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As a group the Governors are loyal and hardworking and increasingly more so due to the raft of Government changes.

The day to day running of the school is the responsibility of the Head teacher. It is the Governing Body's role to ensure that things are done correctly and each child receives his or her educational entitlement, as well as their whole needs being met.

As Chair I work closely with the Head teacher and the Senior Leadership Team covering all aspects of school life.

Full Governing Body will meet four times during the year to discuss whole school issues and adopt policies The Head teacher presents a report on behalf of his Team. Feedback from committees and Governor Link reports also feature.

Finally Governors are encouraged to establish specific staff links within school, reporting on visits several times a year. Governor training is also on offer during the year.

Chair of Governer - Mrs J Richards. If you would like to contact Mrs J Richards regarding the school's governing body please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Governor code of conduct


Governor Information Booklet (Some of the information contained in this booklet can also be found in the following sections.)

Key priorities for the governing body in 2016/17

Priority 1- Close the gap between disadvantaged cohorts and Non disadvantaged cohorts across all areas of the curriculum

As result of bespoke pastoral and academic interventions the gap between PP and non-PP students is closing (25% gap in 2014 to a 19% gap in achievement of L2 English and maths in 2016). The Inspection Dashboard in 2016 highlighted that disadvantaged pupils’ Progress 8 was not significantly below national. However, the gap between PP and non-PP is wider in maths than English and this is a key focus for 2016/17.

Priority 2- To improve achievement and progress for SEND cohort across all year groups

The Inspection dashboard in 2016 highlighted a strength was that for pupils with special educational needs, Progress 8 was not significantly below average overall. However, there are slightly larger progress gaps between SEN support and non-SEN support in both Ebacc and Open group elements which are a focus area for 2016/17. The link governor for SEND receives regular updates on the progress of this cohort which are scrutinised and challenged.

Priority 3- To reduce persistent absenteeism for FSM and SEN Support cohorts

Due to a wide range of strategies, overall school attendance is good at 95.9%. However SEN and FSM pupils have above national average persistence absence rates. SEN Support 24.4% (national average 21.2%), SEN EHCP 25% (national average 20.5%) and FSM 28.1% (national average 21.6%). This is a key focus area for 2016/17 and governors receive a half termly report on attendance which is scrutinised.

Priority 4- To improve the quality of teaching and learning through the effective use of assessment information so teachers can plan to meet the needs of their pupils to develop their understanding, knowledge and skills.

Teaching and learning at Egglescliffe. Most lessons are planned to meet individual needs of pupils as evidenced in the outcomes at both KS4 and KS5. However, some teachers could use assessment information more effectively to meet individual pupil needs which would lead to improved outcomes in all key stages. This is a governor priority for 2016/17 and as a result the impact of the CPD programme on the quality of teaching and learning is reported on each half term. (NB-This was identified as an area for improvement in the Ofsted report in 2013)

Priority 5- To continue to embed the quality of written feedback so all pupils know their next steps in learning so they can make further progress.

Parent feedback across all year groups and internal quality assurance highlights how the quality of marking and feedback has improved over the last three years. The introduction of a school wide marking and feedback policy has ensured that pupils are now more actively engaged with their feedback and are therefore making more progress. However, one of the key priorities for this academic year is to ensure there is complete consistency across all subject areas and key stages.

Priority 6- To further raise standards and achievement in Key Stage 4 and 5

Attainment and progress at both KS4 and 5 is good. In 2016 the Progress 8 measure was 0.09 at KS4 and the value added measure at KS5 was 0.29. We have now seen a three year upward trend at both KS4 and 5. However, there are some cohorts which do not make as much progress and these are a focus for 2016/17. These cohorts in particular are- KS4 most able in English, KS4 boys’ achievement in English, EBacc and Open elements, A-level Art and RS.

Full Governing Body

Head Teacher - Mr S White
Chair - Mrs J Richards
V Chair - Mrs A Osbeldiston

Mrs C Brooks
Mrs S Fickling
Mr R Holdsworth
Mrs A Mather
Mr J Thompson

Mr D Brown
Mrs L Hearn
Mr D Holgate
Mr M McElvaney

NAME OF SCHOOL: Local Governing Body - Egglescliffe School

NAME, Category & Responsibility

Term of Office

LGB Meeting 9/10/2017

LGB Meeting 4/12/2017

LGB Meeting 5/2/2018

LGB Meeting 19/03/2018

 

Nature of Interest:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pecuniary (you or a close connection - (see point 1)

Governor in another school/education establishment

Spouse, partner or relative working in school or with business interest
(see point 2)

SIMON WHITE Head Teacher

01/09/2014 -

Apologies

 

No

Yes - CEO of Vision Academy Learning Trust

No

JANET RICHARDS Chair

01/04/2015-31/03/2019

 

No

Yes - Vision Academy Learning Trust

No

DAVID BROWN Trust Appointment

01/09/2016-19/04/2018

Apologies

Apologies

Apologies

 

