Welcome to our Governors' section. Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, background, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.
Register of Governor Interests and an Annual Statement of Issues can be obtained from the school office.
In general the governors are responsible for ensuring the school operates efficiently and effectively and for agreeing school policies and targets for the pupils. Our duties also extend to managing the school budget, looking after the buildings, appointing staff and ensuring the school delivers a balanced curriculum. In practice our work is carried out in partnership with the Head Teacher and other staff, the Local Authority and external advisors all with the aim of promoting high standards of educational achievement. The governing body is made up of members representing or appointed by parents, teaching and non-teaching staff, the community as a whole and the LEA. The full governing body and the various sub committees meet regularly to discuss and make decisions regarding the management and direction of the school. In order to carry out our duties properly we also try to get to know the school as well as we can by spending time in school on a regular basis. This is not always easy for people with full-time jobs or other commitments, but governors are generous with their time.
You don't need a background in education to be a school governor. You do need to be committed, enthusiastic and willing to contribute some of your time to this rewarding role. Training is available for all aspects of the governors role. You would need to attend the governing body and committee meetings; on average about six or seven meetings per year depending on the circumstances at the school. Meetings for the full governing body usually take place in the evenings although you are encouraged to visit the school during the day as well, to get to know the work that goes on. Should you wish to discuss the work of the Governing Body or any other aspect of Carr Infant School with us, please contact the school office on firstname.lastname@example.org
My name is Katie Greene and I am a mum to three boys, two of whom are in Reception and Year One at Carr Infant School. I work for a national charity called Acts 435 as a communications officer; and I volunteer at our church’s toddler group and lead a monthly Saturday group for dads and their children there too. I am very keen that children receive the best teaching and learning, and therefore I am looking forward to serving as a parent governor.
I am Charlotte (Charlie) Crabtree and am a parent governor at Carr Infant School, with a son in Year 1. I am a Marketing and Communications Manager for a national charity with a passion for skill sharing - becoming a governor is how I would like to share my skills. Education is more than just reading, writing and maths, it prepares our children to be resourceful, confident and resilient.
My name is Val Atkinson. I was born in York and live local to the school, professionally I work in Schools Business Management and have a recognised accountancy qualification. I am an active member of St Stephens Church in Acomb.
I have joined the Governing body as I feel I can contribute positively to ensuring all pupils at Carr Infant School have the opportunity to achieve the best that they can and enhance their life chances by doing this.
Nicole Fowler joined the Carr Infant School Governing Body at the beginning of the 2018/19 academic year. She is an Information Security Consultant specialising in Identity and Access Management. Nicole is also the Co-Founder of Technology in Play, a York based start-up dedicated to engaging curious minds from a young age and igniting their passion for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Nicole is a single mum of one little person, one dog and one inherited cat. Nicole said that "It is with many roles and many hats that I hope I can bring enthusiasm, empathy and a balanced view to the Governing Body. I understand as a parent how important the school relationship is with the community. As an employer and business owner, I understand the challenges facing our children and educators in preparing the next generation with the best possible start in life. I'm keen to listen and to learn and am looking forward to getting to know all aspects of the school community."
Anna Edmondson was appointed as a parent governor in December 2017 and has now moved into a co-opted governor role as her daughter has moved up to the Junior School. Anna is Head of HR for an IT services company in York, with experience across the commercial and public sectors. She loves working on organisational culture & change, people development and recruitment, and is passionate about creating equal and inclusive environments in both education and the workplace.