body to fulfil 3 core functions:
- ensure the vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school are clearly defined, including reviewing and agreeing policies written by the school;
- ensure the Headteacher performs his/her responsibilities for the education performance of the school;
- ensure the sound, correct and effective use of the school’s financial resources.
Governors are not responsible for:
- the internal organisation, management and control of the school;
- the educational performance of the school.
These are the responsibility of the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team (SLT) and the governors offer support and advice to the Headteacher, drawing on knowledge and experience from outside the school.
Governors are appointed for a 4 year term. Each governor volunteers and undertakes their duties in accordance with the governor code of conduct.
The Governors of the federaton are thrilled the schools are recognised as ‘good’ (Savile Town, October 2017) and (Thornhill Lees, June 2018) – a tremendous achievement by everyone involved. As a Governing Body, we are working alongside the SLT to build on this success and commit to a plan of improvement for the learning outcomes of all our pupils in which we aspire to become ‘outstanding’.
There are 17 governors at of the Federation:
1 LA Governor appointed by Kirklees Council;
2 Parent governors;
1 Community governor;
1 Foundation Diocesan;
1 Foundation (Ex-officio).
We are always keen to hear from anyone who has questions or feedback. Governors can be contacted via the school office.
Full governing body meetings of the Federated governing body are held once every half term. Our Resources Committee meetings and Standards and Effectiveness Committee meetings gather alternatively.
Chair of Governor
The Federation Governing Body of Savile Town CE (VC) I & N School and Thornhill Lees CE (VC) I &N School
Chair of Governors: Miss Kate Allen
Vice Chair of Governors: Miss Mariyam Sharif
Appointment Governor Type Start Date End Date
Mrs Debbie Douglas Headteacher 1st Oct 2018
Miss Kate Allen LA Representative 1st Oct 2018 30 Sep 2022
Miss Mariyam Sharif Community Governor 8th Oct 2018 7th Oct 2022
Miss Kirsty Asquith Teacher Representative 1st Oct 2018 30 Sep 2022
Miss Debra Roberts Support Staff Governor 8th Oct 2018 7th Oct 2022
Mrs Rev Ann Pollard Foundation Governor 1st Oct 2018 30 Sep 2022
Mrs Gwyneth Brooke Foundation PCC Governor 1st Oct 2018 30 Sep 2022
Mrs Sabeha Patel Parent Governor 1st Oct 2018 30 Sep 2022
Ms Shona Cavanagh Co-opted 8th Oct 2018 7th Oct 2022
Ms Sylvia Dudding Foundation-Diocesan 8th Oct 2018 7th Oct 2022
Miss Kari Fry Co-opted Staff 8th Oct 2018 7th Oct 2022
Mrs Elena Mocanu Parent Governor
Mrs Kirsty Quinn Associated Governor
Mrs Jane Lord Observer
Mr Geoff Billing Staff Governor 8th Oct 2018 28th Apr 2019