No

No

No

CHRISTINE BROOKS Co-Opted Governor

01/04/2015 -31/03/2019

 

No

No

No

MICHAEL McELVANEY Staff Governor

03/02/2017 - 02/02/2021

Apologies

Apologies

 

No

No

 

AILEEN MATHER Co opted Governor

01/04/2015 - 31/03/2019

 

No

Yes - Associate Governor at Myton Park Primary

No

ALISON OSBELDISTON
Co opted Governor

01/04/2015 - 31/3/2019

Apologies

 

No

No

No

JOHN THOMPSON Co Opted Governor

01/04/2015 - 31/3/2019

 

No

No

No

LIZ HEARN
Parent Governor

11/06/2014 - 10/06/2018

 

No

No

No

ROBERT HOLDSWORTH
Co-opted Governor/Re appointed Community Governor

16/12/2013 - 15/12/2017         Re appointed 21/03/2018 - 20/03/2022

Term of office expired awaiting re-appointment

Term of office expired awaiting re-appointment

 

No

No

Founding Director & Board Chair Geospatial Research Ltd, Durham

SUSAN FICKLING Parent Governor

27/04/2017 - 26/04/2021

Apologies

 

No

No

No

DEREK HOLGATE
Co-opted Governor

01/04/2015 - 31/03/2019

Resigned

 

 

 

 

 

Details removed since resignation

HELEN HOGBENParent Governor

26/04/2018 - 25/04/2022

 

 

 

 

 

TBA

TBA

TBA

REGISTER OF GOVERNOR INTEREST GUIDANCE

Governors must declare any relevant business interests as well as the details of any other educational establishments they govern. The register must also set out any relationships between governors and members of the schools staff including spouses, partners and relatives. It is important to address any perception of a conflict of interests by making clear where such potential personal or pecuniary interests might apply; this might be a conflict between personal interests and the interests of the school or the Council when dealing with outside organisations or individuals.

Note 1. Pecuniary interest includes current employment, businesses (of which partner/proprietor), company directorship, charity trusteeship and other conflict.
Note 2. Personal Interests can also include business involvement/company directorship or trusteeships or family or close connections to the governor (for example a company the school might have contracts with).

Examples (potential conflicts):

  • A governor whose spouse/partner is employed by the school – Should not take part in discussion regarding the school’s pay policy or any staffing matter that might impact on their partner. Both direct and indirect decisions might impact on the salary range of senior staff e.g. increasing pupil numbers.
  • A governor involved with any committee group, business or after school club who hire part of the school – Should not be party to discussion involving the use of the school or their charging policy.
  • A governor who is a supplier of goods or services to the school – Should not take part in decisions regarding the letting of contracts for that type of goods or services where a sub-contract relationship might exist.

The register of governor interests must also include details of attendance record at the governing body meetings.
Associate governors must be included on the register and it should be clear when they have voting rights.
The school is required to maintain a similar register of staff interests that should also be reviewed annually – as specified in the NCC code of conduct. Staff had previously been included with the governor’s declarations but in light of the governing body register of interests being required to be published on the school web site, a separate register should be drawn up. Staff governors will need to be included on both registers.

DAVID BROWN
Local Authority Governor: 27/09/2010 to Present
Professional Details: HSEQ Manager for Steetley Dolomite Ltd in Ferryhill, Co. Durham, with a Diploma in Safety management
Association with Egglescliffe School: started by moving to live in Eaglescliffe, and becoming a sponsor governor whilst working for a local manufacturing company. My wife and both children are past pupils of the school.
Reason for being a Governor: Interest in education and the school began with my childrens’ development at the school, and remain keen to maximise potential of all young people attending Egglescliffe school
Other relevant roles: Active member of the governing body serving on a number of committees including Health and Safety and Self Assessment.

ALISON OSBELDISTON
Co-opted Governor: 10/10/2008 to Present
Professional Details: Personnel Officer with Department of Work and Pensions. Based in Stockton but work throughout Tees Valley.
Association with Egglescliffe School: I have an (almost) lifelong association with Egglescliffe School. I am a loyal, committed and enthusiastic Governor with a sound knowledge of current personnel practice as well as knowledge of the local labour market and links with employers.
Reasons for being a governor: I am interested in education and would seek to support the school in any way that I can. I consider that strong links between home and school are important to education and development of young people
Other relevant roles: In the past I have worked with primary school children in achieving cycling proficiency and I am now a volunteer in the school’s Special Needs department.

