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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.)

Full Governing Body

Head Teacher - Mr S White / Mrs L Oyston - Head of School
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 09/10/17

LGB Meeting 04/12/17

LGB Meeting 05/02/18

LGB Meeting 19/03/18

LGB Meeting 21/05/18

LGB
Meeting 02/07/18

Overall Attendance

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

01/09/14
-

Apologies

5/6

No

Yes - CEO of Vision Academy Learning Trust

No

JANET RICHARDS - Chair

01/04/15
-
31/03/19

6/6

No

Yes - Vision Academy Learning Trust

No

DAVID BROWN - Trust Appointment

01/09/16
-
19/04/18

Apologies

Apologies

Apologies

Apologies

2/6

No

No

No

CHRISTINE BROOKS Co-Opted Governor

01/04/15
-
31/03/19

6/6

No

No

No

MICHAEL McELVANEY - Staff Governor

03/02/17
-
02/02/21

Apologies

Apologies

Non
attendance

3/6

No

No

 

AILEEN MATHER - Co opted Governor

01/04/15
-
31/03/19

Apologies

5/6

No

Yes - Associate Governor at Myton Park Primary

No

ALISON OSBELDISTON - Co opted Governor

01/04/15
-
31/03/19

Apologies

Apologies

4/6

No

No

No

JOHN THOMPSON Co Opted Governor

01/04/15
-
31/03/19

6/6

No

No

No

LIZ HEARN Parent Governor

11/06/14
-
10/06/18

6/6

No

No

No

ROBERT HOLDSWORTH Co-opted Governor/Re appointed Community Governor

16/12/13
-
15/12/17
Re appointed 21/03/18
-
20/03/22

Term of office expired awaiting
re-appointment

Term of office expired awaiting
re-appointment

4/6

No

No

Founding Director & Board Chair Geospatial Research Ltd, Durham

SUSAN FICKLING Parent Governor

27/04/17
-
26/04/21

Apologies

5/6

No

No

No

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 20/05/2018
Co-opted Governor: 21/05/2018 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 20/03/2018
Co-opted Governor: 21//03/2018 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).

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 – Feb 2017 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 – 26/04/2017 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: 01/09/2017- 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.

HELEN HOGBEN
Staff Governor: 01/09/2017- present
Professional details: I am a Barrister specialising in Employment and Regulatory Law and am based at Trinity Chambers.
Assocation with Egglescliffe School: I have lived in Eaglescliffe for the past 10 years and both of my children joined Egglescliffe School in Year 7. They are now in the Sixth Form. I have been the Chair of the Friends of Egglescliffe School Music since 2016.
Reasons for being a Governor: Egglescliffe is an outstanding school and my children have benefited enormously from studying here. I would like to do what I can to help the school to continue to flourish.
Other relevant roles: I have professional experience of representing a range of clients in relation to education law matters, in particular SEND provision. I hope this experience will enable me to make a positive contribution in helping Egglescliffe ensure that every pupil in our school reaches his/her full potential.