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About our school

About our school

Our Governors

All schools are required to have a Governing Body which is responsible for ensuring the school delivers high quality education.

Governors do this through providing support and challenge to the leadership of the school. The key roles of Governors are:

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


Click here to view the Governors' Calendar 2018-19

Click here to view the Written Statement of Behaviour Principles


Who is the Governing Body?

Who is the Governing Body?

Who is the Governing Body?

Shakespeare Primary School Governing Body is made up of members of the local community, parents, teachers and a representative of Leeds Local  Authority. Shakespeare Governing Body reconstituted in September 2014 to enable it to appoint people on the basis of the skills they could bring.

The Governing Body consists of :

  • The Head Teacher
  • One appointed Local Authority Governor
  • One Elected staff Governor
  • Two elected parent Governors
  • Ten co-opted Governors (this can include more parent Governors)

Their responsibilities are varied and include staffing, finance and curriculum. The Governing Body carries out work through three sub-committees - Resources, Teaching and Learning, and Pupil Support. When a parent vacancy arises the two parent governors are elected from all eligible parents by ballot. Information on what is expected of a school Governor can be found on the National Governors Association website

A summary is available by clicking here >>

The office for each Governor is held for a period of four years.
The Chair and vice-chair are elected at the first meeting of the school year.

Our Chair of Governors is Gillian Simpson, who can be contacted via the school office.

What is expected of a Governor?

What is expected of a Governor?


  • Attend a meeting of the full governing body at least once a term.
  • Attend committee meetings as required.
  • Read reports and background papers prior to meetings.
  • Attend the annual meeting of parents.
  • Attend other occasions such as concerts, open evenings, sports day.
  • Attend relevant training


  • Show an interest in children and their education and participate in the school's activities.
  • Attend governors' meetings.
  • Readiness to accept responsibility.
  • Get to know the staff, the pupils and their work.
  • Offer support and expertise.


  • Follow educational news and debates.
  • Attend training sessions.


  • Work co-operatively and creatively with others.
  • Use personal qualities and expertise in the interest of the school, its pupils and teachers


Shakespeare Governing Body

Shakespeare Governing Body

Shakespeare Primary School Governing Body

(click on each Governor's name for more information about them)

Attendance 2016-17
MR JULIAN GORTON 16/5/18  . Pupil Support
Teaching & Learning

MRS E COOK 07/04/18  . Teaching & Learning  3/4
MRS R WILSON 18/05/19  . Pupil Support  4/4
SAGAR MEHENDALE  27/03/17    


MRS GILL SIMPSON 13/06/19 Chair of Governors
Head Teacher's Performance

Performance Man
Pay Committee
MR PHIL ODDY 29/04/2018 Vice chair of Governors
Teaching & Learning
Performance Management
Pupil Support
Personnel/Resources - (Chair) - Pay Committ
HT Perf Management
Teaching & Learning
REV'D ANDREW LENTON 30/11/13 EXTENDED TO 30/11/17  Attendance Pupil Support  2/4
MRS SUE RUSHFIRTH 01/09/18   Teaching & Learning  3/4
COUNCILLOR ASGHAR KHAN 12/08/19   Pupil Support
MRS JUDI HALL 01/09/18 Children Looked After, SEN, Child Protection Pupil Support  4/4
MRS LIZ HUNTER  05/05/17      1/2
MISS KATE HARVEY 09/11/17      
MR MATTHEW SHOTTON 09/11/17      

NB: There were no conflicts of interests registered by Governors for the academic year 2017-2018.

Annual Governance Statement

Annual Governance Statement