School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. Governors appoint the head teacher and deputy headteacher. It is governors who hold the main responsibility for finance in schools, and it is governors who work with the headteacher to make the tough decisions about balancing resources. Take a look at their description, What do governors do?
Chair of Governors.
Chair of Governors
I work for Kirklees Council as a Senior Learning Partner. My role involves working in a wide range of schools supporting senior leaders in providing the best possible outcomes for children and young people. Prior to this role I worked across Kirklees schools as a mathematics consultant. I have been a governor for many years in several schools and always enjoyed this role; I am proud to be a member of the largest group of volunteers in the country. In September I was accredited as a National Leader of Governance and am looking forward to gaining further experience working both regionally and nationally. I am extremely proud to be the Chair of Governors and also very proud to work with our highly skilled Governing Body. We are a strong professional team who model high standards and set high expectations. Our main responsibility is to challenge and support senior leaders, to ensure all of our pupils get the best possible education and life chances. We are happy and honoured to be working on behalf of all young people and staff at Ravenshall School.
Jeanette Tate is the Headteacher at Ravenshall, joining the school in 2010. However, her career as a teacher, SENCO and school leader spans across all phases; having worked in mainstream schools in Bradford and Kirklees. Ravenshall School’s ethos is based upon their maxim of “all different, all equal, all important” and this is seen through Jeanette’s high profile and innovative staff professional development programme. The school is proud to hold the “Investors in People, Gold Standard” and several members of staff are actively involved in school to school support work as SLEs, Advocates and Lead Practitioners. Jeanette is herself a National Leader of Education and Ravenshall is designated as a National Support School. Much of her NLE work has focused on support and development of school leadership and the importance of building high performing teams within a culture of responsibility, trust and strong core values.
Vice Chair of Governors
I am a Project Consultant working primarily with schools and community organisations to make commercial projects happen. I have previously worked in industry as a Finance Director for a manufacturing business and as a teacher in a local high school where I was Head of Department in Business Studies, with responsibility for careers education and business links. I now feel I have the best of both worlds - working in the education sector in a commercial role. My consultancy portfolio means I work with lots of schools and also a number of the local authorities, so am able to keep in touch with developments in the education sector and hope this insight will be valuable to the Ravenshall team.
I have worked at Ravenshall School for over 20 years, having been an ETA and Cover Supervisor before re training to become a teacher. In 2016 I became English Lead for the Secondary School, a role which I find both challenging and rewarding. As staff Governor I am responsible for the Early Years provision as well as being on the Standards and Effectiveness Committee. I am committed to raising standards and ensuring that all children enjoy and get the very best from their education at Ravenshall School.
I currently work as a Consultant with Warren Partners, a leading UK Executive Search firm which recruits Executive and Non-Executive Directors across many sectors in the UK and internationally. This includes working with the Boards of industrial, retail/consumer and financial services clients. Prior to joining Warren Partners in 2007 I worked as an Associate with a global search firm and before this I trained in Law and worked briefly with IBM Global Services. I am a Parent Governor and therefore in addition to my general responsibilities as a Governor, I am able to provide some perspective and views as a parent. I am the Governor lead for Equality and Inclusion.
I am a full time mum and I also have two part time jobs. In one job I work in accounts and in the other I am a Lunchtime Supervisor at my local school. I have recently become a parent governor here at Ravenshall School. My daughter attends Ravenshall School and her progress is excellent. I consider myself to be a kind, caring person. I am a good listener and always look for the best in others.
I currently work as a Leadership Coach at a large secondary school in Doncaster. My role involves devising and delivering CPD, coaching middle leaders and overseeing appraisal for our associate staff. My interests also lie in school marketing and websites. Prior to my current role, I was a Head of English in two other secondary schools and I have been working in education for twelve years now. As an SLE, I am fortunate to visit lots of different schools too and I hope to keep using my experiences across schools to bring the best ideas and support to my work with Ravenshall.
I am proud to have been involved in the school's journey to achieve OFSTED's 'Outstanding' grade in 2013. Since that time, I am pleased to report that the school has developed and improved in all areas. We continue to support a fantastic group of pupil/learners who daily strive to make progress in both academic and social aspects of their development. I am the school's lead in Safeguarding and have a particular interest in children's mental health.
Mr S Caines
Head of School
School Business Manager
Governors are one of the largest volunteer forces in the country and have an important part to play in raising school standards.
The National Governance Association (NGA) is an independent charity representing and supporting governors, trustees and clerks in maintained schools and academies in England.