Governors Meeting Dates / Autumn Term 2018

Thursday 27th September 2018
6pm  – Governing Body

Thursday 18th October 2018
5.30pm – PAQTS Committee
6.15pm – Buildings, Health and Safety Committee 
7pm – Finance Committee 

Thursday 8th November 2018
6pm – Governing Body Meeting

Monday 3rd December 2018
6pm – PAQTS
7pm – B,H & S/Finance

Role and Responsibilities
School governing bodies are responsible for working with the school to ensure that it delivers a good quality of education. Their key responsibilities are:

  • To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • To hold the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and for the performance management of staff;
  • To oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent.

Appleby Primary School governing body is divided into three committees, each responsible for a separate aspect of this work. For a more detailed overview of the committee work, please download individual committee reports here – PAQTS, BH & S, and Finance.


A list of the current governors at Appleby Primary School is shown below.

Name of GovernorType of GovernorCommittee MembershipDate of Appointment End of Appointment2017/18 Meeting AttendanceBusiness InterestsRelationship to Staff
Carol BarkerStaffBH&SJuly 2016July 202011/11StaffNone
Charlotte BirtlesParent
Vice Chair
PAQTSMarch 2017March 202110/11NoneNone
Debra ParkinCo-optedBH&S, FinanceOctober 2017October 20217/10Business ManagerNone
Freddie PottsPartnershipBH&S (Chair); FinanceJanuary 2018January 20229/11ConstructionNone
Helen StevensCo-opted
PAQTSOctober 2014October 20188/11NoneNone
Martin SmithCo-optedFinance (Chair)January 2018January 20225/11NoneNone
Neal BannerLocal AuthorityPAQTSApril 2018April 20221/2NoneNone
David SpruceHeadteacherAll CommitteesN/AN/AN/AStaffNone
Sarah LightfootParent
Chair of Governors
All CommitteesNovember 2016November 202011/11NoneNone
Terry CaygillCo-optedPAQTSJanuary 2018January 202210/11StaffNone

B H & S = Buildings, Health & Safety
PAQTS = Pupil Achievement, Quality of Teaching, and Staffing
Finance = Finance

All governors have the right to vote on the committee(s) they are appointed to.

All current governors only act as a governor at Appleby Primary School.