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Governors
The Governing Board of Primrose Lane consists of parents, staff, appointees of the Local Authority and members co-opted from the local community. This helps ensure the governing board has sufficient diversity of skills, views and experience but does not mean governors of a particular category represent that group on the governing body. For example, parent governors do not represent the parents at the school and do not report back to them.

How do I contact the governors?
In order to contact the governors you will need to get in touch with the school in the first instance and they will make the contact on your behalf. You will not be able to contact the governors directly, but the school will treat your contact in confidence where appropriate and act as a mediary. If you need to make a complaint about the school and involve governors you will need to follow the school's complaints procedure.

The Governing Board of Primrose Lane
The Governing Board of Primrose Lane is made up as follows:
 


 

CATEGORY

END OF TERM OF OFFICE

COMMITTEE

CLASS LINK

BUSINESS or FINANCIAL INTERESTS

GOVERNANCE ROLES IN OTHER SCHOOLS

Sally Wise  (Chair)

Parent

25.9.21

Teaching & Learning

-

none

none

Beverley Lyn

Foundation

21.9.23

Resources

Year 3

none

none

Bryony Boyle

Parent

26.9.20

Teaching & Learning

Year 1

none

none

Catherine Holmes

Headteacher

-

Resources,

Teaching & Learning

-

none

none

Dawn Daly

Local Authority

26.9.22

Teaching & Learning

Nursery

none

none

Fiona Meeson

Co-opted

26.9.22

Resources

Reception

none

none

James Fasey (Vice Chair)

Foundation

26.9.20

Resources

Year 5

none

none

Jayne Cooper

Parent

26.9.20

Resources

Year 6

none

none

Jennifer Kerr

Parent

26.9.20

Resources

Year 4

none

none

Jo Tinkler

Co-opted

26.9.20

Teaching & Learning

Year 2

none

none

Michael Simpson

Co-opted

31.3.21

Resources

-

none

none

Sarah Lord

Staff

22.1.24

Teaching & Learning

-

none

none


The role of governors
Governors serve for four years and the best way to sum up the role of the Governing Board is ‘eyes on, hands off’ and it is carried out through three main approaches:

  • being strategic – for example target setting, agreeing the ethos of the school, setting the priorities in the School Development Plan (SDP), ensuring that the standards of teaching and learning are as high as possible, setting the budget to support the SDP and approving policies
  • being a critical friend – including understanding school self-evaluation, monitoring and evaluating school performance, delegating decisions, recognising and celebrating the achievements of the school, being prepared to ask challenging questions in a supportive way, thereby securing improvement and being an ambassador for the school in the local community
  • being accountability – this includes being prepared to account for the school's overall performance and to explain its decisions and actions to anyone who has a legitimate interest, ensuring that all statutory obligations are met and reporting to parents and others on the work of the school including the achievements of the pupils.


The chair and vice-chair are elected annually by the governors at the first meeting of the autumn term. The full Governing Board and its two committees: Resources and Teaching and Learning, meet every half term. Minutes of these meetings are available from the school office. The Headteacher produces a written report for the governors each term and these are also available from the office.
 

Governing Boards do:

Governing Boards don’t:

Set the overall budget for the school

Inspect the school

Decide on the level of pay for the school’s teachers

After visiting the school, report back on the quality of teaching

Decide on the number of staff

Authorise all expenditure

Help to decide the priorities for improving the school when the school development plan is being drawn up

Decide on how pupils are taught different subjects

Ensure the National Curriculum is taught to all pupils

Have the right to exclude a pupil

Compare the performance of their school to similar schools

Write the school’s policies on their own

Receive information about the quality of teaching in the school

‘Rubber stamp’ recommendations from the head teacher

Have a published strategy for dealing with parental complaints and concerns

Fund raise – this is the role of the PTA

Ensure health and safety issues are addressed

Run the school on a day-to-day basis – this is the job of the headteacher


Our governors don't just sit in meetings! They are proactively involved in the life of the school, many through their class link: visiting the class, going on school trips and celebrating special events, such as Nativity and the KS2 Production. To fulfil their various responsibilities, governors also undertaken focused visits to monitor a specific aspect of school life, before reporting back to their fellow governors.

Annual Governance Statement 2018 - 2019
At the end of the academic year, the Governing Board undertakes a review of its work and this forms the basis of the Annual Governance Statement, which can be found here. It’s hoped this statement will help parents, carers and staff to gain a better understanding of what the work of the governing board entails.

