Who are we responsible to?

School governors are responsible to and must be prepared to explain their actions to anyone with a valid interest in the school. This includes parents, staff, pupils, the LA, Ofsted and the local community.

What do we do?

In all schools, the Governing Body should have a strong focus on three core stragtegic functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision,, ethos and strategic direction.
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent. 

Our job is to be a critical friend to the school, both supporting the leadership to improve the school whilst also holding them to account.  We work with school leaders to hold the school to account for results, check on progress of current pupils, implement the school improvement plan and keep the school under review so that all our children have the best opportunity to achieve their full potential.

Our key objectives are:

• To set high standards for all children and clear targets for improvement 
• To agree policies, targets and priorities 
• To monitor and review aims and objectives and whether policies, targets and priorities are being achieved 
• To be a critical friend in this process by asking probing questions and through working with the head and the staff.

• To help the school be responsive to the needs of parents and the wider community.


As governors we support the work of the school but we do not get involved in its day to day running.

Who are we?

Martin Baines (Chair)

Kay Faulkner (Vice Chair)

Mary Howarth

Kate Kersley

Daniel Wake

John Flint

Rebecca Willard

Mary Wilson

Sue Longden

Emma Koivunen

We currently have one vacancy for a parent governor. 


For more information on the Governing Body, please see the attached files. 

With the exception of the head teacher all governors serve a four-year term before they must stand for re-election.

There is currently one parent governor vacancy and we will be holding a nomination and election process early in the Autumn Term. 

The full governing body meets monthly.


Governing Body Meeting Dates for 2017-18

25th September 2017

23rd October 2017

27th November 2017

22nd January 2018

5th March 2018

23rd April 2018

21st May 2018

25th June 2018

16th July 2018 


Finance Committee

Kate Kersley (Chair)

Martin Baines

Emma Koivunnen

Rebecca Willard

John Flint

Associate Governor to the Finance Committee: Lynne Dushko (School Bursar) (No voting rights)

Clerk to the Finance Committee: Mary Howarth

Pay Committee

Kate Kersley (chair)

Daniel Wake

Jason Smith


The minutes of Governing Body meetings are a matter of public record.   Please ask at the front office if you wish to see them. 


Clerk to the Governing Body:

Lisa Jones

c/o TMBC Council Offices

Shirley house

5 Oldham Street


SK14 1LJ


How to make a complaint:

The school follows the LA’s procedures for consideration of complaints about the school curriculum and related matters. Initially, all concerns or complaints should be referred to the class teacher or Headteacher. If your complaint is not resolved to your satisfaction, please put it in writing to:

The Chair of Governors

Livingstone Primary School