The Governing body at The Federation of Rawcliffe Schools is made up of a voluntary, committed, and enthusiastic group of people from different backgrounds and with different experience to share. They come to Federation Governing Body meetings and visit our schools regularly. Together they monitor the quality of education, ensure the Federation is acting effectively to safeguard our children, monitor the spending of the school budget and offer their support, advice and expertise. While the day to day running of the school is the responsibility of the Executive Head Teacher, the Governors act as a critical friend to ensure and support the Federation to runs effectively.
Governor Biographies - Who are we?
Susan Craik - Chair of Governors
I am Susan Craik, Chair of Governors at the Rawcliffe Federation. I joined the governing body in early 2022 in a parent governor role. I joined to help support the school that my child attends. I work full-time as a civil servant for the Cabinet Office working in the Government Grants Management Function. Prior to joining the Civil Service I worked as a careers advisor in numerous settings around Yorkshire. I feel that my career helps support me with my role as a governor. I am used to working with policies and challenging decisions. I hope I can make a useful contribution to the Federation and it’s important to me that I’m engaged in my community. I am very interested in the Federation's sports programmes and I enjoy spending time in both schools - such as spending the day looking at the Hull FC coaching and the general physical education offer which I am always impressed with when I attend. I am a rugby union coach for Goole RUFC and coach the local All Stars cricket programme. Whenever I get a morning to myself, I can be found with my Labrador walking or running.
Jason Askham - Vice Chair of Governors
I currently work for Leeds City Council as a Targeted Service Leader and oversee a team of 10 family support workers supporting 10 schools across an inner-city area. I have worked in education for the last 23 years, in a range of pastoral roles supporting families and young people. I have been the Chair of Governors at a primary school in Leeds which serves a wide and diverse community for the last 7 years, as well as sitting on the governing board of another local primary school for the last two years. I am passionate about the positive impact the work that both staff and governors do in all our schools - and hope I bring both my commitment and experience to the Federation of Rawcliffe Schools Governing Body to support this effort.
Hannah Gowthorpe - Co-opted Governor
Sam Bate - Parent Governor
I am Sam Bate, I became a governor back in 2022.
I have two young children one of whom has special educational needs. Both my children have the privilege of attending Rawcliffe Bridge school. Some of my roles as governor within the Rawcliffe Federation Governing Board include safeguarding, being on the finance committee and Health and Safety Governor.
In my professional career I work as an engineering team manager at a national civil and drainage firm. I hope to use my professional experiences as an engineer and in Health and Safety to continue to maintain and improve the schools high standards.
In my personal time I run a local football club and help to run a local village hall.
I enjoy working with the rest of the governing body and the rewards and challenges this role brings.
Nathan Hunter - Staff Governor
I am Nathan Hunter, a staff governor. I joined the governing body in 2022 wanting to further help and support the work of the Federation I work in. I have worked at Rawcliffe Primary school since 2019 and during that time have taught in both Key Stage 1 and 2. I am passionate about our 2 schools inspiring and supporting one another - and in my role as Science and Maths Lead Teachers, I have enjoyed, and seen the benefits of this collaborative working.
As a staff governor, I feel that my experience in the classroom and time spent with the children help me when working with the Governing Board, and evaluating the impact of our action. I am able to bring the staff perspective, for example, when looking at new policies or discussing the development work undertaken and impact on our schools’ progress. Currently, I am developing my expertise as a governor in our early years provision and have learnt a lot, and enjoyed, my monitoring visits to the nursery and early years settings.
In my spare time, I am an avid gardener and can often be found at weekends and during holidays growing pumpkins and removing weeds - both from my allotment, and the schools' raised beds!
