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Local Governing Body

The Role of the Governing Body

 What do we do?

Governors work together to provide an independent oversight of the management and operation of the school, with the aim of improving the quality of education provided and raising standards. The school's Governing Body does not run the school; this is the job of the Headteacher and other senior staff.

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All Governors can be contacted via the schools reception.

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LGB meeting dates 2022-2023

19th September 2022 Meeting 1
28th November 2022 Meeting 2
30th January 2023 Meeting 3
8th May 2023 Meeting 4
26th June 2023 Meeting 5

Key Roles of Governors:

  • To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • To hold the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
  • To hold the Headteacher to account for the performance management of staff
  • To oversee the financial performance of the school

We also carry out a number of other important duties, which include:

  • Determining how the school's budget is spent
  • The appointing and dismissing of staff
  • Hearing appeals and grievances
  • Forming policy on the school's curriculum
  • Setting standards for pupils' behaviour and discipline
  • Making sure school buildings are welcoming and safe
  • Setting and monitoring the school's aims and policies

In order to do this, our governors gain knowledge of how the school operates through training, by attending meetings, and by getting to know the school community, for example, through a small number of visits during the school day.

How do we do it?

The governing body meet formally every 6-8 weeks. Meeting dates are usually set well in advance and meetings generally last between two and three hours. Governors are expected to be well prepared for these meetings and attendance is expected, with apologies only for good reasons.

The governing body govern without committees, but each governor has an area of responsibility, focusing on key areas such as safeguarding, curriculum, school improvement/performance or finance and staffing.

In addition, some governors volunteer to fulfil specific roles, such as being the Special Educational Needs governor, or the Health and Safety governor, or the link governor for a particular year or subject.

All governors arrange a couple of shorter visits to school and classrooms focusing on key priorities, so that they can see how the school is addressing issues identified for development.

The governing body are people who want to make a positive contribution to children's education. The role of the governing body is absolutely key to the effectiveness of the school and it has an important part to play in raising school standards.

Who are we?

The governing body is made up of parents, staff and members of the local community.

Mr Pete Bell

Chair & Trust Appointed Governor

Mrs Julie Webster

Vice-Chair, Co-opted Governor

Mr Steve Hutton

Trust Appointed Governor

Mr Nick Mooring

Co-Opted Governor

Mrs Emma Pennells

Parent Governor

Mrs Laura Bagley

Parent Governor

Mrs Sue Harrison

Co-Opted Governor

Ms Amanda Lightfoot


Mrs Helen Haigh

Staff Governor

Recent Board Members

Jane Brodie Role: Parent Governor Term: September  2018- September 2022 

Mrs Elizabeth Bedford: Role:  Parent Governor Term:  November 2015 – June 2021

Mrs Vicky Holland: Role:  Parent Governor Term:  November 2015 – November 2018

Mr Matt Brown: Role:  Parent Governor Term:  March 2014 – March 2018

Mrs Lindsay Chapman: Role:  Co-opted Governor Term:  February 2011 – September 2017

Mr Steve West: Role:  Parent Governor Term:  September 2013 – September 2017

Mr Michael Thaw: Role:  Co-opted Governor Term:  February 2015 – May 2017


List of Current and historic Governors


Austhorpe Governor Meeting Attendance Record(pdf)

Created May 2022

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Austhorpe Governor Visit Report(pdf)

Created May 2022

Austhorpe Governor Visit Report

Equality Objectives 2018-21(pdf)

Created May 2022

Equlaity Objectives 2018-21 (1)

Protocol for Governors Visits to School or Classes(pdf)

Created May 2022

Protocol for Governors Visits to School or Classes

Review Of Governance Report(pdf)

Created May 2022

Review Of Governance Report

The Role of the Link Governor at Austhorpe(pdf)

Created May 2022

The Role of the Link Governor at Austhorpe


Austhorpe Primary School is part of Red Kite Learning Trust, a charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales with company number 7523507, registered office address: Red Kite Office, Pannal Ash Road, Harrogate, HG2 9PH

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