A welcome from the Chair of Governors

On behalf of the full Governing Body of Sleights Church of England (Voluntary Controlled) Primary School, may I wish you a very warm welcome to our school.

Firstly, a little bit about me. I have been a school Governor for almost eleven years and have been in the position of Chair for the last seven. I find being a Governor a very challenging, yet rewarding experience. With all my 3 children attending the school over the past 17 years, I can certainly say that Sleights School has a special place in my heart. Therefore, I am passionate about doing my best for the school.

The Governing Body is responsible for setting the strategic development of the school and to support and challenge the Headteacher in achieving its priorities and goals. We currently stand as an OfSTED rated Good school and we are positive and committed in moving forwards towards Outstanding.

Each Governor has a priority linked to the school development plan. This means that, as well as attending full Governing Body meetings, each Governor works closely with the Headteacher to monitor their specific area. These Priority Partner roles are a new initiative in which we are seeing great results and gives each Governor an area to focus specific time upon. We have Governors from all different backgrounds to bring a wide range of skills and expertise.

Governors are often present in school so that we can see the children at work and to talk to them, to support the dedicated staff and to ensure the clarity of vision and ethos of the school is at work.

We aim to give all our pupils the very best education and experiences so that they can achieve their full potential and we continually strive to improve.

Sleights School operates an open door policy and we encourage parents to be involved in school life. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact myself or Mr Grason, our Headteacher.


Gemma Kellerman

Chair of Governors



Full Governing Body

Role Governor Terms of Office Appointed by Attendance since September 2018 Recent visits to school
Gemma Kellerman Chair of Governors


11/05/2019 – 10/05/2023 Governing Body 100% (4/4)
  • Data discussions with Headteacher
  • SIAMS inspector interviews
  • Fortnightly monitoring activity
  • Governor review of reading
  • Interviews/discussions with subject leaders
  • Meeting with school advisor
  • Behaviour policy training session for staff 
  • Attendance at parents evening
  • Staff recruitment interviews
Theresa Wall Vice Chair of Governors


11/05/2019 – 10/05/2023 Governing Body 75% (3/4)
  • Data discussions with Headteacher
  • Monitoring impact of response time
  • SIAMS inspection learning walk and staff discussions
  • English / EYFS monitoring visits
  • Significant direct work with the children for 'Eskdale Festival'
  • Governor review of writing
  • Interviews/discussions with subject leaders
  • Attendance at parents evening
Scott Grason Headteacher 01/09/2017 -  Governing Body 100% (4/4) n/a - Headteacher
Reverend Veronica Carolan Ex-officio 01/09/2014- Diocese 75% (3/4)
  • Meeting worship committee
  • Joint school tour with Church school neighbour
  • SIAMS inspector interviews
  • Leading Collective Worship
  • Diocese Critical Friend visit with advisor
  • SIAMS training in school
  • Attendance at parents evening
Va Foundation Vacancy Vacancy Vacancy  
Nicola Brown Local Authority 05/03/2018 - 04/03/2022 Local Authority 100% (4/4)
  • Data discussions with the Headteacher
  • SIAMS inspection preparation
  • Governor review of reading
  • Interviews/discussions with subject leaders
Lucy Taylor Staff 03/09/2018 - 02/09/2022 Staff 75% (3/4) n/a - Class teacher
Diane Exelby Co-Opted 11/05/2019 – 10/05/2023 Governing Body 75% (3/4)
  • Growth Mindset training session 
  • Attendance at parents evening
  • Member of staff in school
Kristie Price

*Works in another local primary school

Co-Opted 28/11/2018 - 27/11/2022 Governing Body  100% (3/3)
  • Data discussions with Headteacher
  • SIAMS inspection interviews
  • Growth Mindset training session
  • Monitoring absence and attendance procedures in school
  • Attendance at parents evening
Lisa Grason Clerk to Governors        



  • No current or previous Governors have any relationship with any school staff.
  • No current of previous Governors hold the role of Governor in any other education establishment.
  • Attendance information last updated: July 2019

At Sleights Church of England (Voluntary Controlled) Primary School, the Governing Body brings together a wealth of varied experience to challenge and support the school and its development.

The full governing body meets at least once a term. This is also the case for the finance committee.

All other committee structures and members can be downloaded from the school website.

Governor Committees (September 2018)


What is a school governor?

A school governor is a volunteer role that plays a part in raising school standards. The role of the governing body is absolutely key to the effectiveness of a school. Governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools by:

  • setting the aims and objectives for the school
  • setting policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • setting the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  • monitor and evaluate the progress that the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
  • be a source of challenge and support to the headteacher (often referred to as a critical friend)


How do I become a school governor?

Almost anyone over 18 years of age can become a governor. There are no particular qualifications or requirements, other than a willingness to give time to the role and a capacity for working with other people. There are different types of school with different categories of governor.


There are different categories of governor: parent, staff, foundation, partnership, local authority or co-opted. The type of governor you will become depends on your situation; however all governors have the same roles and responsibilities once part of the governing board.


There are currently no vacancies for becoming a governor at Sleights. However, if you would like to know more about the role, or express an interest in any future vacancies, please do not hesitate to contact the school office (01947 810395) to arrange a meeting with the Chair of Governors.

Governors who have left office in the last 12 months

Role Governor Date left  
Rev. Jane Carter Foundation July 2019  
Jo Coomber Parent June 2019  
Mark Jones Parent June 2019  
Gail Wilson Co-opted June 2019  

There is currently a vacancy for a parent governor position.