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Our Governing Body

Our governing board is the strategic decision maker and vision setter for Manley Park Primary School. It's members play a vital role in ensuring the best possible education for every child by creating robust accountability for our school leaders. Crucially, that means using and being familiar with objective data on the performance of pupils, teachers and finances to ask the right questions and ensure resources are allocated to school priorities. It also means ensuring that schools prepare pupils for life and the workplace by building their character and resilience and by implementing their Prevent duty to protect them from the risks of extremism and radicalisation.

As we move towards an increasingly school-led system, the importance of our board's role will only continue to grow. A school-led system doesn’t mean our school will be working in isolation; it means that our school becomes fully integrated with our local community and, crucially, that we connect with and learning from each other.

The Essentials of Effective Governance

Our board has three core functions:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  2. Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff.
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.


Who they are, committee membership and pecuniary interests

    Manley Park Primary School - Governors - September 2023


Full Governing Body Meetings Attendance

   Manley Park Primary School - Governors Attendance - September 2023

 Committee Membership

Curriculum Committee

Gemma Bradley-Rigbye- Chair, Parent Governor

David Manchester - Co-opted Governor

Sarah-Jane Henderson - Headteacher

Michelle England - Parent Governor

Joanne Rogers - Parent Governor

Julie Brenner - Staff Governor

Resources Committee

Ellie Reuter - Chair, Parent Governor

Sarah-Jane Henderson - Headteacher

Vibeke Dawes - Chair of full governors, Co-opted Governor

Farida Vis - Co-opted Governor

Rebecca Alcock - Parent Governor

Iram Cheema- Local Authority Governor

Mark Wooffinden- Parent Governor

Sean Bleasdale- Parent Governor

Pay Progression Committee

Vibeke Dawes

Ellie Reuter

Headteacher's Performance Review Committee

Vibeke Dawes

Staff/Pupil/Parent Voice Working Group

Rushna Avari 

Code of Conduct

Governors are responsible for the running of the school.

Broadly, the governors agree:

  1. They have responsibility for determining, monitoring and keeping under review the broad policies, plans and procedures within which the school operates.

  2. They recognise that the head teacher is responsible for the implementation of policy and day-today management of the school and the implementation and operation of the curriculum.

  3. They accept that all governors have equal status, and although appointed by different groups (i.e., parents, staff, local authority, diocese) their overriding concern will be the welfare of the school as a whole.

  4. They have no legal authority to act individually, except when the Governing Body has given them delegated authority to do so.

  5. They have a duty to act fairly and without prejudice, and in so far as they have responsibility for staff, they will fulfil all the legal expectations as, or on behalf of, the employer.

  6. They will encourage open government and should be seen to be doing so.

  7. They will consider carefully, how our decisions may affect other schools.