Rothwell Primary School Governing Body

(July 2019)

Chair Pauline Walker

Vice Chair Jo Bentley

The constitution of the governing body is:

HeadteacherLeila Rothenberg

1 x Local Authority (LA) governor, recommended by the LA and approved by the governing body Pauline Walker

2 parent governors, formally elected through a ballot of parents unless the election is uncontestedAngela Walker and Andrew Ellis

8 co-opted governors, nominated and appointed by the governing body Robert Seymour, Patricia Rose, Jo Bentley, Laura Beane, Rhonda Mitchell, Katie Green, Paul Rothwell, Lucy Driver and Andy West,

1 staff governor, formally elected by staff employed at school Jenna Callaly

The governing body operates with the following committees:

Resources committee (including Pay Review) – responsible for staffing including the appointment and role of the SENCO, equality and diversity, finance, property management.

Committee chair: Patricia Rose

Committee members: Pauline Walker, Andrew Ellis, Andy West, Paul Rothwell and the Headteacher

Teaching and Learning committee – responsible for teaching and learning matters including target setting, standards and achievement, SEN (including reporting annually on the success of the SEN policy), Pupil Premium, monitoring teaching and learning and curriculum provision and ensuring that the governing body is represented at school improvement discussions.

Committee chair: Jo Bentley

Committee members: Pauline Walker, Robert Seymour, Laura Beane, Patricia Rose, Paul Rothwell and the Headteacher

Pupil Support committee responsible for behaviour, attendance, children’s spiritual moral social and cultural development, links to healthy schools. Also includes children (school council), parent and staff voice, extra-curricular activities, cluster and other partnerships.

Committee chair: Angela Walker

Committee members: Pauline Walker, Katie Green, Rhonda Mitchell, Lucy Driver and the Headteacher.

Pay committee – responsible for hearing pay appeals. Matters are dealt with by the Resources committee.

Headteacher Performance Review committee – Pauline Walker, Robert Seymour and Andrew Ellis.

Appeals committee – responsible for hearing appeals and ensuring a fair and proper process has been followed.

Committee members: Angela Walker, Robert Seymour and Laura Beane

Governor Responsibilities

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) – Katie Green

Safeguarding, Children Looked After and Child Protection – Rhonda Mitchell

Attendance – Angela Walker

Pupil Premium – Paul Rothwell

PE Sports Premium – Lucy Driver

Health and Safety – Andy West

Equalities and Inclusion – Pauline Walker

Training – Pauline Walker and Jenna Callaly

EYFS – Jo Bentley and Andrew Ellis

Literacy – Pauline Walker, Jo Bentley and Patricia Rose

Maths – Robert Seymour and Laura Beane

Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) – Pupil Support committee

The following is an attendance record for individual governors at meetings of the full governing body.

Y – in attendance
N – not in attendance and no apologies received/accepted
A – apologies received and accepted
X – not in post/not a member
Full Governing Body Meetings


Full Gov Body 19/09/18 Full Gov Body


Full Gov Body


Full Gov Body


Gov Body

Strategy Day


Mrs Pauline Walker Y Y A Y Y
Dr Jo Bentley Y Y Y Y Y
Mr Robert Seymour Y Y Y Y A
Ms Patricia Rose Y Y Y Y Y
Mr Andrew Ellis Y Y Y Y Y
Ms Angela Walker Y Y Y Y A
Ms Jenna Callaly Y Y Y Y Y
Ms Laura Beane Y Y Y Y Y
Ms Rhonda Mitchell Y Y A Y Y
Mr Andrew West A A A Y A
Ms Katie Green Y A Y Y Y
Mr Paul Rothwell Y Y A Y Y
Mrs Lucy Driver Y Y Y Y Y
Mrs Leila Rothenberg Y Y Y Y Y


Any other educational establishment governed Relationship with the school staff including spouses, partners and relatives
Mrs Pauline Walker Chair of governors
LA governor
Resources, Pupil Support and Teaching and Learning committees
None None None
Dr Jo Bentley Vice-chair of governors
Co-opted governor
Pupil Support and Teaching and Learning committee EYFS governor
None None None
Mr Robert Seymour Co-opted governor
Pupil Support and Teaching and Learning committees
None Also a governor at Royds School None
Ms Patricia Rose Co-opted governor
Resources and Teaching and Learning committees
None None None
Ms Katie Green Co-opted governor

