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School Governors

Governors' Duties

Whilst the Headteacher has responsibility for the day-to-day running of the school, the main function of the Governing Board is to act as a critical friend in order to secure a good education for the children in a safe environment. If you are interested in becoming a Governor, please contact the school. Involvement in the Governing Board provides a challenging and interesting way of being involved in your children’s education. Free training is provided in all areas of Governor responsibility.

The Governing Board meets at least six times a year and has two main Sub-Committees:

Finance, Personnel and Premises
Curriculum and Standards


Below is a list of all our Governors, their areas of responsibility and terms of office. You will also find a record of attendance at meetings reported under Attendance at Meetings..

Parents appoint Parent Governors by an election process, as do the staff when appointing Staff Governors. The local authority appoint the Authority Governors and the Governing Body appoint the Co-opted Governors. The Headteacher is automatically a governor, although they can choose not to be.

 

Please read the welcome letter from our Chair of Governors, Mr. Nick Whitbread, HEREpdf button

 

 The Governing Body

  • Mr. Nicholas Whitbread - Parent Governor  (Chair)

    Mr. Nicholas Whitbread - Parent Governor (Chair)

    I became a Parent Governor in November 2016 and I have two children at Buckton Vale.

    I have lived in Carrbrook all my life and very dedicated to the community. I am a leader at the local Scout Group and lead the Beavers Colony every Monday night.

    I currently work for Rochdale Council as a Practice Manager for the Cared for Children Team. I manage Social Workers who are the lead professional for Rochdale's children who are in public care. This job means I have a lot of experience with safeguarding vulnerable children, hence why I am allocated the role of Designated Safeguarding Governor for the School.

    Outside of work and my voluntary work I enjoy spending time with my family, walking, running, football (all sports really!) and watching movies.

    I am currently the assigned Governor for Year 6.

    Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    Date of Appointment:
    September 2019

    Term of Office:
    September 2022

    Date of Stepping Down (if applicable):
    N/A

    Committees Served on:
    Finance, Personnel and Premises

    School Responsibility:
    Safeguarding

    Personal, Business and Financial Interests:
    None

  • Councillor Tafheen Sharif - Authority Governor

    Councillor Tafheen Sharif - Authority Governor

    I am a Councillor in Mossley, Tameside Council, having been elected to the position in May 2016. I come with a wealth of experience in education and have been a school governor for over 15 years, as well as a strong Chair of Governors. I have also governed at a sixth form college. I have trained as a National Leader in Governance (NLG) by the National College of Teaching and Learning..

    I am passionate and dedicated to making a difference to the lives of young people and have founded a number of successful initiatives. In a relatively short period I was recognised nationally and awarded 'Young Councillor of The Year' by the Local Government Innovative Unit for showing energy, dynamism, and a fresh approach to making positive changes to communities. I have also been awarded 'Governor of the Year' for commitment to education. I hope to add value to Buckton Vale Governing Board and enable each child to achieve his/her full potential.


    Date of Appointment:
    July 2017

    Term of Office:
    July 2021

    Date of Stepping Down (if applicable):
    N/A

    Committees Served on:
    Curriculum & Standards

    School Responsibility:
    -

    Personal, Business and Financial Interests:
    Councillor, Tameside Council.

  • Mr. Matthew Hartley - Parent Governor

    Mr. Matthew Hartley - Parent Governor

    I became a Governor in November 2017, as both my daughter and my son attend the school.

    Growing up in Carrbrook I have fond memories from attending Buckton Vale myself and would like to help with the development of the school for all.

    I’m an enthusiastic technologist with a focus on software development. Technology is not just a job for me; it’s a way of life! I’ve acquired over twelve years' development experience, five of which have been developing medical software and applications. During my career I have designed and developed solutions within medical imaging, loan brokering, hospital bed management and beyond, on multiple platforms and in multiple programming languages.

    In my spare time I have developed games and apps for iOS and Android and I also enjoy experimenting with electronics and microcontrollers. I also go rock climbing on a weekly basis and enjoy pushing my own physical limitations in events like Tough Mudder.

    Date of Appointment:
    November 2017

    Term of Office:
    November 2020

    Date of Stepping Down (if applicable):
    N/A

    Committees Served on:
    Finance, Personnel and Premises, Complaints

    School Responsibility:
    Health & Safety

    Personal, Business and Financial Interests:
    Moon 15 Ltd

  • Mrs. Sarah Blake - Staff Governor

    Mrs. Sarah Blake - Staff Governor

    I have been a teacher here since January 2008. I have taught years 1 to 5. I am very committed to the teaching and learning of all our children and love teaching.

    I have been the PE co-ordinator and I am currently the maths co-ordinator.

    My passion for the school led me to becoming a teacher governor to help lead the school to becoming an outstanding school.

    I work hard with Mrs Brown, all the staff and governors to ensure that we offer an enriched and varied curriculum for every child at Buckton Vale.


