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 currently work as a Communications Officer for a government organisation that supports maths teachers. My role involves visiting primary and secondary schools, writing case studies on excellent teaching and sharing the work of great teachers across the country. I am fortunate to visit lots of different schools and hope to keep using my experiences across the schools to bring the best ideas and support to my work with Ravenshall.
Prior to my current role, I worked as Leadership Coach at a large secondary school in Doncaster. My role involved devising and delivering CPD, coaching middle leaders and overseeing appraisal for associate staff. My interests also lie in school marketing and websites. I started my career as an English teacher twelve years ago, and was Head of English in two secondary schools.
I am delighted to be part of the governing body at Ravenshall and to support the hard work of the staff and pupils.
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 have been involved in education all my working career, working in schools in Wakefield, Leeds and Kirklees until my retirement in 2018. For 19 years I was Deputy Headteacher of a local comprehensive school were my main responsibility was the Welfare and Support of pupils. Currently I am a governor of Fairfield School. I hope that I can now use the experiences I gained in school leadership for the benefit of Ravenshall School
Mr Chris Molyneux
School Business Manager
I currently work as an Assistant Headteacher at a large secondary school in Doncaster. My role involves leading on all aspects of Teaching and Learning, including quality assurance, teacher appraisal and transition from Key Stage 2 to 3. I am passionate about teacher development and am committed to raising standards of education for all children and young people. The Governing Body at Ravenshall embodies key values such as respect, integrity and teamwork. I take great pride in being a Local Authority Governor at Ravenshall School and will remain dedicated to challenging and supporting leaders within the school to provide the best possible outcomes for all students.
Mr Tony Pruchniewicz
I currently work as a Joint Transformation Project Manager across both health and social care in Kirklees. I am also a childrens nurse, working in neurosurgery at Manchester Childrens Hospital until 2008. In my own time I have always done voluntary work right back to when I was still at school, with my longest role as Exhibitions Co-ordinator at the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield (which I did for more than 20 years). Diversity, creativity and making a difference is what motivates me, recognising the detail, hunting the opportunity and collaboration is the way together we can get things done.
Mr Murray Forrest
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.
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