Berry Moor Road, Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire, HX6 3RN

Mill Bank, Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire, HX6 3EJ

01422 831602


Calderdale Village Schools Federation

  1. Governors

Calderdale Village Schools Federation Governors


The Governing Body is made up of a group of volunteers, from different walks of life who give their time and expertise freely for the benefit of our Federation of Norland CE and St Mary's CE (VC) J&I Schools.


The Work of the Governing Body

Governors work as a team called the governing body.  They are responsible for making sure our school provides a good quality education.  Governors also promote effective ways of teaching and learning when setting the school aims and policies.  They do this together with the Executive Head Teacher and Heads of School who are responsible for the day to day management of the schools.  Every school must have a governing body.  The membership will vary according to the type of school.  The governing body has some discretion of the numbers of governors.


All governing bodies include governors who are:

  • Parents - elected by parents at the school
  • Staff - elected by the Head, teachers and support staff at the school
  • The Executive Headteacher is entitled to be a staff governor without an election

Additionally, as a church school we have foundation governors who are appointed by the Church.  We also have co-opted governors who are appointed by the Governing Body and are generally found within the local community. 

The governing body's main role is to help raise standards of achievement.  It:

  • is accountable for the performance of the schools to parents and the wider community
  • plans the school's future direction
  • selects the executive head teacher
  • makes decisions on the school's budget and staffing
  • makes sure the national curriculum is taught
  • decides how the school can encourage pupil's spiritual, moral and social development
  • makes sure the school provides for all its pupils, including those with special needs.

Our governors support and challenge the Executive Head Teacher by gathering views, asking questions and deciding what's best for the school.  They are not there to rubber stamp decisions.  They are at the heart of how our school operates and are mindful of how important it is to get things right.

If you wish to know more about the role of the governing body, or whether there are any vacancies for a governor within our Federation, please contact the Clerk to the Governing Body.  


Our Governing Body is set up as follows:


Governor Governor Type Date of Appointment Term of Office Expires Declaration of Interest Attendance at meetings
James Franklin-Smith (Chair) LA 19.10.2020 19.10.2024 None 6/6 = 100%
Reverend Jeanette Roberts Ex-officio Foundation 19.10.2020 n/a None 1/6 = 16%
Councillor Dot Foster Foundation 19.10.2020 19.10.2024 None 2/6 = 33%
Sarah Manning Staff 19.10.2020 19.10.2022 None 6/6 = 100%
Shelley Bates Parent 19.10.2020 19.10.2023 None 6/6 = 100%
Ben Green (Vice Chair) Parent 19.10.2020 19.10.2023 None 6/6 = 100%
Vacant Co-opted
Margaret Crossley Clerk None 6/6 = 100%