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Melbourne Primary School

Melbourne Primary School

Our Governors

Welcome to Melbourne Primary School Governors' page.  Our Governing body is made up of members from the teaching and support staff, parents and the local community.  The role of the Governors is a voluntary one.

The School’s Governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in school by supporting the Head Teacher in setting the School’s vision, ethos and strategic direction; holding the Head Teacher to account for the educational performance of the School and its pupils; and holding the main responsibility for the finance of the School, and it is the Governors who work with the Head Teacher to make the decisions about balancing resources.  The role of governor is largely a thinking and questioning role, not a doing role.  The day to day operational management of the School is delegated to the Head Teacher and her Senior Leadership Team.

Governor Activity

We meet as a full governing body each term.  Each Governor will also contribute to one or more of the following sub committees who also meet on a termly basis:

  • Standards
  • Resources

Additional meetings are arranged as required. Every year we elect a Chair and Vice-Chair from amongst the existing members of the Governing Body (employees at the School cannot be elected to these positions).
The Governing Body has a local authority clerk who arranges the full Governing Body meetings, circulates the agenda and papers and takes minutes. 

Minutes of Governors’ meetings are available on request from the school.

Governors may also be seen in and around school when on a visit to a specific area or attending one of the many events held at School.  We look forward to meeting with you through the course of the school year.


 Governing Body Meeting Dates 2018 - 2019


The Governing Body

The Governing Body is made up of a number of different types of governors and the normal term of office is four years. However, after four years, any governor who wishes to remain on the Governing Body can offer to stand for a further term of office and (if no-one else has expressed an interest in the position) be re-elected or reconfirmed in his/her position.

We recognise and appreciate that governors bring different areas of expertise to the Governing Body.

Link Governors:

Members of the governing body have special links to particular subjects in the curriculum or other areas in the running of the school or care of pupils. 

Parent Governors:

If you are a parent of a pupil(s) at the school or the primary carer, you can stand for election as one of the Parent Governor positions, (once a Parent Governor post becomes vacant). If more than one parent expresses an interest in filling a vacancy, elections are held in which all parents can vote. Parent Governors do not formally represent parents on the Governing Body but they do act as a link between parents and the Governing Body and try to keep in tune with parents’ views.

Co – opted Governors:
A Co – opted Governor is a person who in the opinion of the governing body, has the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.

Staff Governor:
A member of staff paid to work at the school and elected by the staff.

LA  Governors:
A Governor normally appointed by the local education authority (i.e. East Riding Council)

A member of the Governing Body by virtue of their office. If the Headteacher elects not to be a Governor then his/her place cannot be taken by anyone else.

Contacting the Governing Body
If you have an idea or a suggestion that you would like the Governing Body to consider, please email Avril Charlton, School Business Manager at who will be happy to foward your email to Mrs Jane Henley, Chair of Governors . We actively welcome input and contributions from parents and from others in the local community who support the school.

Any issues concerning pupils at the school should, in the first instance, be discussed with the class teacher and thereafter with Mrs Fielding, the Headteacher. If you do not feel the matter has been resolved to your satisfaction, then you can write to Mrs Mrs Henley c/o the school.


Melbourne Primary School
Melbourne, York, East Riding of Yorkshire
YO42 4QE
01759 318369
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