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Governing Body

Acting Chair of Governors

Mrs Barbara Peace-Ebanks

Vice Chair of Governors

Mrs Lydia Gurney 

Governors

Mrs Pauline Beall 

Mrs Jo Metcalf 

Mr John Taylor

Mrs Asma Abdelmawla (Parent Governor)

Mrs Lucy Parker (Parent Governor)

Head Teacher

Mrs Sue Skillcorn

 Chair of Resources Committee: Mrs Barbara Peace-Ebanks

Chair of School Improvement Committee: Mrs Lydia Gurney

If you would like to find out more about the role of a governor, then please go to http://www.nga.org.uk/Be-a-Governor.aspx

Head Teacher, Sue Skillcorn

I studied at Durham University and I qualified as a teacher in July 1996. I worked at Harry Dack Infant School and then worked at Handale Primary School as Assistant Head Teacher. I moved to Dormanstown Primary School as Deputy Head Teacher and I am now very proud to say that I have been The Head Teacher of Mill Lane Primary School since September 2015.

I have two children of my own and my hobbies include travelling, reading, horse riding and sport.

I am really enjoying my time at Mill Lane. I am passionate about giving every child the best possible start to their education to enable each and every one to achieve their full potential. I am committed to ensuring that each child learns the skills necessary to become life-long learners, to enable them to confidently go on to secondary school, college, university and beyond, and prepare them for life in the 21st Century.



John Taylor, Governor

I am John Taylor, and I became a Co-opted Governor at Mill Lane Primary School in June 2018.  My wife and I have lived in Eaglescliffe for 42 years, and we have a grown-up daughter and grandson in Surrey. Until retirement I worked for ICI (later Huntsman) in the petrochemical industry. I am a member of Stockton Parish Church, with a particular interest in asylum seekers and in the Mill Lane area. Most weeks I can be seen in school listening to children read, and I sometimes help on school trips. I have previous experience as a School Governor at St. Mary’s primary school in Long Newton near Stockton, and although that school is very different, I would like to use that experience in Mill Lane School.

 

 

Barbara Peace- Ebanks

I joined the Governing Body of Mill Lane Primary School in June this year and am really excited to work with the Mill Lane family to make the school the best it can be. I have 40 years experience in education both in the UK and the Cayman Islands where I worked for over 20 years. I retired from my post as a Senior School Improvement Officer recently and returned to the UK to live in Stockton where I spent my Teenage years. I am keen to work within the community in which I live and this is why I have become a Governor. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, reading books and when Covid permits I hope I can enjoy traveling.

 

Acting Chair of Governors

Staff Governor, Jo Metcalf

I trained as a teacher at University College Northampton qualifying with a BA (Honours) Primary Education in 2000. After graduating I taught in London and then fulfilled my travel dreams teaching in British International school’s in the Middle East and Australia. I commenced teaching at Mill Lane Primary school in 2018 and have I am delighted to take on the role of Teacher Governor this academic year.

I enjoy spending time with my husband and daughter and have recently settled to live in the Stockton on Tees area. In my spare time I love to run and I am currently training to participate in a half and full marathon. I have travelled extensively and have a large bucket list of places that I would love to explore and share my experiences.

I have a passion for the teaching of reading and the importance of this is in all aspects of daily life. I also love to teach art and design and technology and support the teaching of this through Mill Lane Primary School. I am found each day in the Year one classroom, please feel free to say hello!

Co-opted Governor, Lydia Gurney

I became a Co-opted Governor at Mill Lane Primary School in June 2017.  My family and I moved to Stockton-On-Tees from Reading when I took up the position of Children’s Pastor at Stockton Baptist Church at the beginning of 2017.  I have two children at Mill Lane School and I am keen to get involved and build connections with the school.

Before working for the church, I worked in Banking and Retail Management.  I also have a degree in Music and before moving to Stockton, spent a lot of my time teaching children piano and flute as well as going in to the local schools to help with assemblies and choirs. 

