Broomfield

Broomfield SILC

Governing Board

 

What do school governors do?

Governors link the school with the community, and play a key role in the effectiveness of the school.  The governing board’s job is to look at all aspects of the school’s performance and ensure it is achieving its full potential as well as working with the Head Teacher and Senior Team to provide strategic leadership and accountability.

The governing body comprises of volunteers who are committed to doing their very best to support the school, its pupils and staff. Governors are part of the school team, and come from all walks of life, with a wide range of different skills and talents. Some governors have had a long association with the school, whilst others are more recent appointments. All governors share a vision for the school to continue to improve, offering the best education and experience for all of its children and young people.

Governors are appointed by the governing board (co-opted) or nominated by the Local Authority (local authority governor.

Governors core strategic functions are:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; 
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

 The school motto ‘Investing in Individuals, Transforming Lives’ reflects the ethos of our school as a community where we value the contributions of all pupils and staff.

The governing body supports this motto by observing, listening and challenging all aspects of school life. It does this so that the decisions that it makes are well informed and contribute towards the continuing success of the school. The governing body also plays an important part in the Ofsted inspection process by demonstrating their knowledge of the effectiveness of the school.

The governing body ensures that resources are well used, so that every child and young person has the best possible experience. Performance data is checked to ensure that the quality of teaching and learning is excellent. Policies and procedures are reviewed to ensure the wellbeing of everybody in school – both pupils and staff.

 One governor explains why they got involved. Her thoughts are shared by the other governors:

'We ... know how challenging the behaviour of our young people can be, but with it comes the great rewards of each and every small progression they make and the knowledge that we have helped them on their journey to reach their full potential. To be able to send a child to school knowing they are happy to be there; in a safe environment that is able to meet the child's needs. Providing them with the appropriate methods of teaching to enable them to reach their true potential.'

The National Governance Association (NGA) is an independent charity representing and supporting governors, trustees and clerks in maintained schools and academies in England. For more information on how school governors work, please visit- https://www.nga.org.uk/Governance-Recruitment/Be-a-school-governor-or-trustee.aspx 

 

Code of conduct

All governors sign up to a code of conduct which sets out a number of principles which guide how the governing body operates, ensuring that it is consistent and fair.

The governors work as a team. Individual governors have no power or responsibility and it is only the full governing body which has corporate legal powers and duties. 

Click to view a copy of the governing body Code of Conduct.

All governors have read the statutory guidance for schools about Keeping children safe in education, which is published by the Department for Education.

The Governing Board structure and responsibilities

The governing body comprises community, local authority, parent/carers and staff governors. Please see attached information on terms of office:

2023-2024 Governance plan

 

Meet our Governors

 

 

 

Alex Wriglesworth- Chair of Governors

 

I’m Alex and I joined Broomfield’s Governing Body in September 2022. In my day-to-day life I am a Senior Marketing Manager specialising in strategic planning, communication & engagement. I am passionate about inclusivity and diversity and I strongly believe that all children should have access to quality education that supports them in achieving their goals.
Prior to joining Broomfield, I was a Parent Governor at a Primary School in Wakefield. There my focus was on special educational needs (SEN) and pupil premium, and I played an active role in their RHSE committee too.

For me being a Governor is a unique opportunity and challenge. I feel incredibly lucky to be part of the Broomfield Governing Body and able to support the school in ensuring that every pupil fulfils their potential.

 

Register of Interests: None Declared

 Term of Office- 29.6.22- 28.6.26

 

 

Tracy Toon- Vice Chair


 

I have been in financial services for the majority of my career and have been lucky enough to hold a variety of different roles including training and management development and more recently a number of senior operational and HR positions. I joined the governing board of Broomfield in July 2022 and hope my people and HR expertise will add value. I have identical twin daughters who have recently finished university - Rebecca is a children's nurse and Katie is a photographer and filmmaker.

Register of Interests: None Declared

Term of office-  29/06/2022- 28/06/2026

 

Simon Crockford- Associate Governor

Simon Crockford

I am a qualified Chartered Accountant working in financial services with extensive experience in Reporting, Forecasting and Business partnering. A key part of the required skill set is the willingness to challenge, ability to understand complex issues and to have high expectations for performance.

Being a Governor provides me with an opportunity to put something back having benefitted from the education system myself, being the first from my family to go to University.

