Governing Body

Meet Our Chair Of Governors

Justin Waters

Justin Waters

I have been a governor at Gomersal St Mary’s since 1997, originally as a Parent Governor after my daughter entered nursery in 1995.  I also live in Gomersal and enjoy doing so very much.  Since taking early retirement in 2010 I can now devote more of my spare time in supporting the school and with this in mind I recently became Vice Chair and then Chair of Governors.

My role and that of all Governors is to act as a critical friend to the school and its staff and provide help and support where needed in ensuring that we deliver high standards of education to our pupils within a well managed, caring and safe environment.

It’s very important to me to feel that I am making a positive contribution to the community in which I live and I believe there is no better way of doing this than in helping to provide our young people with an excellent education within which are enshrined Christian and Family values.

Meet Our Vice-Chair of Governors

Reverend Karen Nicholl

Reverend Karen Nicholl

I am Reverend Karen, the Vicar of St Mary’s, the parish Church of Gomersal. I love being your Parish Priest and I enjoy the wonderful variety of parish life and the different and interesting people I meet. I am a fairly down to earth person who loves motorbikes and rock music and also quiet prayer and meditation with a bit of incense.

I do hold some strong beliefs – I believe every community needs a warm and welcoming Church, Pub and School.  I also believe we are truly blessed in this community.

St Mary’s is your Church. It’s here to serve this community. To be a visible place of welcome to young and old alike. A place where all people may come to worship together and to socialise together. It’s also a place where we can come to know about God and about ourselves and others, a place to find wholeness and healing.  Maybe even a place to find new life. 

My job is basically to be here in Gomersal and to share in the life of the people of this community, in joy and in sorrow. It’s also my job to help encourage people who want to come to know about Jesus, and to find out about God’s love for them. It’s a fantastic job!

At St Mary’s we love to rejoice with people as they come to Church for Baptism or a family Wedding. We also pray with and try to support those who are sick or bereaved, lonely or isolated.  We are there for anyone who may need a time of quiet or someone to simply listen to them.  We are also here for those who want to celebrate their joy.

Gomersal St Mary’s is our Church school, a long time ago the people from St Mary’s Church Community founded the school at hill top and then when this burnt down the school moved here. The school and church are linked in a long history of seeking to grow together, to learn together and to share together.  We are here to support one another and this community.

School Governing Body

Updated 22nd January 2018
RepresentativePosition within Governing BodyEnd of Term of Office
Mr D. AtkinsonLA Governor23rd October 2020
Miss J. BarkerHead TeacherEx Officio
Mrs I. HarfordCo-optedTBC
Mrs J. JacksonFoundation - PCCTBC
Mrs S. JohnsonCo-opted5th March 2021
Miss A. JoyceAssociate MemberEx Officio
Rev K. NichollVice Chair of Governors (until 31st March 2018); FoundationEx Officio
Mr T. PittsStaff22nd November 2020
Mr J. WatersChair of Governors (until 31st December 2017): Foundation: Co-Opted19th November 2021
Mrs R. WilcoxFoundation: Co-Opted16th February 2019
VacancyFoundation - Diocesan

Our Governing Body Committees

Core purpose:

  • to obtain the best possible outcomes for children
  • to develop and maintain the ethos of the school
  • to strategically plan for development of the school
  • to monitor the school’s performance
  • to effectively manage change
  • to obtain the best value for money

Name of Committee: Standards and Effectiveness Committee
Purpose: To provide support and challenge to the leadership of the school and to hold them to account in relation to the quality of educational provision including: the quality of teaching and learning; pupil progress and outcomes for pupils; the quality of the curriculum provision and delivery; behaviour and safety of pupils.

  • Mr J. Waters (Chair)
  • Mr D. Atkinson
  • Miss J. Barker
  • Mrs I. Harford
  • Mrs S. Johnson
  • Miss A. Joyce
  • Rev. K. Nicholl
  • Mr T. Pitts

Quorum: Three governors
Terms of Reference: To comply with the curriculum committee Terms of Reference (Kirklees Council publication, “Committee Matters”, page 48, available on request) and in addition:

  1. To monitor the progress of the School Development/Improvement Plan regarding pupil progress and attainment and curriculum developments.
  2. To ensure that the National Curriculum and RE (in accordance with the locally agreed syllabus) are taught and that the curriculum is:
  • broad and balanced
  • relevant to the needs and abilities of all pupils
  • focuses on the necessary priorities to ensure that all pupils make good progress – especially in reading, writing and maths
  1. To ensure that the school promotes the spiritual, moral social and cultural development of all pupils
  2. To ensure that statutory pupil assessments are carried out and results reported to parents/carers and appropriate bodies
  3. To ensure that the school communicates clearly with parents
  4. To ensure that relevant procedures are in place and effective in relation to child protection/safeguarding
  5. To ensure that impartial careers advice is provided to pupils
  6. To consider the impact of pupil premium on outcomes for relevant pupils
  7. To monitor and review on a scheduled basis relevant statutory policies including:
  • Child Protection
  • Statement of principles (The Governing Board has a duty to produce and review a written statement of general principles to guide Headteacher in determining measures to promote good behaviour and discipline amongst the pupils)
  • Sex Education (in primary schools the Governing Board decides whether or not this should be provided)
  • special educational needs/ensuring that the code of practice is met and that the policy is published, made known to parents and reported on at least annually

Name of Committee: Resources Committee
Purpose: To provide support and challenge to the leadership of the school and to hold them to account in relation to the use of resources to support the priorities of the school including: the leadership of teaching and learning; the school budget; the employment and development of staff; the premises.

  • Mrs I. Harford (Chair)
  • Miss J. Barker
  • Miss N. Gray
  • Mrs J. Jackson
  • Miss A. Joyce
  • Rev K. Nicholl
  • Mr J. Waters
  • Mrs R. Wilcox

Quorum: Three governors
Terms of Reference
To comply with the finance committee, premises and health and safety committee and
staffing committee Terms of Reference (Kirklees Council publication, “Committee Matters”, pages 49-52, available on request) and in addition:

  1. Ensure a staffing structure is in place which meets the needs and priorities of the school and that requirements in relation to safer recruitment practices are met.
  2. Ensure that a system is in place for staff appraisals and related CPD provision.
  3. Make decisions on pay awards for staff following recommendations from the head teacher/review governors based on the outcome of the appraisal process.
  4. Ensure a robust system is in place to monitor the quality of teaching and address underperformance .
  5. Ensure that responsibilities in relation to NQTs are met and to support new school leaders as relevant.
  6. Ensure matters of school security, school premises and health and safety are addressed.
  7. Monitor and review on a scheduled basis relevant statutory policies including:
  • Health and safety
  • Staff appraisal
  • Staff pay and conditions
  • Accessibility plan
  • Data protection

Governors who have left their position in the last 12 months

Updated 13th August 2018
RepresentativeDate Left Office
Mrs L. Riach18th September 2017

Governor Business and Financial Interests

There are no governor declarations of business or financial interests to declare.

Governance Roles In Other Schools

There are no governors with governor roles in other schools.

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