Patterdale C of E Primary School

A loving family in a unique environment


Welcome to our Governors’ section. 

Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.


Our School Governors

Welcome to the section of the website where you can find out more about the school’s governors, and the work that we do.  Our main role is to support the Headteacher and the staff – the phrase often used to describe this role is ‘a critical friend’. We help them to set and reach targets and to strive for excellence across the whole spectrum of school life. The two key documents used for this are the School Improvement Plan (SIP) and the Self Evaluation Form (SEF). The SIP sets out a three year strategic plan for the school, with targets that everyone works towards and the SEF sets out how well the school is doing and where we aim to make improvements.


Our legal duties include setting strategic direction, policies and objectives, approving the school budget, reviewing progress against the school's budget and objectives, and appointing, challenging and supporting the headteacher. We also get involved in School Fund Raising.


The Governing Body meets at least once every school term. We also have committees with responsibility for particular issues, specifically People & Finance, Safeguarding, Health & Safety and Curriculum. These committees also meet once every school term. Copies of committee meeting minutes can be viewed by contacting our School Business Managers.


There are several categories of governor, appointed by different groups that have an interest in the school. These are Foundation governors (appointed by the Diocese based on recommendations from the PCC), the Local Authority (“LA”), Parent Governors, and Staff. All governors have equal status, however they are appointed. We are committed to providing an excellent environment for all pupils to enjoy during their time at our school.


Parents and guardians are requested to try and resolve any pupil-related issues or problems through the class teacher or Head Teacher in the first instance. If governors need to be contacted directly, the School Business Manager can provide appropriate details.


If you are interested in finding out more about the role of the governing body or would like to become more involved, please contact the School Business Managers in the first instance, who will put you in touch with the most appropriate person.


Andrew Callaway, Chair of Governors




Our School Governors (updated May 2024)

Financial transparency

Legislation requires that, with effect from 1st January 2021, maintained schools must publish the number of employees earning in excess of £100K per annum.  There are no staff that fall within this category.


Benchmarking Data

Legislation that came into force with effect from 1st January 2021 also requires that all maintained schools provide a link to their CFR benchmarking data.  


The school’s annual income and expenditure can be viewed on the Department for Education’s Consistent Financial Reporting webpage here.

Governor Meeting Dates

Our Full Governing Body (all of the governors) meets once a term, so three times a year. To make our governors' workloads more manageable we also have four sub-committees that meet termly, they are:


  • The Safeguarding Committee
  • The Curriculum Committee
  • The People & Finance Committee
  • The Health & Safety Committee


To find the dates of forthcoming meetings for each of the five committees please visit our calendar page