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Governors’ information and duties

Governors are people with varied backgrounds and interests. Governors play a vital part in helping all children in the school. It is an important and worthwhile job within the local community.

The Governing Body of Bury CE High School is comprised of sixteen Governors who all have an interest in the school and who want to help the school by working together. Nine of these are Foundation Governors, of which one is appointed by the Diocesan Board of Education, four appointed by local Deaneries, three appointed by Bury Parish Church Parochial Church Council and the Rector of Bury serving as an ex-officio Governor. Seven non-foundation Governors are appointed, four parent Governors and one staff Governor all appointed via ballot. There is also one co-opted Governor. The Headteacher is appointed as the Headteacher Governor and remains on the Governing Body during their appointment. However Governors are appointed, they all bring to the Governing Body a much-appreciated range of knowledge and experience.

Currently there are two main meetings each term, held in the evening, and Governors are also expected to serve on at least one of the sub-committees: Leadership and Finance, Ethos and Premises, Teaching and Staffing or Curriculum and Quality Assurance.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact the Clerk to Governors, Mrs. Michelle Johnson on clerk@burychurch.bury.sch.uk.

The Governing Body of Bury CE High School - 2019/20

Governor (Category) Term of Office
Mr Lawrence J Yarwood (Chair)
Foundation Nominated by Diocesan Council for Education
2 years from January 2019 to 31/12/21
Rev’d. David Brooks (Vice Chair)
Foundation  Nominated by Deanery Synod of Heywood & Middleton
4 years from 22/10/17 to 21/10/21
Mr David Wolstenholme (Vice Chair)
Foundation Appointed to fill the Deanery Synod of Radcliffe & Prestwich vacancy
4 years 07/02/17 to 06/02/21
Rev’d. Julian Heaton
Ex-Officio Bury Parish Church (Rector)
Mr Michael Davis
Foundation Nominated by Bury Parish Church PCC
4 years from 02/09/19 to 01/09/23
Mr Kenneth H Bowden
Foundation  Nominated by Bury Parish Church PCC
4 years from 01/09/18 to 31/08/22 (stepped down 12/12/19)
Mrs Lavinia Lancashire
Foundation  Nominated by Bury Parish Church PCC
4 years from 13/01/20 to 12/01/24
Mr Steve Clark
Foundation  Nominated by Deanery of Bury
4 years from 01/10/18 to 30/09/22
Mr David Fowler
Foundation Nominated by Bury Parish Church PCC
4 years from 16/09/17 to 15/09/21
Mr John McKenzie
Foundation  Appointed to fill the Deanery Synod of Rochdale vacancy
4 years 07/02/17 to 06/02/21 (passed away April 2019)
Miss Lorraine Quinn
Foundation  Appointed to fill the Deanery Synod of Rochdale vacancy
4 years from 21/09/19 to 20/09/23
Mr Dennis Taylor MBE
Co-Opted Governor Nominated
4 years from 04/09/18 to 03/09/22
Mr Philip Guest
Teacher Governor Nominated
4 years from 17/10/17 to 16/10/21
Mr Michael Brierley
Parent Governor Nominated
4 years from 22/10/15 to 21/10/19 (stepped down 21/10/19)
Mr Keith Eaton
Parent Governor Nominated
4 years from 12/11/19 to 11/11/23
Mr Steve Gore
Parent Governor Nominated
4 years from 18/06/18 to 17/06/22
Dr Alison Petrie
Parent Governor Nominated
4 years from 09/10/17 to 08/10/21 (stepped down 20/11/19)
Mrs Kathryn Andrew
Parent Governor Nominated
4 years from 29/01/20 to 28/01/24
Mr Jonathan Samuel
Parent Governor Nominated
4 years from 29/01/20 to 28/01/24
Rev’d. Craig Watson
Headteacher
Appointed 01/09/12 (stepped down 31/12/19)
Mrs Tina Astley
Acting Headteacher
Appointed 01/01/20

Sub-committees & Memberships (proposed at January 2020)

Ethos and Premises

  • Mr D Taylor MBE (Chair)
  • Mr D Wolstenholme (Deputy Chair)
  • Mr M Davis
  • Mr K Eaton
  • Mr S Gore
  • Miss L Quinn
  • Mrs T Astley (Acting Head)

Curriculum & Quality Assurance

  • Mr D Fowler (Chair)
  • Rev’d J Heaton (Deputy Chair)
  • Mr S Clark
  • Mr P Guest
  • Mrs L Lancashire
  • Mr J Samuel
  • Mr D Taylor MBE
  • Mr D Wolstenholme
  • Mrs T Astley (Acting Head)

Teaching and Staffing

  • Rev’d D Brooks (Chair)
  • Mr S Clark (Deputy Chair)
  • Mr M Davis
  • Mr D Fowler
  • Mr S Gore
  • Rev’d J Heaton
  • Mrs L Lancashire
  • Mr D Wolstenholme
  • Mr L Yarwood
  • Mrs T Astley (Acting Head)

Leadership and Finance

  • Mr L Yarwood (Chair)
  • Rev’d D Brooks (Deputy Chair)
  • Mrs K Andrew
  • Mr S Clark
  • Mr M Davis
  • Mr D Fowler
  • Rev’d. J Heaton
  • Mr D Taylor MBE
  • Mr D Wolstenholme
  • Mrs T Astley (Acting Head)

Admissions & Promotions Committee

  • Mr D Wolstenholme (Chair)
  • Mr D Taylor MBE (Deputy Chair)
  • Mr S Clark
  • Mr D Fowler
  • Mr S Gore
  • Mrs L Lancashire
  • Mrs T Astley (Acting Head)

Pay Committee

  • Mr L Yarwood (Chair)
  • Rev’d. J Heaton (Deputy Chair)
  • Rev’d. D Brooks
  • Mr S Clark
  • Mr M Davis
  • Mr D Fowler
  • Mr D Taylor MBE
  • Mr D Wolstenholme

Staff Dismissal Committee

Governors form a pool from which a Committee of three or more Governors will come to a decision on the dismissal of a member staff when required. Any appeal against a dismissal must be heard by a Committee of the same size as the first Committee but comprised of different Governors.