Effective governance
At Primrose Lane we are fortunate to have such a dedicated and hardworking board of governors. Our governors are effective because they:

  • care about improving children's educational experiences and achievement
  • want to contribute to the local community
  • are able to work as part of a team and value the contribution made by different people
  • are willing to get the necessary training for the role
  • are willing and able to ask questions and offer healthy and constructive challenge
  • are open to ideas and willing to learn.


Thank you!
We thank our governors wholeheartedly for all that they do for our school! The additional time, thought and effort they put into being a governor is all on a voluntary basis and often in addition to their own work commitments and busy home life.

Meet the Governors
Primrose Lane Governing Body is made up of a strong, supportive and dedicated group of people who strive to push the school forward and maintain the school's already outstanding reputation.

Sally Wise - Chair of Governors (Parent Governor)
I have been part of the Primrose Lane Primary School community since moving to Boston Spa in 2013. At that time my eldest child joined the school in Year 2 and although he has now finished at Primrose Lane, I still have 2 other children at the school.
I am passionate to support the learning and development of children and took up a role of parent governor in September 2017. In September 2018 I took on the position as Chair of Governors. I currently sit on the Teaching & Learning Committee and Pay Committee. As the Chair, my role is to work with the Head Teacher to promote and maintain standards of education achievement and ensure that the governing board sets a clear vision, ethos and strategic direction for the school. Together with all the Governors, we monitor the way in which the school operates and ensure it has all necessary policies and procedures in place.
I have over 10 years of experience working within risk and compliance in the banking sector and this experience helps me to contribute to the successes of an already outstanding school.

James Fasey – Vice Chair of Governors (Foundation Governor)
I have 3 children who are either at the school now or have been at the school and I became a governor as it provided an opportunity for me to get closer to the school and better understand how they spend their time on a weekly basis. Over the years my involvement as a Governor has grown and I took on the position of Chair from September 2013 to September 2018. I currently serve as a foundation governor having previously been a parent governor until the summer of 2016. I am on the Resources Committee, the Pay Committee and represent the school on the Wharfe Valley Learning Partnership Chair of Governors group.
I work in finance for a large food organisation based near Wakefield and my work experience has helped me to support the school in how it manages all aspects of the school budget. My aim is to ensure that the school continues to provide a great start for our pupils in their lives. Many pupils who have started out life at Primrose Lane have enjoyed success in their secondary education and if we, as governors, can play a small part in that continuing, then our involvement with the school would have been worth it!

Beverley Lyn (Foundation Governor)
I am a self-employed learning and development consultant working predominantly in the insurance industry. I have lived in the Wetherby and Boston Spa area for over 25 years.
I have been a foundation governor at Primrose Lane since 2015 and serve on the Resources Committee and the Pay Committee. I am delighted to be a school governor as it allows me to put something back into the community involving the education of young people, a subject on which I feel very strongly. I care deeply that young people should all receive a high standard of education and development, which will empower them as they grow and continue with their education to be the best they can be.
My other interests include keeping fit by playing tennis and cycling, plus I am chair of Wetherby Musical Theatre Group.

Bryony Boyle (Parent Governor)
I was appointed as a Parent Governor in September 2016 and have two sons at Primrose Lane, in Reception and Year 2. I am Chair of the Teaching and Learning Committee and look to do whatever I can to support the school and staff continue to achieve the high standards they have set.
I grew up in Leeds and moved back to Yorkshire from London in 2013. I'm a project manager and have worked within the field of sustainability and community development for over 15 years, so it's very rewarding to have a small part in supporting the Primrose Lane community which plays such an important role in our family life.

Dawn Daly (Local Authority Governor)
I became a Governor at Primrose Lane in 2014, having retired from teaching after 37 happy years. My commitment to education continues and I am proud to contribute something to this outstanding school, in the role of Governor. The school's continued determination to remain 'Outstanding', whilst implementing the many imposed initiatives and rising to all challenges is impressive, especially as the Primrose Lane learner is always at the heart of the school.
Being a member of the Teaching and Learning Committee gives me a good understanding of the school's policies in practice. I also attend the Wharfe Valley Learning Partnership board meetings where our local schools come together, to share resources, expertise and collectively support excellent learning across the partnership through shared training, liaison and dialogue.

