Welcome to our Governors’ section
Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.
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:
Members of the governing body include parents, teaching staff and representatives from the local community. Full governing body meetings are held each term and the minutes are available for inspection. In addition, there are several committees which meet during each term:
Current Governing Body Membership
Term of Office
|01/09/15 - 01/09/19||6/6||None declared||None|
|01/09/15 - 01/09/19||5/6||None declared||None|
|Dianne Maughan||Co-opted||P||Health & Safety||01/09/15 - 01/09/19||5/6||None declared||None|
|Maths||19/02/14 - 19/02/19||2/6||None declared||None|
Gifted & Talented
|09/11/16 - 09/11/20||5/6||None declared||None|
|27/09/17 - 27/09/21||6/6||
|21/03/18 - 21/03/22||2/2||None declared||None|
|Michelle Clark||Staff Representative||P||
|04/09/17 - 04/09/21||5/6||None declared||None|
|Wendy Swinbank||Clerk to governors||N/A||N/A||N/A||6/6||
P - Premises
S&F - Staffing & Finance
SG - Safeguarding
PM - Performance Management
* Full details about governor interests, committee membership, and meeting attendance are provided below - scroll to bottom of this page.
Committee Terms of Reference - including current members – 2018/2019
Staffing and Finance Committee
Members: Valerie Mandelson (Chair), Graham Parkin (Secretary), Rachel Smith, Jackie Smart, June Clayton & Rob Braithwaite
Purpose: The purpose of the Committee is to ensure that the Staff and Governors have in place effective systems and procedures for the financial management of the school and to contribute towards the raising of standards.
Period of Review: Terms of reference should be reviewed annually by each committee and recommended for approval to the Governing Body in the first meeting of each academic year.
Membership: Membership shall consist of no fewer than four Governors including the Headteacher. The committee should meet at least three times a year. The Committee must elect a chair at the first meeting of the academic year. A quorum is a minimum of three members of the committee.
Responsibilities Delegated to the Committee:
Responsibilities Delegated to the Headteacher:
Responsibilities delegated to the Small School business manager (SSBM):
Premises Committee including Health and Safety
Members: Dianne Maughan (Chair), Julie Rothwell (Secretary), Michelle Clark, Rob Braithwaite
Role and Responsibilities:
Meet as and when necessary, at least once every academic year.
To maintain and develop a safe School environment.
Monitor use of School premises by outside groups.
Report back regularly to main Governing Body.
Minimal of 4 members - quorum of 3.
Communicate any decision & associated costs to appropriate chairs of other committees.
Delegated powers to co-opt as necessary. Work within framework of policy of delegation maintained by the main Governing Body.
Members: Chair & Vice Chair of Governors; nominated safeguarding governor; Lead Safeguarding Designated Person
Roles and Responsibilities:
Meet as and when necessary.
Ensure the school’s policies and procedures safeguard and promote the welfare of the children at the school, and that appropriate training is undertaken.
Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the school’s safeguarding arrangements.
Report to the main Governing Body relevant safeguarding issues.
Annually review the school’s safeguarding policy.
To conduct the annual safeguarding audit
Annually review equality objectives
Chair Of Governors
I am a Co-Opted Governor and currently Chair of the Governing Body, and serve on the Staffing and Finance committee. I am also responsible for the monitoring of EFYS.
In the past I have worked in the voluntary sector, and before retiring I was employed for many years as a counsellor and manager in the NHS, and hope that my experiences will enable me to contribute effectively to the work of the governors.
Vice-Chair Of Governors
I am vice-chair of the Governing Body and serve on the Staffing & Finance committee as the Chair, as well as monitoring assessment within the school.
I believe Asby Endowed to be an excellent school providing quality learning within a stimulating, nurturing and safe environment, and I hope to be able to contribute to its continuing success.
I live on the outskirts of the village of Great Asby, and I have one son, who attended the school. I have been cleaner in charge at the schooI since October 2003. I am Chair of the Premises Committee.
I have been a governor at Asby Endowed School for many years, including nearly 4 years as chair. I moved to great Asby in 1999 from Cheshire and Manchester, where I taught Art and Maths in secondary schools and Key Stage 2.
I had previously owned and managed day nurseries in Manchester for 9 years when my 4 children were younger. I had also spent 7 years as a magistrate in youth courts prior to moving to Cumbria.
I now live in Keswick but return to Asby on a regular basis.
Local Authority Appointed Governor
I was brought up in London. I went to London University to take my B.Ed teaching degree. I have three sons and we moved as a family to Wiltshire where I taught, for more years than I care say, at Wootton Bassett, (Royal), Comprehensive School, 11 to 18, my specialist subjects being Religious Studies and Philosophies and Ethics. In 2006 I took a Teaching Dyslexia degree and taught students with Dyslexia and poor Literacy skills.
Currently I help pupils at Asby school who will benefit from help with their literacy. I am responsible for monitoring English and SEN within the school.
I started my teaching career in Sheffield in a large rural school in Derbyshire where I worked for three years, moving onto an inner city school in Sheffield where I also worked for three years and eventually settling and working in a range of schools in the Eden valley.
I have been headteacher at Long Marton school for over twenty years, I am a qualified Local Leader in Education and have been working with Asby school since October 2012. In April 2013 I took on the role of Consultant Headteacher.
I am a mum to four children who have all attended Asby Endowed, my youngest still being a pupil. I lived in Asby for several years having owned the local public house. Our family recently moved to Maulds Meaburn but rather than change schools, decided that my daughter should remain at Asby as she is very happy in the school.
I became a parent governor in September 2017 and I am currently on the Premises Committee. I also have governor responsibility of Science and Computing. \
My name is Robert Braithwaite and I am a farmer in Great Asby with two young children. Our family has farmed here for over 60 years. My eldest child is the fourth generation of our family to attend Asby Endowed School.
I completed my PGCE teaching training in 2008 after graduating from Bournemouth University with a degree in Archaeology. I have taught in a number of different school, both large and small schools in Coventry, Cyprus, Italy and North Yorkshire. I moved to Cumbria in 2016, and returned to teaching after maternity leave at Long Marton Community School where I taught English and Maths to Year 2.
This is my first appointment as a Senior Teacher and I am excited about the challenges that lay ahead.
Clerk To The Governors
My name is Wendy Swinbank I am clerk to Asby Endowed School Governors. I am a farmer's wife and we have three children. I also work as Small School Business Manager and Clerk To The Governors at Long Marton School.
Full details about governor interests, committee membership, and meeting attendance are provided below.