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Governors

"Members of the governing body have a very broad range of skills and a thorough knowledge of provision and performance. They ask searching questions and are robust in discharging their statutory responsibilities, ensuring that the views of all stakeholders are considered in any decision they make."

Ofsted, November 2011.

 

Balshaw Lane Governing Body

The Governors play a vital role in the school community. They challenge the leadership team in order to evaluate the school's progress and to drive forward school improvement. Our governors are experienced, proactive and highly committed to the school. Several have experience from their own work which is valuable to the school, for example, with financial expertise. Many of them were governors during the last inspection when the governing body was judged to be outstanding.

Please see below to see further details of the governors' roles and responsibilities.

 

The aims of the Governing Body

  • To challenge the leadership team of the school to ensure that standards are continually high.
  • To drive forward school improvement.
  • To ensure that legal regulations are met.
  • To ensure that safeguarding measures are effective and children are safe.
  • To monitor and evaluate learning provision.
  • To ensure that the curriculum is engaging, vibrant and prepares the children for modern life.
  • To recruit the very best staff.
  • To make best use of all available funding, focused on learning outcomes.
  • To develop the school site and buildings to meet the needs of the children.

 

Meetings

The full Governing Body meets once a term, receiving reports from all the committees. Action points are followed up and further action proposed where necessary. The full GB meeting has an agenda informed by the local authority in order to keep updated with national and local developments. These full GB meetings are minuted by the clerk from the local authority.

Minutes of the full GB meetings are on display in the entrance area of school. Please feel welcome to read them.

Extraordinary meetings may be called if required.

 

There are three main sub committees which meet at least once a term: Resources (Finance and staffing), Curriculum & Standards (Teaching, learning and welfare of pupils), Premises (Buildings, health and safety). Please see below for members of these committees. There is also a Pay Committee and a Headteacher's Performance Management Committee.

 

Monitoring Visits

The governors visit school each term to observe actions which are being taken towards School Improvement Plan priorities. They use their observations and increased awareness to ask the leadership team challenging questions in committee and full GB meetings.

 

Head and Chair's Surgery

Mr Fielding and Ms Gregson hold an 'open surgery' at least once a term. This is a drop-in session for parents to come and discuss any concerns they may have in an informal way. Any concerns are taken seriously and, where necessary, followed up with staff.

Please check the newsletter for the next surgery date.

 

Our school governors are:

Mr K Fielding (Chair of Governors)

Mrs J Gibson (Vice-chair of Governors)

Mrs M Collings

Ms E Carver

Mrs C Dugdale

Mrs J Barker

Mr J Ashurst

Mr R Mellor

Headteacher  Ms H Gregson
Deputy Head  Mr W Woodrow (observer)

Our Governors

Pen portraits of the governors

John Ashurst

I feel priviliged to have been invited to be a co-opted governor from the community.

I have recently retired after working in Local Government for 42 years, in a wide variety of roles, most of which had a financial emphasis.

My most recent position involved working alongside finance colleagues, social workers, commissioners and health colleagues from both Lancashire County Council and the Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Groups, providing a wide variety of services to Lancashire’s Adults with a Learning Disability.

By far, the most important of all the people I worked alongside were the individuals who received the services, whose lives were hopefully enriched by the joint working of the professionals involved.

My hobbies include gardening and I am also the proud owner of an allotment, which I find incredibly relaxing and love growing our own fruit and vegetables....there’s nothing quite like eating peas straight out of the pod!

I also enjoy walking, in particular in the Lake District, with my wife Ange.

Running is another passion and you will normally find me at Parkrun on a Saturday morning.

 

Helen Gregson

I was appointed head of our school in September 2010 and love my job here at Balshaw Lane. Prior to this role, I was Deputy Head at Lostock Hall Community Primary and acting head at Eccleston Primary.

I find it hugely rewarding to see our children thrive academically and socially. I also love supporting all our families, getting to know them individually and working together as a whole community.

I am proud of how our governing body works together to support and challenge the school. The governors and staff share a clear vision of how the school will continue its success.

 

 

 

Governing Body Roles and Responsibilities 2021-22                                       

Name

Category of governor

Which body appointed

Term of office

Committees

Responsibility

Business and/or financial interests.

