All Saints Governing Body

The Governing Body at All Saints is strongly committed to promoting high standards and expectations and ensuring that every child gets the best possible start to their education. We are an enthusiastic team of volunteers, who meet twice a term for full Governing Body meetings as well as regularly for sub committee meetings such as the School Improvement Committee. Supported by our Christian ethos, Governors also help to provide a safe, nurturing and caring environment in the school and promote tolerance and respect for people of all faiths and cultures. We understand that through our work we can play an important role in preparing our children positively for life in modern Britain.

Our key functions include:

  • Setting the vision and strategic direction of the school
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school
  • Ensuring financial resources are well spent
  • Carrying out all our statutory duties such as safeguarding.


What does this mean in practice?

The Headteacher of the school is responsible for the day-to-day management of the school. The role of the Governing Body is to provide strategic management, and to act as a ‘critical friend’, challenging and supporting the work of the Headteacher and the staff.

School governors should act as a team and bring perspective from all walks of life. We work with staff, the Diocese and the Local Authority to ensure that all children have access to the very best educational opportunities possible.

The school has a delegated budget to cover salaries, running costs, maintenance and equipment; the Governing Body is responsible for the management of this budget. Governors also manage staff levels and employment issues, appoint new members of staff and a Headteacher, ensure that a broad and balanced curriculum is delivered, as well as monitoring health and safety and the management of the premises.

Governors are part of the leadership team of the school and OFSTED report on the effectiveness of the Governing Body.

All members of the Governing Body visit regularly and spend time in the school.

Annaul Governance Statement


The Governors

Name  Category Appointed by Date of Appointment Term of Office Attendance*
Mrs Ann Wright (Joint Chair) Foundation Governor Diocese of West Yorkshire & the Dales 01.09.17 4 years 100%
Mrs Mary Walker (Joint Chair) Foundation Governor Diocese of West Yorkshire & the Dales 11.12.15 4 years 100%
Mrs Louise Newport Headteacher – Ex-Officio 100%
Rev Stuart Lewis Rector – Ex-Officio 75%
Mrs Leanne Jackson Staff Governor

(returned from maternity leave Feb 17)
Staff Ballot 01.09.15 4 years 50%
Mrs Julia Henry Parent Governor Parental Ballot 01.11.15 4 years 100%
Mrs Debbie Walker Foundation Governor Diocese of West Yorkshire & the Dales 02.03.14 4 years 100%
Miss Rebecca Allan Associate Member – Staff

(does not hold voting rights or serve on committees)
28.09.17 1 year 100%
Mrs Milena Vjestica Foundation Governor Diocese of West Yorkshire & the Dales 18.9.17 4 years N/A
Mrs Jo Townend Parent Governor Parental Ballot 09.10.17 4 years N/A
Mrs Sarah Ashby Foundation Governor Diocese of West Yorkshire & the Dales Stepped down May 17 N/A
Mrs Kelly Stewart Parent Governor Parental Ballot Term ended July 17 100%
Mrs Alison Stubbs Foundation Governor Diocese of West Yorkshire & the Dales Term ended August 17 83%
Mr Jonathan Ramsden Foundation Governor Diocese of West Yorkshire & the Dales Stepped down November 17 100%
*Attendance record at governing body and committee meetings over the last academic year (2016/17)


Governor declarations of business interests – none

Governors holding governance roles in other schools – Rev Stuart Lewis is an Ex-Officio Governor at North Rigton CE School

Relationships between governors and members of staff – none

Click here for a list of Governors Committees and responsibilities