I am often in the playground at the beginning and end of the day with my children and I’m always happy to chat!

Pauline Beall 

Local Authority Governor 

 
 
Asma Abdelmawla, Parent Governor

I joined mill lane primary school as a parent governor in January 2019, I born and raised in Benghazi city located by the Mediterranean sea at the northeast of Libya. I graduated from dental school in Libya in 2004, and since that, I work as a dental surgeon in the state hospital back home. on 2017 I and my husband came to the united kingdom with our children hoping to provide a better childhood for them because the civil war got worst in Libya.
I am a mother of two girls attending mill lane primary school and the third child will start September 2020 in reception class, and as I am new for  the education system in the UK, and to be able to understand how it works, it was a golden opportunity  for me to join the school and become part of the education atmosphere in it.
The most I like to do at school helping in the class’s activities and trips. sometimes I help newly arrived families from the Arabic world by interpreting as a qualified interpreter.
I am enjoying my time at school despite my increasing duties as recently started my PhD study at Newcastle University.

Lucy Parkin, Parent Governor

Behaviour Statement

To read the Governing Body Behaviour Statement please click here: Behaviour-Statement-2019

Details of the structure and responsibilities of the governing body and its committees

To read the details of the structure and responsibilities of the governing body and its committees, please click here: Structure and responsibilities

Register of Governor Interests

 

 

REGISTER OF GOVERNOR INTERESTS 2020/21

NAME OF SCHOOL: __Mill Lane Primary School_

From September 2015, Governing Bodies are required to publish on their website, information about their governors:

Name, Category & Appointing Body Term of Office Committees Official Responsibility

Attendance at Governing Body

Attendance at Committee

Nature of Interest Resignation Date
            Pecuniary (you or a close connection – see point 1) Governor in another school/education establishment Spouse, partner or relative working in school or with business interests (see point 2.)

 

 

 

Mrs Susan Skillcorn

Headteacher

N/A

SIC

RES

 

Headteacher 2/2

2/2

 

Nil Nil Nil  

Mrs Lynda Lingard

Local Authority Governor

Appointed by LA

23.11.2016 – 22.11.2020

 

Extended to 31.12.2020

 

SIC

RES

 

Chair 2/2 2/2 Nil Nil Nil Resigned 31.12.2020

Mrs Lydia Gurney

Parent Governor

Appointed by Parents

05.07.2017 – 04.07.2021 SIC   2/2 2/2 Connection with Youth For Christ Nil Nil  

Mrs Julie Broadbent

Co-Opted Governor

Appointed by GB

05.12.2016 – 09.11.2020 RES   2/2 2/2 Nil Nil Nil  

Mrs Emily Davison

Co-opted Governor

Appointed by GB

05.07.2017 – 04.07.2021 SIC Vice Chair 2/2 2/2

Teach First – Emloyee

 

 

 

Nil Nil  

Mrs Judy Stanyard

Staff Governor

Appointed by Staff

 

01.03.2017 – 28.02.2021 RES   2/2 2/2

Nil

 

Nil Nil  

Miss Lucy Parker

Parent Governor Appointed by the Parents

21.11.2018 – 20.11.2022 N/A   ½ N/A

Nil

 

Nil Nil  

Dr John Taylor

Co-Opted Governor Appointed by the GB

14/05/2019 – 13/05/2023 N/A   1/1 N/A

Nil

 

Nil Nil  

Ms Asma Abdelmawla

Parent Governor Appointed by the Parents

11/06/2019 – 10/06/2023 N/A   1/1 N/A

Nil

 

Nil Nil  

Mr Hamish Simpson

Co-opted Governor

Appointed by the GB

27/02/2020 – 26/01/2024 N/A   0/0 N/A Nil Nil Nil  

REGISTER OF GOVERNOR INTERESTS

NAME OF SCHOOL: __Mill Lane Primary School_

From September 2015, Governing Bodies are required to publish on their website, information about their governors:

Name, Category & Appointing Body Term of Office Committees Official Responsibility

Attendance at

Governing Body

Attendance at  

Committee

Nature of Interest Resignation Date
            Pecuniary (you or a close connection – see point 1) Governor in another school/education establishment Spouse, partner or relative working in school or with business interests (see point 2.)