Register of Interests: None Declared

Term of Office- 11/10/2018 - 10/10/2026

  

 Angie Simmons:  Co-opted Governor 

 

 

I have been a governor at Broomfield School since the autumn term in 2020. Prior to that I worked as an early years advisory teacher working with children from 0 to 5 years with identified special educational needs (SEN) in homes, nurseries and schools. My previous jobs include being a class teacher, SEN coordinator in a school, working as part of the SEN and inclusion team in Leeds as an early years coordinator and working as a speech and language therapist for the NHS. I worked with children in education for over 30 years and retired in April 2020.

In addition to acting as a governor I have undertaken other volunteering roles such as mentoring pupils and making face visors for the NHS. In the rest of my spare time I try and keep fit and healthy by attending a gym and walking. I also pursue various leisure activities usually involving holidays, reading, and visits to the theatre and cinema.

Register of Interests: None Declared

Term of Office- 14/10/2020 - 13/10/2024

  

Rebekah Hadley- Co-Opted Representative


I work locally as a dentist in general practice but have previous experience of working in head and neck surgery and in the community dental services. I am a mum to two young girls and enjoy pilates and attending a monthly book club. For me, being a governor gives me an opportunity to use skills I don't get to use at work and to learn a lot! I believe every child has the right to a quality education - whatever that looks like for the individual child.

Register of Interest: None Declared

Term of Office- 26.4.23- 25.4.27

 

Rashed Khan- LA Representative  

I work in the in the Leeds Community Health NHS Trust where I support patients, with care coordination. I am also a Vice Chair for the Trust’s Race Equality Network. 

I am a proud father of 3 beautiful children within a primary care setting.

I have chosen to support Broomfield because I have lived experience of supporting family members with learning difficulties. I have a lot of appreciation for the work the staff do at this School and I would like to contribute too it’s success.

Term of office- 12.9.23- 11.9.27

Register of Interest: None Declared

Madaleine Spendalow- Co-Opted Representative

Hi my name is Madaleine, I'm from Leeds and currently work for the NHS in Bradford providing business, analytical and quality improvement support in the mental health services. I studied Biomedical Science at university in North Wales and have recently completed a Master's degree in Law. I am passionate about science and healthcare and our services being the best they can be with the resources we have, achieving and sustaining high standards and serving the community well.

I have a retired greyhound who spends more time on my sofa than I do. In my free time I enjoy cooking and baking, and am partial to going out with friends


Register of Interest: None Declared


Term of office- 24.1.23- 23.1.27

Phil Brayshaw- Co-Opted Representative

Hello, my name is Phil and I am a nurse for people with learning disabilities.

I work for NHS England where I am Head of Children and Young People in the National Learning Disability and Autism Programme. I write national policy and work with local areas to commission and provide better health services for autistic children and young people, and children and young people with learning disabilities. Before this, I worked as a children’s community learning disability nurse and as a local children’s commissioner. I have two grown up children and have recently become a grandad.

 

My ambition is to help Broomfield School be a place where parents know their children will be safe and looked after, and where staff and students feel valued, are encouraged to do their best, and achieve their potential. 

Term of office- 11.10.23- 10.10.26

Register of Interest: None Declared

Jasmin Stokes- Staff Governor

 

 

 My name is Jasmin Stokes, I joined Broomfield school in 2023. I am a teacher, for our formal learning pathway in school and have taken on the role of staff governor in February 2024. I have worked full time in Special Education for over 4 years, with a specialism of early years. I am passionate about inclusivity and diversity, I strongly believe that all our children should have access to a bespoke education that supports them individually in achieving their goals and over-coming their challenges. I  have a strong belief in ensuring every opportunity is available for our pupils to promote their holistic development. 

 

Register of Interests: None Declared

 Term of Office- 25.1.2024- 24.1.2028

Meetings & Attendance Record

The governing body normally has seven full meetings a year. All meetings are clerked by a trained professional clerk who provides guidance and support to the governing body.

last updated September  2023

 

Feedback

The governing body welcomes compliments, comments and complaints about all aspects of the school.

  • Compliments and comments

Please contact the chair of governors, Alex Wriglesworth c/o Broomfield South SILC

  • Complaints

If you have a complaint about an aspect of school life, in the first instance please try to resolve the matter with a teacher or the school Head Teacher. The governing body only becomes involved in a complaint once these channels have been used. A copy of the school's complaints procedure is available under ‘Policies’ on the school web-site.

At Broomfield South SILC we are constantly striving to improve and develop the provision for our pupils and staff. The governing body will continue to work hard to support and challenge the school in achieving this goal.