Important Message
Parents' Information

Our Governing Board is responsible for the overall management of our school and its policies, guidelines and practices. It is a hardworking team consisting of parents, school staff and members of our local community. The full Governing Board meets once a term.

It is the responsibility of the Governing Board to:

  • Agree the aims and values of the school
  • Monitor and review the policies and organisation of the school
  • Ensure that financial procedures are sound
  • Participate in the appointment of staff
  • Ensure that all decisions are made in the best interests of all children attending the school

Instrument of Government

Governing Board of Someries Infant and Nursery School
Name Position
Mrs P Murgatroyd Chair of Governing Board and Partnership Governor
Mrs J Batten Parent Governor
Mrs K Baker Local Authority Governor
Mr S Dias Co-opted Governor
Vacancy Co-opted Governor
Vacancy Co-opted Governor
Vacancy Co-opted Governor
Mr M Lavery Staff Governor
Mr M Scott Ex-officio by virtue of office as Head Teacher
Mrs J Rainbow Vice-Chair of Governing Board and Partnership Governor
Dr T Walker Parent Governor
Mrs A O'Donnell Clerk to the Governing Body
Contacting the governing board

If you would like to contact a member of our governing board, please do so by sending your written correspondence to: Chair of Governors, c/o Someries Infant School, Wigmore Lane, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU2 8AH.

Governing board allowances scheme
Code of conduct for governing board
Governor vacancies - January 2020

Are you enthusiastic about education?

Do you have some time to spare?

If so, then you may be just the person we need!

We are looking for committed people to join Someries Infant School’s Governing Board as co-opted governors.

We have a number of vacancies in the co-opted governor category and would welcome applications from people with experience in:

  • Finance (accountants, finance managers, etc.)
  • Human Resources
  • Legal (paralegals, solicitors, barristers, etc.)
  • Capital projects management

The governing board of our school is made up of parent, staff, local authority, partnership and co-opted governors.

The recruitment process initially requires you to complete an application form (below).

The next stage is the completion of a skills audit, to allow the governing board to understand your skill set.

The final stage is an interview with the head teacher and chair of governing board.

The governing board operates at a strategic level and is not involved in the day-to-day running of the school. We are responsible for both the conduct of the school and for the promotion of high standards. We carry out this role by setting the vision for the school, ensuring that the school works efficiently and effectively towards achieving its vision, and that the school provides a high quality education for its pupils. This is done by building a thorough knowledge of the school and its community, by both supporting and constructively challenging the school, and by ensuring accountability and compliance.

Governors need not be experts in the field of education. What they do need, however, is an interest in the school and in the welfare of its pupils, together with the time and willingness to get involved. The skills you have can be very useful to the governing board.

Governors also need ‘soft skills’ – the ability to be able to build relationships with a range of people, to be able to work as part of a team, to be able to question and to make connections between different types of information. All governors are expected to be able to read budget reports and data on school standards.

Our Governing Board has certain expectations of governors, which currently are:

  • to attend and contribute to half-termly meetings of the full Governing Board which take place on Wednesday evenings at 6.00 p.m.
  •  when required, to sit on any committee or working party and attend all associated meetings
  • to monitor a link area within the school and meet with the relevant staff responsible for this area and report back on each visit to the Governing Board
  • to visit the school formally for monitoring purposes as directed by the Governing Board
  • to visit the school informally, on occasions
  • to commit to attend training courses
  • to comply with the expectations set out in our governing board’s code of conduct

In return, our Governing Board commits to:

  • provide you with an experienced governor as mentor
  • provide you with a structured induction
  • provide access to quality training the local authority’s Governor Services Department
  • develop your skills in strategic management
  • offer you an insight into the wider perspective of the school
  • give you the opportunity to make a difference to our school and the outcomes for our pupils

You do not have to be a parent or carer of a pupil attending Someries Infant School to be a co-opted governor, so if you know anybody who would be interested in this opportunity, please feel free to forward this information to them.

If you would like to find out more about how you can contribute to governance at our school, or have any questions about anything, then please contact the school office who will then arrange for a governor to contact you.

To apply for one of the vacancies please download the application form below and return it to the school office for the attention of the head teacher no later than Friday 17th January 2020.

We look forward to receiving your application.