Arkwright Primary School

  Meet the Governors

The governing body is made up of 1 staff governor, 1 LA governor, 3 parent governors, 3 co- opted governors and the Headteacher.

Below is information regarding the current governing body as of October 2019.
The school has 1 vacancy, this is for a co-opted governor.  If you are interested in the position please contact our Clerk to Governors, Mr Boulton on 01246 234018.

Governing Body Terms of Reference

Governing Body Annual Governance Statement

Governing Body Declaration of Pecuniary and Personal Interests

Governors roles and attendance


 Mr Jon Clark

Category of governor: Chair of Governors.

Appointed by: LA.

Term of office: Ends 14.10.2022.

Position of responsibility: Curriculum Governor

Voting rights: Yes.

Miss S A Seward

Category of governor: Headteacher.

Appointed by: Governing body.

Term of office: Ongoing.

Position of responsibility: Headteacher.

Voting rights: Yes.

Mrs A Gould

Catgory of governor: Staff governor.

Appointed by: Governing body.

Term of office: Ends 29.9.2023.

Position of responsibility: SEN governor.

Voting rights: Yes.

Mrs G Bicknell

Category of governor: Parent governor.

Appointed by: Governing body.

Term of office: Ends 17.6.2023.

Position of responsibility: English & Phonics

Voting rights: Yes.

Mrs S Sambrook

Category of governor: Co-opted.

Appointed by: LA.

Term of office: Ends 11.02.2023.

Position of responsibility:  Safeguarding

Voting rights: Yes.


Dr Damilaire-Akintade

Category of governor: Parent Governor.

Appointed by: Governing body

Term of office: Ends 17.06.2023

Position of responsibility: Curriculum & Mathematics

Voting rights: Yes.


Mr T Worrall

Category of governor: Co-opted.

Appointed by: Governing body

Term of office: Ends 01.07.2023

Position of responsibility: To be appointed

Voting rights: Yes.


Mr S Nesbit

Category of governor: Parent governor

Appointed by: Governing Body

Term of Office: Ends December 2025

Position of responsibility: To be appointed

Voting rights: Yes


Our main role is to support the Headteacher and the staff – the phrase often used to describe this role is ‘a critical friend’. We help them to set and reach targets and to strive for excellence across the whole spectrum of school life. The two key documents used for this are the School Improvement Plan (SIP) and the Self Evaluation Summary (SES). The SIP sets out a three year strategic plan for the school, with targets that everyone works towards and the SES sets out how well the school is doing and where we aim to make improvements.

Our legal duties include:

  • setting strategic direction, policies and objectives
  • approving the school budget
  • reviewing progress against the school's budget and objectives
  • appointing, challenging and supporting the headteacher

The Governing Body meets at least once every (new) term. We also have committees or working groups to look at particular issues (Resource management, teaching and learning etc.).

We also prepare a School Profile for parents. You can find it on the school website.
There are several categories of governor, appointed by different groups that have an interest in the school. These are Community governors, the Local Authority (“LA”), Parents, and Staff. All governors have equal status, however they are appointed.
We are committed to providing an excellent environment for all pupils to enjoy during their time at our school.

Our Governing Body meetings are usually held in the evening. We attend training sessions and seminars to help us keep up to date with changes in schools and education and to help us do our job effectively. We also go into school to meet with the Headteacher, other members of staff and pupils to help us find out how the school is progressing towards its targets.

If you wish to know more, or are interested in becoming a governor, please contact the main school office.


Attendance record of Governors

All meetings were well attended and any apologies accepted.

Meetings were quorate which ensured that decisions could be made.