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Business Interest of the Governing Body

Welcome to our Governors’ Page bringing you information about how Larkrise Governors work in partnership with the School, to ensure the best education for your child.


What is the role of the Governing Body?


As a governing body our role is to set the vision, ethos and strategic direction for our school. This year, in conjunction with the school vision and development plan we will:


  • Support and challenge the school to ensure ongoing improvement and the highest possible progress and attainment of our pupils.


  • Work in partnership with pupils, staff and parents to create a safe nurturing learning environment.


  • Oversee and monitor the school financial performance to ensure money is well spent


  • Set high expectations of behaviour


  • Work with pupils, staff, parents and FOLS to ensure Larkrise remains at the heart of our community


When do Governors meet?


Full Governing Body meetings take place on a termly basis. In addition there are three smaller committee meetings – Standards and Learning; Finance, Personnel and Premises and Pay - which also meet once per term.


Who sits on the Governing Body?


Our school Governors are volunteers who come from different areas of the community including representatives from the parents and staff.  Our current Governing Body includes: -                                 

Chair of Governors

Mr John Hall


Coopted Governors

Mrs Margaret Brett                     Mrs Sarah Campion           Mrs Patricia Edmonds              Miss Chloe Atkins

                 Mrs Tula Smith (Vice Chairman)   Mr Bhavesh Patel               Mr Steven Greenwood             Mr Piyush Somaiya


Staff Governors                                                         Parent Governor

                                         Mrs Lisa Battersby (Head Teacher)                                   Mrs Caroline Payne

                                         Mrs Patricia Hazell (Class Teacher)                                   Mrs Nicola Hills


Meetings are also attended by the Clerk to the Governors Mrs Karen Pyman, who minutes meetings and informs on legal requirements and current trends.


How are Governors visible in school?


Governor of the month

Each month one of our Governors will visit the school to look closely at aspects of school life. They then report back to the whole governing body and the school’s leadership team.  This ensures that we have knowledge of the whole learning experience so we can provide the school with support, advice and the necessary challenge.


Special responsibilities

Each Governor has responsibility for either a subject area or an aspect of school life.  They regularly meet with the member of staff responsible for that area to receive an update on how it is developing in school.


Special Occasions

When possible we will attend special occasions such as Christmas performances and Carol concerts, Easter Celebrations and Sports Days, Musical evenings and Leaver’s Presentations – to share in the children’s learning and enjoyment of school. We also aim to support FOL’s fundraising activities.


Link Governors

Every class has a link Governor who follows their progress from Reception to Year 6, getting to know them by visiting them in their classroom and joining them during special events and class assemblies.