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 Susan Hudson
Mrs Christine Greaves
Parent Governors - Elected by the parents of children in school
Mr Richard Warrington
I joined the governing body this September as a parent governor. I have a varied background in the charity sector as a community development worker and researcher. After working for a short while as a Primary School teacher I now work for Young Lives Leeds, an advice and support networks for charities in Leeds that work with children, young people and their families. As a keen trombonist you might catch me playing at Kirkstall Festival or any number of other events around the city.
Mr Philip Steward
“My daughter is in Year 1, and I am keen to make a positive impact for her and her peers, as well as the community which surrounds the school. I have been resident in Kirkstall since 2006 and used to be a Scout Leader for 5th Kirkstall St Stephens. My aim is to be able to make a positive contribution to the school and every child’s education and play an active role in helping the school go from strength to strength. My background is in business and I oversee an events company and a public transport market research company which brings wide ranging people and business skills including HR, finance and H&S.”
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.