 

 

 

Mrs Susan Skillcorn

Headteacher

N/A

SIC

RES

 

Headteacher 2/2

2/2

 

Nil Nil Nil  

Mrs Lynda Lingard

Local Authority Governor

Appointed by LA

23.11.2016 – 22.11.2020

 

Extended to 31.12.2020

 

SIC

RES

 

Chair 2/2 2/2 Nil Nil Nil Resigned 31.12.2020

Mrs Lydia Gurney

Parent Governor

Appointed by Parents

05.07.2017 – 04.07.2021 SIC   2/2 2/2 Connection with Youth For Christ Nil Nil  

Mrs Julie Broadbent

Co-Opted Governor

Appointed by GB

05.12.2016 – 09.11.2020 RES   2/2 2/2 Nil Nil Nil  

Mrs Emily Davison

Co-opted Governor

Appointed by GB

05.07.2017 – 04.07.2021 SIC Vice Chair 2/2 2/2

Teach First – Emloyee

 

 

 

Nil Nil  

Mrs Judy Stanyard

Staff Governor

Appointed by Staff

 

01.03.2017 – 28.02.2021 RES   2/2 2/2

Nil

 

Nil Nil  

Miss Lucy Parker

Parent Governor Appointed by the Parents

21.11.2018 – 20.11.2022 N/A   ½ N/A

Nil

 

Nil Nil  

Dr John Taylor

Co-Opted Governor Appointed by the GB

14/05/2019 – 13/05/2023 N/A   1/1 N/A

Nil

 

Nil Nil  

Ms Asma Abdelmawla

Parent Governor Appointed by the Parents

11/06/2019 – 10/06/2023 N/A   1/1 N/A

Nil

 

Nil Nil  

Mr Hamish Simpson

Co-opted Governor

Appointed by the GB

27/02/2020 – 26/01/2024 N/A   0/0 N/A Nil Nil Nil  

 

 

 

 

REGISTER OF GOVERNOR INTEREST GUIDANCE

Governors must declare any relevant business interests as well as the details of any other educational establishments they govern.  The register must also set out any relationships between governors and members of the schools staff including spouses, partners and relatives.  It is important to address any perception of a conflict of interests by making clear where such potential personal or pecuniary interests might apply; this might be a conflict between personal interests and the interests of the school or the Council when dealing with outside organisations or individuals.

Note 1.           Pecuniary interest includes current employment, businesses (of which partner/proprietor), company directorship, charity trusteeship and other conflict.

Note 2.           Personal Interests can also include business involvement/company directorship or trusteeships or family or close connections to the governor (for example a company the school might have contracts with).

Examples (potential conflicts):

  • A governor whose spouse/partner is employed by the school – Should not take part in discussion regarding the school’s pay policy or any staffing matter that might impact on their partner. Both direct and indirect decisions might impact on the salary range of senior staff e.g. increasing pupil numbers.
  • A governor involved with any committee group, business or after school club who hire part of the school – Should not be party to discussion involving the use of the school or their charging policy.
  • A governor who is a supplier of goods or services to the school – Should not take part in decisions regarding the letting of contracts for that type of goods or services where a sub-contract relationship might exist.

The register of governor interests must also include details of attendance record at the governing body meetings and committees over the year and reviewed and updated on an annual basis indicating also when a governor steps down.

Associate governors must be included on the register and it should be clear when they have voting rights.

