Arkwright Primary School

  Meet our 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 2023.
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

Governor Allowances


 Mr Jon Clark

Category of governor: Local Authority Governor.

Appointed by: LA.

Term of office: Appointed 25/09/2018. Ends Oct 2026. *Term of office extended to do specific needs of the school and governing body.

Position of responsibility: Safeguarding, Health & Safety and Premises

Voting rights: Yes.

Mr Ian Roberts

Category of governor: Headteacher.

Appointed by: Governing body.

Term of office: Ongoing.

Position of responsibility: Headteacher.

Voting rights: Yes.

Miss Poppy Martin

Category of governor: Staff governor.

Appointed by: Governing body.

Term of office: Appointed 19.10.2022. Ends 18.10.2026

Position of responsibility: 

Voting rights: Yes.

Mrs Gemma Bicknell

Category of governor: Parent governor. (Vice-Chair)

Appointed by: Governing body.

Term of office: Appointed: 13/07/2023. Ends 17.6.2023.

Position of responsibility: PE, ART, Music and Staff Wellbeing

Voting rights: Yes.

  Mr Stuart Nesbit

Category of governor: Parent governor (Chair of Governors)

Appointed by: Governing Body

Term of Office: Appointed 19.10.2023. Ends 21.12.2025

Position of responsibility: Finance and GDPR

Voting rights: Yes


Mrs Jane Brown

 Category of governor: Co-opted

Appointed by: Governing Body

Term of Office:  Appointed 19.10.2023. Ends 18.10.2026

Position of responsibility: EYFS and English

Voting rights: Yes


Mr Steve Wells

 Category of governor: Co-opted

Appointed by: Governing Body

Term of Office:  Appointed 19.10.2023. Ends 18.10.2026

Position of responsibility: Maths, Science and DT

Voting rights: Yes


Mrs Hayley Spark

 Category of governor: Parent Governor

Appointed by: Governing Body

Term of Office: Appointed 13/07/2030. Ends 12.07.2027

Position of responsibility: SEND

Voting rights: Yes


 Category of governor: Co-opted

Appointed by: Governing Body

Term of Office: 

Position of responsibility: To be appointed

Voting rights: Yes


*No governor sub-groups or committees to list. 

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.