Complaints Committee

Governors form a pool from which a Committee of three or more Governors will deal with formal complaints which can proceed to up to Stage 4 of the Complaints Procedure. There is no right of appeal to the LA if the Committees’ response does not satisfy the complainant. The complaint can be pursued with the Secretary of State at the DfE.

Pupil Discipline Panel

Where a case proceeds to a fixed term or permanent exclusions (as determined by the DfE statutory guidance ‘Exclusion from maintained schools, academies and pupil referral units in England: Sept 2017), then a Panel of three Governors will be formed and a Pupil Disciplinary Panel hearing convened.

Offices Held and attendance at Full Governing Body meetings

Governor Name Offices Held Attendance at Full Governing Body meetings 2019 - 2020
Mrs Kathryn Andrew 1 of 4
Rev’d. David Brooks Vice Chair of Governors, Chair to the Teaching and Staffing Sub-Committee, Deputy Chair to the Leadership & Finance Sub-Committee, Deputy Chair to the Staff Dismissal Committee 2 of 7
Mr Steve Clark Deputy Chair to the Ethos & Premises Sub-Committee, Deputy Chair to the Teaching & Staffing Sub-Committee 1 of 7
Mr Michael Davis Deputy Chair of the Governors Fundraising Committee 0 of 7
Mr Keith Eaton 1 of 5
Mr D Fowler Chair to the Curriculum & Quality Assurance Sub-Committee 3 of 7
Mr Steve Gore 1 of 7
Mr Philip Guest 3 of 7
Rev’d. Julian Heaton Deputy Chair to the Curriculum & Quality Assurance Sub-Committee, Deputy Chair to the Pay Committee, Deputy Chair of the Staff Dismissal Committee 2 of 7
Mrs Lavinia Lancashire 1 of 5
Miss Lorraine Quinn 3 of 7
Mr Jonathan Samuel 1 of 4
Mr Dennis Taylor MBE Chair to the Ethos & Premises Sub-Committee, Chair to the Pupil Disciplinary Panel, Deputy Chair of the Admissions & Promotions Committee 3 of 7
Mr David Wolstenholme Vice Chair of Governors, Chair to the Admissions & Promotions Committee, Deputy Chair of the Complaints Committee 2 of 7
Mr Lawrence Yarwood Chair of Governors, Chair to the Leadership & Finance Sub-Committee, Chair to the Pay Committee, Deputy Chair to the Pupil Disciplinary Panel, Chair of the Complaints Committee, Chair of the Governors Fund Raising Committee 3 of 7
Mrs Tina Astley Acting Headteacher

3 of 7

Pecuniary Interest Declaration 2019 - 2020

Governor Name Date of Declaration Name or Nature of Business Nature of association Comments
Mrs Kathryn Andrew (appointed 29/01/20) 13th Feb 2020 Rochdale Council Employee
Rev’d. David Brooks (Vice Chair) 13th Feb 2020 Rochdale Council Employee
Mr Steve Clark None declared
Mr Michael Davis None declared
Mr Keith Eaton None declared
Mr David Fowler None declared
Mr Steve Gore None declared
Mr Philip Guest None declared
Rev’d. Julian Heaton None declared
Mrs Lavinia Lancashire (appointed 13/01/20) None declared
Miss Lorraine Quinn None declared
Mr Jonathan Samuel (appointed 29/01/20) None declared
Mr Dennis Taylor MBE None declared
Mr David Wolstenholme (Vice Chair) None declared
Mr Lawrence Yarwood (Chair)) None declared
Mrs Tina Astley (Acting Headteacher) None declared

Pecuniary Interest Declaration 2018 - 2019

Governor Name Date of Declaration Name or Nature of Business Nature of association Comments
Mr John D Ankers (stepped down 11/7/19) None declared
Mr Kenneth H Bowden (stepped down 12/12/19 None declared
Mr Michael Brierley (stepped down 21/10/19) None declared
Rev’d. David Brooks (Vice Chair) None declared
Mr Steve Clark None declared
Mr Michael Davis None declared
Mr David Fowler None declared
Mr Steve Gore None declared
Mr Philip Guest None declared
Rev’d. Julian Heaton None declared
Dr Alison Petrie (stepped down 20/11/19) None declared
Mrs Vicky Maguire (stepped down 21/1/19) None declared
Miss Lorraine Quinn None declared
Mr Dennis Taylor MBE None declared
Rev’d. Craig Watson (stepped down 31/12/19) None declared
Mr David Wolstenholme (Vice Chair) None declared
Mr Lawrence Yarwood (Chair) Declared Family connection All FGB meetings held 2018/19 - Daughter employed by school

Sub-committee meeting attendance 2018/19 (PDF)

Sub-committee meeting attendance 2019/20 (PDF)