The school is required to maintain a similar register of staff interests that should also be reviewed annually – as specified in the NCC code of conduct.  Staff had previously been included with the governor’s declarations but in light of the governing body register of interests being required to be published on the school web site, a separate register should be drawn up.  Staff governors will need to be included on both registers.

 

REGISTER OF GOVERNOR INTERESTS

NAME OF SCHOOL: __Mill Lane Primary School_2018-19_

From September 2015, Governing Bodies are required to publish on their website, information about their governors:

Name, Category & Appointing Body

Term of Office Committees Official Responsibility Attendance at Governing Body Attendance at Committee Nature of Interest

Resignation Date

            Pecuniary (you or a close connection – see point 1) Governor in another school/education establishment Spouse, partner or relative working in school or with business interests (see point 2.)

 

 

 

Mrs Susan Skillcorn

Headteacher

N/A

SIC

RES

 

Headteacher 3/3

3/3

3/3

Nil Nil Nil  

Dr Ruksanna Ahmad

Co-Opted Governor

Appointed by GB

30.09.2015 – 29.09.2019

RES

SIC

  2/3

3/3

1/3

Nil Nil Nil 31/08/2019

Mrs Lynda Lingard

Local Authority Governor

Appointed by LA

23.11.2016 – 22.11.2020

SIC

RES

 

Chair 3/3

3/3

3/3

Nil Nil Nil  

Mrs Lydia Gurney

Parent Governor

Appointed by Parents

05.07.2017 – 04.07.2021 SIC   3/3 3/3 Connection with Youth For Christ Nil Nil  

Mrs Julie Broadbent

Co-Opted Governor

Appointed by GB

05.12.2016 – 09.11.2020 RES   3/3 3/3 Nil Nil Nil  

Mrs Emily Davison

Co-opted Governor

Appointed by GB

05.07.2017 – 04.07.2021 SIC Vice Chair 3/3 2/3

Teach First – Emloyee

 

 

 

Nil Nil  

Mrs Judy Stanyard

Staff Governor

Appointed by Staff

 

01.03.2017 – 28.02.2021 RES   3/3 3/3

Nil

 

Nil Nil  

Miss Lucy Parker

Parent Governor Appointed by the Parents

21.11.2018 – 20.11.2022 N/A   2/3 N/A

Nil

 

Nil Nil  

Dr John Taylor

Co-Opted Governor Appointed by the GB

14/05/2019 – 13/05/2023 N/A   1/1 N/A

Nil

 

Nil Nil  

Ms Asma Abdelmawla

Parent Governor Appointed by the Parents

11/06/2019 – 10/06/2023 N/A   1/1 N/A

Nil

 

Nil Nil  

Lord Martin Noble

Parent Governor Appointed by the Parents

20/11/2018 – 19/11/2022 N/A   1/1 N/A

Nil

 

Nil Nil 21/03/2019

REGISTER OF GOVERNOR INTERESTS

NAME OF SCHOOL: __Mill Lane Primary School_2017 – 2018

From September 2015, Governing Bodies are required to publish on their website, information about their governors:

 

Name, Category & Appointing Body

Term of Office

Committees

Official Responsibility

Attendance at Governing Body

Attendance at Committee

Nature of Interest

Resignation Date

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pecuniary (you or a close connection – see point 1)

Governor in another school/education establishment

Spouse, partner or relative working in school or with business interests (see point 2.)

 

 

 

Mrs S Skillcorn

Headteacher

N/A

SIP

RES

 

Headteacher

3/3

3/3

3/3

Nil

Nil

Nil

 

Dr R Ahmad

Co-Opted Governor

Appointed by GB

30.09.2015 – 29.09.2019

RES

SIP

Vice Chair

2/3

3/3

1/3

Nil

Nil

Nil

 

Mrs L Lingard

Local Authority Governor

Appointed by LA

23.11.2016 – 22.11.2017

SIP

RES

 

Chair

3/3

3/3

3/3

Nil

Nil

Nil

 

