Our Governing body

Who are we?

Mr Chris Booth (Headteacher)

Term of office: Ex-officio

I have been a staff governor at my two previous schools and when I took up the post here at Bowling Green in September, I joined the Governing Body. I feel that the mix of skills and personalities really compliments the school and as such, supports and challenges me and my staff in the work that we are doing.

 

Mrs linda furness (chair of governors)

Term of office: 27th January 2015 - 26th January 2019

I have lived in Stainland since 1970. During this time I have always had a strong community  involvement. I am married to John and we have five children all who have attended Bowling Green.  My professional background is in office administration.  I work part time with my husband at our engineering company in Brighouse.  

I have been a governor at Bowling Green for over thirty years. During this time I have gained a wide experience in governance. Things change rapidly in education and I try to keep up to date  by attending training where ever possible. I am also a governor at The Brooksbank School.

 

Mrs Kate darwin (parent)

Term of office: 23rd September 2016 - 22nd September 2020

I am a working mum of two girls. My eldest is a pupil at Bowling Green. We have lived in Stainland for 6 years. I am honoured to be able to be a part of Bowling Green as a parent governor, alongside my work with the BGSA.

 

Mr rob aitchison (co-opted)

Term of office: 23rd September 2016 - 22nd September 2020

I live in Sowood with my wife Sarah and two children Martha and Ned.   Martha currently attends Bowling Green. I’m pleased to be supporting the school in the role of governor – I can already see lots to be proud of and I’m excited about the potential of the school.  

I look forward to contributing some of the skills and experience  gained working as an operations director at Calderdale and Huddersfield Hospital Trust.

 

Mr Jonathan ring (co-opted)

Term of office: 23rd September 2016 - 22nd September 2020

I have lived in Stainland for over a decade and married to Emily. We have 3 children who have all attended Bowling Green. I work as a General Practitioner in Huddersfield.

 

Mr paul miller (co-opted)

Term of office: 0

 

mrs michelle silverside (parent)

 

 

Mrs sam whitwam (staff)

Term of office: 6th October 2015 - 5th October 2019

Information to follow.

I attend all committee meetings.

cllr malcolm james (Associate)

I have lived in Stainland for 32 years and been a Governor and now an Associate Governor at Bowling Green for over 20 years. My wife and I have one daughter, Katharine, who attended the school. My working life was mainly for an international plastics manufacturing group. I was MD of the British company, and had regional responsibility for several factories in Europe. I have served as a Calderdale Councillor for the ward of Greetland & Stainland for 4 years during which I was the Deputy Mayor for a year.

 

MRS patricia wood (local authority)
 
vacancy (co-opted)
 
vacancy (CO-opted)

The Role of the Governing Body

The governing body in school are to carry out their functions with the aim of taking a largely strategic role in the running of the school and its improvement. This includes setting up a strategic framework for the school, setting its aims and objectives, setting policies and targets for achieving the objectives, reviewing progress and reviewing the strategic framework in light of progress made.

The governing body should act as a 'critical friend' to the Headteacher and staff by providing advice and support as well as challenge.

 

The School Governance (constitution) (England) Regulations 2012

The regulations on reconstitution, which came into force in September 2012, provide for Governing Bodies to change their makeup as follows:

A minimum of seven governors, comprising

  • The headteachers (provided they choose to be on the GB)
  • One elected staff governor
  • At least two elected parent governors
  • One local authority governor, nominated by the local authority and appointed by the Governing Body.

We have two sub-committees, having condensed down from the previous four, based on an extensive skills audit to make use of our members' knowledge and fields of expertise. These committees meet between Full Governing Body meetings and discuss relevant issues, policies and strategic decisions to be made.

 

The Standards and Effectiveness committee deals with all things to do with school improvement, teaching and learning and achievement of pupils.

Membership:

  • Linda Furness (Chair of Governors)
  • Jonathan Ring (Vice Chair of Governors)
  • Samantha Whitwam
  • Kate Darwin
  • Chris Booth

Our Resources committee looks at everything else - from finance to health and safety and staff pay and conditions.

Membership:

  • Linda Furness (Chair of Governors)
  • Jonathan Ring (Vice Chair of Governors)
  • Rob Aitchison
  • Chris Booth

 

Associated classes:

  • Reception (Pegasus Class) - Mrs Linda Furness
  • Year 1 (Phoenix Class) - Dr Jonathan Ring
  • Year 2 (Unicorn Class) -
  • Year 3/4 (Medusa Class) - Mrs Kate Darwin
  • Year 4/5 (Kraken Class) - Mr Rob Aitchison
  • Year 5/6 (Griffin Class) -

Register of interests

Please click here to see our governing body register of interests for 2016/17.