Relationship to school staff/ if a governor at another school.

Keith Fielding

Co-opted

Governing body

17/06/19-16/06/23

Premises

Resources

Curriculum

HT PM

Chair of Governors.

 

Safeguarding and CLA.

None

Married to Sue Fielding, TA at our school.

Chair of Governors at Parklands high school.

Jade

Gibson

ParentParents12/11/18-11/11/22 

Vice Chair

Resources

Curriculum 

Pay

None 

Machala Collings

 

Co-opted

Parents

12/11/18-11/11/22

Curriculum

HT PM

 

None

Governor and teacher at Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, Chorley.

 Claire   Dugdale Parent Parents12/11/18-11/11/22

 Curriculum

 Pay

 SEND NoneTeacher at local school
 Jayne   Barker Parent Parents

12/11/18-

11/11/22

 Curriculum 

 HT PM

 NoneTeacher at Trinity Primary School, Buckshaw Village

 John

Ashurst

 Co-opted Governing   Body30/04/21-29/04/25 Resources  None 
 Robert   Mellor Co-opted  Governing   Body22/03/21-21/03/25 Resources  None 

Elizabeth Carver

Staff

Staff

27/11/17-26/11/21

Curriculum

Resources

 

Teacher and member of SLT at our school.

Partner of a member of staff

 

Helen Gregson

Head

Governing body

Ongoing whilst head

All

Head

Head of the school

 

 Will   Woodrow

 Deputy   Head Observer17/06/19-16/06/23 All Deputy Head Deputy   HeadPartner of a member of staff

Governors' attendance at meetings 2017-2021

Governors' Attendance at Meetings 2016-17

 

Full Governing Body Meetings

 

07/11/16

20/03/17

03/07/17

Keith Fielding

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Steve White

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Val Chamberlain

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Catherine Sharrocks

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Sandra Mercer

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Debra Platt

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Ian Barker

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Machala Collings

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Angela Kos

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Emily Miller

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Sandra Foster

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Elizabeth Rumball

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Helen Gregson

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Will Woodrow

(observer)

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Helen Parkinson

(Clerk to Govs)

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Resources Committee Meetings

 

24/10/16

06/02/17

07/03/17

08/05/17

 

Sandra Foster

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Keith Fielding

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Steve White

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Catherine Sharrocks

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Sandra Mercer

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Ian Barker

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Angela Kos

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Elizabeth Rumball

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Helen Gregson

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Will Woodrow

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Pay Committee

 

Pay Committee

Autumn 2016

HT PM Meeting

Autumn 2016

Keith Fielding

 

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Val Chamberlain

 

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Steve White

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Debra Platt

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Sandra Mercer

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Helen Gregson

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Lynsey Austen

(LA adviser)

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Curriculum Committee Meetings

 

06/10/16

19/01/17

16/05/17

 

Keith Fielding

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Steve White

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Val Chamberlain

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Ian Barker

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Machala Collings

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Emily Miller

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Elizabeth Rumball

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Helen Gregson

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Will Woodrow

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Premises Committee Meetings

 

14/10/16

24/02/17

24/04/17

 

Keith Fielding

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Steve White

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Sandra Mercer

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Debra Platt

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Helen Gregson

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Governors’ Development Group

 

Autumn 2016

Keith Fielding

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Steve White

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Val Chamberlain

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Machala Collings

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Helen Gregson

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Governors’ visits to school

Keith Fielding

Monitoring visits 27/10/16 and 26/01/17

Regular meetings with HG to discuss ongoing issues

Expansion meetings

Chair and HT Surgeries for parents each term

Safeguarding and CLA updates with HT.

Steve White

Expansion meetings

Val Chamberlain

Monitoring visits 27/10/16 and 26/01/17; visit to discuss Pupil Premium with HT; visit to see curriculum connectors.

Machala Collings

Monitoring visits 27/10/16 and 26/01/17; visit to discuss SEND with HT

Sandra Mercer

Monitoring visits 27/10/16

Emily Miller

Monitoring visits 27/10/16 and 26/01/17

Sandra Foster

Monitoring visits 27/10/16

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