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Wildridings Primary School

Wildridings Primary School

Governing Body

Our Governing Body consists of parents, staff, and members from the local community. The Headteacher is a member and, as the most senior teacher, is responsible for the day to day running of the school. The Governing Body works hard to support the Headteacher, staff and pupils to ensure that Wildridings Primary School is the best that it can be.

All of our Governors have their own careers and responsibilities but they dedicate time to the school. Our Governors bring a wealth of different experience to the Governing Body including financial expertise, strategic planning and more practical skills.

The Governing Body has three core functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff: and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent

The Governing Body meets monthly.

It also has the following panels whose terms of reference ensure decision making and actions are appropriately discharged:

  • Pay Panel -  responsible for teachers' annual pay awards
  • HPM Panel - responsible for the performance management of the Headteacher
  • Hearings & Appeals Panels - responsible for hearing complaints and appeals. These two panels are convened when necessary and only governors who are not members of staff can serve on them.

Types of Governors:

Co-opted Governors
Co-opted governors are appointed by the governing body. Co-opted governors are people who in the opinion of the governing body have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school. Staff members can become co-opted governors, however, staff cannot number more than one third of the total number of governors.

Parent Governors
Parents, including carers, of pupils are eligible to stand for election as governors. Parent governors are elected by other parents at the school. If insufficient parents stand for election, the governing body may appoint parents.

Staff Governors
Staff, both teaching and support, may become governors (volunteers do not qualify). Staff governors are elected by the school staff. Any election that is contested must be held by ballot.


The Headteacher is a governor by virtue of their office, but they can choose not to serve as a governor.

Local Authority Governors
LAs are encouraged to nominate high-calibre governors for appointment by school governing bodies and to nominate candidates irrespective of any political affiliation or preference.

Associate Members

Governing Bodies can choose to appoint associate members to help them with their work. Associate members cannot vote on governing body decisions. Wildridings Primary School's Governing Body has not appointed any associate members.

Appointed by the governing body or school, the clerk's role is to make sure the governing body's work is well organised. The clerk is able to offer information and advice to the governing body, particularly on matters involving the law and procedures to be followed at meetings

Wildridings Primary School's Governing Body is constituted to have 15 governors:

  • 9 Co-opted Governors
  • 3 Parent Governors
  • 1 Staff Governor
  • The Headteacher
  • 1 Local Authority Governor

Meet Our Governing Body

Name Category Post Start Date End Date
Margaux Barron Co-opted   14/11/19 13/11/23
Sara Bertoux Co-opted   9/05/17 8/05/21
Simon Cope Headteacher   1/09/16 ongoing
Jackie Dixon Staff   6/02/18 5/02/22
Mark Dodds Co-opted   17/01/19 16/01/23
Simon Gill Co-opted   12/12/19 11/12/23
Lesley Hewitt Co-opted   22/11/18 21/11/22
Sarah Hey Co-opted   5/09/16 4/09/20
Wendy Menking Co-opted   6/02/17 5/02/21
Kusum Trikha Co-opted   22/06/17 21/06/21
Ruth Wall Co-opted Vice Chair 26/04/18 25/04/22
Tracey Wright Parent Chair 24/01/19 23/01/23
Kate Harding   Clerk 19/05/17 ongoing

People who have served on the Governing Body in the last 12 months

Name Category Post Start Date End Date
Anna Cook Co-opted   30/01/15 29/01/19
Peter Lewis Parent   29/01/15 28/01/19
Linda Wellsteed Parent   2/10/18 28/08/19