Welcome to our Governors’ section
A warm welcome from the Governing Board
Thank you for visiting us! We are volunteers who are passionate about children and their educational needs and we have chosen Bolton Primary School, for a number of wonderful reasons including being parents to some of the children in the school, wanting to support the highest quality learning and support educating your children.
In order to make sure we do this effectively, we have three core responsibilities:
We want to do the best we can to support children's learning, development and their environment. We want to ensure the curriculum is rich and varied and as the chair of governors want to assure you that every child matters. You may see board volunteers around the schools as some come into school to support children with activities.
Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.
Name: Mrs Ruth Elstone
Dates: 1st September 2017
Other Roles: Designated Safeguarding Lead, English (KS2) Lead, World Views & Religion Lead, PHSE Lead
Name: Mrs Debbie Tinkler
Appointment: Staff Governor
Dates: 17th June 2020
Other Roles: Deputy Safeguarding Lead, Early Years Lead, English (KS1) Lead, Reading Lead, Computing Lead
Bronwen Maxwell - Chair of governors
I was delighted to become Chair of Governors in September 2022 having previously been a co-opted governor since 2020. I have specific governor responsibility for supporting the school to achieve its aims in relation to curriculum development, maths and religion and world views. As a Professor of Education I spend much of my time evaluating educational policies and practices and researching how school leaders and teachers can make best use of evidence to support the best outcomes for children. In my spare time I enjoy fell walking, trekking and gardening.
Appointment: Chair of governors
Appointed by: GB/board
Date: 13th October 2020
Other Roles: Chair of CCC & Monitoring Governor for Maths & World Views and Religion
Kaya Bennett - Co-opted Governor
Hi I’m Kaya, I'm a co-opted governor. I am also the manager of Bolton Nursery next door to the school. I’m on the education committee and my main area of interest is in the Early Years. I currently have two children attending the school in Year 1 and Year 4. When not working I enjoy lots of walks in the countryside with my two dogs. I have a real passion for early education and look forward to supporting the school in any way I can. My main areas of responsibility are Safeguarding, Science and the EYFS.
Appointed by: GB/board
Date: 5th February 2020
Other Roles: Monitoring Governor for Safeguarding, Early Years and Science
Roy Ashley - Parent governor
My role as a parent governor involves monitoring Geography and French. I am responsible for the monitoring of Heath and Safety inspections in school and also sit on the staffing, finance and premises committee. I live in the village and spend my time developing the family farm.
Appointed by: GB/board
Date: 1st October 2021
Other Roles: Monitoring Governor for Geography & French
Ian Thompson - LA governor
I am a parent Governor, my role is to give a parents view to the Governing board. I have two sons who attend the school, and have experience as a parent governor in a large school in Manchester. I enjoyed supporting the children there, and am looking forward to doing the same at Bolton.
Many will know me as a swimming teacher as I work at Appleby Pool, and have been involved in teaching the children to swim for the last two years. My main area of interest is fitness and keeping people active, removing barriers to enable everyone to do this.
Appointed by: GB/board
Date: 1st October 2022
Other Roles: GDPR, PE
Jane Morris - Co-opted governor
I'm new to the Governing Body this year and am looking forward to getting to know everyone involved in and with the school. Initially, my main areas of interest are writing and staff workload. When I'm not writing, taking photos, walking the fells or long-distance footpaths or getting pretty frustrated with a new hobby of geocaching, you can find me at the University of Cumbria. I have the best job in the world - training the next generation of primary teachers!
Appointed by: GB/board
Date: 1st July 2022
Other Roles: Monitoring Governor for Writing and an interest in the current workload project.
Every school has to have a Governing Body which usually includes the Head Teacher, parents, staff, and community representatives. All members of the Governing Body are volunteers and give up their own time for the school.
A Governing Body has provides strategic leadership and accountability in the school. It has three key functions:
The Governing Body is committed to working for the benefit of the school and is always happy to receive your feedback. If you are interested in becoming a Governor, or want more information about our role, please feel free to chat informally to any of our Parent Governors or contact the Head Teacher for further information.
