The Governing Body role

There has been an increasing demand on governing bodies to adopt more responsibilities relating to their strategic role in schools.

The Governong Body operates a committee system which allows for a more detailed discussion of the work of the Governing Body. The sub-committees meet prior to each full Governoing Body meeting and then report to the full Governinng Body meeting.

The Governing Body of KSS has been made up from representatives of St Stephens, Church, the local Authority, Staff and from Parent Governor elected by Parents of the School. Governors come from all walks of life and have a variety of business, education and commercial experiences and skills.

All Governors are volunteers and have to take on a variety of of responsibilities. They do not receive any pay for the work they do.

All Governors have a great pride in the school and are committed to contributing to make KSS a school that helps to ensure all children achieve the best education they can.

The Governing Body responsibilities include but are not limited to:

-  shaping the vision and direction of the school
-  assisting KSS in fulfilling its statutory duties
- analysing the strengths and weaknesses of the school and grasping the opportunities they provide the school with
-  supporting the senior management team and all school staff
- being a critical friend as appropriate
- supporting in ensuring that all children achieve the best education they can irrespective of their abilities
- supporting in ensuring the school continues to be a caring school, including all irrespective of their diversity
- ensuring there are adequate resources and budgetary control and recruitment.

Members of the Governing Body

Mr Steven Viles (Head Teacher)

Miss Zoe Barnett (Deputy Head and Staff representative)

Foundation Governors - Appointed by the Diocese
Mrs Rachel Spencer (Chair)

Mrs Lynda Walker (Vice Chair)

Lynda Walker is a Foundation Governor and has been a member of Kirkstall St Stephen’s Church for over 30 years. She is Vice Chair of the Governing Body, Chair of the Teaching and Learning Sub-committee and Safeguarding Governor.

Lynda has had a career in Education and has worked at Abbey Grange C of E Academy since 1995, starting out as a part time Design and Technology teacher before becoming a full time teacher. She became Subject Leader for Health and Social Care and Child Development a role she held alongside being Head of Year. In September 2014 Lynda was appointed to her current role as Head of Pastoral Care.

Mrs Susan Hudson

Mrs Christine Greaves
I started as a parent governor at St Stephens school in 1989 when my daughter was in Reception. After she left, I became a foundation governor. Apart from an 18 month break, I have remained a governor ever since. I am governor representative for the school council.
As a member of St Stephens church, as part of the Open the Book team, we visit school once each month to act out bible stories.
I try and attend the end of term services in church and occasional assemblies in school.
My job outside of school is as a Chaperone looking after children working in television and theatre.

Parent Governors  - Elected by the parents of children in school
Mr Richard Warrington
Mr Philip Steward

LEA Governor - Appointed by the Local Authority
Cllr Fiona Venners

Fiona has been a Local Education Authority appointed governor since 2016 and is a Labour Councillor for the Kirkstall Ward. Fiona has worked in mental health for 25 years and is the Chief Executive of city wide charity Leeds Survivor Led Crisis Service, which provides out of hours support to people in acute mental health crisis. Fiona is a marathon runner and member of Kirkstall Harriers running club. She lives very near the school, on De Lacy Mount, with her partner and cats.
This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of
all children, and expects our staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

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