Governing Body

Introduction from the Governing Body

The Governing Body at Copley Junior School is a democratic group of people, including parents, members of staff and members of the local community, who work as a team for the benefit of the school.  They are fully involved in the life of the school and meet regularly to support and challenge the school to provide the best outcomes and opportunities for the children at Copley.

The Governing Body has many responsibilities including:

  • Making sure that the school has the capacity to improve and raise standards of learning and teaching;
  • Making sure that the school continually maintains high standards of safeguarding and behaviour;
  • Making sure that the school sets a strong budget and that spending is linked directly to school improvements;
  • Approving and monitoring the school’s budget and spending throughout the year;
  • Keeping abreast of new educational initiatives so that they are able to support and challenge school leaders.

As governors we look to keep lines of communication open with the school and its community.  Should you wish to contact me please do so via the school office.

Mrs L. Henfield, Chair of the Governing Body

Members of the Governing Body

Mrs L. Henfield Co-opted Governor; Chair of the Governing Body
Mr G. Rimmington Local Authority Governor; co-Vice Chair of the Governing Body
Mrs M. Williamson Parent Governor; co-Vice Chair of the Governing Body
Mrs E.A. Crayton Head teacher; Ex Officio
Mrs G. Sharpe Parent Governor
Mr F. Booler
Co-opted Governor
Mrs L. Wilkinson
 Co-opted Governor
Mr P. Wilkinson Co-opted Governor
Mrs H. Gray Staff Governor
Miss A. Blades-Baker Associate Member, Deputy Head teacher

Instrument of Government

The composition of the Governing Body is set out in the Instrument of Government below.


Governing Body Policy Documents

Some key Governing Body policies can be found below. We hope you find these informative and that they help you to find out about the work of the Governing Body.

Governing Body Code of Conduct

The Governing Body of Copley Junior School has adopted the Local Authority 'Governing Body Code of Practice', to ensure that all Governors are aware of and accept a collective responsibility in the way that they work corporately and with each other, honour confidential material and vote on specific issues. To read the Governing Body Code of Conduct, please click here.

Governors' Visits to School

Governors visit school regularly to find out about the work of the school and to offer both support and challenge. To read our Governors' Visits to School Policy, please click here.

Governor Induction Pack

The Governor Induction Pack is shared with new governors as they join the Governing Body. The Governor Induction Pack provides information about the different committees and the different roles within the Governing Body. To read the Governor Induction Pack, please click here.

Governors' Allowances Policy

All schools are required to have a policy for Governors' Allowances. To read the Governors' Allowances Policy, please click here. During 2016-2019 the total claimed for governors' necessary allowances was £0.

Compliance with Statutory Policies

The Department for Education publishes a list of the statutory policies and documents that schools are required to have in place. One of our governors has governor responsibility to monitor and ensure that all statutory requirements are in place.

To refer to our list of statutory policies and documents, and where you can access these, please click here.


Register of Interests

Governing Bodies of maintained schools have a duty to publish their Register of Interests.  The register includes the following details:

  • Business interests
  • Other educational establishments where they are a governor
  • Family relationships between Governors and members of staff at this school
Name of Governor Any Interest Declared
Details of any
Business Interest
Details of any other
Educational Establishments
where Governors
Details of any
relationships with
Governor/Staff Members
Mr G. Rimmington Yes YPO Senior Officer None None
Mr F. Booler No None None None
Mr P. Wilkinson
No None None Husband to Mrs Wilkinson, governor
Mrs L. Henfield Yes  None None Mother in law to Mrs Henfield, teacher
Mrs L. Wilkinson No None None Wife to Mr Wilkinson, governor
Mrs M. Williamson Yes Self-employed: The Custom Cakery None None  
Mrs G. Sharpe No 
Mrs H. Gray Yes Husband is commercial director at nps Barnsley, a potential contractor to the school None None
Mrs E.A. Crayton No No None None
Miss A. Blades-Baker (Associate Member) No No None None



Governor Roles/Responsibilities and Attendance at Meetings

In the table below each governor is listed, together with their designation (parent governor, Local Authority governor, co-opted governor etc.), their term of office, the committees they serve on, their specific responsibilities and their attendance at meetings.

Governing Body Committee Membership 2019-2020

In the table below please find details of all the Governing Body committees at Copley Junior School.