Governing Body

School governing bodies are responsible for working with the school to ensure that it delivers a good quality education. Together with the Headteacher, who is responsible for day-to-day management, the Governors set the school’s aims and policies.

Governors are people who have an interest in the role of schools in society and wish to make a positive contribution to their communities.

They will have enquiring minds and contribute to the effective running of the school and the educational achievements of its pupils.

Aligned to its improvement role, the governing body is there to be a ‘critical friend’ who can provide the right balance between supporting and challenging the performance of both the head teacher and the school.

Main aims of a Governing Body

  • To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • To hold the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • To oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent 

 They also carry out a number of other important duties, which include:

  • Determining how the school’s budget is spent.
  • The appointing and dismissing of staff.
  • Hearing appeals and grievances.
  • Forming and reviewing policy on the school’s curriculum and collective worship.
  • Setting standards for pupils’ behaviour and discipline.
  • Making sure school buildings are welcoming and safe.
  • Setting and monitoring the school’s aims and policies.
  • Setting and monitoring the school’s development plan.
  • Setting and monitoring progress towards challenging but achievable targets.

Brayton Governing Body

We are part of the Star Multi Academy Trust as of 1st November 2019

Our governing body is a satellite body under the MAT Board of Trustees. It is known as a Local Governing Body (LGB) and meets as a full group approximately once per month. In this way, every governor is fully involved in all aspects of governance.


The LGB has a close working relationship with the MAT Board of Trustees as detailed on the STAR MAT website.

Our Local Governing Board for 2019-2020

NameType of Local GovernorAppointedOffice ends
Claire CallaghanChairTrust Board30/08/21
Wendy ThompsonVice ChairTrust Board30/06/21
Joel AlbynVice ChairTrust Board30/09/22
Rev Pete WatsonFoundationEx-Officio N/A
Cliff PritchardFoundationYork Diocese30/08/21
Vacancy 1ParentElected by parent bodyFour years
Vacancy 2ParentElected by parent bodyFour years
Linda ChadwickStaffElected by staff30/08/21
Rachel RobinsonHeadteacherEx-OfficioN/A
Victoria UmplebyAssociate (Act Ass Head)Invited to attendN/A
MeetingBusiness Discussed
24th September 2018
Full Governing Body

Claire Callaghan
(Late arrival)
Wendy Thompson
Joel Albyn
Rev Pete Watson
Cliff Pritchard
Cath Rushby
Linda Chadwick
Vicky Umpleby
Rachel Robinson 
Election of Chair and Vice Chair
Last year’s SATs results.
Staff sickness absence.
Governing Body Committee
Structure.
Meeting dates for the coming year.
Governor Training.
School policies.
Behaviour management.
TA cover for high needs children.
Term time holidays.
The new perimeter fencing.
  
Safeguarding Committee
25th October 2018

Cliff Pritchard
Linda Chadwick
Rachel Robinson
Attendance and punctuality
Behaviour
Child Protection
Policies
Building Health and Safety
School Development Plan
  
Full Governing Body
31st January 2019

Claire Callaghan
Wendy Thompson
Joel Albyn
Rev Pete Watson
Cliff Pritchard
Cath Rushby
Linda Chadwick
Vicky Umpleby
Rachel Robinson
Staffing structure 2019/20
Pupil Premium Review
Governor Review
Local Authority Monitoring Visit feedback
Performance Data
  
Safeguarding Committee
11th February 2019

Cliff Pritchard
Linda Chadwick
Rachel Robinson 
 Attendance and punctuality
Behaviour
Child Protection
Policies
Building Health and Safety
School Development Plan 
  
Finance Committee
13th February 2019

Joel Albyn
Claire Callaghan
Cath Rushby
Rachel Robinson
Adele Mulvey
Financial planning and spending review
Staffing for 2019/20 
  
Achievement Committee
13th February 2019

Claire Callaghan
Cath Rushby
Cliff Pritchard
Vicky Umpleby
Rachel Robinson
Data
Curriculum
enhancements
Staff subject leadership
Monitoring timetable
Teacher mentoring scheme
School Development Plan
Policy update

Governors – extra information

Name of Governor Pecuniary Interest? Governor elsewhere?
Claire CallaghanNoNo
Wendy ThompsonNoNo
Joel AlbynNoNo
Pete WatsonHusband of Mrs Watson – teacherNo
Cliff PritchardNoNo
Rachel RobinsonNoMember of Horizon Academy
Trust