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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.

Parent Governor Vacancy Feb 2021 - click here

Parent Governor application form click here

(paper copies available from the School office on request)

Click here to view the Governors' Calendar 2019-20
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)

MR JULIAN GORTON 16/5/24   Pupil Support
Teaching & Learning
MRS S BEER      
Miss AFTAB KHAN  01/04/25    
Mrs GARIMA DHRUV  01/04/25    
MRS EMMA COOK 25/10/22 Deputy Head Teacher Teaching & Learning
MRS GILL SIMPSON 25/09/22 Complaints

HT Performance Man
Pay Committee
MEGAN REILLY 01/04/25    
JANE LANGLEY 01/04/25    


Performance Data lead
Teaching & Learning (Chair)
HT Performance Management
MRS LIZ HUNTER  16/03/21

Deputy Chair

Pupil Premium
MISS KATE HARVEY 09/11/21 Governor Training Teaching and Learning
Pupil Support
MR JAMES GALLOWAY 01/12/24   Resources
MR MATTHEW SHOTTON 09/11/21 PE and Sport Premium Resources
HT Performance Management

NB: There were no conflicts of interests registered by Governors for the academic year 2020-2021.

Annual Governance Statement

Annual Governance Statement