Mrs L Gurney

Parent Governor

Appointed by Parents

05.07.2017 – 04.07.2021

N/A

 

N/A

N/A

Nil

Nil

Nil

 

Mrs J Broadbent

Co-Opted Governor

Appointed by GB

05.12.2016 – 09.11.2020

RES

 

3/3

3/3

Nil

Nil

Nil

 

Mrs E Davison

Co-opted Governor

Appointed by GB

05.07.2017 – 04.07.2021

SIC

 

3/3

2/3

Nil

 

 

 

Nil

Nil

 

Mrs J Stanyard

Staff Governor

Appointed by Staff

01.03.2017 – 28.02.2021

RES

 

3/3

3/3

Nil

 

Nil

Nil

 

Mrs N Gillan

Associate Governor

Appointed by GB

09.05.2017 – 08.05.2021

 

 

0/3

N/A

Nil

Nil

Nil

Resigned

 

 

 

REGISTER OF GOVERNOR INTERESTS

NAME OF SCHOOL: __Mill Lane Primary School_2016 – 2017_

From September 2015, Governing Bodies are required to publish on their website, information about their governors:

Name, Category & Appointing Body

Term of Office

Committees

Official Responsibility

Attendance at Governing Body

Attendance at Committee

Nature of Interest

Resignation Date

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pecuniary (you or a close connection – see point 1)

Governor in another school/education establishment

Spouse, partner or relative working in school or with business interests (see point 2.)

 

 

 

Mrs S Skillcorn

Headteacher

N/A

SIP

RES

 

Headteacher

6/6

3/3

3/3

Nil

Nil

Nil

 

Dr R Ahmad

Co-Opted Governor

Appointed by GB

30.09.2015 – 29.09.2019

RES

SIP

Vice Chair

6/6

3/3

1/3

Nil

Nil

Nil

 

Mrs N Gillan

Parent Governor

Appointed by parents

16.10.2015 – 15.10.2019

SIP

 

4/5

2/2

Nil

Nil

Nil

Resigned

Mr R Lee

Staff Governor

Appointed by Staff

21.06.2016 – 20.06.2020

SIP

 

3/3

1/1

Nil

Nil

Nil

Resigned

Mrs L Lingard

Local Authority Governor

Appointed by LA

23.11.2016 – 22.11.2017

SIP

RES

 

Chair

5/6

3/3

3/3

Nil

Nil

Nil

 

Mrs L Gurney

Parent Governor

Appointed by Parents

05.07.2017 – 04.07.2021

N/A

 

N/A

N/A

Nil

Nil

Nil

 

Mrs J Broadbent

Co-Opted Governor

Appointed by GB

05.12.2016 – 09.11.2020

RES

 

1/5

3/3

Nil

Nil

Nil

 

Mrs E Davison

Co-opted Governor

Appointed by GB

05.07.2017 – 04.07.2021

N/A

 

N/A

N/A

Nil

 

 

 

Nil

Nil

 

Mrs J Stanyard

Staff Governor

Appointed by Staff

01.03.2017 – 28.02.2021

RES

 

3/3

2/2

Nil

 

Nil

Nil

 

Mrs N Gillan

Associate Governor

Appointed by GB

09.05.2017 – 08.05.2021

SIP

 

0/1

1/2

Nil

Nil

Nil

 

Mr J Robinson

Associate Governor

Appointed by GB

16.12.2016 – 15.12.2020

N/A

 

0/4

N/A

Nil

Nil

Nil

 

REGISTER OF GOVERNOR INTERESTS

 

NAME OF SCHOOL: __Mill Lane Primary School_2015 – 2016_

From September 2015, Governing Bodies are required to publish on their website, information about their governors:

Name, Category & Appointing Body

Term of Office

Committees

Official Responsibility

Attendance at

Governing Body

Attendance at  

Committee

Nature of Interest

Resignation Date

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pecuniary (you or a close connection – see point 1)

Governor in another school/education establishment

Spouse, partner or relative working in school or with business interests (see point 2.)