Fiona Meeson (Co-opted Governor)
I am delighted to have become a governor at Primrose Lane.
I retired from Leeds City Council at the end of July, after 24 years working with schools and their budgets as part of the School Finance Team. Overall I worked in the Public sector for 39 years! I loved my job and I hope that my experience, knowledge and skills will help Primrose Lane.
I have lived in Boston Spa for 18 years and both of my children went to Boston Spa School. I am looking forward to giving something back to the community I live in.

Helen Brough (Co-opted Governor)
I have four children including twins, three of whom are still in attendance at Primrose Lane. Initially, I worked in the banking sector managing mortgage sanctions, self-builds and conveyancing. I then graduated as a Speech and Language Therapist, working with an acute degenerative neurological caseload and gained paediatric experience from primary, secondary and specialist school provision. When twins came along I worked for the National Library of Medicine and latterly Infoventures, Philadelphia, précising bio-medical journal articles. I am absolutely passionate about books and the development of reading skills in all children. I practice yoga and search out all things old and interesting, particularly oak and British silver. I am proud to have been a member of staff at Primrose Lane since 2016 and strive to support children in reaching their individual potential in a nurturing and positive environment. The tireless efforts of outstanding leadership, teaching and support staff within our school continues to impress me; teaching is indeed known to be a physical job, and I'm looking forward to serving as a Governor, applying my skills appropriately for the benefit of the school and it's pupils.

Jayne Cooper (Parent Governor)
I joined as a parent governor in 2016. As a parent with a child at Primrose Lane, I wanted to be able to support the school in continuing the excellent work to provide all pupils with the best possible education.
I work in Project Management for an IT company within the Financial Services Industry. I love to travel and explore new destinations. I am thrilled to be part of the governing body at Primrose Lane.

Jennifer Kerr (Parent Governor)
My son is currently in Year 3 at Primrose Lane. I became involved with the school when he started Nursery: helping out at special events and covering lunchtimes. It’s been rewarding to be a member of the PTA for the past three years, seeing parents pull together to raise funds to provide extra resources for the children. As an extension of this, I became interested in the governance of the school.
My professional background is as a chartered surveyor, working mainly in local government achieving ‘best-value’ in property transactions. I’m currently involved in community projects, as Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator and the village safer-crossings group. My personal interests include perfecting my home-brew and restoring my heritage sports car.

Jo Tinkler (Co-opted Governor)
My association with Primrose Lane began in 1989 when I was appointed Nursery Nurse for the soon to be opened Nursery. Over the years, I also worked in Reception and Key Stage 1 and supported children with special needs and their parents. I returned to work in Nursery part time after having my daughter Emily in 1999 and continued in this position until 2006 when my son Daniel was a year old.
I live in Boston Spa and both of my children attended the Nursery and school, my responsibility changed from staff to parent. I was involved fully in school life, as a parent volunteer and an active PTA member. When my son left the school in 2016 I became a Governor and my new role at Primrose Lane began. I work in my family engineering company and love to spend time with family and friends.

Michael Simpson (Co-opted Governor)
I became a Governor in March 2017. I moved to the area in April 2000 and my daughter attended the school from January 2005 until July 2013. I have worked at the school as a Teaching Assistant and Lunchtime Supervisor, prior to my current role as the Site Manager and I feel privileged to be part of the school community.
I worked in the building industry as a Joiner for many years which has given me a wealth of knowledge that helps in my role as Health and Safety governor.

Paul Kurring (Co-opted Governor)
I have a son and daughter that attended Primrose Lane from Reception through to Year 6. My youngest child finished at Primrose Lane in the summer of 2019 and I considered a role as School Governor on her very last day! I felt that my relationship with the school was not over and I had to give something back. I expressed an interest in becoming a School Governor and joined the Governance Board on September 23rd. As School Governor, I’m a member of the Training and Learning Committee and will serve as Class Governor for Year 5. I’m looking forward being part of the team that helps Primrose Lane maintain its Ofsted Outstanding status.

I’m originally from the Hull / Beverley area and moved to Clifford in 2006. I’ve spent a lifetime in Healthcare; initially as a Registered General Nurse and more recently in the Medical Devices Industry Sector as a Marketing Director in Orthopaedics for one of the world's largest healthcare companies.

I enjoy working with children enormously; I’m a Licensed Chaperone with Opera North on the La Boheme Production and I’m an FA Level 1 Football Coach for U12 Clifford Juniors Girls in the Harrogate & District League. My spare time is spent with my family, watching sport or listening to music. I have a passion for Rugby League, Motorsport, Live Music and Palaeontology!

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