Rachel Knight - Associate Governor
I'm Rachel Knight and I am the Executive Deputy Head, Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator and Designated Safeguarding Lead at The Federation of Rawcliffe Bridge and Rawcliffe Primary School. Being a teacher is something that I always wanted to do from a very young age and is something that I still take great pride in, I joined Rawcliffe Bridge in 2008 and have seen the school go through many changes, including Federating with Rawcliffe in 2018. Before becoming Deputy across both schools, I taught Years 4, 5 and 6 and even though I was always adamant I would never become non classroom based, I now enjoy being able to dip in and out of different classes across both schools, covering PPA and management time allowing me the privilege of getting to know all pupils and staff. I feel privileged to be part of such a caring community of school staff who do their best to help children thrive. I feel that supporting the work of the governing body is an important part of my role as part of the Federation Leadership Team. In my spare time I enjoy swimming, reading and enjoy attending shows with friends and family.
Asa Britton - Executive Headteacher
Clare Mason - Clerk for Committee Meetings
What exactly do our Federation governors do?
Governors meet at least twice every term – once in a full Governing Body Meeting, and again in a committee meeting. These are sometimes face to face, or can be via video meetings on Teams, or a hybrid combination of both! Governors prepare for meetings by reading shared reports on how our schools are performing. They then work in strategic partnership with Federation leaders to support and challenge them on how they are meeting the aims of development plans. They help ensure that policies are in place to support the safe and smooth running of our schools.
Governors are also involved with recruitment of new staff and take part in training that helps them with their roles and responsibilities. Whenever they can, they attend Federation events and times of celebration – and are an important part of the Federation family. Parents and carers are encouraged to share feedback and ask questions of our Governors, that can then be brought back to meetings for discussion.
Are you interesting in becoming a Federation Governor?
Becoming a Federation governor gives you the opportunity to support our local schools and gain valuable skills and experience. Federation governors are volunteers who help to manage our schools. They have responsibility for:
- deciding on the Federation’s strategy
- making sure that our schools funds are spent in the best interests of pupils
- supporting and challenging Federation leaders and making sure they're doing a good job
You do not have to be a parent to be a Federation governor. Schools welcome people with diverse backgrounds, occupations and life experiences.
What experience you'll gain
Federation governors perform a similar role to people who sit on company boards. Gaining experience at this level will give you valuable skills and experience. You'll make decisions about our schools:
- strategic direction
- staffing structure and policies
Once you're a governor, you could also take part in training to become a chair of a governing committee or board.
Types of governor
All governors perform the same role but there are different types depending on how they get the position. In local authority schools there are:
- co-opted governors – appointed by a school or Federation governing board and anyone with an interest in education can apply
- parent governors – a parent of a child at any of the Federation school who is elected by other parents
- staff (Federation) governors – a member of staff elected by their colleagues
- local authority governors – often an elected member of a local political party.
How can I become a Federation Governor?
Being a Federation governor can be a challenging and rewarding experience.
Do you have skills that could be useful as a governor or just an interest in improving pupils' education?
You can become a governor by:
- being elected by parents as a parent governor, if your child attends the school
- being elected by the teaching or non-teaching staff, if you are a member of the teaching or non-teaching staff
- being appointed by the local education authority
- being appointed by the church or charitable trust
- or by being co-opted (appointed) by the the other governors.
The Federation will organise elections and tell parents and staff about them, but you can always ask our schools whether there are vacancies now that need to be filled.
What happens next?
Whichever route you take to finding a suitable vacancy, the Federation has its own recruitment process for volunteers that includes completing an application form, meeting with the Chair of Governors, visiting the schools or even observing a governing board meeting. These are an opportunity for the Federation to ensure you are right for their governing board and for you to decide that Federation Governing Body is right for you, helping both to make an informed decision.
You will need to complete a declaration of interests for to declare any conflicts of interest you will have including conflicts of loyalty and financial interests – this information must be published by the Federation.
You can also complete and submit a local authority school governor application form.
If you feel that this is the role for you, then please contact us.
Rawcliffe Bridge Primary School, Bridge Lane, Rawcliffe Bridge, Goole, DN14 8NH
Rawcliffe Primary School, Ridding Lane, Rawcliffe, Goole, DN14 8RG
Governors' Support Team
East Riding of Yorkshire Council,
East Riding of Yorkshire,
Register of Governors Interests
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