The Governors work closely with the Headteacher, school staff and representative from the Local Authority (LA). The information contained on this page was accurate as of May 2018.
The Governing Body of Tow Law Millennium Primary School has a strong focus on its three core strategic functions:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
- Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
- Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
Governors have had a very proactive year starting with the reconstitution, audit of roles and responsibilities based on strengths and finally a 360o Audit. The reconstitution, which took place on 14th July 2015, saw the size reduced from 12 plus HT to 8 plus HT. A full skills audit took place in the autumn term ensuring the right people were appointed to the right areas, with the committee structures and Governors’ roles and responsibilities being agreed.
Governors have listened to the views of parents regarding homework and communication and changed our approach to both – we hope this will address parental concerns and we will monitor this in the future.
As well as meeting as a full body, the governors also meet in smaller committees whose decisions are then confirmed by the full Governing Body. Effective use of working parties this year has strengthened the effectiveness of the Governing Body ensuring accountability and timeliness of decisions.
Some governors take a particular responsibility for an area of the school’s work, for example, our Chair of Governors is responsible for Special Educational Needs and the Vice-Chair is responsible for Looked- After Children. For a full list of governor roles and responsibilities, please see below on this website page.
Governors regularly come into school to work with staff, pupils and parents. For more information relating to this, please contact the Headteacher.
Please see below an update regarding parental surveys shared with parents in the Governor Summer Newsletter.
The Chair of the Governing Body is Russell Bell c/o the school and the Clerk to the Governing Body is Joanne Nicholson, School & Governor Support Service, Education Department, County Hall, Durham, DH1 5UJ.
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
Tow Law Millennium 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 documents below.
|Russell Bell (Chair)||07/02/2022||Co-opted||Finance, Premises & Personnel|
First / Pay Review
|Special Educational Needs|
More Able and Talented
|Lisa Croft (Vice-chair)||24/01/2019||Co-opted||Finance, Premises & Personnel|
Core Subjects (English and Maths)
|Steve Hall||07/02/2022||Parent||Finance, Premises & Personnel|
First / Pay Review
|Health and Safety|
|Cllr Richard Manchester||06/02/2022||Local Authority||Appeals||Foundation Subjects |
|Lisa Jackson (Head Teacher)||Staff||Finance, Premises & Personnel|
Special Educational Needs
|Nicola Mawson||07/02/2019||Staff||Safeguarding||Core Subjects (Maths, English, Science and IT)|
Foundation Subjects (Humanities)
Finance, Premises & Personnel
|Steve Peat||Stepped down 06/02/2018|
|Claire Wild||05/04/2022||Parent||First / Pay Review||Core Subjects (Science and IT)|
Schools are now required to display a record of Governor’s attendance at meetings for each school academic year. You can also view previous years attendance on our website.
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