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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.


Chairs of Governors

Julia Ralphs


Vice Chair of Governors

Matt Berry


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.



Matt Berry


Vice Chair

Dan Mason


Committee Members

Colin Pearson, Matt Berry, Nikki Goodhew, Dan Mason, Anna Cohen, Tracey Ward (Business Manager) 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.



Julia Ralphs


Committee Members

Matt Berry, Suzanne Woodward

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:


Core Curriculum


Fiona Shepherd & Dan Mason


Anna Cohen & Julia Ralphs


Nikki Goodhew & Vanessa Parker


Helen Williams


Colin Pearson, Kayleigh Welch & Julia Ralphs
Pupil Premium


Fiona Shepherd


Julia Ralphs & Helen Williams


Nikki Goodhew & Fiona Shepherd
Health & Safety


Fiona Shepherd
Headteacher Appraisal


Julia Ralphs, Anna Cohen & Dan Mason