Prof ROBERT HOLDSWORTH
Parent Governor: 25/02/2011 to Present
Professional Details: Professor Robert Edmund Holdsworth FGS, FGSA University academic since 1986 based at Durham University Dept of Earth Sciences. Former Head of Department (2005-10). Currently Professor of Structural Geology.
Association with Egglescliffe School: I am an experienced academic from the Department of Earth Sciences at Durham University where I have served as Head of Department (2005-10). My eldest son finished his A-Levels in 2012 and two of his younger brothers are presently at school and one more is on the way. I bring expertise and perspectives from Higher Education sector and wish to support and strengthen teaching in all the sciences and geography-geosciences.
Reasons for being a Governor: 1) Wish to contribute expertise and perspectives from Higher Education sector; 2) strengthening of school links to regional Universities, especially in geosciences; 3) interested in supporting and strengthening teaching in all the sciences; 4) interested in promoting links with local companies and employers.
Other Relevant Roles: 1) Energy perspectives: member of Office of Nuclear Regulation Expert Panel for Seismic Risk and Climate Change (Nuclear New Builds). 2) Knowledge Exchange Fellow for the Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC).

DEREK HOLGATE
Co-opted Governor: 29/02/2012 to Present
Professional Details: Former Sales Director and major share holder of a major supplier of injection mouldings based in Eaglescliffe, Scotland and South Wales
Association with Egglescliffe School: My association with the school is via my two step-children and my youngest son, all of whom are now enjoying successful careers
Reasons for being a governor: I have a keen interest in helping children develop both intellect and the right attitude to maximise their chances in the future.
Other relevant roles: President of Stockton and District Motor Club
Chief Safety Officer of the Jim Clark International Rally
Joint Clerk of the Course of the Tour of Hamsterley Rally and Chairman of Teesside Motor Sports Group

JANET RICHARDS
Co-opted Governor: 01/09/2010 to Present
Professional details: I am a qualified primary school teacher, working as a part-time supply teacher in Stockton Borough.
Association with Egglescliffe School: I have lived in Eaglescliffe for the last twenty years and all three of my children have successfully passed through the school. I was an active member of the P.T.A. from 1993 until 2009
Reason for being a governor: An interest in education and a desire to help maintain the smooth running of an Outstanding School for the benefit of the local community has led me to become a key member of the Governing Body.
Other Relevant Roles: Setting up and running a playgroup

JOHN THOMPSON
Co-opted Governor of long standing 18/09/2014 to Present
Professional details: Chartered Electrical Engineer – retired. Previously having worked in the local steel and port industries before working as an engineer consultant.
Assocation with Egglescliffe School: I am a long serving governor, having initially been elected as a Parent Governor and subsequently appointed as a co-opted Governor.
My deep commitment to the school and years of experience as a governor coupled with the financial, managerial and engineering skills gained as a Chartered Engineer enable me to make a positive contribution to the governance of the school.
Reasons for being a Governor: I have a long interest in training and am keen to contribute to the school and community that gave my children a good education and hence an excellent start in life.

AILEEN MATHER
Co-opted Governor – 01/04/2015 to present
Association with Egglescliffe School: I currently work in a primary school however prior to that I spent 20 years working in the finance industry. The skills I bring to the governing body are a substantial knowledge of both educational and financial matters which I feel enables me to make sounds judgements when necessary.

CHRISTINE BROOKS
Co-opted Governor – 01/04/2015 to present
Association with Egglescliffe School: As a Primary school teacher I have a good understanding of current education policy and special educational needs. In my volunteer roles with Girlguiding I chair meetings and lead and manage various teams, organise events and projects, act as a supportive mentor, manage finances and have experience of strategic planning.

LIZ HEARN
Parent Governor – 11/06/2014 to present
Association with Egglescliffe School: I work in in Stockton as an Optometrist and have been involved with the PTA and Friends of Egglescliffe Music since 2012. Since becoming a parent governor in 2014 I have become the link governor for the Special Educational Needs department and for looked after children. I am committed to supporting the continued development of teaching and learning for all students and passionately believe in pupils having access to a wide range of experiences and extracurricular activities.

SUSAN FICKLING
Parent Governor – Feb 2017 to present
Association with Egglescliffe School: I am married with two children who both attend Egglescliffe School, they are currently in years 7 and 9.
Reasons for being a governor: I am a friendly and outgoing individual who is keen to take an active role within the school community and help to maximise the growth of the Egglescliffe school profile in the area and assist in the future development of the school maximising standards for the pupils and teachers.

MICK McELVANEY
Staff Governor: 1/9/2017- present
Association with Egglescliffe School: I began working at Egglescliffe School in 2000 and have been Head of Department or R.S. and KS3 Tutor. I have run an Archaeology Club and started links with Melamchy in Nepal. Currently I am CO-leading a trip to Nepal next October involving six Y9 boys, five Y9 girls and two Y12 girls.
Reasons for being a governor: I want to engage with the position of governor because there are so many changes happening in education at the moment that will impact on the students and staff at Egglescliffe that I believe it is vital that one of the non-managerial staff should be involved with learning what effects those changes might bring and speak on behalf of the staff and students at governor meetings. I an particularly interested in changes to the curriculum and teaching and learning, but obviously also feel strongly about financial and staffing changes. The basis of all my interest is the nature and manner of the education for life which is being delivered to our students.