School governors form the largest volunteer group in the country. They are people from all walks of life, who care about children’s education and are prepared to work as a team to support their school and local community.
More than 9,000 people volunteer to be governors in Lancashire, bringing to their role experience of everyday life and a wish to help children and schools. They support schools in raising standards, by determining the conduct and direction of the school.
Effective governors do not need educational expertise but do need to be committed to their school, willing to ask questions and act as a critical friend. They also need to be able to work as an enthusiastic member of the governing body team. The headteacher works closely with the governing body as its principal professional advisor. Governing body policy decisions will then be implemented by the headteacher in the day-to-day running of the school.
They will be supported by other governors on the governing body as well as by Lancashire County Council, through the Governor Services Team.
Welcome to the governors page of our school website. As you’ll have seen Calder Vale is a happy and vibrant community set in the beautiful Forest of Bowland, providing unique opportunities for our children.
As a governing board we work with the headteacher to set the school’s vision, ethos and strategic direction and oversee the school’s financial performance. We have a strong relationship with the headteacher and staff to ensure we provide the very best education and care, so children can develop as individuals ready to move on to the next stage in their lives. To help us do this we have a governing board with a variety of skills and experiences. Also our federation with Scorton Primary School allows us to share expertise and resources to the benefit of the children of both schools.
We welcome anyone who is interested in joining us to contact the school. I look forward to hearing from you.
Mrs. Kim Carlyle
Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.
Welcome to the Governing Body of the Bowland Federation of Schools.
The Governors of Calder Vale St John's CE Primary and Scorton CE Primary met on 10th February 2022, and after careful consideration of the feedback from the consultation on Federation, and discussion on the best strategic direction for both schools, voted overwhelmingly to proceed with the process of Federation of the two schools as set out in the Federation Proposal.
The Federation, which was formed on 1 April 2022, grew out of a desire to work closely with each other and to maximise the potential of sharing expertise, experience and resources to benefit pupils and staff in both schools. Regular opportunities for sharing INSET days and the cost of specialist staff/resources, etc. are also beneficial. Each school maintains its own identity and has its own DfE number and delegated budget.
Who are we?
The Governing Body, which is legally bound by agreed Statutory Responsibilities and Terms of Reference, is made up of 14 Governors drawn from staff, parents and members of the wider community. Details of current Governing Body Membership, Governors' Pecuniary Interests and other information is included below.
Kim Carlyle – Chair (Foundation)
Sue Haworth – Vice Chair (Parent)
Steve Elliott (Co-opted)
Helen Peters (Staff)
Graham Peters (Foundation)
Anton Muller (Ex-officio)
Karen Mills (Foundation)
Gaynor Arnold (Foundation)
Ian Riding (Foundation)
Kevin Taylor (Local Authority)
Ruth McNamara (Foundation)
Rebecca Scholz - Headteacher (Ex-officio)
Vacancy (Calder Vale Parent)
|Name||Governor Category||Date of Appointment||Term of Office||Relevant Business & Pecuniary Interests||Governor role in other educational constitutions||Relationship between governor or local staff|
|Mrs Kim Carlyle (Chair)||Foundation||01 April 2022||4 years||None||Garstang Community Academy||None|
|Mrs Sue Haworth (Vice Chair)||Parent||01 April 2022||4 years||None||None||None|
|Mr Steve Elliott||Co-opted||01 April 2022||4 years||None||None||None|
|Mrs Helen Peters||Staff||01 April 2022||4 years||None||None||Married to Graham Peters|
|Mr Graham Peters||Foundation||01 April 2022||4 years||None||None||Married to Helen Peters|
|Rev Anton Muller||Ex-officio||01 April 2022||None||None||None|
|Mrs Karen Mills||Foundation||01 April 2022||4 years||None||None||None|
|Miss Gaynor Arnold||Foundation||01 April 2022||4 years||None||None||None|
|Mr Ian Riding||Foundation||01 April 2022||4 years||None||None||None|
|Mr Kevin Taylor||Local Authority||01 April 2022||4 years||None||None||None|
|Mrs Ruth McNamara||Foundation||01 April 2022||4 years||None||None||None|
|Mrs Rebecca Scholz (Headteacher)||Ex-officio||01 April 2022||None||None||None|
The following committees meet termly. Other committees meet as required.
Standard and Effectiveness Committee
Mrs Sue Haworth
Mrs Helen Peters
Mrs Karen Mills
Mrs Ruth McNamara
Miss Gaynor Arnold
Rev Anton Muller
Mrs Rebecca Scholz
Mr Steve Elliott
Mr Ian Riding
Mr Graham Peters
Mr Kevin Taylor
Mrs Kim Carlyle
Mrs Rebecca Scholz
Calder Vale Parent
PSHE, Art & Music - Karen Mills
DT & English - Helen Peters
Science - Gaynor Arnold
Computing & Maths - Steve Elliott
Safeguarding, SEND & Pupil Premium - Sue Haworth
History & Geography - Kim Carlyle
RE & Worship - Ruth McNamara
MFL - Graham Peters
PE - Ian Riding
Governor Training - Kim Carlyle