Governing Body

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Co-opted Governors

We have just appointed four new co-opted governors for September: Ian Carten, Kerry Galvin, Louisa Jones and Paul Touhy. We look forward to welcoming them.

Co-opted governors are appointed by serving governors and serve for a term of four years at which point they may be co-opted again by mutual agreement.

There are places for twelve school governors on our governing board, their role being to oversee the work of the school, providing challenge and support to school leaders and encourage a culture of reflection and improvement.

What is the role of the Governing Board?

The governing board of the school has a number of functions. The Department for Education summarises them in this way: “In all types of schools, governing boards should have a strong focus on three core strategic 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
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.”

Current government policy is to give all schools more autonomy, and in the current climate the capacity of the Local Authority to monitor, support and challenge the school is being significantly reduced. At the same time the environment in which all schools operate is one of continuing change. This makes the role of the governing board even more important in terms of scrutiny, maintaining effective relationships with all parents and carers and other stakeholders, and in developing a vision and strategy for continuing, sustainable high standards, and a culture whereby Kingsmead continues to be a reflective, forward looking professional community. We strive to do this against an increasingly difficult funding context, as do other schools across the country.

Governors don’t need to be experts on education, but they do need to be committed to keeping all discussion, scrutiny and decision-making focused on the best interests of children and be relentless in their determination to make the school vision a reality for all pupils. They need to be able to get on with people and to be able to work as part of a team, but also be able ask the difficult questions when it’s necessary – and sometimes the easy questions too, like ‘Why do we do it like that?’ Governors, as volunteers, also need to be able to make time to come into school occasionally during the school day for purposeful visits, and to attend and contribute to evening meetings regularly – at least two meetings a term usually, one of which will be a full governing board meeting and the other a meeting of one of our two main committees: curriculum and standards, and resources. Currently, our practice is that full governors’ meetings commence at 5.30 pm, as does the curriculum and standards committee, whilst the resources committee meeting is at 9am. Timings are kept under review to best maximise governor attendance. Normally, meetings last no longer than two hours.

The Curriculum and Standards committee oversees the quality of education provided by the school including the curriculum and standards achieved by pupils attending the school. The Resources committee ensures that the school can operate efficiently and within its means. Governors on this committee review appointments, ensure staffing levels are sufficient and that staff are appropriately qualified and trained. It also oversees use of the school's financial and physical resources and management of the premises. There are also committees for Pay appeals and Discipline and Grievance.

At Kingsmead we take our voluntary role very seriously. It is also an expectation governors will undertake relevant training, which may be on line or face to face, and keep abreast of educational developments as they effect the school.

Our expectations of each other are summarised in our governors’ code of conduct, which we reviewed and updated at our October 2018 meeting. Details of all current members of the governing board, our code of conduct, committee membership and governors’ attendance records, as well as governors’ register of interests are all provided on this site. Should you wish to contact the chair of governors, you may do so care of the school, or by email

We are always interested to meet new people interested in joining our governing body. If you would like to find out more please make an appointment to discuss this with the headteacher. We welcome all people wishing to make a contribution to school as a governor and particularly welcome interest from groups underrepresented on the governing body including minority ethnic groups, LGBT+, men and the disabled.

Support for Governors

Governors are offered and expected to access training to support them in carrying out their role. Course fees are paid for by the school and governors are entitled to travel and subsistence expenses for training. We will also reimburse additional childcare costs for governors undertaking duties as part of their role.

our governing board

Paula Hammond (Staff Governor: 22/03/2019 - 21/03/2023)

Curriculum and Standards committee.

Mrs Hammond has been with us since 2005. She leads behaviour and well-being, PHSE and SRE in school and has a particular interest in philosophy for children. Mrs Hammond's three children attended Kingsmead Primary.

Angela Harris (Associate Member 26/10/2018)

Curriculum and Standards committee.

Link governor for SEN and Disabilities.

A governor since 2004, and retired teacher in a special school, Mrs Harris brings knowledge and experience of special educational needs and in particular Autistic Spectrum Disorder.

Kerry Kirkwood (Co-opted: 16/11/2017 - 15/11/2021)

Chair of Curriculum and Standards committee.

Link governor for Communication, Language and Literacy.

Ms Kirkwood has been a partner of the school and since her becoming principal at Sir John Deane's, sixth form students are regular and welcome visitors to Kingsmead.

Register of interests:

  • Principal, Sir John Deane's Sixth Form College
  • CEO John Brunner Trust

Vice Chair of Governors

Lesley Nelson (Parent: 23/05/2016 - 23/05/2020)

Chair of Resources committee

Mrs Nelson is a Project Manager for Atkins Construction Ltd. where her work has included new school buildings. Mrs Nelson can be found, recorder and flute in hand, every Wednesday where she helps Mrs Whitham with the woodwind sections of band and orchestra. Mrs Nelson also represents the KFA on the governing body.

Chair of Governors

Sam Rocke (Parent: 23/10/2003 - 13/07/2016, Co-opted: 14/07/2016 - 18/10/2020)

Vice-Chair of Governors. Curriculum and Staffing Committee. Finance and Premises Committee. Head Teacher's Performance Management. Pay Panel. IT Governor. Link governor for Science and Computing.

Mrs Rocke can be contacted directly by email at chair@kingsmead.cheshire.sch.uk

Mrs Rocke's three children attended Kingsmead. She works in the IT industry as a software developer. Mrs Rocke is one of our link governors for STEM subjects and has led the provision for IT in the curriculum and administration of the school since before it opened in 2004. She has served us as Chair of Governors and in the development of music provision.

Register of interests:

  • Partner - Bluefish Design Limited
  • Chair - Friends of Cheshire Youth Orchestra

Catriona Stewart (Headteacher Governor: 01/03/2004)

Curriculum and Standards committee, Resources committee.

Ms Stewart leads Art and Music and has a PGCE in dyslexia, tutoring children in school with specific learning difficulties. She leads the Arts and Music in school. She trained to inspect for Ofsted and now undertakes additional work supporting schools in the Local Authority. She has one daughter who is also a teacher.

Register of interests:

  • Humanist Representative on Cheshire West and Chester SACRE
  • Local Leader in Education - CWAC
  • Associate School Improvement Advisor - CWAC
  • Member of Board of Trustees for the Sir John Brunner Foundation

Joanne Watkins (Parent: - 17/01/2019 - 16/01/2023)

Curriculum and Standards Committee.

Mrs Watkins has used her expertise in High School mathematics to support our older children in meeting the challenging expectations for the year 6 mathematics curriculum at greater depth. Link governor for Mathematics.

Mrs Watkins works as a Mathematics teacher at Ashton on Mersey Teaching School where she also works as a professional mentor for new trainees. She works supporting other schools within their teaching school alliance and across the North West Maths Hub.

Helen Weltman (Co-opted - 23/04/2014 - 20/03/2021)

Finance and Premises committee. Link governor for Arts and Culture.

Cllr Weltman is a Local Authority governor.

Register of interests:

  • Councillor, Cheshire West and Chester

Previous Governors

Rosie Bangham (Co-opted 2014-2017)

Claire Barker (Co-opted 2011-2018)

Lisa Forbes (Parent 2014-2016)

Mark Higgins (Parent 2016-2018)

Andy Kent (Co-opted 25/10/18- 25/07/19)

Cathy Lewis (Staff 21/05/2012 - 09/02/2019)

Cat Oakes (Co-opted 2017-2018)

Mark Smith (Parent 2014, Co-opted 2017-2019)

Michael Walters (Co-opted 2011-2017. Associate Member 2017-2018)