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Our Governors

At Cherry Grove we are extremely lucky to have a hard working and dedicated group of governors. They provide a wealth of knowledge and ideas which they use to guide and improve the school.

Meet our Governors

  • Debbie Tomkinson
    Chair of Governors (Co-opted Governor) Until September 2021
  • Tanya Wallwork
    Co-opted Governor
  • Beth Hacking
    Headteacher
  • Monica Robinson
    Local Authority Governor
  • Zoe Lochlin
    Co-opted Governor
  • Amy Woolridge
    Vice Chair (Co-opted Governor)
  • Sarah Connolly
    Parent Governor
  • Roz Artist
    Staff Governor
  • Rob Pullen
    Co-opted Governor
  • Dr David Morris
    Co-opted Governor

Governors who served in the last 12 months:

  • Matt Owen, Co-Opted Governor [Jan 2021 to Mar 2021]
  • Sian Collinson, Parent Governor [Feb 2018 to July 2021] [Register of interests: Works for The Literacy Company]

Interested in becoming a governor?  

School governors are people who want to make a positive contribution to children’s education.  It is an immensely rewarding role that allows you to be involved in raising standards within school. Please contact our clerk at sclarke@cherrygrove.cheshire.sch.uk for information about any vacancies.

The role of the Governing Body:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and

  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

We do this by getting to know the school and the wider educational context, reading meeting paperwork and attending meetings where we ask questions to ensure that the best possible decisions are made for the benefit of the children in the school, attending training and development events to improve our skills and knowledge and adhering to the Governors’ Charter. 

The minimum commitment expected of a governor is that they attend monthly Full Governing Body meetings.  These are usually held on a Thursday evening.  Most governors also take on additional responsibilities, eg Safeguarding governor or Maths governor. 

In addition to being over 18 years of age, governors need a strong commitment to the role and to improving outcomes for children, the inquisitiveness to question and analyse, and the willingness to learn.  They need good inter-personal skills, appropriate levels of literacy in English, and sufficient numeracy skills to understand basic data.  There are certain circumstances in which a person is disqualified from holding or continuing to hold office as a governor and they are listed in the document at the bottom of this page.

If a governor incurs reasonable expenses such as travel costs as a result of performing their duties as a governor, they can be reimbursed in line with the Governors Allowance policy available on the policy page of the website. 

More information about our Governing body:

  • The Headteacher is automatically entitled to be a governor

  • Parent Governors are appointed by the parents at the school

  • Staff Governors are appointed by the staff at the school

  • Local Authority Governors are appointed by the Local Authority

  • Co-opted Governors are appointed by the Governing Body

You can find out more about the role of a governor on the National Governance Assocation website.  

Contact

If you would like more information, please contact the Clerk to Governors at sclarke@cherrygrove.cheshire.sch.uk.

The chair can be contacted by sending an email to our admin address admin@cherrygrove.cheshire.sch.uk

Governoring Body Meetings

Governing Body meetings will be held either virtually or at school at 6.30pm on the following dates.  Members of the school community wishing to attend should contact the Clerk to the Governors.  

Full Governing Body Meetings 2021-2022:

30th Sept, 21st Oct, 18 Nov, 13th Jan, 10th Feb, 24th Mar, 26th May, 16th June and 6th July

Governor Attendance 

Governor attendance at a glance for 2020/21:

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Financial information

Please visit here to view the school financial benchmarking information.