    Date of Appointment:
    February 2017

    Term of Office:
    February 2021

    Date of Stepping Down (if applicable):
    N/A

    Committees Served on:
    Curriculum and Standards

    School Responsibility:
    Educational Visits

    Personal, Business and Financial Interests:
    None

  • Mrs. Deborah Brown - Headteacher

    Mrs. Deborah Brown - Headteacher


    Date of Appointment:
    May 2017

    Term of Office:
    N/A

    Date of Stepping Down (if applicable):
    N/A

    Committees Served on:
    (Headteacher)

    School Responsibility:
    (Headteacher)

    Personal, Business and Financial Interests:
    None

  • Mr. John Cesarz - Co-opted Governor

    Mr. John Cesarz - Co-opted Governor

    Date of Appointment:
    November 2018

    Term of Office:
    November 2022

    Date of Stepping Down (if applicable):
    N/A

    Committees Served on:
    Finance, Personnel and Premises

    School Responsibility:
    Attendance, Educational Visits

    Personal, Business and Financial Interests:
    None

  • Mr. Arron Leech - Co-opted Governor

    Mr. Arron Leech - Co-opted Governor

    Date of Appointment:
    November 2018

    Term of Office:
    November 2022

    Date of Stepping Down (if applicable):
    N/A

    Committees Served on:
    Curriculum & Standards

    School Responsibility:
    Pupil Premium

    Personal, Business and Financial Interests:
    Party Palace Enterprises Limited

  • Ms. Jenny Ross - Parent Governor

    Ms. Jenny Ross - Parent Governor

    Date of Appointment:
    October 2019

    Term of Office:
    October 2022

    Date of Stepping Down (if applicable):
    N/A

    Committees Served on:
    (awaiting confirmation)

    School Responsibility:
    (awaiting confirmation)

    Personal, Business and Financial Interests:
    None

  • Mr. Simon Barry - Parent Governor

    Mr. Simon Barry - Parent Governor

    Date of Appointment:
    October 2019

    Term of Office:
    October 2022

    Date of Stepping Down (if applicable):
    N/A

    Committees Served on:
    (awaiting confirmation)

    School Responsibility:
    (awaiting confirmation)

    Personal, Business and Financial Interests:
    None

  • Mrs. Jackie Brook - Co-opted Governor

    Mrs. Jackie Brook - Co-opted Governor

    Date of Appointment:
    (awaiting confirmation)

    Term of Office:
    (awaiting confirmation)

    Date of Stepping Down (if applicable):
    N/A

    Committees Served on:
    (awaiting confirmation)

    School Responsibility:
    (awaiting confirmation)

    Personal, Business and Financial Interests:
    (awaiting confirmation)

  • Mr. Wayne Williams - Co-opted Governor

    Mr. Wayne Williams - Co-opted Governor

    Date of Appointment:
    September 2020

    Term of Office:
    September 2024

    Date of Stepping Down (if applicable):
    N/A

    Committees Served on:
    (awaiting confirmation)

    School Responsibility:
    (awaiting confirmation)

    Personal, Business and Financial Interests:
    Inspire Sports Coaching Ltd

  • Mrs Zoe Etchells - Resigned from post

    Mrs Zoe Etchells - Resigned from post



    Date of Appointment:
    July 2017

    Term of Office:
    July 2021

    Date of Stepping Down (if applicable):
    N/A

    Committees Served on:
    Curriculum & Standards, Complaints

    School Responsibility:
    -

    Pecuniary Interests:
    -

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 Attendance

Governing Board Meeting: 2019 - 2020 (awaiting information due to Covid)
  SR        
 
Sept '19
 
 
 
 
Sarah Blake
 
 
 
John Cesarz        
C Brown          
Deborah Brown
 
 
Gary Dean
 
 
 
 
Zoe Etchells
 
 
Matthew Hartley
 
 
 
Adele Knott
C
 
 
 
Arron Leech
 
 
 
Tafheen Sharif
 
 
 
Nicholas Whitbread
 
 
 
Andy Wilkinson
C
 
 
Lisa Wilkinson
C
 
 
 

 

Governing Board Meeting: 2018 - 2019
  Curr Fin Full Curr Fin Full
  Feb ' 19 Mar '19 Mar '19 May '19 May '19 June '19
 Sarah Blake
 
 
 
John Cesarz       APOLS   APOLS  DNA
Charles Brand N/A N/A N/A N/A
 C. Brown N/A   N/A  N/A      
 Deborah Brown  APOLS  ✓  ✓    
 Gary Dean            
 Zoe Etchells   APOLS   APOLS  
 Matthew Hartley   ✓  ✓     
 Adele Knott       ✓  ABS  
 Arron Leech            
 Alison Leigh N/A N/A   N/A  N/A  N/A N/A 
Tafheen Sharif  ✓   APOLS    
Gavin Wayte  N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A ABS N/A 
Nicholas Whitbread  ✓  
Andy Wilkinson N/A        
Lisa Wilkinson APOLS    ✓  
Governing Board Meeting: 2018 - 2019
  Full Pay Curr Full Full
  Sep ' 18 Oct '18 Nov '18 Dec '18 Jan '19
 Sarah Blake
 
C
 Deborah Brown  ✓  ✓  ✓  ✓
 John Cesarz  N/A  N/A  N/A  ✓  ✓
 Gary Dean       DNA  
 Zoe Etchells C   ✓   ✓
 Matthew Hartley  ✓ ✓  ✓  ✓  APOLS
 Adele Knott       ✓ 
 Arron Leech  N/A  N/A  N/A  ✓  ✓
 Alison Leigh  ✓ ✓   ✓  N/A  N/A
Tafheen Sharif  ✓  ✓ APOLS
Gavin Wayte        N/A  N/A
Nicholas Whitbread  ✓
Lisa Wilkinson  ✓    ✓


KEY: 
 ✓ = Attended   C = Absence consented   DNA - Did not attend   APOLS = Apologies sent

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