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Structure and responsibilities of the Governing Board

The Governing Board of Chapel-en-le-Frith Primary School consists of parents, members of staff and individuals connected to the local community and church.  We are all volunteers with a common aim to improve outcomes for children.


The core function of the governing board is to conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement in the school. We have responsibilities to focus on three core functions;

  • Setting the schools’ strategic vision, ethos and strategy.
  • Holding the Head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school
  • Ensuring financial health, probity and value for money.


Co-Chairs of Governors

Matt Berry, Julia Ralphs


Co-Vice Chair of Governors

Diane Bayirli, Jonathan Poulter


Our governing board is organised into different committees to improve effectiveness of governance. This provides the focus for our meetings and the work done by governors.


Resource Management Committee

To consider matters relating to finance, personnel, health and safety and premises.



Diane Bayirli


Vice Chair

Anna Ramczyk


Committee Members

Colin Pearson, Matt Berry, Jonathan Poulter, Claire Burrows, Tracey Ward (Business Manager) Jacquie Barber (Headteacher)


Teaching and Learning Committee

To consider matters relating to curriculum, SEN and pastoral care.



Fiona Shepherd


Vice Chair

Julia Ralphs


Committee Members

Vanessa Parker, Rachel Baker, Helen Williams, Matt Berry, Suzanne Woodward, Jacquie Barber (Headteacher)


Pay Policy Committee

To carry out the statutory annual Salary Review of all teachers employed at the school.

To comprise Chairs of: Governors, Resources Management, and one other governor – with Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher and Business Manager, attending in an advisory capacity.



Matt Berry


Vice Chair

Julia Ralphs


Committee Members

Diane Bayirli, Anna Ramczyk (reserve)


Occasional committees

To be convened by the Clerk to Governors on the request of the Chair of Governors and or Headteacher, as and when required.


Staff Disciplinary Committee Three Governors not employed at the school


Pupil Exclusion Committee Three or five Governors not employed by the school


Admissions Appeals Committee Three Governors, not including the Teacher Governor or Headteacher


Complaints Committee Three Governors who have not had prior involvement in the matter


Pay Appeals Committee Three Governors who have not had prior involvement in the matter and are not employed at the school



Other responsibilities

When the governing body needs to examine a particular issue in detail, a working party may be formed, consisting of a few governors. Such groups will monitor key issues in greater depth and report recommendations back to the full governing body for their consideration.


In addition, individual governors have responsibility for monitoring certain policies, areas of the curriculum or aspects of student welfare, as follows:


Quality of teaching & Learning  
Arts Matt Berry


IT Jonathan Poulter


Language & Literature Julia Ralphs


Maths Diane Bayirli


RE Julia Ralphs


Science Matt Berry


Early Years and Read, Write Inc Anna Ramczyk


Pupil Development, Behaviour and Welfare  
Anti-Bullying Julia Ralphs, Helen Williams


Assessment Data Suzanne Woodward, Julia Ralphs, Diane Bayirli, Matt Berry, Fiona Shepherd, Helen Williams
Behaviour and attendance Helen Williams


Community/communications Jacquie Barber, Anna Ramczyk, Diane Bayirli, Matt Berry, Helen Williams


Drug Education Fiona Shepherd


Drug Incident Management Fiona Shepherd


Equality Julia Ralphs


Governor recruitment Jacquie Barber, Helen Williams


Headteacher Appraisal


Julia Ralphs, Matt Berry, Diane Bayirli


Health & Safety Fiona Shepherd


Health Promoting Schools Fiona Shepherd


Looked after children Julia Ralphs, Helen Williams


PE & Sports Funding Matt Berry


Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education Fiona Shepherd


Pupil Premium Fiona Shepherd


Safeguarding Julia Ralphs, Helen Williams


SEND Diane Bayirli, Fiona Shepherd


Threshold Suzanne Woodward


Y6 transition Julia Ralphs, Helen Williams


Working Parties
Governance SIP Matt Berry, Julia Ralphs, Diane Bayirli, Fiona Shepherd, Helen Williams


Sports Premium Matt Berry, Helen Williams, Fiona Shepherd, Tracey Ward, Jacquie Barber