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Governing Body


Welcome to the governing body webpage. Here you will be able to find out more about the role of the governors and how our governing body contributes to school life.

Remit of the Governing Body

The purpose of having a governing body is to:

  • Help the school to set high standards by planning for the school’s future and setting targets for school improvement
  • Keep the pressure up on school improvement
  • Be a critical friend to the school, offering support and advice
  • Help the school respond to the needs of parents and the community
  • Make the school accountable to the public for what it does
  • Work with the school on planning, developing policies and keeping the school under review
  • Exercise its responsibilities and powers in partnership with the headteacher and staff

The governing body consists of 3 Co-opted governors, 1 Headteacher, 1 Local Authority Governor, 2 Parent Governors, 2 Partnership Governors and 1 Staff Governor.

The table below shows the current members of the governing body and positions of responsibility.



Governor Name

Category of Governor

Appointing Body

Term of Office

Positions of Responsibility


Mr. Gareth Alden


Parent Governor

Elected by parents

11.2.22 to 10.02.26

- Resources Committee

- Headteacher’s Appraisal Panel

- Admissions Appeals Panel


Miss Thelma Lewis


Co-opted Governor

Governing Body

14.01.21 to 13.01.25

- Children & Learning Committee

- Pay Appeals Panel for staff

- Pupil Premium


- Child Protection & Safeguarding

- Looked After Children

Mr. Paul Marsden

Co-opted Governor

Governing Body

02.12.21 to 01.12.25

- Resources Committee

- Health & Safety

- Headteachers Appraisal Panel & Pay Appeals Panel for Staff

Mr. Andy Mason

Partnership Governor

Governing Body

23.05.19 to 22.05.23

- Resources Committee

- Pay Committee

- Health & Safety

- Admissions Appeals Panel

Mrs. Louise Wotherspoon

Staff Governor

Elected by Staff

20.03.22 to 20.03.26

- Resources Committee

- Children & Learning Committee

- Link for training

Mrs. Joanne Davies


Staff Governor

Automatically a governor as Headteacher


- Resources Committee

- Children & Learning Committee


Mrs. Rebecca Upton

Vice Chair

Parent Governor Elected by parents 02.11.22 to 02.11.26

- Children & Learning Committee

- Headteacher’s Appraisal Panel


Mrs Wendy Francis-White

Partnership Governor Governing Body 08/09/23 to 07/09/27

- Children & Learning Committee

- Link Governor

Mr Meredith Burdett LA Appointed by the Local Authority 16/05/24 to 15/05/2028

- Local Authority Governor

- Children and Learning Committee


The school has the following Committees:

  • Children & Learning Committee
  • Resources Committee
  • Pay Committee

The Pay Committee has delegated responsibility to follow the Pay Policy with reference to staffing and financial budget plans. If the Committee feels it to be appropriate, any matter may be passed to the full Governing Body for ratification.

The Governing Body of Hawkedale Primary School has agreed that Full Governing Body meetings will be “open.” Open meetings are meetings of the Full Governing Body to which members of the public, including school staff and parents can request, in writing, to attend, as observers. This protocol outlines the conduct expected by the governing body of those requesting attendance.  

Open Meeting Protocol 

  • Governing Body meetings are notified on the school website and through parental newsletters. 
  • Members of the public can make a request, in writing to the Clerk to the Governing Body (, to attend the “open” part of any meeting. 
  • Requests to attend must be sent to the Clerk to the Governing Body no less than 14 days before the date of the meeting. 
  • If there is sufficient capacity/space an invitation to attend the meeting will be issued by the Clerk to the Governing Body, together with an agenda. These will be sent by e-mail seven days before the meeting. 
  • Anyone attending will be recorded in the minutes as “In attendance” 
  • Persons attending meetings do so at the invitation of the governing body, as observers only, and must agree to: 
  • not speak or in any other way interrupt the meeting; 
  • at the request of the chair, leave the meeting if any part is deemed, by the governing body, to be confidential; 
  • not record any part of the meeting electronically or in writing 

Failure to abide by these expectations may result in an individual being asked to withdraw from the meeting and potentially be refused an invitation to future meetings. 

Meeting dates 2023 – 24

Autumn Term 2023

Friday 13th October 9.30am & Wednesday 13th December 7pm

Spring Term 2024

Wednesday 20th March – FGB – 7pm

Summer Term 2024

Wednesday 17th July – FGB at 7pm










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Attendance Register 2022-23 23rd Jan 2023 Download