School governors are volunteers who help to run the school. Most schools work with a group of governors - together they’re called the 'governing body'. They are involved in decisions about all aspects of managing the school – such as running buildings and budgets, supporting staff and setting standards of school discipline.
Governors also help to make big decisions about the School’s long-term goals. They support the Head Teacher, but also ask questions and make sure the Leadership Team is taking the school in the right direction.
Anyone over 18 can be a school / academy governor – you don’t have to be a parent with a child at the school. However, every governing body includes parent governors, and it can be a rewarding way to be involved in your child’s school.
The most important qualities for being a governor are enthusiasm, commitment and an interest in education. You don’t need teaching experience, but it useful to bring skills from other areas of your life as we need a mix of skills on the Board.
The Governing Body is made up of different types of Governors, these are: -
You will need to be able to work well in a team, as you will be making joint decisions on policy.
As a governor you’ll probably need to attend up to six governing body meetings during the year. These usually take place on an evening. There are also termly sub committees and some task and finishes type groups. In addition, it would be expected that you visit the school at least half termly so that you have experience and a genuine understanding of the school, while also carrying out the monitoring aspects of your role (e.g. thematic of subject areas)
As a governor you will get the chance to use your own experience and life beyond school to inform conversations and your perspective and insight to inform decision making in the interests of the school community. It will give you a chance to develop and utilise your skills in a board-level environment and make a value contribution to education and our community.
The role usually lasts for a term of 4 years, although these can be extended depending on the need and personal situation of individual Governors.
If you are interested in becoming a governor, talk to the current chair of governors, Lisa Wilson, who leads the board. When there’s a vacancy for a parent governor all parents will be informed, and you will have a chance to stand for election.
You can also contact Ruth Elstone, Head Teacher who can be contacted at the school address in writing
Before you put yourself forward, if you are employed please talk to your employer. Many employers recognise the role of school governor as useful work experience and may offer paid leave as part of their initiative to give back to the community. It may also be helpful to speak to current Parent Governors about the role.
The minutes of all meetings are taken and signed off as true and correct record of the meeting. The clerk to Governors carries out this role and a copy of the minutes can then be requested by parents and wider community if they wish. Actions are progressed between meetings and updated at the following committee to track delivery and accountability.
Terms of Reference – Bolton Primary School Governing Body
The following terms of reference, including those delegated to committees, apply to the Governing Body as a whole.
Staffing, Finance and Premises Committee
Governor Meeting Dates 2023/2024
Tuesday 26th September 2023 @ 5.15pm
Thursday 23rd November 2023 @ 5.15pm
Thursday 25th January 2024 @ 5.15pm
Thursday 21st March 2024 @ 5.15pm
Tuesday 21st May 2024 @ 5.15pm
Thursday 20th June 2024 @ 5.15pm
Tuesday 31st October 2023 @ 4pm
Tuesday 6th February 2024 @ 4pm
Tuesday 7th May 2024 @ 4pm
Governing Body Membership 2023/24
|Name of governor||Governor Category||Committee||Term of Office||Declarations September 2022|
Chair of FGB
|Ruth Elstone - Head teacher||4/4||6/6||5/5|
|Mike Innerdale - resigned February 2023||4/4||4/6||3/3|
|Debbie Tinkler - Staff Governor||3/4||2/2||3/4|
|Lisa Wilson - resigned July 2023||3/4||5/6||4/5|
|Neil Austin - resigned October 2021||4/4||n/a||n/a|
|Andrew Booth - resigned October 2021||4/4||n/a||n/a|
|Ric Hall - resigned December 2021||4/4||1/1||n/a|
|Kaya Bennett - appointed January 2020||4/4||3/6||3/5|
|Bronwen Maxwell - appointed June 2020||4/4||5/6||5/5|
|Walter Head - appointed March 2021||1/1||1/6||n/a|
|Heather Lowthian - maternity cover for staff governor until January 2023||n/a||3/3||0/1|
|Roy Ashley - appointed October 2021||n/a||3/5||5/5|
|Marilyn Tinkler - appointed September 2021||n/a||4/6||1/5|
|Jane Morris - appointed September 2022||n/a||n/a||3/5|
|Ian Thompson - appointed November 2022||n/a||n/a||1/4|