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Annual Governance Statement for the Governing Body of St Margaret’s C of E Primary Horsforth 
The governing body of St Margaret’s Primary School conducts its business to take account of the three roles of the governing bodies as outlined in the Governance Handbook:
1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
2. Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;
3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
The day to day management of the school is the responsibility of the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team.
The governing body also ensures that the school complies fully with statutory safeguarding procedures. All staff have signed a record to confirm they have read Part 1 of the DfE statutory guidance “Keeping Children Safe in Education”. The governing body has familiarised itself with the document and are working with the Designated Safeguarding Lead (Mrs Harridge) in school to complete the annual safeguarding audit.

St Margaret’s C of E Primary School

Written Statement of Behaviour Principles

Written April 2022, to be reviewed September 2022

The statement of behaviour principles is informed by our school vision:


With God’s help we:

Flourish in all we do,

Achieve whatever we set our minds to,

Believe we are all unique and valued.


Governing bodies of maintained schools are required to provide headteachers with a statement of principles on which a school’s behaviour policy is based.

Our vision is underpinned by the following scripture reminding us to ‘shine like the stars’:

“Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.” Daniel 12:3

Our Christian values and PROUD statements underpin our learning and behavioural attitudes. We aim for our learners to be able to demonstrate these values in everything they do, both in and out of school providing a moral foundation for 21st century citizenship.

St Margaret’s School’s behaviour policy is based on Christian values and the belief that everyone is created in the image of God and is of infinite worth. Reconciliation and forgiveness are a key aspect of behaviour management in the school.


Reflecting our Christian vision, the following principles have been agreed:


The Governing Body believes that:

  • every pupil has the right to feel safe, valued and respected, and to be able to learn, free from the disruption of others.
  • all pupils, staff and visitors should be free from any form of discrimination.
  • pupils learn by example. It is therefore expected that all adults in the school will be models of good behaviour.
  • the school should praise, support and reward good behaviour and improvements in behaviour, as appropriate, and provide a range of opportunities in which pupils can excel and be rewarded.
  • challenging behaviour is not acceptable. Sanctions will be known and understood by staff and pupils and applied consistently, fairly, proportionally, and reasonably to provide boundaries and to make expectations clear.
  • the use of sanctions and rewards must reflect the individual situation and the needs of each pupil.
  • the behaviour policy should be understood by staff, and communicated effectively to pupils, parents and carers.
  • pupils should be helped to take responsibility for their actions.
  • families must be involved in behaviour incidents to foster good relationships between the school and home.

The Governing Body supports the school’s authority to consider exclusions, particularly those that are permanent, as the very last resort. It expects pupils, parents and carers to cooperate in order to maintain an orderly climate for learning.

The Governing Body emphasises that violence or threatening behaviour will not be tolerated in any circumstances.

This written statement of behaviour principles is reviewed every year and approved by the full Governing body.



The composition of the governing body
The governing body re-constituted in September 2014 and comprises 12 governors in total. Every governor appointed to the governing body is appointed on the basis of the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school. The number of governors in each category is determined through the Instrument of Government and is currently:
1 Head teacher
1 elected staff governor
3 elected parent governors
1 local authority governor
3 Foundation governors
3 co-opted governors

Please see the following table for the names and areas of responsibility of the governors.


Governor Role


(including Year Group Link)

Business / Financial Interests / Governance Role in other Schools

Revd Nigel Sinclair

Appointed by: DBE

Start: 15/06/17

End: 17/06/25

Foundation Governor


Standards and Curriculum



Trustee of Elevate Multi Academy Trust

Amanda Cowie
Co Chair of Governors 

Appointed by: DBE

Start: 27/02/18

End: 27/02/26

Foundation Governor


Standards and Curriculum Personnel and Finance

Early Reading and Phonics

None recorded

Ingunn Vallumroed

Co Chair of Governors 

Appointed by: Parental Body


End: 03/12/2023

Parent Governor

Personnel and Finance




None recorded

Sarah Harridge

Appointed by: Governing Body

Start: 01/09/14

End: -

Head Teacher

Personnel and Finance

Standards and Curriculum

None recorded


Sally Rathbone

Appointed by: Staff


End: 03/12/2023

Staff Governor


Standards and Curriculum


None recorded

Paul Mitchell

Appointed by: Parental Body


End: 09/03/25

Parent Governor Personnel and Finance
Government grant funding(SEND)

None recorded
Mary Pike

Appointed by: Co-opted

Start: 08.03.2022

End: 07.03.2026

Co-opted Governor Chair of Personnel and Finance
Government grant funding (Pupil Premium & PE/SPort funding

Health and Safety
None recorded
Victoria McWalker

Vice Chair of Governors 
Appointed by: Parental Body
Start: 08/11/2021

End 07/11/2025
Parent governor Standards and Curriculum
Safeguarding and child protection, CLA
None recorded
Joanna Bailey

Appointed by:
Start: 06/12/2021

End: 05/12/2025

Foundation governor Standards and Curriculum
Wellbeing - pupil and staff
Collective Worship and RE
SIAMS and Christian Ethos
None recorded
Alex Ford

Appointed by: Co-opted
Start: 08.03.2022


Co-opted Chair of Standards and Curriculum None recorded

Co-opted Governor

Local Authority Governor

Historic Governors      
Matt Leech

Appointed by: Parental Body
Start: 06/12/2016
Parent Governor Standards and Curriculum

None recorded

Claire Horsfield
Appointed by: PCC
Start: 16/07/19
End: 20/07/21

Foundation governor

Standards and Curriculum
Pupil Premium

Assistant Head Teacher -  High School
Tom Sharp

Appointed by: Governing Body



Co-opted Governor Personnel and Finance

PE and Sports Premium
None recorded

Jonathon Taylor

Appointed by: Governing Body

Start: 22/05/2018

End: 08.03.2022

Local authority Governor

Personnel and Finance

Health and Safety


Leeds City Councillor representing Horsforth Ward

Matt Eastwood

Chair of Governors

Appointed by: Co-opted

Start: 03/12/19

End: 20/07/2022

 Co-opted Governor

Personnel and Finance

Standards and Curriculum

Pay and Performance Management


Wife employed in school as a Teaching Assistant

Joel Cameron-Smith

Appointed by: Governing Body

Start: 17/09/19

End: 16/09/23

Co-opted Governor

Standards and Curriculum


None recorded

Meetings of the governing body
The full governing body meets five times a year. There are also two governing body committees which which have delegated authority. The committees are:
  • Personnel and Finance - this committee meets three times a year
  • Standards and Curriculum - this committee meets four times a year
There is also a pay committee which meets as required.
Approved minutes of Governing body meetings are available on request from

Attendance at meetings
Governors have good attendance at meetings overall. Apologies for non-attendance are considered on an individual basis; governors are aware through the code of conduct that non-attendance, which includes apologies not being accepted, will result in the removal of a governor six months from the date of first non-attendance.

You can find information about the role of Governors and how to become a Governor by clicking the following link: