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A warm welcome to visitors, parents and prospective parents to the Kaye's First & Nursery School website.

As Chair of the Governing Body and as a parent I am particularly proud to support Kaye's, which delivers such high standards of education for the local area.
In support of Mrs Helen Parker the Headteacher, volunteer Governors have a valuable role in representing the views of parents as Kaye's meets new challenges and continues to improve.
With such highly motivated and dedicated staff, Kaye's provides a happy, safe and caring environment for children to learn and play. 
I hope that you find the website useful and further information is available by contacting Kaye's direct or by emailing myself at the below address.


Mr Richard Butterworth

Chair of the Governing Body

Email: chair.kayes@kirkleeseducation.uk

Governor Category Specific Responsibilities
Mrs H Parker Headteacher  
Mr R Butterworth Co-opted Chair of Governors/Safeguarding & Child Protection
Mr J Sykes Staff EYFS
Mrs P Bentley Co-opted Staff Governor Training
Mrs L Simpson Co-opted Vice Chair/Chair of Standards & Effectiveness/Assessment
Vacancy Co-opted  
Mr K Sanders  Co-opted Chair of Finance & Resources
Mrs S Lord Co-opted Assessment
Mr C Bonham Co-opted Health & Safety
Mr D Bedford LA Health & Safety
Mr C  Ramsden Parent Special Educational Needs and Disability/Looked After Children
Mr S Barrans Parent Premium Link
Ms C Lockwood Co-opted  


Governor Appointing Body Term of Office
Mrs H Parker Governing Body 1st September 2010
Mr C Bonham Governing Body 10th April 2017 - 9th April 2021
Mr J Sykes Staff 4th September 2015 - 3rd September 2019
Mrs P Bentley Governing Body 13th July 2015 - 12th January 2019
Mrs L Simpson Governing Body 15th January 2015 - 14th January 2019
Vacancy Governing Body  
Mr K Sanders Governing Body 15th July 2015 - 14th July 2019
Mrs S Lord Governing Body 17th October 2013 - 16th October 2017
Mr R Butterworth Governing Body 7th July 2016 - 6th July 2020
Mr D Bedford LA 16th February 2017 - 15th February 2021
Mr C Ramsden Parents 21st October 2015 - 20th October 2019
Mr S Barrans Parents 31st October 2017 - 30th October 2021
Ms C Lockwood Governing Body 3rd May 2017 - 2nd May 2021


Governor Committees they serve on...
Mrs H Parker  Steering/Finance & Resources/Standards & Effectiveness
Mr C Bonham Finance & Resources
Mr J Sykes Standards & Effectiveness
Mrs P Bentley Finance & Resources
Mrs L Simpson Steering/Standards & Effectiveness
Mr D Bedford Finance & Resources
Mr K Sanders Steering/Finance & Resources
Mrs S Lord Standards & Effectiveness
Mr C Ramsden Standards & Efectiveness
Mr R Butterworth Steering/Standards & Effectiveness
Mr S Barrans Standards & Effectiveness
Ms C Lockwood Finance & Resources


Staff Dismissal Committee
Mrs L Simpson
Mr M Jamieson
Dismissal Appeals Committee
Mr K Sanders
Mrs S Lord
Mr C Ramsden
Teacher Appraisal Committee/Performance Management Committee
Mr C Bonham
Mr R Butterworth
Mrs L Simpson
Complaints/Pupil Discipline Committee
Mrs S Lord
Mrs L Simpson
Parent Governors

Parents of pupils at the school, elected by the parents. Any parent or person with parental responsibility, or carer of a registered pupil of the school at the time of the election is eligible to stand for election as a parent governor.

LA Governors

Nominated by the LA. There is one place on the governing body.

Co-opted Governors (Community Governors)

Appointed by the governing body. The number on governing body set up in the reconstitution.

Staff Governors

Head teacher plus 1 member of staff elected by all the staff at the school.

Associate Members

Appointed by the governors for 1-4 years.  


Instrument of Government

This is the legal document which sets out the make-up of the governing body. As of the 15th January 2015 this document states that, Kaye’s First & Nursery School governing body  shall consist of a total of 13 governors:  1 Head Teacher, 2 Parent governors, 1 LA governor, 1 Staff governor  and 8 Co-opted governors

When we carry out our Governing Body review at the end of the year, having monitored our effectiveness during the year, we can determine whether the size and composition of our Governing Body is the best for our needs.

Meeting Dates

Autumn Term Dates

21st September - Full Governing Body (AGM) 7pm

5th October - Standards & Effectiveness 6pm

19th October - Finance & Resources 6pm

23rd November - Standards & Effectiveness 6pm

30th November - Finance & Resources 6pm

7th December - Full Governing Body 6pm

Governor Day: Monday 27th November 2017

Spring Term Dates

18th January - Standards & Effectiveness 6pm

25th January - Finance & Resources 6pm

15th March - Finance & Resources 6pm

22nd March - Standards & Effectiveness 6pm

19th April - Full Governing Body 6pm

Governor Day: Wednesday 28th March 2018

Summer Term Dates

17th May - Standards & Effectiveness 6pm

24th May - Finance & Resources 6pm

21st June - Finance & Resources 6pm

28th June - Standards & Effectiveness 6pm

12th July - Full Governing Body 6pm

Governor Day: Friday 15th June 2018


Governor Steering Group Meetings 9.30am

Autumn Spring Summer
6th October 12th January 20th April
20th October 19th January 18th May
3rd November 26th January 25th May
24th November 16th March 22nd June
1st December 23rd March 29th June
8th December   13th July



What do Governors do?

What is a governor?

School governors come from every walk of life. No matter what type of governor, each have the same role and responsibilities and are charged with acting in the best interests of the children in the school. Being a governor involves time, energy and a willingness to become involved in the life of the school on a regular basis over at least four years. .

The different types of governors represent the school stakeholders and provide different perspectives. But they are not ‘delegates’ of these stakeholders and are not there to act in the interests of any one group. A parent governor is a representative parent, not a parent representative, although clearly, they are well placed to alert the governing body to any parental concerns. They are one of 300,000 governors in England forming one of the largest volunteer forces in the country.

Purpose of the governing body

The governing body is the school’s accountable body. It is responsible for the conduct of the school and for promoting high standards. The governing body aims to ensure that children are attending a successful school which provides them with a good education and supports their health and well-being.

Governors should act, at all times, with honesty and integrity and be ready to explain their actions and decisions to staff, pupils, parents and anyone with a legitimate interest in the school. They should both challenge and support the school.

They should set the strategic direction of the school by:

  • setting the values, aims and objectives for the school
  • agreeing the policy framework for achieving those aims and objectives
  • setting the statutory targets and
  • agreeing the school improvement strategy which includes approving the budget and agreeing the staffing structure.

They should challenge and support the school by monitoring, reviewing and evaluating:

  • the implementation and effectiveness of the policy framework
  • progress towards targets
  • the implementation and effectiveness of the school improvement strategy and
  • the budget and staffing structure.

They should ensure accountability by:

  • signing off the Self-Evaluation form (SEF) [This is very useful in Ofsted terms but no longer a compulsory document.]
  • responding to Ofsted reports when necessary
  • holding the headteacher to account for the performance of the school.
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