The Governing Body of Larkspur Community Primary School has worked in the past academic year to fulfil its responsibilities and achieve the three core strategic functions:
setting the vision, ethos and strategic direction for the school
holding the Head Teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent
The Governing Body is made up of the Head Teacher, one Local Authority representative, one member of staff, two parent governors, nine co-opted governors and an associate governor. The Chair of Governors is Mrs Jean Bush, the Vice Chair is Mrs Ruth Grant. Mr Gary Carr is Co Chair: School Improvement.
The full Governing Body meets once each term, and we have committees which consider different aspects of the school. See membership and terms of reference below.
We asked members of the Governing Body to tell us why they became governors and what they bring to the role.
Jean Bush (Chair of Governors) writes
While at school I decided I wanted to be a Teacher, but my parents did not have enough money to send me to college. I then did a 3 year pharmacy apprenticeship followed by a year at Sunderland Technical College, paid for by the pharmacy company. The Government then said there was a shortage of Teachers and provided I had good examination results I could go to college.
When I qualified I taught at Wrekenton and Fell Dyke Schools.
After I retired, I ran the family business when my husband died. The vicar of our church was a Governor here when he was leaving he suggested that I became a Governor – that was 27 years ago. The headmaster then suggested I came in every week to help with reading.
Gary Carr tells why he became a Governor at Larkspur
The Head Teacher and her Staff want all the children at Larkspur to receive a good education and their time in school to be happy and enjoyable. I hope to make a contribution towards these aims.
I am Ruth Grant. I have lived in Gateshead for 25 years. My 3 children are adult and I want to give something back in a school setting. Larkspur Primary lies in the parish of St John's, where I belong, and in 2011 I began to volunteer to hear children read. When Mrs Liddle became Head Teacher she asked me to join the Governing Body. I am the link for English and this year am serving as Vice Chair. I am glad to be able to support the dedicated staff team in the great work they are doing, and still love coming into school each week to read with children.
Sarah Johnson says
I was elected as a Parent Governor in 2012 then re-elected as a Co-opted Governor in 2017. I am myself a former pupil of Larkspur and my two daughters also attended the school which provided a fantastic platform for future education for them.
I visit the school attending formal meetings and also informally to see the varied activities the children do. My key areas are Health and Safety, Music and Drama and the School Council. I really enjoy my role as a Governor and feel really passionate about the school and pupils.
Stephanie Mills says
Whilst at university I had the pleasure of school placements at Larkspur. This led to me joining the Teaching staff in January 2006. In my time I have worked in both Key Stages and I am passionate about my job.
Recently I made the decision to become a Staff Governor. I believe this role will enable me to give a valuable insight to the Governing body.
My name is Jean Suthren and I am a recently co-opted governor and very much looking forward to working with everyone connected to Larkspur school.
I am a ‘Gateshead girl’ myself and have taught in Gateshead Primary Schools for the last forty years. Both of my girls were lucky enough to have a good education in their primary schools and now that I am retired, I would like to use the experience that I have gained to work alongside the staff and students and be involved with a school that provides such a caring and nurturing environment.
Irene Wilding says
I became a newly appointed Parent Governor last summer after being encouraged to apply for the post.
Previously I worked for HMRC but I decided I needed a new direction and left after 12 years of service. I began training to become a level 3 Teaching Assistant and was fortunate to be able to complete my placement at Larkspur. I am now currently employed at Larkspur providing 1 to 1 support to a child with SEN.
I have two children at Larkspur and due to the excellent teaching practises, both have made amazing progress.
I am also a member of the Friends for Larkspur which is a parent / teacher collaboration. We plan, organise and supervise events for the children to raise funds for the school.
I decided to become a Parent Governor as a parental view point is important. I am able to offer feedback in relation to my own children’s education and offer suggestions for improvements or ideas for changes in school.
Tracie Young writes
I have been a Parent Governor at Larkspur Primary for 1 year. We have a great school and I absolutely believe with the help and support of parents and carers we can make our school outstanding.
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