 

 

 

Mr J Robinson

Co-Opted Governor

Appointed by GB

08.09.2015 – 07.09.2019

SIP

PMP

CHC

INT

Chair

5/5

3/4

1/2

2/2

N/A

Nil

Nil

Nil

N/A

 

Mrs J Coombs

LA Governor

Appointed by LA

10.08.2014 – 09.08.2018

SIP

RES

PMP

CHC

SEN

CPP

INT

APP

Vice Chair

5/5

3/4

3/4

2/2

1/1

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Nil

Nil

Nil

21.06.2016

 

Mrs S Skillcorn

Headteacher

N/A

SIP

RES

CHC

PMP

Headteacher

5/5

4/4

4/4

2/2

2/2

Nil

Nil

Nil

N/A

Dr R Ahmad

Co-Opted Governor

Appointed by GB

30.09.2015 – 29.09.2019

RES

PAP

CPP

N/A

4/4

4/4

1/2

N/A

Nil

Nil

Nil

N/A

Mrs N Gillan

Parent Governor

Appointed by parents

16.10.2015 – 15.10.2019

RES

 

N/A

3/4

1/4

Nil

Nil

Nil

N/A

Mrs J Heap

Co-Opted

Appointed by GB

21.02.2011 – 07.09.2019

SIP

RES

N/A

5/5

4/4

4/4

Nil

Nil

Nil

23.06.2016

 

Mr Y Khan

Community Governor

Appointed by GB

08.09.2015 – 07.09.2019

SIP

PAP

HEA

NOM

CPP

N/A

2/4

2/4

1/2

N/A

N/A

N/A

Nil

Nil

Nil

01.07.2016

 

Mr R Lee

Staff Governor

Appointed by Staff

21.06.2016 – 20.06.2020

N/A

N/A

1/1

N/A

Nil

Nil

Nil

N/A

Mrs L Lingard

Co-Opted Governor

Appointed by GB

15.09.2015 – 14.09.2019

SIP

CHC

INT

N/A

4/4

 

3/4

2/2

N/A

Nil

Nil

Nil

N/A

Mrs E Makaure

Parent Governor

Appointed by parents

22.03.2013 – 14.10.2015

SIP

HEA

LIG

N/A

N/A

1/1

Nil

Nil

Nil

14.10.2015

Mrs M Pickles

Staff Governor

Appointed by staff

19.04.2012 – 18.04.2016

SIP

RES

N/A

4/5

1/4

3/4

Nil

Nil

Nil

18.04.2016

NAME OF SCHOOL: __Mill Lane Primary School_2014-2015_

From September 2015, Governing Bodies are required to publish on their website, information about their governors:

 

Name, Category & Appointing Body Term of Office Committees Official Responsibility Attendance at Governing Body Attendance at Committee

Nature of Interest

Resignation Date
            Pecuniary (you or a close connection – see point 1) Governor in another school/education establishment Spouse, partner or relative working in school or with business interests (see point 2.)

 

 

 

Mr J Robinson

Community Governor

Appointed by GB

19.07.12 – 31.07.15

SIP

PMP

NOM

CPC

Chair 5/5

2/2

1/1

N/A

N/A

Nil Nil Nil

N/A

 

Mrs J Coombs

LA Governor

Appointed by LA

10.08.14 – 09.08.18

SIP

RES

PMP

SEN

CPP

INT

APP

Vice Chair 5/5

1/2

2/3

1/1

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Nil Nil Nil

N/A

 

Mrs C  O’Brien

Headteacher

01.07.04 – 31.08.15

SIP

RES

Headteacher 3/3 (2 appointment of new HT)

2/2

3/3

Nil Nil Nil

31.08.2015

 

