Brook House Governing Body

Structure of Governing Body

Brook House has a team of up to 11 people who make up the school Governing Body.

They are responsible for making sure the school provides a good quality education. Raising educational standards in school is now a key priority and governors set high expectations of what the school, its staff and pupils can achieve. Governors also promote effective ways of teaching and learning when setting the school aims and policies. They do this together with the head teacher, who is responsible for the day to day management of the school.

The governing body consists of:

  • 2 Governors who are Parents and are elected by parents at the school
  • The Headteacher
  • 1 'LEA' Governor who is appointed by Sheffield as the local education authority
  • 7 Co-opted Governors who are appointed by other members of the Governing Body for their skills, knowledge and expertise
  • 1 Associate Governor assists the Governing Body. They are appointed by other members of the Governing Body because of the specific expertise and experience they can contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.

School Governors

Name Role Date of Appointment and Term of Office Appointed by Pecuniary Interests
Mr M Walsh Chair of Governing Body 04.12.2017 - 02.12.2021 Parent Election No
Mrs I Lee Vice Chair of Governing Body 13.03.2016 - 11.03.2020 LEA No
Mr M Hinchliff Headteacher   Governing Body No
Mrs D Maddock Co-opted 02.12.2015 - 30.11.2019 Staff Election No
Miss Y Bielby Co-opted 08.07.2015 - 07.07.2019 Governing Body No
Mr S Smith Co-opted 08.07.2015 - 07.07.2019 Governing Body No
Mrs S Wallace Co-opted 08.07.2015 - 07.07.2019 Governing Body No
Mrs G Ward Co-opted 08.07.2015 - 07.07.2019 Governing Body No
Mrs H Harrison Co-opted 20.01.2016 - 18.01.2020 Governing Body Related to another Governor
Mr A Harrison Co-opted 26.03.2018 - 25.03.2022 Governing Body Related to another Governor
Mrs L Rawson Parent 04.12.2017 - 02.12.2021 Parent Election No

School Associate Governor

Associate governors have full voting rights on the committee meetings that they attend.

Name Role Date of Appointment and Term of Office Appointed by Pecuniary Interests
Mrs C Newton-Wall Associate Member 04.12.2017 - 02.12.2021 Governing Body Emmanuel Academy HT and wife to our Buildings Officer

What do Governors do?

Governing bodies are responsible to parents, funders and the community. The governing body's main role is to help raise standards of achievement. It:

  • is accountable for the performance of the school to parents and the wider community.
  • plans the school's future direction.
  • selects the head teacher.
  • makes decisions on the school's budget and staffing.
  • makes sure the national curriculum is taught.
  • decides how the school can encourage pupil's spiritual, moral and social development.
  • makes sure the school provides for all its pupils, including those with special needs.

Governors are at the heart of how a school operates. It is important they get things right. How they do their job affects the interests of pupils, staff morale and how the school is seen by parents and others in the community.

Governors support and challenge the headteacher by gathering views, asking questions and deciding what's best for the school. They are not there to rubber stamp decisions. They have to be prepared to give and take and be loyal to decisions taken by the governing body as a whole.

A governing body is not a supporters club. Governors are responsible for how the school is performing. Following up inspection reports is an important job. Governors should try to be ahead of the game - identifying problems and tackling them in advance.

Governing Body Sub-Committee Structure

The work of the governing body is managed through a series of committees. One meeting is held each term for each committee, along with a full governors meeting. Occasionally additional meetings are arranged where there is something specific to cover or discuss.

Each governor is a member of at least 1 committee and all governors attend the full governors meeting.

Committee Name Chair Responsibility
Staffing Mrs G Ward To identify key issues and monitor progress related to:
  • Staffing
  • Performance Management
  • Pay
Child Improvement Mrs I Lee To identify key issues and monitor progress related to:
  • Data
  • Progress
  • Attainment
  • Safeguarding
  • Gifted and Talented
  • School Website
  • Ofsted Action Plan
Finance, Health & Safety Mrs H Harrison To identify key issues and monitor progress related to:
  • Revenue Budget
  • Capital Budget
  • Pupil Premium
  • Sports Premium
  • o Health and Safety
  • Annual Budget and Staffing Structure
Strategic Mr M Walsh To manage the business of the Governing Body and ensure the committee work is co-ordinated.

Link Governors

Many governors have a link role looking at specific areas of the school or curriculum and report to the full governing body.

Link Area Governor
Maths Child Improvement Committee
Literacy Child Improvement Committee
SEND Mrs S Wallace
Safeguarding Mrs S Wallace

There are other roles that governors hold within the structure of the governing body.

Governor Role Governor
Governor Training Mrs G Ward
Headteacher Performance Management Mrs H Harrison
Pay Committee Mr G Ward

Governors Meeting Attendance 2017 / 2018

Governors are members of at least 1 committee, with some attending more than 1, so few governors will have attended all committee meetings.

Governor Full
Mr M Hinchliff 3 6
Miss Y Bielby 3 2
Mr S Smith 3 2
Mrs D Maddock 2 6
Mr M Walsh 3 7
Mrs I Lee 3 5
Mrs H Harrison 3 5
Mr A Harrison 2 1
Mrs L Rawson 2 5
Mrs S Wallace 3 2
Mrs G Ward 3 3
Mrs C Newton-Wall 1 2