Governors

Darley & Summerbridge Community Primary  School Federated Governing Body

Welcome to the Governors’ Homepage.

On this page you will find out a whole host of information about school governance and leadership.

Darley & Summerbridge Community Primary Schools Governing body is made up of members of the local community from in  and around the villages of Darley & Summerbridge.  The Governing Bodies of both schools were dissolved in April 2017 and re-constituted at the same time to form one federated governing body.  The Governors were appointed by following the  guidance laid out by the Local Authority. Our Governing Body is made up of one headteacher, one Local Authority appointed  governor, 1 staff governor, 2 parent governors and 5 co-opted governors.  The Governors meet every half term during which all  aspects of school improvement are discussed and as such we no longer have separate committees.

All Local Authority maintained schools have to legally have in place a board of governors.  These volunteers are responsible for the strategic leadership of the school and together with the headteacher and members of staff ensure that schools are safe and effective in their duty to deliver education to the children who attend.

Darley & Summerbridge Community Primary Schools Governing body is made up of members of the local community from in and around the villages of Darley & Summerbridge.  The Governing Bodies of both schools were dissolved in April 2017 and re-constituted at the same time to form one federated governing body.  The Governors were appointed by following the guidance laid out by the Local Authority. Our Governing Body is made up of one headteacher, one Local Authority appointed governor, 1 staff governor, 2 parent governors and 5 co-opted governors.  The Governors meet every half term during which all  aspects of school improvement are discussed and as such we no longer have separate committees. Individual Governors are allocated different areas of school improvement, see the action plan.  For further information  about individual governors please see below. A register of business interests is signed by all Governors please click on the link to see a copy of the signed documents 

Welcome from the Chair of Governors

I am very proud to welcome you to Darley Community Primary School.

Darley School has an outstanding capacity to offer children of all abilities and cultures a truly rounded and fulfilling education.

Our culture of excitement, friendship, happiness, co-operation and determination are embedded within the learning environment and culture of the school. We reward demonstration of these values and work effortlessly with parents and pupils to bring these values to the fore in all our learners.

Please do not hesitate to contact either myself or any member of the staff or governing body for further information regarding Darley Primary School.

Stuart Mallendar

Chair of Governors

Governor List

Mr Stuart Mallender – Chair of Governors and Co-opted Governor  

Period of Office – April 2017 – March 2021

My family and I live in Dacre, we moved there from Darley in June 2014, our two daughters attend Darley School and thoroughly enjoy their experience in the school. I became a parent governor at Darley school in November 2015 and a Co-Chair of the federated governing body of Darley & Summerbridge Community Primary Schools in April 2017. I work for a manufacturing company supplying bespoke retail display equipment to many of the UK’s major retailers. I add to the governing body a level of commercial awareness and experience. I am often found running, cycling or swimming in the local area as I pursue my enjoyment of competing in triathlons, open water swimming and trail races. I aim to provide a positive benefit to the schools by supporting the staff to ensure that the education and shaping of the young childrens’ lives is continued to the highest of standards. I sit on the Finance and Personnel Committee.

Mrs Lynne Bennion – Vice-Chair, LA Governor and Child Protection and SENCO Link Governor 

Period of Office – April 2017 – March 2021

I sit on the Health, Safety and Premises Committee.

Mrs Kate Milne – Co-opted Governor

Period of Office – February 2018 – January 2022

I have been on the Governing Body of the federation for nearly 3 years and in that time have seen both the schools grow and continue to thrive.  As the manager of the pre-school I oversee the Early Years provision for around sixty 2-4 year olds and as such I am very well placed to add my years of experience as an EYFS Practitioner to the Governing Body.   I sit on the Health, Safety and Premises Committee.

Rev Mike Poole – Co-opted Governor

Period of Office – 

I sit on the Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Committee.

Mrs Carol White – Co-opted Governor

Period of Office – 

I sit on the Finance and Personnel Committee.

Mr Eddie Moore – Co-opted Governor 

Period of Office – October 2020 – September 2024 

I live in Dacre Banks with my family, and our two children really enjoy attending Summerbridge School. I currently work for a large housing association as a Construction Delivery Manager, prior to this I worked for a charity and housing association whose services included educational provision. I bring experience and skills in the areas of estate and maintenance management, budget management, strategic planning, health and safety and project management.  I sit on the Health, Safety and Premises Committee.