Mrs F Ahmed

Parent Governor

Appointed by parents

16.10.14 – 16.03.15 Nil N/A 0/5 N/A Nil Nil Nil

16.03.2015

 

Mr D Coleman

LA Governor

Appointed by LA

29.05.12 – 31.07.15

RES

NOM

N/A 0/5

0/3

N/A

Nil Nil Nil

31.07.2015

 

Mrs C Fletcher

Staff Governor

Appointed by Staff

05.03.14 – 31.07.15 Nil N/A 2/5 N/A Nil Nil Nil

31.07.2015

 

Mrs J Heap

Staff Governor

Appointed by Staff

21.02.11 – 07.09.19

SIP

RES

N/A 1/3 (2 appointment of new HT)

1/3

1/3

Nil Nil Nil

N/A

 

Mrs G Jackson

Community Governor

Appointed by GB

16.03.12 – 31.07.15

RES

PMP

CPP

APP

N/A 5/5

2/3

1/1

N/A

N/A

Nil Nil Nil

31.07.2015

 

Mr Y Khan

Community Governor

Appointed by GB

10.03.14 – 31.07.15

SIP

PAP

HEA

N/A 3/5

2/2

N/A

N/A

Nil Nil Nil

N/A

 

Mrs E Makaure

Parent Governor

Appointed by parents

22.03.13 – 14.10.15

SIP

HEA

LIG

N/A 3/5

2/2

N/A

N/A

Nil Nil Nil N/A

Mrs J Oliver MBE

LA Governor

APPOINTED by LA

06.11.12 – 05.03.15

SIP

RES

INT

PAP

N/A 3/3

1/1

1/1

N/A

N/A

Nil Nil Nil 05.03.2015

Mrs M Pickles

Staff Governor

Appointed by staff

19.04.12 – 18.04.16

SIP

RES

N/A 5/5

0/2

2/3

Nil Nil Nil N/A

Mrs S Sangowawa

Community Governor

Appointed by GB

01.09.14 – 31.07.15

SIP

CPP

HEA

N/A 3/5

½

N/A

N/A

Cultures CLC (Chief Executive)

Aapna Services Ltd (Director)

Inspirational Arts Ltd

Nil Nil 31.07.2015

 

 

Register of Governor Interest Guidance

Governors must declare any relevant business interests as well as the details of any other educational establishments they govern.  The register must also set out any relationships between governors and members of the schools staff including spouses, partners and relatives.  It is important to address any perception of a conflict of interests by making clear where such potential personal or pecuniary interests might apply; this might be a conflict between personal interests and the interests of the school or the Council when dealing with outside organisations or individuals.

Note 1.           Pecuniary interest includes current employment, businesses (of which partner/proprietor), company directorship, charity trusteeship and other conflict.

Note 2.           Personal Interests can also include business involvement/company directorship or trusteeships or family or close connections to the governor (for example a company the school might have contracts with).

Examples (potential conflicts):

  • A governor whose spouse/partner is employed by the school – Should not take part in discussion regarding the school’s pay policy or any staffing matter that might impact on their partner.  Both direct and indirect decisions might impact on the salary range of senior staff e.g. increasing pupil numbers.
  • A governor involved with any committee group, business or after school club who hire part of the school – Should not be party to discussion involving the use of the school or their charging policy.
  • A governor who is a supplier of goods or services to the school – Should not take part in decisions regarding the letting of contracts for that type of goods or services where a sub-contract relationship might exist.

The register of governor interests must also include details of attendance record at the governing body meetings and committees over the year and reviewed and updated on an annual basis indicating also when a governor steps down.

Associate governors must be included on the register and it should be clear when they have voting rights.

The school is required to maintain a similar register of staff interests that should also be reviewed annually – as specified in the NCC code of conduct.  Staff had previously been included with the governor’s declarations but in light of the governing body register of interests being required to be published on the school web site, a separate register should be drawn up.  Staff governors will need to be included on both registers.