Pupil Support committee SEND governor

From Mar 2018 None None None
Mr Andrew Ellis Parent governor
Resources committee EYFS governor
None None None
Ms Angela Walker Parent governor
Pupil support committeeAttendance
None None None
Ms Jenna Callaly Staff governor From May 2018 None None None
Ms Laura Beane Co-opted governor
Teaching and Learning committee
None None None
Ms Rhonda Mitchell Co-opted governor

Pupil Support committee

Child Protection, Children Looked After and Safeguarding

From Oct 2016 None None None
Mr Andy West Co-opted governor

Resources committee

Health and Safety

PE Sports Premium

From Oct 2016 None None None

Mr Paul Rothwell



Mrs Lucy Driver

Co-opted governor – resources committee – Pupil Premium governor



Co-opted governor


From Sept 2018






Also governor at Royds school










Annual Governance Statement for Rothwell Primary School Governing Board (July 2019)


The governing body conducts its business to take account of the three roles of the governing bodies as outlined in the Governors’ Handbook:

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.

The day to day management of the school is the responsibility of the Head teacher and senior leadership team.

The composition of the governing board

There are currently no governor vacancies on the governing body.

Meetings of the governing board and attendance

The full governing board meets 5 times a year; all meetings are clerked by a trained professional clerk. The first meeting of the governing body confirms the structure of the governing body sub-committees, individual governor’s responsibilities and any new declarations of interest.

There are three governing body committees (Pupil Support, Resources,Teaching & Learning) which meet at least each term (three times a year) and which have delegated authority to make decisions on behalf of the governing body.

Governors have good attendance at full governing board meetings (86% attendance for 2018/19). Apologies for non-attendance are considered on an individual basis; governors are aware through the code of conduct that non-attendance, which includes apologies not being accepted, will result in the removal of a governor six months from the date of first non-attendance.

The remit of the governing body and its committees

Self-evaluation of the school in July 2018 took into account SATs results, the school’s internal monitoring of pupil progress and attainment, changes to the assessment of pupils and the curriculum. This informed our school improvement plan for 2018/19 which has prioritised the following five areas:

Developing Oracy and Writing opportunities across the curriculum

Promoting SEMH and Wellbeing

To improve quality of teaching, learning and outcomes in Maths

To improve quality of teaching, learning and outcomes in Reading

To improve quality of teaching, learning and outcomes in EYFS

The effectiveness and impact of the governing body 2018/2019

The governing body completed a review of governance in July 2019. The areas where the governing body has had impact are:

Ensuring effective use of the school’s resources including financial, personnel and premises.

Supporting the school’s focus on SEMH and Wellbeing.

Developing our understanding of assessment and progress data and holding school leaders to account.

How have we achieved this impact?

The governor Resources committee are instrumental in managing financial resources resulting in a positive outturn for the school and has ensured that appropriate financial standards have been adhered to and is actively involved in supportive questioning enabling the headteacher to alter staffing in a strategic way, providing excellent value for money.The School has taken over management and running of the before/after school provision (Kidz Club). The Resources committee monitor the income linked to Kidz Club which provides additional financial resources to the school.

The governor Pupil Support committee has met regularly with school council and other pupil groups to ensure the Pupil Voice is heard. Social, Emotional & Mental Health (SEMH) and Wellbeing has been, and will continue to be, a major focus for the school bringing the social and emotional needs of children to the forefront. Governors understand and support the Thrive Programme, which is embedded throughout school. Additional training ‘Attachment in School; Where, Why and How?’ was provided by governors to staff.

External data (ISDR and Aspire) sources and internal School tracking of progress and attainment is circulated to all governors and is discussed at the governor Teaching and Learning committee meetings every term. Regular reports from the Senior Leadership Team along with governor visits to school, to meet staff and pupils, allow governors to triangulate information and challenge where attainment gaps are identified.

Additionally, governors have knowledge of PFI, Health & Safety and Pupil Premium in order to provide a broad collective understanding across the governing board.

The governing body undertook a strategic review of governance in July 2019 and identified key areas for development for 2019/20 which link with the School Development Plan over the same period:

Governor Priorities for 2019/20:

Provision and challenge for More Able pupils.

Quality of teaching and learning – how is good practice shared and embedded?

EYFS – consistency of expectations and progression between nursery and reception.

Ensuring the school meets the needs of all pupils.

.Meet the Governors

Governing body 2019/20