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Whitefield Community School Governors
Councillor E Fitzgerald (Chair) (LEA) Rev J L Bullas ( Vice-Chair) (co-opted)
Mr D Boden (co-opted) Mrs M Broderick (co-opted) Mr A Longworth (co-opted)
Mr P Coates (co-opted) Mrs N Mughal (Parent) Mrs J Keogh (Staff)
Miss T Wareham (Parent) Miss A Mellor (Staff)  
Head Teacher: Mrs M McGoldrick Deputy Head / Head; Mrs G Donnelly
We have a Vacancy for One Parent Governor.
If you are a Parent and would like to become a Parent Governor please contact the school


Parents, including carers, of registered pupils at the school are eligible to stand for election by other parents or carers at the school.

Fundamentally, the role of a parent governor is no different to that of the other governors. As with all governors, they are there to set the vision for the school, to act as a 'critical friend' to the Headteacher and the rest of the Senior Leadership Team at the school and to ensure accountability: that the school is well managed and that it ensures the best outcomes for the children who go there.

  • Parent governors are elected by other parents at the school to serve for four years. They must be a parent of a child on the school roll at the time of their election. If their children leave the school before the end of their term of office, they may continue to the end of their term of office.
  • Parent governors are full governors and should take part in all aspects of the work of the governing body providing they do not have a personal interest.
  • Although elected by parents, parent governors are not mandated to express any views apart from their own. They may, however, wish to express other parents' views to the governing body where appropriate.

Parent governors may receive complaints about the school. These should be referred directly to the headteacher without the parent governor becoming involved unless to help make an appointment with the headteacher. If the complaint is about the headteacher, the complaint should be referred to the Chair of Governors.

If you are interested in becoming a Parent Governor please contact the school

School governors are people from the community who volunteer with the desire to make a positive contribution to children's education. Some, but not all, are parents of pupils at the school. Others are members of the local community. Almost anyone over 18 can become a school governor but the role demands enthusiasm, the willingness to give time and to work well with others as a team (the Governing Body). In a typical month a governor can expect to spend 10 to 12 hours on governor related duties.

Most employers allow a reasonable amount of time off work in order for staff to carry out their duties as a governor. Indeed some employers are keen to encourage staff to take on this role because it is seen as a valuable contribution to the community. Importantly, training and advice is available to those in this valuable role.

School governors play an important part in raising school standards through four main roles:

Overseeing the strategic direction of the school in order to support the raising of standards;
Ensuring accountability to parents, staff and others for the school's overall performance and for decisions taken by the Governing Body;
Monitoring and evaluating school performance in relation to agreed priorities and targets;
Supporting the Head Teacher and staff as well as offering constructive challenge

Through this strategic leadership and accountability, governors:

support school improvement;
are a 'critical friend', offering both support and advice constructively;
help the school to be responsive to the needs of parents and the wider community;
allow the Head Teacher and staff to get on with the day-to-day management of the school.

School governors appoint the Head Teacher of the school and are often involved in the appointment of other staff. It is the Governing body that holds the main responsibility for financial management but works closely with the Head Teacher in making the tough decisions about the best use of the resources available.

Often OFSTED, the inspection body for schools, has reported that the most effective schools demonstrate good leadership and management - including by the Governing Body.

Governing Bodies typically make decisions on the advice from Committees dealing with specific issues such as the school curriculum, premises, staffing or finance. Governors are encouraged to serve on at least one such committee.

Governing bodies are corporate bodies and, because of this, individual governors are generally protected from personal liability as a result of the governing body’s decisions and actions. Provided they act honestly, reasonably and in good faith, any liability will fall on the governing body even if it has exceeded its powers, rather than on individual members. more ..