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Governing Body

At Selattyn we have a very supportive and proactive governing body. Their role is to oversee the activities of the school and ensure that the policies promote our ethos as well as help to ensure an enriched, high quality of education for each child.


Governors have three main roles:

  • To provide strategic direction for the school

  • To act as a critical friend to the headteacher

  • To ensure accountability

They also carry out a number of other important duties, which include:

  • Determining how the school's budget is spent

  • The appointing and dismissing of staff

  • Hearing appeals and grievances

  • Forming policy on the school's curriculum and collective worship

  • Setting standards for pupils' behaviour and discipline

  • Making sure school buildings are welcoming and safe

  • Setting and monitoring the school's aims and policies


Details of the committees governors sit on is available here.

Details of Governor Attendance at meetings in the last academic year

Register of Governors Business Interests is available here.

Details of Governor link subjects are available here. ​

Governor Annual Statement

Selattyn School Governors have decided to produce a yearly review of governance rather than the previous newsletter to inform parents on the work of the governing body. 

Governors Annual Statement - July 2023

Governors Annual Statement - July 2021

Governors Annual Statement - July 2020

Parent Governors


Parents, including carers, of pupils are eligible to stand for election as governors. Parent governors are elected by other parents at the school. If insufficient parents stand for election, the governing body may appoint parents.​ ​

Parents who have a child in school may elect parent governors, who may serve for four years on the governing body. Every parent has the opportunity to be elected and is notified by letter when each election is due. Alongside termly governor meetings there are also sub-committee meetings which take place. Training is available and it is a good opportunity to make a positive contribution to school life.

Alice Best

Parent Governor

Term ends:28/09/2027

Dr Libby Gaskell

Parent Governor

Term ends: 07/10/2026

Staff Governors

The head teacher is a staff governor by virtue of their office. Other staff, both teaching and support, may become governors as long as they are paid (volunteers do not qualify). Staff governors are elected by the school staff. Any election that is contested must be held by ballot.

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Mr Ross Shepherd

Head Teacher

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Mel Ward


Term ends:14/09/2027

Co-Opted Governors

Co-opted  governors (Previously known as Community Governors or County Council Governors) are people who, in the opinion of the governing body, have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.
They can be individuals who

  • live or work in the community served by the school

  • are committed to the good governance and success of the school even though they do not work or live close to it.

The definition of a co-opted governor is wide. People from a business or professional background and minor authority representatives can be appointed as co-opted governors.

Nikki Hill

Co-opted Governor (Chair Person)

Term ends:13/11/2027

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Joy Roberts

Co-opted Governor


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Sarah Samson

Co-opted Governor

Term ends:28/08/2026


Co-opted Governor


Local Authority (LA) Governors

Local Authority (LA) governors are appointed by the local authority that maintains the school.

Some come from the local political parties, while others are volunteers from the local area with no political affiliation who would like to be a governor. All such governors are primarily appointed with a view to their commitment to raise standards at the school concerned.


Mark Jones

Local Authority Governor

Term ends: 12/11/2024

Foundation & Partnership Governors

Foundation governors are appointed by the school's founding body, church or other organisation named in the school's instrument of government. If the school has a religious character, the foundation governors must preserve and develop this. They must also ensure compliance with the trust deed, if there is one. If a foundation school has no foundation or equivalent body, the foundation governors are replaced by partnership governors appointed by the governing body after a nomination process.

Steve Garthwaite

Foundation Governor

(Vice Chair Person)


Rev. Steve Nicolson

Foundation governor

Ex Officio

Previous Governors - no longer in the role
  • Emily Phelan - 18/09/23

  • David Patch - 13/09/23

  • Stuart Vasse - 31/07/23

  • Lee Pimble - 13/02/2023

  • Lawrence Hobbs - 06/02/2023

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