Meet the Governors
The Role of the Governing Board
The Governing Board take a strategic role, act as a critical friend to the school and are accountable for its decisions. It sets aims and objectives and agrees, monitors and reviews policies, targets and priorities. This includes approving the annual budget, staffing arrangements and school development priorities.
In all types of schools, Governing Boards should have a strong focus on three core strategic functions:
a. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
b. Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the
school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff;
c. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
Governors at New Mills Nursery School
New Mills Nursery School has a Governing Board that consists of 12 members including parents, residents from the local community and staff from the nursery school. The current Governing Board members are:
|Chair of Governors||Christine Bowen (LA Governor)|
|Vice-Chair of Governors||Elisabeth Rawson (Co-opted Governor)|
|Staff Governor||Carole Reed|
|Parent Governor||Rachel Downes|
|Parent Governor||Kathryn Hopkins|
|Parent Governor||Laura Keightley|
|Parent Governor||Fay Vandenberg|
|Co-opted Governor||Helen Bullough|
|Co-opted Governor||Becky Parsons|
|Co-opted Governor||Gemma Sidebottom|
|Co-opted Governor||Ingrid Whiteman|
|Clerk to Governors||Catherine Swiffin|
If you would like to contact a member of the Governing Board, then please contact Mrs Swiffin in the school office.
The Full Governing Board meet four times a year. Each Governor has a term of office lasting four years, although they can resign before the term officially ends. All Governors are required to have a full DBS check and complete a Declaration of Eligibility and a Declaration of Business Interests.
For more information about our Governors please click on the link below
In addition to the Full Governing Board, there are two Committees:
Teaching, Learning and Assessment Committee (TLA)
Finance, Personnel and Premises Committee (FPP).
Each of the Committees meets three times a year.
Elisabeth Rawson (Chair)
Gemma Sidebottom (Chair)
The roles and responsibilities of each of the Committees are set out in the Terms of Reference. Please follow the link to find out more.
In addition to the Committees, there is a Lead Governor for each of the following areas.
Lead Governor for Anti-Bullying
Lead Governor for Data Protection
Lead Governor for Equality
Lead Governor for Health and Safety
Lead Governor for Looked After Children & Pupil Premium
Elisabeth Rawson (Interim)
Lead Governor for Mental Health
Lead Governor for Safeguarding
Lead Governor for Special Educational Needs
Meeting Dates 2023-24
The dates of the meetings in 2022-23 are:
Full Governing Board
3 October 2023
30 January 2024
30 April 2024 (short meeting to approve budget)
2 July 2024
Teaching, Learning & Assessment Committee
7 November 2023
27 February 2024
21 May 2024
Finance, Personnel & Premises Committee
21 November 2023
19 March 2024 (including the budget proposal to present to Full GB)
11 June 2024
All meetings will be held on a Tuesday starting at 7.30 pm
Governor Attendance 2021-22
Please click the link to find out how often our Governors were able to attend the meetings held in the academic year 2021-22.