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Governance

GOVERNANCE

Woodlands Primary School is an academy in the Greenshaw Learning Trust.

The Greenshaw Learning Trust is a charitable company, limited by guarantee, with the sole purpose of maintaining and developing academy schools to provide comprehensive and inclusive education for the public benefit. You can find out more about the governance of the trust on the trust website here.

The Trustees of the Greenshaw Learning Trust have overall legal responsibility for all the schools in the trust, but they delegate powers and responsibilities with respect to the governance of each school to its governing body and headteacher. The governing body is a committee of the Board of Trustees that reports to and is accountable to the Board of Trustees under a Scheme of Delegation of governance functions.

The Tyndale & Woodlands Primary Schools Governing Body is responsible for the governance of Tyndale Primary School and Woodlands Primary School in Yate. The Governing Body provides strategic leadership of the schools, oversees the schools’ financial and academic performance, and holds the Headteachers and schools’ senior leadership to account. (Prior to June 2021 the governing body for the school was the Woodlands Primary School Governing Body).

Governors are appointed in a number of different ways to reflect the schools' various stakeholders and to bring a range of skills and experience to the governing body:

  • Trust governors are appointed by the Board of Trustees of the Greenshaw Learning Trust.
  • A parent governor has to be a parent of a pupil at one of the schools at the time of their election and is elected by ballot of all parents and carers of current students
  • Community governors are appointed by the governing body to reflect its community and stakeholders.
  • A staff governor must be employed by the Trust to work at the schools, and is appointed following a ballot of all staff at the school.
  • The Headteachers are governors, ex-officio’

All governors except the Headteachers serve for a term of office of four years, but can be reappointed.

Governors act collectively as the governing body and work closely with the Headteachers and senior leadership team of the schools. Governors exercise their powers in a primarily strategic leadership role; they should not get involved in the day-to-day running of the schools.

As well as attending governing body meetings, take part in governor briefings and development activities, visit the schools and meet school staff attend and engage in a range of schools' activities.

The Headteachers are responsible for the day-to-day running of the schools, including the internal organisation, management and control of the schools and the direction of teaching and the curriculum, and for the implementation of the policies of the Trust and Governing Body.

Details of each governor’s appointment and their roles on the governing body is set out in the document at the bottom of this page.

Join us

If you are interested in becoming a governor at Woodlands Primary School or at another school in the trust, please click here.

Governing Body

We currently have a vacancy for a trust Governor. If you are interested in becoming a governor, please contact Julie Adams, Head of Clerking at the Greenshaw Learning Trust:  jadams@greenshawlearningtrust.co.uk

Mrs Mary Hutton - Trust Governor and Chair of Governing Body 

Mrs Mary Hutton - Trust Governor and Chair of Governing Body

Appointment Date

1 June 2021

Date term of office ends

5 September 2025

Appointing Body

Board of Trustees

Responsibilities

Safeguarding, SEND, Leadership and Management

Mrs Nicola Murley - Trust Governor  

Mrs Nicola Murley - Trust Governor 

Appointment Date

1 June 2021

Date term of office ends

28 April 2023

Appointing Body

Board of Trustees

Mrs Christine Brooks - Community Governor 

Mrs Christine Brooks - Trust Governor 

Appointment Date

1 June 2021

Date term of office ends

31 May 2023

Appointing Body

Governing Body

Responsibilities

Attendance and Behaviour

Mrs Emma Smith - Community Governor 

Mrs Emma Smith - Trust Governor 

Appointment Date

1 June 2021

Date term of office ends

29 April 2024

Appointing Body

Governing Body

Mrs Emma Hanson - Parent Governor 

Mrs Emma Hanson - Parent Governor 

Appointment Date

31 January 2022

Date term of office ends

30 January 2026

Appointing Body

Board of Trustees

Mr Steve Lynch - Parent Governor 

Mr Steve Lynch - Parent Governor 

Appointment Date

31 January 2022

Date term of office ends

30 January 2026

Appointing Body

Board of Trustees

Ms Charlotte Havard-Smith - Staff Governor, Woodlands Primary School  

Ms Charlotte Havard-Smith - Staff Governor, Woodlands Primary School

Appointment Date

1 June 2021

Date term of office ends

31 December 2022

Appointing Body

Board of Trustees

Responsibilities Health and Safety

Mrs Victoria O'Connell - Staff Governor, Tyndale Primary School

Mrs Victoria O'Connell - Staff Governor, Tyndale Primary School

Appointment Date

1 June 2021

Date term of office ends

31 December 2022

Appointing Body

Board of Trustees

Mrs Rachel Dean - Headteacher, Woodland Primary School 

Mrs Rachel Dean - Headteacher, Woodland Primary School 

Appointment Date

1 June 2021

Date term of office ends

ex-officio

Appointing Body

Board of Trustees

Ms Katie Parkhouse - Headteacher, Tyndale Primary School 

Ms Katie Parkhouse - Tyndale Primary School Headteacher

Appointment Date

1 September 2021

Date term of office ends

ex-officio

Appointing Body

Board of Trustees

Trust Governor - Vacant position  

TBC - Trust Governor 

Appointment Date

 

Date term of office ends

 

Appointing Body  

Responsibilities

 

Attendance 

The dates of the Woodlands Primary School Governing Body meetings for the rest of the year 2021-22:

  • Meeting 4 - 21st March
  • Meeting 5 - 9th May
  • Meeting 6 - 20th June

The attendance record of governors at meetings of the governing body can be found here.

The trust is required to maintain a register of interests for governors and non-trustee members of governing body committees, you can see the declarations of relevant interests of the governing body in the document at the bottom of this page.

Find out more or contact us

For further information or to contact the governing body, please email the clerk to the governing body Lynne Bayliss at lbayliss@greenshawlearningtrust.co.uk.

You can also contact the chair of the governing body, Mary Hutton, by emailing lbayliss@greenshawlearningtrust.co.uk.