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Woodlands Primary

Leadership & 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 formally called a ‘Local Governing Body’, and 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 governing body is responsible for the strategic leadership of the school, for oversight of the school’s financial and academic performance, and for holding the Headteacher and school’s senior leadership to account.

Governors are appointed in a number of different ways to reflect the school’s 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 the school at the time of their election and is elected by ballot of all parents and carers of current students
  • Only if the school has provision for community governors: Community governors are appointed by the governing body to reflect its community and stakeholders.
  • A staff governor must be employed by the school as a member of teaching or non-teaching staff and is appointed following a ballot of all teaching staff and/or non-teaching staff as appropriate.
  • The Headteacher is a governor ex-officio.

All governors except the Headteacher 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 Headteacher and senior leadership team of the school. Governors exercise their powers in a primarily strategic leadership role; they should not get involved in the day-to-day running of the school.

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

The Headteacher is responsible for the day-to-day running of the school, including the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the direction of teaching and the curriculum, and for the implementation of the policies of the Trust and Local Governing Body.

Details of each governor’s appointment and their roles on the governing body is set out here.

The attendance record of governors at meetings of the governing body and its committees 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 Lynn Bayliss at lbayliss@greenshawlearningtrust.co.uk.

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

Join us

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

Leadership Team

Mrs Rachel Dean - Acting Head of School 

Mrs Rachel Dean - Acting Head of School 

Email:                                                                         rdean@woodlandsprimaryyate.co.uk

Mrs Hayley Tunnacliffe - Acting Deputy Head 

Mrs Hayley Tunnacliffe - Acting Head of School 

Email:                                                                        htunnacliffe@woodlandsprimaryyate.co.uk 

Mr Martin Evans - Business Manager 

Mr Martin Evans   - Business Manager 

Email

martin.evans@yateacademy.co.uk

 

Local 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 Sian Bane – Parent Governor 

Mrs Sian Bane - Parent Governor 

Appointment Date

1 January 2020

Date term of office ends

31 December 2023

Appointing Body

Board of Trustees

Responsibilities

To be confirmed

Mrs Rachel Dean – Headteacher (Acting) 

Mrs Rachel Dean - Headteacher (Acting)

Appointment Date

1 September 2019

Date term of office ends

 

Appointing Body

Board of Trustees

Responsibilities

 

Mr Edward Durbin – Trust Governor  

Mr Edward Durbin - Trust Governor 

Appointment Date

1 September 2019

Date term of office ends

29 April 2022

Appointing Body

Board of Trustees

Responsibilities

To be confirmed

Ms Charlotte Havard-Smith - Staff Governor  

Ms Charlotte Havard-Smith - Staff Governor

Appointment Date

1 January 2020

Date term of office ends

31 December 2023

Appointing Body

Board of Trustees

Responsibilities

To be confirmed

Mr Lee Howe - Trust Governor and Chair of Governors 

Mr Lee Howe - Trust Governor and Chair of Governors

Appointment Date

1 September 2019

Date term of office ends

5 September 2021

Appointing Body

Board of Trustees

Responsibilities

To be confirmed

Mrs Mary Hutton - Trust Governor 

Mrs Mary Hutton - Trust Governor 

Appointment Date

1 September 2019

Date term of office ends

5 September 2021

Appointing Body

Board of Trustees

Responsibilities

To be confirmed

Mrs Belinda MacGilp - Parent Governor 

Mrs Belinda MacGilp - Parent Governor 

Appointment Date

1 January 2020

Date term of office ends

31 December 2023

Appointing Body

Board of Trustees

Responsibilities

To be confirmed

Mrs Nicola Murley - Trust Governor  

Mrs Nicola Murley - Trust Governor 

Appointment Date

1 September 2019

Date term of office ends

28 April 2023

Appointing Body

Board of Trustees

Responsibilities

To be confirmed