Dr Lucy Martin – Parent Governor 

Period of Office – October 2020 – September 2024

I live in Darley with my husband and three children, two of whom attend Darley School. We’ve really enjoyed the time our children have spent at the school so far and so have they! I have a background in education having previously been a primary school teacher and literacy specialist. I also have a doctorate in education, autism and language development which gives me an additional view on education in general. Having seen the wonderful work the schools do and how they promote such a caring ethos, I am looking forward to working with staff and the governing body as a newly appointed parent governor.  I sit on the Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Committee.

Dr Thomas Gant – Parent Governor

Period of Office – October 2020 – September 2024

I sit on the Finance and Personnel Committee.

Mr Andrew Howarth – Staff Governor

Period of Office – October 2020 – September 2024

I have been a member of staff at Darley since 2013.  After completing my teacher training at Darley, I was offered the role of HLTA.  Since then I have been lucky enough to work in every classroom, experiencing education at the different stages of the curriculum.  I am now the senior teacher at Darley and the class teacher of the upper KS2 class.  I have a firm understanding of the curriculum and a keen interest in developing it further.  I sit on the Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Committee. 

Mr Nick Coates – Headteacher Governor 

Period of Office – January 2009 – present day

As the headteacher of the federation I am naturally on the governing body.  I have been the headteacher of Darley Community Primary School for 12 years and the executive head of the federation for 4 years.  Prior to being the head of Darley I have been an acting headteacher, deputy headteacher, senior teacher and class teacher in a range of schools throughout North Yorkshire.  

Mr Chris Walker – Clerk to the Governing Body

Our Purpose

All Local Authority maintained schools have to legally have in place a board of governors.  These volunteers are responsible for the strategic leadership of the school and together with the headteacher and members of staff ensure that schools are safe and effective in their duty to deliver education to the children who attend.

The Governors Core Functions are:

a) Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

b) Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils

c) Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent

Governing Body Minutes 2019 - 2020

Full Governing Body Meeting – 20th November 2019

Full Governing Body Meeting – October 2019

Business Meeting – 18th September 2019

Governing Body Information

Federated Governing Body Meetings September 2018 – July 2019

Autumn Term 2018 including attendance

Business Meeting Thursday 27th September at 4.00pm at Summerbridge – 70% attendance includes 1 vacancy

Wednesday 7th November at 6.00pm at Darley – 100% attendance includes 2 vacancies

Wednesday 12th December at 4.00pm at Summerbridge – 100% attendance

 

Spring Term 2019 including attendance

Wednesday 13th February at 4.00pm at Darley – 82% attendance

Wednesday 27th March at 6.00pm at Summerbridge – 

 

Summer Term 2019 including attendance

Wednesday 15th May at 6.00pm at Darley

Wednesday 10th July at 4.00pm at Summerbridge

Federated Governing Body Meetings April 2017 – July 2018

Summer Term 2017 including attendance

Business Meeting – Tuesday 25th April 2017, 6.00pm at Darley – 100% attendance

Full Governing Body Meeting – Wednesday 24th May, 2.30pm at Summerbridge – 90% attendance

Full Governing Body Meeting – Wednesday 12th July, 2.30pm at Darley – 90% attendance

 

Autumn Term 2017 including attendance

Business Meeting – Wednesday 20th September, 6.00pm at Darley – 80% attendance

Full Governing Body Meeting – Wednesday 22nd November, 2.30pm at Summerbridge – 90% attendance

  

Spring Term 2018 including attendance

Full Governing Body Meeting – Wednesday 7th February 2018, 2.30pm at Darley – 80% attendance

Full Governing Body Meeting – Wednesday 21st March, 6.00pm at Summerbridge – 80% attendance

 

Summer Term 2018 including attendance

Full Governing Body Meeting – Wednesday 23rd May, 2.30pm at Summerbridge – 80% attendance

Full Governing Body Meeting – Wednesday 11th July, 6.00pm at Darley – 70% attendance including 1 vacancy

 

Governing Body Meetings 2016 – 2017

Autumn Term 2016 including attendance

Business Meeting – Tuesday 20th September 2016 – 75% attendance 

Full Governing Body Meeting – Tuesday 22nd November 2016 – 90% attendance

 

Spring Term 2017 including attendance

Full Governing Body Meeting – Tuesday 24th January 2017 – 100% attendance

Extra Ordinary Governing Body Meeting – Wednesday 1st March 2017 – 100% attendance

Full Governing Body Meeting – Tuesday 21st March 2017 – 75% attendance

 

Summer Term 2017 including attendance

Full Governing Body meeting to be arranged following Federation with Darley Community Primary School